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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
moonbug (67) - Bryan, - JUL 26, 2013
The leaves tremble in the wind and the orchard is awaft with cayenne and coriander...overripe apples and pears spill their fermented juices upon the earth. The glass is full of golden light. Ok, so at this point I taste the beer and find that the aroma is much more enjoyable than the taste...which isn't bad...it's a little too peppery...hot almost on my lips. The apple taste is very fresh but the finish is off a bit. Still it is very worth trying and overall good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slubgob (250) - West Hartford, USA - NOV 22, 2015
750 into wine glass. Golden pour, minimal head. Nose mostly of cider, but a bit of vegetative curiosity. In the mouth, again mostly a nice dry cider, but a smidge of ale bite, and herbs come through in the mid palette to finish. Finish is shorter, which has a tendency to make me want to keep visiting it to figure out just what the hell is going on, in the best of ways.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (5194) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle thanks to Petrinoda. Pours clear orange, medium white head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is herbal, apple, wheat. Flavor is interesting, peppery, but not hot peppers, apples, herbal notes abound, earthy. Medium body. Different, but not bad at all really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1505) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2015
One of the things that I love about craft beer is when brewers are able to make a great beer from a combination of ingredients that you’d never think would go together. Dogfish Head Positive Contact is an excellent example of what I mean as it’s brewed with cider, spices, wheat, and peppers. That sounds like an odd recipe – and indeed it is – but in this case “odd” equates to high quality.

I poured a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled in 2013 and cost $3.99 [marked down from $13.99] ($0.16 per ounce).

Appearance: A near glowing shade of flame orange. Body starts out relatively clear but becomes cloudier as more particulates and sediment can be seen floating. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which laces and retains very well. Alcohol legs are visible.

Smell: Mostly apple cider and apple sauce, though the spices are evident as well. Faint Belgian-esque yeast esters seem present as well.

Taste: I always enjoy trying a bizarre brew, and even more so when it tastes good. When I took my first sip, my palate was inundated with a mélange of flavors and my brain wasn’t quite sure how to process it. I will say that apple cider/sauce was the most prominent characteristic. There seems to be a touch of cinnamon or brown sugar present, though that’s probably the Cayenne pepper. Towards the middle the cilantro and roasted farro begin to emerge and impart a light, slightly zesty taste. It follows up the apple surprisingly well. The backend incorporates mild bitterness and additional apple and pear flavors (some of that probably due to the use of Calypso hops). I detect a subtle warming sensation in the throat from the peppers. I’ve never had this beer fresh, so I’m wondering how intense it was at the time. Two years in the bottle do not seem to have harmed it all. There is a faint butterscotch flavor probably due to oxidation, but it works with the apple flavor so no harm no foul.

Drinkability: Considering that Dogfish Head Positive Contact is both a big beer at 9% ABV and also brewed with peppers, you’re inclined to believe that it might be a challenge to drink. Perhaps two years in the cellar has tamed what might otherwise be a beast because this is a pleasant drinking experience in every way. There’s definitely viscosity to the mouthfeel, and yet there’s plenty of carbonation still present. It’s super smooth going down with just a faint warmth from the alcohol and/or pepper. There’s not much aftertaste, for better or for worse. This would be an ideal brew to pair with Thanksgiving dinner.

RATING: 9/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rocbyter (1982) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Strong sour grain aroma with hints of fruit. Hazy orange color with a large white head. Sweet beginning with a tart bitter middle and finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocJitsu (1375) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Pours a mostly clear light golden color with a hefty white head. I smell honey, lemon, seltzer, brown sugar, and molasses. Soft and a little heavy with some carbonation. Honey, lemon, caramel, and earthy flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bought at the 7-11 in Sparks, NV next to the in and out while working gate strike at TTITD 2013. Shared with an old friend who used to live in DC where I grew up. Pours Golden, great head and really nice aroma. Super drinkable and got me a nice little buzz! Tweeted about it: https://twitter.com/theyisweeheavy/status/596

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2015
Draft sample at Craft Bar PCB. Clear gold color with a white head. Light malt aroma with a witbeer full mouthfeel. Citrus and light spice in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (6171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Clear bright copper/golden with a thin cap of white foam. Sweet and fancy nose of appley perfume and bright golden malt and sweet flowers---almost like a girls perfume but with a blonde earthy beery kick. Nice flavor with the spritzy dryness of of a champagne and a nice appley touch with a little kiss of sweetness and a blonde cracker backbone. The booze is well hidden and you don’t really taste how strong it is, with a hefty dose of semisweet cider and a little bit of Belgian cracker malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
pkbites (766) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Meh. On tap @ Hi Hat Lounge Milwaukee. Cloudy pour. Smells more like a wit. Bananas and pears. Dry, stale banana flavor. Not sure what specialness they were going for but they missed. Probably better on tap than in a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Msdrbeat (123) - - MAR 13, 2015
You can most definitively smell the apple cider. But if spice to this one. Like the look. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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