Sixty-One – Dogfish Head Brewery

From Milton, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery comes their “Sixty-One” the Continually hopped India Pale Ale brewed with syrah grape must.  This beer is the 60 Minute IPA with one added ingredient Syrah Grape Must.  Syrah Grape Must is the freshly pressed grapes that includes skins, seeds and stems of the Shiraz grape (also known as Syrah).  The beer pours a reddish/copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of grapes, wine, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of red wine, fruits, malts and a good hops bitterness.    The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 60.  This may not be for everyone but this mix of fairly big IPA with the grape must really did it for me!  I will be picking up more of this if I can find it.

Commercial Description: Sixty-One, our 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.