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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6518) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle. Introduces itself with a golden color, effervescent visual appeal, with bountiful carbonation rising to an airy, but firm head. The aroma is quite saison-like with fresh orchard fruit and spice. It drinks within that same general range ... just a bit of yeasty, gristiness ... add in some sweet, green apple, light cream. Good cross-over beer, exceptionally well made. (#4739, 8/18/2012)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Pours a honeylike gold. Strong medium sweet apple presence along with a weird ointment like medicinal flavor. Interesting, but very heavy body so a little goes a long way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Pours a mostly clear straw-gold color with a moderate white head that lasts a long time. Aroma shares many things with US saisons, showing hay, grass, cheese, apples, sweaty socks, and maybe slight pepper and herbs but I might be imagining that. Flavor of hay, grass, dough, mushrooms, and white wine, with a hint of that sweaty socks thing still. Finishes on the funky side with a sweet yeasty doughy finishes and a slightly pepper aftertaste (more from hops than anything). Medium-heavy bodied with no noticeable alcohol presence. Good beer, but I wish I could taste the cilantro a bit better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (3275) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Pours a bright gold with a thick white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast as well as some herbal notes. Taste follows, some heat in the back from the peppers, no presence of the cider. This isn't a bad tasting wit but it's a disappointment for what they are saying it is. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjgmd (2082) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Pours an amber color with a nice foamy head. Nose is fruity, apples predominately with a bit of spice. Taste is yeasty, fruity and a bit tart. Finish is semi dry and lasting. Nicer than most fruit ales. Quaff Score 7 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1922) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Pours a hazy yellow with a white head and aroma of apples, bananas, and spices. Taste is of belgian yeast, spices, bananas, apples, and fruits with a earthy, dry finish. Nice brew from Dogfish that brings out some nice flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demondeacon09 (63) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2012
750ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Aroma of coriander and apple with a hint of cilantro. Small head with a dark yellow color. Taste of a witbier but with an apple aftertaste. A good beer but not my favorite ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Lots of breweries make good beer worth trying, but unlike most breweries, I dont buy every one of their new releases like I do DFH. In a world where just about every beer tastes like a couple dozen others, DFH brings something fresh nearly every time and nearly every time, its pretty damn good. 4.0 A: Faintly hazed dark yellow color. Not quite two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left. 4.5 S: Apples and cilantro stick out right off the first whiff. Cayenne is right underneath. Im not sure exactly what farro is or what it smells or tastes like, so no comment there. Otherwise, this is quite funky, like a saison, with a hefty spicy peppery yeastiness and some clove underneath. Funk is of the woodzy, grassy variety with apple orchard (duh) being most prevalent. Really pleasant and super complex. Well done. 4.0 T: The taste is like the nose, but is lacking the power. Apple cider and cilantro are out in front again. The cayenne plays a bigger role this time and even offers a bit of heat. The taste trades in much of its funk for an herbalness, which seems to work about as well. Again pepper and clove from the yeast. Neutral wheat and a light apple orchard and wet grass funk. The alcohol is so well hidden in this that I almost completely forgot to mention it, despite its healthy 9%. 4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Could be a touch creamier, but its super smooth and easy to drink. 4.0 D: Another winner from DFH, though like most of their offerings, this is too expensive to justify another purchase. Definitely worth a try though. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-05-2012 04:52:52

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Poured a nice hazy yellow with a pure white head. Nose of soft apples, flavours of apple and spice. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2012
What a strange brew. Part cider, part wit bier, but altogether quite drinkable and enjoyable. Pours slightly hazy bright gold with a creamy white head. First smell is tart green apple, baked apple and cinnamon, lactose, wheat. The head begins fading, leaving spotty lacing on my Delirium Tremens tulip. Taste is tart and sweet at once. Very herbal, almost new age medicinal flavors. Apple lends sweet and bright tart notes. Wheat gives creamy texture. While the sweet and tart flavors battle, the cayenne sneaks to the back of the tongue and leaves a faint hint of burn. I also taste citrus, sage, and cilantro as the beer warms. Somewhat pricey for a wit(ish) beer, but good nonetheless.

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