743. Dogfish Head Positive Contact

Dogfish Head Positive ContactMy third Dogfish Head beer in a row and another one that I was not all that impressed with. Positive Contact is a combination of beer and cider with apples and cayenne peppers, sounded interesting before I opened the bottle but what I got was not that enjoyable.

Appearance is a bright orange with a thick white head. I do not mind things floating in my beer but this one had as much as any beer I have ever tried with big chunks floating and sinking to the bottom of the glass. Aroma was almost entirely cider with a few other spices coming through, ot terrible but also not that enticing. Taste was very sweet and similar to Beer Thousand had lots of competing flavors with some spice, apples and a bit of a peppery kick at the end.

Overall I was disappointed in this beer as I had hoped for good things as I have started to really enjoy hard cider over the past several months and a mix of cider and beer sounded like a decent idea. 

Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 26
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: A positive combination of Fuji cider, slow-roasted farro, a bit of cayenne and fresh cilantro.

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.

Named after a key track on the first album, Positive Contact is a 9% ABV hybrid of beer and cider brewed with Fuji apples, roasted farro, a handful of cayenne peppers and a late dose of fresh cilantro. This sweet-and-sour Belgian-ish brew is a light straw color with fruity, cider-like notes. The cayenne and alcohol give it a warming finish.

For the inaugural release (2012), the beer was packaged in a dynamic box set of six 750-ml champagne bottles, with a 10-inch vinyl EP of four new Deltron 3030 remixes created exclusively for this project, and a list of Deltron 3030-inspired recipes from a small group of renowned chefs. Subsequent releases did not include the vinyl or recipes.

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