My 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.
Pros: Cons: Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV IBU (Bitterness): 26 Rating: 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.
Interesting the three beers canned by Newburyport Brewing are a Pale Ale, an IPA and a Belgian White. Plum Island is the Belgian White and while it is a nice beer I judge all Belgian Whites against Allagash White which is hard to beat.
Nice looking beer with a slightly cloudy pale orange color and two finger white head. Aroma is what you would expect with some coriander, spice and Belgian yeast. Taste is solid with some nice peppery spice, a bit of clove and banana.
No question this is a solid second offering from Newburyport Brewing but it does not stand up to Allagash White which is the standard I compare all witbiers to.
Pros: Flavorful Cons: Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Newburyport Brewing Brewers Description: An unfiltered witbier with hints of citrus & coriander. This “partly cloudy” ale features slight citrus and spicy aromas complemented by mild sweet pilsner and wheat malt tastes. Our friends in Belgium would be proud of us.
The first time I had Crooked Stave was at The Festival in Portland this summer. There were only a couple of breweries on my list that I had to try. Fortunately the lines were not long for Crooked Stave and the beer did not disappoint. The extra bottles from The Festival made it to some bottle shops in the Portland area and I was able to grab one bottle before they were all gone. Fortunately I have found several others in Vermont so this will not be the last review of Crooked Stave.
These bottles are small (375 ml/12.7 oz) so it is just enough to fill a glass and still have room for the head. The beer has a great light orange color and is unfiltered. Aroma has plenty of citrus, some lemon and just the right amount of funk. Taste is about the same with a nice light bitterness added in. Overall this is a very good beer and I am very interested to try the other seasonal varieties to see how they differ.
Pros: Only slightly funky and a fair amount of hops Cons: Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Crooked Stave Brewers Description:
Both Samuel Adams White Lantern and Allagash White say on the label “beer brewed with spices” but that is where the similarities end. While Allagash White is flavorful, pleasant and enjoyable with just about any meal, White Lantern is nearly flavorless and ended up going down the drain before I was even half way through the beer.
The appearance is not all that bad but it seems too clear for a witbier. Aroma had a little orange peel but that is about it and even that went away in the flavor leaving a very bland beer with the only noticeable flavor being a bit of wheat.
This beer might appeal to a Blue Moon drinker but if you are used to drinking Allagash this beer will disappoint.
Cons: Flavorless Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV Calories: 173 IBU (Bitterness): 10 Rating: Brewers Website: Samuel Adams Brewers Description: White ales have a long history of unique ingredients, as Belgian brewers experimented with spices discovered during the spice trade. For our hazy brew we created a refreshing combination of crisp wheat, the tangy sweetness of tangerine & orange peel, and the subtle spiciness of coriander & Grains of Paradise.
I received this beer as part of a beer-it-forward that I participated in earlier this year. The package I received was from North Carolina and included many local beers that are not distributed in the northeast. Being a Witbier my point of reference is Allagash White which is hard to compete with.
The beer pours a nice pale yellow with a very minimal white head. Aroma is minimal with some lemon and wheat but not a lot happening in the nose. The taste was OK with some corriander, lemon, pepper – typical witbier. Overall this is an easy drinking witbier and something I enjoyed but it does not hold up to Allagash White.
Pros: Cons: Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Mother Earth Brewing Brewers Description: This beer style is over 400 years old, and continues to enjoy overwhelming popularity. Offering low hop bitterness, it is easy to enjoy. It pours very hazy, with a light gold color… we say it’s like summertime in a glass. Bitter orange peel and fresh coriander add zest and depth to this refreshing beer. Our Wit offers a light flavor that carefully balances sweet and tart. Can you guess the secret spice?
If you go all the way back to when I started my blog you will see an excess of Samuel Adams reviews as it really was the gateway brewery for me as it is for many people. Sam Adams makes such a variety of styles it is a good place to start as you can learn the styles and flavors. Nowadays I don’t drink a lot of Sam Adams unless I am at a chain restaurant and all they have is Boston Lager or their seasonal on tap.
Overall I still consider Boston Lager to be one of the best lagers available and I usually enjoy Samuel Adams beer. This beer is part of their Winter Variety pack and I stole one from my brother in law so I could review it here. The beer pours a hazy gold color with thin white head. Pretty blah appearance especially in my not so clean Sam Adams perfect pint glass (look at all those bubbles sticking to the side).
Aroma is sweet with some spices coming through, between the appearance and the aroma I am not getting too excited about this beer. Taste has the spices I expected with some citrus zest but everything seems to be off. Flavors are working against each other instead of complimenting one another. I got half way through the glass and then poured it to move on to bigger and better beers.
Pros: Cons: Competing flavors of spice and citrus Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV Calories: 190 IBU (Bitterness): 8 Rating: Brewers Website: Samuel Adams Brewers Description: As crisp as the first snowfall of the year, this unfiltered white ale is blended with holiday spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel. The familiar citrus and wheat characters of the ale are complemented by the warmth of the spices for a festive brew that’s perfect for the season.
I enjoy drinking beer but have never attempted to brew it myself. Several people I have met through the blog, FB and Twitter homebrew regularly and were nice enough to share some of their beer with me. This was an interesting mix of beer including an IPA, a Belgian White, a Gluten Free beer (100 Warriors), a Dubbel and an Amber Ale. I’m not going to review the individual beers but I can say they were all very good and I am excited to try more from these 3 or anyone else that would like to share some homebrew.
Visited Throwback Brewery a couple of weeks ago and was glad they still had the Rhubarb Wit on tap. The assistant brewery said the keg was almost empty and she was not sure if it would fill the growler but it did.
Beer pours a nice golden color with a thick white head. Retention was great and also left a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma was sweet which I assume is the rhubarb but it has been years since I was around fresh rhubarb so I have forgotten what it smell like. Tastes follows with a sweet refreshing taste which lingers a bit but in an entirely good way. This beer is a great summer beer with a low ABV, refreshing taste and crisp clean finish. If you can find your way to Throwback hope they have this available.
Pros: Very refreshing and unique Cons: Seasonal and only available in NH Alcohol Content: 5% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 15 Rating: Brewers Website:Throwback Brewery Brewers Description: Our Rhubarb Wit is a traditional Belgian White (or Wit) made with belgian ale yeast, orange peal, oats from Maine, wheat from Rollinsford, New Hampshire, and chamomile from Rye, NH. We then used 75lbs of New Hampshire rhubarb. The result is a really drinkable, summery beer with a very pleasant, citrusy / lemon flavors that come through at the end. Continue reading 297. Throwback Brewery Rhubarb Wit→
I’m going to start making my way through the Clown Shoes beers as they tend to make quality “big” beers. Decided to start with their White Ale (witbier) which unfortunately is not their best effort. Of course it may be that we have one of the best witbiers available right here in Maine with Allagash White that sours my review of this beer. The beer pours a pale orange with a towering frothy head. Citrus, coriander aromas abound and taste is about the same. These are the characteristics of a good witbier however there one is a bit off for some reason. Easy to drink at 5.9% ABV and certainly enjoyable but not up to the standards set by Allagash White. If you have the choice choose White. Pros: Appearance, aroma Cons: Something off with the taste Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website:Clown Shoes Brewers Description: Clementine is Clown Shoes Beer’s Belgian style White Ale. Light-bodied and crisp, this is a terrific White Ale with plenty of zest! Hazy in appearance and healthily carbonated, it utilizes Chambly yeast to energetically shape its wheat malt base. Incorporated in the brewing process is Clementine, sweet orange peel, a hint of Coriander, and Summit hops.
At a sly, easy-drinking 5.9%, Clementine is dynamic and flavorful enough to satisfy discerning craft beer palates, yet light enough to count among “sessionable” beers.
Poured high into a pint or traditional pilsner style glass, drinkers can sip away lazy summer afternoons. As for food pairings, it is the perfect compliment to a range of salads and seafoods or light cheeses such as Feta, Monterey and Gruyere.
This is the third and final beer from Roscoe’s Hop House and it has been in my fridge for a while as I did not enjoy the first two. Decided tonight was the night to take care of this one and was pleasantly surprised. Pours a typical light orange, maybe a bit darker than most Belgian Whites with a solid white head. Aroma has plenty of floral tones and taste is on target for a Belgian White. This is far from the quality of an Allagash White but still a pleasant experience. There are far better brewers out there but if someone offers you a Roscoe’s Belgian White you will probably enjoy it. Pros: Aroma Cons: Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website:Roscoe’s Hop House Brewers Description:
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