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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
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4,320 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,320
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 150
Gots: 549 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - clear, with some bubbles that rise very slowly, as if the beer was highly viscous. The small off-white head soon reduces to a ring.

S: only a little like like wine; more like mead,and more yet like beer, with some bready and vague spice aromas.

T: The flavor was stronger and way weirder that the aroma. {When drinking this and writing up my review, I vaguely recalled that this was based on an ancient recipe, but didn't know any of the details). Too boozy. Has some weird flavor components that are hard to identify and seem to include exotic fruit(s) and spices.

M: Medium+ carbonation. Light body.

O: an interesting 'beer' that I would try again, but out of curiosity rather than a strong desire to have this again.

Photo of Segelstrom
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - poured clear with a modest head that wasn't well retained

S - not much to go on there. smell was faint. not hoppy, not malty and thankfully not skunky

T - Decent but not up to the Dogfish standards. I didn't pick up on the fruity flavors I had read about

M - Just about right. not overcarbonated

O - decent but I would not buy again

Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey color. Lip of head that doesn't lace. Pretty clear. I like the color.

Honey, herbal aromas, white grapes, treacle, sugars, and yeast powder. Chalky nose, but super sweet. I think the saffron addition did something to the aroma, adding herbaceous notes, but it's not as easily identifiable... and my mother's Spanish.

Floral saffron and honey, but it's drying out all of a sudden. Not sugary anymore. White wine notes from the Muscat. Not the usual raisin-y dessert wine note. Maybe a semi-dry sherry. Malts aren't as thin as they were in the nose, but they certainly aren't representing themselves with any oomph. No hops, really. Every note is from an additive. I'm missing that base grain cereal note. It's decent, but mainly because it's weird.

Medium carbonation. Implied spiciness is rather invigorating. The body is a glazed medium. There's some headiness that swells long after the sip.

Midas Touch is a beer that I'll always misunderstand. But, the truth of it is that it's a decent beer that I just can't seem to really like all that much. But, I now know (after revisiting) that it's much more enjoyable since the last time I had one... about three years ago.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into teku glass. Clear light orange/yellow with a fizzy single-finger white head that dissipated quickly. As it poured, it smelled like a white wine/champagne. In the glass however it smells different; yeasty, but with a hint of grape and sweetness. Taste-wise, it has a similar profile to the others in the ancient ale series, especially the Sah'tea. Smooth and yeasty, sweetness predominates. Spice notes come in towards the end, along with a little warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium but slick, a bit fizzy. I was expecting something more wine-like, such as the Noble Rot, but this was still an interesting beer. Not sure if I'd pick it up again, but always worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Last bottle from a four pack. Time for a review...

Pours a deep gold... I don't want to make any bad references but just think... "deep golden fluid".

Anyway, has a small white head that dissipates and a small patch of bubbles than seem to continually rest on the top.

The smell is pretty interesting, I kind of like it in an odd way. The muscat grape smell comes through pretty nice when swirled. Smells musky... has a nice dry white wine scent. A bit floral. There is a hint of honey. And also an odd smell of booze and malt, a similar scent of malt that one might catch from a general malt liquor.

The taste is not to bad. It's awkward and slightly intriguing. The honey takes to the front with a bit of the muscat, and bobbles its way along through the malty sweetness that is bait sticky. There is a slight floral thing that comes through. You get a bit of the saffron swirled in. It's definitely winey as it warms up and has a mild twang with the booze on the end. The muskiness is there pretty good at the end as well.
Nothing really pops though, it's not incredibly striking. It's interesting. That is what it has going for it.

The mouthfeel is fairly light. Sticky... which fits with the rest of the beer.

I guess the one thing that throws me is this malt liquor-ish taste going on. I think it is due to the melding of malt and the grapes and booze mainly. I like the history involved with the beer, the thought behind it. But it's not something I will be dying to have or go back and get anytime soon. I more or less bought this for the take on history. It's a conversation beer maybe for mixed crowds of people who do and don't know a lot about beer. Worth the try. Just not for my palate I guess.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear straw color. The head is a one finger white shade. It's texture isn't particularly appealing, and the rest of the brew isn't particularly attractive, either.

S: Let's see, on the nose we have honey, grape, grains, mild diacetyl, and an herbal component. Not all of it comes together successfully - in a way, the aroma smacks of a white wine meeting a malt liquor by way of a car crash. Interesting if nothing else.

T: Sweeter than the nose indicated. An initial quality of honey and grape sweetness is the first flavor noted, slightly drying out to a grainy midtaste and finish. Saffron notes mildly augment things throughout. The whole "malt liquor-cum-white wine via car crash" descriptor I threw out before suits the flavor profile perfectly; it's a combination that sounds horrid, but the end result is only rather blah.

M: A bit heavy on the tongue, aided by its initial sweetness. It becomes very dry past the midtaste, and actually very easy to drink. Carbonation is mostly covered up by the syrupy qualities.

O: Why the disparity between the smell/taste and overall scores? This is a simple example of a brew greater than the sum of its parts. My initial opinion of the aroma and flavor profile isn't particularly positive - and yet, the whole thing kind of works after several sips. I'm not sure if it's because the dry finish gives it great drinkability for 9% or what not, but it ends up being pretty decent. I can see wine drinkers enjoying this a lot.

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5/5  rDev +34%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,320 ratings.