Positive Contact | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
1,099 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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

Added by THECPJ on 12-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,374
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
1,099
pDev:
12.83%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
Wants:
109
Gots:
183
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,099 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of CharlesK
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of direwolf00
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Roberto11232
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TomMorris
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'd be curious to try a fresher bottle of this; mine was bottled in March of 2014 and I didn't get quite as wide a flavor profile as I was expecting given the description. Still though, this was quite delicious and extremely drinkable for a 9% beer. Very strong, fresh apple flavors with some lingering spices and very faint cayenne in the finish. I'm expecting that if I had a fresher bottle, the cilantro would have been much more noticeable. Tastes like a slightly spicier and yeastier cider.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wizzle32
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wheels2532
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a tasting. A small pour was enough. Would not drink again.

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Photo of rdoggg
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trickynicky
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gkrishnan704
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BillCheck
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Critter1594
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: who cares
Smell: fresh, lots of cilantro
taste: hard to describe, but I really enjoyed it
Feel: appropriate

Very interesting, never had anything like it. I usually drink DIPAs but very much enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stableatbest
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color with a haze. Good starting head with decent lasting time. Some large spots for lace.

The apple cider comes out as the predominant smell. A bit of wheat and cream as well. I note some raisin after the third whiff.

Smooth, sweet cream flavor up front. The swallow brings forth some hotter spices (the bottle says cayenne, but it isn't obviously that spice). I don't taste any cilantro, which is something I have a sensitivity to. The body is very rich and the carbonation doesn't show up until the end through the swallow. The aftertaste is more cream, a bit of heat and raisin. No wheat presence in the taste as far as I can tell.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwarren82
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lots of cider, only a little wit spice. I'd prefer it a bit more dry and drinkable.

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Photo of Scepter
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tviz33
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swanfungus
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aussiebeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,099 ratings
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