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Beer Review #230 Positive Contact

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. (more…)

Hopped up Devil

I was at Victory Brewing Company earlier this week to have dinner with some friends and my wife, all of who had never visited the brewery before. My wife banned the camera from taking any pictures while eating or anything like that, but I did have some wonderful beer and burgers. As is my custom at a brewery, I purchased a burger and a sampler. I had a glass or two of Uncle Teddy’s Bitter as well which is a great beer if you are the driver for the evening. It comes in at 3.7% and is still a sipper. I wish more breweries had some super low ABV offerings.

One of my favorite things to do before leaving Victory is to visit their gift shop and make sure that there isn’t any single bottles that I can’t take home. I did pick up a bottle of their new beer, Otto, which will be reviewed shortly. Victory is now making their own beer inspired ice cream. They offer three flavors using the wort (pre-hop) from Golden Monkey, Hop Devil, and Storm King Stout.

Judging by the title of this post I bet you can figure out which ice cream we took home. Hopped up Devil is an ice cream that has ingredients such as cayenne, cinnamon, and chocolate covered coffee beans.

The mix of ingredients goes really well together. The cinnamon gets a bit burred out of all of the flavors but the cayenne is a stand out. The heat from it slowly builds as you eat the ice cream. It isn’t intense at all, but gives a soft burn on the back-end. It make a cycle of eat ice cream, cool down mouth, cayenne heats mouth, eat more ice cream. A wonderful and dangerous cycle. As I have mentioned before, I’m no coffee fan except in beer, but add ice cream to that list. The chocolate covered beans provided some nice punches of flavor as well as a different texture. I think the ice cream is only available at the brewery, so stop in if you are ever close and try some beer ice cream. (more…)