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