Dogfish Head Positive Contact

Formerly brewed at Dogfish Head Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Milton, Delaware USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap

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RATINGS: 394   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3219) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle from Wilco Sicklerville. Pours out a lightly cloudy golden color with a big off white head. Aroma is of apples, grass, spice, light herbal notes. Taste is complex, sweet/tart apple, citrus zest, spices, clove. Light earthy grass, spices, yeast, slight drying alcohol creeping in there on the finish. Solid beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Poured a hazy golden hue with creamy white head. Smelled of coriander and lemon. Tasted sweet with notes of ginger. Very good, but a bit too rich to enjoy as a summer quaff. I just read the description and I cant believe they didnt use the spices mentioned.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bomber, pours a light golden with large white head. Scent of fresh apples. Taste is apple, Belgian yeast, wheat. Goes down light and crisp, hard to believe its 9%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (8773) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Fruity juicy, like peach or apricot, light spices, and light belgian yeast. Good, not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CallMeSizzle (6) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2013 does not count
Apple cider, cayenne, cilantro...not usually things that I'm looking for in a beer but I try everything Dogfish puts out. White head, golden color and unique flavor. I probably wouldn't drink it again unless sharing but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for seiPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westchesterco (1951) - mclean, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2013
Aroma of hard apple cider Appearance golden and clear with a slight white head Taste bitter flavor of sour apple it has a Long palate of a flavor of hard cider with a kick

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6651) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2013
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma of orange and cardamon. Flavors of soft citrus and mild apple. Smooth with low carbonation. Short, crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle. This one is odd. Nose didnt have the fruit elements I expected. Instead it was very spicy and filled with herbs. Taste does have some of the fruit elements in there that didnt come through in the nose. The cayenne comes through and adds just a touch of heat to it. Very weird. Glad I had it, wouldnt try it again, I dont think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 28, 2013
Amber pour with a white head. Not as much herbal/spice character on the nose as I was expecting or on the palate. Taste is a fusion of beer and cider with some herbal notes in the finish. The concept behind this beer and this beer in general is very interesting. I enjoyed it, wouldve been ok with a bit more spice/herbal character but as is it is a decent brew that Id say is worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (768) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours a clear gold with a fizzy white head. Smells of apple, herbs, a little barnyard. Taste is sweet, tart, mildly sour and bitter - apple, cilantro, peppery, hint of banana.

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