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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Midas TouchMidas Touch

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3,970 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,970
Reviews: 1,538
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 129
Gots: 368 | 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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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-18-2014 18:49:40 | More by The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
Photo of vtfan77


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

A- Well, the beer is gold. I can't really think of any other way to describe the color, so at least the name is accurate. There's barely any head, just a little ring of lace that ends up forming a cool little swirly pattern on the top of the beer.

S- Lots of honey in the nose. Also some spices, although it's kind of tough to pick out any individual aromas. A touch of alcohol rounds it out.

T- Quite sweet right off the bat with more honey and a pleasant grape juice flavor. More spices as well, although once again, I can't really pick out anything in particular. The sweetness lingers well into the finish, which is dominated by grape. There's virtually no bitterness, which isn't particularly surprising (I'm not sure this even has hops in it).

M- Active carbonation, but not overly fizzy. Kind of light in the mouthfeel.

D- No clue where the 9% ABV is. This doesn't taste anywhere near that strong. I could easily drink a couple of these only to have them catch up to me very quickly. Even so, it's obvious that this is no session beer.

Another nice offering from Dogfish. This is quite the interesting beer, and tasty too. Well worth trying at least once. This one might even inspire future purchases for me. Recommended.

12-01-2007 22:38:20 | More by vtfan77
Photo of shroompod


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz poured cold into goblet
Very clear , no head. Has a slightly orange hue.

Smell has some honey , malt and alcohol evident.

Taste has some mead character to it ,warming alcohol, malty, no hops. Can't put my finger on the herbs , bottle says saffron.

Mouthfeel is thick , good carbonation.

Drinkability for me is somewhat low for this funky beer/wine braggot.

I'll keep a few around to age.

04-09-2006 04:16:54 | More by shroompod
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-09-2012 15:22:22 | More by roblund
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into a rocks glass from a 12oz bottle at 35 degrees.

Picked up a 4-pack from the Dogfish Head in Rehoboth. Pours a light golden color with only slight head. Smells of a sweet-spice and a little fruity. Definitely a typical DFH complex taste..first was of grapes and a little malt, but after a couple seconds, cloves and honey came out as it warmed my throat. Goes down smooth, but the alcohol presence is pretty noticable.

A very enjoyable brew by DFH...went great as a dessert beverage.

09-12-2006 23:11:52 | More by JohnnyM2002
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-22-2014 02:14:42 | More by paresis
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

01-01-2014 03:32:17 | More by robgage
Photo of pweis909


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Golden glowing, the color of, dare I say it, honey? Not much head, although carbonated. May be a glassware issue.

Aroma is invitingly grapey, maybe a little one dimensional.

Taste is pretty bland, IMO. Some grape comes through. No sweetness. Finish is slightly bitter.

Finish is also astringent. Althout the honey and grapes in the recipe probably help to lighten the beer, at 9%, it is still pretty heavy.

For me, this beer is interesting in that it has this wine-like aroma, but upon tasting, I realize I would prefer a basic wine table wine to the Midas Touch.

04-29-2009 01:06:52 | More by pweis909
Photo of vickersspitfire


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours out a crystal clear light blond color, it has plenty of carbonation and is topped off with a nice semi thick white head that slowly thins out; Very good lacing. The aroma is rather light, mild grasses and herbs come through, small amounts of lemon. The flavors are pretty complex, I can taste some apple, apricot and peaches, mild orange and some spices in the after taste. Honey, grapes, and a very slight sweet-tart flavor are also in the mix. The alcohol is well hidden and only detectable as you swallow for a brief second. This is a semi dry beer and has a light-to-medium mouth feel but is very interesting and goes down pretty smooth.

12-28-2012 08:51:07 | More by vickersspitfire
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

06-01-2014 19:07:28 | More by Beerdudenumberone
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours out an amber color, with a little orange. Very similar in color to honey. It has a very thin head despite being heavily carbonated and it dissipates quickly appearing to leave behind no lacing.

The aroma is a little flowery, with the grapes coming through clearly along with some of the alcohol. The aroma is very sweet and very pleasant.

As for the taste, I have to say that I really like this one! With so much carbonation, I expected the front end to lack flavor but I was wrong. I get a little alcohol flavor up front along with some grapes. Its very sweet but not too sweet and it has a very pleasant finish. When the beer has gone down, I'm left with a light grape flavor in my mouth. As it warms up, it tastes a bit more like white wine. Surprisingly, I really like this. I'm typically not a big fan of grape flavors in beer but this one does it for me. The only downfall is the complete lack of bitterness.

The drinkability on this is a little weak. As it warms up, the alcohol comes out a bit too much and the sweetness leads me to sip it like I'd sip a wine rather than drink it like I'd drink a beer.

Overall, I doubt I'll be getting this one again. Its a good beer and I think everyone should try it (it'd especially make a good beer for those who like wine). Its interesting just to try something that people drank thousands of years ago to get in touch with your humanity.

11-17-2009 05:44:56 | More by SkunkWorks
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-23-2013 02:52:59 | More by craftbrew502
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

03-17-2014 03:58:00 | More by Sir_Goatman
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

This brew is a honey colour with fat and sluggish carbonation bubbles that bash their heads at the surface. There was minimal head development off the pour, no ringer, no lacing. It is looking more like a glass of apple juice as my peepers repeatedly size the thing up.

The smell is like dilute purple cool aid. Grape scents and some kind of powdered additive type of smell. Honey is surely noticable in the nose as well. Not sure about saffron, but it is probably in there somewhere too. Never smelled the stuff myself.

The taste has a honey and table sugar gritty sweetness to it. Sure, the grapes are here as well. They make an attempt at keeping the intense honey flavour from becoming a maniac. This is quite a sweet deal. No shortage of sugar. The mammoth sweet character smothers any peep made by the alcohol content. Tons o' honey fo sho!

Sticky and juicy sugar water. Grainy and nearly crunchy as if sugar were falling out of solution and coating my mouth.

I can barely finish this one. I feel the need to shoot up some insulin by the middle of the glass. Way too much sweets.

05-17-2005 04:23:12 | More by SupaCelt
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4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

bought a 12 oz bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($3.45)
pours a bight copper with a slight head that has become a ring around the edge of the glass.
the aroma has a hint of malt, some peaches, hint of honey, smidgen of spice.
the flavor is rich, malt, honey, peaches, unidentified spice, hint of cherry, hint of grade, alcohol.
this is a very interesting beer? i would call it a mead, a high breed of braggot, metheglin, pyment.

07-25-2006 00:33:12 | More by plaztikjezuz
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-10-2013 21:50:07 | More by andy1701
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-02-2013 04:07:50 | More by Blueribbon666
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.2%

07-28-2013 04:45:55 | More by Jackal
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-14-2013 15:06:27 | More by Greasy
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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured from bottle into Stella glass. Had bottled date of 5/27/2008 listed on bottle.

A: Nearly no head, deep amber hue, no carbonation that I could see.

S: Sweet smelling, could definitely get the hints of grapes and spice in the brew.

T & M: Very very sweet taste with some tartness as well thanks to grapes I am assuming. I can't say that I've had anything that has tasted quite like this brew.

D: It is just too sweet in my opinion. The concept is very cool but I can't say I'll be having this again.

08-09-2008 19:46:10 | More by elniko
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5/5  rDev +34%

02-28-2013 20:23:44 | More by DuffDaddy
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4.45/5  rDev +19.3%

Pours a very nice opaque deep golden with a slight white ring on top of it. Smell is very sweet..honeyish...I like the effect.

The taste starts off with the honey from the smell and then rolls into a very nice tingly grape effect. Malts are present in abundance, and absolutely thrash the hops, which is to my liking. The hops still offer some slight back of the tongue tingles in the right spots though and add to a dry, yet tingly finish. I really like this stuff a lot.

The mouth on this is quite good, it has only light hop action, but it is very sticky and finds its way onto each taste bud. The drinkability is definitely top notch as well, very easy to drink because the sweet malty aspect makes it easy to quaff.

I hadn't had a lot of luck finding Dogfish beers that I would rebuy to this point, but Midas Touch is a very tasty offering and I highly recommend it to people who love sweeter beers with the malts dominating the hops.

12-30-2005 00:14:02 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of dfried


3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

Clear orangish golden in color, thin white head that quickly settled to a ring. A lot of sweet honey in the aroma, fresh grains, white grapes, pretty much as the bottle said it would. There was some spicy alcohol in the taste, malty taste, fresh grains, the white grapes again, and candy sugar like sweetness coming from the honey. The saffron makes appearances but was never as strong as you would taste in a food made with it. Pretty sweet, dry mouthfeel.

Overall: This is what it is. There have been improvements in beer making over the last couple thousand years. Interesting to try, definitely more like a mead than a beer. It does remind me a little of a Belgian golden ale without the yeastiness.

03-29-2007 17:38:32 | More by dfried
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

12oz bottle poured into a DFH Snifter Glass. 2008 Maltage

A- Pours a nice dark honey orange with a yellow base. Not to much head on this one, just a nice rim around the glass.

S- Sweet malts with a nice sour grape presence. Definitely a slight honey sweetness in there that slightly masks the alcohol.

T- Real sweet barley malts with a known honey presence in there that blends well with the sour like grape flavors.

M- Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation left and a pretty wet slightly bitter finish.


11-29-2010 02:06:05 | More by Arenbeer
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

A- Translucent golden body with a small white head

S- Sweet fruit and honey with some nice spices

T- Hoppy up front moving into a sour wine-like finish

M- Medium bodied, big carbonation, alcohol warming present as well

D- Not really something I could take more than one of because of the vinous quality. Cool idea for a beer and should be experienced. This gets considerably better as it warms to room temperature and perhaps that holds truer to the original essence of the brew being made without nifty refrigerators or electricity for that matter

01-12-2011 23:42:41 | More by aepb1
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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