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 Sixpack595
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Clear orange with a substantial cap of white foam. Head fades rapidly and leaves just a touch of head. Aroma is sickly sweet with a spicy, herbal note. Flavor is sweet and all the ingredients make an appearance. Mouthfeel is good, but sadly the flavor is really unbearable. I really wanted to like this beer because the concept is beyond cool. Sadly it seems there is a reason the recipe was lost for thousands(?) of years.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Light orange/golden color, that looks to be a bit watery. A nice lacing pattern but doesn't hold well.

A raisin/date/apricot? sweetness with an abundance of alcohol aroma. A spiciness that cuts into the fruit flavor.

Sweet raisin honiness with a nice nutty quality at the end. Very carbonated accompanying the wide variety of flavors. Raisin, almond, date and a nice spiciness that is balanced well with the honey sweetness.

Although the variety of flavors are balanced well, the alcohol component unfortunately is not. The 9%abv drowns out the flavors of the ale. It would have been nicer to keep the high abv with the other tastes being more flavorful. All in all a bit unbalanced.

A bit too sweet considering the 9% abv. I just can't see drinking more than one in a night, but that's not stopping me for giving dogfishhead the nod for such a creative concoction. I would definitely recommend this just based on the uniqueness.

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Photo of marburg
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer would have been served to royalty. I'm not going to say that this is *that* superb that it's fit for kings. But conceptually, this is a very experiential, regally flavored beer. Lots of flavor, lots of aroma, lots of oomph.

A bit hazy. Melon orange and rich, dark gold in color. Intense spiciness. Incredibly aromatic -- floral, honey, golden raisins (wrong DFH beer, I know; but it's there, I'm sure of it), and pulverized, dilluted plum skin lending a mouth-wateringly unripe sort of fragrance. Definitely alcoholic. A big sweetness. Honey and exotic spices. I suppose that characteristic aroma and flavor I can't put my finger on might be the saffron that this is brewed with. Very much a sensory overload sort of beer. Sheer experimentation. While not all that subtle, it's fascinating stuff.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Plopped this DFH into a chalice to see what gives. A gorgeous misty peach hued pour with a scant head coating and tiny bubbles rising endlessly. A bit 'o clinging lace sticks here and there. Bottled-on notch indicates Oct 2003.

Mixed fruit scents that are, according to the label, honey, white grapes and saffron. I detect champagne like nose that smells of green apples, barnyard hay and celery. Bright nose. Almost gueze notes.

Bitter twinged flavor that puckers me mouth plenty. Yeasty sour white grapes rule then roost here. I am wrestling with this flavor. Mostly sour apple with spices. Driest of the dry aftertastes. Absolutely no hints of the 9% awl-kee-hawl content, even through the long 20 minute warmed up session. The bitter end warmed up with tons of honey & malts. Where did this come from?

Tons of tongue sizzle that result from the high ABV and grape body.

Can't say that this has high drinkability because of high 9.0% ABV and unique palate twists.

Last swigs: Interesting mixed flavor perplexed my best tasting efforts that garnered a generous 4/5. A mixed style taste in this "Ancient Ale" that has spice and sparkle. Reminds me heavily of DFH Au Currant with more spicy sizzle. Not sure if this is a good celler beer, but we are going to find out. A totally recomended beer for the adventure seeker.

Beer is good. Happy strong spicey beering.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this is a 12 oz. bottle, and I was dying to try it because of the history behind it.

It poured a deep hazy yellow color, almost shading to orange. I bought it at room temp, and chilled it lightly in an ice bucket at the hotel I was staying at. Just laid it atop the ice, didn't immerse it because I didn't want to soak the label, and since the ancient didn't have refrigeration, I wanted to recreate the experience pretty closely.

It basically smelled like a white wine to me. There were hints of honey, but no maltiness came through the wine aroma.

I must say that I didn't like it much at first. It was highly carbonated and spicy , shifting quickly to a white wine taste, which then slowly faded to a honey and malt finish. But as it warmed in my hand,it mellowed and grew on me. Still not a beer that I would drink regularly, not at $3.75/bottle, but one that I would bring out for special occasions with a few fellow beer lovers.

Definately worth trying, both because of the history, and because it's so out of the ordinary.

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Photo of cbl2
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Note: 12oz bottle from new 4 packs.


An opaque pale brown with slight carbonation, and no head/lacing of the glass.


Sweet and grapey, reminiscent of some wines (probably due to the presence of muscat grapes in this concoction).


I've had this beer in a 750 mL bottle for 2 years now, but have been afraid to open it, because they weren't making it anymore, so I was ecstatic to these in a 4 pack that could be easily sampled with no guilt. I have to say this is some intriguing brew.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pleasant historical recreation pours golden and forms little head. the grape and grain aroma is interesting but not all that exciting. I really enjoyed the flavors mingling mead and wine as there were string grassy notes, grape skin and dry wine flavors - all brought together with diacetyl. There is an alcohol presence giving the beer a light and dry mouth feel. It's enjoyable, and drinkable - but not something that I would routinely pour for my self. I would break it out at dinner parties.

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Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Orangey copper color with a thin white head that starts out low and quickly drops. Very clear, with thin rows of tiny bubbles rising up. Aroma is light, consisting of hops and honey. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a little tingle toward the back of the tongue. Flavor is semi-sweet, with notes of corn and honey, and a bit of butterscotch. Some white wine notes in the finish, probably from the muscat grapes, but not too overpowering. A sweet malt flavor lingers. Not as complex as I hoped, but it gets better as it warms. Even so, there's a part of me that can't help thinking that this tastes a little like Budweiser with sugar added.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Barley's Taproom and Pizzaria in Knoxville, TN. The pour was yellow with a one half inch head. The head quickly dissapated to a light ring that didn't stick to the sides of the glass.

The smell was sweet with a strong grape if not a wine overtone.

The taste was more like that of mead than beer. The start was that of wine with a just a hint of honey. The finish was a mix of sweet and sour grapes. Absolutely no hops here!

It wasn't a bad drink, just not what I expected. Quite refreshing, makes a great dessert.

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Photo of Mitchster
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours to a cloudy amber, forming a small rocky white head with decent retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild, and took a hefty pour to conjur any head at all. Head quickly fizzled to a well-retaining thin layer of sticky bubbles. Aroma is interesting...foremostly mead with the stinky shoes character, a suggestion of hops, lightly yet wildly fermented grape juice, malt and a floral perfume, but not saffron. I truly wonder how many people would have saffron mentioned in their review if it wasn't printed on the label, because I'm not picking any up at all. Mouthfeel is syrupy and cloying with a dense body and a ruddy oiliness upon the back of the tongue. Taste begins phenolic, is very sweet, a hint of fusels, hefty lingering syrupy pale malts, grape booze (MadDog 20/20?), port, laquer bite in the aftertaste from the fusels. The aftertaste is sweet and alcoholic. Warming.

Not very good in my book. An interesting brew, but thank god for hops. The mouthfeel is sickening and urges me not to finish this bottle. But I must, I must, for the love of the beer gods. I would only ever drink this with another beer geek. Big does not equal better.

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Photo of ark57
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is difficult to pigeon hole this beer in a specific style. It is interesting in that it has a little bit of everything. It has an orange gold color with a slight haze. The aroma is fruity, winey, perfumey and the saffron is evident. The body is coating, almost syruppy with some grape and malt character evident. It finishes with a slight spice. Not bad. It is different from anything that I have ever had. I'm not sure there are many occasions to drink this beer/mead/wine, but it is something that I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of Gavage
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy ruddy orange color and is topped by an off-white head. This beer has a fairly low level of carbonation, and it is surprising how well the head appears. Aromas of acid, grape, wine, musty, sweet, and malt are all in here. It is a bit sweeter in the taste than the aroma suggests. There is no balancing bitterness that one usually finds in a beer, Fruity, but more like fresh grapes than wine. The malt comes through towards the end of each sip but it is in this beer. I cannot say that I am able to pick up any of the delicate honey character, it probably contributes to the sweetness but the other flavors dominate. This beer has a good fresh grape character to it which makes it quite pleasant to drink. There is a soft acidity here (perhaps grape derived), but it is not quite enough to balance out the sweetness. Perhaps there is a bit of stale malt flavors in the finish.

Quite an interesting attempt at resurrecting a bit of history. I am duly impressed by any brewery that is willing to take the risk to brew beers like this on a regular basis.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle that gave no hint of carbonation when I popped the cork, it's a suprisingly clear honey gold, with amber highlights. A very minimal white head quickly implodes on itself, leaving faint cirrus wisps on a glassy surface.

There's a sweet sherry aroma, indentifiably vinous and mingling with notes of vanilla and spice, which I'd guess is the saffron. Lurking beneath is a very real and solid backbone of alcohol.

You simply cannot be prepared for the thick honey sweetness that cloys at the tongue and mouth. It leaves sugary traces on the lips, like syrup, or candy. A sherry/grape character stomps in along with a biscuity malt essence that almost tastes like it has a crust. Never managing to hide itself is a potent armada of alcohol that commands you to take notice. The finish is simply a melange of all the components that have come before, fading slowly.

Full bodied, it's thick and treacly ,with the sweetness almost numbing the tongue. Like melted caramel, it clings to the palate, just short of sticking to the roof of your mouth.

How often do you get to drink of ancient history? Yes it is cloyingly sweet, but there's considerable depth in it's flavor elements, and memorable for its historical context. The dense honey sweetness is no surprise in a big DFH beer, nor is the substantial ABV, but they do limit this beer somewhat. The blend of flavors make it palatable, but that alcohol, and the fact it sips more like a cordial than a beer, seriously truncate how much you'd want. Sure, it is a curiosity, but it's also one more intriguing experiment from the first state's gutsy brewery. And I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Stopper
4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No "fst" whatsoever when I cracked this bottle, but fortunately there's obviously some carbonation after a vigorous pour. It left a thin white head of tiny bubbles on top of a golden orange translucent body. The aroma is a fabulous mix of lots of fruity fermented goodies, though none of those listed on the bottle are uniquely identifiable. This reminds me very much of the aroma of a syrupy mess of molasses, honey, and brown sugar that a friend fermented with a dry ale yeast, which ended up high in alcohol but with a ton of thick residual sweetness. The mouthfeel of this is syrupy as well, though definitely not unpleasantly so. The initial flavor balance is far toward the sweet side of the spectrum, with an abbey ale-type flavor early. A slight noticable alcohol comes out in the middle, maybe from a wininess contributed by the grapes, though this is far too subtle for me to be sure. The finish is a wonderful fruity, tart dryness with a touch of grain. The dryness then seems to fade leaving a lingering coat of sweetness.

This beer is a unique treat, and the historical mystique behind it (if a bit conjectural) makes drinking this that much more interesting. I'm only disappointed that I waited so long to try this.

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Photo of simmons
4.77/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My buddies and I saw Dogfish Heads Midas Touch and it looked very apealing to us. It came in a 4 pack and was high priced at $10.99 but we decided to try it anyway and it paid off. This stuff has to be the smoothest and best tasting beer ive had, stouts excluded...theyre pretty smooth. Midas Touch has a nice honey flavor which is probably why it is at 9%. I had this beer about 6 months ago and seeing it on this site again i am going to get another 4 pack tonight just because how good it is. Iv noticed that Dogfish Heads beer seem to be kind of harsh tasting and insaine but this is their best work. cheers to brewer/owner Sam Calagione

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Photo of aracauna
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful color, a true amber with a wonderful glow. The head isn't as impressive, an off white, on the small size, but a thin layer lingers and it laces nicely. Very winey aroma, a bit earthy, but not a lot else. The flavor is really nice. Light caramel, late summer grapes (especially of the scuppernong/muscadine variety) and honey. Light sweetness, but not too sweet. I really like this. It's definitely interesting. Makes me think of late summer for some reason.

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Photo of ngandhi
2.57/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Somewhere between a bock and a typical Belgian golden ale, Dogfish Head Midas Touch is a honeyed, lightly grapey mess of flavors and textures. Almost immediately flat, this brew ends up drinking more like a honeyed spirit or mixed drink. With some mead characteristics, the primary tastes in this brew are the muscat grapes and an undercooked caramel. At times this is a Belgian, at times it's a bad special bitter and, through it all, this beer is unbalanced and unsure of itself. The saffron hints at the nose, but is subdued by some ripe fusel alcohol. The finish is very dry and highlights the English-style maltiness; it redeems this beer.

To know what this beer is is a tough task; DFH makes itself vulnerable to criticism by releasing a beer based on something no one has ever heard of. That said, there are all sorts of beers on the market from Baladin Nora to different gruits that take old or otherwise extinct styles of beer and revitalize them into something spectacular. Midas Touch drinks more like a bastardization of several existing styles of beer than a rehashing of anything historic.

I can only hope more breweries make beer like this, but the Midas Touch itself is a failure.

Relax, relax.

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

Appearance: Pours a beautiful gold with a quickly fading head. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma: Malt and sugary sweetness most noticable. Some citrus tones. Nice aromas, but somewhat mild.

Taste: Malty tones up-front, wht the distinctive muscat grape flavors dominating the finish. Reminds me of a nice French dessert wine. Intriguing and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful, but not too heavy. Honey and muscat give some body, but also lend to a slightly acidic finish.

Drinkability: A very interesting brew, both from a historical and flavor standpoint. Nothing to drink on a regular basis, but definately good to have around. A surprisingly good beverage.

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Photo of Boto
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: This one poured a dark golden color, with just a hint of haze to it. There was absolutely no head to it at all, and I even tried halfway through the pour to make one. The aroma is sweet and a bit spicy. Possibly floral and grape notes also. The taste is fairly sweet and almost a little syrupy. Definite grapes and honey in there. The sweetness lingers a bit in your mouth. Very interesting, and very good! I love it when these guys push the envelope!

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Photo of byrd
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a slight haze and some white particles drifting around the glass. Medium sized head on top that reduces quickly to a thin lace on the surface. Lots of carbonation rising to the surface. Wonderfully complex aroma. Malty and fruity… grapes are apparent, and a bit of apple is also noticeable. I can detect some spice on the nose. It may be the saffron that is mentioned on the label, but I never would have know if it wasn’t on the bottle. A touch of floral hops and alcohol are also in the aroma. Palate, like the nose, seems to be quite complex. There’s a smooth sweet slightly malty start shortly followed by fruity flavors. Some sweetness and smoothness is also added by the honey. Grapes and grape skins are quite noticeable, and I’m still detecting a touch of apple. The finish is sweet, yet is also slightly hoppy and fairly tart. The malt comes through a bit more again in the aftertaste. There’s a bit of a warming sensation as this brew goes down. Full mouth feel with a nice carbonation. Great brew that is pretty complex and definitely unique. I’m finding it a bit tough to piece together all the flavors in this review. It would probably make for a nice desert beer and is certainly a nice change of pace.

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Photo of aaronh
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange colored beer pours with a minmal amount of white foam. The aroma is very earthy, and reminds me of wild honeycomb right out of the hive. Taste is very sweet, with a strong honey notes. Also a hint of grape jelly. A slight graininess and earthy overtone are evident on the finish. Mouthfeel is rather full. Drinkability is OK, but this beer seems very filling. This is a unique beer. One bottle was enough.

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Photo of silenius
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

King Midas captured my moniker's namesake after he became excessively drunk (more than normal). In fact, Midas and Silenius were drinking buddies!

Therefore, I feel a connection to this beer. But I have enjoyed it many times before I picked my moniker, so that didn't influence my opinion.

Served slightly warmer than fridge temp. in a tulip glass.

It pours with a slightly opaque wild honey color. Amber with glints of orange. I like this color. Its head is shallow and short-lived and left no lace in the glass. A few lazy carbonation bubbles are evident in the glass.

A pleasant honey, muscat grape, and butter aroma hit me when I stuck my nose in the glass. The honey aroma is more evident as the beer warms. A little swirling brings it out even more. I could smell this all day long

This beer has a looong finish an great mouthfeel. It hangs around your mouth for a while and reminds you how good it is. The buttery honey taste and a malty backbone keep it balanced. A stupendous effort, but like a rich dessert, I wouldn't consume one after another. One at a time is plenty for me.

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Photo of Jarod
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a honey/orange/reddish color, I assume the color was somewhat influenced by the use of saffron. It was fairly clear with a slight chill haze to it. Decent carbonation. The head that was produced was of a butter cream/tan color that when first poured rose and stayed for a time before it fell to a ring on the edges. Its body was cloud like fluffy. There was some lace present. The aromas were different then I expected, sweet, honey and grapes dominated the aroma with hints of spices (allspice), saffron, light herbs and alcohol. The tastes were fairly simple, flavors of honey, and alcohol hit you first, then sweet malts, followed by some dark fruit and apricot, and sweet grapes, then as it left my mouth hints of saffron and wine were left. The aftertaste was fairly faint, mostly sweet honey and wine. The body was medium. Once warm it became thicker, creamier and slightly sweeter in the mouth. A pleasure to drink and would drink again on a cool night. Enjoyable served cold and a punch as it warmed, which I enjoyed. Better to let it warm a few degrees.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.