Positive Contact | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#20,408
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
1,102
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
111
Gots:
184
Trade:
5
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3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LeRose
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours from a bottle dated 2014 a cloudy cider color with a pure white, dense foam head that lasts a good while. It falls to a spritzy ring and detached chunky rafts. So far, so good. No floaties!

The smell is apple cider sweet/tart, a little green grassy and slightly metallic note that must be the remains of the cilantro. There is a fruity pepper smell and an earthy herbal quality. It is not noticeably spicy on the nose. so somewhat lacking in Belgian identity. The apple...Fuji is a favorite of mine and that is certainly what I am getting. Inviting in a cider kind of way.

The taste follows, and it is actually quite well blended. There is a remnant of cilantro, but the apple flavor rules the roost here. There is a cayenne flavor that starts fruity but builds some heat as more sips slide down. The apple sweetness keeps the pepper nicely tamed. You know it is there, but it's a tingle only.

This is bright, almost sparkling. Light touch for a 9% beer. A mostly dry finish, the pepper and apple sweet linger for a bit.

Dogfish is understandably polarizing. This one is enjoyable even with appreciable hair on it, but I would have to try it fresh to see where it really sits. Interesting, tastes good, easy drinker for a moderately hefty ABV, this is a nice autumn refresher. Whether it is truly a Belgian beer - well, it doesn't have the spicy character but maybe the cayenne and cilantro were supposed to be surrogates, plus they used a different strain of Belgian yeast and fermented at a different temperature - I think it lacks the typical Belgian notes by intent.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
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3/5  rDev -21.5%
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hyper-effervescent & slightly hazed gold with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Good lacing & average lacing

S: Apple, pears & white grape

T: Grassy, pears & a little white pepper & coriander up front. A little pepper heat once warm, more white grape & grassyness, a touch of phenols as well, and golden delicious apple. Finishes a little dry, with pear skin & with a wisper of alcohol

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation

Drinkable enough, but these flavor combos are not in my wheelhouse, I like my beer to be mostly malt, end of story, this seems almost like a fancy snakebite. Interesting, not compelling

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Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,102 ratings