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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Positive Contact is a cider-beer-hybrid veeeeeery loosely based on a Belgian-style Wit beer brewed with a bunch of unconventional ingredients for the style. Typically, Wits are brewed using bitter orange peel and coriander, but we went a different route. Inspired by one of Sams trips to Eataly in New York City, Sam and Ben brewed this beer with organic Fuji apple cider, fresh organic cilantro, and dried cayenne pepper. The cider was pressed in house from 200 lbs of apples with our very own fruit press. These wonderful fresh ingredients were delivered to usa couple of days before the brew by Sams friend Zeke of Washingtons Green Grocer. The grain bill for this brew was about 50/50 wheat and barley but a small portion of Anson Mills Slow-Roasted Farro was also added. To make this awesome product,the folks at Anson Millsuse a unique ancient heirloom variety of grain which imparts a delicate aromatic quality (Farrois traditionally used in soups and similar dishes). On top of that, a new hop variety was used, named Calypso, which lends notes of pear and apple that perfectly compliment the other ingredients in the brew. It was then fermented with a Belgian Wit yeast strain, adding both fruity and spicy complexity. This beer was made with a number if ingredients more traditionally used in the culinary world and we designed it to be a dazzling nimble food-pairing brew. Positive Contact: Between beer and cider. Between food and drink. Between us and you.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Aroma is dominated by apple and cilantro. Color is clear and golden with quickly fading head. Not any noticeable cayenne presence in the taste. Taste is all apple and cilantro with a hint of Belgian yeast spiciness. Thin bodied with a dry finish the alcohol content is well hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
22 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, served in a stem glass at a tasting at Greg’s. Pours clear golden with a tall, frothy off-white head that remains and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. On the nose are notes of tart apple, spice, flowers and a touch of yeast. The flavour starts with big malty caramel-honey sweetness up front, balanced with big spicy notes and a subtle hint of apple cider. The finish is long and spicy with hops and apple sweetness. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, watery texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is a nice, refreshing ale with slightly tart apple notes. It is a nice and tasty but interesting summer ale. 2012-09-15

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bwa5879 (708) - Portage, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Aroma: sour lager scent and strong clove Appearance: muddled but still partially translucent golden pour. 3 inches white head, decent, moderate bubbles rising at an average pace from carbonation. Taste: buttery and doughy mouth feel. Peppery yeast, average carbonation. Lots of robust clove flavor, a little vanilla taste and yeasty apple too. Finish: influence from the cayenne is evident but not overbearing, tingly mouth but by no means hot and spicy. Complex grassy herb flavors are left too. A bit dry. Overall: most dogfish head is out of this park and only a few are average. This is certainly the former: a complex, easy drinking wheat beer, especially for 9%

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Pours clear yellow with a fleeting white head. The aroma is fresh apples with a peppery tingle. The flavor is apple on the front and then it changes to ????? Not my thing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1856) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottlevpickedbout by my wife months ago, she wanted to try this after the arrival of wee baby child. Pours golden capped by a white head. Nose is abundant with notes of pepper and cilantro. This continues in the mouth to a quick and slight drying finish. Not much evidence of cider, but perhaps the best beer I’ve had from DFH.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (3896) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle at Flying Saucer Beerfeast. Pours a cloudy orange with no head. The aroma is a fruity malt and clove. Medium mouthfeel with sweet malt and light spice in the finish. Easy to drink a good fruit beer from Dogfish Head.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Sampled on 12/21/2012. This fruit beer pours a medium to dark yellow gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, sweet and apples, with some pepper and spices. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity, apple cider and sweet. The hops are fruity and herbal. Decent carbonation. Hints of spices and some pepper. The spiciness increases as it warms. Kind of a cross between a saison, a wit and a cider. A nice beer, There is a good balance between the fruit sweetness and the spices. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Look at that list of flavors and it tastes like a wit with apples. This loses points for pretending. If youre going to out on a limb with all these crazy flavors at least use enough to provide some type of character....

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernesto987 (3933) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Light and malty, I guess there’s some spices in there, tastes like a crosss between a triple and a wit. Kinda bad, damn

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4546) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2013
750mL bottle shared by PaulUnwin. Cheers, Paul! Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is sweet apple cider, some sweet malts, some mild spices, and some fruity yeast. Flavor follows with lots of apple cider qualities, some fruity yeast, some mild pepper bite. Interesting beer- light to medium in body with lingering sweet apples in the finish.


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