Beer: Positive Contact
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Witbier – Cider hybrid
Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Err, sample glass*
Drinking Establishment: George Street Ale House, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally
Sight: Relatively clear, golden yellow body. Small white head that settles to a sticky ring around the edge.
Smell: A vegetable-y aroma–perhaps that’s the pepper in the brew? But there’s a citrus scent, too. It smells a little bit like a cider, unsurprisingly. No smokiness, as I was kind of expecting.
Flavor: Although the aroma wasn’t indicative of it, this tastes like bacon. Smoky, and a teeny tiny bit sweet. It doesn’t drink like a cider.
Feel: Flat and a bit syrupy, with low carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Dogfish Head released this limited batch brew as part of their Music Series of beers; they say it is “an amalgamation of hip-hop, beer, cider and a DIY culinary experience.” In fact, Sam and Dan the Automator of hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 teamed up with Dogfish to make this ale (it’s named after a track off their first album), which is brewed with Fuji apple cider, slow-roasted farro (a wheat-based grain), cayenne pepper, and fresh cilantro.
So how is it? Well, under the wise guidance of our bartender, Mike, we let it sit for a few minutes before tasting (the time it took to drink a pint of another beer, to be exact). This brought out the herbal nature of it–you do get a note of cilantro–but the flavor is mostly a smokiness. The only cider-like component that’s really apparent is a sweetness in the aftertaste. The flat mouthfeel is a bit off-putting, but this could be because we let it sit before sampling. But, it was worth it, to get the full flavor effect. For a sweet-and-savory experience, definitely give this interesting ale a try, if you should happen upon it.
*And yes, I was too cheap to buy a full glass. The perks of knowing your local bartender: free samples!