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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rougeau13 (3032) - Richmond, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle. Clear, pale, gold with a huge off-white head and decent lacing. Aroma of apple, banana, bubblegum, sour funk, and mild spice. The taste is nice and crisp, somewhere in the middle of a hefe and a saison with apple and a mild spiciness. I really don’t get cayenne and cilantro specifically, but whatever is in this, the flavor comes together really well. Medium body, average carbonation, light dryness. Quite good.

jnkor (364) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
The aroma is fairly light - it reminds me of a hefeweizen, only a little off. I might be detecting the pepper too. Color is a the yellow of a pale ale but with an orange hue with almost no head despite visible carbonation bubbling up. Taste is an interesting blend. I still detect the wheat of a hefeweizen, only a little off, but in addition a sweetness maybe coming from the cider and a spice maybe from the cayenne. Not stellar but imaginative.

Nightsky (176) - Lutz, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Aroma is first sweet but then has spicy hints. Clear but light yellow brown. Has a very complex taste, I barely taste the apple with all of the other spices. Is sweet with a small cayenne spicy finish. Not my average fruit beer but I like it.

mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Only two bottles left out of my six pack case of this so I figured I should finally rate this. Pours a sort of dark golden orange color with a big thick cream colored head that fades very slowly and leaves nice lacing in the glass. Aroma is like a wit with saison farmhouse yeast, slightly funky and slightly spiced, not getting any cider notes, but I am gettin some decent cilantro scents. Taste is yeasty with lots of wit and saison hints, lemony tasting, kind of herbal and grassy, sweet from the apples and a tad bit of heat from the cayenne, awesome brew.

Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
25 aug 2012, bottle. Light yellow, clear, no bubbles. Nose is very fresh bread, lots of caramel malt, faintly spicy, some slight apple notes. Thin body and lightly fizzy. It has a farmhouse background, big malt, apple taste isn’t prominent but it is sweet and it must come from the apple cider background. Actually it isn’t bad.

KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Pours a weak, thin cheddar orange with a nose of seltzery bread and light apple. Flavor is sugary bread, apple, and a touch cinammon. Not much going on here. Average mouthfeel. This beer should be awesome but it falls very short.

joebudzjoe (676) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Draft @ Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford, CT. My favorite aspect about this beer is its puffiness and pillowy texture as it drinks almost like a nitrogen-infused beer. Since they didn’t overdue the yeast and wheat, this pillowy texture prevents this beer from being too bready and overbearing. I like this beer, but I didn’t get many new notes from the exotic ingredients within this beer. To me, this is a solid beer, but not worth the pricetag.

HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Its a dry apple cider that tastes pretty boozy and has a detectable burn in the finish from peppers. Its not particularly what I’m interested in when I buy a beer.

mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Tempting aroma with a basic pour leads to a balanced taste and satisfying mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Marheb (5781) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Le caractère du cidre se manifeste avec des courants de citronnelle et d’herbes fraîches. Assez complexe et rafraîchissant...Aucune trace d’alcool.

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