cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have to respect this brewer for all its willingness to experiment with styles and charge the price of merely half a matinee movie ticket to experience a one-bottle glimpse into brewer victory-land. The aroma alone is likely worth the price of admittance, and accurately clues you in as to whatís to follow. Comes off as a bit tart at the end, but such things cannot be helped given all that this delightful brew delivers: Imagine if you will a candied imperial IPA ... this is a good approximation of such a worldly delight. A/A+ = effing delicious
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: At the time I had this, I had started to be disappointed by most newer Dogfish Head offerings and didnít have much hope for this one. But this was very different and very good. Blue Moon might have done a more accessible take on this type of wine beer hybrid and theirs was more balance between wine and beer, but SIxty-One was definitely a beer made more complex with the wine aspects added. Just when I was wondering if IPAs were running out of new things to be done with them. Not too winey for a beer drinker, but maybe too hoppy for a wine drinker.
TECHNICAL: Drank 3/22/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, medium cherry read with an average to large, ever-so-slightly pink head that kept a thin sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma had slight caramel malt; moderate pine and earthy hops; light citrus hops; dusty yeast; red wine; grape juice; and a hint of vanilla. The initial flavor was slightly sweet and acidic, and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter, and lightly acidic with an average to long duration. There was red wine, a little caramel, earth hops, pine hops, citrus hops, grapes, musty yeast, a little pear, and grape skins. The light to moderate body was dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry and moderately astringent finish.
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours plum red. Aroma of hops. From the first sip I could tell this was a big beer. Hops hit you up front..very similar to the cascade hops in Sierra Nevada pale ale, but there is the slight sweetness of grapes in the aroma and flavor that make this beer interesting. By no means a fruity beer. With such big hops and full body, this brew has just enough syrah essence. Dogfish nailed it again!
ShowmemoreBeer (28) - - OCT 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had to think abou tit for a minute and after that I realized that how could you not give this a ten for aroma. Itís freaking beer and it smells like a mild and sweet beer. It looked like beer so lets rate it accordingly. It tasted like a mild IPA because of the grapes infused in the beer. It did not leave an aftertaste. And overall it was pretty damn good. I could take this beer home to my mom but think about it my momís an alcoholic so I can take anything with alcohol home to her. I really enjoyed this beer more than i thought i would. HA HA i just said would....Donít forget dont drink and drive and dont drink and forget your piece of big red gum. I love you guys...im out.
bradleysaurus (51) - - OCT 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light purple color ale with aroma of bitter hops with grape notes. Fruity complexity with hoppiness
jbuskirk (496) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
While I consider Sixty-One to be more of an IPA than a Fruit Beer, Dogfish Headís creation is an odd, bold ale from a brewery that has a knack for making odd, bold ales. Luckily, Dogfish is also known for making beers that are delicious, and Sixty-One holds to tradition in that respect, too. The grape element adds a fascinating layer to this IPA. Grapes tame the hop bitterness, yet bring out the juicy character in the hops. Rather than the usual flavors of citrus, Sixty-Oneís hop profile hints at apple and berry. Aside from adding a bit of tartness to the flavor, the grape must creates a mildly sour aroma and a dry mouthfeel. While some connoisseurs have suggested that Dogfishís latest creations are more hair-brained than nuanced, Sixty-One is the one that proves them wrong. The minds at Dogfish Head still have what it takes to make new beer that is unusual, unique, and superb.
davey101 (706) - Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled on 02/26/2013. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.
A - Pours a ridiculous bright clear purple red/color that very much so looks like a fruity wine ala boones farm. Two fingers of white foam form initially but after ten minutes itís still holding onto a solid fingers worth. Rock on 61 Minute! Silky lacing and some serious retention. Like the kind where after you give it a swirl a layer of foam will form on the top of the glass and the foam will trickle down leaving a cool design, and then it just stays there frozen in time. This looks great.
S - Huh, this is pretty wild. A massive fruity red grape presence blended perfectly with light piney hops, a touch of citrus, and bready malts. The base beer is still present while the grapes have a whole lot of action going on. Somehow, this just works.
T - Red grape juice, kiwi, pine, and some caramel malts on the end. The bitterness goes head to head with the fruitiness and they wind up shaking hands and building a tree fort together. God dammit this is unique and tasty. Finishes with hardly any bitterness, just some malts and residual sweetness. Its pretty juicy compared to the dryness that Noble Rot had. Mouth feel is medium and creamy with really lively carbonation.
O - I can see a lot of people either loving or hating this beer. I for one am a huge fan of this beer. When its not fresh I can see this being a total mess, but in its month old state it is really nice. Its a fruity take on the standard 60 minute that winds up not being a total gimmick or novelty.
chucklemation (593) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a nice, sweet aroma. The beer has an attractive appearance: a red hue and a nice foam cap on top. The taste is a slight mix of the bitter IPA and the fruity taste of the wine. Very nice overall.
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It looks like grape juice, or wine. You can smell the grape, and some berry notes. The finish tastes just like a wine, it's dry. Taste- Starts off with a mixture of Syrah, some light cherry and strawberry. You can taste some hops like you normally do from an IPA, but the marriage between wine and beer is great with this beer. There isn't much of a piney taste with this beer, and that's great with this style of IPA, and wine.
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Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2014 The aroma is dank and mustyÖin a good way. A fruity note is also present. Pours a surprising wine-pink with a white ring and minimal lacing. The taste is vinous, biscuit, with suggestions of citrus and a slow long lasting hoppy finish. Medium body with crisp dry carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. Overall, I liked this beer. The taste and appearance were both unexpected yet very rewarding. Would drink again.