Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,592
Hads: 4,498
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 170
Gots: 737 | FT: 6
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 10-31-2001

This sweet yet dry beer is made with ingredients found in 2,700-year-old drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between wine and mead, Midas will please the chardonnay and beer drinker alike.

12 IBU
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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like someone put malt in my moscato. Hard to call it beer, but I liked it anyway.
Light gold in color, looks and tastes almost like a sparkling wine that's starting to go flat.
The grape and honey dominate and provide a fair bit of sweetness. Yet it's still kind of light and drinkable despite 9% ABV.
Not much in terms of hops. (340 characters)

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.38/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Transparent pale yellow color with extremely mild carbonation and little to no head. Very sweet and fruity aroma. Sweet and alcoholic. Malt and fruit like apricot, grape and honey. Some saffron at the top of the palate and end of sip. Honestly, tastes like a bad wine. What you find in 2,700 year old drinking vessels should stay in 2,700 year old drinking vessels. (365 characters)

Photo of slusk
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden with a thin, short-lived head.

S: Complex aromas. No hops of course. Definitely smell the grapes as well as sweet breads and honey. There's a spiciness that's hard to pin down, very Belgian-like. Some mild citrus with subtle earthy undertones.

T: Surprisingly bright, distinct flavors. There's a Belgian background with a distinct honey flavor that you feel in the throat. There is a nice wine character that is easily detectable. The yeast seems like a Belgian or English strain. A bit acidic but a pleasant aftertaste. Finishes semi-dry.

M: Medium body with a low to moderate carbonation. A tiny bit of astringency from the grapes I expect. Not detracting at all, if anything I think it adds an interesting quality.

O: I wasn't expecting to like this beer, I'm not a fan of fruit or spice brews, but this one surprised me. It's got a huge flavor and a complexity that lives on many levels. It's not exactly a light body brew, yet it's refreshing and finishes with a pleasing aftertaste. Not bad for a late summer warmer. (1,051 characters)

Photo of stompilator
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured a clear gold, soft head.

S - White grapes, biscuits, wood.

T - Light, delicate malt leaves a doughey, dry impression. The white grapes provide a dryness all their own, while the honey balances everything out. The honey is rather thin-tasting. The wood is very subtle, but gives an extra roughness to the beer.

M - Light-bodied, lightly-carbonated and very appropriately delicate.

O - An interesting brew, great idea, but didn't have the character or boldness it could've had. (534 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/20/15 at 44 degrees into 0.5 L siedel
$ 3.39/12 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Aroma of something I don’t recognize, initially weak and fades to nothing
Head average (Three cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy, diminishing to three mm ring and layer of tiny bubbles
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, chill haze
Flavor odd and very not beer-like, more of a bitter herbal remedy; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no DMS.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5 (541 characters)

Photo of CaptainHate
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought this strictly on a writeup in "The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer" by William Bostick who commented upon this on how the owner of Dogfish Head had done a lot of research on the earliest beers in Babylonia and that Midas Touch sounded like the most successful (although I'm sure the opinions are subjective). So I got a four pack to bring to a get together of fellow sots and music fans who were positively impressed by it. The look got downgraded because there was almost no head and the carbonation of it seemed quite low, surely by design. It drank very much like a hybrid of beer and wine but nobody was put off by it. I thought the alcohol was extremely well hidden. I'll probably have to drink it by myself to be able to put into words my full thoughts on this but it is definitely worth trying agains. (847 characters)

Photo of brap
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Initial smell really put me off. It is definitely "different." After the shock of the new sensation (ironic given this is replicating an ancient recipe) it really grew on me.

It reminded me of my favorite wine tasting joke that I like to say to watch people roll their eyes at winery tastings (after much pretense glass raising, sniffing, and swishing around the palate). Mmmmmmmm...grapey.

You really do taste the grape, it's a little like drinking a honey beer and eating fresh concord grapes.) (504 characters)

Photo of SFNC
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pale yellow liquid with minimal head and mild carbonation. Smells sweet and boozy. Slightly spicy as well. Taste is sweet on the front, a mild burning sensations from the alcohol. The finish is sweet and somewhat sticky, Overall, a nice change of pace and a unique beverage. (281 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is not really a beer and I get a kick out of those who try to rate it as such and are not open minded. Its more of a mead wine champagne combo, if it warms and loses some carbonation, it gets a liquory feel. I like Midas Touch even though I only have it every couple months. Flavors are hard to describe as you won't taste them anywhere else, at least not with beer. Read others reviews for better flavor descriptions but at least give this a try. (452 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chunky orange-gold appearance with plenty of floaties; topped by a modest white head with fair retention.

Aroma is fairly mild, with hints of herbs and spices, honey, and both pale and caramel malts.

Flavor follows, albeit much sweeter and more intense than, the aroma. Lots of honey and pale malts, with a huge sweet kiss of white grapes on the finish. Various spices that are hard to pin down; perhaps some jasmine up front.

Slick and smooth; very drinkable. No hint of 9% ABV.

An interesting brew, very drinkable, and fairly tasty. Definitely on the sweet side, but surprisingly good. (591 characters)

Photo of CraigFarrell
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You try this beer because you heard the story and you want to know what beer might have been like 3000 years ago. But then you remember they did not have 9.0 ABV beer back then. Still the story is great! (203 characters)

Photo of edificio5
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this beer and it tasted really good. I was pleasantly surprised. It is not bitter but has an interesting flavor. I am sure if you also pair this with some food it will taste even better (201 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: True gold with average height off white head, lasting a couple minutes. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Obvious front of honey and grapes intermingled with a biscuity malt base.

Taste: Smooth malty beginning almost like a Belgian style saison. The introduction of honey in this brew shines through even more in the taste, with the grape flavor not being as predominant on palate as it was in the smell. Bittering hops are deep and sweet from aging.

Feel: heavy on the palate from the use of honey. Finishes wet from a small amount of under attenuation, but it fits with the grape flavors. Alcohol is hidden.

Overall: Not bad. I was expecting a little more hop background with the malty sweetness of this brew. (723 characters)

Photo of jayhammed
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/18/2012- this held up well. A bit cloudy, chunky, but didn't detract from the taste. Dark Amber hue. Smells like champagne, pronounced grapes and a hint of honey. A very winey brew. (196 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOD 1/6/15. Pours a clear slightly amber gold. Below normal head volume, retention and lacing.

Interesting nose with both beer and mead qualities. Notes of barley malt, honey and grapes.

Light medium body with a somewhat smooth texture. Normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is surprising. I was expecting much more of a honey influence. It begins with a mish mash of flavors at a reasonable intensity level that reminds me of a bitter white wine. Grapes are noted, but the main flavor component is a medicinal note that comes in the middle and lingers through the finish. Towards the finish, you detect a soft honey sweetness in the background, but not enough to provide balance. The finish is slightly dry and the medicinal off flavor lingers. (838 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant gold with a 1.5”, very finely bubbled white foam collar that quickly dissipates.
S: Grape, honey and wine with some light grains in the background.
T: the grape and honey flavors with the malt taste like a cross between a beer and a light german white wine or a sweet wine.
M: Effervescent, medium body.
O: Technically well made. A touch too sweet but no bad aftertastes. An interesting drink. (412 characters)

Photo of jamesmk48
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a lot more from this beer. It wasn't bad but lacked some boldness and bitterness that i enjoy in a higher abv beer. All in all not bad for the style. (165 characters)

Photo of tedvr
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours honey colored with a thin, white head. Sweet malt and honey smells. Tastes are very interesting, malt, honey, mild grape in the background. Mild carbonation with a very nice finish. A combination of a malt forward beer, but with a mead blend. Overall a very interesting beer. (286 characters)

Photo of AtomicHippo
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with a quick dissipating head. Smells of light spices and maltiness. The taste is complex. Starts with Muscat grapes that lingers into honey followed by a malty finish. This beer is refreshingly different almost like a blend of mead, moscato wine, and beer. Very unique and easy to drink.You won't even know that it's 9% ABV. I'd drink it more often if it wasn't $12 for 4 bottles. (403 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours yellow, amber with a tint from the saffron making it bolder. Nose is grape skin, mild earth, slight hops herbal. Grass with a bit of sweetness. Malt is sweet and the grape skin flavor is bright, light and really easy to like in this beer. Juicy middle, herbal back notes. Dry, bubbly. The honey on this one is like a raw floral scent and taste is light. Orange and a fruit rind scent that I can't place. Spice , Bread crusts and a mild ester from alcohol. A bit of alcohol sweetness on the palate too but not even any warming. Delightful! The malt was so deep on this pale beer. The flavors crisp and the breaddiness surprising. (647 characters)

Photo of Vlaminck
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought this on a whim as my wife was rushing me and I walked by the singles and grabbed it. $4 a bottle must be good right, ancient beer, who can go wrong. Well this beer did, if that's what you call it. The look was good but once on the nose I was a little disappointed. Then the taste, whoa. WTF, way busy taste of wine, honey and, like paste you ate in kindergarten. I've only poured a few beers out and was temped to pour this in the garden but was able to power through it as I didn't want the ants to enjoy this sweet $4 treat.

I only give it this score because i did drink it but glad I have an DIPA to wash this taste away quickly (640 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A medium hazy pour of a bright golden bodied beer hits the glass for this beer. A small, 1 cm head forms and doesn't hang around very ling. Head was thick and frothy before going away. Spices and light malts hit the nose first and give a semi-sweet and peppery overall impression of the scent. Some white grape characteristics finish the smell and linger a bit. The taste starts off with a dry white grape flavor and a touch of bitterness. The flavor sweetens up a bit in the middle when the honey and malts kick in. A certain balance is struck, but on the whole the flavor leans towards a white wine dryness. As far as the feel goes, there is no trace of the 9% ABV outside of a touch of dull bitterness in the flavor of the beer.

Overall, this is a fairly complex beer that will please the white wine lover. The grapes and spices give it a rather dry wine-like flavor profile on the whole. Not a bad beer in the end. (919 characters)

Photo of ktorsneyweir
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just had this on tap for the first time and it's even better than the bottled version. Midas has such complex flavors that just tickle every single taste bud. It goes down smooth and leaves a pleasant aftertaste on the tongue. If you see this on draft - GET IT (260 characters)

Photo of bleggs
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Yellow gold. Suspended particles give a medium cloudy look.
S: Honey, skunky lager.
T: Light honey, some skunk. Grape.
F: Crisp, a little acidic bite.
O: Interesting. Definitely worth a try. Pretend you're a Pharaoh. (221 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

force a golden honey color, clear, not much head.
Smells of earth tones, pear, and Heather.
Tastes of white grape, honey and spice in the background.
Mouth feel is crisp.
Not a bad offering! (193 characters)

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,592 ratings.