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.
furthur (126) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
cmiller54hr (35) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours almost burgundy with slight head. Citrus notes of an IPA but has a wine like finish. The wine taste isn’t 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
ramstein2611 (24) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Has a nice red amber color with a head that goes away fairly quick. Has a nice hoppy sweet aroma. Definitely has a end finish of grape but does not take away from the normal 60 minute clean hop finish. Overall a very good beer
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Tonkun (756) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Light pink rose like pour. Grape, peach, floral. Medium body. Interesting but good
Tinco (560) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown red color with small off white head. Aroma: slightly acidic grape character, hops, and a sweet malt body. Taste is slightly sour with red grape character mixed with some sweet hippy notes. A bit weird but tasty!
DavidS80 (14) - - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a ruby red with a slight purple tint. White head with a tiny of purple. Aroma is light but almost a red wine smell. Flavor is light and clean. Little bitterness, and a nice touch with the grapes very nice.
Finhead (1147) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy, copper-brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma is slightly fruit with grapes and mild citrus. It has a medium body with lively carbonation. The taste is mildly bitter with a smooth finish.
Lubiere (9734) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A reddish amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with light grapes kind, light butterscotch. In mouth, a nice fruity malt with lemon, spices, sangría, white wine, nice. On tap at Hops Spot in Watertown NY.
punkska101 (847) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with seb from saint bock a: citrusy, grappy/sangria like app: dark copper small white head. T/p: med body with moderate bitter finish. O: good. like the addition from the must.
rdixon77 (602) - Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a huge fan. Grapes and sweetness tend to overpower the hops. No bitterness to balance.