I have yet another Dogfish Head brew for today’s review. Seriously is there a time that they don’t have a new beer out? Positive Contact is on of their many weird beers. According to the bottle this one rocks in at 9% ABV and is an “ale brewed with apple cider and spices. A positive combination of Fuji cider, slow roasted farro, a bit of cayenne, and fresh cilantro.” Holy shit I don’t even know what to say. DFH has this to say about the creation of this beer:
This beer part of our Music Series of beers… this one is an amalgamation of hip-hop, beer, cider and a DIY culinary experience! Sam and Dan the Automator of Deltron 3030 teamed up to create Positive Contact, based on Dan’s favorite ingredients and Dogfish Head’s innovative brewing practices.
Positive Contact pours a straw orange color and has a solid white head. The nose is a bit spicy and just a touch on the Belgian side of things. There is some slight heat, from the alcohol not the cayenne, and a slight apple odor. I was really expecting this one to pack a punch in the nose, but I just didn’t get that from this ale.
There isn’t a lot on the front end of this beer. I didn’t get any distinct malt flavor, it was just carbonated and cold. I did let it warm and tired it again for those of you wondering and I still didn’t get much. The backend of this beer is where everything happens. There are a bunch of different spices that bounce all over the place. Some heat comes in and then a very nice aftertaste filters through.
This is another one of those weird Dogfish Head beers that has a great story, but I’m not sure if it delivers. Sure it is a good beer but I have come to expect more from them and this one is more about the story than the beer in my eyes.