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RATINGS: 372   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (3720) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2012
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 Light.yellow. white head. Belgian yeasty aroma with some white oak tones. Apple peel and Belgian yeasty flavor. Spritzy with a medium light body. It has a lot of Mr. Clean- like qualities

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2300) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Clear golden colored pour with a creamy white head. Notes of peanuts, clove, banana candy, honey. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9224) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Cloudy yellow pour with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of shortbread cookies, apples, belgian yeast, wheat, spice. Flavor is nice but a bit watered down. I get apples, lots of yeast, a hint of "beer" flavor, spice, cookies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4080) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Draught at the brewpub. Nice looking deep gold clear pour with an average sized full off white head. Aroma is lots of yeast, banana esters, cloves, wet grains, old citrus meat, grapes and hint of alcohol. Fuller bodied that has a syrupy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Flavor of wet grains, yeast, grapes, banana ester, hint of bubblegum, straw and lemons. Wow way better then I thouht it would be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Slightly cloudy golden straw color with a white head. Aroma has a nice Belgian character to it of banana, mild coriander spiciness, and yeast. Fruity apple character with a touch of grass and white pepper. The coriander and yeast are more pronounced on the palate. Light apple flavor, decently fruity. Banana, a bit of grass, bread, and a light herbaceous quality. Not bad, but kind of watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4971) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2014 I tried both the bottle and the draft side by side. The bottle is significantly better though still not great +++ Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a hazy very pale yellow color with a very large foamy white head that left good lacing. The aroma was tangy and sweetish with notes of apple, pear and band aid. The flavor was tangy and bitter with notes of Juicyfruit gum, citrus, pear, apple, band aid and artificial sugar. Medium length tangy pear and apple finish with lingering Juicyfruit gum and artificial sugar. Light to medium body. The alcohol was well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle. Slightly cloudy golden beer with a lasting white head. Aroma is belgian yeast, apples, citrus, and a good amount of coriander, much like a witbier. Taste is almost dominated by spice, with the belgian yeast coming through, and just some apple. Alcohol is well-hidden. Was expecting more apple and a little more sweetness. Heavy spice on the finish. Medium body, well carbonated. Donít think I can drink a bomber of this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Cider aroma. Pours with a lovely velvety head. Definitely tastes like a cider/wheat beer mix. I love this beer and I hate cider. Coriander taste is very noticable as well. Very good special release from DFH. A bit cloudy appearance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
bigrond (1480) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Quite possibly the worst dogfish head beer Iíve ever had. Got a whiff, slightly, of apple on the first sip. Tasted stale, bland, and lifeless. What a huge disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1717) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Taken from travelsandtuness.wordpress.com :

Well, you got to give it to them. DFH continues to pump out some really odd and wild ideas with their brews. Some really hit it, some do not. After hearing this one was going to be more on the actual "limited" status (aka 66 cases of 6 to the state of Washington, with many stores selling one-per-custy), I hopped on it as soon as I caught wind when it was going to be released, as I just happened to be in a larger city (Seattle) when it dropped. Found one at Whole Foods downtown, they got 12 bottles total. What made this interesting was that the beer guy at WF didnít know what was coming with Positive Contact. I informed him that inside each case, in his case twice, was a brand new 10" from Deltron 3030ís Dan The Automater. Gangster. Anyways, I attempted to score one of the two records, failing unfortunately. Grabbed one of the twelve for $12.99+tax (thankfully not any more than that) and went on my merry way to an epic weekend of glamping upon glamping in The Meadow.
Upon opening the bottle in the Meadow, a light apple esther comes wafting out the bottle, speckled with hints of yeast. A deep pale gold pours into the glasses. Hints of the spices start to hit the nostrils a bit more once the brew sits in the glass, but these notes are not overpowering. Once the brew hits the tongue an overall sense of many flavor notes step in slowly one after the other: citrus, green and yellow apples, muffled peppery spice, and straw...which transmute into what mainly seems to be a light cider. Definitely donít believe Iíd tasted anything quite like it before. That said, the flavors, while noticeable, were unfortunately faint in their delivery. The cider note takes you through the finish with a polite hint of the 9% ABV, but does not linger for all that long. I was happy that the token malt characteristics of many DFH brews over the past 5 years were not present for the most part! A novel idea mostly pulled of once again, but it could use just a tiny kick in general for my tastes. Nice work to whomever got a plate with their brew!

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