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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.


4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2013
translucent gold with lots of particulates. very effervescent with a creamy and persistent white head. mouthfeel is full, but more like fresh pressed juice or oil than creamy. carbonation is medium-high.

aroma: a strong suggestion of wild yeast infection hits right out of the bottle, and remains throughout. lots of doughy yeast character sits atop notes of apples and pears. pale malt sweetness come through pretty clear, but no cayenne and only very faint cilantro.

taste: malt sweetness quickly gives way to tart wheat, but then sweet dough and apples push out in the finish. there is a very pleasant sweet cereal note. cayenne and cilantro are nicely subtle, and add complexity more than their own individual character. hops are a background player, though detectable in bitterness and flavor.

overall, more like a tripel or golden strong than an imperial wit, though the wheat is quite evident. the varied spice and fruit and grain flavors meld together much better than i was expecting, even to the point where they are quite difficult to pull back apart on the palate. it is a very complex, yet balanced and drinkable beer, though the sweetness and heavy body makes 750ml a bit much to drink alone without food. luckily, it makes for lots of interesting pairings. a cleaner fermentation would make it an unexpectedly top-notch brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2013
750ml from Total Wine, Durham. Fairly bright, deep golden pour. Healthy carbonation, vigorous head and spotty lacing. Nose has plenty of lively fruit in it, bright and autumnal for the most part but coming across in interesting ways owing to all the fragrant spices used here. A nice and thoughtful set of additions to give the beer a very distinctive aroma. Not all of it quite comes across in the taste, but I still enjoy the vaguely spicy notes (some of them just a touch hot) and their intermingling with the fruit, yeast, and dry hoppy finish. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Date: October 22, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: hazy gold, creamy off white head, heavy sticky lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, spicy, fruity, floral, peppery
Body: creamy body
Flavor: spicy flavor, sweet malt, touch of fruityness, crisp apple, hint of orange, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6975) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
750ml bottle, thanks to Jay. Love the label on this. Shared with Robby. Clear golden yellow color. Awesome plentiful particles in the body. Great thicker white head. Thick full lace, very awesome. Nice cidery and light floral nose. Cilantro in this really plays a positive and brilliant role, with the fuji cider. Lighter cayenne spice does a nice job counterbalancing the typical cider sweet acidity. As a typical DFH bonus, this stuff drinks nothing like the 9% ABV. Incredibly smooth texture, light soft carbonation, medium body. Really smooth. Doesn’t really taste like cider, more like brewed with cider. Very tasty, though. I was skeptical about it, but it really exceeded my expectations.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
On tap at OB Noodlehouse (a long time ago). Pours with a lightly hazed golden hued body. Mostly clear, but still a bit of haze. Small yet retentive white head. Aromas are spicy, golden raisins, rosewater, coriander, plums, pluots, apple juice, gay). Boozy, lively bubbles, grainy, wheat. Flavors are grainy, apple, spicy clove and coriander, very cidery (but not in an off-way), boozy, lively bubbles, rich phenol, dry and warming.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours golden in color with a medium white head. Aroma of fruit, wheat, yeast and light spices. Flavor was nice and crisp with fruit, wheat, honey, apples a bit of caramel and had some mild spiciness

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2453) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Almost clear golden liquid with medium egg shell white head. Massive amount of huge yeast chunks. Aroma of clove, wheat, some sweet fruit, bubblegum, grain and spices. Some tangerine as well. Taste is dry and light bitter with notes of cloves, spices, banana, apples and sweet fruit. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit ciderish. Refreshing and drinkable. Very weissen/witbier like but with a cidery touch.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop notes ofgrain, straw and flowers, with apple and coriander in the background. Head is small, fizzy, white with a few spots of lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is clear light amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, slick with a lively carbonation and has a lightly alcohlic finish. Very unique and a very easy drinking Fruit Beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1283) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2012
A cool brew. Aroma of sweet apples, some light cayenne, and a slight triple like tropical fruit sweetness. Pour is yellow with a white head. Taste is similar, with a nice apple fruitiness, some subdued but noticeable cayenne, and an overall sweet finish. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Thanks to Jordan for the share. This was a pretty complex apple brew. The aroma was spicy and yeasty with more and more apple as it warmed up. It tasted very herbal as well, but the dry apple finish made it a great drinker. The alcohol is very well hidden too. Once it airs out a bit it tastes like a cider/saison combo... Nice!


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