Positive Contact | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.82/5
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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:
#13,963
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
1,100
pDev:
12.83%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
Wants:
109
Gots:
184
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,100 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of aussiebeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of devin305
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jddimo
1.68/5  rDev -56%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not my cup of tea. Belgian yeasty flavored beer. I'm an IPA guy who can veer a little for other good brews, but not for this. Pass.

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Photo of bluehende
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a fan of pepper beers so this one was just too much. The peppers made it seem like a mess of muddled flavors.

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

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

Photo of jprivott
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a room-temp 750 that was about a year old - the top flew off.
Deep amber/honey color. Thin head that fades lacey.
Definite smell/taste of wit yeast and fuji. The cayanne presents itself after a few sips, sitting on the tongue and fading away in the throat. The 9% ABV likely helps this. Cilantro was the last note I discerned, as a distinct vegetal tone in the glass as I took a sip, and fading quickly on the palate as the fuji taste took over.
Overall, worth trying!

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

Photo of SierraFlight
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into pint glass. Thin head. Spicy fruity aroma. Apple cider, spicy/peppery, cracker, dry finish.

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Photo of paresis
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of therubicon
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tclipse
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DIM
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear, bright golden yellow; not cloudy as a wit should be.

Apple cider in the nose and not much else. Some band-aid like Belgian yeast maybe. Lots of sweet apple cider on the tongue as well, that's all there was up front. The finish was odd. Plastic-y yeast and some hints of what could be called cilantro;no cayenne pepper to be found.

As a cider this was okay. As an experimental wit this was a miss.

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Photo of greyghost86
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Unclejesse33
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dry, tart, didn't taste what was advertised

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Photo of BWood
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grichard
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Superbohl4
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of polloenfuego
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Revelry
1/5  rDev -73.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the biggest waste of money I think I've made yet on beer. NONE of the Flavors promised on the label are in this beers taste, aroma maybe, but it tastes like a sweetened, weak Duvel. NOT WORTH THE MONEY! WOULD GIVE A ZERO IF I COULD!

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

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hughesjbailey
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasty saison-like beer w/a noticeable cider peel smell. Pleasant combination of spice (coriander everywhere) and lingering apple sweetness with clean, medium-dry finish. This would be lovely with a stinky- soft cheese (brie, soft blue, goat...).

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Photo of DuffmanCanNeverDie
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer. It tasted a lot like a saison to me. Really light & crisp. Very easy to drink considering the alcohol content. It's a really good summertime beer.

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Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,100 ratings