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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,272 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,272
Reviews: 1,557
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 145
Gots: 504 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!!

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.

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.

Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a "14 ounce pint glass."

Gold, clear, hardly any head, seemingly very low carbonation. Smells primarily of grapes and honey. Tastes like the same. 9% alcohol is present in a thick syrupy mouthfeel. Quite sweet. There's no hops to balance it out. In that aspect I suppose this might be good as a desert beer.

Photo of Floydster
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle that was part of a four pack purchased from Cooke's Market for around fifteen dollars after tax, shared with my dad tonight, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Golden yellow with some slightly orange highlights, small 1/4 inch foamy white head that disappeared quickly, not much retention, minimal lacing

S-Grapes, honey, white wine, sweet yeast, faint hoppiness, some bready malt aromas, a little grass, cloves, some other spices, and skunkiness

T-This one immediately reminded me of a pilsner with my first sip, had the same feel up through the middle and then there was some spices and floral accents in the finish, got sweeter as it warmed and there was not much carbonation to keep that pilsner quality going strong, nicely balanced with just the right amount of hops to battle it out with the malt, the faint spices added some complexity and made this beer more unique that I thought it would be going into this

M-Sweet, crisp, and slightly chewy mouthfeel, thin to medium body, not as much carbonation as you would think, taste did not last very long either, got a little spicy towards the end

D-Could finish a few bottles of this for sure, alcohol is hidden so well, very smooth and even refreshing, will not see this much from a beer that has an ABV of nine, goes down scary easy

This was the last of three Dogfish beers I needed to try that have came to California so far, another quality brew but quite expensive, have not had many beers of this style, would drink again, recommended

Photo of hdofu
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I noticed in this beer was the grapes. It was like a light grape juice flavor. The beer itself appeared light yellow with a white suds head as if the beer was masquerading as a pilsner. This is no pilsner though. The smell is strong of grapes and barley. Taste is spicy with grape undertones and the barley malts noticable reminding me some of Abey ale only sweet. Has a slick tongue feel and a bit of an alcohol burn (Well it is 9% ABV after all) overall I'd say it's a good ale which is pretty darn drinkable though it's a bit pricey and probably not something people who think beer should be noticeably hoppy would like.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head glass

A: Crystal clear light golden yellow with a soapy white head of about 1/2" or so. There is a brightness to the color. Lacing is good.

S: Aromas are mellow and light, with some complexities that are hard to describe. There are some malts, something like light melon, and something floral. This sounds like an odd combination but but it works well.

T&M: The flavors in the brew are familiar yet different from most brews. The baseline for the flavor is a solid pale malt, slightly sweet, but layered up from there is a very complex herbal mix. The herbs have a somewhat floral tone, creating a balance to the malt but not like hops - there is practically no bitterness. The brew sits on the tongue with a creamy smoothness that lasts all the way through the swallow. The finish is full and slightly sweet, with a linger that reminds me a little bit of mead. Smooth. Nice.

D: Smooth, mellow, and incredibly easy to drink. If this is truly based on an 'ancient' recipe, I would love to have it. Although it's a little different from the usual, I found it to be an absolutely enjoyable experience.

Photo of jayrod20
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brassy golden color with an average head that goes away quickly -- but there's a continuous stream of beautiful sparkling bubbles throughout. The aroma is floral, somewhat grassy, with saffron. The flavor is just beery enough, with saffron and honey coming through in good proportion. Bittersweet and surprisingly drinkable. A fantastic change of pace.

Photo of drperm
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is based on an ancient Near-Eastern (2500 BC) recipe and is reminiscent of mead or champagne. It is brewed with honey, Muscat grapes, and saffron in addition to barley. Rich, rich, rich. On the sweet side through the nose, tongue, and palate, and yet the sweetness isn't distracting or annoying. This is a curious, mysterious, and enjoyable brew.

I had this one with a cheese course of Petit Munster (stinky French cheese) and Smokey Blue cheese from the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, I believe) and had a blast with it. Even if you're not a fan of stinky cheese (what we used to call "Fumundah cheese"), you have to respect the wonderful balance and pairing this beer creates with it. Given the opportunity, I'd do it all over again. It would also go solidly with Brie, and not-too-spicy curry dishes as well.

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

Poured into a snifter. Golden orange with a one-finger white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Grapey aroma with some obvious honey. Also a touch of the earthy pungency of a czech pilsener.

Flavor is initially reminiscent of a German lager as far as the malt base goes. The grapes meld into this maltiness seamlessly, and the honey provides a dry sweetness. This had the potential to be cloying, overly grapey, or overly honeyed, but I'm impressed and surprised at DFH's tact in keeping this experimental beer pretty drinkable. That said, the flavor isn't all that great hedonically.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is a bit low, but the body is nice and full and there's really no booze in the flavor. Interesting beer, but not great.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden, honey color with little to no head. Lacing was present but minimal. The smell was of grapes and honey. The taste was incredible. Tasted like a grape Jolly Rancher with a touch of honey. Not much bitterness dtetected. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy and the carbonation was minimal. Overall and incredibly different beer but great tasting.

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 4,272 ratings.