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Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,036
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 81
Gots: 150 | FT: 4
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: THECPJ on 12-28-2011

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
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a solid half inch ivory head that lingers.

Aroma is green apple and wheat, with a yeasty, bready backbone and a bit of coriander.

The flavor is a bit more wheat dominant, with undertones of muted apple. There's a bit of hot pepper at the finish. Coriander and belgian yeast character add complexity. Bubble gum surfaces as it warms.

Body is moderate to a touch heavy, creamy, with fairly high carbonation and a bit of alcohol bite and warmth.

Overall, a complex brew, but I was surprised the cider character wasn't more prevalent. Definitely worth a try!

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an imperial pilsner glass. Thanks oneguyonecup!

A: Poured a slightly hazy, clean, pale yellow color with golden highlights and rather fierce carbonation that built a three-finger head of dense carbonation bubbles that left some decent lacing. Bubbles roll and wisp as if champagne yeast were used.

S: Very interesting, spicy, fruity aroma with clean, clear hints of tart apple, grainy pears, mild tropical notes and a spritzy, spicy aroma of herbal hops, yeast and added spices.

T: Dry and fruity up front, the tart, apple cider flavor kicks in around mid palate before being seized up by the complexity of spices and yeast flavors. The herbal, fresh tasting cilantro piles together with white pepper and clove which bounces off of the sour apple flavor left on the tongue. A mellow, spicy cayenne finish distracts you from the boozy burn.

M: Light, flavorful and bracing on the tongue, the beer gains some viscosity as the alcohol settles into the spicy finish, cloying just a bit with the cider juice.

O: A very complex and fun beer to drink. Like many a DFH ancient golden ale, I immediately though "Midas Touch" when I initially saw, smelled and tasted Positive Contact. However, this 9% ABV hybrid combines the refreshing tartness of a cider with the complexity of an imperial wit.

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of nh2032
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving a tight ring of lacing. Pours a hazy yellow and leaves a few small lacing streaks.

Smell: Smells like a sugary, peachy Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I laughed out loud at how pedestrian a BSPA smell it was after reading the label's talk of "fuji cider, slow roasted farro, a bit of cayenne, and fresh cilantro."

Doesn't get any whackier with time, but the base BSPA aromas are quite nice.

Taste: Whoa, there's the additional ingredients... surprising, but not brash or even altogether that weird. Tastes like a BSPA / strong witbier hybrid with a distinct flavor of cayenne and some underlying umami that I can only assume comes from the roasted farro. The blend is actually really good.

A typical sip has a full, yeasty (clove-y) and peachy flavor up front with a quick hit of cayenne, then a pepper heat finish (noticeable but not bold) with some mild boozy heat and a fruity aftertaste. Not tasting much apple... there's some apple notes, but no more than an average Belgian tripel really (not that this tastes like a tripel, but the average tripel doesn't have 300lb of Fuji apples in it either). Well hidden ABV for 9%, even though it's a little boozy at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy. Neither sugary nor dry finish. High side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: What a surprisingly well balanced, sensible beer. Tastes great too. A worthy experimental beer.

Pairing note: Once I started eating some (vegetarian) breaded "chicken" tenders and roasted pepper slices with Schlotterbeck and Foss Texas BBQ Sauce (I specify the brand because I highly recommend it), the flavor of this beer really took off. A lot more apple flavor appeared, along with the distinct impression of biting into a really juicy pear. It's uncanny how much pear gets into each sip, and delicious. Plus, the mild heat in the beer plays well with the heat of the BBQ sauce.

Very much recommend pairing this with BBQ that has some kick.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

Pours a golden color with a fizzy white head. Aroma of honey, apples and wheat.

More apples and sweet honey on the tongue with a touch of spice (I'm not able to pick out the cayenne and cilantro immediately), a big bready biscuit character and a slightly cloying finish. Reminds me of a lot of tripels I've had. Very warm in the finish, where the cayenne begins to come through. I think I can pick up the cilantro in the aftertaste, but I might just be talking myself into it. As I drink more, the distinct apple character fades a bit and I'm left with a solid, tripel-like beer.

Really interesting, really enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of peabody
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear yellow liquid with three fingers of white foamy suds. Lots of lacing here.
Smell is def. clove and corriander and rotten banana peel. Strong burning yeast and just a hint of alcohol.
Taste is wheat and belgian yeast right up front followed by alcohol then the sweet spices. It finishes with sticky banana creme.
Mouthfeel is very sticky and the alcohol doesn't wash that away. The alcohol is almost too prevailent here as it sets in the back of the throat for quite some time.
Overall this is a pretty good try at a belgian but let's face it, nobody does it better than the belgians.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
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