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Contact High - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zeff80 on 06-30-2012

Contact High is our summer seasonal inspired by the American craft movement. We made this wheat ale exciting by adding pacific northwest hops and dry hopping with orange zest. Contact high pours a bright orange hue with a bit citrus aroma. Citrus zest + hops + wheat = summer.
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Ratings: 334 | Reviews: 38
Photo of lemmy187
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking beer....lots of citrus....orange zest creates an awkward aftertaste.

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a can

A. Pours a hazy golden butterscotch color with a 1/4" head.

S. Aroma of honey and artificial orange smell at first. Almost smells like a margarita. Maybe that's where the honey comes from.

T. More artificial orange comes on the front of the taste followed grassy flavor. Very little bitterness.

M. Prickly on the tongue with a medium body. Carbonation subsides on the swallow.

O. A decent beer that might be a little on the heavy side to be sessionable even tho the abv states otherwise. But doable. The orange taste kinda reminds me of tang. Looks nice. Smells ok. Above average beer but nothing to search for.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a can in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Sounds like my experience at SummerFest listening to Rodrigo y Gabriela... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy orange-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange rind, very mild caramel, and a twinge of pine resin. The taste mostly brings in more of the same, though the resin mixes with the rind in a strange way, creating a strong bitterness that ruins a lot of the synergy between the cracked wheat and citrus characters. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this beer just didn't do it for me. The bitterness offsets any enjoyable fruitiness and overpowers any hope of balance. It's not terrible, but I'll likely never have this stuff again.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light hazed golden orange with a white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing. The aroma is big on orange and floral hops. Getting pine as well in the aroma and a bit of herb.

The taste has bright orange zest flavor and a hoppy, bitter backbone. Perhaps slightly forward on the orange, with a faint sweet malty backdrop melds with the citrus. Being this a summer offering, and now it is November, I assume this can has sat. Nonetheless the flavors are still tasty, citrusy, and for a hoppy, fruited wheat it doesn't get a whole lot better.

Overall, this was a pretty solid pale wheat with orange zest certainly contributing to the flavor. Enjoyable and pretty unique. Would imagine fresh is best but this turned into an orange soda inspired wheat beer and the subtle bitterness kept me interested.

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, some wheat. Taste is wheat, oranges, some tartness, decent flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a pretty good beer.

Photo of TwoPack
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz can

A- Pale yellowish orange. Thick creamy head with lacing that sticks.
S- Really fruity aroma... almost like fruity pebbles & fruit loops with oranges. Odd but appealing!
T- Nice orangey flavor. Quite strong on the candy-orange. Definitely tastes like hoppy fruit juice.
M- I'm getting a fairly rich, medium-bodied consistency.

O- I don't eat sugar cereal anymore, but this is nostalgic! Every once in a while, a fun one.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from the 12 oz. can into an IPA glass.
Pours a clear, light copper color with a small and bubbly foam head. Plenty of carbonation evident.
The smell is orange and floral and sweet candy. Very nice.
The first sip is hoppy-bitter up front with some orange and orange pith right behind and a lingering, bubbly bitter finish.
The mouthfeel is thin and sticky.
Overall, a quite tasty and easy drinking. Kind of like sucking on an orange peel, in a good way.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

12 oz can, no canning date to be found

A- Very pale orange, almost no head after settling
S- Candied orange peel, marmalade
T- LIke liquid marmalade. Jammy and orangy
M- Thin

O -Itesting IPA... straight marmalade

Photo of barnzy78
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, no apparent freshness date
A 3.25 - slightly hazed golden-orangish body with a thin, foamy, off-white head
S 3.5 - orange zest, biscuity malt, faint toasted grain & caramel, tropical fruit, wheat
T 3.5 - orange zest, juicy tropical pineapple and mango, wheat, biscuit, caramel, vanilla, toasted grain
M 3.5 - lighter side of medium for body, moderate carbonation, finishes fairly dry but is refreshing. Fresh orange zest lingers with some mild white pepper
O 3.5 - I like this for what it is. Thinking outside the box but still keeping it simple. I'll probably try this again next summer.

Photo of --Dom--
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Super floral, really well-crafted. Certainly worth picking up a sixer. It's definitely more on the session-y side, but it does not come up short in the flavor category whatsoever.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +6.1%

12 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on date or freshness information present. My first beer from 4 Hands Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice bright golden orange colored body, with about a finger of soapy off-white head with nice staying power. Leaves behind some nice spotty lacing. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks very nice. 4

S - The aroma is a bit more subtle than I was expecting, but very pleasant. Notes of fresh citrus / pine, and lots of caramel malt presence make themselves known at first. The orange zest comes secondary but is very fresh, fruity, citric, and herbal smelling. Almost a creamy dreamsicle like quality to the zest there, also. Very nice. 4

T - Taste follows the nose - lots of creamy caramel malts, and a good dose of herbal / pine / citrus hopping here to keep things interesting. Very natural orange zest comes through nicely. 4

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, and creamy. Moderate pine / hop resins / citrus zest lingering on the palate. Very easy delicious and easy drinking. 4

Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised. Definitely one of the more memorable takes on this style that I've had in a long time. Very nicely done, and I look forward to trying more beers from 4 Hands.

4 Hands Brewing Contact High -----4/5.

Photo of fitzIPAtrick
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Warriorsoul and family for the stealth box.

Cracked the can and poured into my stemless wineglass. Pours hazy copper with a thick fluffy white head; which later retreats into a thin cover of sudsy foam with lacing on the glass. Heavy citrus aroma from the orange zest and hops. Citrus flavor with a muted but apparent hop bitterness. Nice and full bodied especially for 5% ABV, with a dry finish. A solid summer beer, that isn't available in my area but would reach heavy summer rotation if it was.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: straw/shiny body, 1 finger head, good lacing

S: orange peel/zest, lemon, fresh cut wheat

T: orange zest, wheat, earthy smooth bitter finish

M: med/light body, crisp/semi-oily mouth

O: Refreshing summer beer! 4 Hands landed
a delicious beer in this offering. I will seek it
out again to be sure.


Photo of Davepoolesque
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass, golden hued with a wisp of tight white head. Smells of orange and flowers, a bit of malt sweetness. The taste is very floral up front with orange zest dominating the finish. Light and crisp, although, slightly under carbed. A nice summer beer for sure.

Photo of maximum12
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to KingHopHead who, after doing me a proxying favor, dropped a couple of cans in with my prize beer. My first, ah, contact with 4 Hands, 12 oz. can split with my wife.

Pour is a sun-deprived yellow. Nose shouts out "IPA" from somewhere in the rear of the crowd: strong orange zest & a heady dump of citrus, backdrop of lemon juice. Nice, but there's no wheat germ in evidence. Yet.

Contact High brings the high, hard wheat in the taste that was missing in the nose. Two-ply wheatiness & then the orange/citrus hits. The aftertaste isn't terribly pleasing to my palate, something about the handshake jars the taste buds. Clean & crisp. I guess the strong point would be you could have more than one while sitting at a picnic table.

Wheat + orange zest just didn't work well enough for me to break into even a mild lather. Decent.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glad to see 4 Hands is canning this brew now. Poured from a can (not date apparent) into a Duvel tulip. Mostly clear light orange body with a slightly over one-finger off white head. Light lacing.

The aroma definitely features the orange zest but is accompanied by a strong caramel malt note. Some light lemon/citrus notes as well.

The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely. The orange zest adds a bit of a spicy note in the finish which works well. The citrus and malt flavors also blend together well.

Light mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish. Overall, a solid offering that will work well in the summer rotation. 4 Hands is putting out some good stuff and canning is an added plus.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden to light copper in color with a quarter inch thick light white foam cap resting on top. Citrus hop and orange aroma. The flavor is fresh, pungent citrus hops and pale wheat. The mouth is moderately carbonated and the hop bitterness pricks my tongue. This is likely dry hopped.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft pint, quick review from notes.

Hazy saturated golden orange body, thin layer of white foam that left behind some lace and maintained good surface coverage.

Very orange forward in the nose, slightly sweet like candy orange slices. Taste is similar, candied orange peels, light bitterness, minor pale malt presence, wheaty lightness. Body is fairly light, it was pretty smooth and drinkable, would look for this one again.

Photo of DirtGrub
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is light gold. Small amount of head when poured.
Smell is of hops and grapefruit.
Taste is summer. I've never before had a beer that tasted exactly how I feel on a warm summer day. The orange peel comes across just right. Not cloyingly sweet but not so bitter that it can't be drank with ease.
Mouthfeel is crisp and easy.
Overall I think four hands has done something wonderful here and this will be my summer drink of choice.

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden honey lager, pours two-finger head with medium low retention. Head is white cloudy in color.

S- Orange zest, some funk, malty suggary

T- The orange zest, or whatever it is suppose to be, kinda throws this beer backwards instead of a well integrated adjunct.

M- Kinda harsh here with carb, but it works. The carb bites at your throat which I no like.

O- This was ok, the adjunct made the beer worse in my opinion

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes after drinking this right around Thanksgiving 2013. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no discernible dating on the label. 4 Hands seems to be somewhat inconsistent in their use of bottling dates, unfortunately, but as they call this a summer wheat, it's safe to assume it's a few months old. Poured into a large weizen glass.

Appearance - Even with a moderate-to-gentle pour, the foam on this one builds to a massive four-finger head, partly induced by the glass. The eggshell foam on this one begins to develop larger bubbles which burst, leaving a Swiss cheese-like web of bubbles and significant pocking atop a yellow-amber body with molten gold highlights that is almost completely transparent, allowing me to see a lazy rise of carbonation bubbles up to the cap. There is a faint bit of haze, but nothing dense enough to prevent me from seeing a refracted picture of what is on the other side of the glass through the liquid.

Smell - With the use of the orange zest, I was hoping for an explosion of citrus from this beer. Well, it's no explosion, but there is a pleasant citrus undercurrent to the aroma, with notes of orange and lemongrass alongside the bready whole-grain wheat characteristic. There are some grassy, herbal hops present as well, adding some depth to the mostly bright smells emanating from the glass. I may have to revisit in the summer, when it's likely to be closer to it's bottling.

Taste - Whole-grain cracker and wheat toast blend nicely with another faint showing of citric pungency from the orange zest and hops. Here, I get a better sense of the hops, with grass and baby greens providing a gentle herbal bitterness to compliment the softer grain notes. Aftertaste brings out more of the orange zest profile.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and low-to-moderate carbonation, with a rather thin mouthfeel--thinner than what I expect from a wheat beer.

Overall, a solid pale wheat ale, and one that I'll likely get again. Not sure it's up there with some of the best "hoppy" wheat beers that seem to becoming very popular, but it was light and refreshing and probably worth another go, since it's pretty easy to get around here.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 12.11.13

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a fluffy cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Citrus, orange, bready, malty.

T - Oranges, lemon, light.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very light and lots of orange zest.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a much better citrus hop smell.

Photo of dowen17
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a big three finger head. Fantastic retention and good lacing. Tons of carbonation bottle rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is big citrus. Orange zest and grapefruit from the hops. Very nice.

Taste is a bit watery but has a big punch of citrus and hops at the end. No lingering taste at all.

Good mouthfeel with nice carbonation. A bit watery feeling and very light bodied. Could drink a good bit of this stuff.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Very refreshing and drinkable. Would drink again.

Photo of scratch69
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy amber color with a finger and a half worth of head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of wheat malt, floral hops,and orange peel.

Taste- Wheat malt flavor with a pine hop bitterness and a hint of orange citrus.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A decent beer with a noticeable hop presence that is not overpowering.

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Contact High from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.