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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4,381
Reviews: 1,590
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 155
Gots: 630 | 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: 4,381 | Reviews: 1,590
Photo of HugoGrim
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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
2.04/5  rDev -45.3%
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
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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
2.24/5  rDev -39.9%
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
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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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.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,381 ratings.