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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,379 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,379
Reviews: 1,590
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 155
Gots: 629 | FT: 4
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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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Ratings: 4,379 | Reviews: 1,590
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.

Photo of mj001jk
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with thin head that dissapates quickly leaving some lacing behind.

Aromas are interesting, round and slightly sweet, the muscat grape component as well as the saffron are subtle but perceptible. There is a heavy, little bit musky aspect to the beer which I usually pick up in Heather ales or Gruits, probably because of low hop levels, it is ok, but doesn't make you want to smell it all day long.

Taste is alright as well, not too complex which is too bad, I would expect a little more stuff going on in here. Alcohol level is nicely buffered and it definitely warms you up, there is just not enough vivaciousness to make you really excited.

All in all a decent beer for originality but I wouldn't necessarily buy it again just to drink beer.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a golden-orange color. Very clear. One finger thick head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Malt, straw, grapes, hints of citrus (a surprisingly strong lemony scent). A faint scent of honey provides a backdrop for anything. Very interesting, and takes a few sniffs to really appreciate it.

Taste: Malt comes through first, which then explodes into a wave of tart citrus and honey sweetness. The saffron is definitely evident here as well. The taste fades very quickly to a mildly sweet aftertaste, leaving you wanting more. Very interesting, and very good. I can't say I've tasted a beer quite like this before. Only faint hints of alcohol as the beer warms give any indication that this is a 9% APV.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated, which helps mask some of the tartness of the citrus. A little thicker then I expected, as well - almost feels like soda, or a thicker version of champagne. Interesting.

Drinkability: The way the taste fades so quickly leaves you wanting more, and makes it difficult for this to be a sipper. It's not really a session beer, either, as it is fairly sweet. The alcohol will sneak up on you. I'd by this again to have some lying around, but I'd have to be in the mood for it to drink it.

Photo of nd5282
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a tasty beverage from the Dogfish head brewery. I thought this would be too sweet considering the muscat grapes and saffron. However, this beer had almost everything needed to pull off the right amount of malty bitterness to sweet after taste. The golden amber smooth coloration was pleasing to the eye and the sweet but subtle smell allowed for enjoyment to be had all the way through. I rather enjoyed this beer.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance was rather yellow. It's hard to rate within style since this is sort of a catch all, but it wasn't very appealing. Decent white head and excellent lacing.

Smell is..different, lemons, and alcohol stood out the most.

Taste is a tiny sour and tart bite. As uncomplicated as it sounds, it is actually very flavorful, just not for me. Surprisingly non-hoppy compared to most DFH stuff.

Mouthfeel is a high point, carbonation is medium and spot on, and the body is light.

As for drinkability, I probably wouldn't get this again, but I'm glad I tried it and I certainly can't fault DFH for experimenting. It is pretty easy going down in spite of the rich flavor.

Photo of Proteus93
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden with a fizzy, slightly foamy head that doesn't retain all that well.

S: A pleasant floral aroma, and a big grape aroma - not like wine, but rather kinda like grape bubblegum.

T: Herbal flavours and grape, with quite a tartness to it. An interesting spiciness, though not really a favourite.

M + D: Medium body, but the tartness makes it a little tough to take down. Add to that the big 9% and it's not the best drinker. Not too bad, but not really my thing.

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

Pours a golden yellow color with an inch high white head quickly recedes but leaves little lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma is lightly sweet and bready with hints of white grape coming through. The lightest underlying sourness in the nose. Taste is sweet, plenty of floral honey flavors, more of the grapes coming through on the tongue, slightly sour and acidic, bready, and warming alcohol. The flavors are very interesting together, but not sure if I'm picking up any saffron. Medium to full bodied with a good carb bite on the finish. Alcohol is not completely hidden, but it's not overpowering at 9%. This is a very interesting beer but not one that I would go out of my way for. Definitely one to try at least once.

Photo of chaz410
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of roscoehnj
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
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.


Photo of Greggy
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of ExMachina1
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
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...

Photo of BeerManDan
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of JayNH
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of cleeze
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of kaseydad
3.19/5  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.

Photo of GeckoD
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of mullenite
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Vendetta
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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)

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,379 ratings.