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 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.
RRistow12 (103) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a pinkish amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma is very sweet with robust floral and citrus notes. Taste is sweet rose wine mixed with a lightly hopped beer. Floral and perfume notes in the taste with the sweet grape taste. Minimal bitterness. Light bodied with a crisp effervescent mouthfeel. Very strange taste. Haven't had anything quite like it. Not bad but also not incredible. Interesting to try but doubt I'll have it again.
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Palme (2724) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
0.355l bottle @ Rattle N Hum. Surprisingly red in the glass this one. Kinda amber and red, with a small quickly sidesticking off-white small top. Not to inviting on the nose to be honest. A bit like a bad rose wine mixed with a amber ale and a pilsner. Above average on the carbonation and the mouthfeel is thin oily. Red flavours with soft malts, some earthy root-vegetables, caramel malts and some lime lemonade. Not all that to be honest, but we finished the bottle quit elegantly 13.03.2013
BrewHaMeister (4) - - DEC 19, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This isnít my favorite beer in the world, but it is a uniquely tasty beer. The aroma is fruity with a hint of citrus. The bottle poured an amber purple hue with little lacing and medium head. It has a light body with a crisp finish. Overall I found this to be an enjoyable beer.
jmcgavin12 (363) - Madison, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours light pinkish and surprisingly little lacing foam. Aroma of faint hop, not nearly as plentiful of aroma as the regular 60. Flavor is lightly sweet and a bit more citrus hints of grapefruit. Finishes slightly weak. Bigger fan of the regular but like the twist
jzzbassman (1419) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours like a pretty rosť with a blush white head. Sweet candy orange aroma, with a bit of hay. Flavor is red wine, with a resinous sweet hop note. Finishes earthy, dry, with a back note of grape juice.
thehinge (265) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light burgundy pour with a thin white head. You can tell this has the grape content by the color. Taste kind of reminds me of a dry red wine. I always wonder if Samís trying to pick up the wine drinkers with this one. If so, why not open a winery? But it is well done...enjoyed it.
screigh (402) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a copper color with a very slight purple hue. Little to no head at all. Carbonation bubbles look larger and more soda like but not quite that large. Smells a bit like stale grape juice. Canít really place anything in the flavor other than some grape. Dry finish.
Errl (1127) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle...Pour is dark cola with a off head..Nose is pine, some grape, earth, musty ....Taste is Grape, sweetness, caramels, pine, citrus cola..
bigtaster (482) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the bottle. Pours a dull dark purple with big pink frothy head. Immediately the nose in vinous, hops, fruit, floral. Very delicate flavors, rose type flavors, with light caramel, floral character comes through again. Seems almost like a watered down sparkling wine. Interesting, but doesnít do it for me.
BeerandBlues2 (8576) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear amber with purple highlights, a large, frothy off-white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy, pine, and herbal hops, vinous notes, light cracker malt and citrus hops. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, light vinous notes, supporting crisp malt, and a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.