Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by chodinheaven:
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Champagne-esque look to this beer with a big and sea foamy white head overtop a golden orange beer with a slight chill haze to it. The head sticks around for a while and leaves some spotty lacing on the side of the glass. The smell has a Belgian air about it, with a clean funkiness that is pebbled by other little aromas. There is the slightest hint of cayenne in the background as well as an even slighter note of cilantro detectable as well, spicing up this beer nicely. The crisp, clean part of the aroma that meshes so well with the funk is the fuji apple cider. In the back end of the aroma after a few good swirls, a certain toastiness comes out as well. This all makes for a very pleasantlty aromatic brew that I'm definitely enjoying putting my nose into.
Nice clean flavor to it as well with a bit of that funk to dirty it up just a tad. Surprisingly, the heat of the cayenne doesn't effect this clean feel as it almost comes in as an afterthought in the background. It goes very well with acidity of the apples. For the record, the heat (from both the cayenne and the alcohol) comes out a bit more as it warms up, but at no point is it overpowering or the main focus of the beer. That is left to the crispness of the fuji cider flavor. There is a toastiness present from the malt as well, just as there was in the aroma, set in the background to make for a balanced and enjoyable sipper of a beer. Despite having its roots in apple cider, the feel is definitely not cidery, and I think this is because of that toastiness. It does a great job keeping a steady balance over this beer. Not detecting much on the cilantro, which might be a good thing as that particular spice tends to taste like soap to me. Just a tad bit of booze in the flavor as it warms, but never enough to take away from the beer. Smooth in the feel with an smooth carbonation level that is spot on.
Overall, just a really good beer. Interesting ingredient choices and it came out alright. I was lucky enough to be at the brewery on the day they released this and I'm excited that it I had the opportunity to try this second batch before most. Good stuff DFH as always. Keep it up!
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2012 03:16:03 | More by chodinheaven
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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
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