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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbaxter (12) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2012 Pours golden with quickly dissipating head. Aroma is slightly fruity yeast. Taste is mostly witbier with some spice and a slight cinnamon aftertaste. dry mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden but this is not something I would go out of my way to drink again.

JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2017
Bottle aged three years. Gold color and well carbonated. Aome apple juice. Characteristic Dogfish Head yeast. Sweet, more fruit in the flavor, and the beginning of oxidation.the cilatto is gone, but a little pepper.

GenDV138 (7900) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2016
750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Original 2012 bottle.Clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of apples, cinnamon, spices, herbs. Tastes of caramel, apples, malt, herbs. Medium body with a dry finish.

sinfull (1847) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 24, 2016
Another interesting brew from the Dogfish . Hazy, Amber/orange color. Nice , white head . Aroma of cider , wheat, spices , pears . Taste reminded me of Belgian ales: fruity and spicy. Rather sweet, light traces of alcohol.

oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a cloudy yellow. Aromas of apple and spice. Flavor has too much wheat, But this one wasn’t that bad, had a little more of a crisp alcohol bite to it.

Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - MAR 30, 2016
I get green apple and a bit of pear aromas from this hazy blonde brew with almost no head. Sweet green apple up front a slight burn but very slight and a medium body. This brew is like drinking soda. Very fruity. No alcohol burn very smooth.

sebletitje (10494) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2015
75cl bottle from Total Wine Tampa, screw you for selling this as new in stock in 07-2015 when it was bottled 2013 and barely visible on the bottle. Fin orangée, col blanc-cassé moyen. Arôme offre un bouquet fruité clairement centré sur la pomme, le tout garde un côté grains, levure belge bien marqué. Retrouve une touche épicée en rétro de coriandre avec un accompagnement malt pils-pâle. Palais rappelle clairement bien une levure cidre avec un ajout pomme bien défini. Levure pas en reste, versant sur un profil belge. Le tout est un peu farineux, grains avec qcq esters typiques belges, épicé de coriandre et légèrement poivré. Fini herbacé, finemetn épicé et toujours ce côté pomme-levure.

Slubgob (345) - West Hartford, USA - NOV 22, 2015
750 into wine glass. Golden pour, minimal head. Nose mostly of cider, but a bit of vegetative curiosity. In the mouth, again mostly a nice dry cider, but a smidge of ale bite, and herbs come through in the mid palette to finish. Finish is shorter, which has a tendency to make me want to keep visiting it to figure out just what the hell is going on, in the best of ways.

bytemesis (9516) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle thanks to Petrinoda. Pours clear orange, medium white head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is herbal, apple, wheat. Flavor is interesting, peppery, but not hot peppers, apples, herbal notes abound, earthy. Medium body. Different, but not bad at all really.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2015
One of the things that I love about craft beer is when brewers are able to make a great beer from a combination of ingredients that you’d never think would go together. Dogfish Head Positive Contact is an excellent example of what I mean as it’s brewed with cider, spices, wheat, and peppers. That sounds like an odd recipe – and indeed it is – but in this case “odd” equates to high quality.

I poured a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled in 2013 and cost $3.99 [marked down from $13.99] ($0.16 per ounce).

Appearance: A near glowing shade of flame orange. Body starts out relatively clear but becomes cloudier as more particulates and sediment can be seen floating. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which laces and retains very well. Alcohol legs are visible.

Smell: Mostly apple cider and apple sauce, though the spices are evident as well. Faint Belgian-esque yeast esters seem present as well.

Taste: I always enjoy trying a bizarre brew, and even more so when it tastes good. When I took my first sip, my palate was inundated with a mélange of flavors and my brain wasn’t quite sure how to process it. I will say that apple cider/sauce was the most prominent characteristic. There seems to be a touch of cinnamon or brown sugar present, though that’s probably the Cayenne pepper. Towards the middle the cilantro and roasted farro begin to emerge and impart a light, slightly zesty taste. It follows up the apple surprisingly well. The backend incorporates mild bitterness and additional apple and pear flavors (some of that probably due to the use of Calypso hops). I detect a subtle warming sensation in the throat from the peppers. I’ve never had this beer fresh, so I’m wondering how intense it was at the time. Two years in the bottle do not seem to have harmed it all. There is a faint butterscotch flavor probably due to oxidation, but it works with the apple flavor so no harm no foul.

Drinkability: Considering that Dogfish Head Positive Contact is both a big beer at 9% ABV and also brewed with peppers, you’re inclined to believe that it might be a challenge to drink. Perhaps two years in the cellar has tamed what might otherwise be a beast because this is a pleasant drinking experience in every way. There’s definitely viscosity to the mouthfeel, and yet there’s plenty of carbonation still present. It’s super smooth going down with just a faint warmth from the alcohol and/or pepper. There’s not much aftertaste, for better or for worse. This would be an ideal brew to pair with Thanksgiving dinner.

RATING: 9/10

rocbyter (2186) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Strong sour grain aroma with hints of fruit. Hazy orange color with a large white head. Sweet beginning with a tart bitter middle and finish.

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