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Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

982 Ratings

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 77
Gots: 135 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Swaino, Oct 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

BRami127, Oct 05, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

dexterk1, Oct 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Stezz420, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 03, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Camjmorton, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Nick_Bousquet, Oct 01, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: 3.75 - Very pale gold color with a large initial head, though it fades fairly quickly. Not much glass lacing either.
S: 3.75 - Grainy malt with a pleasant sour tartness.
T: 3.5 - Flavor is ... interesting. There's a light capsicum spiciness, very low hop bitterness, rather heavy malt sweetness. There's a lot going on here, but ultimately, it's just not to my tastes.
M: 3.75 - Big bodied, heavy
O: 3.5 - "witbier"? There's not a thing in here that resembles any wit I've ever had. I guess they just needed someplace to stick it. It's a complex beer, but it's not very drinkable, and I can't imagine ever wanting to try this again.

allengarvin, Oct 01, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy golden color. There was a thin white head that doesn’t linger or leave much lacing. It has a nice nose. Some apple, spicy and earthy. The taste is very good. It has a touch of bitterness, earthy, apple and spices. Nice!

Boto, Oct 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ralphw56, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.