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Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

987 Ratings

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Ratings: 987
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 77
Gots: 135 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of thespaceman
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a DFH signature class:

Appearance: Pours a very nice medium gold in color. Hazy with tons of bubbles flowing up the glass. Thick white head rises up and slowly dissapates leaving behind thin lines of lacing. Good head retention.

Smell: Very spicy when it hits the nostrils. I get hints of pepper, and some alcohol ester as well. Has almost a belgian like yeast aroma to it, most likely from the yeast strain used in this one. I get a bit of the cilantro in the nose here as well, very earthy smelling. Nice!

Taste: The cider properties appear evident up front here, this is almost like a cross hybrid of a beer and cider and done perfectly. Spice notes up front are subtle, hints of pepper blend nicely with the cider here. Sweetness is very minimal and that's why this beer impresses me! DFH is known for having a very sweet beer especially when the ABV hits around 8.00% but this beer contradicts that! Finish rounds out with some more spice (tasting the cayenne now) and a nice hint of alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Light on the palate, bitterness is minimal. This one rolls around the tongue nicely without breaking up and getting watery.

Drinkability: One of the stand out beers in DFH's portfolio. The best of the music inspired series since "Bitches Brew". This beer is really enjoyable because of how at one minute you taste those fruity, cider properties.. then all of a sudden you get that peppery, yeasty beer quality to bring you back down to the ground. Outside of the box is a understatement for this beer, and I also liked that Sam toned down the sweetness on this to make it more drinkable without too much alcohol burn in the finish. Excellent beer all around!

thespaceman, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Brehnert
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Brehnert, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

shelby415, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL into a saison glass. Pours a crystal clear golden color w/ a bright white head, lively carb.

Aroma is grassy, funky, herbal. Belgian yeast, bubblegum, spice. As it warms it takes on a vaguely vegetable quality, maybe from the cilantro.

Taste is a little grainy, grassy. Heavy bubblegum from the yeast, and a spicy kick from the cayenne.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied.

Overall, I can't say I'm really enjoying this beer. It's not awful or anything, but there's no reason I would buy another bottle. I just don't think all the elements are working together.

draheim, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

PEIhop, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of shand
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint.

This beer pours out a brilliant golden with plenty of floaties. The head is very large and retains well. The aroma is a surprisingly standard witbier-esque aroma, with plenty of spicy notes. There's some fruity character in the back, but it's a spice bomb on the nose. The taste is nice, it's got a big amount of fruit character at first, but quickly settles down into a normal witbier spice and yeast finish with just a hint of peppers. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium bodied, and the drinkability is solid.

So, am I really going to do this? Yeah. I'm knocking a Dogfish brew for being too standard. Way too standard, actually. Reading the label got my excited. Apple cider? Cilantro? Cayanne pepper? This is going to be a blast! Instead, it's just a slightly fruity witbier with a tiny bit of pepper heat on the finish. Gotta say, I expected more from this one. It's still a good beer, but come into it expecting a pretty standard Witbier. It's not nearly as crazy as you might expect from reading the label, there's only a touch of Dogfish weirdness here.

shand, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent yellow orange, some carbonation, two finger head.

S-Wheat, good deal of spice, grassy notes along with honey and apples.

T-Starts with spice blended with wheat and apples. Not much bitterness though.

M-Medium bodied, but lacking in carbonation though.

O-A decent beer, one of the few with Apples I've enjoyed. Although the case with the vinyl was a silly idea, glad I was able to pick up a single.

rlee1390, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of haddyhustle302
4.75/5  rDev +24%

haddyhustle302, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark golden color with a one finger off white head. Leaves some trails of lace down the glass.

S: Belgian yeast, clove, freshly baked bread and a touch of lemongrass.

T: Opens with a lot of spicy malt flavor. Cinnamon, Belgian yeast, clove and some faint apple cider with a drying finish of white pepper, faint cayenne heat and some golden delicious apple skins. Mouthfeel is smooth and shows just a hint of the ABV. Nicely done.

notchucknorris, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of leodarko
4.25/5  rDev +11%

leodarko, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of ricktizo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

ricktizo, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!!

Jason, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of rkasten1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

rkasten1, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Kmccabe33
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Kmccabe33, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

IPAFrankieH, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of DonDirkA
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose has some similar notes as other pepper-infused ales I've had. Yeasty wheat, apples, lemon and a sharp spicy kick. The fruity notes and spicy notes blend together in a very interesting way. Taste is very strong of apple cider, which is actually surprising. I expected the cider flavors to be muted. Sweet, apples, breadiness and the cayenne kick is really relegated to being a feeling in the back of the throat instead of hotness up front. There's a very slight hint of flavor from the cilantro, but not as much as I'd hoped. The cayenne kinda creeps up in your throat as you wait. Its like a surprise gift (if you like spice). This is one of the best new DFH specialties I have had in a long time. It'd be better if I was listening to the Deltron 3030 remix album with it though...

NOTE: The cayenne heat crept up a lot later. It made my stomach warm up a lot, but not uncomfortably. My only real wish is slightly more apple taste (even though I know they stepped it up) and considerably more cilantro taste (but not enough to be overpowering). Overall though it was very good.

DonDirkA, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of inandon
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Positive contact has a light pour with a bubbly light head. The second you open the bottle, a strong cider smell hits your nose. Despite it cider smell it does not taste as sweet. It is more of a beer twist on cider.

One consistent flavor with no after taste.
I would describe it as a light pale ale with some cinnamon apple flavoring.
Not heavy but light and bubble feel similar to a sparking cider.

I was hoping that it would have more cayenne undertones to it. I feel it just needs a kick extra to put it over the top as a dogfish head beer

Overall I would recommend this as a summer beer and I would pick up a second bottle if it wasn't soo limited.

inandon, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

halo913, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of RichH55
5/5  rDev +30.5%

RichH55, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Ray7233
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Ray7233, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of mjaggers
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mjaggers, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into DFH snifter.

A- Crystal clear, apple juice coloured pour with a soapy white head. Lacing is quite good.

S- Typical Wit aromas of cloves, bananas, some cinnamon. I'm not getting much of the apples yet or anything else. It is still a little on the cold side though... After it warmed to almost room temp the cayenne came out a little and the apples came out in a sweet cider like taste. I would have preferred more of a juice taste from the apples but who am I to decide.

T- Again typical Wit flavours. The apples are popping through, quite sweet. I'm getting a touch of the cayenne and cilantro is definitely there in the finish. Very interesting.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation, touch of spice in the finish from the cayenne.

O- Another good release from DFH. It's something I could enjoy a whole bottle, if I see another I'll probably pick one up.

korguy123, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +4.4%

klipper, Jul 19, 2012
Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.