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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

Midas TouchMidas Touch

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3,642 Ratings

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Ratings: 3642
Reviews: 1526
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%

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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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Midas Touch pours with a deep amber/orange color with small head that dissipates soon after being poured. Midas is extremely sweet with prounced tastes of grapes and honey with an aftertaste of spiced apples, very similar to a hard cider. A very enjoyable drink especially after learning the fabled origin of the beer. Congrats to Dogfish Head for taking the chance and brewing something so unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 03:15:41 | More by NickLovesBeer
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very interesting experiment beer that caught me by surprise. It is pricey in 4-packs and our local outlet had a special deal today to let us buy single bottles at the pack price. I had heard some good things from a couple who tasted it so I thought I'd give it a try, not having looked at the label and read the brew notes.

It pours a nice hazy copper with virtually no head and very little lace. The nose is light but reminds of the residual when grapes are pressed to get the juice. The flavor astounds with a thick vinous sense laden with fruitiness and hints of spice. There is a very strong alcohol sense and this also adds to the warming sense of this special brew.

The feel is full, creamy and a bit syrupy. The finish is a bit surprising in that this is drier than I expected from the intial tastes. Not a beer that you'd drink often or have multiples bottles of, this is more of a complement to special meals, rather like wine. A good brew for occasions.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2003 01:04:12 | More by AtLagerHeads
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2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was not one of my favorite beers the flavors just never melded correctly leaving some sensations overpowering and the rest bouncing off the walls like a bunch of ADD 6 year olds. Poured a extremly clear amber color. The clarity cannot be understated. There was a weak white head on top, but a fair bit of lacing here and there. Smell was overpoweringly alcoholic with huge notes of sweetness. I was already not looking forward to this. The taste was so cloying it made my mouth pucker, kinda like when you add waaay too much lemonade mix to a glass of water. I felt like I was a honey bee od'ing on sweetness. More alcohol that became rather raw further down the glass.

I respect Dogfish Head for making this beer and trying something completely different. However, somewhere from King Midas to the 21st century something much have been lost in the translation.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 17:06:22 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with quick fizzle of head maybe lasts 10 seconds and is a dark yellow color with a cloudy haze. Smells of fresh grapes and alcohol with a tad bit of grain coming to the nose. Tasted initially of grape juice that had been watered down. A slight bit of malts accompanied by floral flavors show threw in a somewhat thin mouthful. No real bitterness comes across the palate but it is not cloyingly sweet. Interesting to say the least and is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 07:08:31 | More by leeenglewood
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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange color. Large orange white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, grape-ish and fairly sweet. A medium bodied ale. It a very interesting tasting beer. Malts are sweetish. No hops. There is a grape-like and ciderish quality to this beer. It has touches of orange (Muscat) honey and spices. I’m not really sure I would call this a beer if I were handed some in a blind tasting. It has some of the qualities of a late harvest desert wine and some of a dry cider. It has an interesting origin, and I will always try this kind of beer. I applaud brewers who are not afraid to try different things, and this is one that’s out there. It is definitely worth trying. Very little of the 9% alcohol is evident in the taste. Light and refreshing, fruity and smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is sweet and appleish.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 03:39:25 | More by beerguy101
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

This "beer" poured a small finger sized white creamy head with a rather clear orange/red hued body. There was a very high level of fine carbonated bubbles rising up.

The nose was actually rather misleading. Fruit, yeast, grapes, raisins, pears, a very very mild honey, a touch of alcohol. It smelled a lot like a mild belgian triple to me.

The taste was fruity and earthy. A bit grainy, but very smooth with this amazing layered overtone of honey. Basically like a triple with fresh honey just floating on top. Medium bodied. Raisins, yeast, malt, bread, fruit, a weird sort of natural earthy feeling. I hate saying it, but almost slimey. Not that it was bad by any means, just an odd sort of mouthfeel.

It ends very smooth with the slight grainy earthy taste.

Overall it's a very interesting beer. Not something I'd go after everyday, but I honestly enjoyed it quite a bit. Fruit, honey, safron, it's a little weird, but imo, a yummy beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2003 06:01:39 | More by taez555
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Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 oz. single before I could read the previous reviewers final warnings - oh well. Poured a fizzy orangish color with not much head at all. Aroma similar to a barley wine, a sweet candy apple alcohol scent, along with a grape juice aroma and a hint of spice. I noticed surpisingly little taste until I had swallowed - Maybe just a little grape sweetness on the tip of my tongue. However, after swallowing it was a very soft, smooth sweet finish, with the grapes again being the dominant flavor. Although I do agree with the previous reviewer that this was like a soda, I was satisfied with the way it tasted. It was just very subtle in its ways, and I noticed no apparent alcohol besides the slight touch of sweetness. If it weren't for the high price on these puny little 4-packs I would buy more. In my opinion this was better than average.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 22:44:55 | More by nixhecks
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Package: 1 pint 9.6 oz. corked and caged clear bottle. Parchment-colored label with an explanation of beer’s inspiration from an ancient recipe including honey, muscat grapes, and saffron. Listed at 9% ABV. Also sampled in 12oz. bottles.

Cost: $7.99 per bottle at Shop-Rite.

Presentation: snifter at ~45-50º.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy mustardy-yellow color, with hints of orange. Generated a fluffy but loose head that quickly resolved down to a thin collar. Not particularly distinguished.

Smell: This has a whole heck of a lot going on. The nose is predominantly sweet, with various hints of indefinite spices. No specific saffron note, but the muscat grapiness is evident (clearly resembles Italian Moscato).

Taste: I expected this to be sweet, and in fact, it was drier than I expected, almost like a brandy and soda; considering that Moscato or Muscat de Beaume des Venise are dessert wines. And, this has honey in it as well! It wasn’t the sweetness that put me off, but all of the other flavor elements that clamored for attention, none of them really effective or distinct. It did not have the finesse of the usual muscat elements of peach, apple, roses, and gentle citrus. Nor was the honey or malt effective in providing much of a flavor framework. Basically this was more like a home-brewed herbal soda or cream soda.

Mouthfeel: The bottle-conditioning was evident in the nicely soft mouthfeel and the fact that this did not become overtly cloying.

Drinkability: I have to give this a low drinkability score, as it neither works as a beer, aperitif, or wine substitute. While the alcohol is not overwhelming, it is noticeable.

Backwash: A grand, but ultimately failed experiment. While I admire Dogfish Head for another noble effort, I have to say that this is an answer to a question no one should have asked. I’d have to think that the “original” was served as a flat, viscous, liquid; perhaps even mulled or warmed. Midas Touch is a good name, as this beer suffers from the same problem Midas did; too much of a good thing. Do yourself a favor; go out and buy yourself a nice, inexpensive Moscato or Muscat de Beaumes des Venise. They will be cheaper, more interesting, and more refreshing.

NB: Avoid the 12oz. bottles in particular. Although marginally sweeter, they are much harsher and overtly alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 22:35:52 | More by Dantes
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4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a light honey color with one finger of head that dies quickly. There is no lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of ginger, honey, and malty sweetness. There is a little bit of fruitiness to the smell. The taste is also malty and sweet with honey, saffron, and a bit of alcohol. There is a bit of hops to the finish. The mouthfeel was fairly strong. The drinkability is fairly nice for a 9% brew. Very unique and very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 01:21:58 | More by SheepNutz
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New Jersey

1.1/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This one poured hazy into the glass with almost no head bad almost sickening aroma. An almost grotesque taste was accompanied by an even worse aftertaste. I had this one at a tasting with my friends I wasn't the only Unhappy customer It almost killed the whole night!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 05:48:39 | More by Kwak
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New York

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a hazy gold color with almost no head. This did not impress me at all. The aroma was horrible. It smelt cidery. The taste was also bad. It tasted syrupy. There seems to be little complexity. It boasts a 9%abv.. The mouthfeel was lacking. This is a full bodied beer. No very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 01:27:37 | More by WesWes
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a good beer to start the holiday weekend with.A small sized creamy ivory head that consisted of fine-small sized bubbles that fully diminished.The body was cloudy and uncarbonated.The hue was a dull orange and the lacing was fair.The nose was that of grape and some fruit along with a bitter, tart, alcohol and malt flavor.The mouthfeel was smooth, tingly and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 00:38:13 | More by hotstuff
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4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a copper-orange color with a thick tan head. The aroma is super strong of sweet raisins and grapes. It also has an aroma that I can’t figure out; possibly the saffron. The flavor has the sweetness of the raisins and grapes up front. The body is light-medium and smoothly sweet. It is light compared to its strength. It is almost wine-like in its sweetness. Avery tasty, complex brew. Another good beer by Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 18:50:48 | More by BeerBuilder
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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a barely hazed pumpkin orange color. It had no real head, some tiny bits of carbonation, thick lace that wouldn't budge, and tried hard to stain. Impressive for a strange brew.

Smelled of grapes, cumin (though its really saffron) - hard to detect much else because of these. Taste was sweetly of white grapes, lightly syrupy (from the honey?), but dissappeared. Then a strange herby spice flavor from the saffron came on. Not much else. Couldn’t detect alcohol at all. With a softly dry finish, nice easy mouthfeel, its different but not compelling.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 15:14:28 | More by nomad
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass. Beer was served chilled.

Appearance: Light orange/amber in color. Minimal head that dissappates almost instantly save for a slight film at the liquid's surface.

Smell: Honey and fruit (grape and banana) smells dominate the aroma. Hints of spice in the background, occasional note of alcohol

Taste: I was struck by the spiciness at first, most likely a result of the high ABV (9%). Not as sweet as I was expecting given honey and muscat grapes as ingredients. You can definitely taste the alcohol here, which I didn't mind. The aftertaste cycles through the grain, honey, and muscat flavors.

Mouthfeel: It has an oily mouthfeel - golden, if you will. Quite interesting and not unpleasant in the least.

Drinkability: Here's where I begin to have problems with this beer, as evidenced my my mark. I wouldn't recommend drinking either the 12 oz or 750 ml bottle all by yourself (at least not in a hurry). Share a bottle with friends and/or loved ones.

Other comments: Not certain what temperature to serve this at. Muscat wines are generally served bone cold, beer and mead less so. I'd recommend chilling it to almost freezing and see how the taste develops as it warms for kicks. Another interesting and genre bending/breaking brew from Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2003 00:52:44 | More by ManekiNeko
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3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From one of the now-rare 750 ml clear bottles, this pours a glowing apricot hue with a fairly frothy white head which retains much better than expected. Leaves patches of lace down the glass. The nose is of mild sweetness, fruit (notably the muscat grapes), honey, and alcohol. Very interesting. The taste is where this beer gets most interesting, as it's possible to detect every ingredient listed on the label. The main flavor here is upfront, sweet honey, followed by notes of graininess, wine-like muscat grapes, mild saffron, and an alcoholic finish. Sweetness dominates, however. Mellow carbonation gives way to a smooth, syrupy mouthfeel overall. Not an overly drinkable brew, but one I'll sample again. Seemingly, only Dogfish Head makes beverages like this. A classy effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 02:47:17 | More by Jon
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is something different,pours a nice hazy copper/orange color with real nice sticky head that stays for quite awhile,a pretty sweet aroma of honey with a slightly tart tinge to it.Taste is pretty sweet to begin with a litle spiciness lingers.A pretty complex beer,very well made.Dogfish Head likes to try different things and for the most part are sucessfull.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 18:28:22 | More by oberon
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Midas Touch is now available in 12 oz. bottles, so I picked up a single last week. Didn't want to spend the $13 for the 750. And it's a good thing too, because 750ml of this would put a hurtin' on me. This brew has some serious wine qualities to it. Looks like beer, a golden orangey color, but has very little head. However, the lace retains well. Alcohol is powerful in the nose, as are grapes and honey.

I didn't know what to expect upon sipping this, and I must say now that I have that it is indeed unique. Slightly sweet, fruity, malty, and has a woody character...and Dogfish Head makes no effort to hide the alcohol! This is not a bad thing, but you know the alcohol at 9% is there. This would pair well with a meal, as wine does well, and I would like to have it try it that way. This is not a beer I could drink much of, but it's pretty tasty and certainly is unique. My numbers for this beer are not that high, but beer lovers should give this one a try. It rates high on the "uniqueness" scale.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 16:37:31 | More by IrishRedRock
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4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely loved this stuff. Quite a well crafted and unique brew. You get to see what you're gonna get right at point of purchase due to it being in a clear bottle. But upon opening it is when it really starts to shows off. Color is a hazy dark yellow with a light orangy gold tone to it. Recieved a big bubbly off-white head of foam that faded pretty quickly leaving amazing stitching of lace all over the glass. Smell is much that of wine, chardonnay maybe, with lots of white grapes, a bit musty in a earthy undertone and just lots of fruity sweetness and a touch of honey. Taste is mild sweetness of grapes, wine-like in character, good fruity sweet tartness that grabs nicely and is easy to handle with a nice "touch " of honey and some alcohol pops out in the finish. Feel is pretty full, a bit dull of sweet tartness and carbonation is leveled out some.
Great, great stuff, and the 9% really hits your head so drink slowly and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 13:11:43 | More by tavernjef
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amazing creation and just another reason that DFH gets my vote as the most revolutionary American brewery that I have experienced. Appears a hazy golden orange with an orangish peach tint to the mammoth head that leaves a decent amount of trickled lacing. Aroma contains slightly musty grape notes with a big aroma of alcohol to the nose along with a sharp pleasant honey richness to it. Taste has a wine like finish very sweet rush with slight hints of spice and honey. Very good but doesn't tie it all together for me, I may just not be into mead. Mouthfeel has high carbonation with that bubbly mouthfeel and it's all contained in this light to medium bodied slight syrupy rich consistency. Drinkability is desireable especially seems it would pair well with some good mediterranean style food, but the 9% abv doesn't allow this beer to be one for session drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 11:14:25 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 29 September 2002. Honey colored w/ a lemon chiffon colored head. Has an aroma of a Chardonnay, w/ a slightly sweet taste. It's alcohol isn't hidden at all. It's Very different. I actually liked it. Big thx to ARMed for supplying it.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2003 20:42:20 | More by jcalabre
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cool concept for a beer! What King Midas might have drunk? drank?

Anyway, it poured an orange-amber, with a light tan head that went away quickly. Aroma of honey and white grapes, faint malt notes.

Taste was also grapes, honey, malt, and spices (saffron?) No hops to speak of . Mouthfeel was thin syrup, with light carbonation. Not much finish at all, just a hint of grapes and honey.

Not something I'd have every day, but something different for a special occasion. Definitely a conversation piece, and the 9% ABV will loosen some tongues, as well!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 20:04:47 | More by WaltTrombone
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4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear sparkling golden color with a tall white head that fades into a good amount of lace at first that eventually completely vanishes. Nose is sweet honey, barley, saffron, and a bit of perfume. Fairly full in body with a texture similar to a buttery chardonnay. Taste is very complex with flavors of raw honey, sweet grapes, and saffron followed by some tart acidic notes. There is a touch of alcohol, but overall the 9% ABV is very well hidden. This is one of the most unique drinks I have had, and it certainly has a remarkable story behind its creation. A marvelous brew and truly a “golden elixir.” Purchased from Vintage Cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 21:26:18 | More by Morris729
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3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I finally gave in and bought this one. Been eyeing it for awhile at the grocery store. The story behind it is great, and even if the beer was no good it would still be an interesting experiment. On with the review...

Pours a golden honey color with some slight carbonation and a small head that turns into white lacing around the rim of my glass. The aroma is very sweet and alcoholic, rather inviting, with a plum scent. VERY warm going down, the alcohol is not masked here. Not a great taste, but LOTS of taste. Honey, pears, apples and plums detected, with alcohol vapors filling the sinuses. Quite syrupy but there is enough carbonation to make for a decent mouthfeel. Considering I was expecting a novelty beer this is fairly drinkable. While not my favorite beer by any means, I love the adventurous spirit. Beers like this should come around more often.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 18:02:01 | More by avylover
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4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most interesting beer I've ever experienced. The story is worth trying the beer for alone (read the story behind it if you're not familiar with it). This beer pours a cloudy amber/orange color and doesn't create much head no matter how it's poured. There is no lacing from this beer. The aroma is very odd, containing scents of honey, alcohol and some spices. The beer is very thick - much more thick than a wine or something, but surprisingly drinkable for the pouring characteristics. I want to classify the taste as a mix between good beer and good champagne - that becomes a fairly good tasting result. I couldn't drink more than a few pints of this at a time, but the story of the beer makes the taste even more interesting than it would normally be. My hat is off to Dogfish Head for coming up with this one - it is indeed one of a kind.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 18:01:36 | More by clvand0
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 3,642 ratings.