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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,126 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,126
Reviews: 1,548
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 134
Gots: 445 | 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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Ratings: 4,126 | Reviews: 1,548 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Winey aroma, lace, hoppy plumb white grape content. Alcohol drying that cleas the palate. Meadiness. If I want fruit wine, I will have that. If I want mead, I will obtain that. Apple taste on finish. I guess unique with some dinner. OK, had it. Thanks JoeyC.

Sammy, May 24, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

t0rin0, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light orange color with no head and no lacing.

S - Smells like wine. Somewhat like mead, but the honey is more subdued and there is a grape smell present.

T - Surprise! Tastes like wine too. The honey and grape taste definitely are dominant. The barley and saffron are very faint.

M - The beer is very carbonated. It almost drinks like a soda in this regard. Maybe it was just this bottle? Leaves a wine like coating in the mouth.

D - I am glad I tried this one. The back story about its ancient roots is pretty cool. However, I wouldn't get this one again. The whole time I was drinking it all I could think of was how wine like this seems to me.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

djrn2, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

zestar, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very hazy with an orange color. Decent lacing.

S: Just like it says on the bottle--honey, grapes, and saffron. Some other, undetectable spiciness as well.

T: The honey and saffron are definitely there, and the groups are a little more underneath. The taste isn't at all bad, thought it's very unusual.

M: Light-to-medium bottle with decent carbonation.

D: This is where the strange taste fits in. Good tasting beer all around, but it's one you don't want to have more than a single bottle of.

Thorpe429, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

acurtis, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.2%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color and has a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface from a medium amount of carbonation.
S: There are distinct aromas of grapes, honey and saffron in the nose.
T: The overall taste is relatively sweet and the flavors resemble those in the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and slightly syrupy, especially as it warms up.
D: The alcohol is well hidden but the beer is definitely needs to be sipped given the amount of sweetness.

metter98, May 22, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear honey colored body with a modest head that declines to a ringlet and leaves the ocasional archipelago of lace

Smell: Unusual variety of smells - saffron stands out, followed by the muscat grapes and fermented honey; rather vinous and somewhat fusel

Taste: Starts with flavors of honey, pears and muscat grapes but definitely not sweet; after the swallow, spicy tones of saffron and allspice kick in, with increasing waves of layered bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but the mouth feels more like wine that beer

Drinkability: Very unusual concoction, but I rather enjoyed it; not something to drink in quantity, but I am saving the rest of the bottle to complement tonight's curried roast pork with mango salsa

brentk56, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everything King Midas touched turned to... a saffron colored liquid with a vigorous amount of carbonation? I don't mind a bit that Golden Exilir isn't a golden elixir because this color works just fine. The pale orange crown is cracklingly fizzy to start, then settles down and maintains a one finger thickness for a respectable amount of time. It isn't sticky, though, and very little lace ends up on the glass.

The nose, while different, is neither aromatic nor interesting. I can easily appreciate the white grapes and the honey, but not the saffron. It would help if had any idea what saffron smells like. I really expected more complexity from this brew. Perhaps it'll be present on the palate.

Midas Touch is one of those beers that doesn't impress me right out of the gate, yet has the potential to do so over the course of the bottle. Like the nose, there isn't much depth. This is a vast oversimplication, but DFHMTGE reminds me of a maibock: sweetish blond malt coupled with a lack of accessory flavors.

Sure, the dessert wine fruity sweetness of the Muscat grapes is present, as is the somewhat subtle honey flavor provided by the... uh... honey, but it doesn't tantalize my taste buds with tremendousness and make me impatient to take another sip. I'm sure the saffron added color. I'm not so sure it added flavor. Time to visit the spice rack.

The mouthfeel is the best part about this beer. It's full and lush and viscous without being overly thick or sticky. The initially boisterous bubbles have now settled down and are barely noticed in the mouth.

I love the story behind the inspiration for Midas Touch Golden Elixir. It's just too bad that it isn't better beer. Dogfish Head continues to be an interesting craft brewery that thinks and brews outside the box. With a few notable exceptions, however, the end product doesn't match the hype.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's quite a neat drink-thing. It's somewhat mead-like, but more like a braggot with the carbonation and dainty head. Aromas are right on a chardonay with honey and sweet spices. Tastes also chardonay like with more sweetness, corriander, allspice, and some others that I can't describe. High alcohol boarders on phenolic. Quite perfumy and sweetly tart throughout. A well formed experiment. I like it, though only on occasions.

BEERchitect, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a golden bright yellow color ale with a big thick foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt (probably due to the honey) is interesting and quite intriguing. Taste is very sweet with a champagne like feel with lots of fine bubbles. While this beer was quite sweet I never thought it was exceedingly so. The presence of Muscat grapes were well balance with the malt and the honey. I’m not sure I really pick-up any saffron but this beer was very good nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.2%

GRG1313, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light amber, no head, no lace. There was a touch of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass, but not much. Overall I thought it could have looked a little more lively. The smell was a dead ringer for a white wine. Very sweet grapes and alcohol were all over this one. Hints of honey and grain as it warmed, but really looks and smells like wine. The taste, well lets just say, is this a beer? Don't get me wrong, its not all bad, I just really think this has all the earmarks of a glass of wine. Heavily carbonated white grape taste hits you from the start, as it warmed maybe some honey in there, grainy bread flavors and a touch of alchol, which is not suprising given 9%abv. It has a very light, and lively feel and consistency. Very easy to drink, again though it really felt like a wine. I guess its the style. I will be trying it again though, as it did not really leave any bad inpression.

mikesgroove, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

jaydoc, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear dark golden color with a thin white head.

S: Intensely sweet like corn syrup and honey. The grapes provide additional sweetness that probably isn't really necessary. Floral and slightly spicy provide some opposition to the intense sugary character.

T: Lots of sweet white grape flavor, apple juice, corn syrup and honey. There is actually a bit of caramel/malt character on the palate, too. A light floral note and just a hint of spice.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: Despite the intense sweetness, it didn't become cloying or overbearing, which is sort of rare for a Dogfish Head beer.

womencantsail, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Half finger head, rapidly dissipates and leaves no lace. Golden and minimally hazy.

S: Bready, a little spice but not a strong scent overall.

T: The sour finish is very reminiscent of chardonnay. Bready and touch of honey. Crisp.

M: Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Wet feel.

Overall: The taste is unique, and not in a bad way but also not in an exciting way either. A nice beer to try out but my biggest issue is that this beer gets old fast and it starts to taste more like stale wine then beer.

kylehay2004, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had gotten this beer for the first time on tap a tthe brewery after the tour. This beer poured out as a crystle clear golden yellow brew with a pretty nice looking head on it. The lacing was minimal but not bad. The smell of this beer had a lot of fresh white grape aromas in the nose, it's very sweet smelling. The taste had the same sweetness on the nose had some very subtle spice flavors throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied I think. Overall this beer could be seen as a Braggot or something similar. A spiced ale is fitting as well. I really enjoy this beer, but in small quantity. Very tasty stuff.

Knapp85, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright orange body with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of honey and spice. Fifteen dollar chardonnay wine and flower petals. Oh, and more honey.

Taste: Mild, sweet maltiness gets trumped by even more sugary honey sweetness. A good measure of white grape juice flavor. Pinch of spice. Finish is alcoholic and somewhat drying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sticky, syrupy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The epic saga behind this beer is far, far more interesting than the beer itself.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 10, 2007
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,126 ratings.