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Contact High - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 440
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 33.6%
Wants: 25
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

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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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's odd with 4 Hands BC - we get distribution here in PA, but it is scattered to the point that I CAN find some in PHL, some in LNC & still others were returnees with me from CHI. I dig the graphics on the CANs & I am anxious to CANduct a horizontal tasting/review of their CANned beers. When it is over, if you know of a CAN of theirs that I missed, let me know.

From the CAN: "Please [recycle]; "Pairings[:] Spicy Food[,] Poultry"; "Ale with Orange Zest".

The Crack! began with a big surprise! I suddenly had unCANtrollable foaming coming through the vent. Fortunately, I have experience with this & gave it some calming time before CANtinuing. Even the gentlest of pours raised up two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a VERY slightly hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) and I am willing to attribute it to chill haze if you are a clarity freak. Nose smelled like Mandarin (CANdarin) Oranges! Or Clementines (CANmentines). Mmmm. Orange Zest = no doubt! Mouthfeel was kind of thin. The taste was kind of a spicy-black peppery orange, probably a creation of the wheat malt. I agree with their food pairings, plus I would add Chinese food in general. Lemon Chicken or Orange Chicken leap to mind, but so does GEN Tso's Chicken. Man, now I got the munchies! That must be the origin of its name. This was incredibly tasty & easy to drink. They are calling it a Summer Seasonal, but I would not want it on its own during the summer. This is one to be CANsumed with food, either at a restaurant or as take-away. The finish was dry, very peppery, actually. I guess that you could drink it on a summer's day, but I would save this one for an acCANpaniment for food.

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Photo of RobH927
4.71/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer! Love this stuff! My tattoo artist turned me on to this... it's amazing. Very smooth, tasteful, and as for the look of the can... AWESOME! Must try! Willing to trade for beers I cannot get in Southern Illinois! Must be a specialty beer, or a local craft beer from different area not offered on Southern Illinois.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- can. spiegelau ipa glass. Best by 07.16.15. Consumed 10.09.15. Only found out about dating on bottom of can after consumption/review so this review is bias free of dating concern.

A: Light peach-orange, generally good clarity revealing a glass consuming display of effervesce. Slight eggshell white head holds only for a moment, leaving a light ring lacing.

S: Apple-plum esters with citrus on the nose, hint of lightly sour fruit (warm pineapple slices) with some warm orange-alcohol glow.

T: Citrusy-orange bright flavor, wet, flavorful, light flowery fruitiness and alcohol. Grapefruit, light bitterness of citrus, dry orange maltiness. Soft citrusy-orange glow of alcohol on the finish.

M: Bready mouthful, medium fullness, decent carbonation, flowery pollen like hop coating on the tongue.

O: Alcohol adds a nice layering of complexity here, feels a bit higher then advertised 5%.Citrusy-orange, bready malting with dry alcohol and orange-grapefruit hopping. Starts off wet and fruity, goes out with a dry grapefruit hopping and alcohol glow that lingers quite a bit after the swallow. Enjoyable still quite fresh, wet.

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Photo of PhillyJ
2.26/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Meh rotten orange beer? Disappointing disappointed stale rotten orange flavor old orange juice maybe rotten tang? Maybe the tang chimpanzee's butt?idk terrible

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Photo of PerHops
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can labeled best by 9/1/15 so this review is a couple weeks later than ideal but the beer looks and smells quite fresh still. Really gorgeous wheat beer with a very nice head and straw yellow color. The smell is much better than I expected being two weeks older than ideal. Lots of tropical fruit, big grapefruit some wheat. Taste is also nice if somewhat subdued. Actually one of the better wheat beers I've had an a long while. Great drinkability. I would love to revisit this beer fresh next time!

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Photo of Ben_Swartz
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Having this beer from a can with a best by date of 08/30 (today). Poured into a Weizen Glass.

L: Pale gold and clear. Head is white and foamy, but quickly dissipates.

S: Citrus Hops. Orange. Grapefruit. Floral.

T: Bitter hop flavor with orange zest cutting through. Not overly malty.

F: Medium mouth feel, crisp

O: I enjoyed this beer. It's refreshing and clocks in at 5% ABV. It's has some bitter notes, but I don't think it is too bitter to scare away non hop-heads. Good for a BBQ, relaxing on a Summer day, or enjoying on your porch at night.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ahh... love having beer at the office. Received this as an extra in a trade. 12 oz. can into a Stone IRS snifter (it's the glass I keep at the office).

A - Looks like a fairly standard wheat. A slightly hazy straw yellow with a bright white head. It's sticking around for a while at 5% ABV. It's a firm "meh" for me.

N - A crazy amount of citrus. Let me check this description again... orange zest! There it is. It smells like fresh-squeezed OJ.

T - I definitely get more orange zest here, but not much else. It's a very light wheat flavor after the citrus. Not unpleasant for what it is.

M - Actually not much carbonation here, but it's filling up my mouth. Surprisingly dry on the finish; it's making me want some more. Very decent.

O - A fine wheat ale. I would down several of these by the pool.

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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This style kind of falls flat for me some times. Fluffy off white head reaches a solid inch with a strong pour. Body is an orange gold in tone. Nose is almost like you just ripped open a fresh orange. Very appealing nose. With first sip you get up front citrus that quickly lends way to prickly hops. The wheat plays to add a bready feel to the body of this beer. A bit of spice rears its head towards the end of this brew. There is a lot going on in the flavor of this beer for the style. It is a impressive beer overall.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is wheat, tangerine/fruit and light citrus. The flavor is orange/tangerine, wheat, very light hop resin and mild sweetness/slight heat in the finish.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale straw with a one finger white head. Aroma is grassy, hoppy and some earth. Taste is grass, bitterness, bread and earth. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall a refreshing wheat spring seasonal.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light and clean golden with minimal suds and lace in pint glass at 4 Hands Brewery.

Aroma: Sweet, sweet tropical fruit. Just perfect, fresh and light, and I expect a delicious taste next…

Taste: Hoppy tropical fruit. Clean mango and pineapple notes. Very enjoyable, and a top-shelf hopped-up wheat beer, both refreshing and intensely complex in flavor. Wonderful!

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly carbonated, honey color with a thin beige colored head. Average head retention & lacing at best

S: Sweet wheat malt notes,oranges, grassyness

T: Follows the nose, a fairly bitter citrus note to this up front. A little dryness, mixes with orange zest & a fainter orange sweetness, plus a little grassyness once warm, some Kaffir as well. Finishes crisp & refreshing with just the right amount of sweet & bitter

MF: Light/medium bodied, subtle carbonation

Drinks easy, I like the orange component on this one. I would take this over Oberon, all day. The bitterness is what makes this for me. Paired great with tacos the other day

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear and golden, this is a malty wheat ale. Lots of aroma. A backbone of malt, some wheat scents, and a nice fruit and hop balance. Spicy taste, with a restrained wheat twang. Full in body and enjoyable.

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Photo of Clockwork420
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned poured into glass.

Straw yellow, with slight orange hue. Initially a nice head, recedes to light ring. Could pass for much cheaper beer if just judging on sight alone. Nothing spectacular.

Smell is similar to an IPA at first. Slight citrus. Malt is in there too.

Taste is sweet on the front. Changes to slightly bitter from hops and finishes rather clean. Hops leave a bitter after taste but its not very noticeable. Grapefruit pith. Fresh and almost grassy, earthy.

Mouthfeel is thinner. Slick and clean.

Overall this beer is great. I would just about say that this beer is a sleeper. It looks like any regular fizzy yellow draft but thats a myth. Very high drinkability. Clean and refreshing. Very awesome Summer time drink. I would share it with my friends but I am gonna drink them all I think.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin white head. The smell is unique. The fruitiness smell from a wheat ale with the juicy hop smell is very nice. The taste does come together as well as others with this type. The bitterness is to much to blend with the wheat ale. Overall, dissapointes because I have enjoyed 4hands so far.

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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in St. Louis, they love the local brews.
Pours slightly hazy, gold orange color with a foamy head that quickly settles to a small floating cap.
Smell is of wheat malt, some lemony citrus fruit.
Taste is much the same, nice dry citrus finish. Mild hop bitterness.
This beer has a low level of carbonation, not too fizzy.
Nice for a summer seasonal.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of TwoPack
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of barnzy78
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of --Dom--
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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Contact High from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.