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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,320
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 149
Gots: 548 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of bonkers
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
A-Pale yellow color with a nice head and nice lacing
s-very sweet smell, not what I an used to for a beer
T-the first sip the spice from the saffron hits you in the face, and is overpowering. The honey mellows the after taste, but leaves a sweet taste.
M&d-fair mouth feel but is not very easy to drink because of the overpowering saffron.
Overall-I would not buy this beer again. It was interesting to try because of the recipe, but definitely not worth 10 bucks a 4 pack.

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

12oz bottle, dated Feb 2007

A: Honey-gold with a thin white head. Thin stream of carbonation with a very thick, liqueur-like appearance

S: Spiced with saffron, honey, ginger and sweet malt. Definitely interesting! There's also a slight earthy hop bite in there.

T: Unique. Similar to the nose with an intriguing blend of flavors i haven't encountered in a beer before.

M: Heavy with a honey-like syrupiness. Almost feels fitting

D: This is interesting and worth revisiting.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with barley, honey, white muscat grapes and saffron.

A: Poured a golden-apple juice color with a thin white head with no lacing.

S: tart grapes, apples, and some light honey notes.

T: sweet honey malt, and tart grapes. There was some yeastiness with a very light herbal hopping. The palate was crisp and finished with some tart grapes and a lingering honey sweetness as well some dry alcohol.

M: slick, mildly carbonated, and very light and thin.

D: A tad sweet so one is enough in a sitting. Noticeable alcohol also may hinder drinkability.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with lots of bubbles but surprisingly little head and lacing, bit fizzy.

Quite the aroma on this one, very floral with a strong grape presence, I'm also picking up on a lot of honey.

Taste packs a punch, feels stronger than the 9%, the honey aspect of the beer really shines through, quite sweet with a sharp alcoholic presence, the alcohol isn't necessarily noticeable, but you certainly feel some warming sensations, other spices are present but the honey takes the cake.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A - Pours a pumpkin orange color with little to no head. Hazy, but appears to have a suspension of abundant tiny particles

S - Scent is interesting, a mixture of honey and white, vinous grapes. Sweet with a bit of belgian-esque yeast flavor.

T & M- Much like the scent, with an almost mead-like honey and alcohol combination. Muscat grapes add a bit of a dry apple white wine flavor. Body is made fuller by a substantial malt bill. Spice is lightly evident with a touch of saffron. Finish remains a bit sweet without much bitterness, although it is drying from the grapes. Interesting without being cloying or undrinkable.

D - Alcohol gets a bit hot as this beer warms, but the flavor stays interesting throughout. An admirable brew and one that expands your definition of what beer can taste like. Almost like a combination of mead, white wine and beer.

Photo of knight84
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I read somewhere that DFH serves this in a snifter so that's what I used. Poured a clear golden old straw color with a finger thick egg shell white head that dissipated quickly to leave a thin medallion of head floating on the surface with a small ring around the edge of the glass. It smelled really sweet, strong barley, a bit of yeast, herbal hops, and honey. Alcohol scent comes in the back of the nose as the beer warms a little.

The taste is barley malts, honey, dark fruits which is probably the grapes but not really clear to me. Alcohol is thinly disguised by the sweetness and herbal hoppyness but definitely still present in the flavor. Leaves a very buttery sweet and syrupy finish. The mouthfeel is watery and fairly light due to the light carbonation but it leaves a sticky watered down honey feeling in the mouth once swallowed.

Overall I wasn't really a fan of this beer. By the end of the glass I was wishing that I had split the bottle with someone as I had gotten sick of the over-the-top sweetness about half of the way through.

Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear bronze with absolutely no head. It smelled like honey wheat bread. It tasted like golden roasted hops, fairly sweet with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The texture was watery with no carbonation. This was basically like a reasonable version of the 120 Minute - sweet, but not sickeningly so. It still had a pretty unique flavor, but it was also very drinkable. Sweet beer!

Photo of mfhlucky13
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear gold with lots of bubbles. No head at all.

S: I smell those grapes & the sweetness of the honey.

T: The taste of grapes and their seeds is the first thing that hit me. I also found the honey and a light pleasant tartness. No Saffron though.

M: Smooth and sweet, but crisp.

D: Another great brew from DFH. I had this with dinner. Went very well with grilled rosemary chicken. Nice.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap at the rehoboth pub, this was a clear gold with a decent white head. very interesting bouqet-smells very much like a moscato d'asti frum the muscat grapes. a unique aroma from that alone which i have never encountered in another beer. also floral, sweet honeyed bready malts, and fresh (not roasted) nuts in the nose. taste is mead-like, sweet with a semi-drying finish. no hop presence. medium to full-bodied and viscous, this could present a cloying sweetness after a while and as such is not a session beer, but definitely something unique and worth trying. would pair great with a lot of desserts.
update: a bottle acquired sometime in 2008 was opened feb '12 and held up very well. floral, spice, and grape notes still prominent and the beer didn't seem to have lost anything.

Photo of charlzm
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 03/18/08.

Pours a bright, clear gold with lots of bubbles. A white head forms quickly and dissipates. The whole affair looks more like champagne than a traditional beer.

Aroma is a little funky. There is a cidery note to it, as well as a bit of sourness and a touch of acidic citrus.

Very effervescent in the mouth, again like sparkling wine. Virtually evaporates off the tongue, dry but not parching.

Flavor is a cross between champagne and a Belgian quadrupel (think St, Bernardus). There is a little residual alcohol heat at the end.

Interesting beer, exactly unlike anything I have tried before. I can't say I love it, but I'm glad I had it.

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer interested me because of the story, style, and history of the brew. I couldnt wait to try it.

Pours a lovely golden, orange. The taste is that of a honey mead. I really think this is a very unique brew. I actually think this is a lovely, different beer.

Overall, this is a great beer. It's very unique and different. BUT, its very well done.

Photo of bassmantin
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color, fairly transparent, with a very small head.

The smell and taste are very unique. There is a bit of sourness, and some sweetness that lingers in the mouthfeel. I really don't know how to describe it, but it's incredibly unique and very interesting. There is a honey taste to it. I don't quite know what else to say, but I recommend trying it.

Photo of jeremyd365
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden copper with seemingly little head.

Could really smell the grapes.

It tastes pretty smooth, with the grapes making it slightly tart.

Overall, a pretty interesting experimental beer ("elixir"), but I probably won't get it again.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew a while back, definitely one of the more interesting DF has put out. This beer pours an clear orangish-gold with a thin, fizzy white head that circles the outside of the glass. Definite light win aroma in the smell, along with a thick pancake syrup that brings out a lot of the sweetness, also fruity with obvious grape overtones. taste is sweet, but not too cloying, like a tasty sparkling white grape juice. After the sweetness subsides, a little of the 9-percent alcohol warming pokes through.

Definitely a different brew, good for a changeup every now and then when the usual IPA and RIS's get to be too repetitive. A must try.

Photo of andrewt960
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Midas Touch - DogFish Brewery.
This beer was different that what i normally drink. A different kind of spiced up brew. This poured a nice light gold color with a decent head that faded to a very thin white head quickly. This smelled of honey, very sweet aromatics, but was nicely complimented by the buttery malty grain. A small amount of alcohol was detected, but certainly not overpowering. Tasted nice, first sip was mostly honey. Then the following sips were nice and you could taste the malt, and something on the back of the tongue. Not really saffron... at least was I could pick out.... maybe grapes?? It reminded me of some of the mead I once drank in Ireland. Overall, the mouth feel and drinkability of this beer aren't too bad. I think it is a perfect dessert beer, while sitting and talking with friends.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright golden orange. Thin head with fine lacing.

Aroma is a bit sedated when its fridge cold. Tart grape, sweet florals in the nose. Raw (unfermented) honey aromas there too.

Super smooth and sweet at the beginning. There is a bit of phenol alcohol flavors tucked in there, but they are nicely covered up by the sweetness. Butter and sweet cinnamon rolls. Almost a salty mouthfeel in there too.

I did not taste saffron, but i guess it's real expensive, heh. I'm not going to complain that I can't find its flavors in this brew.

Finish is sugary honey sweet, with a very full body. Gravity on this one feels pretty high. Definitly a great sipper.

I relish in experimental beers like this one. Props go out to Dogfish Head! It doesn't fit into a style I am familiar with, and for that, I'm really enjoying the experience as much as the flavors, aroma, and drinkability.

Photo of AleDrinkToThat
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber, opaque hue with a light head that likes to stay around.

Smell: Grapes, honey, and spice dominate.

Taste: The tart, slightly bitter grape hits up front with the spice (quite a bit of which is saffron). It opens up to a buttery sweet malt, where the honey really comes into its own. It finishes sweetly.

Mouthfeel: Tart, spicy notes hit up front, but the rounded sweetness really opens up and dominates.

Drinkability: There are quite a few good flavors stirring around in here, but it's not a beer I'd recommend having too often. It's a great novelty and it can pair well with some herb-spiced food, bread and some light cheeses.

Photo of Lynux
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aged for 1 year poured into goblet.

Pours a nice gold with less than a half inch of head. Very little retention with some lacing sticking on glass. Smells hot with the safron spice and malt. Get some sweet white grapes in there too. Taste is quite unique, very sweet with definite alcohol burn. Almost like a sweet spiced wine, my wife says it tastes like manishewitz (Jewish) wine. Definitely some spiciness with a pretty thick syrupy mouthfeel, I like it. Not something to drink more than one of in a night but a nice treat.

Something different to try and another good effort from the dogfish.

Photo of JackWeizen
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This stuff pours out a golden yellow with decent transparency. A thin head quickly dissolves into wispy little pockets of bubbles. A few sips reveal a strong nose of grapes, malt, honey, and alcohol. The taste is also strong with sweet grape juice, earthy malt, and tart bitterness. The aftertaste is alcohol which reveals the saffron on the sides of the tongue. This ale is a bit sweet, and feels syrupy. The lacing is also very tight. It goes down quite well though. I am actually done with the bottle in the ten minutes I have been writing this review (hey, I was thirsty).

Midas Touch is a very unique beer, and I enjoy it quite a bit. Its the kind of stuf I would share with a wine drinker to get opinions. I'm gonna stash some of this stuff for the summer.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last 4-pack at Jess' Market in Rockland. Pours a nice orange yellow color, head vanishes quickly. Smells sickly sweet like honey and and a cheap lager, Taste is quite better but very sweet, honey, bubblegum, sugar water, malt, no bitterness to be found, but it really isn't that overwhelming. Mouthfeel is good, if thicker it may have not tasted as good. Overall an intersting beer, a little sweeter than what I usually like but it is good and I can recommend. Dogfish always have really intersting brews and love what they make and offer.

Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden with minimal lasting white head. Smell is a slightly grainy honey sweet smell as it opens up a bit. Also a twinge of something else, which I think is the grapes. Kind of a slight wine like aroma to it as well, but something I can't quite pinpoint for sure, but I don't notice the saffron... A bit unusual. Wow, taste is quite sweet, but not at all what I expected... Honey is prevalent, a grain taste as well, but almost none of the 9% alcohol is there which is a huge plus. Has a bit of a white wine crossed with a sweet beer feel to it. Very unique for sure, and not as crazy and undrinkable as I feared it might be. Although it is a sipper beer, rather than a session type. It's still a bit sweet, but I kind of like it...

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, like a clear apple juice. Razor-thin white head.

Aroma of green apples, green grapes, and an almost medicinal note. Not sure what makes that.

Taste is like a sweet fruit salad. Green apples, green grapes, raisins, honey, and enough booziness to remind you it's 9%.

Medium mouthfeel, dry and sticky, with a zippy carbonation.

I wasn't sure at first, but this beer seemed to taste better with every sip. And it's easy to drink for being such a unique brew. Try drinking this piece of history.

Photo of dsa7783
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copped a single 12oz bottle from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... bottle logo says "Handcrafted Ancient Ale with barley, honey, white muscat grapes, and saffron"... clear, lucid, apple-juice like appearance with no carbonation and minimal head... strong, sweet, cloying smell dominated by cloves, honey, and sugar... taste is slightly overbearing and a little too sweet to be truly enjoyable... grapes, florals, citrus, lemons and honey are noticeable... ultra-sweet, thick, rich taste is somewhat overbearing and dominating... watery mouthfeel and average drinkability at best due to the heavy combination of sweet flavors... not Dogfish Head's best for sure...

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

The beer poured a clear golden color with a finger thick head that quickly dissipated into the liquid. The head did not leave much lacing around the glass, but that isn't very surprising. A good amount of carbonation is evident in the glass. The beer did not burst with powerful scents, however, it did have a nice faint aroma of white grapes, almost a chardonnay(ish) flavor, with a nice dose of a pale barley malt. The initial taste was one of dry honey notes, white grapes, and a nice bready backbone. A little further into the beer some notes of saffron come out in the beer. I was surprised at what a heavy body the beer had; I did not expect that such a light beer, in many respects, would drink so heavy. I think a lot of it had to do with the large amounts of honey added to the beer. Though heavy, it was not unappreciated. This one will creep up on you. Drink with caution.

Photo of jeffmonarch
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a snifter at DFH in Gaithersburg MD.

A - Clear golden color, appropriate, little head.

S - Apple juice, fruity.

T - Sweet, crisp and clean.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. Tastes stronger than 9%. Better on draft at the bar in Rehobeth.

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,320 ratings.