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RATINGS: 378   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (1993) - 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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsnicholas (249) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle (750ml): Golden with some sitiment floating around. White head. Had a slight funk Belgium smell. Taste is unique. I think its the cilantro that dominates the aroma and taste. A little too much for me. Pretty sweet, but the spices hide that.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UncleKorm (891) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle poured a clear, w/ lots of small particles, golden hue w/ large white head diminishing to a lasting cap. Moderate to bold fruity aroma. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a light sour finish. Tastes are apple, white wine, vinegar, and currants. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
[5916-20131010] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Fragrant apple and pear juice aroma. Clear, pale yellow orange body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. Sweet pear syrup continues in the flavour. Medium body. Good. (7/4/7/4/14) 3.6
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, Greg Clow, jercraigs, mds)

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TattooJack (161) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Champagne bomber in a brown bag. This one confused me at first because the concept is so well thought out. When I took a drink the fruitiness would lead one to expect a sugary drool to form in your mouth, but then the pepper comes out and dries that up. Itís taste bud magicianadry. It doesnít even taste like there is any alcohol in this, but I know because my ears are ringing there is, or maybe I just have tinnitus, and am buzzed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2459) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 15, 2014
On tap at Granite State on tap. Lightly hazy golden color with a minimal head. Spicy earthy fruity flavors with a Belgianesque character. Iím surprised how little of the ingredients I found in my sample, but I was at a brew fest. I must try this beer again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Tap. Hazy golden with small head. Medium tart with some fruit and Belgian yeast in the finish. No booziness though tartness lingers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a medium size white foamy head with medium retention and some lacing. Aroma of apple cider with some coriander notes is quite refreshing. Aroma of cider is quite dominant with some medium sweet notes. Coriander notes are also noticeable and are well-balanced against the sweeter malt base. Body is light with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very nice experiment and I could see myself drinking this again on hot summer days.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1891) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2014
750ml bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy golden color. There was a thin white head that doesnít linger or leave much lacing. It has a nice nose. Some apple, spicy and earthy. The taste is very good. It has a touch of bitterness, earthy, apple and spices. Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1286) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2014
750 mL bottle. Pours light yellow, with a medium, bubbly, white head. Cinnamon and apple aromas, orange zest, peppercorns, and caramel. Sweet and fruity, with just a little, sharp, tart note. Light to medium body, sharp, and acidic. Overall, this is a fairly nice, fruity, acidic beverage. Not exactly beer, but certainly not cider. Interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"More of a belgian aspect than i expected. spicy, like a belgian golden, but with an apple aspect that ended up being a lesser part of the whole. Lots going on. Besides the belgian yeastiness and apple, there were some grassy hops, and only faint notes of cayenne and herbs (which if not in the ingredients I would not have been able to tell was cilantro). $12 with a record from an unexpected source here in Reno. Iíll seek out at least one more time."


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