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Monday, July 30, 2012

Review 88: Dogfish Head Positive Contact

Review 88
Dogfish Head Positive Contact: 9% abv

Dogfish Head fever has been going around lately, but because of budgeting cuts, we haven’t been jumping on the bandwagon, so suck it up. We’re going to do one for you, but that’s about it. Why did we pick Positive Contact? Well for a couple of reasons: there are good sales people out there, it has a very interesting description to it, and we like exclusivity, and this would be a little more rare. One of our suppliers only had six bottles to their name. We claimed one and now we’re going to tell you more about it. This beer advertises being brewed with apple cider, cilantro, guessed it, cayenne pepper. Makes sense, right? Enough to catch our attention. 

So is it just a Frankenstein beer, or is this actually worth your attention? We found out for you. We noticed sediment in the bottle when we poured it, and the head was decent in size. The nose shows off the apple cider, but presents very fruity notes, similar to a trippel ale. These include pineapple, slight pumpkin, orange, unripened banana and green grape, and cantaloupe. There are darker notes of malt, yeast, caramel, and vanilla. 

The taste continues the trippel ale theme with some similar fruit notes. It has a yeasty flavor with cantaloupe, crisp apple, herbal flavors, creaminess, citrus, cloves and a mellow body. The finish is gradual, with notes of cantaloupe, apple, vanilla, peach, orange and anise. And yes, exactly what you’ve been waiting for: cayenne. The cayenne is not dominant, but is a gradually increasing flavor which adds slight heat and spice to the beer. This isn’t an out of place taste. This beer is done very well, and is highly recommended. 

Score: 9.5/10

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