Contact High - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 17
Gots: 69 | 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 AshlandNacho
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Tropical hops come off as a malt bomb to me. Mouthfeel was great, nose was bleah. Not my thing ....

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +9%

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 Franziskaner
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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 dowen17
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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 PBRmeasap1980
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

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 secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of Vonerichs
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of NavyGoat
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice drink for the upcoming summer!

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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 emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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.

Photo of TCMike
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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.

Photo of --Dom--
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 LambicPentameter
3.91/5  rDev +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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Davepoolesque
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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 DirtGrub
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
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 Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of draheim
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Contact High from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.