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Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,050 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 86
Gots: 156 | 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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Ratings: 1,050 | Reviews: 214
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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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%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Light gold in color and mostly clear. Half of a finger's worth of white head that settles to foam. Good visible carbonation.

S: Pilsner malt, belgian yeast, underlying generic fruity sweetness.

T: There's a lot going on here. The taste follows the nose well – light malt flavor up front, banana & Belgian yeast fruity profile in the middle, then the apple cider flavor takes over at the end. Finishes with a moderately sweet cider flavor. There's also a weird flat flavor at the end - maybe it's the cilantro? Not sure. I really don't get any particular cayenne spiciness here at all, but maybe some nondescript spiciness as it warms.

M: Light mouthfeel, nice carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence is noticeable, but I would say minimal given the higher ABV.

O: This isn't half–bad, but don't know that I'd necessarily do another.

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4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of breweries make good beer worth trying, but unlike most breweries, I don't buy every one of their new releases like I do DFH. In a world where just about every beer tastes like a couple dozen others, DFH brings something fresh nearly every time and nearly every time, it's pretty damn good.

4.0 A: Faintly hazed dark yellow color. Not quite two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Apples and cilantro stick out right off the first whiff. Cayenne is right underneath. I'm not sure exactly what farro is or what it smells or tastes like, so no comment there. Otherwise, this is quite funky, like a saison, with a hefty spicy peppery yeastiness and some clove underneath. Funk is of the woodzy, grassy variety with apple orchard (duh) being most prevalent. Really pleasant and super complex. Well done.

4.0 T: The taste is like the nose, but is lacking the power. Apple cider and cilantro are out in front again. The cayenne plays a bigger role this time and even offers a bit of heat. The taste trades in much of its funk for an herbalness, which seems to work about as well. Again pepper and clove from the yeast. Neutral wheat and a light apple orchard and wet grass funk. The alcohol is so well hidden in this that I almost completely forgot to mention it, despite its healthy 9%.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Could be a touch creamier, but it's super smooth and easy to drink.

4.0 D: Another winner from DFH, though like most of their offerings, this is too expensive to justify another purchase. Definitely worth a try though.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Brad007
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright gold with a fluffy white head into my glass. Hard to believe that it's an witbier due to the ingredients used.

Spicy, spritzy with strong apple overtones in the nose. I'm not digging the other ingredients in the nose.

There's certainly more diversity in the mouth with apple cider, cilantro and that touch of cayenne. Interesting flavor dynamics.

Mouthfeel is unlike a witbier as it's very tart and crisp. I'm not sure what they were aiming for here.

An interesting and original beer from Dogfish Head. Personally, fruit/vegetable beer would be a better style because this doesn't quite work as a witbier.

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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle opened on 7.28.12.
Bottled 2012A

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge cream-colored head.

S - Belgium yeast, fruity and some spices.

T - Sweet Belgian yeast and spices. Some citrus tartness.

D - Tons of carbonation and a light to medium body.

O - Yeasty and spicy. Hard to pickup any specific flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.2%

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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very slightly hazy gold color with a nice white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice layered lacing. This beer has the slightest bit of haze and a ton of bubbles coming to the top.

S- A ton of spice going on here, a bit of pear and tart apples. A good amount of yeast coming out too.

T- Follows the nose well. Quite a bit of spice, tartness from the apples and yeast.

M- Light in body and a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, pretty unique brew. Nothing terrible but not outstanding either.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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