Sunday, May 8, 2016

Dogfish Head Sixty-One (review)

Beer Review #113

I put myself through one last long training run this morning ahead of the next week's Chief Wetona Half , and the World's End Ultramarathon 50k a week later. While the scientific debate over the effects of post-workout beer on recovery continue, I say screw all of that. Like after a hard day's work, the best beer is the one you drink with friends at the finish line after a tough race, or at home by yourself following a long training run. So that's what I'm gonna do. Cheers!

Today I'm checking out Sixty-One, "The continually-hopped India Pale Ale brewed with Syrah grape must," from Dogfish Head.

What does any of that mean? Sixty-One is a beer-wine hybrid built upon the company's ever popular 60 Minute IPA.

Not to worry beer lovers. This is no fruity-mess, and is very much a beer. But if you were looking for an IPA you might be a little disappointed. Sixty-One  pours mahogany red, color no doubt imparted by the grapes. The head is creamy-white, with just a hint of red, and lingers in the lacing on the glass.

Most Dogfish Head brews seem are pretty high in alcohol, but this one comes in at just 6.5% and that relative weakness translates into less flavor. The underlying flavors and aromas of 60 Minute IPA are there, but muted to the point where it would be a stretch to call this an IPA. Its neither pale nor hoppy.

While certainly not the beer I expected, its not necessarily bad. The sweetness of the grapes, mingled with the result in a flavor somewhat like cherry - resulting in a beer that reminds me somewhat of a weakened version of The Mad Elf.

Musical Pairing: Mother Kali by Devilment

Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club (Sayre)
I-86 Beer Trail
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly (Waverly)
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)
The Grille at the Train Station (Sayre)
River Rat Brew Trail (Central Pa)

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