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Dogfish Head Sixty-One

Rating: 3.75

Another Dogfish Head beer now, my third ever from the Delaware based brewery and like both of its predecessors (90 Minute IPA and Midas Touch) this one is another beer brought back from Virginia for me by my sister. Despite only have tried two the brewery’s beers before I am a huge fan and would love to have tried more of their stuff, sadly due to the fact their beers rarely make it beyond the east coast of the Untied States being gifted them from a returning relative is my best chance of trying new ones. This particular offering, of which I now have two bottles, is a version of Dogfish Head’s best-selling 60 Minute IPA with one new ingredient, syrah grape must from California, added during brewing. This one comes in half a percent stronger than the standard 60 Minute IPA at 6.5% abv. and since I’ve never tried the original I’m not sure what to expect from this one – altohugh I suspect it will be a good beer. Launched in March 2013 and coming in at 60 IBU, the beer is continually hopped and will be the first of five new Dogfish Head beers I’ve been lucky enough to get hold of; I can’t wait!

Dogfish Head Sixty-One

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a fairly bright looking amber colour that boarders on orange to red at times and is topped with a half centimetre tall, foamy white head that is slightly taller than a fine lacing but only just. The beer seems a touch cloudy and there is little in the way of head movement over the opening minutes.
Aroma (7/10): This one starts much like your typical American IPA with some citrus and pine notes but these aren’t particularly in your face and seem to have a nice balance before some floral notes and sweetness start to come through. The grapes mentioned on the label definitely start to come through quite early on with various fruits backing them up and some further sweetness and malts following on not far behind. The hop bitterness is quite subtle but you can tell it is there and some wine -like notes round things off nicely.
Taste (7/10): This one starts of with some citrus and pine but it’s definitely lighter than the nose suggested. This is followed by some white grapes and a very slightly acidic taste that is reminiscent of white wine before some sweetness and malts begin to come through and level things out. There is a touch of bitterness and hints of tropical fruits as well but the grapes seem to be the most pronounced and noticeable.
Palate (4/5): This one is quite a smooth beer with more carbonation than I was expecting, it comes out just past medium and has a nice tang to it with hints of spice too. There is some sweetness coming through on top of a medium body and there is a hint of alcohol towards the end of proceedings but overall it is a very drinkable beer.

Overall (15/20): This one was quite a good effort from Dogfish Head and on its own a really nice beer but when it follows on from the previous two from the brewery that I’ve tried it has to be said that this one definitely wasn’t their best. The beer was enjoyable and easy enough to drink but the white grapes seemed to be more pronounced and noticeable than I would have liked.

Brewed In: Milton, Delaware, United States of America
Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewery
First Brewed: 2013
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Virginia, United States of America
Price: Gift

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  1. October 27, 2014 at 10:50

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