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: 389   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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SDalkoholic (2431) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: I usually pass up most Dogfish Head beers unless they sound interesting enough to spend more than $15 for a bottle but this one sure caught my eye since Dan the Automator has been a favorite producer of mine since Dr. Octagon and A Better Tomorrow so I had to pick this up. Cool concept with a rich storyline of how it all came about which I enjoyed spending hours researching but the beer is what I’m really here to write about. The liquid poured a bright sparkling gold with some evidence of sediment set in equilibrium. Created a thick fluffy pillow head that took several minutes to finally retreat in my glass flute cup so that I could finally drink it--very stubborn foam. Aroma is subtle with only a minor scent of apple cider and some high quality usage of barley and wheat malts, but other than that the rest of the smells are to faint for my nose. However, the flavor does deliver on the mentioned ingredients on the label by giving a taste of a sweet and tart fruit cider along with dashes of spices and a sprig of fresh cilantro. Alcohol becomes more apparent in the finish while holding a gentle carbonation level that allows the palate to be soft surprisingly since visually, the carbonation bubbles rise rapidly and violently.

Frothmeister (829) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy gold, with a white head. Aromas are straight out of the hefeweizen textbook, yeast, banana, clove, alcohol, with faint acidic apple aromas. The taste is similar, yeast, banana, caramel, faint cider notes, alcohol, a lingering light heat that builds as you drink more of the beer, malt, some bitterness, and faint green vegetal notes in the finish (parsley, and green beans). Dangerously refreshing for a 9.0% beer. I could easily polish off a bottle myself, and probably too damn quick. Makes me think Duvel, but with the added bonus of the cayenne heat. They should seriously consider making this a summer 6-pack. Fantastic stuff.

mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Excellent hybrid -- sort of a Belgian ale with a saison influence. Strong apple and banana notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2012
pours orange with a white head. fruit forward nose with some spice and pepper in the back. big round body with pear, apple and citrus notes layered with light pepper and spice. sweet apple forward finish with lingering spices and yeast phenolics.

beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2012
On tap @ the Brewpub-Clear light golden pour w/a moderate white head. Fruity aroma. Flavors of light fruit & honey, w/a little bit of wheat, grain, & grass, didn’t find it to be spicy at all. A little bit of muddled/muted/weak flavor. May have suffered in comparrison to the Noble Rot I had in the same visit, but it just made me think "this is watered down Noble Rot", made me wonder why they bothered to make it.

ben4321 (6739) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Location: 750 ml Bottle shared from jcos, 11//15/12

Aroma: The nose is Belgian yeast, spice/coriander/clove, a little banana/fruit, apple, and wheat
Appearance: Pours a clear orange color with a lasting foam of white head that leaves fairly heavy lace
Flavor: The taste is much like the nose, fairly sweet, with a nice spice component, and minimal bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, has a creamy feel, fairly clean too, with a soft carbonation, and a spicy finish
Overall Impression: I have to say, if the description didn’t say this was a cider-hybrid I never would have guessed it. It tastes (doesn’t look, but tastes) a lot like a nice Belgian Wit to me. I actually thought it turned out really well, a top quality example of the style I only thought it was...

SudsMcDuff (8494) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Had this on draft .. . pours a strong amber .. . medium head, lacing is very good .. . interesting blend of flavours- some apple, honey, and yeast .. . almost light in a way, the abv is well masked .. . enjoyable but i’d never spring for an entire bottle .. . . string knickers!?!

Godofthecellar (678) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2012
pours a hazy orange/yellow. taste of apple cider and yeast. overall this was just OK. I was expecting to taste a bunch of ingredients listed, ie cilantro and got nothing. very refreshing though I must say

halfonit (1398) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a super thick white head. Aroma is of yeast, plum, light cherry, coriander, and perhaps a little cider. Has a full sweet sour palate. Flavors that I pick up are yeast, saffron, grapefruit, hops, and some cherry. Leaves a sweet and bitter finish. It seems to me like an alternative version of the Midas Touch.

faroeviking (11217) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 7, 2012
Botella @ KingCecil’s birthday party. Unclear pale golden colour, medium white creamy head. Quite pleasant sweet aroma of fruit with alco fumes. Good mouthfeel. Sweet fruity hoppy herbal flavour with some alcohol too.

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