Dogfish Head Sixty One

I bought this at a local wine and craft beer shop called Arrowine, a place I highly recommend. I was looking around for something interesting to try and noticed a new Dogfish Head beer. I asked the beer guy if he had tried it and he hadn’t. We both shared our experiences with some Dogfish Head experiments. They can be right on, but sometimes not. I decided to go ahead and buy it. This was a very nice beer. They basically took the 60 Minute IPA and added Syrah Grape Must (which is grape juice used for making wine). There is a nice hoppiness, but it is tempered by the grapes. The grapes definitely influenced the color of the beer. It pours a reddish pink with a thick, lingering white head. You don’t get a strong flavor of wine or grape, but I think that’s because the strong flavor of the hops and the grapes are offsetting each other. It drinks very smoothly and is very refreshing. You do still get some of the malty backbone and just a hint of hop bite. I liked it, but I think some people might not. I give it 3 out of 5 proper pints.

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