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RATINGS: 327   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (1857) - New York, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Poured a golden yellow hue with a white head that faded away rather quickly. A somewhat elevated level of carbonation was present. Aroma seemed to be dominated by apples. A nice spicy note from the coriander and cilantro seemed to complement the sweetness. There was a mild presence from the grains. It had a nice blend of grains but I really could not detect them. Flavor was interesting at first i did not like it. The spiciness from the herbs seemed to overpower the other flavors, but it seemed to balance out as i drank more. Apples still dominated the flavor. A nice mix of spices and a better malt presence. A nice mouth feel and although there was a light of effervescence from the carbonation it did have almost a syrupy feel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3671) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
BTBF. Clear golden color. Aroma is sweet, nature, floral. Sweet flavor, grainy and mossy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2014
750 ml. Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a pillowy head and a medium amount of lacing. Clever nose. Lots of apple as expected with a bunch of supporting players. Pear, honey, yeast, passion fruit, pepper, banana, green tea, fresh cilantro and mild nuttiness. Tastes much like it smells with a bunch of Fuji apple forward followed by fresh baked bread, banana, lemon peel, pear, honey, cider vinegar, a good amount of yeast, nutty toasted farro, rosemary, cilantro and the slightest hint of maple and cayenne pepper. Lighter bodied with really nice effervescent, champagne like carbonation. Medium length finish with a nice mix of spice and sweetness that ultimately gives way to a snappy apple note. Oddly enough I really dug this in a novelty way. Somehow the sum is greater than its wit and cider parts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BennyBinion (16) - Canyon, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
It has a fruity aroma. Pours a goldish orange color with an off white head. It has a cider flavor with just a trace of cilantro. To be honest, Im disappointed in this beer, I was expecting an overall better beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (2708) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 1, 2014
750 ml bottle. Clear gold color with lasting head retention. Nose is apple and honey. Flavor is simple and clean. Belgian yeast, apples and pears. Light cilantro hints in the backend of the sip. The finish is lingering fruit without being overly sweet. Carbonation has a nice effervescent feel. Nice tingle dances over the tongue. It drinks like a 4% cider, so thats pretty cool. Simple and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3491) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2014
On tap at WOB Arlington. Amber in color with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of cilantro, light chili pepper, woody spices/roots, earth, and apple. Taste is of spices, cilantro, apple peel, pear, earthy (wood and shrubs), and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrewFace (467) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours a clear, light orange color with small white head. Aroma is fruity, light, apple like, floral. Mostly applely, cider flavor, medley of spices, kind of muddled overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (1709) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Interesting concept here. Pours a murky orange-amber into the glass with a soapy white head that diminishes fully, leaving no lace. Green apples and pears, with light esters to the nose. Flavors are apples, unripened pears, very cider-esque, with light spices to finish, alongside some yeasty esters. The mouthfeel is a bit active with carbonation and a light spice, and superbly integrated alcohol. Goes down like a cider, juicy, but very wit/fruit beer active, estery yeasts. A medium-body that drinks more like a brew than a cider, this is an interesting experiment from Dogfish, and although maybe not my constant sidekick of choice, its certainly a unique offering that Im happy to put in my repertoire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1503) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Interesting concept... I am usually a big cider fan, but like many of the DFH beers, this one was just a bit too "unique" for me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Buongiorgio00 (576) - - JAN 17, 2014
Interessante fusione tra birra e cidro, lho trovata veramente buona. Sulla tipica dolcezza da birra belga si insedia un netto sentore di mela, che le conferisce anche un gusto acidulo, con supporto di note citriche e fruttate e lievemente caramellate. Buona buona!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (458) - Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear orange with white head. Smells like a Belgian, very fruity. Has a light body, fruity- banana, orange, tropical, pretty much like a light Belgian with a touch more fruit complexity to it. Good, nothing great.

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