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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Midas TouchMidas Touch

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4,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,131
Reviews: 1,548
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 136
Gots: 447 | FT: 3
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very bright, very clear, deep golden hue. Thin head but leaves plenty of impressive lacing.

Nose is hidden and seductive...honey is foremost. Some clover, canteloupe and grapes come in as well.

Hmmm, not sure about this one. I'm glad I had it on tap as I have been eying this one in the liquor store lately. Very sweet, bold flowers...this beer (if thats what you can call this) is waaay out there. Does have a nice bittersweet finish though.

Recommended tasting just because of the uniqueness, but I wont be buying a 4-pack of this anytime soon.

twiggamortis420, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Teke0611
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The most recent batch made it to Colorado, these being dated 6/27/08. It's been quite some time since I've had this, at least two years maybe three. I want to say that I recall it having a bit more spice in a previous life, but it would be unfair to not note that by saying my tastes have changed up significantly since then.

The appearance from the bottle to a NB goblet showed about 3/8 inch head with small continuous bubbles, and in this hot house today (about 80) there was a constant "sweat" present from condensation on the glass. The beer itself really does appear to be a strong golden color - ignore that many beers are golden, but this really does look like gold brick color IMHO.

Sticking my nose down in the glass really opens up this beer - more so than the taste does. It's fragrance is large and in charge :) I would assume that DFH was intentionally trying to not have too much carbonation present, as the mouthfeel made me want it to have just that little bit more.. ?

I saw the history channel special that featured this particular DFH brew and have been intrigued about it but at 12-13 bucks for four beers, I don't think this is something that I would really think about getting again. It's just too expensive. I like Palo Santo and Immort for about the same money!

Teke0611, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of lbkornlb14
2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sigh, I always look forward to any DogFish head beer, but this one is a big pass for me, I guess I like the fact that its different, but different doesnt always mean good. It was really sweet and spicy, tasted like dessert wine. I dunno what to say about this beer and Im sure alot of you will be in the same boat. I guess I can say that its forgettable, I wouldnt order it or buy it again but It was nice to try. not really drinkable at all, Id be suprised if anyone could finish a four pack, I guess I cant like all dogfish head beers or varietals, but I like most, so for me this beer is a "will not order again" but I do recommend trying it.

lbkornlb14, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a light amber crystal-clear body with virtually no head. Smells like honey, caramel, grape.. Tastes like grape, honey, spice, floral, with hints of alcoholic phenols. Otherwise, no apparent presence of alcohol, either in the body or flavor. In fact, probably among the most refreshing beers of this abv I've had. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. An interesting brew for sure, and damn tasty. Definitely will be getting this one again.

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Bugsey
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful sweet beer, perfect for summer. Had one on tap, then bought a couple four-packs.

Color is golden, yet a little cloudy.

The sweetness comes from the grapes and the honey. There is also a smell and taste of bananas and something floral.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but crisp enough to be refreshing.

Bugsey, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of gpogo
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brilliantly clear gold with small white head.

A- Grapes, almost a wine-like smell. As it warms up the grapes and vinous aromas don't take center stage. I noticed a slightly grainy malt aroma as well as honey.

T- When this beer lands on my tongue it does not taste like beer initially. Initially a honey grape taste followed by slightly grainy malt taste.

M- Medium body with moderate high carbonation. The carbonations was enjoyable to look at in this brilliantly clear brew.

D- Interesting sweet beer. I enjoyed it. It's not exactly a session beer, but something that should be experienced at least once. I'd have another or consider cloning this.

gpogo, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear golden color. There is very little carbonation and no head at all.
Not much on the smell either. A bit of a biscuit and barley smell, but expected a lot of smell on a spiced beer. A bit of honey smell as well.
Taste is surprisingly strong and spicy compared to the smell. A strong honey taste at the beginning with a serious kick of spice at the end.
Mouthfeel has a good smoothness and semi-thickness. A very refreshing bite to the mouthfeel as well.
Drinkability is good. A good beer with an intersting taste. The kick is a little harsh to drink a lot of these and it isn't incredibly exciting. An interesting beer to try, but not something I would rave about.

BDIMike, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very fizzy golden color with pretty good clarity and lots of bubbles jetting to the top. Has about a finger and a half of off-white head at its peak but it settles quickly to a thin lace. Leaves some stick, too.

Smells a little skunky and like cooked veggies. There is some honey sweetness there, too, and it improves as it warms and it takes on more of a sweet wine-like grape aroma. Not altogether very appealing, though. In fact, before it warms up it's downright unapproachable in the smell department.

Taste is much better than the smell, starting out with a nice honey sweetness and then moving to some toasted grain, and then back to sweet honey through the finish. As it warms the muscat grapes start to stand out a little bit more. Somewhat buttery, as well. There really isn't much else at all going on flavorwise. Pretty simple and striaghtforward, really. It gets pretty close to being cloyingly sweet but remains tolerable.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, quite creamy actually and amply carbonated.

This is an interesting beer but I doubt I will revisit. Not really my thing. Too sweet and one-dimensional and the smell is not at all appealing.

number1bum, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of BirdFlu
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This rating is based on the drink poured from a bottle. I will say that I was lucky eough to have it on tap at the DFH brewpub in Rehoboth Beach and I must say it blew my mind out of my head. Anyway... the real highlight of Midas Touch is, of course, its taste- hints of honey and muscat which make for a very sweet, nectar-like drink. If you are familiar with muscat wines, the hints of that taste are quite enjoyable in this beer. Similarly, if you are familiar with outher meade honey-wines, you may find that DFH's beer spin-off is quite refreshing and delightful. As far as meade's go, the sweetness does not begin to feel like your drinking maple syrup. It is a bit syrupy for a beer, however, and the sweetness may start to overwhelm after a bottle or so, bringing its overall drinkability down. It is a very enjoyable drink, though. Not much aroma to notice, aside for a bit of sweetness.
Overall, its very delicious, and if you get the chance to try it on tap do yourself the favor. It may begin to weigh you down a bit and feel syrupy, however, so you might not want too much of a good thing.

BirdFlu, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of wizzle
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Given to me as a "tip" at work one night. Poured a beautiful rich amber color. Heady aromas of sweet spice and hops. The flavor was not as exotic and complex as I was expecting, but it was pleasant enough. I don't think I'd kick down the $13 for a 4-pack, but I'd like to try it again sometime.

wizzle, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours an exceptional clear golden amber color. Minimal head that retains a light lacing all the way down.

Smell is almost non-existant. Very light notes of honey and malt.

Tastes of honey and sweet maltiness. Light notes of sweet grapes. (Slight warming affect, but I'm not sure if that is the alcohol content or the saffron. Does saffron do that? It doesn't FEEL like alcohol heat.) Nicely floral tasting with a tiny bit of hidden hops on the back end.

Feels good in the mouth, but it is perhaps a bit too thin. A bit more carbonation might help it, possibly.

A very easy drinking beer. Due to it's sweetness and 9% alcohol content, it probably wouldn't lend itself to drinking more than one or two in a sitting.

coldmeat23, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Malina
4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A rich golden color, with no head to speak of, but a light lace ringed my glass throughout.

S - Smell is faint, but with just a hint of the honey to come

T - Wow.

It comes on strong with sweetness that feels as though it's fast approaching cloying, but it never gets there. The grape jumps right out at you, and then immediately transitions to a taste of honey, but again, the flavor, and not the overbearing sweetness. It's hard to 'notice' the saffron, but it contributes to the warmth, and it would be most noticeable if it were missing.

As a bona-fide hophead, it first seemed to lack the bitterness I crave, but I soon found my old friend so well blended with the other notes that it was hiding in the the richness, instead of jumping out and slapping me in the face.

M - Though not seeming particularly carbonated as it laid in wait in my glass, as soon as it hit my mouth, it came alive with a crispy froth that was exciting from start to finish.

D - Deliciously easy to drink, but at its high ABV, it's TOO easy to drink, while out. On the upside, that nearly forces you to slow down and savor it.

Malina, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It looks really good in the glass. If not for the thin head, I would guess it was a glass of apple juice. I know it doesn't look much like a beer, but it looks tasty.

S: A sweet honey aroma is faint but very pleasing. A floral hint also comes through.

T: I haven't had anything that tasted like this before. It is very sweet from the honey. Instead of hop bitterness to balance the beer a huge amount of spice and in mouth carbonation adds some bite. I don't know how to describe the finish. It isn't dry or sweet. It is interesting. I like this one, but I do not have much to compare it to in the style so I am not giving it top honors.

M: The spicing and carbonation really give it some character in the mouth. It is thin to medium in body. As noted above, the finish is one of a kind for me.

D: The ABV and the spicing make me go a little slow on this one. I do not think I could session this one.

GatorBeerNerd, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The pour left very little head, and the head itself was very light and fluffy. The brew ifs very golden and clear in color.

S- Fruit and Saffron mix in a joyous smell that is this beer.

T- Very sweet and the taste of honey and saffron are quite present. Great brew, very sweet and malty at that.

M- Small twinge of carbination, but feels good on the palate.

D- Easy to drink, a definite for the summer time liking.

Wetpaperbag, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of CrawlingSpirit
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first review...gotta say something, right? Nothing I have ever drunk[en] has done what this one has...I am in a better mood [not that I was in a bad mood beforehand...] upon drinking this brew. I must say...the ancient Egyptians were certainly onto something, indeed! I know no beer-ology terms to supplement this subjective observation but I do know that, despite the approximate $13/4-pack cost, this brew is truly exceptional..Hands down. If you like good fruit beers, then you will love this as it is arguably the best ever!

CrawlingSpirit, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (marked bottled on 3/26/08) into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a orangish golden color with a thin white head.

S: Sweet on the nose with honey and some floral accents.

T: Slightly sweet on the palate with honey dominating the initial taste. The white grapes are there as well as are some light spices. Would I have identified the spice as saffron if I hadn't read it on the bottle? Probably not, but it's rather prominent as well. The finish is herbal.

M: Full bodied and slightly thick and viscous with low carbonation.

D: An interesting beer for sure. I applaud Dogfish for being so experimental and pushing the brewing boundaries. With that said, I probably won't be putting down a bunch of these in one sitting or in the future. Likely pairs well with food.

willjschmidt, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Rezzin
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden yellow with a thin head the drops fairly quick. Looks appealing.

S - Grapes, honey, and some grainy sweetness.

T - It basically tastes like a mead with some grainy sweetness in the finish. Light grape flavors and a little something else I can't quite put my finger on.

M - Medium carbonation and medium bodied. There is a nice tannic bite which keeps things from being cloying.

D - I really had no idea what this was before I tried it - just that the recipe was found in King Tut's tomb or something. Overall not a bad offering from DFH - it would be great as a desert beer imo.

Rezzin, May 31, 2008
Photo of halfP1NT
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear pale amber color with an almost non-existent head. A small stream of bubbles rises from the center of the tulip glass.

Aroma is sweet, grainy, floral malts and light fruit; maybe grape, apple, pear, and just a hint of alcohol which becomes stronger as the beer warms.

Taste is sweet malts & fruit (red apple, light grape) with a grainy backbone. There's a slight hop presence that balances this beer nicely. The alcohol is hidden really well for a 9% ABV.

There's almost no carbonation, but this beer still has a substantial enough body. It starts to get a bit syrupy & sticky on the mouth as it warms, but it doesn't become too cloyingly sweet.

halfP1NT, May 29, 2008
Photo of johnnyirishman
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

Apperance- Clear, golden yellow. with a fluffy white head and good retention.

Smell- Fruity tones from the grapes, with grains and yeast smells definately present.

Taste, Mouthfeel- Definate grapes in the front, grainy malts and a sweet alchol taste through the middle to a strong clean finish. Good carb and medium body.

Drinkability- A strong sweetness will let this beer sneak up on you quick, definately a tasty beer but personally I'd only drink one or two before switching to something else.

johnnyirishman, May 26, 2008
Photo of turbine2475
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice honey/gold color with an intense two finger head that disipated quickly leaving no lace after an agressive pour.
S - Sour grapes, fruity hops, and a spicy end.
T - Funky but good. Light grape accent with a little bit of spice.
M - Light with a good carbonation to it.
D - Not a bad beer, would like to see this as a year round offering.

turbine2475, May 24, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice yields a bright golden yellow body topped with a half-finger that reduces immediately to a fine-bubbled ring that leaves spotty lacing.

Grapes, sourwood honey, earthiness and spices tickle the nose. A floral character becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Taste is all in harmony. Fruity and sweet with a nice barley/honey backbone carry an earthy and tart crispness reminiscent of oak-aged chardonnay. The saffron is definitely a factor here...earthy and balancing. I kept thinking how good this drink would be with a nice Spanish seafood paella! YUM!

Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation to keep the drink from being too sweet; lingering spicy flowers with a vague oily nuttiness and a slight drying effect.

Excellent drinkability, no hint of the alcohol blast this one is packing til you start taking off clothes and opening windows. Heat!

cvstrickland, May 24, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

Bottled on 3/26/08

A: Pours a clear honey-gold color with a few lazily rising streams of bubbles. Very small and creamy head doesn't stick around for very long but leaves a fair amount of lace in the glass..

S: Initially the aroma was quite sweet and grapes dominated. After a short while some apricot emerged as did some Belgian ale yeast, grain, and some citrus-y noble hops.

T: See above. I liked the interplay between the sweet grape, earthy apricot, dry spiciness, and finally the grainy malt that pops out in the finish.

M: Very oily. Thick and sweet. Coats the mouth like paint. Equal parts juicy and sweet and dry and spicy. Finishes sweet. Very complex.

D: Non-detectable alcohol despite the heft of its' abv %. I found this to be an excellent after dinner dessert beer.

GbVDave, May 24, 2008
Photo of mattman688
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing... Great smell, strong sweet sweet wine smell. very little head even when you pour fast. The taste is so complex... strong moscato feel to this with a brief honey aftertaste...short review for a great beer...too busy to type, must finish my beer!!

mattman688, May 23, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden orange color. Thin streams of bubblets float skyward, as a creamy white head sits atop. Foam doesn't retain its size long, but looks very nice for most of the drink. Leaves little lace.

The grapes are definitely noted in the aroma, white or green grape sweetness. Otherwise a strong alcohol presence prevails, with notes of earthy, herbal hops, the dry spiciness of saffron, and maybe I just dreamed the hint of golden honey.

The flavor is sweet and the mouthfeel creamy. Lots of the Muscat grape comes through, with a big backdrop of floral character. There is some herbal hop, the sweetness of the honey, and I think the saffron comes in with the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, good carbonation, very smooth. It feels just remarkable in the mouth. Big kudos for the thickness and for hiding the alcohol.

This beer has a particularly jasmine-like floral nature that reminds me of a favorite green tea, so perhaps my score is a bit higher based on personal preference. I certainly find the endeavor interesting, and enjoy the output as an unusual ale.

BretSikkink, May 19, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at BevMo! in Brea. Bottled on 3/26/2008 and consumed on 5/16/2008.

A- Poured into my New Belgium globe glass, this beer pours a clear gold color with almost no head and only the occasional spot of lacing after each sip.

S- The aroma has the grainy malt character of a Pilsner, only there are notes of honey, white wine, and spices. Even as the beer warms, the alcohol never really makes its presence known.

T- The taste is very sweet at first, with flavors of honey and apricots giving way to a slight tartness from the white grapes, which then leaves some lingering spiciness and a dingy, grainy maltiness on the back of the tongue. There are also some lemony and grassy flavors woven throughout, which is again similar to a Pilsner. The alcohol is hidden exceptionally well.

M- Very thick and syrupy in the mouth, with tiny carbonation bubbles that provide a nice balance to the heavy texture. Without the medium carbonation, the sweetness of this beer
would be overbearing, in my opinion.

D- This beer is a tad sweet for my tastes, so I could probably only handle one of these in a sitting, but there was nothing about the flavor profile that stopped me from enjoying a bottle of this unique brew. And as I stated earlier, the 9% alcohol is barely noticeable.

A very different beer drinking experience. Recommended.

Tdizzle, May 16, 2008
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,131 ratings.