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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

Midas TouchMidas Touch

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3,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 3643
Reviews: 1526
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%

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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Photo of drpimento


4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent beer! Served with a nice, foamy, frothy, white head that lasts and good lacing. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is malt, sweet, vineous, Flavor is like nose, but far more rich - really pick up on the honey and grapes, saffron not so much.... perhaps a little in the bitterness. Body is full and lush with perfect. Finish is like flavor and actually fairly long, with the alcohol mellow.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 23:18:31 | More by drpimento
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange yellow color with a thin white head and good lacing. Smells of muscat grapes, saffron, white wine, malts. Godly. Tastes sweet from muscat grapes, saffron, some citrus. Hops are there but they only lighten the sweetness just a tad. Mouthfeel is exceptional and drinkability is insane. One could drink half a gallon. Not good for your liver that it tastes so awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 14:16:55 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of TheStig


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: On tap from my local Dogfish Head Alehouse and served in a snifter. I couldn't accurately gauge how long it took for the bubbles to calm down or the head to level off since i wasn't actually able to watch them pour it, but there was still a finger of creamy almost-white head. Color was a rich golden copper.

S: I almost thought I had a glass of wine in front of me, thanks to the prominent hearty grape aromas. I can't say exactly what sort of grape, but it's comparable to some fine Shiraz I've had in the past.

T: Sweet and multilayered, this is not a beer for chugging or something to down in a few gulps. Take a small sip and let it play over your tongue so you can try and pick out what flavors present themselves. This isn't terribly bitter, but its alcohol content does feature prominently.

M: Clean and light, with no off-putting after-textures.

D: Midas touch occupies a space that straddles beer, mead and wine, and this is a great alternative beverage if you're accustomed to drinking those three and want a change. Not something I'd drink on a regular basis, but it's mighty tasty. An excellent choice for your next viking funeral or D&D match!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

09-03-2010 14:44:55 | More by TheStig
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a few times from the bottle, but jumped at the chance to have it on tap when the Winking Lizard got a few kegs in stock.

Had in a small tulip on tap at the Winking Lizard in Independence. As always, WL bar maids poured it too cold.

I let it warm a bit, as the wife did with her's. Pours a honey gold color with minimal white head, clinging to the edge of the glass.

Smells of grapes and summer fruit (apricots, peaches), with a bit of malt underneath.

Tangy taste, like beer and Chardonay wine mixed together (but good!). Tart grapes, some banana at the top of the mouth, honey, some spice and clove.

Thin mouthfeel, making it easy to put down the hatch.

For me, I always find this one to be a treat - but in small doses. The wife is a big fan, and will definitely be drinking this one again.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-30-2010 01:25:38 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a beer called Midas Touch Golden Elixir, I expected a vibrant gold body, but instead I got a clear orange one (saffron maybe?). The slim, off-white head stays around for awhile, but doesn't leave even a spot of lacing.

The aroma is interesting. Lots of sweetness, grapes, honey. It smells a little bit like a "smartee" one of those small, sugary, disc-shaped candies.

White grapes are certainly the most powerful flavor in this beer, enough that my friend an I both remarked that it tasted a bit like white wine, even without knowing that grapes were actually used to brew it. A bit of flowery honey is in there also, followed by a strange spice flavor. Pale sweet malt rounds it out. Just a hint of warmth in the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The body isn't exactly full or heavy, but it has a nice viscous feel to it. Carbonation is low.

I got a small draft of Midas Touch at a great price during happy hour. I'm not sure that I would pay full-price for it however, which is probably evidenced by the fact that I have never picked up a bottle before. With that said, I liked this beer and wouldn't hesitate to suggest that someone try it.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-05-2010 13:36:32 | More by Hojaminbag
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South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard pint. Poured a golden yellow with minimal white head. There was no evident lacing throughout. The aroma consisted of a light malt hint. The taste was sweet that was light on the palate and low in carbonation. Overall this was a nice refreshing beer that was nice. Not great, but not bad. It actually reminded me of a Chimay to be honest... Take that as you will.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

05-18-2010 12:25:25 | More by thagr81us
Photo of ledemie

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

V:it poured an orange-amber, with a light tan head that went away quickly.

A: honey and white grapes, faint malt notes.

T: also grapes, honey, malt, and dash saffron, No hops.

M: thin, syrupy, with light carbonation. Not much finish at all, just a hint of sweet honey.

not bad, I can see a ancient heritage in this beer....

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

05-03-2010 16:46:06 | More by ledemie
Photo of AgentZero


3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden in color, 1 1/2 finger head that dissipated quickly with some minor lacing. Head springs up somewhat nicely on the swirl.

S - Honey, figs, sweetness with a spicey lager smell. Apples/Pears/Grapes or some other mellow fruit comes as well. Nicely Done.

T - Malt backbone that turns to a white grape/apple like taste. The honey flavor is somewhat present, but it's more like dumping it in a tea than for sweetness then adding it for the taste.

M - Nothing special here, carbonated and somewhat thin.

D - Sweet beers are hard for me to do unless they are hoppy or tart. Good taste makes it averagely drinkable, but couldn't do tons.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

03-07-2010 04:37:16 | More by AgentZero
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District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Location: Dogfish Head Ale House in Falls Church, Virginia

Pour was orange/amber with a white head

Aroma was of wine, very fruity. Honey as well

Honey and grapes are what I mostly get from the beer. I didn't get much of the saffron (which I was looking for specifically).

Mouthfeel is medium, drinkability is good

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

02-28-2010 09:09:56 | More by kshankar
Photo of homebrew311


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow... $2 for a snifter! Gotta love the Tuesday deals at Barley House!

A: appears a hazy orange, little head with some sticky lacing

S: fruity boquet with huge presence of white grapes followed by sweet honey and a noticeable presence of alcohol

T: very sweet on the front, this is balance out by the tartness from the white grape flavors, slight heat on the finish

MF: somewhat syrupy with very small amount of carbonation

D: another interesting and unique concoction from DFH. I wouldn't say it is as successful as some of their other ventures, but it is worth a try

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

02-20-2010 23:19:28 | More by homebrew311
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes Jan 28, 2010

Poured clear golden honey with a thin white head. Lots of honey and white wine aromas, similar taste but a hint of herbal aftertaste. Alcohol warmth in the finish. Thin bodied and bubbly carbonation. All in all, a decent beer but I'm not crazy about it.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

02-20-2010 17:00:32 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of TMoney2591


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH Alehouse snifter.

Pours a golden honey amber with a small bit of white foamy head that doesn't lace too much at all. The smell is overwhelmingly in fsvor of honey and white grapes, though not overly sweet. A modicum of floweriness also comes through, but only as background radiation. The taste follows, with the honey and grapes once again taking a preeminent role, and just as in the smell the sweetness is nicely toned down. The flowers from the smell are replaced by an equally mild bit of hoppy bitterness, creating a nicely balanced flavor. The body is nicely moderate and very smooth, lending this brew a high level of drinkability, though the ABV may try to say otherwise.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

02-19-2010 18:27:50 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of atigerlife


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark godlen with a small, creamy white head. Good retention. No carbonation seen rising.

Aroma of grapes and some sweetness. Light aroma.

Taste is of malts, grapes, alcohol and butterscotch. Has a soda quality about it.

Mouthfeel is heavy, lightly cleansing, smooth. Slightly flat.

Overall, an interesting brew. Hard to classify. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

01-11-2010 01:17:22 | More by atigerlife
Photo of advill88


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber with a white 1/2 inch head.

Smell is a light fruity maltiness with some sweet honey in the background.

Tastes of sweet honey and fruit maltiness up front with a touch of grape and some warming alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with medium carbonation and and a silky creamy texture.

This is one of the most unique beers I've ever had. It contains many taste elements that you would expect to find in a wine, but it's still unmistakably a beer. Very interesting all around, and a great beer, but it'd be tough to have too many of these in a row because of the sweetness and high ABV.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-30-2009 02:25:08 | More by advill88
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a honey-gold color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet grapes - like sugar-coated scuppernongs - with good amounts of honey. As it warms the sweetness subsides just a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sticky honey flavors up front are quickly joined by sugar-coated American grape flavors. The sweetness is just short of cloying and the ending is on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure I want another.

Overall this is certainly a distinguised beer however I'm not sure if a general beer drinker had this they would identify it as beer as much as they would carbonated mead. Worth a shot for the novelty.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-03-2009 04:02:03 | More by glid02
Photo of philipquarles


2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Pours a clear gold with a somewhat creamy white head. Sweet, slightly vinous aroma with plenty of grainy malt. Some notes of honey. Tastes kind of bleh. The same honey-like, slightly fruity character is there, and not much else. Too sweet. Light-medium body. Surprisingly characterless.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-18-2009 05:10:05 | More by philipquarles
Photo of adamette


4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap about 30 minutes ago at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio. Review from notes taken at the bar. Poured into a tulip glass (it was about 8 ounces, maybe 10) for $6.25. This is a very limited (maybe one keg?) offering at the Lizard.

A Golden yellow translucent body under a brief but creamy looking off white head. Fair lacing and pretty good retention. I was presented with a nearly full tulip of it so I am not sure how the head might have behaved. I will have to try it in bottles to experience that fully. I appreciate how it is Golden yellow (and I am not just saying it...it glowed golden yelllow) seeing as how it is the "Midas Touch" beer.

S Not very strong at all. Maybe some distant malt and alchohol. Smell is NOT a strong point of this beer.

T Wonderfully challenging, inspiring, interesting in that there is a big malt presence, a bite of alchohol, some spicing and a distant aftertaste of a sweetness (the malt?) that is difficult to describe except to say that maybe it was a light caramel or maybe sugary taste. Anyway, this is a great tasting beer that reminded me more of a nice tripel (my favorite style) rather than any "Herbed/Spiced Beer." The taste cannot be improved.

M Big with slight syrupy sweetness, bite of ABV and spices that were difficult for me to define.

D One and done for me but I finished my tulip glass very easily.

Notes: Again, DFH (along with Palo Santo Marron and I am sure others) defies categorization.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-08-2009 03:13:23 | More by adamette
Photo of lstokes


4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a sipping beer, or a pairing-with-food beer, not a drinking beer as we tend to understand it on this site, but it's a pretty great beer for those occasions.

The nose is very wine or mead-like, with white grapes and honey. I didn't have a great experience with my last honey beer, so I was nervous, but there was no need--the mouthfeel is sugary but without being syrupy, the alcohol must give a warming effect, and the taste blends nicely overall. The malt must soften the sweetness and the alcohol content. I catch a little bit of spice--is it the saffron? I'm not sure--but overall this really reminds me of a warmer friendlier beer-ier champagne.

I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-17-2009 23:41:05 | More by lstokes
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first started homebrewing I wanted to clone this beer just because it sounded awesome. Then I bought the beer to actually try it and realized there was no way I was going to do it without many more years under my belt. Got a chance to check it out again on tap at the Old Toad the other night though.

Pours a light yellow, fizzy with alcohol. Aroma of light grapes and slight honey. Reminds me a lot of Champagne or a grape-y saison in the taste. Very dry but with lots of flavor. I'd say this is my beer substitue for champagne or wine, should I ever need to have one. A lot of the more astringent grape flavors combined with a honey sweetness and a light malt base to dry it out. Really great combo.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

05-27-2009 05:29:08 | More by wiseguy142
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4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the local pub and at my own wedding (gives a clue as to my affinity for this golden honey brew)

This beer is quite exceptional from the bottle when aged and allowed to mellow, but on tap it's a different beast. Pours a beautiful dark gold color with the slightest amber hue.

Smells biscuits, honey and saffron up front and a lingering phenol

Taste follows the aroma. Quite buttery, toasted bread, mellow and sweet followed by a diacetyl flavor and warming alcohol; slightly phenol again and faintly grapy. Each raising of the glass brings out the complexity of the flavors as the beer warms also.

Syrupy and velvety mouthfeel, very smooth if heavy. A nice, mild but surprising carbonation that is crisp and lends itself well to the warming flavors of the beer.

Dangerously drinkable for the abv. Many people that find this brew to be a bit too much for high drinkability out of the bottle find no such problem with it on tap as it becomes quite a bit more mellowed (thought I find it to be almost as satisfying bottled). An exceptional brew not to be missed!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

01-30-2009 20:50:26 | More by sentomaster
Photo of bifrostguard


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color with a tall off white head leaving minimal lacing.

S - Grapes sweetness almost like wine. Malt and bread.

T - Very sweet right off. More so than what the smell would indicate. Lots of grapes and dark fruit here with a little bit of funkiness and maltiness.

M - Sticky and syrupy.

D - Another Dogfish Head brew that is a little too sweet for me. I had to give it a shot though.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-23-2008 20:39:08 | More by bifrostguard
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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden and clear. It has a beautiful lack of turbidity, and a nice white head.

S - Less aroma than I expected. I didn't pick up much from this. But I was a little tipsy.

T - A yummy sweetness with herbal notes. Very minor herbal notes. It was extremely characteristic hops. Sweet but bitter.

M - Crisp but not exactly light. Had a good body and attacked multiple portions of the tongue.

D - Too sweet for too many, but a very good single beer.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

11-14-2008 16:29:54 | More by BucksBrew
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The recipe is based on 2700 year old drinking vessels found in the tomb of King Midas. It is a smooth sweet but dry ale. Can be compared to a cross between a wine and a mead, which is more accurate, since way back when wines and meads were made. I found it refreshing and tasty, another winner from the "Head of Dogfish".

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-10-2008 16:23:16 | More by thequeen711
Photo of champ103


3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden/copper color. A small head forms, but leaves almost not lace.
S: There is not much here. Some sweet spices, but mostly a big peppermint aroma. Some honey and grainy malt as well.
T: The first thing I notice is a big peppermint flavor again. As the taste lingers, and the beer warms up a sweet cereal grain flavor develops. Sweet caramel with some honey and other spices come through. This is a very unique tasting beer.
M/D: Almost too carbonated for my tastes, but a medium to full body. Easy enough to finish.

I am glad I got the chance to try this. A unique beer from a unique brewery. I don't think I would buy this often, but I do enjoy experimental beers like this.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-07-2008 23:36:47 | More by champ103
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this on tap at Toranado on SF. Served in a stemmed belgian glass.
This one arrived at the table with a shallow off white head that laced pretty well atop the very nice crisp golden color. The nose came across a bit stale with some dry honey and candy sugar that fell into some Palisades fruity hops and a subtle spice.
The aroma carries itself into the palette with an additional herbal hint that is well balance with the strong sugar sweetness.
The mouthfeel held up with the hint of honey, sweetness and spice that blended well for the hangover I was fighting with.
The heat from the alcohol kept this in check, at 9% it turned into a sipper that worked out for the best.
A week later a had the chance to try a bottle, and I have to say that the carbonation was higher and it seemed to be an easier drink.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-05-2008 03:09:18 | More by dbONE
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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