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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
16th February 2013
Very hazy gold - amber beer. Good white head. Palate is airy and a little soft but with sharp fine carbonation. Creamy semi dry malt. Seltzer salty minerals. Like fruity tang underneath, trace of apple. Cant really taste much of the exotic ingredients here. Comes over like a Belgian Wit albeit very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (23610) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle. Hazy golden yellow color, large white head. Aroma of sweaty feet and apple skins, subtle black pepper. Taste is hot mulled apples. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (20591) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle shared at the Craft Beer Co. - Clerkenwell, London, many thanks to Mike! Pours clear, yellow-gold with a good and sturdy white foam head. Lots going on in the nose, herbs and spices, coriander, doughy wheat, yeast. Medium to big sweet flavor with heavy wheat and yeast, faint lemon, white sugar. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly warming, with lots of sugary dough, yeast, white bread. Its tasty stuff, if a bit sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (16965) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2012
The marketing of this beer is unique, but a little bit silly. I didnt pay for it. Hazy, blonde. The aroma has cilantro, other herbs, and general craziness. Its all kind of muddled together in there, going nowhere in particular. More mellow on the palate, light body, with mellow spiciness and then the cilantro comes in late. Not that much cider character - they must have used a lousy one. Although from the description they used their own pressed juice, not cider.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (16601) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2013
750mL bottle, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is very bizarre, full of apple cider upfront, with cilantro and other indiscernible spices. Flavour brings out notes of apples, some subdued spices, and no hint of the cilantro. The apple cider is basically what comes through here. Light palate, with no hint of the alcohol other than the warming effect. Decent beer bizarre as always from Dogfish Head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Slightly cloudy golden straw color with a white head. Aroma has a nice Belgian character to it of banana, mild coriander spiciness, and yeast. Fruity apple character with a touch of grass and white pepper. The coriander and yeast are more pronounced on the palate. Light apple flavor, decently fruity. Banana, a bit of grass, bread, and a light herbaceous quality. Not bad, but kind of watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (15915) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours semi-cloudy gold. Small white head. Nose and taste of wheat malt, apple cider, cilantro, apple, light spice and dried fruits. Medium body. Finishes with a hint of spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14889) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Tap at OBF. Pours hazy dark gold with a slight white head. Aroma has lots of banana ester. Med body. Flavor has banana with lots of Belgian yeast/spice. Clearly Belgian. Earthy. Mildly spicy. Excellent flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (14379) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle - Apple juice and typical Wit with mango and grass. Cloudy yellow with a rich head. Wit profile stands out with some cider tartness, booze finish. Odd. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (14368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2013
750 ml bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a small lasting off white head. Aromas of straw, coriander, apples and light cayenne. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of straw, coriander, apples and light cayenne with a smooth lingering coriander finish.

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