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Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,020 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 78
Gots: 144 | FT: 4
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the Summer Beerfest at Far Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a very fruity flavor and the spice flavors coming through more on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice fresh aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of apple cider and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but also has notes of hefeweizen yeast and hints of herbs and spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest foamy head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Fuji apple and sweaty feet with a soapy aspect

Taste: Apple cider flavors, up front, with the cayenne adding heat in the middle; soapy flavors, after the swallow, though the cider flavors linger underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is one of the Dogfish "misses" for me; really don't care for what the cilantro brings - normally I like cilantro but I am certainly not picking it up in this beer

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With fruit flavors amplified, firmer body, dry crispness, and heightened spices to balance; this inquisitive ale only narrowly resembles the witbier style that influenced its overhaul. Yep, they dogfished it up pretty good!

Not all in all different from the appearance of standard witbiers, this imperialized version carries a firm hazy gold appearance with a thin creamy head that dissipated evenly to a film before residing as a lace around the glass. Light on lace, this is the only deviation from the look of Hoegaarden or Wittekerke.

Where the original aromas call for a apple ester complement, a stronger than normal note of dry cider steers from apple juice and favors the winy character to inform the already present bready wheat and spicy counterparts. Corriander (celery seed), oranges, tea-like dried herbs, dandilion, chamomile, and peppercorn round out the alluring scent with complexity and balance.

But there's no mistake in the sway in attitude that gives the flavors of Positive Contact its true identity. Big on fruit and spice, the balance of dry cider offers just enough sweetness and bread taste to keep the beer from becoming overly tart. Complements of coriander, fresh orange zest, herbal teas, and slight vegetation of pepper, grass, and and a tinge of soap that gives a mild perfumy sense.

Much drier than imperial versions usually give, this zesty and sprite ale offers much the same drinkability as softer and milder versions. Backed by a dry bread texture, the beer soon favors firm acidity of Zinfandel and prickling carbonation to carry the dryness toward a combined warmth of capsaicin and alcohol.

The overall effortless in drinkability of this imperial witbier is remarkably clean, refreshing and crisp despite its high alcohol values and the seemingly challenged spices and fruit added to the brew. But the premiere restraint of these additions give the finished beer added layers of complexity without disrupting the balance of the witbiers that we know and love. Those additions inform the usual taste but without quite being able to pinpoint its source. Putting those additions on the label takes much of the fun out of it for me.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a medium size white foamy head with medium retention and some lacing. Aroma of apple cider with some coriander notes is quite refreshing. Aroma of cider is quite dominant with some medium sweet notes. Coriander notes are also noticeable and are well-balanced against the sweeter malt base. Body is light with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very nice experiment and I could see myself drinking this again on hot summer days.

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3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: 1.5 finger head on a orange with golden hues clear body but with some floaters. Minimal lacing.

S: pear, lemon, orange peel, green apple, coriander.

T: fruit cocktail with apple and pear dominating. Pepper, herbs, caramel and hint of cilantro.

M: this one is very oily coating the palate with medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: definitely weird as expected. Reminded me a lot of cheap, packaged fruit cocktail with Belgian character. Glad stores decided to brake these 6 packs up despite the threats.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden straw color with a white head. Aroma has a nice Belgian character to it of banana, mild coriander spiciness, and yeast. Fruity apple character with a touch of grass and white pepper. The coriander and yeast are more pronounced on the palate. Light apple flavor, decently fruity. Banana, a bit of grass, bread, and a light herbaceous quality. Not bad, but kind of watery.

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer has a touch of sweet and tart apple aromas to it with some spice notes in there too. The taste of the beer gives off the minimal tartness of the apple used with the mixture of spices added to give this brew some character. The mouthfeel was light and dry with a decent carbonation to it. Overall this beer wasn't much of a Witbier in my opinion but still was drinkable. I wouldn't mind having this one again someday.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

11 ounce pour - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: A hazy, dark golden appearance, with a slim coating of white suds.

Smell: Slightly grainy malts with a musty, yeasty apple-scented aroma, some additional fruitiness, various fragrant spice notes, and sharper alcohol whiffs.

Taste: A flash of sugared sweetness overtop grainy barley with some light doughy hints and wheat malt. Apples, along with additional orchard fruits blended as best it can with rose hips, cardamon, tangy green grapes, fresh herbs, drying phenols -- it's a bit soapy, perfumy at times. Additional maltiness with the sustained spices on the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: PC is a beverage that desperately needs to be paired with food. Me, I was fairly neutral about this contact.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

Shit, I was worried I'd never see this stuff, then BAM! here it is on-tap at Nellie's. It pours a lightly-hazy brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises honey, cranberry, white grape, chili pepper, and apples. There's a fairly random mixture for ya, eh? At least it's good... The taste brings in more of the same, though with more white grape, the pepper has taken on more of a curry/cumin character, and some flowers enter the picture for the sake of it. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda gel-like feel. Overall, a decidedly interesting beer, one that showcases the versatility of apples in brewing and the possibilities of sheer randomness.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

very interesting beer, somewhat of a beer and cider hybrid, which isn't as common as it maybe should be. fuji is a great choice of apple to go with this strong blonde ale. clean looking, with a soapy inch of white head. it smells interesting, more apple heavy than anything, and i honestly don't get any cayenne pepper. maybe a little bit of spices, but more cider type than heat type for me. the taste is similarly apple driven without being sweet. i mean, its still beer first, no doubt, which i appreciate, but its most flavorful adjunct is by far the apples. juicy and fresh, this takes me to fall, with a pronounced spice finish, but again, hard to place it as cayenne at all, which i also don't particularly mind. the feel is the best feature. its so creamy, like it came from a nitro tap, its full bodied, but almost puffy on my palate, and it swallows clean. amazing. also surprisingly well hidden abv. another weirdo beer from dogfish, but this one is far more successful than others. really top quality stuff, and i can't imagine a beer/cider fusion coming out any better than this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head "Positive Contact"
750 ml, corked and caged.
$13.99 @ Wegmans market, Malvern, PA

Appearance: Hazy golden/straw-colored body. Short-lived bright white head. Minimal to average lacing. Looks like a glass of Champagne.

Smell: Pepper. Chalky/herbal. Sugary wheat/vanilla. Yeast. Spice. Apple. Sugar. Soft Phenol. Mineral.

Taste: As the flavor suggests with the addition of some white grape, alcohol, and candy sugar. Interesting. The combination of the tartness of the cider and the phenols from the yeast gives me an impression not unlike that of a wild ale. It's complex, and yet everything's on the surface (as opposed to a heavy barleywine where the complexities lie within layers of malt). Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium and spritzy.

Overall: Unique. Easy to drink and refreshing, but also surprisingly complex.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!!

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Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
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