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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,888 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,888
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 120
Gots: 324 | 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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GMB

Japan

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Midas Touch by Dogfish Head pours a golden amber body with very little head. A moderate amount of small, delicate bubbles fill the brew's body as they slowly make their way towards the surface.

The nose is nice, but is nothing to write home about. Sweet malt, fermented grapes, and alcohol are up front. Lurking in the background are hints of aromas that are familiar yet unidentifiable.

The taste departs from the nose. Alcohol and sweet malt are up front, and clover honey immediately follows them. The fermented white grapes cause the beer's aftertaste to offer an interesting mix of chardonnay and toasted grains. Do I like this marriage of sweet honey, sweet toasted grains, and sweet white grapes? I'm not sure. Perhaps a lighter malt (e.g., that of a light German Pilsener), would be slightly less sweet and less assertive, thereby allowing the beer's unique flavors to come to the fore. The bottle tells me that saffron is used in the brewing process, but I don't taste any. Has its sweet, grassy flavor been masked by the sweetness of the other ingredients? Or am I failing to appreciate its contribution to the beer's flavor? Am I perceiving its typical hay-like, grassy flavor at the very end of the beer's chardonnay-dominated hang? Or am I imagining things?

The feel of the beer on the tongue is very nice. Slightly gassy and sharp, it complements the wine flavors nicely.

The uniqueness of Dogfish Head's Midas Touch makes it a very difficult beer to review. Because there are so few spiced beers like it, and because its ingredients are so interesting, I am compelled to recommend it to anyone who is curious to try it. Perhaps with more saffron and a different malt profile I'd enjoy it more. This is a quality beer brewed with love, finesse, and ingenuity. But it is also a beer that I won't be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:53:41 | More by GMB
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber into my DFH pint glass. Loud, rapid head formation that I slowed to about a finger thick, yet it dissipated quickly. First bad choice. Very light-colored head, similar to those mass-marketed beers.

Immediately a strong aroma of grapes, with a bit of honey. Overall similar to a white wine, or a grape juice (minus the common processed smell).

The taste, like the aroma, is dominated by the grapes. Honey definitely accentuates the grapes. Barley is definitely noticeable at first, but the finish has a sweet, not very dry, wine kind of finish with hints of the saffron. Hops are almost non-existent (as expected with a low IBU beer), but a distinctive earthy (almost grassy) taste is present. Not sure if it is from hops, or the kind of grapes, or maybe something else. As it sits, the barley flavor starts to catch up to the grape domination. It is more like a dry wine now, but with a nice bit of sugar/honey to coat the tongue.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. Smooth and silky, especially for a 9% brew. The carbonation isn't felt roughly on the tongue (despite what I expected after the initial pour). Especially after the rapid formation.

Maybe should have used my DFH signature glass. Not a bad beer, especially for being made from millenias old recipe. But, far from being on par with many other DFH brews. I think the novelty of the beer is what made me spend a high price for the 4-pack after seeing it on various shelves for ages, and what I still use to justify it.

Serving type: bottle

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Toasty malts and some odd fruity characteristics, like grape. A slight astringency from the booze, but overall not a very aromatic beer.

Interesting, The first thing I noticed was how thick and full this beer really is, which I wasn't expecting. It's very, very sweet and very boozy. Some of the complexities from the malt bill are nice, but overpowered by the booze. There are some hints of spice and fruit, but not much.

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Serving type: bottle

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 3,888 ratings.