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Contact High - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%

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:
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.

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 06-30-2012)
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Photo of LambicPentameter


3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 16:50:58 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 03:59:48 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 22:12:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of dowen17


4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:03:42 | More by dowen17
Photo of scratch69


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 17:49:04 | More by scratch69
Photo of 44Stone


4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at 44 Stone.

Appearance is a nice cloudy orange color with a fluffy off-white head. Smells of orange, spice and floral hops and is very inviting. Tastes of malty biscuits, dried citrus and very clean grassy hops. A very pleasing follow up to the aroma. Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style; rich and full with a long finish.

As far as the evermore-popular and trendy 'Hoppy Wheat' Beer style goes, this is at or darn near the top of my list. Some are too hop-forward (for the style) and some disappoint with nothing more than a slightly sharper and more citrusy wheat beer. Contact High is harmonious and very satisfying, especially during a Mid-Missouri summer.

Another huge hit from 4 Hands. Keep em' coming.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 23:20:00 | More by 44Stone
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a light amber to orange color with a pleasant haze and white head. Nice lacing.
S: orange peel, wheat, light floral aromas and hint of lemon and honey.
T: light wheat and semi- sweet malt tones with a fresh citric snap and light floral hop notes.
M: Smooth medium body light carbonation and low alcohol.
O: very refreshing and great for this style. Nice aftertaste and good balance overall.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2013 01:19:11 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of TCMike


3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bomber while on a trip to St. Louis. Nice labels from 4 Hands on their beers, (don't get them at home).

Pours, a medium gold color. Produced a big 3 finger head, so be careful pouring. Next to no lacing.

The aroma is of citrus, and a hint of pine hops. Has a slightly sweet smell. Not a bold aroma...lacking a little.

The taste is similar, but the wheat beer aspect comes through, and the pine disappears. Light hop bitterness. Somewhat light mouth-feel, and medium carbonation.

Tasty, and definitely a warmer weather style.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 23:48:44 | More by TCMike
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love the label here.

Well if this is a wheat, which I'm sure it is, the hops certainly have taken over things. Spiced up from it beyond where wheat characteristics can shine. Full and frothy carbonation. This is a good beer, sure. But standing as a wheat ale, it doesn't really fit to style.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 00:50:52 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Great looking beer. Soft haze on a creamy gold body. Fluffy white head towers above the glass and hangs on with great retention and lace.

S - Awesome aroma right from the pour. Cantaloupe, lemongrass, orange oil, honeysuckle, and fresh ginger.

T - Light, soft, citrusy, and semi-sweet. Lemon cake, wheat, oranges, dry woody hops, straw, cantaloupe rinds.

M - Light, almost airy frame. Creamy. Relatively low carbonation.

O - One of the better summer brews of the season.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 22:54:10 | More by vfgccp
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap, served in a tulip

A lightly hazed orange/golden color with a firm two finger cap. Great retention with some sheeting lace. Some tiny bubbles force their way through the liquid.

Juicy tropical fruits pounce out of the glass. Nose of bright tangerines, oranges, mango, apricot, white grapefruit, and some pine resin underneath. Bready malt holds firm, but the hops really do shine.

Some clean, slightly damp wheat rolls onto the palate first, before juicy tropical fruit take over mid-palate. Mangoes, papaya, tangerines, apricot, and white grapefruit lend a bit of a sweetness before a refreshing finish. Just a mild bitterness interjects over top of the wheat/bready malt bill. A touch of pine emerges and lingers briefly. A nice mix of tropical fruit sweetness, citric/pine bitterness, and malt in the finish.

Light bodied, clean, and crisp. Smooth feel. Lush.

Love these hoppy wheats that have popped up here and there. This does not disappoint. Well-crafted.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 16:51:18 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy goldenstraw color; the head is appropriately stacked and leaves some attractive lace behind

Smell: Tropical and citrus fruit with bready undertones

Taste: Bready, up front, as one would expect, and then the hop bill hits at mid-palate, delivering tropical and citrus flavors along with a subtle hint of grassy hop, as well; crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very well-constructed hoppy wheat; rarely do I seek out the style but this one is for real

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 13:07:38 | More by brentk56
Photo of homebrew311


4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Stringer_Bell- thanks!

Pours a pale orangeish yellow with a very lively head upon the pour that retains nicely. The smell features nice bready wheat malts paired with big orange citrus character. Notes of lemon, pine, and grapefruit interplay nicely with cereal grains and bread. Taste is very fruity up front with notes of orange zest and pine. Heavy hop bitterness starts and finishes the flavor with sturdy wheat profile in the middle. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall, a very refreshing hoppy wheat beer, worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 07:22:23 | More by homebrew311
Photo of draheim


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear orange color w/ a big white head.

Aroma is bright and citrusy, juicy and tropical.

Taste follows nose. Lots of orange and grapefruit with a sharply bitter finish. The wheat malt lends a general lightness and softness to the profile.

Mouthfeel likewise is lighter, making this very drinkable.

Overall a very solid summer ale, one I'd drink regularly if I could.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 02:29:29 | More by draheim
Photo of Vonerichs


3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear golden-straw color with a fluffy white head and good cascading lace.

Smells like orange zest, a little pine, and a lot of wheat.

It's a nice, easy drinking hoppy wheat, but the flavor is a little muted. Pleasant orange flavors mesh with the wheat.

Mouthfeel is light and a little undercarbonated.

It's a nice hoppy wheat that drinks easy. I'd imagine this to be a good summer lawnmower beer. I just wish it had a little more body and pronounced flavor to it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 23:53:57 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a very cloudy peach-gold color with three fingers of rich white head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Bright aroma of tangerine and tropical fruit.

Tasted of orange, baby aspirin, mango, and grapefruit and had more of a wheat grain profile than the aroma. Well balanced. Light bitterness to the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

Yep, I'll have another. Tasty, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 22:02:59 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a freshly filled growler.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with some mild orange hues. Nice 05. inch white head forms that is slightly dense. It recedes pretty quickly and is very active and foamy.

Awesome near perfect nose. Juicy mangos and tangerines a-plenty with some nice grapefruit and citrus fruit notes. Some slight piney resin is present but it is a tropical fruit feast in the nose. Nice strong grain and bread notes can be perceived. Quite earthy. Very nice.

Starts off with some mild wheat and bread notes that quickly get bum rushed by some nice and flavorful yet not too strong hop notes. GRassy and herbal with tons of citrus notes and some nice bitterness to back it up. Tangerine notes and some tropical fruit notes with some grapefruit mixed in can be perceived. It has a similar hop profile to their IPA and APA but with a lighter less abrasive back bitterness and also has some slight sweetness form the wheat. More refreshing and easier to drink. Very similar to the Lagunitas hopped up version of this style. Very nice brew. Crisp and clean mouthfeel with a nice light body.

Pretty good brew. It seems like they have perfected this hop profile and vary it between their DIPA, IPA and APA and know utilize it for this wheat ale. Nice job 4 Hands.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2012 22:10:21 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ITap Chesterfield.

A - Poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - Lots of pine and citrus notes. Good IPA aroma.

T - Lots of piney/resiny bitterness with some burnt toast maltiness. A touch of orange flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a great sessionable IPA. 4 Hands continues to impress!

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 23:32:33 | More by zeff80
Contact High from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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