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Positive Contact (Dogfish Head)

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Positive Contact (Dogfish Head)

Friday, 25 April 2014 03:07

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The Buzz:

        Another of Dogfish Head Brewery's Music Series of beers, Positive Contact is a collaboration between Dogfish Head and Dan the Automator of Deltron 3030. A funky mixup of an ale and hard cider, featuring Fuji cider, slow-roasted farro, cayenne, and fresh cilantro.

 

 Life of the Party:

            Did you read that last sentence there? Read those ingredients again, and try and figure out how they fit into a beer. But my God, this is one of the most interesting beers I've had in a while. Positive Contact falls in this weird realm between a craft-beer snob's more “out there” tastes, and a non-beer drinker's beer. The predominant flavor is the Fuji cider, followed by the cilantro. It begs for a food pairing, which you can helpfully find several of on Dogfish Head's website page for this beer (http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occasional-rarities/positive-contact.htm). Unfortunately there were apparently more on a box-set deal you could get a couple years ago that came with a Deltron 3030 vinyl album (what? Who DOES that in the beer world? Fucking Dogfish Head, that's who!), but I'm sure if you have any kind of palette you can find your own; that's half the joy right there.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        Maybe I've been watching too much Food Network, and thus have had some of the judges' attitudes from shows like Chopped and Iron Chef rub off on me, but I didn't really taste any cayenne. If you're gonna highlight an ingredient on the bottle label, make it stand out to me. But this is a very minor quibble, since I can't imagine in my head what any sort of pepper-spice would do to this strange concoction.

 

The Vibe:

        Positive Contact best fits in a daytime setting, with some nicely paired food. It's too strong in ABV (9%) and flavor to be a “party beer,” but not thick and heavy enough for a nighttime drink. If you're a cider fan on top of being a beer fan, Positive Contact has a lot to offer you. And if you're just breaking into the world of craft beer, this is easy-drinking enough that it won't push you away from this world of strange, ingenious brews.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ WHO THOUGHT OF THIS COMBO OF FLAVORS? THEY'RE A GODDAMN GENIOUS! (I'm sorry, was this under-highlighted in my “positives” section?)

+ Really easy-drinking

+ Pair this with the right food, and you're in for an amazing drinking experience

+ Easy enough that non-beer drinkers can be broken in with this

+/- Where's the cayenne from the label? Ah, who cares!

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