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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,888 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,888
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 120
Gots: 324 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: purplehops on 10-31-2001)
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4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Normally I just cover the A, S, T, M, D and give an overall impression, but after drinking the four pack and experimenting I am going to embellish a bit here in the hopes that if someone is going to give this beer a try they do, but keep in mind, it is unfair to really compare it to anything else.

As most BA's will know, this beer is made up of a wide
range of specialty ingredients and is based on a recipe from clay tablets and jars of a brewed beverage found in a tomb in Turkey dating back 2700 years. This should be noted since it determines how to approach this beer.

The first bottle I had was chilled in the fridge, poured into a chalice glass and consumed. Based on that it was ok, but really nothing exceptional and that dissapointment had me wondering what to do with the other 3 bottles. I then thought, this is a beer more closely related to a mead than what I would call beer being a 21st century beer drinker. Also, 2700 years ago, Frigidaire wasn't around so at best, cellar temp is what your going to get for a spring beer in Turkey without refrigeration. Based on this I took the bottles out of the fridge and let them stand for about 30 minutes then I consumed. The difference was amazing. The below notes are based on that tasting. I didn't have a thermometer, but I would guess that serving temperature was around 50 and warmed to 60 or so before I finished it. It felt cool to drink, but not cold.

Appearance: Pours an excellent golden honey color and will coat the glass if swirled, like a lower end wine. The initial head is very good, but does dissipate quickly, but not entirely. It leaves bits of lacing on the glass as it is consumed.

Smell: Honey is the first thing I noticed and with the warmer serving notes of citrus comes out, more than just the grapefruit or orange you will normally see in citrus, this also presents with hints of melon and tropical fruits.

Taste: As stated above, the temperature changes this beers character dramatically. I've never liked "warm" beers, but this one is exceptional. I would drink this anytime and honestly feel that to chill it is a crime to your tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: The feel is very much comparable to a mead. The alcohol while detectable is not as prevalent as was expected. The carbonation is light and barely apparent. There is a bit of tanginess that can be detected.

Drinkability: I would've given this a perfect 5.0, but that's only when it is served at cellar temperatures. If served in the high 30's to 40's like most beers a lot of the taste is closed off and the beer becomes underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 03:54:05 | More by pilotgod
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Smell: Honey sweetness, spice, alcohol, grapes, caramel, and some bready notes.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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