ryrpat (403) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2018 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.
Almost feels like it wants to go to a sour but not really close. Can taste some hops and a nice grape finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone edheady (1) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2017 12 oz bottle grape flavor with no hint of hops at all. It is a beer that is for the drinker who likes a fruity beer with no hop flavor. nickd717 (4996) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2017
Bottle pours clear crimson with a small whitish head. Aroma is musty, vinous, earthy. Flavor is mildly sweet grape, slight hop bitterness. A little watery for what I'd like. Medium bodied and crisp. Above average. balloonbuffoon (739) - - DEC 22, 2017
12floz bottle, BOD: 09.29.2017, $1.75 unit cost, tulip glass. Appears a very dark amber color with pinkish tinged head. Caramel aroma deceives my taste buds as it tastes like a bitter plum. Body - medium. Carbonation - low. Bitterness - medium. Sweetness - low. Sourness - low. Saltiness - low. Drinkability - medium. Overall - medium. Docavey (96) - Lehigh Acres, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2017
Interesting brew with grape must in the mix. Light hoppy nose. Pours out red but tastes like IPA without really any fruit flavor. Head is short-lived. Crisp mouthfeel. Balanced hops and malt that is not too heavy despite the 6.5% ABV. Enjoyed this from a bottle.
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nearbeer (5662) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2017
12 oz. bottled 09/28/2017. Crimson-copper brew with nice legs and a lasting creamy film of foam. Aroma of grape, autumn leaves, blackberry, caramel and maybe a touch of orange zest. Tastes of earthy leaf, non-sweet grape wine, wood, blackberry and a touch of caramel. Medium body has medium-plus mostly smooth carbonation and a dry winy slant. Korcz (3388) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. explosivedog (1814) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2016
330ml bottle. Strong grape notes dominate over any hops, but it’s a nice grape. Blackcurrant, sweet syrup, a little tart cranberry. Not a bad drop. Facun (20) - SPAIN - DEC 4, 2016
Probablemente, una de las mejores IPAs que probé.
Alucinante, en botella y con 6 meses thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle. An interesting combination of IPA and wine. The hop presence is really subdued, and it’s the Syrah grapes that dominate the taste. It’s moderately sweet and fruity, with an interesting wine character. Bonus points for the experimentation that went into making this.