Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by chodinheaven:
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
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!
06-22-2012 03:16:03 | More by chodinheaven
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4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):
LOOK: Golden, slight haze, incredible mountainous foam head
SMELL: Phenolic (gummy and mildly medicinal), nutty, cilantro, floral, Belgian-y
TASTE: Incredibly smooth and creamy, semi-viscous, fresh, sweet apples, candy, alcohol, cilantro, grass, light cayenne pepperiness, grain, nutty, lingering phenols
Food meets beer. Literally, but no chewing required. Brewed with Dan the Automator (Deltron 3030) using Fuji cider, slow-roasted farro, cayenne and fresh cilantro, and fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. Except for being bit too sweet, this is an incredible display of collaboration and creativity.
12-12-2013 16:04:38 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.96/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured into a snifter, the beer was a clear gold color with a medium-sized white head. There was a bit of lace.
The aroma was mostly that of apple cider. There was some peppery spice and some grassy hops.
Mostly cider in the taste. Grassy hops. The pepper showed up late, and left an aftertaste which was not unpleasant.
Crisp and light. An easy drinking beer.
01-03-2014 20:13:14 | More by lordofthewiens
4/5 rDev +4.4%
750ml brown bottle with no freshness date
LOOK: Bright yellow color, tiny bubble head, great lacing
SMELL: Asian pear, earthy, grassy, crackers, cider, alcohol, mild spice, Chinese parsley
TASTE: Smooth, slightly bitter, grainy, cider twang, spicy, warming alcohol, lemongrass, rose water, fresh biscuits, very dry finish
Very drinkable, careful now! So many layers to this brew, you think you've tasted it all until you take your next sip and then it peels away another flavor or goes back to one you tasted on your first sip. A lot of fun drinking this beer. Thanks DFH!!
07-25-2012 01:49:21 | More by Jason
4.23/5 rDev +10.4%
Positive Contact opens with an aroma that bears a distinct apple cider note, but not overly so, the sweet apple blended nicely with fresh wheat, banana, coriander, pepper, lemon, and an almost sarsaparilla earthiness. The fruit notes here are predominant, but underpinned nicely by earthy, spicy tones. Some touches of brown bread, caramel, and brown sugar add further sugary textures, these being darker and a nice counter to the bright banana, apple, and lemon. As a whole, the nose is very interesting, smelling much like a Belgian cut with apple cider, with a few funky earthy notes thrown in for good measure. My only qualm is that one of these funky earthy notes bears, at least to my nose, a strong resemblance to dry dirt, and doesn’t mix well with the other fragrances.
On the tongue, the beer opens with strong banana, clove, coriander, and pepper notes, bearing much resemblance in this respect to a Belgian. The differences are made more apparent by the presence of a spicy cayenne pepper burn on the soft tissues (the flavor itself hardly noticeable, however), and a good apple cider undercurrent. It’s important to note that the apple cider blends extremely well, and in fact might not be recognized as apple cider were it not printed on the label; it could be easily mistaken for malt-based apple fruit esters. Some brown bread notes lie just below, joined by brown sugar. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main flavors, with a slight increase in the cayenne pepper burn, and lingers for a good while. Very late in the aftertaste, however, a stale apple cider flavor coats the tongue and soft palate, leaving--at least on this reviewer’s tongue--a slightly waxy feel. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is good beer, and represents the masterful blending of strange ingredients typical of Dogfish Head’s brews. The results is a nicely balanced beverage that bears only slight reminders of the 9% ABV, and includes an excellent series of fruit and spice flavors. The tail end of the aftertaste is strange and, in some ways, unpleasant, marking one of the beer’s few weaknesses. Still, this is worth trying.
07-05-2012 17:29:32 | More by jondeelee
Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.