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Contact High - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 412
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 20
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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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Photo of CraftFan5
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (817 characters)

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (155 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (204 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (379 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (655 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (208 characters)

Photo of Clockwork420
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (219 characters)

Photo of TwoPack
3.8/5  rDev -1%

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. (438 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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. (459 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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 (215 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of --Dom--
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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. (179 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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. (1,359 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is great and really keeps the orange zest front and center. It is like juice in a can with a nicely assertive hop bite on the end to keep everything grounded. Now that it is in cans, it made for a great float trip beer too.

Would absolutely purchase and drink again. (272 characters)

Photo of fitzIPAtrick
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

RATHER NICE; WORTH TRYING! (330 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (841 characters)

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Contact High from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.