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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b3shine (8878) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good for a cider hybrid; a foggy orange with white head that slowly dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes yeasty and spicy with an average mouthfeel. Meh.

crossovert (12935) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
Clear golden color with a large pillowy white head. Smell si witbier yeast but it is extremely clean, not alot of phenols or esters. There is a bit of breadcrust and citrus hop aroma. It isn’t overly cidery, the apple is an underlying tone to the strong yeast adding some banana and rich malt profile. Its a bit too sweet but good. Cut this t 4 or 5% and it would be fantastic. This is actually really tasty though.

HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
750 ml bottle. pours a bright golden color with a medium white head. Aroma of apple cider, cilantro, some dust and mustiness. Flavor is a bit duller than I hoped, the apple and dusty beer notes are muddled. Some spices, some coriander. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice carbonation. I like the idea here but . . it didn’t quite work out.

JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bought the box set with the record a while back, drinking the last bottle now. Pours lightly caramel or a toasted straw color. This beer never really hit the spot I was hoping it would. not a bad flavor, maybe something seemed a little too spiced for me. Worth it for the bottle to try, the set was surely more than I needed.

Ed5388 (3480) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
750ml bottle and on tap. Pours a cloudy light orange color with a huge cream colored head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, fruity, and some spices. Taste is sweet Belgian yeast and spices, with some citrus tartness.

Cybercat (5840) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Comes out of the tap a hazy, barely translucent honey golden with a thick and fine-bubbled ivory head. Robust aroma has strong yeasty and fruity notes, the latter mainly apple with some banana, and an undertone of malt. Fruit dominates the hearty flavor - apple, banana, orange, a hint of lemon. Yeast, malt, and a touch of coriander make themselves known. Firm texture has plenty of fizz, leaving a fruity, tingly finish. This will make positive contact with your palate.

aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Aroma is dominated by apple and cilantro. Color is clear and golden with quickly fading head. Not any noticeable cayenne presence in the taste. Taste is all apple and cilantro with a hint of Belgian yeast spiciness. Thin bodied with a dry finish the alcohol content is well hidden.

neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
22 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, served in a stem glass at a tasting at Greg’s. Pours clear golden with a tall, frothy off-white head that remains and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. On the nose are notes of tart apple, spice, flowers and a touch of yeast. The flavour starts with big malty caramel-honey sweetness up front, balanced with big spicy notes and a subtle hint of apple cider. The finish is long and spicy with hops and apple sweetness. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, watery texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is a nice, refreshing ale with slightly tart apple notes. It is a nice and tasty but interesting summer ale. 2012-09-15

bwa5879 (943) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Aroma: sour lager scent and strong clove Appearance: muddled but still partially translucent golden pour. 3 inches white head, decent, moderate bubbles rising at an average pace from carbonation. Taste: buttery and doughy mouth feel. Peppery yeast, average carbonation. Lots of robust clove flavor, a little vanilla taste and yeasty apple too. Finish: influence from the cayenne is evident but not overbearing, tingly mouth but by no means hot and spicy. Complex grassy herb flavors are left too. A bit dry. Overall: most dogfish head is out of this park and only a few are average. This is certainly the former: a complex, easy drinking wheat beer, especially for 9%

SpringsLicker (3641) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Pours clear yellow with a fleeting white head. The aroma is fresh apples with a peppery tingle. The flavor is apple on the front and then it changes to ????? Not my thing.

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