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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,976
Reviews: 1,538
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 129
Gots: 368 | FT: 4
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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 brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear honey colored body with a modest head that declines to a ringlet and leaves the ocasional archipelago of lace

Smell: Unusual variety of smells - saffron stands out, followed by the muscat grapes and fermented honey; rather vinous and somewhat fusel

Taste: Starts with flavors of honey, pears and muscat grapes but definitely not sweet; after the swallow, spicy tones of saffron and allspice kick in, with increasing waves of layered bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but the mouth feels more like wine that beer

Drinkability: Very unusual concoction, but I rather enjoyed it; not something to drink in quantity, but I am saving the rest of the bottle to complement tonight's curried roast pork with mango salsa

04-28-2006 23:18:36 | More by brentk56
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%

I received this as a gift for designated driving a few Carolina Brewmasters to the Hickory Hops festival. This one was well worth it. Honestly, I cannot think of anything to make this one taste better. One of the most complex tasting beers I've ever tried -- spices, lots of honey at the end, fruit, a little hoppy. Just beautiful in a tulip shaped glass. I'm really falling in love with Dogfish Head.

04-26-2006 23:36:13 | More by Backer2004
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a clear light copper with a half inch of off-white head, shrinking to a thin glaze, ringed around glass, and lacing falling down the glass. Aroma, while not the most appealing, is a neat mix of unusual elements, such as honey, biscut, light fruits, grapes, and saffron, combining to give a decidedly mead-like quality to it. An A for effort.

The taste is much the same, only more pleasant. Starts with honey and light fruits, grapes with a spicy bitterness that grows into saffron and ends with a warm mead-like sweetness under a funny, bitter ending, like the saffron combing with an almost tannic quality.

Quite a complex beer here, with layers of easily identifiable strata, but still needing to be explored. Not a stand alone beer, I'd like to have this with a grilled salmon fillet or something. Good effort on a beer with tons of character

04-24-2006 22:08:34 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of Zorro


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

A most unique beer that you can read about here:


Part a spiced and herbed beer and partly an Archeology experiment this is really in its own classification.

Clingy powdery yeast in the bottom of the bottle that is pretty much impossible to pour without getting some in your glass no matter what you try to do.

Pours slightly cloudy cooper to apricot colored beer without much of a head.

Smell is sweet and very fruity to the nose. Somewhat spicy from mostly scents in the alcohol portion of the beer there is the slightly musty scent of the desert grapes and some faint flower and smoky scents left over from the honey. Saffron a spice I love is detectable as the spicy wet hay scent in this. After it warms up a bit there is a nice rum scent to this ale.

Taste is sweet and spicy and sharply dry from a woody bitterness in the first sip. Flavor is mix of sweet spiced mead and a dessert wine. Lots of levels of flavor here and you can easily pick out the components that went in to this beer particularly left over grape and honey flavors. Saffron is surprisingly easy to identify in this and makes me wonder if anyone has ever made a saffron mead? Surprisingly stingy on the tongue mostly from spice and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good, but what are you really going to compare this to? It is good in my book for just not being awful or great.

Not a bad drinker and I would not have a problem drinking this again but how can you really judge a beer like this? This is an experiment of Archeology in a bottle and as such is a novelty that you won't be enjoying on a regular basis.

Sampled through dnrobert24 and 2MBBIF.

04-20-2006 03:29:55 | More by Zorro
Photo of mcallister


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

A lovely golden color almost like a mead. Very little head no traces on lacing. Rich full nose of fig, honey, pear, apple, alcohol, and candied peach.

Big honey suckle component, hints of mellon, apple, some residual sugar, bosc pear, and fig, with some mellon undertones. Complex in nature but not necessarily in mouthfeel. Seems like it's missing some backbone. Still a very good beer.

Drinkability could be a factor because of the somewhat obscure finish. Leaves a gritty, dirty tannic taste in the mouth that is not so pleasant.

04-16-2006 18:37:03 | More by mcallister
Photo of trep

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

Not sure when this was bottled. Picked it up at Andy's Carry-Out in Columbus, Ohio in February.

Pours a Hi-C looking orange. Perfect clarity with tiny bubbles of carbonation rising to the surface. Thin layer of head bubbles up and quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass.

Smells of the white part of orange peels. Slight alcohol presence. Light traces of honey, oranges, snappy spices and sort of bitter.

Upon sipping i get slight traces of honey, light fruits, and spices. Alcohol isn't so present in the taste however its very carbonated. Finishes with a malty background and citrus notes.

I'm not sure what to think of this beer. Overall its pretty complex and I can smell and taste alot of different things, and they work together sort of well. However, I'm left with a feeling that there should or could be more. These flavors should meld well together but it's just not happening for me.

04-14-2006 06:24:14 | More by trep
Photo of shroompod


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz poured cold into goblet
Very clear , no head. Has a slightly orange hue.

Smell has some honey , malt and alcohol evident.

Taste has some mead character to it ,warming alcohol, malty, no hops. Can't put my finger on the herbs , bottle says saffron.

Mouthfeel is thick , good carbonation.

Drinkability for me is somewhat low for this funky beer/wine braggot.

I'll keep a few around to age.

04-09-2006 04:16:54 | More by shroompod
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -25.5%

Man, this beer is funky. It poured a golden amber color with little head. The smell is like a light beer. The taste reveals a touch of honey and there is also a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is a funny bitter feel. Not a beer I think I will have again. This brewer is putting out some strange brews. This is one of the wilder ones. The alcohol is hidden pretty good.

04-02-2006 21:32:00 | More by Enola
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4%

Clear bright orange with slightly sticky white head. Aroma is a combination of honey sweetness, cream, barley and alcohol. Juicy sweetness explodes in taste. Tastes come through in various layers of honey candied tropical fruits with alcoholic syrup. Nice interesting mouthfeel. Its slick, smooth, creamy and sticky. Finishes with a back of the tougue bitterness. Drinkability would be higher if the alcohol that comes through balanced the honey sweetness intead of standing out from it.

So this might be similar to some of the world's earliest beers. Not bad. Its like a history lesson in a bottle.

04-02-2006 06:29:00 | More by tastybeer
Photo of KyleVick4


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

To begin with, a good beer ( or beer like drink) but its tough to rate as I have no other type of beverage to compare with.

A: a golden reddish hue, little head no lacing but when swirled it has 'legs' like a good wine. I got a kick out of that.

S: honey and grapes. Cant find any hops or even any barley. Doesnt smell bad though

T: tastes like a mead at first, with a touch of spice and sweetness from the honey

M: very light bodied but with a kinda high dose of carbonation

D: a very different type of drink. Dont think I would really like to have more than one of these at a time, but they are good for a switch

The story behind the drink really helps the drink out, but its still a good mead wine beer hybrid

04-02-2006 03:04:39 | More by KyleVick4
Photo of greenjeff4141


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

This beer pours a light amber-orangish color and not much head at all. The smell is of the grapes and saffron definately. The taste is very characteristic of all the Dogfish Head beers, slightly sweet, slightly sour with a very distinct yeast flavor. Its a good novelty brew to try, but not one that I would drink often.

03-30-2006 23:49:01 | More by greenjeff4141
Photo of marinobrew

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a bottled on date-01/04/06.
Poured into the pint glass a light copper tone with hints of orange. The head was light, white, tight laced, but short lived. Traces of lace in the glass.
One should take time in the nose. Layers of pine nuts, safron, honey, concord grape and light buttery carmel prepare you for a mouthful of joy.
The mouthfeel is thick. The honey and spice create a front and the buttery diacetyl carrie the malt, corn, and concord grape over the tongue and in the finish is a sweet warmth from the alcohol and a piney sap bitter linger.

03-30-2006 23:43:03 | More by marinobrew
Photo of bennetj17


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

Light copper with rose colored hues, high clarity. No head, just a fine light ring suspended along the edges that remains throughout the experience. Delicate streaming bubbles present. Smell is faint, with notes of bready malt, candy sweet fruit- apples, grapes, and light spice. The taste is very sugary and sweet, with a touch of fruit and honey. The flavor kind of gently fades into a slight alcoholic finish that is a bit herbal/plastic. Unique combination of flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, almost wine-like, with decent carbonation. This beer is overly sweet with nothing to balance it out, and the finish is unremarkable. Interesting and worth a try...

03-30-2006 17:39:41 | More by bennetj17
Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -25.5%

Poured up golden in the glass with tons of bubbles, but only a thin head of foam.
Smelled of grain and grapes, slightly vinegar, and a touch of sweet fruit behind that.
Taste had just a touch of malt over the grape hints, honey was barely noticable, and no saffron. Very wine-like, somewhat tart and astringent. Not a very pleasant tasting beer.
Mouthfeel was very carbonated, tingly and thin to medium.
Not the worst beer to ever cross my lips, but for the price, I'll pass next time.


03-29-2006 04:32:55 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of Blakaeris


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Pours cloudy apricpt color with little to no head retention.

Smell very remenicent of honey mead. Very sweet with a light hop aroma Citrus fruitiness.

Taste is sweetness of honey balanced with citrus sourness. Very unusual. Finish has a touch of hopiness.

Mouthfeel is Light to medium bodied.

Overall, this is quite an unusual brew. A hopped honey mead. This brew is definitely an aquired taste. This might be a good summer brew. I'm really intrigued with the idea of a great brewery like Dogfish remaking anceint beer recipes.

03-27-2006 03:34:48 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


3.03/5  rDev -18.8%

Poured a hazy dark Orange with a thin bit of head.

Smell is dominated by the slightly sour grape and honey smells.

Taste is a strange combination of sour grape and honey flavors with a bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel has a decent bit of carbonation with a light feel to it.

Drinkability is average, this beer is so unusual that it makes it a little harder than normal to drink, but I think it could grow on me if I got more used to it.

03-27-2006 03:04:06 | More by bashiba
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -28.2%

Pours the color of a sunset with a small short-lived thin fizzy head. Lots of carbonation bubbles.
Smell is of alcohol and spice. Maybe some clove.
Woa! I can say that I have not had a beer like this and I can also say that I don't like this beer. Taste is buttery, bitter, medicinal, and metallic.
Mouthfeel is fair. Crisp. And I wouldn't consider this a drinkable beer.
I'm not saying that this is a bad beer. It's simply not my thing and maybe my palate is not adventurous enough to fully enjoy the Midas Touch.

03-27-2006 02:23:24 | More by wcudwight
Photo of SaCkErZ9


2.48/5  rDev -33.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with Prince Purple colored label containing a fingerprint and no freshness date. Thin, wispy, head that dissolves immediately. Lots of bubbles are active under the surface. Clear, pale gold in color.

Not a whole lot in the smell. Mostly sweetness, I guess due to the honey, but it doesnt smell like honey. Caramel malts and toasty bread.

Not really much in the taste either. I was a little dissappointed. Very sweet. Caramel malts. Slight alcohol tinge. I served cold but I would assume the alcohol would come out more if warm. Kind of cheap lager tasting really. Tastes a lot like a malt liquor or a strong Bud or Coors novelty type beer. Way too sweet and cloying.

Slick feel on the teeth. Fairly full bodied. Average drinkability for a less than average beer. I was very dissappointed in this beer. At almost $12 for a four pack, I feel I was ripped off.

03-23-2006 19:44:30 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of dogfooddog


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

After skipping what appeared to be a heat-damaged raison d'etre (90% of glass was head, I do get heat-damaged beers with some frequency in FL), the next bottle in the dogfish tasting is this 9% product. It pours at 50f with minimal head, and the nose is the first honey beer I have ever smelled that actually SMELLED like sweet honey. After a minute in the glass, some malt notes start to come out as well.

taste is very sweet, cleraly honey involved though sweeter than actual honey itself. there is a taste reminding me of grape fruit juice as well. In many ways this is not a typical beer and resembles a mead.

aftertaste is very sweet and atypical, the beer is quite nice but not one I could drink more than one of at a time, the taste is quite heavy. I dont taste the 9% but I do feel its effects and moderation is advised!

03-22-2006 02:36:11 | More by dogfooddog
Photo of jameaterblues

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Midas Touch poured a very light golden color from a 12oz bottle. The head was thin and had a bright white color with a bubbly watery lacing.
The smell of the beer was of sugar (most likely from the muscat grapes(they are very sweet) but possibly honey like it boasts) and alcohol. The hops and carbonation are the first thing that you taste. There is sweet fruity sugar(confirming that it is mostly the grapes giving it the sweetness) in the body of the beer, and a strange but good finish. The finish remained me of an oaked wine or a bourbon. The oak was prominent, slightly spiced, and just a hint of alcohol. The alcohol was noticeable, but the sweetness from the fruit really helped to disguise it. Drinkability/mouthfeel: Drinkablility is above average for this beer, but if you are not a fan of wine in general in might not be up your alley...mouthfeel is very much of a slightly carbonated wine, and does have some bourbon characters. Another interesting brew from dogfish....they always keep me coming back.

03-20-2006 16:26:59 | More by jameaterblues
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

3.08/5  rDev -17.4%

Poured out of a twelve ounce bottle into a large wine glass; Midas Touch Golden Elixer poured a Golden Orange with little to no head visable. A thin lacing hugged the rim where the surface met the glass.

The nose on this beer is extremly sweet and somewhat fruity. In many ways it is reminiscent of the sweet scent often given off by cheap beers, such as Pabst Blue Ribbon. The taste however is quite different than that. While very sweet and active on the entrance the beer intensifies in complexity and somewhat tart on the finish.

An interesting beer worth the experience but by no means something I'd drink on a regular basis

03-16-2006 02:58:24 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%

Whether or not the legend behind this beer is true, it's definitely one for the ages. It's why I love Dogfish Head stuff so much: recognizably, undoubtedly beer, but also adventurous, unique, always different and usually incredibly tasty.

Pours a finger-thick soapy head which chills out pretty quickly to almost nothing, just a little foam around the sides. Medium carbonation and glowing reddish-gold body. Dots of lace.

Smells of white grapes, raisins, honey, with an almost sherry-like alcoholic richness in the background. I've never smelled a beer quite like this one. Fruity, spicy, fragrant, an interesting combination of ingredients, definitely unique.

Flavors are abundant. Even if you'd never read the label, the white grape is a pronounced and obvious flavor, with walnut, barley, honey and a bit of the 9% ABV making itself known. There's also a slightly spiky spice here, which I suppose is saffron, but I'm not well-versed enough with saffron to actually pick that out without the label's help.

Creamy in the mouth, with a mild bite to the carbonation.

An excellent summer drink with a complex flavor profile that helps hide the higher ABV a little too well. The first time I had this was autumn '05, sitting on a friends' porch while watching a parade of hundreds of runners running a Raleigh road race, glad I was partaking of this fine brew and not doing all that running.

03-15-2006 19:53:50 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of kaimcm


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

bottled on 9/21/05-Bottle says "Handcrafted ancient ale with barley, honey, white muscat grapes and saffron."

A: body has a rich and luxurious deep gold/amber hue. very little head even with a vigorous pour but considering this is sort of an ambiguous beer, with a lot of vinous qualities, Im not really knockin it. body just glows.

S: sweet malt, grapes, vanilla, fruit all over the place, alcohol mixed with a winy aroma, and it pains me to say a touch of cheap grain sweetness you get on a mediocre pils or something

T/M: sugar and grapes ride a mouthfeel wave thats very creamy. velvety fruit coats the mouth. clean grain and a cool quality follow. theres something about this beer that makes me feel as if Ive just been swimming in some pristine and cold stream. finish dries slightly followed by an evolution of ripe green fruits and some candy. honey is obvious, though I cant say I know what saffron tastes like so not sure if Im detecting it or not. finish even has a slight yeasty/alcohol spice to it that balances the sugar nicely. all said and done the mouthfeel finishes a tad weak.

D: this is a very delicate beer and should be enjoyed on its own or paired carefully. very pricey but an excellent treat every now and then.

all in all an awesome brew. paired with a light plate of fruit and cheeses with success.

03-14-2006 06:19:37 | More by kaimcm
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

This brew poured a clear gold color with a small head. The beer leaves a tiny bit of lace on the glass. Aroma is winey, spicy and I could also pick up some notes of malt on the nose. Taste is very unusual. Grapes, spices, grain and honey were all present in the flavor. The beer was medium bodied in the palate. The finish was fruity, sweet and spicy with a touch of bitterness. At times I felt like I was drinking a beer/wine/mead hybrid. Isn't that the point behind this brew? To sample something that ancient humans may have partaken of? I don't know how close Midas Touch is to the actual product that was inside those unearthed vessels, but it's worth a try just to have something very different. Cheers to Dogfish Head for putting out a very bold product.

03-10-2006 13:52:59 | More by rodrot
Photo of MagicLantern


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel Snifter. No head though a light lace circled the glass with a small portion resting in the center. The lace remained throughout drinking never sticking to the glass, but instead haloing the edge. A clear medium carbonation was even throughout the entire beer. An amber color leaning more towards orange rather than red.
Initially I was disappointed that the beer had no head, but I don't think this style should have a big head and no longer hold that against the beer. This should be taken into consideration by other people who try it.

Smell: The snifter helped accentuate the smell of this beer, which is sweet and complicated. Saffron and grape combine to provide a unique distinct smell that is pleasant and inviting.
I was impressed with the smell, my notes read, "Great". It was very inviting and made me want to try this beer.

Taste: Like it's smell, the taste is complicated. Sweet, saffron, and spice in the background. The spice sticks with you not only after you finish a drink, but for a while. Stick with this beer all night or clean your palate as this will cloud all other drinks afterwards.
My notes read, "pleasant, but inescapable." It is difficult to get rid of the taste of this beer. It is a good tasting beer, but unique. The spice actually becomes better after you get use to it and I think a second is always much better than the first. Again, don't plan on switching beers afterwards because Midas Touch will demand to continue to be tasted. Last point and this is the most important. This beer tastes better warmed rather than cold. Ice cold does not compliment this beer. Open it, smell it, watch it. Let it warm up, give it time to breath, it gets better if you give it time.

Again, interesting and unique. An initial reaction may be dislike because it's sort of strange. However the strangeness has brought me back for more, because the flavors and smells combine to make an interesting complicated platform that can continued to be examined.

The uniqueness and complexity of this drink gives something beer lovers should try several time before they make up their mind. The background spicyness grows as one drinks this and it contributes to a cap on the number of these one could have in a night. One is ok, two is good, three may be great, but four in a row is likely to many. The carbonation and grapes combine to give this beer a pseudo-wine or champagne like feel. Others have mentioned this beer is good upon occasion, or if one is in the right mood. I think this beer should be approached as if it were a wine or champagne. Any gathering where alcohol is served, but the goal isn't be get trashed is a good time to bring out this beer. There's no way anyone could pound these. They sort of cap themselves, but before you get sick of them, they are really good. Celebrate it's uniqueness at celebrations.

03-05-2006 23:10:26 | More by MagicLantern
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 3,976 ratings.