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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bomber. Medium yellow with a thin white head. Banana, clove, lemon and slight apple scents. Peppery, lemony and crisp. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2013
Big bottle. Pours clear golden with lasting white head. Aroma big cinnamon/cloves with undertone of apple. Full body carries a complex sweetness with bitter notes. Overall a really interesting brew, but you have to be ready for the fruit/sweetness and spices. Complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kobal (64) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 20, 2013
Pours clear bright gold with a lasting white head. Nose is apples and bready yeast. Taste starts as tart apple and moves briefly into spice and cilantro then into a Belgian-y white smoothness before finishing with a spicy dryness. Body seems creamy and smooth, yet crisp and biting from the fairly high carbonation. A very nice hybrid with interesting flavors that kind of catch you off guard. Dangerously refreshing and easy to drink considering the abv.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2140) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2013
Draft at Monks. Medium light gold pour. Lasting foamy white ring. Did not know it was a cider until halfway though. The apple is there when you look for it but otherwise there are dryer hop flavors that make this feel like a proper beer. Albeit a juicy but unadventurous one.a

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrana (609) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2013
Interesting mix of flavors. Has a spicy mouth feel with notes of crisp apple, spice, and hints of bubblegum from what seems like a Belgian yeast strain. Overall pretty good, and a nice change of pace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (2482) - New York, New York, USA - APR 15, 2013
Draft at standings NYC. Crisp, sweet, slightly boozy. No head. Hints of fennel, cider and wine. Pretty good. I'd like to try it in a bottle ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (7137) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good for a cider hybrid; a foggy orange with white head that slowly dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes yeasty and spicy with an average mouthfeel. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (10050) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
Clear golden color with a large pillowy white head. Smell si witbier yeast but it is extremely clean, not alot of phenols or esters. There is a bit of breadcrust and citrus hop aroma. It isn’t overly cidery, the apple is an underlying tone to the strong yeast adding some banana and rich malt profile. Its a bit too sweet but good. Cut this t 4 or 5% and it would be fantastic. This is actually really tasty though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
750 ml bottle. pours a bright golden color with a medium white head. Aroma of apple cider, cilantro, some dust and mustiness. Flavor is a bit duller than I hoped, the apple and dusty beer notes are muddled. Some spices, some coriander. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice carbonation. I like the idea here but . . it didn’t quite work out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bought the box set with the record a while back, drinking the last bottle now. Pours lightly caramel or a toasted straw color. This beer never really hit the spot I was hoping it would. not a bad flavor, maybe something seemed a little too spiced for me. Worth it for the bottle to try, the set was surely more than I needed.

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