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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Bottled In: 2012A 14:13

A: Pours a golden straw yellow with 2 fingers worth of sticky white head

S: Definite wit yeast character, which imparts nice spicy and fruity notes. Also get some of the cider, cayenne, and alcohol. No cilantro to be found in the nose

T: Starts off like a usual wit with the yeasty spices and fruit, and then goes into the cider side, which carries with it the slight kick of the cayenne pepper. Still not really getting the cilantro, which really doesn't bother me too much, seeing as I really don't enjoy cilantro too much. Alcohol goes well with the yeast and pepper, with complimenting fruity esters and slight burn

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy and chalky

O: The addition of cider to this beer doesn't do too much to change it, which I like. DFH usually does a nice job imparting the flavor of a different type of drink while maintaining the integrity of the base beer (also in cases such as red & white and noble rot with the wine characteristics), and that stays true here. I really like the complexity and depth as well. Nice job

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a clear golden body with a thick white head that slowly fades.

S This has a strong Belgian yeast smell with some clove, banana and some wheat style scents. Smells nice, but nothing really special.

T: Okay now this beer has an amazing flavor. At first I pick up some funky yeast., but that quickly changes to banana, clove and some mild apple flavors. There are also some random flavors that show up here and there.. Very good.

M: There is a nice amount of carbonation on the tip of the tongue and all the way down my throat.

O: This is a very good beer. The flavors is very delicious and blows me away.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber/gold color with a bubbly pale yellow head. Lots of yeast, wheat and orange falvors on the nose, herbal tea and some spice also. Bubbly, light apple cider with a heavy yeast character onn the first sip. Creamy malt, wheat and rolled oats with orange and lemon zest. Solid finish with lots of dense malt character. Medium body with medium carbonation.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Positive Contact pours a lighter gold color. It’s rather hazy and looks a little more yellow-ish or straw colored when held to light. It’s topped with a soft white head that stands under a finger tall. It falls back to a surface covering quickly and holds there for quite a while. Lacing was stick and moderate in volume. Looks good!

The nose is good. It features a strong earthy, grainy scent up front. Apple is definitely noted early on. It definitely smells a little sweet and sugary. There are some light spicy notes, but they seem subdued amidst the apple. I’m getting a little coriander and perhaps some orange peel. Seems like there are some white grape notes at the secondary level. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but is blended quite well for 9%. All in all, it smells good.

The flavor really is pretty darn good, as well. I wasn’t expecting much, but it is. The base is a little sweet and sugary. It’s definitely earthy and grainy throughout. Apple is very noticeable in each sip. It works quite well into the mix. Spicy notes of orange peel and coriander are noted. At the secondary level, white grapes and an herbal flavor emerge. Alcohol is actually more pronounced than I’d like. It’s not warm or hot, but it’s slightly boozy tasting. Finishes with a mix of apple and spicy flavors.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems active, but the bubbles are soft. It goes down alright. If not for its size and alcohol flavor, I could probably finish a 750 with ease. As it is, I’m splitting it. Not bad though.

Positive Contact is an interesting beer. I’ve come to expect no less from Dogfish Head. It’s good beer, but it’s not great beer. The alcohol flavor comes through a little too strong and it just seems too big for the style. Definitely worth checking out though.

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