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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,894
Reviews: 1,535
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 121
Gots: 329 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

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

This is a fantastic beer from dogfish head. The pour is very nice, it's golden, like the name implies. It's got a deep golden color with little to no head. This is one of those beers that really is closer to a wine. It taste and smells similar to what a fruit based wine should be. It smells of rich sweet malts, a few hops hints and lots of sweet mild spices. The taste is similar to the smell and has a great crisp after taste. It's a little too sweet for every mouth but I would definately say it's a must have on the dogfish line up.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 01:53:28 | More by chaz410
Photo of roscoehnj

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Nice golden to amber color. Small head.

Nose unlike any beer I've encountered. Sweet and perfumy - not sure if thats the saffron or the muscat but I'm guessing its the muscat. Also a lot of spice which must be the saffron.

Taste: I definitely pick up the grape here and although I love wine I'm not sure thats a good thing. Also some spice and orange peel tastes.

Mouthfeel also is a little off for beer. I'll give it a go and because I'm the perservering type I'll try to be openminded and make it through the bottle but this is not my glass of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 01:53:11 | More by roscoehnj
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into standard pint glass

a: light orange/yellow colow with a foamy white head with slight retention

s: floral and fruit notes, most noteably grape. Hint of spice

t: nice sweetness from the fruit notes, I detect grape, cherry, orange, and posibly pear. The alchohol is well desquised. Very unique beer and have never had one like it before.

m&d: light to medium body with loads of carbonation. Not a session beer but it is extremely drinkable despite ABV.

Another nice offering from DFH.


Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 16:18:28 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of Greggy


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

A- Pour a light orange-amber color with an extremely light sediment. the head is 1 finger in height, white in color, and semi soapy. After about one minute, the head recedes to a thin cap.

S- Buttery floral and fruity notes. Smells slightly buttery, the saffron can be detected. Muscat is also detectable.

T- Starts out with a nice balanced sweetness, with notes of sweet muscat grapes, some butteriness, some cherry, winey notes, orange. Pretty unique and tasty.

M- Light to medium carbonation. Feels very thick but is pretty crisp. The finish on this is extremely long, sweet, and balanced.

D- This is a nice unique beer, with some nice fruity notes. This has plenty of food pairing potential. It's decently reminiscent of a Sauternes.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 03:21:01 | More by Greggy
Photo of ExMachina1


4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a--golden. some beers are described as "golden" but this one really is. reddish-yellow and sparklingly clear

s--honey and grapes; spicy and floral; very inviting

t--honey and grapes. its a sweet beet but not cloyingly so; (not nearly as sweet as some scotch ales i've had)

m--medium body which is well-rounded; carbonation is low; very pleasant.

this beer is better thought of as a wine

d--the alcohol is well hidden and i could go for another bottle immediately. that said, i can't imagine making an evening out of this beer. but then again, if it was cheaper...

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 21:07:12 | More by ExMachina1
Photo of BeerManDan


4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured, the color was a hazy medium golden yellow, with very little white foam.

The smell a sort of weak spicy aroma, along with a hint of hop and fruit.

The taste was of spices and, since I love muscat grapes and wine, I could taste the muscat flavor which sort of caused the sour finish to this beer. Nice balance of honey sweet and muscat sourness.

I'm very pleased with this herbed/spiced beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 21:36:58 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- pours a clear golden color. Not much of a head.

S- sweet with notes of grapes and honey.

T- tastes like grape honey syrup. A wine like alcohol aftertaste.

M- full bodied, sticky sweet.

D- one is more than enough for me. Too syrupy sweet. Like drinking grape corn syrup. I don't really have anything comparable to compare this brew to, just too much sugar for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 20:46:35 | More by JayNH
Photo of cleeze


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

Another strange brew from DFH! I been on big Dogfish head kick lately(Bought Midas touch and red & white today)

Appearance was average. Not much to it. Poured a golden orange color with barely any off-white foam. Decent lacing though.

CLUSTER FUCK OF AROMAS! haha my nose picked up on grapes as the strongest aroma. Also you can detect the honey as well.

First taste is of grapes, Vino TASTE, followed by some great spices. Pretty well rounded, spices are a litttle to strong with the grapes for my liking. Overall pretty refreshing. The 9% is masked reallly well.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 17:39:41 | More by cleeze
Photo of kaseydad


3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off....love the Dogfish Head beers. The name is unique as are their beers.

The Midas Touch unfortunately is not one of my favorites. An overwhelming grape aroma billows out of my snifter. I taste grape and honey in the mix and a mild aftertaste. The lacing has a nice new pattern after each sip. The 9% alcohol is masked well as it is a fairly easy to drink beer though the taste is really not to my liking. It reminds me of grape juice/wine cooler combination.

While I applaud the effort I will probably not be a repeat drinker. But alas, I will continue to spend my money on their beers....though the Bay Area seems to only have a few (in bulk) to choose from namely 90 Minute IPA, Midas Touch and Palo Santo Marron.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:05:21 | More by kaseydad
Photo of GeckoD


4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head themselves describe this beer as "Somewhere between beer, wine, and mead..." And that is right on.

The smell comes playfully across as a bit fruity, and the taste is unlike any other beer I've had. The carbonation fits this beer well. There are a medley of flavors that dance across the tongue, not the least of which is grape, which ties the beer-yness into wine-yness.

The body is light, and although the ABV is high, the alcohol is not overpowering at all, and it finishes well. Drinkability is very good, but you don't want to pound this beer.

I'd recommend trying this beer to anyone, because as my friends have diverse tastes and palates, they all liked it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 22:12:11 | More by GeckoD
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours an almost crystal clear golden orange with tons of active carbonation. A thin, off-white cap rose to a little less than a finger and subsided rather quickly.

Smell is of grapes, honey, spice and a subtle mead-like aroma. There is a strong fusel alcohol aroma that cuts through everything.

Spice op front lending its way to some sour grapes and alcohol with more spice on the back end. Not overly complex. Honey and saffron spice dominate. A dry and almost wine-like finish.

A little rough and on the thin side. Carbonation seems a bit high.

Not the greatest flavor profile imaginable, but it wasn't too hard to put down.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 21:55:02 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of mullenite


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: Brewed 10/21/08 and consumed 12/15/08 so very fresh beer.

Poured a crystal clear golden honey color with almost no head (even forcing a hard pour) but decent lacing all the way down the glass and visible carbonation.

Smell is exactly what it says on the bottle: grapes, honey, and saffron.

Taste is bready, with lots of honey and bits of sweet grape. Little bit of heat from the alcohol that I wish wasn't there, will have to let this one sit and age a bit and see how it tastes after a year or so.

Mouthfeel was excellent and chewy with a crisp carbonation similar to a wine but a little bit more.

Easy to drink beer, went great with chicken and malanga rice.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 14:59:44 | More by mullenite
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
September 20, 2008

Super interesting concept from DFH. Aroma smells dry, almost vinous. Taste is super, super dry, also vinous, lots of honey in there also. Overall it's not my style at all and I didn't enjoy it very much, but I can respect it for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 18:28:32 | More by Vendetta
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Golden in color with a soapy lace.

Smells strongly of wheat, with some honey sweetness and spiciness from the saffron.

Tastes tart, champagne like at times from the muscat grapes. There is certainly a grainy/wheat prescence in there as well. Spices mingle with some fruity esters. Pretty decent, grows on me. Alcohol presence becomes stronger as it warms.

Mouthfeel is light with a very dry finish.

Drinkability is moderate. A decent overall brew, strange and not alltogether amazing. Mead like at times. Good for a tasting but not for extended drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 14:03:43 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Midas Touch is a honey-colored crystal clear brew with no head, save for the line of bubbles around half the edge of the glass. It has a juicy aroma of raspberry, peach and white grape. It is soft on the nose. It's thick bodied and syrupy, dry from the honey, and a bit tannic. The carbonation is soft and fluffy. There seems to be much more honey than barley here. I'd perhaps describe this as a spiced mead. The aftertaste is of grape must. It has a fair amount of sweetness, but not too much for the heavy bodied, well bittered ale to balance out. I might have to get this again.
(rated Jun 12, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 04:16:16 | More by yesyouam
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a golden color with a bold sweet smell. The saffron and honey are very apparent in the taste with the white muscat grapes giving it and interesting characteristic. I thought I wasn't going to like this one but I was very impressed. The only reason I wouldn't go back to it is because of the price, but it is a good one to try.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 16:48:10 | More by stone3187
Photo of bigkahunas4


2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my snifter. Poured a nice golden orange, no head, and okay lacing. The nose was huge, big grape jelly.

Taste is similar to the aroma - lots of grape and quite sweet. Very reminiscent to a sauvignon blanc I feel. Mouthfeel is also somewhat jellyish.. quite odd.

Interesting brew to say the least - and glad I tried it. Definitely shows the wide range that beer can bring. Just not my cup of tea. My girlfriend, a non beer drinker, though, loved it.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 20:08:24 | More by bigkahunas4
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. clay amphora poured into a wooden mazer.
Ok, not exactly. ;-)

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden color, with light white head and some visible carbonation.

Smell: Somewhat sweet, honey/fruit (grape?)-like aroma. Not too strong, maybe a bit like an Asti with some malts thrown in.

Taste: Elements of honey, grapes, malted grains, and hops (I think?). A rather unique taste, but all the elements are blended together well, yet still discernable, with a nice complexity. A good balance. Maybe a *slight* bit of alcohol in the aftertaste, but I might just be imagining things.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: Though a bit of an oddity, it's still a really easy beer to drink. The alcohol (though being 9%) is not really noticable in the taste.

Though this may be a bit sweet for some, it is far from being excessive. I bought this totally for the historical/"novelty" factor: it is based off of a recipe derived (probably with a fair amount of liberty) from beer residue in an ancient tomb! Imagine a dry Mead meeting an Asti Spumante meeting an Ale! Definitely worth a try if you have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 03:44:05 | More by mithrascruor
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3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours, not surprisingly, clear gold. Forced a small white head out of the bottle. Nearly no carbonation to speak of. The grapes and honey dominate the aroma. Taste is very sweet, lots of honey and the grapes give it a wine overtone. Some spice, the barley is nearly undetectable. I have no idea why they said an IPA drinker would like this, its barely a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 23:34:04 | More by magictrokini
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3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer and interesting concept. I have been rating on ratebeer (when it is up) and on here, and I think my rating here might be completely different... as this one warms, it becomes more like beer with honey flavors, whereas initially, it tasted like mildly hopped mead. Pours pale orange, with minimal head. Aroma is weakly malty... nothing to write home about... the flavor is the funky part... mead... winey... with a strong layer that I can best describe as a less sweet tripel. Somehow this one all seems to work ok, but I doubt I would beat down any doors to get this one regularly...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 23:55:33 | More by dolemite77
Photo of MasterSki


3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend gave me one of these as a thank for picking up some Stone Ruination on a recent trip. Poured into a mug.

A - Unsurprisingly it's a golden color. Transparent with visible carbonation. Two-fingered head that dissipates quickly to a nice lace.

S - Smells of grapes with spice. Reminds me of some wheat beers, even though this isn't one. It's also somewhat boozy.

T - Starts out with bready roasted barley, finishes with concord grapes. Tastes better than it smells. There's definitely some spice to this one too.

M - A little thinner than I generally like, but otherwise pretty smooth. Not too much carbonation - drinks a little like a mead, which I suppose is appropriate.

D - One and done. It was finish-able, even at 9%, but drinks more as a novelty than as a regular brew.

Kudos to DFH for pushing the envelope but this isn't a direction that I'm interested in.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 04:09:34 | More by MasterSki
Photo of bifrostguard


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color with a tall off white head leaving minimal lacing.

S - Grapes sweetness almost like wine. Malt and bread.

T - Very sweet right off. More so than what the smell would indicate. Lots of grapes and dark fruit here with a little bit of funkiness and maltiness.

M - Sticky and syrupy.

D - Another Dogfish Head brew that is a little too sweet for me. I had to give it a shot though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 20:39:08 | More by bifrostguard
Photo of MiScusi


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a super clear bright yellowish/gold. Fluffy bright white head is really easy to generate.
S- Through all the grape used here, I could really pick up the barley malt base and I think the honey also stood out with that above everything else.
T- Much fruitier in taste than in smell.

Overall - The beer surprised me, I didn't think it would be that good. The taste was pretty fruity sweet though and I don't think I could take this in huge proportions.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 16:06:23 | More by MiScusi
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Beautifully clear light amber body. Tried to pour this one rough but there wasn't much head. Still looks pretty good, hard to judge the strange style I guess.

S: First sniff is very bready. Closer in the fruitiness from the grapes (smells wine like). There is also a pretty strong alcohol note and a very slight sweetness.

T: Alcoholic, mead notes, definite breadyness. Tasty and unique but not unfamiliar.

M: Carbonation makes it feel soda-like at first, but once that goes away its syrupy.

D: A little heavy to be highly drinkable, but that seems to be intentional.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 01:09:55 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of jeffthecheff


1.43/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance was impressive. Golden color, with a nice white foam head. Looks good enough...

But then you smell it. Oh man, this gave off an awful nose. It had some grape aroma, and some spices. I know this might not sound bad, but I really cringed as I smelt this.

And the same goes for the taste. It has the grapes and the spices in it, with some sour notes to it. It was interesting, and so different from anything I've had, but it was not good.

Besides the taste and the aroma, this beer wasn't awful. Mouthfeel was okay excluding those factors. However...this had very low drinkability. The awful taste took its toll on drinkability. I split this 12 oz bottle with a friend, but the 6 oz's I had were unbearable. I had to pour the end of it because of how bad it was.

Overall, this is an awful beer. I bought one bottle because I saw a segment about it on the History Chanel and was interested. Yes it was interesting because of the story behind it and the fact that it was different, but as a beer this was awful. I'm so sure of how bad this beer is that I won't even re-visit it again. Too many good beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 05:34:38 | More by jeffthecheff
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 3,894 ratings.