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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: 505 | 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 BlindPig
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Thin white head on a crystal clear golden body.
S- Strong honey, and saffron in the nose. Really sweet aroma. Very different aroma with grapes, fruits, and just one main thing I can't figure out what it is. Toasted barley comes through also along with alcohol.
T- Very different flavor as well. Honey comes through nicley leaving a light dry finish with the grapes helping it out in the flavor as well. The saffron comes in a bit with the toasted malt and leaves pretty fast. When you drink it the taste comes in and then leaves a very dry aftertaste right away.
M-Medium body with medium/low carbonation.
D- It is a very interesting beer. Doubt I will try it again but am glad I tried it.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Bright golden yellow. Totally transparent. Head is white-1 finger and fades quickly. Lacing is minimal

S- White grapes and sweet apples.

T- Honey, white grapes again, ginger, very sugary and syrupy. Alcohol hits you in the aftertaste. I am from Tennessee, so this reminds me alot of sweet muscadine wine.

M- Very mild carbonation. Very syrupy. "Elixir" perfectly nails it.

D- No way I can drink a lot of this one. Too sweet and syrupy for my taste. This one will do it for me. Maybe another day though...

Photo of mat5175
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i find it hard to be objective with this one. i love this beer! Very difficult to compare in terms of style.

No matter how i pour this one i can't produce a head of any kind that lasts for more than a few seconds. Little to no lacing as well. The color is a great; a very clear gold. Having said all that, this is not a beauty contest winner for me.

The aroma on this one is a huge part of it for me. Very rich and varied, and only gets more interesting as it warms. The grapes really do come through in hints of wine-like aromas.

The mouthfeel on this one is great if you love them a little syrupy, and i don't mean this in a bad way. It's just very smooth, silky and even a little thick on the palate.

Perhaps my palate is underdeveloped, but i don't really get saffron out of this one, but i get heaps of honey and grape. This can be a bit sweet for many, but for me this is THE dessert beer! The alcohol is high and does figure into the flavor pretty heavily, but for comparison's sake, i have tried tons of high quality trippels, with less ABV, that tasted more alcoholic than this one. If that helps.

i like this a lot and the only real reasons i don't rate it higher are:
1) Too high in alcohol content for it to be other than a once in a while treat for me, and;

B) This one is quite expensive when i can find it in my area. But i consider it worth the wait and the price on certain occasions.

Photo of bboven
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light gold color, head thins to nothing with no lacing. Looks like a quality lager. I thought this beer would be cloudy and mysterious, but it was crystal clear and there was no yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

Honey dominates, the grapes come in a close second. I can't detect any malt or saffron. Not to say it's not a great aroma, just looking for ingredients the labels tells you about.

Tastes like honey and grape juice, there's a touch of beer taste at the end, but I'd like less sweet.

Coating and warming like a Belgian trippel or such, very good indeed.

It's hard to rate this beer because of its special nature. I rated it on what it's supposed to be and my personal perception entirely. I was not raised in King Midas' day, but I'm sure Sam did him proud.

Photo of Big78CJ
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typed from notes on 7 April 2007:

Slightly amberish, golden-colored ale with a half inch head that had no retention. This is a very clear beer for the complexity of ingredients. It smells a bit like a pilsner or helles lager base. The bottle boasts of barley, honey, grapes, and saffron but all I can smell is barley. A bit of an acidic taste as if mixed with muscadine wine (from the muscat grapes I assume). Very carbonated with a slightly metallic taste. The 9% ABV is very noticeable in the aftertaste. The honey goes some distance to mellow the alcohol esters but overall I find it a bit boozy. I imagine this being exacerbated as it warms. The mouthfeel is very watery and carbonated and does not contain much body. The alcohol is still the most prevalent to me. Considering this is the third I've had (not in one day), I guess it isn't too bad. I wouldn't plan to order it at any bar or buy another 4-pack though.

Serving type: 12z bottle in St. Bernardus goblet.

Photo of MMansfield
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from tasting 10/25/07.

Appearance: Deep dark gold colour, clear, small white head with little retention. Small amount of lace.

Aroma: Very sweet honey, fruit syrup and various herbs.

Taste: Very sweet and fruity, similar to a mead.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, soft and thin mouthfeel.

Final Statement: A beer to be paired with the right dish, not to be enjoyed on it's own.

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 03/15/07

Pours an effervescent bronze/honey with 1/2" of pearl colored head. near-zero retention & lacing

S: Apricot, honey & pineapples

T: Sweet honey, dates, pineapples, & some dryness up front. Slight smokeyness & caramel, appleskins as this warms. I start getting grapes/muscadines in the finish, along with warming booze & dryness. Reminds me of a low abv mead in many respects.

MF: Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation & lot of slickness

This would work well as in a dessert course, drinks good, but too far away from my likes to drink more than 2. Does hide the ABV well though

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very little head and lacing. Amber/orange color that is very clear.

Smell is of caramel malts, honey and grapes. I don't know what saffron smells like, but I believe the other smell i am picking up is that.

Taste is dry, comes out with caramel malts and honey. This is followed by white grapes that are slightly Finishes with a decent hop bitterness. Honey is predominant.

Mouthfeel is made somewhat thick with the honey. Carbonation is decent with a cloying sweetness.

Drinkability: ther eis a good amount of stuff going on with this beer, but it's a little overly sweet to make a great session out of.

Photo of armock
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that goes down rather fast

S - lots of things going on here grapes and honey and some alcohol is present

T - Sweet grapes at first and some honey stand out finishes a little bitter

M- light carbonation smooth going down

D - This a good beer that you have to try at least once. Good taste and pretty smooth its worth a try.

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

Surprised I never reviewed this before.

A-pours a slightly dark clear golden. Head is minimal and short.

S-sweet honey, hints of liquor and a vague bitterness

T-A good body of honey at first. Waves of floral honey then a hit of bitterness. This is almost a mead. A good mead at that. very smooth. This is no one trick pony, as it warms liquorice, cloves and heather come through.

D-slightly syrupy, high carbonation

D-I enjoy this but can only have one at a time due to the sweetness. I would say this a good mead.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The orange hue was appealing, intrigued me, invited me in.

S - Grapes and Spice, could smell it, reminded me of Allagash Musette. Almost like a once used wine barrel but more musty. The spice was evident.

T - Initially I was hit with the grape, then the spices. Then a wallop of honey. The honey sweetness was reminscent of JW Dundee's honey Brown lager, way too sweet for my taste.

M - Lightly carbonated, not overwhelming. Perhaps the best feature of this beer.

D - Although not quite my cup of tea, I could understand peoplet aht would like to sit and drink it over and over. I presonally don't like overly sweet beers, but there is a market for it.

Overall, I would recommend this to a person that likes malty, sweet beers. I was curious to try it after reading the history and lore of it, but not all beers are suited for every person. I bought it as a 4-pack and know 2 people that will appreciate it much more than I do. It won't go to waste.

Photo of csmiley
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper in color. The one inch of head goes away pretty quick.

S - The grape comes through first followed by alcohol. Seems like another faint smell in the distant background of honey or malt.

T - Complex. This one is interesting. Malt comes through a little more in the taste with pretty strong grape and alcohol flavors taking the forefront. Finishing the flavor profile is a little honey.

M - Really light considering the strength of the beer. Impressive.

D - The complex flavors and light mouthfeel really worked for me. Goes down pretty easy.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a medium sized head that comes to rest above the clear light orange colored brew. Not to much lacing is left behind after sipping.

Smells of sweet fruits ( the white grapes are a welcomed touch), some spices and honey. My nose is happy but not to the point of dancing with joy.

The taste is definitely unique and different. Notes of honey, sweet pale malt, fruits ( the white grapes come through nicely again) and alcohol. Glade to have tried this beer and the other three will not go to waste.

Photo of JamesS
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out an excellent copper-golden color, very thick, almost like a shot of honey had just been mixed in. Has a nice scent, crisp and refreshing with great hints of honey. It tasted more like a mead to me than anything else, with wonderful spices and a great honey taste and fruit hints. It has quite a powerful aftertaste, so if you don't like a spicy taste lingering for awhile, this is not for you. Goes down fairly smooth, and is a nice, different beer.

Photo of erosier
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beer. It was made from the remains found in urns in King Midas' tomb. It has a very nice dark color to it (I drank it out of the bottle so I didn't actually pour it to see what it exactly looked like and what the head looked like) and had a very strong alcohol and fruity aroma. The taste had almost a wine flavor strong with sweet berries, which would makes sense that this is what King Midas would have drank. A really interesting aftertaste similar to the aftertaste of a sweet wine. This is not a very drinkable beer, but that would explain why it comes in a 4 pack. It is well worth the try because it may be the oldest known recipe which is definately worth looking into.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Midas Touch pours with no foam head at all. It had no freshness date so hopefully it wasn't flat. The color of the beer is a light orange. With the smell there wasn't much there but the faint tinge of the muscat grapes. The taste was malty with the grapes stealing the show from the other flavors. There was a soft honey taste on the tip of the tongue. I will have to try this one again to make sure it wasn't sitting on the shelf too long.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Body is a rich peach-purple color, beautiful head is gone quickly. No lace.

Aroma includes hops, sour grape, hints of sweet grain, and honey. The alcohol comes through in the nose gradually as it warms, which masks the aromas a bit.

As expected the flavor is quite complex. Begins with sweet grain balanced by sour dark grapes, then finishes with a distinct grainy bread flavor accented with edges of alcohol. Spices are lingering throughout, and complement nicely. Initially I could have sworn I smelled hops, but I am having trouble tasting any; this isn't a bad thing though as it has enough going on with the flavors as is.

Photo of maddogruss
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a goldne body with no read head nad lacing that dissipates after a few sips.

S: Kind of a fruity, apple smell. Was pretty sweet.

T: Tasted like white grape juice with alcohol in it. Very interesting. Slight, sweet apple taste, but I think mostly white grapes.

M: Ok mouthfeel. Nothing major, but not too thin.

D: ok drinkability. The highly sweet taste was starting to get to me later on. May be able to have a few of these, but I do not see this as a beer you can drink a lot of in a row. Still, a good brew.

Photo of timmy2b
1.9/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Beer looked nice when poured into a pint glass, and I enjoyed the smell of the grape. This was very sweet and tasted almost like candy. Very light feeling in the mouth, but with the sweet taste was very undrinkable. I had to give up drinking it after about a third of the beer and this has never happened to me.

Overall Just Not Impressed

Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had to try this one as the description from Dogfish Head was too enticing. Served in a port glass. Beautiful gold and honey color. Very little head, however the glass did retain a little lacing and demonstrated the slightest bit of effervescence after the pour. Difficult to place the smell, but it was very sweet and somewhat floral. Taste of honey and white grapes reminded me very much of a mead with some mild carbonation. Nice mouthfeel with a mild bite. Very drinkable with a slight taste of alcohol at the finish. I really enjoyed this, but at $12/4 pck., Midas Touch won't be a frequent choice.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow... this one definitely isn't for everyone. It isn't "beery" by any means, but if it's the type of thing you like, well... wow.

Had this one in a little out of the way place in tin Tarboro, NC. The prices at this place are great bordering on "what is the owner thinking?" because it's a small pub in a small town in a small market for beer. I paid $5 for the bottle, and I couldn't pass it up.

Poured a nice, clear golden/brass color, with very little head which died quickly.

The nose was a huge honey and saffron aroma, with enough white grape coming through that my first thought was "wow, this is a Grape Nehi in an expensive bottle". Yet the wonderful raw honey arome kept saying "go on, show some balls... drink me". So I did.

The taste, not surprisingly, was very strong raw honey up front, almost enough to make one think "mead". There's a good deal of grape in this as well, while the saffron, while there, kind of hides in the background like a small, shy child peeking around the corner at the unexpected guests. It's there, but you're going to have to be fast to catch it. It's mostly honey and grape, like a very nice, very accessible pyment. While that may not sound very appetizing to someone expecting a beer, it's really quite nice. The 9% alcohol in this is extremely well hidden. It drinks much less than that, which is both good and bad, depending how far you have to drive. Overall, the taste, while not exactly beerish, is really very, very good. But it is a hit-or-miss thing. I can see beer lovers approaching this from a "It's Dogfish, they make beer" standpoint and coming away sorely disappointed. Those with broader tastes and more adventurous spirits may like it. I did. A lot.

The body is somewhat thicker than you might expect. It's nowhere near chewy, but there's substance here beyond what might be considered "normal". It simply adds to the overall character of the beer in this instance, and that's a good thing.

OKay, calling this a beer may be stretching it a bit. It really does come across more as a sparkling mead or pyment than anything else. But whatever it happens to be, it's really pretty damned good. Enter into it with an open mind. Remind yourself that "beer" covers a broad spectrum of flavors, not all of which may meet our preconceived notions. If you look at this in that manner, you may find this to be as enjoyable as did I. If not, you may rate it low. To each their own, obviously. But my own says "wow, more please!". Worth seeking, if you know what you're getting.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright orange body with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of honey and spice. Fifteen dollar chardonnay wine and flower petals. Oh, and more honey.

Taste: Mild, sweet maltiness gets trumped by even more sugary honey sweetness. A good measure of white grape juice flavor. Pinch of spice. Finish is alcoholic and somewhat drying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sticky, syrupy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The epic saga behind this beer is far, far more interesting than the beer itself.

Photo of AndoBrew
2.28/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

*hated it would not buy*

app: looks peachy. nice, no head.

smell: yuck, smells like a rotten pile of fall leaves and burning hair chemicals.

taste: yuck, lots of heffe flavors up front then tastes like a thick macro brew, very unblended, its all over the place no unity of flavors no direction. the after flavor is painful.

mf: fine for such a strange brew.

drinkable?: HA. not in the least, hold your nose and chug this is a mess.

side not for all DFH beers. keep trying, keep going for the weird wild brews, you get em right some times. and at least you are not a follower! CHEERS!

Photo of williamherbert
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours zero head whatsoever. Super-clear golden color. Looks much like apple juice actually. Nice color, but only a little body.

The smell is a fantastic menagerie of aromas, sweet and deep. First a deep red/purple grape. It's like an ale with a hint of deep red wine. Sweet, sugary honey also comes through. Quite complex, really. This beer is for bloodhounds to appreciate. Lots of berries.

Tastes of berries and grapes. All malt and hops are overshadowed by the pungent berry/grape and pungent alcoholic kick. Puckery as it warms up. Also sour.

Feel is a bit bubbly. It's fizzy and thick. It's a choker-downer, like a saison. Quite thick and strong. Big, sour/tart film. It's a fascinating brew, really. Complex, overwhelming. One and I'm done.


Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice a nice slightly cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, there is a very nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice oil slicks/islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, sweet, slightly tangy/bitter, yeasty, and slight spice. The taste is very nice consisting of malts, yeast, honey, and some spice's. Medium body, a well rounded and complex brew. Very drinkable, a true to style brew from Dogfish Head, highly recommeded.

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