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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,348
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 154
Gots: 598 | FT: 3
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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

Pours straw gold in color, good haze of sediment, a small white head quickly dissipates to a ring. Very strong white grape aroma mixes with a little lemon, sweet honey and musk melon. Sweet honey taste up front mixes with a nice candy sugar and white grape flavor, white wine like with hints of a lemony grassy hoppiness as well. Mouthfeel is nice and fairly full from the sugary body and low carbonation. Very much like a lighter mead in some ways or like a sweet white wine, interesting for sure. This bottle is probably 2-3 years old and the beer is drinking quite nice and will possibly improve for a year or two more.

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

I had mixed feelings about this one. It was an interesting sounding brew, not bad, but not as good as i hoped.

A: Not too bad, a golden color but with little head and that which it had went away within a minute or two. A bit of lacing.

S: Smells heavy of honey and a tiny bit yeasty with some raisin notes. A bit alcoholic.

T: Quite an interesting flavor, definately beer in body, but sweet with notes of honey and a raisin, mature grape flavor like a wine.

M: Bright in the mouth with a good bit of carbonation and the tingle of alcohol, though not to astringent.

D: This is a bit of a novelty for me and wouldn't be something i reach for beer after beer. It went down alright, however.

Photo of HoustonTX
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Midas touch pours a very clear amber color. Lacking ahead, yet carbonation is ample. Smell is pretty clean for the most part. Honey and the white muscat grapes being most prominent, with a sweet saffron aroma in the background.

Damn, this shit is crazy sweet. Almost like indulging yourself in a vat of honey. It's hard to even make out any flavors or subtleties, since the sweetness is way overpowering. (Just had thoughts about drain pour...) Anyways, the honey is very prominent, along with the sweet pale malt. This is just not my type of beer to be honest. Way to sugary tasting for my liking. Maybe this would appeal to women and wine drinkers?

A beer that falls way short of my usual high DFH expectations. I would definitely avoid this one, especially since it's rather expensive.

Photo of BeardedSquash
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle dated May 8, 2007.

A: A crystal clear and brassy orange liquid with a brief white head.

S: Wonderful smell of flower petals and honey. Bitter orange on the tip of the nose.

T: Much like the smell, but backed by a subtle hint of light malt. The dryness of the honey runs in a well balanced race with the sweetness of the white grapes. The alcohol is naturally masked by it all.

M: Excellent. I'm not sure what style this would fall into, so mouthfeel is hard to judge, but the light carbonation compliments the flavors wonderfully.

D: For such strength, this is remarkable drinkable. The flavors don't overpower your senses, so more than one in a night isn't unthinkable, just as long as you remember to eat beforehand.

An interesting brew all around. I've done a bit of cooking with saffron, so I am able to pick up a small bit of it in the smell and taste. Then again, if I didn't the saffron it was in there, would I be able to pick it out. Probably not. And that's how saffron should be used.

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

A- Clear dark gold with an orange tint. Saffron may be adding to the unique color. Large bubbles.
S- Sweet smell of grapes and honey. Pretty intense. Wine-like alcohol.
T- Lots of flavor. Sweet barley, honey and grapes dominate with a warm alcohol burn. Saffron is subtle. I cannot detect hops or identify them in the flavor. Closely resembles hard cider with it's sweet tartness.
M- More like hard cider or a wine spritzer than a beer in it's mouthfeel.
D- Great sipper and great with food that white wines would usually pair with.
Notes: An intense high alcohol brew(?) like this seems unlikely to be a crossover beer, but try sharing with friends who would usually be drinking chardonnet or hard cider and see what happens.

Photo of edskirk3
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounces, bottled 02/02/07, part of a 4-pack. I'm pouring into a Duvel glass. It appears to be slightly viscous.

Deep gold hue. Any head is created from the turbulence of the pour and does not last long after. It is eventually reduced to a very thin patchy layer.

The aroma is sweet and reminiscent of perfume and fruit. There's notes of grapes, honey and various herbs and flowers. Much of this comes through when tasting as well. Sweetness, floral notes, and some pepper. Midas Touch has a sticky, warm mouthfeel while coming off a little dry. It reminds me of both white wine and young scotch.

Alcohol aside, this "ancient ale" is rather refreshing. However, I think it serves better as a nightcap. Might pair well with some grapes or pungent cheese.

Photo of Nesued
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden color with a bit of a head that formed upon pour. Resolved to a thin head that retained for the duration. Lively carbonation that continues to feed the retention.

Smell - Floral aroma with a distinct grape presence that reminded me of a weak grape juice. A big sweet presence as well that was different and took a bit getting used to. Not a whole lot of anything else to speak of.

Taste - In brief: "It tasted exactly as it smelled." A bit of an alcohol bite at the end that otherwise would have not been noticed. As it warmed, the honey front-end and back-end did come forth and rounded out the overall presentation.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin but not overly so. The carbonation doesn't really add any transportation effects to the beer. Doesn't really have a lot of depth.

Drinkability - Interesting and well worth the experience. Reminds me of an Italian dessert wine in body and taste. Wonderful experience and well worth keeping around for that "here, try this one" effect.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a bright orange-red color with thick off-white head that lingers long and leaves good lacing. Aroma is a very pleasant malty dark fruit, predominantly grapes, along with an unknown spice. Moputhfeel was tingly and spicy, and the finsih was spicy, long and warming, thanks in great part to the 9% ABV that kicked in late in the glass. Once again, another fine effort from DFH.

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

Pours a nice fresh golden colour with a biggish frothy white head that quickly dissolves to a thin lace that leaves far more residue on the glass than expected.

The aroma is an interesting combo of wine-like grapes, a touch of honey and perhaps a bit of spice. Refreshingly new, yet familiar at the same time.

The flavour hits with a quick bitter but sweet juiciness before blending with the honey flavour. There's a bit of a bread feel here as well, mostly toward the finish of each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated and very refreshing overall.

This is an interesting brew to say the least but Dogfish Head pulls it off nicely. It's definitely got some wine characteristics to it, from the big grape presence to the mouthfeel, but is very much a beer at the same time. Recommended.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a very clear light golden color with no head.

Smell is very interesting. Some hints of sweet muscadines accentuate the saffron base.

Taste is honey on the front with lots of saffron in the finish. Slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is just a bit syrupy, but not bad.

Overall, an interesting beer. The concept behind it is very cool. Worth picking up a single to try.

Photo of FrognutUnl
1.96/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I hope I don't get labeled a beer terrorist for this review, but this beer was not for me. The first thing I noticed was the horrible odor of urine. This beer smells and looks and smells like urine. The taste is a little sweet for my tastes and the flavor of the saffron didn't win me over. This is an resounding "No" from me.

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

Pours a light shade of pure gold with magnificent clarity. A fizzy white head of one and a half fingers is short-lived and leaves spotty lacing. Active streams of fine bubbles expel most curious aromas of dates, sack mead and grape-soda. A whiff of alcohol lies in the background, and no detectable barley or hop scent to speak of. The first sip has the sweet twang of cidery ester, pale malt sweetness and sharp Pils malt. A light concorde vinous note develops early, and dry, sparkling mead tones are dominant throughout. The aftertaste is mild, with only hints of an herbal, gruit-like taste that gives resonable balance to the complex flavor. The drink has more a feeling of a wine & mead concoction, and consequently manages the mellow suggestion of alcohol well, which might have been more obviously perceived in a more familiar beer tasting brew.The body is on the lighter side, but obviously thinned out by highly fermentable sugars; and the carbonation is appropriatly spritzy; keeping the mouthfeel snappy and preventing any cloying; lest the drinker become overwhelmed by the peculiar sweetness clinging to his tounge. The finish leans toward residual, but the drying alcohol and subdued spice character allow a well-rounded, if not esoteric beer down to the last swigs.

Obviously the brewers intended to produce a period/historic beer, and in the process re-created something totally alien to most contemporary ales and lagers. But I appluad thier innovation and score this generously because the applied beer catagory is indistinct and varied and because I like it.

Photo of bosco7
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Obtained a 12 oz. bottle from Market of Choice in Eugene, OR. Poured into a brandy snifter.

Thin soda-like head quickly disappears. Rosey peach color.

Rose petal, booze, biscuit, and grape aromas.

Taste: imagine a tripel mixed with box wine. Candy, apple, wine flavors, booze, and some malty flavors. Very sweet and cloying. Some honey in the finish and the saffron not apparent. Spritzey.

I wouldn't drink another because of the sweet candy flavors go unbalanced and higher alcohols are a bit harsh. I kind of expected this.

Photo of markaberrant
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - suspended particles, lively carbonation. Interesting orange colour, clear except for particles. Generous white head.

S - white wine-like, fruity, pears, honey, apples.

T - sweet honey up front, with a bit of dry cider/wine on the back, yet the finish returns to sweet. Not overly beer-ish.

M - This would be a syrupy, sickly sweet mess without the carbonation. Light and easy to drink.

D - Very easy to drink, but I really don't see the need to have another.

An interesting mixture of beer, mead and wine. Would be a very nice drink to serve with a meal.

Thanks for the bottle demcorhip!

Photo of Flyer
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | 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 techdiver
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with minimal head.

Nose is of an odd herbal honey smell.

Taste is of honey butter. A very unusual brew to say the least. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability is good, but not one I'd plan on having many of.

Photo of soupyman10
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a light amber tinge. One finger of white head that disappears quickly. Nose is spicy, but with a slight chemical tinge too, as well as the sort of standard lager-y nose. A little sweetness and corn as well. Taste is crazy and all over the place. Mad assortment of flavors. First is that light, grainy taste, which is quickly replaced by malt, warming alcohol, and sweet fruit flavor (the bottle claims grape, which seems legit). Body is solid, medium, good carbonation. Overall, a bit of a surprise. Didn't really know what to expect from an herb beer, and the nose didn't get me, but great flavor.

Photo of dawg
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my DFH snifter.

A bit headless. Nice clarity and color. No sediment in the bottle. Pretty delicate light amber hue.

Nose is like champagne and dark fruits. Nice foamy feel. Tastes like subtle fresh eiswine, icewine, whatever.

Honey traces only. They're dominated by the grapes and alcohol tones.

Nice, really hits the spot.

Photo of GPHarris
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick off-white and bubbly head into a snifter. it leaves a little ring that dissipates quickly. the body is an incredibly bright and clear orange.
s - sweet honey and white grapes.
t - hints of spices, honey and grapes with a little tartness.
m - light to medium.
d - so sweet, would be good for dessert. the 9% ABV is not detected at all. nice little sipper for a change of pace plus it's an interesting concept.

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

Appearance: A clear, pale, amber, a thin white lacing with a nice foamy ring.

Smell: Mild, some barnyard funkiness, a little malt sweetness.

Taste: A light caramel sweetness, then a little funkiness, a light clove spice, a lingering caramel or raisin sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, light carbonation and very drinkable.

Drinkability: Interesting brew. To me it tastes like it has Belgian sweetness, saison flavor, and hef spice, also some scotch style stickiness.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Saw this at Ace Supermarket and was drawn in by the idea of Dogfish making an "ancient ale with barley, honey, white muscat grapes & saffron." It comes off much more like a dessert wine or a mead than any other beer I've ever had, which is cool, but I'm not sure it's ready to drink. It's been in the bottle for six months, but from what I'm reading, it might need six more. The label says

It pours a crystal clear gold -- its initial frothy head dissipated into a thin lace on the top of the beer, and a touch of lace on the sides of the glass. When I first poured it, the nose was completely dominated by alcohol, but after it warmed a bit, the muscat grapes came out with a lot of melon. I can detect the saffron after a swirl, but this really smells like a white dessert wine, and not a particularly good one. The taste starts sweet, in the front of the tongue, with honey and grapes, and works its way back towards the bitters -- melon rind & tobacco -- with some earth and spices in between. It's interesting, but cloying and boozy. It does have quite an interesting mouthfeel, very honeyish, but enough carbonation to keep it smooth and it certainly works all parts of the tongue. My major problem with this brew is that it wears its 9% on its sleeve -- I've had stronger beers that are much more discreet. Regardless, worth a try, and I'd be interested to see how it ages...

Photo of Atlas1
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I reviewed this beer on tap from a sixtel I had almost two years ago. Haven't had it since, in fact. But a good friend recently brought me a mixed sixer and had this in it. So I'm interested to compare my review now to my review from '05. This one says it was bottled 01/02/07.

Pours a golden copper color, with a much thinner head than I would have imagined which dissipates quickly and leaves a very thin film on top. Not much lace here. Smells fruity and spicy. Grapes and honey, like the bottle proudly claims, are discernable, as are myriad spices I'm not sure I can place. Some banana in the aroma as well. Maybe some light peach scent too. Taste is sweet and full-bodied. Some honey here, with other malted sugars. There's a pleasant hop kick too, to balance things out. I find the mouthfeel thick and chewy. This is a great concept-brew by DFH. I wouldn't (couldn't) drink this all the time, but I'm glad to have tried it again. When it's cold, you know it's a beer. But when it sits for a while and begins to warm up, it takes on much more of a honey-mead quality. At 9% ABV it will certainly leave an impression on you. Worth a try, even if you're not a fan of meads or spiced beers. Makes a fine after-dinner treat.

Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a bright gold color with decent head retention and adequate lacing. The nose is not too intense, but seems to consist of sweet honey and cherry. Flavors really seem pretty simple, and the beer tastes very light for it's abv. The flavor profile consists of cherry, orange and honey, and there's a bit of dryness on the finish that is refreshing.

This was a decent enough beer, and for it's abv., very drinkable. I would never guess I was drinking a 9% abv. beer. Interesting (if not overwhelmingly wonderful) beer from DFH.

Photo of beckje01
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Gold color with lots of activity about a quarter inch of head with big bubbles.

S- Sweet smell with a spice hint hidden in there.

T- Sweet honey flavor, then it moves to a nice fruity taste. The flavors change a lot from cold to room temp. Very nice and enjoyable.

M- Nice thickness good carbonation all lends it self well to the flavors.

D- Easy to drink nice paired with food would only drink this once and a while but I would keep one or to around.

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,348 ratings.