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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1080) - Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Pours clear yellow gold with a fair sized white head. Smells of apples and cilantro. Taste is fruity, crisp cilantro, and a touch of cayenne heat. Light-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Dogfish Head Positive Contact finishes fruity and a little funky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Apple and spice aroma with light malt. Apple and spice flavor with light yeast. Medium bodied. Apple and yeast lingers with spice and earthiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (747) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 3, 2012
750ml bottle into a DFH signature glass. Bottled in 2012A. A - Very clear golden amber body. Frothy three finger high soapy white head. Settles down a thin cap with massive amounts of lacing and retention. S - Smells pretty wit like (bready and spicy Belgian yeast, banana esters, bubble gum) with some creative edges. There is a nice note of sweet and slightly tart Fuji apple juice. Can’t say I pick up any cayenne pepper, but the slightly vegetal and herby finish points to cilantro. Very balanced and inviting. T - Again, the usual witbier notes of bananas, cloves, yeast, and wheat. Apple juice sweetness with just the faintest hint of pepper which is present mostly in some warmth. Finishes with a bit of an herbal vegetal quality but still remains quite sweet. M - The mouth feel is actually pretty damned amazing. Perhaps its from the addition of apple cider, but it works really well with the flavors. Medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel. Its not slick or coating, just silky smooth. Finishes dry with some spritzy carbonation. O - I was really impressed by this beer. I do get the Fuji apple cider, but the cayenne and cilantro are really hidden. Still makes for a crazy delicious and refreshing beer. Call me crazy, but a six pack of these along with some awesome music sounds perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Getbetter (983) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
From bottle,a lot of herb and apple notes,pale to gold in color, aftertaste bitter, its ok

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Complete disaster. Smells like apple and corn. Tastes like apple and corn, and what I imagine sweat socks taste like. I’d be embarrassed to put my name on this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle:   Straw, a little dark, sediment floats about, moderate frothy white head, nice lacing.   Soft non-deScript fruitiness, subtle spices.   Perhaps its too cold now to discern.   Sweet, seems a little white wine like.   Seems more grape than apple, which is odd.   Not getting much of the cilantro or cayenne pepper.   To me it seems like a Wheat like beverage, mated with a bit of white wine.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Hides the 9% ABV well.   I dunno man, seems like a Wheat, a bit of Belgian, with some white wine aspects.   Enjoyable.   Would like to have had it drier and perhaps a bit more tart, but otherwise nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Aroma is eatery, wheat, light apple aroma and some clove. Flavor is apple, savory on the back end with a trace amount of heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crispy34 (490) - Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Pour from da big bottle. Thanks, Kim! The aroma is of sour gala apples. The appearance isn’t very good cause I see a lot of stuff floating around in it, the taste is good, though. Better than I thought it would be, fo sho. It starts at a dry sour, then rolls into a more apple sour. Really interesting. Overall, I found this beer to be better than I imagined, because it sounded too busy. Never really caught the cilantro like I thought I would. Couldn’t taste the alcohol at all. This beer would be good for taking a bottle for your self to a Renaissance festival, because mead is too dang sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kimbo419 (19) - - AUG 31, 2012
Smells alot like a Belgian Wit beer, but very clear in appearance. The apples come through in the taste, but not the cilantro or cayenne pepper (probably a good thing). Light and refreshing, especially for a 9% abv beer. Body is light, fairly carbonated. The taste is slightly sweet with a dry finish. I was scared by the cilantro and cayenne, but I really liked this beer. Definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clear medium gold, soapy white edge bubbles. Nose of corn, corn chips, circus peanuts, weird apple note, hibiscus. Taste of meaty hops, light floral, hibiscus, apple, heavy spices. Syrupy body.

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