Beer Wednesday – Dogfish Head Sixty-One

Happy Beer Wednesday!

A few weeks ago, as you may or my not be aware, was National IPA Day. Now, I didn’t realize that at the time, but the Blonde let me know, and I sudenly felt an uncontrollable urge for hops.

I don’t know what came over me. . .

As it turned out, I was headed over to a friend’s house and we rolled on over to the Dogfish Head Alehouse for lunch and vegan beers.

Now, I know that they post their beers that are currently on tap on the website, but I had recently read a review of their Sixty-One, and had to try it. Thankfully the bartender had a few hidden in a cooler.

According to Dogfish Head’s website, the idea for Sixty-One came from the president of Dogfish Head pouring a little bit of his favorite red wine into a glass of 60-Minute IPA, and really liking it.

The beer, however, is really much better than I expected. I had looked at it a few times before reading the review, and I was always a little scared of “combination” beers and I don’t really like fruit in my beer. (Although, if you know how I feel about Magic Hat #9 or Dogfish Head’s Aprihop, you know that I might be full of it. . .)

Well, like the Monkees said, “Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer. Not a trace. . . of doubt in my mind.”

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The color caught me off guard at first. I twas pink, almost like a weird soda color. I was a little scared, but as I had made a point of ordering one, I was going to go all the way. THe nose was very fruit forward, with notes of cherries and berries, followed by hop//grapefruit, and finished with a little tease of syrah.

The flavor developed over time, from a little bitter with some wine finish, to a full bodied IPA (not very different from the 60-minute IPA that fathered this beer) with a rich, wine-like finish. The grape must balanced the hoppy bitterness really well, making the 6.5% ABV a little sneaky, but well worth the effort.

As is becoming a dangerous little trend here, I’m quite happy to give another Dogfish Head vegan beer a rating of 5/6.

5 out of 6, 5/6 sixpack, opened six pack

Have you had Sixty-One? What did you think?

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~ by VegansHusband on August 14, 2013.

7 Responses to “Beer Wednesday – Dogfish Head Sixty-One”

  1. Ha! Thanks for the link back. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one. It took a few sips for me to get used to it, but once I adjusted to this brew-oddity, I really really liked it. I liked it even more as it warmed up to room temp.

    Cheers!
    G-LO

    • Yeah, I feel like with Dogfish’s beers, they generally are pretty complex. Unfortunately that just makes me want ro drink more of them more often… Not the worst problem to have, though.

  2. I am pretty sure I drank every single bottle of this that their distributor sold to our neighborhood. Can’t wait for the next batch!

  3. Reblogged this on Proper_Pour.

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