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RATINGS: 361   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6420) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle from Beercafe OL, Walnut Creek. Pours cloudy golden with a thick off-white head and a apple aroma. There is a fruity wheat flavor with lots of spices, a distiinct faro taste and a dry finish. Pretty complex, but not really very tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Sampled at EBF. I remember ordering this one but failed to get a description about it. I do remember it being one of the more interesting Dogfish brews from the night but nothing mind blowing. I’ll be seeking a 2nd opinion once I get squared away with a bottle for myself.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
streve (101) - Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2012 750ml. Pour is a beautiful golden color with a thick white head that stuck around a bit. Aroma is sweet with notes of apples, pears and some yeast. Mouth has fruit and mild spice up front combined with a mild bitterness. Definitely catch the cider note that others were commenting on. Mild lacing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2012
On tap at Alewife. Pours a clear gold with a medium sized white head. Soft apple, musk, light yeast on the nose. Medium bodied, sweet, toast, apple. No pepper, no cilantro. Zesty lemon, toast, and musk. Nothing terrible, but another bland beer that didn’t live up to the billing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Aroma of apples, slight clove, and champagne yeast. Pours blond and frothy. Taste is sweeter than expected with notes of ginger, apples, water chestnut, and slight cilantro. A persistant Belgian champagne throughout ties it together.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Disagree with the masses on this one. The cider edge is more in the finish and up front is a juicy mix of citrus, apples, coriander spice and herbs. Belgian wit yeast helps enhance its fruity edge. I don’t really sense the pepper though and at times it seems like a lot is going on at once but that orks for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle. Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Fruity apple pear and bready Belgian yeast aroma and taste. Bright silky palate. Sweet apple pear and citrus bread taste with a light spiciness and a dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Location/Date:Draft on July 27th, 2012 in Rehoboth.

Appearance: Clear gold.
Aroma: Aroma is of light cider.
Taste:Cider, spice, light bitterness.
Palate:Light body, lingering aftertaste.

Summary: An interesting hybrid, kind of takes the sweetness edge off the cider, so it’s okay.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stchloe (784) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2012
On tap at OBF ’12, so I’m going to say that was the issue. Very creamy with some generic fruit notes balanced by the amber malt body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (2312) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2012
Pours a cloudy gold with a big frothy white top. Aroma is big citrus and apple with a small spice. Taste is a rash of cayenne but it doesn’t kill off the beer. Sweet apple and yeast make it a refreshing light beer.


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