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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,881 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,881
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 120
Gots: 322 | FT: 4
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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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Halcyondays

California

4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 9% alc./vol, purchased at Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA,

A: Pours a golden yellow, with a full head at first, but quickly dissipates to a smattering of bubbles, pretty fizzy if you ask me.

S: Full honey scent, wildflowers, rose petals, and white grape juice, a very sweet, almost herbal smell to it.

T: Very tasty and complex with a lot going on. Actually get a wheaty, bready character at first, very grainy. The honey and green grapes come in next giving a flavour reminiscent of fine champagne. The beer ends with a slightly spicy finish, probably from the saffron, with a complex alcohol note.

M: Smooth and crisp, winey, slightly tannic, but has a nice warmness to finish the beer, very calming and enjoyable.

D: A beer that first intrigued me due to the historical aspects of its creation, the beer itself is what's intriguing me now. I just wish that this beer was more easily available here so I could delve into its flavours more regularly.

Update - 5/5/08 - Bought my first 4-pack of this nectar in SoCal, whohoo!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 19:04:52 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Dogfish menu says this beer contains "barley, muscat grapes, thyme honey and saffron"

This is a clear amber-colored beer. The little head present disappeared rapidly...no lace on the glass.

Sweet aroma with almost an apple jack smell. The honey is noticable while the hop is not.

Flavorwise, think a cross between a cyser (honey flavored cider) and a British mild. The drink starts off sweet but finishes slightly tart. Very full body with moderate carbonation.

I first saw this beer on PBS as they deciphered an ancient beer recipe. Worthy of a taste if only to taste "history".

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2006 21:03:57 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

09-16-2012 04:34:20 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with a spotty head. No lacing with this one. No visible carbonation. The aroma is strong with sweetness. The flavor is of malt, grapes, citrus, and honey. Definitely sweet with no bitterness at all. Alcohol is definitely noticeable.

The mouthfeel is of thick malt and is slightly syrupy. Slightly dry aftertaste that has a mild citrus bite. Very unique brew, and I definitely want to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2004 13:35:46 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

01/04/06- Recieved via trade with Connecticutpoet.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a dating strip on the side of the label.
Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber-orange in color. Lightly clouded. Specks and bits of yeast float around. 3/4 inch head with average lacing.

Smell- Ultra sweet malted scent with various spices and sugary hops. Vinous in scent at times as well.

Taste- Sweet and sour at the same time. First there is a tart saison-like taste...tangy. Then the sugary sweetness forms into place. Lemon rind, tangerine, apricots make the fruit flavors. White pepper and a few other spices with maybe a dash of honey as well.

Mouthfeel- Plays with the tongue. Uses all of the sensory spots. Dry, yet at the same time makes you salivate. Lightly creamy with a medium to lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- If ever the term sweet and sour would be used for a beer, this would be it. Very interesting style that leaves you wanting another. Tastes like it could be a great poolside beer, or at the same time, be a nice beer by the fire.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 00:30:22 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

11-25-2013 00:27:24 | More by XmnwildX12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a very thin off white head that quickly disappears. No lacing at all.

Sweet estery light fruit aroma with lots of sweet alcohol, subtle peppery spice and dark fruit, especially grape.

Slightly tart medium body with plenty of light crisp fruit, especially apple, grape, fig and dark berries. Slight zesty peppery spice with a touch of molasses and honey. Creamy texture with a good amount of sweet alcohol and a dry tart finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 08:23:15 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.5%

07-25-2012 04:27:20 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy bold golden colour, with only minimal head provoked through a reasonably aggressive pour. Head disintegrates rather quickly, leaving on a film around the top. Lacing is ok. Overall, not a great looker, but pleasant enough.

Big slightly wine-like booze notes on the nose. Musty phenols, rather similar to a kellerbier, and a little spice, but nothing like the odd fragrances I was expecting. Rather more like a wine-filled cellar - the mustiness suggests age at least.

More strident alcohol notes on the palate. Sharp, somewhat astringent heat through the centre of the palate, and a lifting slightly herbal fragrance on the back, evoking rosemary and carob. Almost a fortified wine character to it though which makes up the bulk of the flavour, hot, heavy and slightly acidic. Mouthfeel is sharp with booze, with a light tingle from the acidity.

I can't say I'm a big fan of this. The wine notes are prominent, but there's not a huge amount of interest otherwise, and it feels as though it is far too alcoholic. An interesting experiment perhaps from Dogfish Head, but not one that I'd care to experiment with again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 10:32:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this beer by courtesy of Steve (Houston-based BA Xadoor). No freshness info. printed on the bottle, served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: dark orangey golden hue with superb clarity; no head and gently carbonated body.
S: a stinky edge of honey, slightly earthy hops, plus a spicy hint of late-harvest muscat grapes (as in oak-aged sweet muscat wine); followed by prunes+salty-sweet small, green nectarine+starfruits... a flow of alc. constantly sustains in the background, making an aroma more akin to sweet wine.
T: mead-winey, slightly syrupy and sweet sherry-like upfront; the thick texture has a mixed entry of sultanas, licorice, faintly cinnamon, and a little touch of new American white-oak barrels... oh yes, a little hint of chilli also sustains at the back, due to the saffrons I reckon? The warming and semi-thick aftertaste lingers very well, finished rather tangy, crisp and dryish-sweet, but more like a half-way house b/w barley wine and mead than anything else...
M&D: surprisingly refreshing on the mouthfeel, thanks to the subtly-carbonated body; the overall body is more than full yet the alc. hides pretty well behind the malty theme, but the structure is still simplistic. All in all, this is a barleywine-style beer IMO, a little too sweet for my taste, and I suppose some ageing might bring about an even more balanced performance(?). Still, this is a fine and rare "hybrid" beer I feel so lucky to have tasted--all credit goes to Steve!!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 02:01:32 | More by wl0307
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

I am drinking a room temperature 12 oz bottle poured into a Three Philosophers goblet,

Appearance: The ale pours a nice clean goldenrod color. It almost reminds me of a mead (which I guess it is a close cousin to). There are no particles, but nor is there a head or any remnant of one.

Smell: The aroma is unique. I smell honey and raisins primarily, even some green grapes. This smell is not one that you'll find in any other beer.

Taste: The ale is lightly carbonated, giving it a soft taste. Within the taste itself, the crispness of green grapes are apparent, along with the slightly sweet hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: The complex flavors in the ale give it a pleasant mouthfeel. It could use a bit more carbonation though.

Drinkability: The drinkability is limited by a 9% abv price tag. But the backstory on this ale (check out dogfish.com) makes it worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 03:23:28 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large champagne bottle, with cork and cage. Pours cloudy orange/golden. Nice nose of fruit, wine, raisins. Lovely soft flavors of fruit, wine, grapes, spice,pepper. Buttery mouthfeel, tastes similar to a saison to me. with the spice and earthyness of the flavors. Interesting beer. Vinious notes, grape skins etc. Dogfishhead continues to amaze. Innovaters and risk takers. Try their beers, visit their locations and be thankful for em!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 17:23:33 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

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

One of the most unique beers I've ever had. I like the fact that the history of this beer is so awesome and whoever thought to conjure up a beer recipe from a tomb is the man. The beer itself is hard to judge just because it's so different. I've never had saffron so I'm not sure what it even smells/tastes like which made it hard. Overall though it smelled decent, had a good well balanced taste and hid the alcohol well for being 9% ABV. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 23:54:33 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle: "Handcrafted Ancient Ale with barley, honey, white muscat grapes & saffron".

I went with an aggressive pour since no directions were given on the bottle, plus I did not see any lees in evidence. I had a rocky finger of off-white head briefly until it went back into the ages from whence it came. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity that would have made King Midas proud to have it named after him, plus he would be able to see well into the future with this one. I definitely caught the grape vinousness on the nose, but also the honey sweetness as well as a dry mustiness, no doubt the result of the yeast. Mouthfeel was very viscous, not honey-thick, but full for beer and with an effervescence that seemed to wash my mouth clean. On the second mouthful, following Midas' Cleansing, I was getting a definite white wine dryness along with an underlying honey sweetness. Man, I may need a lay-down after this. Finish had a unique honey/grape/malt admixture that swirled around in the back of my throat. It was a mellow beer for its given ABV and that may be its only drawback - it is too smooth to lay on the unsuspecting and even the more seasoned veterans may be caught unawares. I suddenly began to feel it coming on like a freight train ... Zounds!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 22:57:10 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

11-15-2011 22:11:59 | More by orangesol
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a thin wisp of head that is gone before the finish of the pour. The body is a hazy deep orange and a hint of red with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. It sounds like soda pop when it is poured.

S- The smell is a slightly earthy mead note with a fragrant alcohol finish. As it warms there is soft notes of pear and white grapes with a sweet cherry note after that aswell.

T- The taste has notes of grapes and a sharp note of alcohol with some carbonic bite in the finish. There is a white fresh grape taste at the finish aswell. The malt note is very soft and slightly sweet following the taste of grapes.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a watery texture. There are some notes of fizz and alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- This beer is very soft and the flavors are very foreign. The notes of grapes are distinct but faint and the malt is very soft aswell. I don't taste a lot of depth but it is and interesting beer and it starts to grow on me after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 22:04:10 | More by rhoadsrage
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-02-2012 00:53:36 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a clear straw pale yellow with a thin white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is very sweet, just shy of being cloyingly sweet. You can definitely get some hints of muscat grape - kind of similar in the sweet smell to a dessert wine.

T: There is a lot of sweetness in this beer, definitely contributed from the muscat grape and honey used in the brewing. In addition to the sweetness, I do detect a little hint of saffron.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Too sweet for me - I guess this might be a nice dessert offering (like a dessert wine) but I'm not much of a sweet tooth. This is a beer that you only want/need to sip a small amount to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 15:08:34 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a three finger white head that leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Slight honey nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Smooth, malty and sweet from the honey. Different from anything I have had. Also has grapes and saffron - the ancients had good taste. The high ABV is hidden. $9.95 for a 750ml from Lukes and $3.20 for a 12 oz from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 23:28:01 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most unique beer that you can read about here:

http://www.dogfish.com/brewings/Year_Round_Beers/Midas_Touch_Golden_Elixir/1/index.htm

Part a spiced and herbed beer and partly an Archeology experiment this is really in its own classification.

Clingy powdery yeast in the bottom of the bottle that is pretty much impossible to pour without getting some in your glass no matter what you try to do.

Pours slightly cloudy cooper to apricot colored beer without much of a head.

Smell is sweet and very fruity to the nose. Somewhat spicy from mostly scents in the alcohol portion of the beer there is the slightly musty scent of the desert grapes and some faint flower and smoky scents left over from the honey. Saffron a spice I love is detectable as the spicy wet hay scent in this. After it warms up a bit there is a nice rum scent to this ale.

Taste is sweet and spicy and sharply dry from a woody bitterness in the first sip. Flavor is mix of sweet spiced mead and a dessert wine. Lots of levels of flavor here and you can easily pick out the components that went in to this beer particularly left over grape and honey flavors. Saffron is surprisingly easy to identify in this and makes me wonder if anyone has ever made a saffron mead? Surprisingly stingy on the tongue mostly from spice and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good, but what are you really going to compare this to? It is good in my book for just not being awful or great.

Not a bad drinker and I would not have a problem drinking this again but how can you really judge a beer like this? This is an experiment of Archeology in a bottle and as such is a novelty that you won't be enjoying on a regular basis.

Sampled through dnrobert24 and 2MBBIF.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 03:29:55 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know that this is a controversial brew, but I really like it and I get an added frisson from the historical angle. I like the idea of this beer, and happily I like the beer itself.

The brew pours a dark golden like an artisnal honey. The head is fine with small tight bubbles that dissipates to a ring.

The smell is of rich honey and hops and candied fruit- perhaps pineapple.

The taste is a little like a Belgian golden, and is very winey with some distinct grape and honey flavors. I don't detect any saffron unless its in an undefined bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but overall its clean.

The complexity of the beer makes me want to keep drinking more, it is a little unusual, so I like this as a beer to end the evening, not as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 20:38:29 | More by Georgiabeer
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2013 04:38:28 | More by DrunkinYogi
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DoubleJ

California

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting list of ingredients to this ale: brewed with barley, honey, white muscat grapes, and saffron. On to the beer:

Transculent pale gold color which shines brightly, not much of a head to this brew. The smell is highly concentrated on white grapes, subtle spice in the back (is that the saffron?). As for taste...it's very sweet. It's very light in the mouth, yet with that high level of sweetness and alcohol, feels like one of those strong lagers. The alcohol is well perceived and fusel. All those ingredients expect for the barley are noticed in the beer's flavor. Fairly dry aftertaste, with a lingering honey sweetness.

Experimental beers are usually interesting. This one is no different, but not one I could drink very often because of its sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 05:10:04 | More by DoubleJ
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-13-2013 03:49:18 | More by zestar
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice a nice slightly cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, there is a very nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice oil slicks/islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, sweet, slightly tangy/bitter, yeasty, and slight spice. The taste is very nice consisting of malts, yeast, honey, and some spice's. Medium body, a well rounded and complex brew. Very drinkable, a true to style brew from Dogfish Head, highly recommeded.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 18:42:47 | More by Wasatch
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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