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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,351
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 154
Gots: 601 | FT: 3
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 10-31-2001

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
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Photo of wampahoofus
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an amber ale with a decent white frothy head.

The smell is sweet and floral with a bit of the alcohol coming through.

The taste sweet with honey and grape with a good deal of the spice at the end. The alcohol lays in the backgroud but does come forward to remind you that this is a 9% ABV ale.

Many of the flavors linger in the mouth at the end. This is a very enjoyable brew. The story behind it is quite interesting.

Photo of SykDoc
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It appears like apple juice. A 1/8 inch off-white head forms and quickly reduces to a very minimal lacing around the edges. Carbonation is readily noticeable and no sediment.

The aroma was a bit weak. A caramel malt sweetness combined with an almost spiced cider aroma. Some honey and white grape aromas are also present.

The taste is quite good with a healthy dose of honey sweetness which is followed with a good dose of spices. Some yeasty components and bit of saffron are also present.

The mouthfeel is good at balancing the flavor by a good dose of carbonation. It is medium bodied and goes down smooth with a pleasant spicy/dry component at the finish. A bit thick and sticky.

Overall, this is a good beer and reasonably easy to drink. The alcohol is decently hidden. I think it is not more drinkable primarily because of the sweetness.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Andrew Lancaster - he picked it up at a Beer & Cheese Shop in North Carolina!

Appearance: Golden - Honey Colored - Decent head that fizzles out pretty quick

Smell: Nutmeg, Fried Chicken, Curry, malt, roasted nut

Taste: Nutmeg, Honey, Coriander, HoneyDew - alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium Bodied - not fizzy - very smooth.

Drinkability: Very easy drink - "I can slam down about three of these, it's very easy to drink!" - Anonymous

Photo of lstokes
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a sipping beer, or a pairing-with-food beer, not a drinking beer as we tend to understand it on this site, but it's a pretty great beer for those occasions.

The nose is very wine or mead-like, with white grapes and honey. I didn't have a great experience with my last honey beer, so I was nervous, but there was no need--the mouthfeel is sugary but without being syrupy, the alcohol must give a warming effect, and the taste blends nicely overall. The malt must soften the sweetness and the alcohol content. I catch a little bit of spice--is it the saffron? I'm not sure--but overall this really reminds me of a warmer friendlier beer-ier champagne.

I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of shadow1961
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Midas Touch pours a finger of head over a golden brew. That head collapses to a disk of foam maintained by steady carbonation. The nose is mildly yeasty fruity yeast funk and barley malt. The flavor is sweetish malt and fruit up front, with notes of grape skins and oak. Off the back it dries out a bit of herb and alcohol nip. Mouthfeel starts fairly round going semi-dry. Not an everyday kind of a drink, this is notbeer/notwine/notmead but it's own peculiar thing and well worth revisiting.

Photo of marvin213
2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It looks like an ordinary lager, or even a pilsner--translucent throughout--a light, straw-colored ensemble with a brownish tint. A thin layer of carbonation never approaches foamy status. The dark tint provides some allure, but this is among the most common-looking DFH brews I've encountered.

I smell grapes and honey. It's like a sweet wine, slightly more grapes on the nose than honey. I wonder if it's the saffron that plays a hop-like balancing act. I can't say I detect barley with wafts, but I venture to guess that it provides the brown amid the honey yellow. Still, it smells more like a wine than a beer. I love how this brewery pushes the boundaries but, so far, I remain skeptical.

A nicely carbonated honey note followed by acidic, soury grape juice. Sweet honey certinaly pervades the palate. The white grapes juxtaposed against the honey make for an odd, uneven taste. It's like every sip tastes the same, but each part of my mouth senses something different about the beverage. I honestly can't decide if I like it. The sour presence diminishes appeal, despite the tingle of warm, carbonated honey. It's iike it's neat to see what the ancients enjoyed, but it's difficult for this one to compete with the peers of its day. I hate to be a hop monger, especially when experiencing an ancient-type herbal/spicy beer, but the white grapes need more substantive stand-up to sour. The sweetness suffices, but the saffron seems insufficient.

There's enough of a sweet honey smack to achieve a good mouthfeel. The sour is oddly more a taste on the tongue, while the sweetness is a sense on the cheeks and teeth. The carbonation seems right-on. Though "old" and "extreme" seldom go together, this recipe fits the bill. It's ancient and hopless, but one hell of an interesting concoction. Though this one is a relative disappointment by most ratings, the moutfeel, at least, is cool.

A drinkable beer has to taste better; it is, nevertheless, a beverage worth sampling.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my Maredsous chalice. Midas Touch appears a clear, effervescent, bright golden yellow color with about two fingers of fizzy bone white foam. Aromas and flavors are of sweet fruits such as white grapes, floral honey, mildly spicy yeast, not a lot of alcohol going on for an 9% beer. Medium in body with a medium to moderate carbonation level. Glad to have tried this unique brew.

Photo of dogfishhead1117
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a four pack of this and it's one of those beers where if it came in more than a four pack it just wouldn't sell. Midas Touch isn't a bad beer, it's just a really, really unique sort of thing that is fun to try but not to drink. I tried keeping in mind that the recipe is like 3000 years old and that the concept of the beer is great but the application is iffy.

Pours fine, golden, hazy, small head if any, but the smell is where it went wrong for me. The sweetness from the honey is just overwhelming and there are just sweets laced everywhere, sweet hops and sweet spices and LOTS OF HONEY, small traces of white wine.

Tastes like that too, a very sweet brew that is overpowered by the honey and coreander, doesn't really allow the fullness of the grape to peer through although the aftertaste is laden with the flavors missing from the initial, just a great sort of expermental that was too dependant on the honey.

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange in color with a 1 finger white head that settled into a nice thin cap. No lacing.

Smells of grapes, some sort of white wine, and some honey.

Taste reminds me a lot of white wine then moves into the honey and saffron that the bottle advertises... Slight alcohol taste, not much though considering that it is 9%, well covered.

Mouthfeel is pretty light bodied, finished dry.

This beer is pretty easy to drink, the 9% ABV was apparent but not very much.

Photo of dukedevil0
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours a slightly lighter amber color/somewhat golden with white head that quickly reduces down to just a film of bubbles.

S: Smells of sweet white grapes, apricots, very light malt

T: Very similar to the smell, this tastes very much like a white wine; white grapes, champagne type yeast

M: Pretty full bodied and well carbed

D: Alcohol is only slightly picked up, even though i can feel it...decent flavor helps

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Pours a clear orange gold with a small white head. The head leaves quickly. Has an okay aroma of fruits, spices and sourness. Has a good carbonation and a good mouthfeel. The flavor is tasty. Well balanced with a good alcohol kick. A real good middle of the road beer. Has an oily texture. A good solid finish and a nice aftertaste. I like this beer, very well done

Photo of Jmoore50
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was excited to try this one, but unfortunately it did not meet expectations. It was an interesting brew, one that made me think a little about my taste buds.

The appearance is a dark yellow. The head came to a one finger thickness with an incredibly hard pour. It soon left after a few seconds, leaving no trace of foam or lace on the glass.

The smell was not really great. There was an alcohol spiciness for it, I could smell straw and a earthiness. I could also smell some dark dirt or soil smell, just a hint, something I think came from grape.

The taste was interesting but not good. It had a real unusual taste to it that I really was not expecting. It was bitter, and the mouthfeel was that of a light wine. I know that just the small amount of dry flavor gave the sour bitterness and overwhelming feeling. The mouthfeel was good, touched even the deepest part of my tongue with carbonation bitterness. I could not drink another, just too expensive for the amount I enjoyed it. Overall so-so. Not a repeat.


Photo of CavePainter
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass.

A: a bright copper color. Clear. Virtually no head.

S: Sweet. Spiced. Wine like.

T: Sweet honey and noticeable grape. Not nearly as sweet as mead, and not nearly as tart or acidic as wine can be. Bright and biscuity.

M: smooth with a dry finish. Not overly crisp.

D: Very. You won't believe that it has a 9% ABV. definately made for sipping - far too sweet and alcoholic to drink all night. Makes a perfect drink for an aperitif before dinner, to use at a toast, relax on a summer evenings, to class up a sunset camping, or to rule a Turkish city-state.

I am blown away by the subtle and beautiful mix of flavors in this brew. It is the perfect marriage of tastes that are not quite mead or wine or beer. Far from simple, but simply delicious.

Photo of elricorico
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear orange gold with a finger of white head. Head falls fairly quickly to a thin cap.

Aromas of mead-like booziness. Flowers, honey and grapes can all be noted. Quite a mix, a wide range of aromas.

Lightly malty up front, then the grapes really show in the middle. Mead impression in the finish, with a bit more booziness than I'd like.

There's a more than reasonable body to the beer with average carbonation and some slickness. Not bad in the mouthfeel department.

The first bottle I had of this I was quite excited. Some of its charm has worn off though, as tends to happen to me with any mead flavours. Still not bad, but not a big deal.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part wine, part mead... but it's really beer.

A- Dark orange amber colored, translucent body. Head is pretty lame, just above the best of BMC.

S- Lots of aromas and flavors to this beer. I'm not sure which is dominant, but the smell of alcohol and grapes reminds me of wine. Smells of a Belgian beer in some way, the yeast byproducts make it smell tart and sort of like cloves. Beer aspects are noticeable with a light bread and caramel tone.

T- Taste is really quite delightful for the wide range of flavors in this beer. Comes across with a light level of sweetness, bitterness, tartness, and alcohol-ness. All of these flavors sort of stun the tongue into submission and force it to enjoy the ride. Well, you know what I mean... refer to Smell.

M- Light bodied for the 9%ABV. Also lightly carbonated. Alcohol does not damage the body, repeat: alcohol does NOT damage the body.

D- Big beer that doesn't pummel you with hop bitterness nor does it cloy you with malt sweetness. Sort of unique, sort of like wine, sort of like Belgian beer in the Quad, Trippel, Dubbel kind of way.

Hard to put into words, try it for yourself if you have the $ and want to try something different.

Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into my Unibroue tulip glass. 12/11/08 bottled date printed on the neck.
(A)- Pours a bronze orange color clear of any sediment. A good 2-finger head appeared but dissipated after a few minutes time.
(S)- Nice aroma of raw honey, sweet malts, and a really refreshing flower-ish bouquet. A spice component adds another nice addition to it, which is almost cinnamon-like.
(T)- Initially, you can really experience the muscat grapes in this, but once you swallow, the honey, saffron, and barley really becomes apparent. Plenty of carbonation. The amount of barley used to make this beer must have been alot because it almost completely overtakes the midpalate of this brew just before you swallow.
(M)- Once your palate gets accustomed to the beer, the honey sweetness really makes an interesting play with the robust barley and grapes creating a very similar profile to mead or a light barleywine or even a maibock perhaps. Smooth on the finish yet hearty in the middle.
(D)- This is definitely a multi-dimensional beer. It is complex and should be sipped to enjoy all that it has to offer. At 9%abv, I have no idea where all of that is but its in there somewhere! I really couldnt have more than one at a time though because of its richness, but its enjoyable nontheless.

Photo of quinlin
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a golden yellow with virtually no head

S - grapes, sweet malt, saffron in the back

T - white grapes, honey towards the end and then barley on the finish

M - fairly smooth, low/med carbonation, med body with a light creaminess or roundness

D - i really enjoyed this beer, it was different. It looked and smelled like wine, but tasted like a beer. I couldnt have too much of it at one time, but i do think its an enjoyable beer.

Photo of flexinwext
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very clear dark gold color. No head to speak of and lots of bubbles clinging nicely to the sides. Very blunt sweet smell upfront, honey and grapes. Smell is remniscent of gummy bears or something of the like. Wow is this beer sweet. Slight metalic twang but lots and lots of honey. Very thick mouthfeel and the alcohol is somewhat apparent. A very interesting beer but could not drink more than one of these at a time due to the ridiculous sugar high I would be afraid of.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a 4-pack of Dogfish Head brews now available in Southern California. I let this one sit for several months before trying.

Pours a clear, but thick golden color. Aromas of honey, perfumy flowers, and a hint of spice (cinnamon?).

Flavor is quite nice, sweet and deeserty like a late harvest wine. Reminds me of honey on vanilla ice cream. A very good end of the evening dessert sipper, the only issue is that it isn't the end of the evening. Oh, darn, what should I do now?

I really like this one, but the nature of it is such that it is a once in a while drink, to be enjoyed on occasion. Recommended.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Sweet bready and a hint of a cheese like buttery musk.

Appearance - Clear yellow and virtually no carbonation.

Taste - Mead sweet with a cheese like buttery aftertaste. A lot of stuff is going on in the beer. Definitely a very dry beer.

Notes - Extremely interesting and complex. The alcohol is well hidden. The lack of carbonation is probably true to a historical standard but I would have liked a little more. A beer you have to try.

Photo of AVDeuph
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy and deep cream-orange color. If I didn't know better I would have said this was a DIPA from the appearance alone.

Very interesting aroma, I wasn't sure what to expect but I wasn't expecting this. Lots of grape aroma, as well as a creamsicle-pop orange aroma that is generally appealing.

Taste follows the nose. The combination of flavors makes for a beer that resembles those "Sharks!" fruit snacks (which I love!).

Mouthfeel is pretty light at first but then the beer seems to linger in your mouth for quite a while. High carbonation.

With only a slight alcohol warming and lots of fruity, easy flavors, I'd say this is quite drinkable.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first started homebrewing I wanted to clone this beer just because it sounded awesome. Then I bought the beer to actually try it and realized there was no way I was going to do it without many more years under my belt. Got a chance to check it out again on tap at the Old Toad the other night though.

Pours a light yellow, fizzy with alcohol. Aroma of light grapes and slight honey. Reminds me a lot of Champagne or a grape-y saison in the taste. Very dry but with lots of flavor. I'd say this is my beer substitue for champagne or wine, should I ever need to have one. A lot of the more astringent grape flavors combined with a honey sweetness and a light malt base to dry it out. Really great combo.

Photo of xhcadamx
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - pours hazy golden orange with a minimal head and no lacing.

S - Honey, grapes, malt and some spices found in Indian food.

T - Sweetness that leans more towards white grape juice but balanced out with the hops and spices. Somewhat boozy.

M - the grape flavor upfront leads you to think that this wont be a dry beer but the spices dry it up at the end.

D - not my thing, don't want another.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with just a thin white head, leaving almost no lacing as it subsides, but lively carbonation exists throughout the beer.

The aroma primarily consists of honey, grapes, and various spices on top of sweet malt.

The flavor is a bit vinous with grapes and honey resembling mead, floral hops, and barley all well balanced and quite impressive for their uniqueness all at the same time.

Light in body, medium carbonation, a slight alcohol burn that is well balanced with the diverse palate offerings.

This brew is quite different, making it the standard for DFH. There is a lot of character in the palate, and overall very pleasing. Somewhere in the middle of the DFH food chain and certainly enjoyable. Not sure I could drink too many of these in one sitting, but definitely worth a second look.

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow/orange with some decent head and lace. Has a funky, almost sour smell with spices, some sugariness and heaveir fruits poking through. Tasted smooth and semi-creamy with notes of wine taste like grape. Again, a light malt taste that isn't quite caramel but something closer to honey/syrup (it tastes sticky). Also somewhat of a dry taste thanks to some hop bitterness and tartness from the fruits. A different beer indeed, but one worth trying.

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,351 ratings.