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RATINGS: 596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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The continually hopped India Pale Ale brewed with Syrah grape must.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergelden (4) - - APR 8, 2013
Sixty-one is Dogfish Headís latest in their beer/wine hybrid offerings. This one is classified as an American IPA, basically their 60 Minute IPA, with the Syrah grape must added, prior to their proprietary yeast being used for fermentation. Appearance: Pours to a brownish, ruby color with some pink highlights shining through with some light. It has a slight chill haze, and a brilliant white head of tight bubbles. The head pours to about 1/2" but dissipates and hangs to edges of the glass edges. Little to no lacing. Appearance Rating: 2 out of 3 Aroma: The first hit is a pleasant mix of the floral, perfumy hops DFH 60 Minute is known for and the strong scent of grapes and grape skin. Sweet malt brings up the finish, giving it a champagne-like sweetness to the overall aroma. Aroma Rating: 10 out of 12 Flavor: The floral hops are, again, the dominant first flavor, then the grape/wine fruitiness, followed by the hop bitterness and malty backbone of the IPA to finish. Somewhat tart. The hops and grapes marry perfectly together, they do not compete for your attention. This brew finishes extremely dry and actually ends with a nice balance, not leaving a totally dominant flavor from either the wine or beer. No real driving yeast character to speak of. As you drink the beer, the hops do get lost, other than their mild bitterness at the backend. It drinks like a dry champagne with a quality beer finish. Flavor Rating: 15 out of 20 Mouthfeel: Fairly light body with high carbonation, effervescent. A mild puckering effect from the astringency of the grapes. Finishes very clean on the palate. Mouthfeel Rating: 3 out of 5 Overall: Extremely complex. About as perfect a blend of the beer and wine worlds as I have tasted to date. The classification as an American IPA doesnít seem quite right, due to the high level of dryness and the thinner body than the style calls for, but still a very good brew. This could bridge some gaps for many wine drinkers, without a doubt. To me, this brew works the same way a Saison is successful. Not because it tastes like a Saison, because it doesnít at all, but because it has such a clean, palate cleansing finish to it. It would be fantastic as a palate cleanser between courses at a meal or paired with just about anything rich in flavor. Overall Rating: 7 out of 10 Total Rating: 37 out of 50 Very good, but not an everyday drinker for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2480) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2014
12 oz from total wine. Pours a clear raspberry color which I was not expecting. Light and refreshing with lots of grape and a dry finish. Touch of pine and grapefruit hops. Subtle on the hops. Lightly sweet. Pretty light and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (47) - - JUL 24, 2014
Pours a light raspberry color with little head. Aroma is lots of grape, and some hop character behind it with a bit of breadiness. Flavor is hops with grapes, really very refreshing. Not any kind of gross fruitiness you sometimes get with this "fruit beer" style. Yeasty breadiness lingers on your palate which makes this way better than I was expecting. Itís no 60 or 90 min but itís good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vestergaard (262) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2014
Pours red with a hint of brown. Head is white and short lasting. Aroma is very hoppy, but has dry, vinous notes and a weak sweetness. Taste is very hoppy as well, but definately have got some wine-grapes to it. Much lighter than i recall he Syrah grape, but the beer of course doesnít have the same alcohol, or the more dense body of a red wine. I donít really think that the grape must improves the taste of the beer, but it is present for sure, and does provide some complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rolimcarmo (8) - - JUL 21, 2014 does not count
Red with pink glows. Aroma: malty, hops, fresh an winery. Taste and palate: medium body, bitter, wine notes equal to a rosé wine, floral, red fruits and dry at the end. Very nice hybrid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Campy877 (167) - Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle. An interesting selection for the folks at Dogfish Head brewing. Not your grandpas IPA. Pours a purplish brown with a nice full purple tinged head. Dissipates with good uniform lacing. Aroma is has a slight Chardonnay undertone to the IPA smell. Sweet grape offsets the normally dry IPA taste. Great change of pace. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gonzoforbeer (22) - Coram, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Very tasty beer for an IPA not too hoppy... Lots of flavor great pick up from dog fish head selection not too... I'd say a great starter to head into the more ultra hoppy IPAs. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2014
I seriously canít remember the last time I was more disappointed with a beer. Iím sure its happened but this one has to rank up there as one of the most disappointing ones ever. Iím normally somewhat forgiving of DFH in their attempts at experimentation, but sometimes you have to stop and realize youíve just produced something awful and just dump it, donít bottle it, pretend its an interesting experiment and foist it on an unexpecting public. Thatís the sort of thing that makes people stop buying your beer. You want me to stop buying DFH altogether? Cuz thatís how you get me to stop buying DFH altogether. Oh wait, you know what? The last time I was this disappointed was 7 years ago when I bought DFH Fort. Man, really. Oh and the review? Stale wine and cigarette butts. That is accurate and the beer doesnít otherwise deserve more analysis than that. Somebody deserves to get kicked in the nuts for this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
JamesMickyO (1) - Verona, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2014 does not count
Floral.....muted....nothing too special about this ale save its good mix of fruit into an ale without being obvious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
furthur (140) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Pinkish amber body, frothy white head. Aroma is wine, light malt, spruce, faint strawberry. Taste is very light malt, faint grape, lemon, peach, hops bitter finish. Palate is very light, carbonation moderate and very fine. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmiller54hr (41) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Pours almost burgundy with slight head. Citrus notes of an IPA but has a wine like finish. The wine taste isnít over powering though. Alcohol is disguised well too. Smooth beer but the grape takes away from what would likely be another very fine dfh IPA

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