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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,921 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,921
Reviews: 1,536
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 123
Gots: 340 | FT: 5
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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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u2carew

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Very clear. Golden color with a slight reddish hue. Active carbonation but pours with very little head.
(S) Floral notes (Saffron), remote honey aroma, mixed with typical pilsner-ish scents.
(T) Very noticeable honey and grape taste on the front side then transitions to a sour herb taste.
(M) Crisp and bubbly with syrup-like qualities. Strong bodied.
(D) The unique make up of this brew is intriguing and provokes continual sipping to answer the question, "what is that taste?"

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 00:21:56 | More by u2carew
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zeff80

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden/orange color with a small, white, foamy head that left some minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of honey and barley. It also had some sweet fruity aromas, too.

T - It was spicy, but not a hoppy spice. The honey was fairly dominant with some sweet caramel flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is soft and somewhat sticky. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This really is unique. Very sweet and yet quite spicy.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 21:31:24 | More by zeff80
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ironlung

California

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Started the pour soft, but due to lack of head forming I stepped it up a coupe notches...got a nice 2-finger white head, but it left as soon as it came...no lace...look on this "beer" is crystal-clear light amber...Smell is pure fruit&booze... I can tell this is going to be a hard brew to review(poet, diden't know it)because it doesn't fall into "normal" beer style ranges... The honey taste seems subdued compared to a hopslam...the grapes seem to come through the strongest. Alcohol is warming in a nice way. I could have perhaps three of these before I'd grow tired of it(good thing I only bought 1!). However; I must say it's really cool of Dog Fish Head to give us this history lesson!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 05:35:32 | More by ironlung
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nms1987

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A...Golden clear with a perfect white head.
Its looks like many lagers do to be honest.. despite being a 9pct "ancient ale".

S...
Sweet. The honey is there, and some floral element too... whether that is from hops or saffron I don't know (actually, I'm not sure if this beer used hops.. label only mentions barley, honey, muscat grapes and saffron)
You can smell the alcohol a little too, but not too much.
The nose actually isn't allll that much different from that of Sauternes or muscat wine.. all honey, sugar and alcohol to the nose.

T.
Too sweet for me.. and not in a rich malty way like some Belgians. The honey is there and the alcohol is a significant flavor component, which I don't like.
I can see the intense combination of sugar, honey and alcohol being really appealing to some people but I just can't get down with this.
I thought that it might be more enjoyable as it warms, as many high alcohol beers are, but that didn't seem to happen for me here.
I can definately see how many people could like it but its just a little too intensely sweet and alcohol tasting for me. Not too much balance, which is understandable considering the point of this beer.

M..
Mouthfeel was pleasantly fizzy.

D..
It is going to be hard to drink the whole 12oz bottle of this. Too sweet and alcoholic.

It might appeal to some people who like Golden Monkey (Victory's Tripel), which I liked.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:57:48 | More by nms1987
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Reviewed 2/16/2007 (12oz bottle):

Pours a golden/reddish color. Average white head, fizzy. Sweet aroma of honey, flowers. Strong earthy scents, syrupy smelling, sugar and alcohol--tempting. Strong taste of honey, flowers, strong aftertaste, a little cough syrup, alcohol. Strong unique flavor. Warming up..still a strong flavor, especially the cough syrup aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 03:39:33 | More by jujubeast6000
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy gold with faint signs of carbonation. A fluffy white head sits atop and retains pretty well. Head was initially 2 fingers in height and has now leveled off at 1/4 inch.

Smell: White grapes and honey are both there. Smells like it's supposed to smell I suppose. We like.

Taste: Tastes like white grapes, honey, doughy malts, sour yeast, and some light spices. Doesn't assault the mouth with spiciness like most beers in this category (in my experience anyway). Quite sweet and syrupy, almost like a dessert wine. Alcohol masked well.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and warm. Low carbonation, and pretty full yet a bit slick.

Drinkability: Better than I had hoped. I actually kinda like it. Doesn't taste a whole lot like a typical beer - kind of resembles a syrupy white wine. Nice to try, but not something I would drink all the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 21:38:41 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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aubuc1

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a light clear orange with a thin white head. Steady carbonations rising.

Smell is of sour grapes, spice, and some malt. Very interesting.

Taste is odd. Definite grapeskin taste, honey, and mellow malt.

Full mouthfeel and very drinkable for the high abv.

Interesting beer that is definitely worth the try. Dogfish head does it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 02:36:03 | More by aubuc1
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Tmappin

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours Golden into a tulip glass, with minimal Beige/White head that fades quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Appears to be lightly carbonated.

S- Saffron, sweet apple, grape juice, heated honey, touch of cut grass. Some similarities to a riesling or a gerwertraminer. Very nice.

T- Quite similar to a melomel (fruit mead), Fruit notes (sweet grape), with a spicey yeast character that gives way to alcohol warmth.

M- Sirupy at first, cut through with light carbonation. Pleasant.

D- Dangerously easy drinking.

Overall a very interesting beer. I'd hit that again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 23:46:35 | More by Tmappin
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sentomaster

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the local pub and at my own wedding (gives a clue as to my affinity for this golden honey brew)

This beer is quite exceptional from the bottle when aged and allowed to mellow, but on tap it's a different beast. Pours a beautiful dark gold color with the slightest amber hue.

Smells biscuits, honey and saffron up front and a lingering phenol

Taste follows the aroma. Quite buttery, toasted bread, mellow and sweet followed by a diacetyl flavor and warming alcohol; slightly phenol again and faintly grapy. Each raising of the glass brings out the complexity of the flavors as the beer warms also.

Syrupy and velvety mouthfeel, very smooth if heavy. A nice, mild but surprising carbonation that is crisp and lends itself well to the warming flavors of the beer.

Dangerously drinkable for the abv. Many people that find this brew to be a bit too much for high drinkability out of the bottle find no such problem with it on tap as it becomes quite a bit more mellowed (thought I find it to be almost as satisfying bottled). An exceptional brew not to be missed!

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2009 20:50:26 | More by sentomaster
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TheTrevor

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper color with a two-finger beige head. The smell has some grapes and honey, almost meadlike. The taste is almost wine-like with some sweet grape taste and honey that gives way to some spiciness with a dry finish and some alcohol warming. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry with some fine carbonation. A very interesting beer, I'll definitely be recommending it to anyone looking for something unique. This is a pretty drinkable beer, especially for such a high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:30:11 | More by TheTrevor
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hophead247

California

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle..Compared to most beers, this is very different. The grapes give a dry aftertaste/mouthfeel similar to a wine. The lack of hops gives this beer a very sweet taste. The aroma also has that distint stingy smell that a dry wine has. You can taste the honey. The color is an amberish red with almost no head. Very different beer but I for and I bought into the hype that it was revived from an acient recipe.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 05:04:50 | More by hophead247
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an orange gold color that produced a white head that didn't retain or leave much lacing

S - Sweet white grapes, saffron (very strong), and honey

T - Taste like a beer/white Hungarian wine (whose the muscat grape a lot) with some herbal and honey sweetness

M - A smooth, light bodied with mild carbonation

D - A very drinkable beer, very interesting, but in a good way

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 01:43:03 | More by cvfish
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Dulliwhig

Pennsylvania

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

A - Pouring into a tulip glass, bubbles spring to the surface to form medium head, not very thick, tapers to a sticky lacing head at the perimeter of the glass. Honey-orange-pink colored.

S - Sour grapes with a touch of honey sweetness, slightly herbal spiced bouquet

T - Tastes of yeasty, sweet grapes, mild spice, crisp refreshing and light with a honey finish. The alcohol blends with a sour background, and is well hidden for 9%. An interesting and different tasting beer - it's amazing that this beer has it's roots in an ancient recipe and I'm glad they resurrected this recipe.

M - Low carbonation, slightly thin

D - Not something that I would drink a whole lot of though I appreciate the efforts to reconstitute history!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 21:32:14 | More by Dulliwhig
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: some head, medium carbonation, golden in color

Smell: malt, fruit, lime, and faint cherry--almost like chardonnay

Taste: lemon, honey, grapefruit, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: a sweet smooth first taste and an alcholic bitter finish

Drinkability: I can taste the alcohol. I would have this again, but perhaps only one in a sitting..To me it has a chardonnay taste to it..Not a bad beer, just not an excellent one either

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 05:49:09 | More by tigg924
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

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

Medium gold in color and has a quickly fading head. Smells slightly like honey, but the white grapes come out in the taste. It actually has the aftertaste of a hoppy white wine, which is starngely nice. Mouthfeel is good with medium carbonation. The hidden alcohol makes this quite a nice beer. Very unique.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 02:46:58 | More by ericlawton007
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a three finger white head that leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Slight honey nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Smooth, malty and sweet from the honey. Different from anything I have had. Also has grapes and saffron - the ancients had good taste. The high ABV is hidden. $9.95 for a 750ml from Lukes and $3.20 for a 12 oz from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 23:28:01 | More by jdhilt
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meday

New Hampshire

4.78/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Smuttynose Tulip Chalice

Dark golden crystal color with a quick disappearing white head

Aroma of honey and sweet grapes, like walking downwind from from a vineyard of a cool autumn afternoon.

Sweet grapes dominate the initial taste, then yielding to a more subtle bouquet of floral, melon, and honey.

Bright, clean mouthfeel

Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 14:32:27 | More by meday
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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

DFH Midas Touch, courtesy of proteus93 - thanks! My portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: A crystal clear golden body with a fast-fading half-finger white head, foamy, bubbly, which fades and leaves a few blobs of foam on the surface and a bubbly collar. Carbonation is big and fast but sparse.

Aroma: Floral, herbal notes are dominant here, with the saffron coming through fairly strongly. There are a number of fruity notes as well, though they're not easily identifiable as grapes - they're heavier, buttery almost, pear-like in places, though grape-like in others. A strong, slightly roasted, honey-like backbone is present as well.

Taste: Very interesting. Spicy, herbal floral notes are again prominent, though they taste less saffron-esque than they sell. Sweetness is heavy though definitely honey-like, and stray fruity esters make up the bulk of the remainder here. It's definitely unique and interesting, though I don't know how much of it I can take really.

Mouthfeel: Uneven and slightly erratic in its carbonation, thick, though very soft and delicate.

Drinkability: As I mentioned above in the taste, this one's plenty interesting and unique, though perhaps a little too strange to be classified as highly drinkable. Also, it is starting to get "up there" for a beer (though not for DFH, so at least you know what you're getting yourself in to). Give it a shot at least once though.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 05:56:01 | More by CrellMoset
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mattster

Texas

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

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle (Dated 07/22/08) and poured into snifter.

Pours a head of ¼" head atop a golden clear brew. Some bubbles and lacing appear.

Smell is sweet. Taste is quite complex with fruit, spice and a slight herbaciousness and earthy notes. Honey makes an appearance, but doesn't make it as sweet tasting as one might expect.

Bubbles are a bit harsh, but seem to mellow as it spends time on palate. Quite well balanced as I don't taste the heat of a 9% brew.

Drinkability is hard to report on this beer as it is not something that you would drink a bunch of in a sitting... But I have had no problem finishing this snifter.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 08:16:51 | More by mattster
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JimboHD2005

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12 ounch snifter. Color is light amber and crystal clear. Has a scent of honey. You can taste the grape's slightly and honey and leaves a bit of an alcohol finish. Overall a good offering from Dogfish head but the price was a bit steep for a 4 pack. Would recommend to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 22:10:40 | More by JimboHD2005
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Beejay

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful golden brown... like liquid honey.. This is the color that beer in commercials should be. A little bit of white head, that dissipates to a ring around the glass.

S: Sweet and mellow, with fruit and a touch of tobacco, like nectar.

T: Sweet.. wow is that sweet. All kinds of fruit immediately hit the palate.. figs, banana, grape... very luscious.

M: Slightly sticky, with good carbonation, almost warms a little as it goes down..

D: Definitely a good brew.. Worth a taste for it's pure deliciousness, not to mention it's historical significance. I would get it again, but not an everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 23:36:22 | More by Beejay
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mj001jk

California

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with thin head that dissapates quickly leaving some lacing behind.

Aromas are interesting, round and slightly sweet, the muscat grape component as well as the saffron are subtle but perceptible. There is a heavy, little bit musky aspect to the beer which I usually pick up in Heather ales or Gruits, probably because of low hop levels, it is ok, but doesn't make you want to smell it all day long.

Taste is alright as well, not too complex which is too bad, I would expect a little more stuff going on in here. Alcohol level is nicely buffered and it definitely warms you up, there is just not enough vivaciousness to make you really excited.

All in all a decent beer for originality but I wouldn't necessarily buy it again just to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 02:21:41 | More by mj001jk
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a golden-orange color. Very clear. One finger thick head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Malt, straw, grapes, hints of citrus (a surprisingly strong lemony scent). A faint scent of honey provides a backdrop for anything. Very interesting, and takes a few sniffs to really appreciate it.

Taste: Malt comes through first, which then explodes into a wave of tart citrus and honey sweetness. The saffron is definitely evident here as well. The taste fades very quickly to a mildly sweet aftertaste, leaving you wanting more. Very interesting, and very good. I can't say I've tasted a beer quite like this before. Only faint hints of alcohol as the beer warms give any indication that this is a 9% APV.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated, which helps mask some of the tartness of the citrus. A little thicker then I expected, as well - almost feels like soda, or a thicker version of champagne. Interesting.

Drinkability: The way the taste fades so quickly leaves you wanting more, and makes it difficult for this to be a sipper. It's not really a session beer, either, as it is fairly sweet. The alcohol will sneak up on you. I'd by this again to have some lying around, but I'd have to be in the mood for it to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 22:12:22 | More by StarlightSeraph
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nd5282

California

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a tasty beverage from the Dogfish head brewery. I thought this would be too sweet considering the muscat grapes and saffron. However, this beer had almost everything needed to pull off the right amount of malty bitterness to sweet after taste. The golden amber smooth coloration was pleasing to the eye and the sweet but subtle smell allowed for enjoyment to be had all the way through. I rather enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 03:24:29 | More by nd5282
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance was rather yellow. It's hard to rate within style since this is sort of a catch all, but it wasn't very appealing. Decent white head and excellent lacing.

Smell is..different, lemons, and alcohol stood out the most.

Taste is a tiny sour and tart bite. As uncomplicated as it sounds, it is actually very flavorful, just not for me. Surprisingly non-hoppy compared to most DFH stuff.

Mouthfeel is a high point, carbonation is medium and spot on, and the body is light.

As for drinkability, I probably wouldn't get this again, but I'm glad I tried it and I certainly can't fault DFH for experimenting. It is pretty easy going down in spite of the rich flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 02:49:04 | More by sonicdescent
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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