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: 387   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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SpringsLicker (3664) - 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.

UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottlevpickedbout by my wife months ago, she wanted to try this after the arrival of wee baby child. Pours golden capped by a white head. Nose is abundant with notes of pepper and cilantro. This continues in the mouth to a quick and slight drying finish. Not much evidence of cider, but perhaps the best beer I’ve had from DFH.

djd07 (15341) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle at Flying Saucer Beerfeast. Pours a cloudy orange with no head. The aroma is a fruity malt and clove. Medium mouthfeel with sweet malt and light spice in the finish. Easy to drink a good fruit beer from Dogfish Head.

beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Sampled on 12/21/2012. This fruit beer pours a medium to dark yellow gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, sweet and apples, with some pepper and spices. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity, apple cider and sweet. The hops are fruity and herbal. Decent carbonation. Hints of spices and some pepper. The spiciness increases as it warms. Kind of a cross between a saison, a wit and a cider. A nice beer, There is a good balance between the fruit sweetness and the spices. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Look at that list of flavors and it tastes like a wit with apples. This loses points for pretending. If youre going to out on a limb with all these crazy flavors at least use enough to provide some type of character....

Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Light and malty, I guess there’s some spices in there, tastes like a crosss between a triple and a wit. Kinda bad, damn

markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2013
750mL bottle shared by PaulUnwin. Cheers, Paul! Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is sweet apple cider, some sweet malts, some mild spices, and some fruity yeast. Flavor follows with lots of apple cider qualities, some fruity yeast, some mild pepper bite. Interesting beer- light to medium in body with lingering sweet apples in the finish.

SanfordBrewer (1608) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2013
translucent gold with lots of particulates. very effervescent with a creamy and persistent white head. mouthfeel is full, but more like fresh pressed juice or oil than creamy. carbonation is medium-high.

aroma: a strong suggestion of wild yeast infection hits right out of the bottle, and remains throughout. lots of doughy yeast character sits atop notes of apples and pears. pale malt sweetness come through pretty clear, but no cayenne and only very faint cilantro.

taste: malt sweetness quickly gives way to tart wheat, but then sweet dough and apples push out in the finish. there is a very pleasant sweet cereal note. cayenne and cilantro are nicely subtle, and add complexity more than their own individual character. hops are a background player, though detectable in bitterness and flavor.

overall, more like a tripel or golden strong than an imperial wit, though the wheat is quite evident. the varied spice and fruit and grain flavors meld together much better than i was expecting, even to the point where they are quite difficult to pull back apart on the palate. it is a very complex, yet balanced and drinkable beer, though the sweetness and heavy body makes 750ml a bit much to drink alone without food. luckily, it makes for lots of interesting pairings. a cleaner fermentation would make it an unexpectedly top-notch brew.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2013
750ml from Total Wine, Durham. Fairly bright, deep golden pour. Healthy carbonation, vigorous head and spotty lacing. Nose has plenty of lively fruit in it, bright and autumnal for the most part but coming across in interesting ways owing to all the fragrant spices used here. A nice and thoughtful set of additions to give the beer a very distinctive aroma. Not all of it quite comes across in the taste, but I still enjoy the vaguely spicy notes (some of them just a touch hot) and their intermingling with the fruit, yeast, and dry hoppy finish. Pretty good.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Date: October 22, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: hazy gold, creamy off white head, heavy sticky lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, spicy, fruity, floral, peppery
Body: creamy body
Flavor: spicy flavor, sweet malt, touch of fruityness, crisp apple, hint of orange, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

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