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Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

887 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 67
Gots: 107 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Positive Contact is the second batch of the Imperial Belgian-Style Wheat beer that Sam and Ben brewed a couple months back. For this batch, we stepped up the spice and cider additions. Instead of 200 lbs of apples, Ben pressed 300 lbs of organic Fuji apples for a total addition of 25 gallons of fresh pressed cider, which was added to the whirlpool in order to really bring out the cider character. The amount of cilantro was nearly quadrupled with 4 lbs total, which was pureed with a portion of the cider and then added after the boil was done. The cayenne was doubled, but added directly before the beer was transferred from the kettle to the fermenter in an effort to minimize the burn while increasing the flavor and aroma contributed. A different type of wit yeast was used and then fermented slightly cooler to keep the yeast character minimal and act as a supporting role to the main players the cider and spices. Lastly, this batch was boiled for less time than the original batch, leaving the beer with a lighter straw color than the amberish hue of batch #1.

Overall, Positive Contact is characterized by its bright spritzy cider character and autumnal herbal quality derived from the cilantro, cayenne, and yeast.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: THECPJ on 12-28-2011)
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color was a golden amber, almost like a apple juice. A few small streams of carbonation rose from the bottom. The head was a 1 finger fluffy white that only last 2 or 3 minutes. Initially poured similar to a sparkling apple cider. Aroma was like a sweet apple cider. Not as sweet as a juice, but the apples were definitely noticeable. A small bit of banana in the back as well. Flavor was sweet, but still a bit dry. A little bit of peppery yeast as well. Coated nicely. Not overly stickey or chewy. Not as much carbonation as I would expect on the style notes. Overall a unique beer. Not necessarily true to style notes, but well balanced with a very unique flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 22:44:45 | More by mountdew1
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Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.