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Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

Added by purplehops on 10-31-2001

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Photo of StuyBeerGuy
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

After a long craft beer drought caused by the budgetary concerns of a recent college graduate I was relieved by a recent windfall which resulted in my acquisition of Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery. I found myself drawn to the concept, after weeks of consuming domestic beer the opportunity to enjoy a brew inspired by one of the earliest breweries had me excited.

After opening the bottle and pouring its contents into a pint glass I found myself intrigued by the amber hues with strong condensation and the thin white had that dissipated rapidly. The scent of honey and flower brought to mind a picture of the earliest sedentary societies and for a moment I envisioned what it would be like if I were to share this brew with them.

Following a toast to those who inspired this recipe I sipped the beer and found myself pleasantly surprised to taste a beer with an actual mouthfeel. While beer aficionados frequently laud those brews with a long mouth feel I tend to believe the abundance of carbonation precludes a mouthfeel on par with what a complex wine can offer. In contrast, this honey heavy concoction has a buttery quality that coats the mouth and makes it a great selection to pair with food.

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Photo of bound4er
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A. Light amber to dark straw appearance with a moderate white head. Laces quite well.

S. Lemon, grain, buttery honey and faint white wine grape aromas.

T. This is a decent tasting beer but it lacks the sort of freshness and crispness that you'd expect from a beer that incorporates wine grapes into its recipe. Bready grain and a bit of sweetness from the honey are the dominating flavors.

M. Light in body but with good mouthfeel - something pretty rare in the beer world. Low carbonation.

O. Glad I bought a 4-pack but this isn't something I will be rushing out to re-purchase. Interesting tasting brew with a unique aroma and mouthfeel profile.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Midas Touch is the first "arcane" style of brew that I've tried. According to some folks, the recipe for this was taken from ancient Sumerian ruins who were the first known civilization to brew. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew has a small, finely porous head. There is also a fair amount of carbonation that lingers throughout/

I can very much smell the grapes and honey, but it's not overbearing. It's pleasant and just right.

The grape taste stays for a little bit and then goes away. Again, the grapes and honey are present, but not too much to where it's unpleasant. Midway through the glass, a slight tartness appears.

Mouthfeel is more like wine, surprisingly enough. Call me what you will, but I feel like this is a hybrid. You certainly get that wine type of alcohol warmth, but it is very tame and manageable.

3.5 overall. I like how this toes the line with quite a bit of wine elements, it is very unique. I've certainly never drank a brew that reminded me of wine for all the right reasons. I would recommend this brew to fellow craft enthusiasts that also want to try out an B.C. -era style& also to have it be consumed on a golden autumn evening. I will buy this brew again when I'm feeling like a truly unique experience.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.82/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into glass. 9% abv

Appearance- Crystal clear golden yellow. Medium head that dissipates quick. Not all that much of carbonation.

Smell- Malt with bread and fruit. Peppery spices here as well. Complex aroma.

Taste- A light biscuit malt flavor transforms almost instantly into a sweet and noticeable punch of fresh grapes. Quite sweet but not overwheming. The sweet honey flavor is on the back end and lingers which is quite nice. Thankfully this beer was not really spicey. Might have caught hints of a spice but I am too unfamiliar with saffron to make an educated say of such.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation. Very fitting for a sweet beer.

Overall- I was blown away by this. This is one of the most complex brews I have had. So incredibly complex. Extremely light, easy drinking, hard to imagine this is 9% abv. This beer should be in a style all to its own. Leave it to Dogfish Head to go totally out of the conventional box. This will now be among my top list of favorite beers.

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Photo of ChristopherProvost
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy gold color, not much of a head, good upward carbonation cascade, almost zero lacing

Smell: musty, spices and citrus, can't put my finger on it. Mild cloves? Orange?

Taste: definitely NOT hoppy! Hints of honey or agave. Some sort of fruit and spice I can't identify. Bottle says saffron and white muscat grapes.

Mouthfeel: mildly astringent and dry

I'll admit, I only bought this because it was billed as a "Handcrafted Ancient Ale" and I wanted to try something new that wasn't an IPA, stout, or porter. I liked the aroma and the taste, although I had trouble identifying exactly what it was I was smelling and tasting. The only thing I could reliably identify was honey. I even went and smelled different spices from my spice cabinet to try to narrow it down. The bottle said saffron and white muscat grapes, neither of which I am familiar enough with to make any sort of comment on. At any rate it was enjoyable enough and I was happy to expand my palate with it.

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Photo of hops202
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into dogfish Spiegelau glass.

Looks like golden honey. Smell is of grapes and honey - subtle but sweet notes almost like a flower that I cannot directly name. Taste is honey and grapes as well. Almost similar to champagne/cider combination. Quite delicious!

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.96/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into my trusty pint glass. pale to copperish color. small to medium head. Taste of honey and muscat grapes. an addicting flavor over taste is amazing and mouthful is that of wine so i gave 4.75 instead of a 5. Another great beer from Dogfishhead

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Photo of drpaj
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

- this will be a go to beer from dogfish if I'm I. The fruity mood.
- Wine like taste.
- Like the carbonation (this is like cider)
- Kind of reminds me of champagne/cider.
- nothing special about the color or smells. Golden look.
- liked the idea of an old recipe.

Peter out

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Photo of whatthehull
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a white wine glass...

A - A translucent golden orange, 1/2 finger very white head and some sugar lacing

S - Very earthy and dry right away, booze, citrus, island fruits and flowers, reminds me of a warm day at a tropical beach, honey, desert wine, saffron, dried out malts and grains, fresh trimmed trees and some dense yeast notes

T - Right off the bat sugar and lots of it, sweet citrus fruits, honey, driftwood, Island fruits, maybe some honey dew or cantaloupe?, very dense bread and almost biscuity, crazy sweet yeast very dry malts, floraly hops and some desert wine like booze

M - Full bodied, nice balance, nice complexity, medium minus acidity and a very sweet, dry, hoppy malty very long finish

D/O - Surprisingly easy to drink for how huge this thing is. It is very dense, very malty, very sugary and yet very good and easy to drink. I'd love to try one of these on cask and/or aged for about 10 years. If you are looking for something different and haven't had one yet, give 'er a try!

Final thoughts - $13 a 4 pack is crazy, not stoked on that. The tatse and 9% abv makes up for it, a little bit

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Photo of threeviews
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on date: 1/16/13) into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass

A- Pours a slightly hazy, sunset golden orange with barely a 1 finger's worth of a white, frothy head. While there is some sediment floating about, it is nothing close to the 'chunkiness' that I find in other (aged) Dogfish beers. 4.0

S- Not overly complex, but absolutely what I was anticipating. Honey sweetness is the immediate (and dominant) aroma...but the muscat (white) grape aroma flourishes as it warms. Any aroma contributed by the saffron is not apparent...not sure if that is due to the bottle's age. (However, the aroma of saffron is classified as a honey, tea-like which might just be blending together in absolute harmony with the honey and grapes). 4.5

T- Honey/Mead sweetness at the front of the tongue. Mid-palate is met with a mild, white grape tartness along with some orange zest. However, it is in the finish where Midas Touch excels...the flavor (spicy, black tea-like) from the saffron comes in and dries out the sweetness with gentle precision. Being such a fan of Theobroma (also brewed with honey), Midas Touch is reminiscent of it sans the components from the chocolate and heat from the chilies. 5.0

M- Creamy and soft carbonation provides just enough to open the palate, but not enough to intrude on the delicate flavors at play. 4.5

O- Although I would certainly seek out a fresh bottle for a more accurate sensory experience (and am fortunate to learn this is a year-round offering), I am nothing but blown away by what I have sampled at just over a year old. As much as I have endorsed Theobroma and Sah'Tea in previous reviews, this now stands to be my second favorite (to Theobroma and just edging out Sah'Tea) in DFH's Ancient Ale series. As a matter of fact, this just might find its way into my top 20 (if not 10) beers of all-time. 4.5

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Photo of mte1972
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle. Amber color, mild head, fruity aroma. A balance of fruit, spice, and sweetness, with mild carbonation and medium body. Overall, a really nice, distinctive, balanced beer--nothing I would want a lot of or often, but a very nice experience.

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Photo of shisto
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This unusual brew is a welcome alternative in the high ABV class. Pour it like a traditional Belgian, but don't expect the overt yeastiness. What awaits is more similar to a double lager: refreshing and gulpable with instant satiety. Notes of grape and honey permeate and bitterness lingers. The aroma is hard to place. Is it a similar smell or something altogether different? Ponder saffron as you drink with king Midas in the afterlife: this beer lives on and so must he.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small white foam head, clean amber, with a slight haze depending on the batch
Smells absolutely delicious of grapes, honey and a hint of alcohol
Wonderful taste of white grapes, honey, light bodied with a hint of alcohol on the finish
This was the first of the ancient ales I’ve had and I love it, its sweet, but not too much, the hints of alcohol are welcomed. I highly recommend this one for sure.


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Photo of poolemhore
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - poured into a goblet from a 12oz bottle. golden hue with a bit of haze. Really not much of a head at all, minimal lacing.

S - sweet floral scents with a spicy note to it. Perhaps a hint of the alcohol content.

T - honey flavor upfront and very sweet, bitter in the middle which lingers into the finish. Finish ends drier and the alcohol flavor come front and center.

M - very smooth and more viscous than most beers definitely converges toward a mead.

O - not unbalanced but the finish could be more agreeable. I've enjoyed some of the other ancient ales Dogfish has done - this one doesn't excite me very much however.

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Photo of neococo
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard about this beer through Beer Advocate initially. The brewery is famous enough, so when I saw a 4-pack for sale I had to grab it.

Upon pouring from the bottle into a standard glass I could hear the sizzle of the carbonation, but it was not too fizzy, and left about a half-inch of foam. The foam did dissipate rather quickly as others have mentioned, but that's fine for me.

The beer did not really smell very strongly, if anything it smells like a light beer.

The taste, to me, almost hints at the taste of a tripel, but not quite. Definitely get a honey/grape flavor. Difficult to tell that its even a 9% ABV.

I think this beer was worth buying, I would get it on tap if I had the opportunity. I would suggest trying it once for sure to decide for yourself.

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Photo of Flopjack
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into wine glass (as recommended)

Appearance - Golden honey like color that is very transparent. Smaller head that settles quickly.

Smell - A pungent sweetness that immediately gets you thinking about the white grapes. Sweetness also from honey. Dry aroma from the saffron. Alcohol presence brings this ale very close to a white wine.

Taste - Sweet and fruity yet somewhat dry. Grape comes forth in the middle. The taste carries a pleasant bitterness that can be attributed to the saffron and comes forth toward the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium/high carbonation. Medium body yet very smooth. Has a champagne feel to it.

Overall - Good beer time and time again. A little different with high abv yet is incredibly refreshing that you almost forget.

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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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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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