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Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,022 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,022
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 79
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Well, this is a good looking beer, which isn't surprising since it's a belgian style ale. Pours a really nice light orange/golden color with tons of pure white fluffy head with super good retention and lacing.

S: When I looked in the ingredients (cilantro, apples, cider and cayenne) I was sure it would very similar to something made by Unibroue (they do have quite a unique yeast strain that brings those flavors) and I'm right. This is a very Unibroue-esque smelling beer (think "Fin du Monde") with tons of notes of apples, cilantro and pepper (duh!). But above that, there is a nice underlying acidity (thanks to the wheat) and sweetness with notes of candi sugar and honey. Finally, light notes of cinnamon, green cardamom and banana are there. Very complex and very good smelling beer.

T: This is a confusing beer, it doesn't taste much like what I expected. First, it's much sweeter than expected with a very strong presence of residual sugars that shows in a massive amount of candi sugar, especially considering the style. The cilantro and apples are there and fit well together, but those flavors actually clash with the other spices (cardamom and cinnamon). I also feel like the acidity is not as strong as expected. It's a good beer though, don't get me wrong, the individual flavors are great, but there isn't much synergy between them.

M: Well, in true American fashion, they took a genre that is supposed to be super light and fluffy to a very heavy, but very smooth beer. Mixed feeling about this.

O: This is definitely a really good beer. It is VERY drinkable and no alcohol is noticeable even considering it's a pale ale at 9 ABV without much strong flavors that could hide the alcohol. But, like I said, it doesn't have much synergy (like la "Fin du Monde" has with approximately the same flavors in it).

EDIT: Forgot to say, this is supremely drinkable. I know, am drunk.

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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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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.

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Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.