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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (592) - Delaware, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Nose of apple cider..and cider vinegar..interesting aroma From this hybrid concoction..canít say that I enjoyed this very much..mouthfeel is ok..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rightcross55 (6) - Keller, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2012 does not count
Pours cloudy golden with a puffy white head. Aroma of apples with floral notes. Smells a lot like a Belgian triple with apples. Crisp clean taste of apples and spices. Cannot tell this is 9%. Great summer and early fall beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4786) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2012
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours golden with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, some wheat like notes, spices, light fruit, and floral hops. Flavor the same, with an herbal/grassiness to it. Average texture. A decent beer. Itís interesting, but it tastes like a wheat/wit beer more than it does a fruit beer or beer mixed with cider.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
olr1984 (1324) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Light golden pour with large white head. Strong smell of apples and bananas. Great overall taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12122) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2012
75cl bottle. Large white head, clear apple juice body with a few floaties. Aroma is moderately sweet, coriander, Belgian spicy, apple. Taste is moderately sweet, apple, dusky/yeast, some mint, light cardamom, cayenne, alcohol warming. Medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
starkmarvelo (29) - Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2012
DFH Positive Contact Clear, Bright golden, lots of carbonation, 2 finger head. Good retention Clove, banana, light apples, a bit earthy. Not a whole lot of other aromas. And they're not very pronounced other than banana Herbal, banana, cayenne heat in the back of throat works with alcohol warmth. Apple skin and a bit of sweetness middle of tongue as it warms. Getting quite a bit of tartness at the back of the tongue towards the end of my first glass. Medium, coats well. Lingering taste of apple skin and aged cheddar. Very different. Extremely clear for a Wit and a few shades darker . I like the cayenne bite at the end, it hides the alcohol well. There is a lot going on here. I wouldn't have guessed its a "cider hybrid" though. Not bad. Not great. The 9% hits you pretty good after a while so be careful. Worth the try. B- Don't buy again -

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Pours filtered clear hay yellow with a fat dollop of white head. Aroma should be saying, "how bout them apples..." Tons of apple, with hints of sweet honey and some yeasty notes. Big creamy body with flavors of apple, sugar sweet caramel, and a dab of pepper. Long, clean and smooth finish. Interesting beer, a little too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle, shared with my wife. Deep golden colour with a slowly forming big bubbly white head that retains beautifully. Aroma is Belgian yeast, hard candy, and spicy coriander. I thought Iíd get some apple or peppery nuances from the description, but nothing like that ever came forward to me. Yeast sweet palate, rock candy, coriander, a little doughy. No apple on the palate, but Iím impressed that as I sit here typing my review not long after drinking this, there is a distinct apple fruit aftertaste lingering. Odd little beer, kinda cool. Iím glad I didnít pay big bucks for it though (like I did with Bitchís Brew).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle from a local shop. Aroma and flavor of Belgian ale with heavy banana ester, honey, cider, and select allspice. Looks fair unassuming, but the palate is also fairly crisp on both ends with a wide range of flavors in the middle. Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stamm (1) - - OCT 13, 2012 does not count
bread, cereal, floral, citrus, alcohol, golden, orange, hazy, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, light body, lively. This is a good beer. Very Belgian like and a welcome change from Dogfishís mostly hoppy other stuff. Iím a big fan of Dan the Automator, but I donít understand what he has to do with the beer. Did he make up the ingredients? Does Dan the Automator also brew beer when heís not making music? Anyways, itís a nice beer and I would buy it again.

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