Beergelden (4) - - APR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sixty-one is Dogfish Head’s 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 doesn’t 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 doesn’t 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.
chinchill (2277) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle served in a pilsner glass. A thin coat of sediment was lwft stuck to the bottom.
Well, the "Syrah grape must" is obvious on pouring as this "India Pale Ale" has an unusual rosy amber color. The head was cent if a bit thin and weak. Spotty lacing.
The grape addition is also obvious in the aroma, where the grape must about holds its own with the hops. Grapes and hops blend nicely here, as long as you don’t mind that the grapes really tame the hops. Mildly bitter/sweet.
O: I quite enjoyed this off-center IPA both times I’ve had it. Be forewarned that the hop level is low: more like that of an Amer. Pale Ale, and the bitterness is low even for that style.
PardonMyNuts (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2015 does not count
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is quite musty, not very appealing actually. Not a fan of this. It has a smooth but funky finish presumably due to the grape must. Try it once, but that will likely be the last time.
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Madsen1635 (334) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear reddish pour with small offwhite head. Aroma is fresh with grapes and tropical fruit. Taste is again dominated by the grapes. It starts with some bitterness but mellows out. Odd but actually okay
glennmastrange (2343) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate grain for the malt, flowers for the hops, light dough and musty for the yeast, with damp wood and a hint of vinegar. Head is average to large, fizzy, light pink with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy reddish orange. Flavor starts faintly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly bitter. Palate is medium, creamy with a soft to lively carbonation. Nice tasting beer, everything fits in this Fruit Beer.
can8ianben (1358) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sometimes I forget how good Dogfish Head can be. Aroma of fresh hops - pretty much straight-up 60 minute - but the flavor is totally changed with the addition of the syrah grapes. Delicious - hoppy and sweet. I love it.
VictorStr (1483) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rödskimmring i kroppen. Rätt dov i både arom och smak. Del fruktig, sötma, malt.
aumentm (119) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A really nice pale ale with a hint of grape. Comes across dark and heavy but is quite complex and wonderful.
Garry_Evans (47) - HONG KONG - JAN 10, 2015
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I'm not sure the grape musk does much for this beer. Appearance is dark brown, cloudy with a slight rose tint. Very light aroma with some musty dried fruit hints.Pleasant on the palate, with medium carbonation. Taste is okay but surprisingly little hop, but quite a pleasant grape sensation at the end. Refreshing, but nothing special
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GJF (1289) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
MB really loved this but it was a bit underwhelming to me. A hazy brownish red pour. Light fruity aroma. Fruity flavor; thin body. Just a bit of grape to it.
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy reddish-brown with a long-lasting rocky pink head. Aroma is of tart raspberry and citrus. Tastes initially fruity, but finishes bitter. Notes of grapefruit, and red wine. A very unique beer!