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Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

893 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 67
Gots: 109 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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WhoWeCallMeat

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-22-2014 23:01:14 | More by WhoWeCallMeat
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RoyFokker

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-22-2014 04:44:09 | More by RoyFokker
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Hmochel


3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

06-22-2014 04:33:53 | More by Hmochel
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Btip1969

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-22-2014 04:33:15 | More by Btip1969
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ahommell

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-22-2014 04:28:13 | More by ahommell
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich golden color with excellent clarity. There's an inch of tightly knit bright white foam and some light Brussels lacing. I get a lot of spices within the aroma but I think the cilantro and cider stand out the most. The flavor is powerfully spiced and you really get the cilantro which is a bit refreshing and gives it a vegetal edge. The cider gives a light sweetness. The cayenne gives a slight warmth and and the cider offers some dryness in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 23:49:37 | More by Franziskaner
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LakerLeith

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-19-2014 03:33:03 | More by LakerLeith
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bnes09

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent, yellow, honey color. Thick, soapy foam with exceptional retention. Coats the glass in a blanket of lacing with each sip.

Bright and fresh citric aroma. Grass and lemon rind. Soft yeast and cloves.

Apple flavor. Lemon grass. Mild honey sweetness with hints of apricot. Live yeast. Hint of clove spice. Very complex yet well balanced.

Medium bodied. Slick feel. Light on the palate but with hints of yeast, fruit-like texture. Lots of tiny bubbles bring the flavors to life.

Awesome brew. It's nice to try something new and fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 01:18:11 | More by bnes09
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Sderoche77


4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-19-2014 01:12:48 | More by Sderoche77
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Necronomad

Switzerland

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-18-2014 16:09:43 | More by Necronomad
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JCicero08

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-18-2014 02:17:13 | More by JCicero08
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PTEdelman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-18-2014 00:17:42 | More by PTEdelman
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miguellunarusso

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-16-2014 23:44:34 | More by miguellunarusso
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kkdowning

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-16-2014 21:48:31 | More by kkdowning
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Tanooki

Illinois

5/5  rDev +30.5%

06-16-2014 00:32:53 | More by Tanooki
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-15-2014 02:47:06 | More by Falcone
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Hypersomnia

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-14-2014 21:05:10 | More by Hypersomnia
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blindmike

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-12-2014 16:11:29 | More by blindmike
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capnamerica

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-10-2014 02:00:34 | More by capnamerica
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BrahptimusPrime

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-09-2014 19:19:12 | More by BrahptimusPrime
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jschonert

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

06-08-2014 03:55:07 | More by jschonert
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-08-2014 02:41:27 | More by DaPan
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Zekenyce

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-07-2014 01:37:22 | More by Zekenyce
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-06-2014 04:20:25 | More by Axnjxn
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a frothy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of apples with yeast , grain and hint of pepper.

The taste is of apples, grainy sweetness (some bubblegum?), a touch of sour yeast. Light cayenne spicing balances the sweetness, though remains sweet in character.

Creamy smooth, the alcohol is very well-hidden.

An interesting beer. The apple is balanced - not powerful, but enough to give it character. Sweet, but the hint of spicing balances it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2014 19:24:09 | More by jwc215
Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.