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Contact High - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 40 | 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:
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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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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.

LambicPentameter, Mar 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
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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.

SD-Alefan, Oct 17, 2014
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codysjb, Feb 02, 2014
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jaminjohnson, Aug 14, 2012
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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.

Franziskaner, May 24, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

dowen17, Sep 20, 2013
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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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Smells like orange zest, a little pine, and a lot of wheat.

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Contact High from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.