Dogfish Head Sixty-One

Dogfish Head Sixty-One

Rated 3.250 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE, United States

Style:  Fruit Beer

6.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Sixty-One, Dogfish Head's first new core beer since 2007, was born at the crossroads of serendipity, experimentation and brotherhood. Whenever Dogfish Head President Sam Calagione and his neighborhood friends gather for drinks, they give each other a big ol' man-hug and order a round of 60 Minute IPA. A few years ago, Sam also ordered a glass of his favorite red wine and poured a little into each pint of 60 Minute. They all dug the combination of fruity complexity and pungent hoppiness, and the blend became a beloved tradition. Sixty-One captures that tradition in a bottle and marries two Dogfish Head innovations: beer/wine hybrids -- which Dogfish has focused on for well over a decade with beers like Midas Touch and Raison D'être -- and continually-hopped IPAs. The name Sixty-One is a reminder that this beer is Dogfish Head’s best-selling 60 Minute IPA plus one new ingredient: syrah grape must from California. The label, painted by Sam, is a twist on a typical watercolor. Rather than using water, Sam mixed the green pigment with beer and the red pigment with wine. And because Sixty-One pairs so well with chocolate, he painted the browns on the label with melted chocolate. Sixty-One will debut in March 2013. Four-packs will be available four times a year throughout Dogfish Head's 27-state distribution network. Original Release Date:  03/2013 Food Pairing Recommendations:  Grilled pork tenderloin, sushi, fresh vegetables, summer berries and cream, apple pie, gruyere cheese, young gouda cheese Glassware Recommendation:  IPA glass Wine Comparable:  Syrah

ID: 52275 Last updated 8 years ago Added to database 8 years ago

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Overall Rank13626
Overall Percentile71.3
Style Rank175 of 1226
Style Percentile85.7
Lowest Score2.0
Highest Score3.9
Average Score3.318
Weighted Score3.250
Standard Deviation0.549

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  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.1 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a grapefruit juice color with no head to think of. Nicely carbonated. Aroma is heavy on sweet hops and residual fruits. Taste is fairly dry and fizzy like a champagne. Hints of grapes, dry hops, and sweetness. Slightly metallic ending. Not my cup of tea.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 2.0 7 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 2 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    What the hell is this? Its so thin and abysmal that I can't believe they wasted the time to bottle it. So weak all around,worst dogfish head I can recall.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.3 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Pours a reddish amber colour with a small white head that retains well and leaves a good amount of lacing. Sour grape aroma. Sour grape flavour. Not much in the way of hops for an IPA. Tastes a little tart and metallic. Medium smooth mouthfeel. Quite disappointed.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.9 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours reddish copper with a lily head. Fantastic lacing. aroma is sweet, fruity, but also a bit hoppy. Mouth is smooth and also somewhat…thick. Flavor is sweet, fruity, hoppy, fruity. It's a nice combo that works quite well.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    The beer pours a crimson/rusty brown with 1/2 an inch of a white head that laces pretty well. The nose is predominantly tart grape for the most part. The taste presents an interesting grape-IPA harmony, subtle yet distinct, the yeast adding complexity and depth. Sweetness upfront, a solidly medium body, slightly tart,and semi-dry finish, no booze, very drinkable. I'd say it's worth a try for most IPA/hybrid-beer lovers.

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.0 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    12 oz bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a big rocky pinkish white head that retains well and laces the glass.

    The aroma is grape skins and grapefruit with some earthy hops.

    The flavor is sweet and bitter grapes with an earthy bitterness and some cranberry in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

    Overall, an interesting idea, but I prefer their Aprihop.

  • CYBERCAT 10151 reviews
    rated 3.2 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Comes out of the bottle an attractive tawny amber with a fairly thick, though rather effervescent, light tan head. Hoppy aroma has a definite overtone of grape, more at grape juice than wine. It has a strange, slightly nasty note that I can’t quite identify - something unique to Syrah grapes? Well, give it a break, maybe these are an acquired taste. Grape taste is a bit overpowering, almost drowning out the malty and hoppy notes. Smooth texture has good viscosity but lacks fizz. OK, had to give it a try.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours the oddest light purple I've ever seen in a beer. Quite the looker. Aroma definitely grape like. Flavor is less hoppy than I'd have thought, though I know 60 isn't exactly a hop monster to start with. Doesn't really resemble an iPa at all anymore, which is fine if I just don't think of it as one. Unique sweetness with just a hint of funk and hops. Well balanced and easy drinking. Glad to have tried this one, and glad it wasn't a $12 750 :)

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.8 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Coincidentally, 61 is my 961st review. Interesting hybrid beer. I was a little concerned that this would be too grapey,...and wasn't sure how it would work with an IPA. I must say, a little better than expected. Not as grapey as say, a Midas Touch, but enough on the back end to know it's there. It's mild though, like a zinfandel or rose wine. Works well with the hops. Only sampled a single for now, may get another one....maybe not quite good enough for an entire 4-pack.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Reddish copper body, light pink head, and splotchy lacing. Spritzy and mildly bitter. Subdued hops, more bitterness than actual hop aroma or flavor. A bit woody. Biscuits followed by a buttery content that doesn't fit into place. A bit of fruit punch on the back end. Overall I'm not impressed.

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