Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by DonDirkA:
4.6/5 rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The nose has some similar notes as other pepper-infused ales I've had. Yeasty wheat, apples, lemon and a sharp spicy kick. The fruity notes and spicy notes blend together in a very interesting way. Taste is very strong of apple cider, which is actually surprising. I expected the cider flavors to be muted. Sweet, apples, breadiness and the cayenne kick is really relegated to being a feeling in the back of the throat instead of hotness up front. There's a very slight hint of flavor from the cilantro, but not as much as I'd hoped. The cayenne kinda creeps up in your throat as you wait. Its like a surprise gift (if you like spice). This is one of the best new DFH specialties I have had in a long time. It'd be better if I was listening to the Deltron 3030 remix album with it though...
NOTE: The cayenne heat crept up a lot later. It made my stomach warm up a lot, but not uncomfortably. My only real wish is slightly more apple taste (even though I know they stepped it up) and considerably more cilantro taste (but not enough to be overpowering). Overall though it was very good.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2012 07:38:23 | More by DonDirkA
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3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This pours with a radiant wheat yellow color and a thick foamy head.
The nose is a bit wheat, a little bit of Apple cider, with a spicy tone of chili powder and paprika.
The flavor is strong on the front palate with Apple sweetness. The middle shows substantial wheat grain and I got caramel malts. The spicy cayenne is more a spicy nutmeg or cinnamon and it reminds of some Christmas beers. The great thing is that the complexities of this beer seem to change with each sip.
The feel is light and crisp and disguises the higher ABV.
I enjoyed this beer immensely, it's complex, it's different and it kept me guessing.
Serving type: on-tap
07-16-2014 23:26:32 | More by KYGunner
Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.