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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,603 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,603
Hads: 4,570
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 25%
Wants: 179
Gots: 807 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 1,603 | Hads: 4,570
Photo of BierJager89
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden with a white head.

S: Grape, malt, other fruits.

T: Same as the nose, definitely dominated by grape.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: I loved this beer the first time I had it. It was one of my favorites, but the last time I had it was more than a couple years ago. My notes are extremely minimal, and this was tried (I'm assuming) less than a hundred beers into my journey, when most of the beers I had tried were lagers.

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Photo of scratch69
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Pale gold color with a fingers worth of head. The head rapidly disappeared with almost no lacing.

Smell- Sweet malt and grape aroma with a hint of saffron.

Taste- Similar to the nose with a touch of honey.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, crisp, and dry. Light amount of fizzy carbonation.

Overall- Different and enjoyable. I'm sure if I would buy this again but it was kind of cool knowing that I'm drinking a beer brewed from an ancient recipe.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle and drank from a chalice at ~50 F.

Appearance: Slightly pale golden-orange colour, with little head that dissipates quickly. Lots of suspended solids, some granular, some larger and yeasty.

Smell: Sweet, barley maltiness, combined with a delicious (and unique) dry champagne grape characteristic. Very small amount of hoppiness combined with strong scent of honey and herbal notes, very similar to Ethiopian Tej. Smells amazing.

Taste: Sweet biscuity maltiness, tempered with a little hop bitterness (much more bittering than aromatic). Lots of white or green grapes, quite sweet. Grape blends with a weak honey character. Definitely has a significant yeastiness to it, no surprise as it is quite unfiltered. Could be more complex. Nice grapey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a strong sweetness in your mouth, like after too much candy. Some booziness. Nice and thick, viscous mouthfeel.

Overall: Very interesting beer, unlike any beer I've had before. Seems like a hybrid of mead, beer and champagne. Even though the taste could be a little more complex ideally, and the booziness and mouthfeel aren't quite up to the standards of the rest of the beer, it's fantastic. Smells AMAZING, and tastes quite excellent as well. Not to mention the *idea* of this beer is really awesome. Will be picking up again, highly recommended.

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Photo of ItalianPisces84
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall a very solid beer, I have had it a few times, though have yet to find it on tap. The head fades rather quickly and leaves little lacing. Perhaps this is because I've only ever had bottled Midas Touch. The aroma is lightly spicy and even a little floral. Flavor-wise it is crisp and bright, but this is negated by the texture, which I've found clings a little too much and almost leaves my mouth feeling a little fuzzy.

At the end of the day, the idea of this beer (the recipe is partly a reverse-engineered ancient Mesopotamian recipe) is better than the beer itself, and for it's relatively high price there are equal or even better beers to be had. Still, it is worth a try. Or two. Or three.

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Photo of TheBrouMaster
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- This beer poured very smooth with a slight fizz. A healthy light golden color was seen with heavy sparkling carbonation within. The head shrank to a very small size soon after pouring but did not completely dissipate until the actual consuming of the beverage began.

S- The smell contained hints of several herbs and fruits.

T- This beer definitely has a hint of grape in it. The taste is very prominent.

M- Very nice mouthfeel.

O- Overall this is a great beer. I really loved the historical claim, whether its true or not. I will definitely be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of CochonKing
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal bright hay with a light head that fades quickly with decent lacing. Anyone who rates any of these ancient ales low on smell isn't paying attention. Grape forward, very floral and fruit similar to some of the whites from california. The nose gives way to barley and honey blended together in a complex aromatic together. The saffron isn't as visible on the nose for me. Immediately when tasting the honey and barley come together. On my palate, this is honey nut cheerios and it is awesome. The saffron is blended in well, and hardly noticeable as a direct spice. The grapes themselves make the backbone of the taste and lead it into a long finish. The mouthfeel is light with small bubbles and decent carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of mlhyatt
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I saw this at my local store and thought it looked good. The description made it sound like the nectar of the gods but it was a hige let down. It looked decent when poured and smelled ok. Lots of grapes and sweetness. But the taste is what killed it. It tasted like grape flavored bud light. The mouthfeel was almost like water. I was severely disappointed.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head's Midas Touch, brewed with barley, honey, white muscat grapes, and saffron. 9% ABV.

A: This chalice works very well for this beer! In the narrow bottom, it's a clear, slightly greenish yellow. More honeyish above. Slight haze. Very thin head.

S: Lighter, yet present honey smell. Sweeter, white grape. A floral note of some kind (I'm guessing that's the saffron, but I've never had/used it before). Subtle spice.

T/MF: Very bubbly on the palate, but with far tinier bubbles than Champagne. Very dry. Floral and honey, mostly.

Not one I would go back to. I was expecting something a bit different.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

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Photo of delta490
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- a clear gold with a limited white head and slight lacing

S-slight malt, sweetness, and some spices

T- not traditional in any way. But some nice notes of honey and spice

M- thinner, a little crispness on the finish

O- worth trying at least once

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Photo of merman69
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours well, it is an almost perfect honey color. Not much head, not highly carbonated, which is nice - this helps with the mouthfeel. The aroma is sweet and has strong notes of the saffron used to spice it. It tastes sweet at first but fades to a spiciness that finishes smoothly. Good overall flavor - sweet and spicy. Very malty.

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Photo of IAmAPenguin
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: orange zest, herbs, cinnamon, nutmeg and plum wine. Appearance: see through copper with a thin foam top. Taste: grape juice overtones with fairly complex notes of slick molasses, plums, figs, sweet orange peel, saffron, herbs, resinous hop oils and graham cracker malt base. Overall, this is a very interesting beer with a huge grape fruit juiciness to it. I can also taste the honey and it works well with the graham cracker tasting malts. Very unique beer. A rating.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head Midas touch

appearance: orange amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: nice malts, sweet grape, and a nice sweetness.

Taste: bold bitter barley, thick honey-like syrup without the sweetness, and a light grape flavor.

Mouthfeel: thick but medium in body.

This beer is just in your face bold and thick. While higher in alcohol content, it is masked decently. The flavors are strong. This is what I imagine a concentrated barleywine to taste like.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle as a gift brought home from Virginia for me:
Medium amber & a small, bubbly white head on top that holds pretty well considering this is a 9% abv. beer.

Bitter and subdued at first but with a bit of effort the background sweetness, grapes and honey come through stronger thankfully. There is plenty of spice, some of which seems to linger a bit and this is followed by a solid malt smell and some caramel too.

Strong malts & caramel backing it up, honey plus a pinch of spice follow. Strong with some floral flavours coming into the mix as well.

Full bodied with medium to high carbonation & plenty of spice. Dry towards the end qith some alcohol but this is relatively well hidden.

Very nice again from Dogfish Head but nowhere near as good as their 90 Minute IPA which goes to show just how good that particular offering was. I enjoyed this one more and more as I worked my way down the glass, possibly due to the alcohol content but it was certainly a good beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear golden orange with a modest white head that dissipates into a ring around the rim.

Sweet grape, honey, grainy malt, and spices form the initial aroma. Toasted notes and underlying scents of raisin and vinous tones add complexity.

Flavor is dominated by toasted malt and slightly cloying honey, with hints of grapes adding complexity. Saffron is subtle and lightly savory. The finish is a touch dry and bready.

Body is smooth and on the full side, with moderate to low carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth. There's a touch of tannic astringency.

Interesting brew, with more malt than I recall. Not as complex as it could've been, especially for the price. There's a diacetyl note that surfaces in the aftertaste and detracts, as well.

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Photo of langstrom
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Bright and gold. Clear, little head with large carbonation that quickly dissipated.

Smell: Not impressive. It smells like a glass of beer you pick up the day after a party and smell for no reason at all. Well, that smell and a hint of light fruitiness.

Taste: The aftertaste is the strongest positive of this beer; it's light, fruity and pleasant. The initial flavor seems too malty and bitter. The high ABV is apparent in the flavor, and the bitterness quickly leaves and there is a subtle introduction of grapes and sweetness. For a quick moment, you wonder if you just drank champagne.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant. Feels fresh and light. Unfortunately that's not a saving grace here.

Overall: I'm disappointed by this Dogfish, and I won't likely buy it again. It tastes pleasant for its ABV, but that's also not a saving grace for a beer. The fruitiness does not do enough for the bitterness and strong taste of alcohol.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4-pack at Table and Vine. Beer poured nicely and has a very clear, yellow appearance. Definitely lives up to the "gold" theme. Very thin head at first until nothing much was left and thin lacing. Fruity aromas of grapes and honey, along with a spice I cannot put my finger on. Definitely an attractive smell. Taste was decent; the beer was sweet with grapes and a citrus flavoring with a touch of that honey that you can smell. Nothing that made me go "wow", but it is enjoyable nonetheless. Very refreshing beer; light and crisp, but the drink warrants slow drinking thanks to its almost wine-like flavoring. Overall, an interesting drink indeed.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't in love with this one from Dogfish Head. I like the feel of the Belgian styles in this beer. But I don't know if I got the honey in this one. I did feel like it was a sweet beer. No hops, and not bitter at all. This beer feels like a lot of malt was used in this one.

The aroma was decent with some herbs, and a slight sweetness.
The look of this beer was light, with a slight amber look. The head was gone quickly.

Overall a solid beer, but not one of my favorites. It didn't live up to other beers from Dogfish head for me.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Excellent fruit beer by DFH. Pours a light golden with a quickly receding white head. Aroma of pears, honey, and a bit of light spice. Sweet and tart, with pears dominating, a bit of honey. Not too sweet, and has a nice dry finish. Medium high carbonation. Worth a try!

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Photo of rdilauro
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I've had this twice. Once from the bottle and once from a glass. The pour was reality dark, with almost zero head. (might have been our glassware). The first thing I notice was spice, spice filled aroma. Putting my nose into the glass, I could sense more of the different spices here. But honestly, I would have a hard time to identify one spice.
I could pick up less spices on the taste, but had a nice smooth taste of honey and a soft semi-sweet grape. The spice was still there, but nothing to really talk about.

I am happy I tried another of their Ancient series. Good, but not really my style.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Bottled on date of 5/6/13, so 5 months old. Got this bottle after the wife declared, "You'd better finish this one". Naturally, I accepted the challenge.

Poured a hazy yellow with 1 finger of white foamy head. This did diminish, but stayed as a coating. Some lacing. Decent carbonation.

Smell was most enjoyable. Hints of a belgian saison and yeast, with a sweetness coming up from the honey I guess. No bubblegumming.

Taste was quite delicious, getting the sweetness, some bitterness around the edge of the tongue, and what I think was the grapes at the very back of the mouth.

Mouth was about medium, some drying at the end, leaving a sweet slightly grapey taste.

Overall, a pretty interesting beer, which I' ve had several times before, and always enjoyed as being something different. The wife has another one tucked away somewhere, so hopefully she won't want to finish that one either. :)

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Photo of TxMdScotty298
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was really interested to try this beer after reading that Dogfish Head made this recipe from findings in a burial tomb in Sumeria. I thought of what the ancient people thought of such a "mind altering" beverage. Beer is one of the worlds oldest forms of payment and this still holds true today. I mean hell, I have helped friends move and do other things for a case of beer. Haven't you? Although I don't think I would worked all day in the desert heat building a pyramid for a ration of beer. Either way, great job Dogfish Head, thanks for taking me back to ancient times.

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Photo of Shangus
2.13/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked up this beer, and it tasted exactly like steel reserve. If I had known, i wouldn't have paid almost fourteen dollars for a four pack and just got a 40oz of malt liquor. I couldn't taste grape or honey like they claim they use on the bottle.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with an orange tint, leaving almost no head and little lacing.

Smell is of fruit and honey at first with a hint of buttery bread later.

Taste is light fruit and honey up front with a faint taste of bread coming in later. The 9% ABV is undetectable.

Mouth feel is heavier than expected. Almost like diluted syrup. Heavily carbonated with tiny champagne-like bubbles.

Interesting hybrid of beverage styles. I see elements of beer, wine, champagne and mead here. Pretty good.

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Photo of FLima
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a thin head with short retention but leaving a constant ring.
Aroma of honey, herbs, grapes and flowers and a light hint of stomach acid.
Very unique herbal taste with notes of apple juice, saffron, honey and white wine.
Light to medium body with good carbonation, slightly sticky. Alcohol of 9% abv is incredibly well hidden.
Worth it a try given the experiment to produce a very old ale, but I am glad some nun came out with the idea to add hops.

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Photo of Matthew_Taylor
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A read of the label on this beer tells quite an interesting story of long lost brewing methods and ancient grains. A dramatic tale for what equates to a flavored ale.

The pout results in almost no head, and the color is akin to apple juice. A very fruity nose with the scent of sweet dark grapes.

The taste results in a reminder of the head, with a grape juice taste. A tad hoppy on the finish, but the grape masks much of the other flavors of this brew. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a unique flavor.

A heavy carbonation in this beer which makes it taste more like a candy than a beer, but it's a different taste and worth a sample.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,603 ratings.