Monday, June 10, 2013

Dogfish Head Sixty-One

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (903) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Dogfish head tumbler glass. It was bottled on 2/26/13. It cost $3.80 ($0.32 per ounce).

Appearance: A light purple/dark magenta color. Dark but clear with mild carbonation visible. Forms a large, pinkish white, soapy head that retains and laces well.

Smell: And odd combination of citrusy hops and some kind of berry juice (not grape juice).

Taste: We’ve come to expect the unexpected from Dogfish Head, so no matter how strange their brews may be they shouldn’t be surprising. Sixty-One is much more interesting than it is anything else as it’s technically an American IPA brewed with Syrah grape must. I believe the intention was to create for a beer/wine hybrid, though the final product is more of a berry-flavored beer with hops. It’s not bad, but I’m not sure I understand the appeal.

Slight grapey tartness at the beginning, which quickly gives way to the base 60 Minute IPA palette. It’s a weird transition to go from a juice-like flavor to strong bitterness. I think the intention was to pair the sharp tartness from the grape must with the citrusy bitterness of the hops. In that respect it works somewhat since it’s not completely distracting, but it’s not perfect synergy. The finish is a bit strange with equal parts grape juice and IPA. I think this taste would grown on me eventually, but at $3.80 a bottle I literally can’t afford to take that chance. One serving was good enough for me, and I have a feeling most drinkers will feel the same way.

Drinkability: While the taste may be rather odd, Dogfish Head Sixty-One is at least drinker-friendly. The mouthfeel is noticeably soft and a bit thick but still crisp. The aftertaste is surprisingly clean, though I wouldn’t describe it as refreshing per se. At 6.5% it feels a bit lighter than that weight would indicate, and a single serving is definitely satisfying. 
Grade: 6/10