Wednesday, July 24, 2013

DOGFISH HEAD's "SIXTY ONE" - IS IT A "MUST"?

Folks, that headline is Beer Samizdat's proof that we truly have a way with words. This new beer, "SIXTY ONE" from DOGFISH HEAD BREWING is an IPA brewed with syrah "grape must". What is must? You know Wikipedia, "the peoples' dictionary", says? "Must (from the Latin vinum mustum, “young wine”) is freshly pressed fruit juice (usually grape juice) that contains the skins, seeds, and stems of the fruit." So this in an IPA with grape juice, juice that contains pretty much everything that came with the grape. Warts and all. Is it any good? Let's find out.

First, you he-men had better get ready for this one. Comfortable with your manhood? I hope so, because you're about to drink a pink beer. Well, it's more of a plum/pink color, but still. That's not something you see every moon. If you can imagine a wine grape IPA, this is definitely it. Fruit-forward, but not dry and harsh. In fact, it's quite wet and liquify, and grape is very much the focus of this, more so than the hops. If they'd called it a grape pale ale, or even a grape ale (without the "india pale") part, I'd believe it, but since they call it an IPA, hey, I'll call it an IPA too. I have to say, it falls right into line with most Dogfish Head beers these days: interesting, innovative, pleasant, and that's really about it. I'd probably order something else were it in front of me again, but I'd like to encourage you to make your own call – it's certainly in league with the good ones, if not a dazzler in its own right. 7/10.

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