Positive Contact | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,100 |  Reviews: 214
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.2%

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly dark golden yellow with hints of burnt orange. thick white creamy head.

apple cider and belgian yeast. some light spice.

rather funky with a strong belgian yeast presence. the cider is also very noticeable. i would never know there was cayenne pepper or cilantro had i not see the ingredients. a bit one dimensional.

thick, full, and creamy. slightly sticky finish.

overall, nothing i was blown away by. not for the price.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of TexIndy
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml crowned bottle into a pint glass. "Bottled in: 2012A 09:59" lasered onto the neck. Not sure exactly when in 2012 but it just hit the market here about a month ago so hopefully it's pretty fresh. It was a slightly hazy golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had a large, fluffy white head that settled into a thick collar and covering foam. Great lacing with some sticking. Really good appearance for a witbier.

The aroma was heavy on the apple cider as expected since it's one of the main ingredients. Nice sweet, but not overly sweet, aroma from the cider offset with good amounts of yeast and spices. The label lists cayenne and I do use that alot in cooking but I couldn't detect any in the aroma. It's listed as a witbier but it seems more like a hybrid between that and a cider or fruit beer. Medium mouthfeel with good carb levels and sweet yet spiced aftertaste. No detection of the 9% ABV in the aroma or the taste which is awesome as almost all the imperial wits I've had have had an overly strong alcohol presence. Well done!

Overall, a really enjoyable imperial wit for a change. Goes down dangerously smooth for 9%. I really liked it as a nice change of pace after a recent run of heavy hopped ADIPA's. High recommend and another good outing from Dogfish. Available here in TX. Rotation: I can see getting several bottles per year. It's says it's a rotating release so not sure how often it will be available. Tap for sure. Might be a good beer to share with craft newbies as well.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of RossCain
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass

A: Hazy and cloudy swirls top the glass upon the initial pour. The beer settles to present an opaque , straw coloured body with a puffy white head.

S: Sweet and herbal, with a just a tiny bit of a more earthy tone propped up by the cilantro

T: Sweet rush of cider quality upfront with a very interesting twist of spicy yeast and a strangely hearty body presented by the cilantro and cayenne. These earthy and hearty notes blend with the sweet cider to create almost a fresh-baked cornbread taste with a sprinkle of cilantro. Weird, but it works

M: Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation and a dry aftertaste. Presents a faint tingling warmth upon the palate from the cayenne. Pleasantly executed.

O: When I saw this beer, I was completely unaware it was a part of Dogfish Head's music-inspired series; I simply picked up the beer because it seemed like an interesting list of ingredients. Although skeptical of the cider/cilantro mix, I will say that it worked in a rather pleasing fashion. DFH did a good job making the ingredients of this beer work together which made for a interesting deviation from the norm. I enjoyed the experience but at $10 a bomber, this was definitely a one time thing.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH Alehouse glass.

A: Apricot color through and through, with a bit of chill haze and slight 1/3 finger head.

S: After dipping my nose into the glass, I got a good bit of coriander, honey, grass, and cilantro. How could I not give DFH a great review in this category?

T: Unlike any Witbier I've ever had: Definitely sugary, infinitely spiced, and with an afterbite that is about as intense as it gets. Not too sweet, but I definitely got the cayenne and cilantro.

M: Thick, like most all DFH brews (they excel in this area IMO), with the spice component cutting the sugar down to size. The glass came out fairly laced as well as the palate spice-wise.

O: If this beer were only a few bucks, I'd recommend it in a heartbeat. However, at $10, please choose your future beers wisely...

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle. Poured in to Founders tulip.
Bottled in 2012A.

A - Very pale straw yellow. One finger of fluffy white head.

S - Apple, cloves, black pepper, light Belgian yeast and a touch of pepper.

T - Bready malts up front with apples present without overwhelming. Some spice in the middle along with typical Belgian Strong Pale Ale flavours: clove, yeast esters and warming alcohol. A touch of sweetness and some honey come through in the background. Good integration of the apple and the base beer.

M -Medium body with a slight chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

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

Shared by myself during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured neon yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, apple cider, wheat, grain, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, apple, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Apple cider in a beer… Hmmm, this is a big bottle of Woodchuck. Wait, shit! This isn’t my Woodchuck Cider! But seriously, I’m not really sure how I feel about this one, but the rest of the beer helped to carry it through as a decent representative for the style. Not sure if I would drink this one again though and I really feel sorry for those who bought a case of these unless you only wanted the vinyl collection.

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4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a DFH signature glass. Bottled in 2012A.

A - Very clear golden amber body. Frothy three finger high soapy white head. Settles down a thin cap with massive amounts of lacing and retention.

S - Smells pretty wit like (bready and spicy Belgian yeast, banana esters, bubble gum) with some creative edges. There is a nice note of sweet and slightly tart Fuji apple juice. Can't say I pick up any cayenne pepper, but the slightly vegetal and herby finish points to cilantro. Very balanced and inviting.

T - Again, the usual witbier notes of bananas, cloves, yeast, and wheat. Apple juice sweetness with just the faintest hint of pepper which is present mostly in some warmth. Finishes with a bit of an herbal vegetal quality but still remains quite sweet.

M - The mouth feel is actually pretty damned amazing. Perhaps its from the addition of apple cider, but it works really well with the flavors. Medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel. Its not slick or coating, just silky smooth. Finishes dry with some spritzy carbonation.

O - I was really impressed by this beer. I do get the Fuji apple cider, but the cayenne and cilantro are really hidden. Still makes for a crazy delicious and refreshing beer. Call me crazy, but a six pack of these along with some awesome music sounds perfect.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
taster glass : from notes.

Clear golden, with foamy white head.

Cider notes, with some sugar/sweetness coming through with notes of the cayenne. Didn't pick up much cilantro.

Medium body, prickly active carbonation. Some light heat from the cayenne.

An interesting beer, the different ingredients come together quite nicely.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another DFH experiment. I have not been a fan in the past, but am always open minded. 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Clear golden body. Head is very white with only slight yellow in it. Great lacing. Foam sticks around for a long while.

S - Very Beligan like in the aroma. Some lemon and banana. Lots of cloves. Simple and sweet.

T - A lot more tart than the smell. Still tons of clove and banana. Lemon sourness and just a hint of red and green apple. Nice.

M - Strong carbonation which is combined with a medium body.

O - If you like Belgian yeast and the like, you'll love this beer on a hot day. A nice lemon flavor added to it to make a good beer.

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