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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,050 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,050
Reviews: 1,546
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 131
Gots: 414 | FT: 3
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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Reviews by takemetothelion:
Photo of takemetothelion
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

takemetothelion, Feb 16, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of NickHalden
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells of white grapes and malt with a small amount of saffron to follow. Tasting it the grape is the strongest with hints of honey and saffron. The malt does come through after a few sips. After a while I feel as I have been drinking white wine as well. The finish is crisp and has a aftertaste of grapes. I would buy again.

NickHalden, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is something different,pours a nice hazy copper/orange color with real nice sticky head that stays for quite awhile,a pretty sweet aroma of honey with a slightly tart tinge to it.Taste is pretty sweet to begin with a litle spiciness lingers.A pretty complex beer,very well made.Dogfish Head likes to try different things and for the most part are sucessfull.

oberon, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body is a thick, hazy, deep orange in color. There’s no head to speak of, which is common among this brewery’s heavy hitters.

Smell – This one had a big aroma indeed. The smell of rich, buttery, chardonnay kicks out right away followed by the honey and saffron promised on the label (I wouldn’t call it “muscat”). There’s some dark spicing in here too such as white pepper and allspice.

Taste – The honey comes out more at the taste, but the biggest flavor is the malty white wine. This is a big brew, and the sharp alcohol notes warn the drinker to keep things slow.

Mouthfeel – Fairly flat and medium-bodied. The flavors are so sharp it kicks the saliva glands into high gear.

Drinkability – Plan on drinking this just as you would a bottle of white wine and you’ll be fine. Pour it in a tulip glass, don’t let it warm, and drink it with fish or chicken or something light.

RoyalT, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Startlingly brilliant amber brew with light lacing and tiny, tongue nibbling bubbles retains its cool orange haze for the duration. Head only exists on the periphery of the glass.

Smells of sweet citrus perfume and prickly ash. Cassis with a bit of ginger and allspice also enter into play making way for saffron, sour grape skin, and alcohol esters which become more predominant as the brew warms.

Alcohol is very noticeable in the taste and becomes more apparent as the temperature increases as I mentioned previously. Still, this is a surprisingly easy to drink beer. It would definitely make it on to my regular list if it weren’t so prohibitively expensive. To me, a beer of this price ought to carry a complexity to match, which is one area where this brew is lacking. Still, I do find it to have some interesting mead-like vinous and honey notes that I enjoy very much. The saffron and other spices make for a rather pleasurable drink as well.

Overall this is a very sweet little ditty but it just doesn’t make the grade when price is factored into the equation.

DaPeculierDane, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of tectactoe
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden yellow color, fairly cloudy and opaque with a small head that doesn't last for very long. In the initial aroma, I'm picking up some strange sweet notes and tartness, maybe cherries and peaches. Weird medicinal, chalky smell clouds it up a little bit. Taste is actually a bit different than the smell would lead on, hitting first with a bit of alcohol warmth, slightly on the rubbing alcohol side. Then some spices come into the mix; saffron, allspice, and maybe even chili powder? It's certainly not "spicy", but the background notes have a strange reminiscence of chili. Slight cheesy residue kind of taste on the back of the tongue, slightly off putting. Lots of yeast and wheat throughout, mixes well with the tart sweetness. Very mild bitterness, low on the hop presence. Aftertaste also includes a touch of honey (finally I can taste it) as well as some fruity esters and a dirt-like earthiness. Medium body, lots of carbonation to back this one up.

Strange brew here, for sure. I'm not exactly sure how to put my finger on it. It wasn't awful, but I would probably never have it again. Alcohol was present, but still didn't feel quite like a 9% beer. Overall pretty average.

tectactoe, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Hoppin_mad
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of Zakk
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Zakk, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of kaimcm
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled on 9/21/05-Bottle says "Handcrafted ancient ale with barley, honey, white muscat grapes and saffron."

A: body has a rich and luxurious deep gold/amber hue. very little head even with a vigorous pour but considering this is sort of an ambiguous beer, with a lot of vinous qualities, Im not really knockin it. body just glows.

S: sweet malt, grapes, vanilla, fruit all over the place, alcohol mixed with a winy aroma, and it pains me to say a touch of cheap grain sweetness you get on a mediocre pils or something

T/M: sugar and grapes ride a mouthfeel wave thats very creamy. velvety fruit coats the mouth. clean grain and a cool quality follow. theres something about this beer that makes me feel as if Ive just been swimming in some pristine and cold stream. finish dries slightly followed by an evolution of ripe green fruits and some candy. honey is obvious, though I cant say I know what saffron tastes like so not sure if Im detecting it or not. finish even has a slight yeasty/alcohol spice to it that balances the sugar nicely. all said and done the mouthfeel finishes a tad weak.

D: this is a very delicate beer and should be enjoyed on its own or paired carefully. very pricey but an excellent treat every now and then.

all in all an awesome brew. paired with a light plate of fruit and cheeses with success.

kaimcm, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of StoutHearted
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer for the first time years ago when the allure of drinking ancient brew let me smile smugly at my Coors-drinking friends. And when I had a bottle tonight, the recipe still has that mystique for me. Some may say it's the hype but I think it's because it truly is a different beer. For one, I can't decide if it's more like a barleywine or a mead. It pours like an elixer, but more silky, and with a deep gold color. Its taste reminds me of a mead, with a combination of fruity tones, but they are not sweet. At some points it feels like a wine, with a dry grape flavor. It's a complex beer that alters as you drink it, as the temperature changes, and as the alcohol settles in. It's a nice sipping beer, but I think it begs to be paired with something like a stinky cheese.

StoutHearted, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Tiernan, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

DFH Mindas Touch 9% alcohol. 02/02/09A Bottle date. Brewed with barley, honey, white muscat grapes and saffron.
I've had before just didn't review... let see.

A- Pours a hued golden liquid with mild haze and floating sediment. Small but there head falls to a ring around glass and little froth, light lacing. Inviting.

S- Smell is quite fruity with notes of a floral nature possibly the grapes. Saffron on the nose mostly light hint of honey.

T-M- The flavor is strange with almost a sweet wild berry bite upfront followed by spicy barley backbone. Hints of alcohol are noted in the flavor just covered by the sweetness. Mouthfeel is mild to medium with a sticky presence on the tongue... tangy.

D- I couldn't drink a bunch but for a sharing occation with my brother I'd do it again. Different and unique beer worth a try now and again.

wesbrownyeah, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of poibag808
4/5  rDev +7.2%

poibag808, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of CBOLAND17
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very interesting brew. supposed to be the oldest known recipe for an alcoholic beverage which adds to the appeal. A dark get complex brew with hints of grapes honey and other unknown spices, also very strong in alcohol but with only a mild pleasant alcoholic bite.

CBOLAND17, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Shakerman
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Shakerman, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of ricksrealm
3/5  rDev -19.6%

ricksrealm, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of BrohamidAli
5/5  rDev +34%

BrohamidAli, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head glass

A: Crystal clear light golden yellow with a soapy white head of about 1/2" or so. There is a brightness to the color. Lacing is good.

S: Aromas are mellow and light, with some complexities that are hard to describe. There are some malts, something like light melon, and something floral. This sounds like an odd combination but but it works well.

T&M: The flavors in the brew are familiar yet different from most brews. The baseline for the flavor is a solid pale malt, slightly sweet, but layered up from there is a very complex herbal mix. The herbs have a somewhat floral tone, creating a balance to the malt but not like hops - there is practically no bitterness. The brew sits on the tongue with a creamy smoothness that lasts all the way through the swallow. The finish is full and slightly sweet, with a linger that reminds me a little bit of mead. Smooth. Nice.

D: Smooth, mellow, and incredibly easy to drink. If this is truly based on an 'ancient' recipe, I would love to have it. Although it's a little different from the usual, I found it to be an absolutely enjoyable experience.

SIRIUS2, May 03, 2008
Photo of wrycon
4/5  rDev +7.2%

wrycon, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Firefox13
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Firefox13, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of blackearth
2.55/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. This beer poured a clear golden color with no foam. Makes me wonder if the bottle is a bit old? Aroma is of grapes. Medium bodied, it tastes of grapes up front and malt sweetness in the finish. Seemed very one-dimensional -- I was expecting more depth of flavor.

blackearth, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of soulmanifesting
4/5  rDev +7.2%

soulmanifesting, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of jeagleton
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I love Dogfish Head's Ancient Ales program for many reasons. But the main one is that opening up a bottle of one of these brews is a way of trying to understand the tastes of civilizations past. This beer is, as much as it is asking you to evaluate it based on your contemporary tastes, try and imagine living in a world where while you knead your bread and prevent the swirling dust from getting into your eyes and the dough in your hands. It asks us to reevaluate our position and our expectations of a "beer" and of what we can enjoy and by what criteria. This beer may fall a bit flat to ordinary standard, but it's not an ordinary beer.

jeagleton, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Rich O's in Indiana. Pours from the cool looking bottle a slightly hazy bright orange color with a nice inch of tiny bubbly head. Some spotty lacing appears as well. An intersting herbal aroma featuring sweet honey, wildflowers and an underlying grapey vinous aroma reminiscent of sweet white wine. Light and aromatic with some hints of spicy yeast...I quite enjoy smelling this one.

First sip brings a light airy fruity maltiness across the palate. The vinous grape character (almost like sweet white wine) is predominent along with an overall herbal/floral flavor probably imparted by the saffron. Fairly sweet with the honey but not cloying overall with a nice yeasty twang on the way down. Quite complex, nicely layered and tasty...a very enjoyable brew and a nice change of pace.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and this could use a little more body. However, the alcohol is well hidden and this one goes down like water. I could see myself finishing off a four pack quickly...well...probably too quickly at 9%. Another well done experimental brew from Sam & DFH. I hope they keep up the good work.

orbitalr0x, Jun 04, 2005
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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,050 ratings.