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.
ScipioA (391) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful dark red with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is generic IPA, maybe a little stronger on the fruit side of things. Taste is a little better, it’s a solid IPA base with juicy grape sweetness and flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft. There’s a great tannic dryness in the mouthfeel that you don’t often find in beer. This is a lot of fun, like most DFH beers but I wonder if having a solid IPA and a solid glass of red wine wouldn’t be better.
60minuteman (1064) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wheaty aroma of grapes and cherries, grass and wheat and floral. Flavor is roughly the same, malts, metal. Sticky palate, oak, logs, more malt, some hops. Bland.
mvp (188) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Citrus IPA aroma with a hint of spice. Pleasant but not very strong. Copper color with a white frothy head that lasts. Grape flavor like it suggests on the bottle. A little strong but seems to balance with the hops. Soft texture. Something worth trying but not to get excited about..
Rasmus40 (14210) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Kvickly Allerřd. Hazy reddish amber with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 200815
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
[ As Dogfish Head Sixty-One ].
Clear medium red orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, butterscotch, wine - red wine notes. Flavor is moderate sweet, light light acidic and light bitter with a average duration, fruity, buttersctch. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. 
ARH (856) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is sour, fermented fruit - sangria-like - with some floral tea hints. It pours a deep, clear, red mahogany with a thin foam head that has good retention and a light lace. The taste is a medium bitter and sweet with a light sourness. The beer is slick and fuzzy with a medium body that’s similar to a dry, red wine with some light citrus and berries and it finishes smooth, dry, and clean with a red wine cloyingness and an aftertaste that’s lightly wine, astringent, and tart
jtd6628 (360) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is pleasant mostly light fruit a little floral. The appearance I can’t speak on i drank mine out of bottle taste is like sweet to start but finishes with a tart grape fruit bitterness
Worsenma (46) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting. A real marriage of beer and wine. Carbonation gives it a bit of champagne mouth feel. Again.......interesting. Pretty tasty, though.
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sinfull (1113) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish color ; medium-sized , off-white head. Aroma of grape , malt , bread and citrus. Malty taste with some wine notes and moderate hoppy bitterness. Interesting beer.
ElCapitan22 (272) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish copper color with no real lacing or head retention. Tastes like grape and finishes funky and bitter. Not too fruity, but it is a very good beer. Like this one a lot.