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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,350 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,350
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 154
Gots: 598 | FT: 3
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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:
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 WakeandBake
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nice golden straw color with a small bubbly white head that left a little lacing. Aroma of dry white wine(grapes),and spice (must be the saffron) and pale malts. Flavor is sweet up front leading to a dry fruityness,kind of like Mead. Very fruity and flavorful,with some sweet honey notes.Medium to full sticky mouthfeel with lively carbonation and a long dry spicy finish. A very interesting brew,it took me a few sips to get into it,and by the end I thought it to be pretty good.

Photo of HatTrick
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pretty golden color. Very thin head - reduced to hardy anything.

S: Pear, grapes, saffron - just basically what the label says.

T: Sharp grapey flavor, honey, pears, grapefruit, anise, a little cinnamon.

M: Very mild carbonation - fairly smooth.

D: Goes down at first fairly well but is a little sweet for a lot of consumption.

Photo of sirpsycho
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pour was a medium gold, head is almost non-exsistent. Aroma was flowery and sweet. Taste was right away sweet and flowery, just like the aroma promised, but not overly annoying, My wife enjoyed this also. Not sure I could drink more than a few at a sitting, but good regardless.

Photo of surfer4life
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Clear and Golden. Very bubbly, however small head. Thin film at most.

S - Alcohol comes through in the nose. Buiscuty with a large amount of grapes to the smell. The label boasts of saffron, but I don't detect it.

T - Now that is delecious. The best part of the whole drink is the end, where the honey lingers for a long time. In the front hops and many spices can be tasted. I do get the hint of saffron also. This is a delicious tasting beer. If you've ever had mead, and liked it, then you will love this.

M - Low carbonation, but leaves the mouth slick and satisfied.

D - This is very drinkable, although it is a bit pricey. I imagine that is because of the saffron. Worth the little extra though.

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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?"

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of ironlung
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Photo of nms1987
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
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".

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.

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.

Mouthfeel was pleasantly fizzy.

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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of aubuc1
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Tmappin
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of sentomaster
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

Photo of TheTrevor
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of hophead247
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of cvfish
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Photo of Dulliwhig
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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!

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Photo of ericlawton007
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of meday
4.74/5  rDev +27.1%
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

Photo of CrellMoset
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of mattster
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of JimboHD2005
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of Beejay
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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