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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,341 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,341
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 154
Gots: 592 | 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 kelticblood
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mediocre looking appearance with a below average head that fizzled out quick to almost nothing. The color is a nice gold with a touch of cloudiness. I've had this bottle in my fridge for at least 2 to 3 years. Very strong and complex aroma. It smells strongly of raisins, cherries, figs, prunes, and grapes. It has a thick syrupy smell that gives it a real sweet note. The taste is very over the top sweet right from the start. The first sip will make you pucker. Slight carbonated mouthfeel with an alcohol bite on the finish. The aftertaste is very dry coupled with a sweet and bitter finish. The mouthfeel is kind of flat and could use more carbonation. Has a thick body and texture . The alcohol is not seen directly in the taste, but only upon swallowing. This is definatley a well-crafted brew, but just not to my liking. It is not very drinkable to me, mostly because of its overly sweet taste.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Wow, let's just say this beer is all over the place. VERY unique. Appearance was very weak, poured a clear tinted orange with very little head that died down to nothing soon after. Lacing is non-existant whatsoever. Smell, now this is where it gets interesting. Honey, apricot, cherry, and grape. Taste is much of the same. Sweet all around with honey overpowering any other taste. This almost seems like a wine, very different. I just don't know where the 9% abv is? Drinkability isn't there just because it's so sweet for a beer. I definitely couldn't have more than one of these in a night. I had a tough time just finishing this one, not because it wasn't enjoyable, just because it was so sweet. Give this one a try if you enjoy experimenting with beer or if you can tolerate sweet/fruity beers, otherwise avoid this one. What else do you expect from Dogfish though?

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

Dogfish head
refined feel
stretching the limits
of what ale can be real-
exotic dry grape wine,
honey sugar / saffron scent
bit of malt backbone
puts the ale into it

pours a light tan orange
with no head or lace
looks like a wine
rising bubbles give way

to that special grape scent
with mysterious tinge
of the saffron or honey
slight alcohol singe

there's carbonation,
and also a stagnant feel
a hybrid without doubt;
honey wine tart grape floral feel

is suprisingly well
the flavors don't overwhelm
and blend very well

Photo of penguinjive7
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with little head and no lacing to speak of.

Smell is of honey, grapes, and alcohol.

Taste is initially honey followed by a bitter herbal flavor and a strong alcohol bite. The finish is a nice blend of all of these flavors with the added hint of vinous grapes. Clear and distinct stages and a nice blend in the end.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly lite and the carbonation was a bit heavy but did not take anything away.

At 9% this is still a very drinkable brew. The alcohol is very present, but I think that adds to its depth. Nice drinking overall. Very different and definitely worth trying at least once.

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy orange/ pink mix
Smell: fresh grapes, honey
Taste: Muscadine wine, honey, spicy, alcohol notes peeking thru.
Mouthfeel: medium body, silky smooth
Drinkability: refreshing, drinks like a semi-dry white wine with a kick
I normally don't like spiced beers but this is a mellow version. There spice gives good character without taking over the mix.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden/yellow with a thick head. It had small bubbles and some decent lacing. The smell is sour and of fruit…the grapes are noticeable in the aroma. The taste is a bit malty, the grape and spice flavors are apparent as is the sweetness from the honey. The mouthfeel is on the light side. The carbonation and alcohol make for some interesting character in this category. Overall, I think this is a fairly smooth beer that does show off some of the unique flavors added. Definitely worth a try – but may not be for everyone’s palate.

Photo of BAbaracus
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this beer really has DFH's fingerprints all over it. Oh shit. It actually does.

So how 'bout them grape peels? That would be the dominant aroma I'm getting followed closely by the honey. There's also something slightly musty that I can't place... somewhat akin to the moldy vapors emitted by the likes of a Millers Lite or Rolling Rock. Come to think of it, it kinda pours that way also.

Oh well, if I had my druthers I'd give the entire score based on Taste. For my money, I don't care if it looks like a gallon of sewage dipped out of the Erie Canal and smells like a French whore's toilettries, so long as it tastes like a million bucks...

...and it doesn't. Shoot. A watery disposition on the tongue but those grapes really come through. Not in any kind of fantabulous pawn the house and mortgage the kids sort of way, but it has the potential to grow on you. I don't cook so I have no idea what saffron is all about, but I'll assume it's that semi-exotic spice acting like a bridge between the fruit of the vine and my precious honeyed barley.

Ultimately, tastes like a session beer but that's what Mike Tyson said about Buster Douglas.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a clear, beautiful beer-golden. Aroma is quite fruity and has a zing to it. Flavor has a strong ale taste with some bite and a whisper of lemon. Although it is hoppy, Midas Touch is surprisingly and pleasantly not bitter. The pleasant and jazzy mouth-feel make this a good sipping beer.

Photo of dfried
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear orangish golden in color, thin white head that quickly settled to a ring. A lot of sweet honey in the aroma, fresh grains, white grapes, pretty much as the bottle said it would. There was some spicy alcohol in the taste, malty taste, fresh grains, the white grapes again, and candy sugar like sweetness coming from the honey. The saffron makes appearances but was never as strong as you would taste in a food made with it. Pretty sweet, dry mouthfeel.

Overall: This is what it is. There have been improvements in beer making over the last couple thousand years. Interesting to try, definitely more like a mead than a beer. It does remind me a little of a Belgian golden ale without the yeastiness.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Dogfish snifter.

A: Cool apricot/orange color, no head, nor any lacing.

S: Sweetness of honey and the grapes really stand out. Slightly boozy.

T: Warming alcoholic sweetness, apparently from the grapes. Not really like beer, more like an ice wine or something.

M: Smooth but slightly syrupy. Ends up with virtually no carbonation.

D: Not that bad for something different. Too high ABV and too expensive to be very drinkable. Tastes decent though for the ABV.

Photo of Redwood21
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is said to be brewed with ingredients found in an anchient pot/bowl. This was enough to give it a try. I am still not sure if i like this beer or not, it is said to be made with grapes honey and saffron. I feel i could defiantly pick up on the honey and saffron. Its high in alcohol. and certainly has a strange taste, so drinkability is probably not too high. Its worth a try just because of what it is, but its a pretty good beer on its own.

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

This was very interesting. I was uncertain if I would like it or not. It poured an orange gold with a snow white head; Crystal clear with no cloudiness, haze, sediment, debris, etc.
Smell was sweet and herbal, but at the same time, almost smelling like BMC. Taste is initially sweet, then alcohol, then a bizarre finish that seemed to be biscuit/malt dryness and white grapes and honey sweet simultaneously. Very strange. I like it, though. Mouthfeel was a bit ho-hum, being neither offensive nor great. I could probably make it through two of these, perhaps three in a social setting. Certainly not a super-sessionable brew you would want to drink 8 or 9 of, but not so strong that you'd have to stop after only one.
A touch better than average. Glad I tried it.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I promise I’ll keep an open mind… I promise I’ll keep and open mind… So the first thing my open mind detects is no hint of saffron color. The body has lots of small floaty yeast flocs in an otherwise clear golden body. No yeast remains in the bottle. But saffron makes no appearance other than on the label.

Midas’s soft head eclipses quickly leaving a light aroma of floral wine. Honey makes a generous appearance in the taste and color, but this ale otherwise reminds me of a Belgian golden. Are hops used here at all? Hard to say. Midas is also hard to critically evaluate due its defiance of contemporary styles.

I drank a 12-oz. bottle of this “Ancient Ale” about eight months after it was bottled, which should be a safe timeframe for a 9% ABV beer. Nothing seemed amiss, but I consider this little more than a fun novelty.

Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large goblet. Plenty of bubbles rise up the body, an auburn body with glowing clarity. A thickness of pearl white head trims the glass, a thiner patch lays over the center. Lots of suds on the swirl. (I really, strongly doubt this was what the beverage looked like 2700 years ago, but a very sleek appearance anyways.)
Lots of stale malt in the nose, almost akin to a Euro pale, but with much sweeter overtones in the presence of the muscat grapes. Grassy and lightly floral.
Light bodied, flat flavours. Some honey sweetness. The 9% is well hidden. The malts fade in and out of the flavour profile. The grapes come through more the longer you let it sit in the mouth and impart a lot of dryness to the mouthfeel. Despite the dryness, the honey sweetness rings out lightly on the aftertaste. The sweetness and dryness play off eachother in an ackward way.
The drinkability is quite good, just not overly tasty. Overall, it's fairly unarousing to the senses
Disappointing. I question the accuracy of the re-creation, but appreciated it all the same. It is a little bit like part wine - part beer - part mead - and for that it is pretty neat. Although again, far less exciting than its background would have you hope.

Photo of Braudog
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another expensive ale from Dogfish Head, but I had to give this a shot. It poured with a curious consistency, carbonated, but more fizzy and less airy than most things we recognize as beer. It’s shiny yellow-orange. The aroma is interesting musty, almost meady, honey-laced and thick. As I sip this, I am intrigued by this barrier-breaker ... its alcohol warmth reminds me of ice wine ... it’s got a big malty undercurrent that almost tastes like a big, thick malt liquor ... and it leaves a sweet honey-like glaze on my tongue like mead. Interesting to be sure, but doesn’t make me want to plop down $8 for a bottle again. I’d rather get a 4-pack of the 90-minute IPA. Wonder how well Dogfish could do making a regular ol’ lager. (#2751, 3/15/2007)

Photo of dgallina
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle dated 01/02/2007.

Pours clear golden yellow with medium carbonation and no head or lace. Mostly sweet aroma. Sugary grain & honey are balanced with sour grape and herbal notes. Flavor is dominated by strong honey tones at the beginning and end, with bitter grape and leafy saffron notes in the center. Body is syrupy, medium-thick, with moderate carbonation. Not as bad as the Raison d'Etra, but not a winner either. Dogfish Head should stick to barley & hops; stop the fermented grape experiments.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A deliciously different beer than i've had before. Pours with almost no head, and what little there is quickly dissipates. Color wise, i'd put it somewhere near a strong tea color. Smells more like a mead than an ale. You can really smell the honey and grapes used in the recipe, and taste them as well. Very sweet, like a Gewurztraminer or ice wine. Can't tell it's 9% abv.... Very well done. Highly recommended, but if you are not a fan of sweet, then you wouldnt like it.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Simply put, an anthropological romp down beer lane. Little to no head at pour, minimal carbonation. Sweet honey taste that historically seems accurate.

Worth buying a bottle just to taste something similar to what passed Midas’s lips. Not the best “Beer you’ll ever taste” but dammed if it’s not an interesting and yet still tasty drink.

Photo of enfield249
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber, not heading twoards yellow, more orange.

S - I could get a lot of scent off of this beer. Made me think of Reslings and sweet.

T - Sweet wine, like a resling or muscot, some honey.

M - Not supper thick or thin. Just a nice feel, not too much carbonation.

D - I could drink this couple of times a week, but at the price (3.50 for a 12oz) I don't think I will. Good experiance, great beer. Well done.

Photo of Absumaster
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogfooddog for this.

It pours an orange amber color with very little head and easy going carbonation.

Smell has hints of straw, honey and vanilla and smells kind of mineralic. The grapes give the beer a little winey smell, but different more like fermented grapes. I know this sounds the same, but I hope you know what I mean. After this I get some nutmeg and clovey smells. Below that is a faint alcohol smell.

Taste is slightly bitter with honey, nutmeg and vanilla as the most perfumy tastes. In general this beer is spicy and herbal with the grapes giving the beer a nice tang and some adstringency. Body is a little thin, but this is to be expected from a beer with these amounts of 'adjuncts'. Mouthfeel is very little sticky and alcohol is kind of hot when swallowed.
If I did not know that there was honey, grapes and herbs in it, I probably would not have guessed it.

Photo of rajendra82
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Midas Touch, when poured into a pint glass, looked quite similar to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale due to its clear, highly bubbly, golden body, and a head that was big and pillowy at first. The head settled down to a steady layer of foam, with a good deal of lacing. The smell of the also seemed inspired by Belgian styles, as there was the noticeable saffron and spice presence, followed by the muscat grape smell, which is not too different than candi sugar. The taste was sweet and light, which was different than most Belgians which generally tend to be a lot drier. I could taste the sweet honey and white grapes, sense the floral delicateness of the saffron, and got a little hint of citric sourness at the back end of each sip. Alcohol was evident in a warmth, but not abrasive. Mouthfeel was light but sticky. Different than most beers, but not as different as I was initially anticipating. Would have no problem finishing off the rest of this four pack.

Photo of Neehan
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into stein.

When poured into the stein, the head dissapates quickly leaving just the golden body. (Looks exactly like apple juice) Rich in color, not much active carbonation. The smell, IMO, is the best thing about this brew, spicy with a strong presence of grapes, red more than white. Also some apples and light cherry. Very sweet taste, with the ripe grapes and a sour finish to go along with a bready aftertaste that eases back into the grapes. Watery in the mouth with light carbonation combined with the heavy sweetness. The finish will make you think you are drinking chardonnay. The fact that this is very, very sweet really damages its drinkability but this is a good brew to turn to for something very unique.

Photo of msolar
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like Dogfish Head, but wouldn’t have purchased this had I not seen it on Modern Marvels, “Breweries”. There is an interesting story behind the creation of this beer. Essentially it’s a replica of a 2,700 year old brew found in a royal tomb in Turkey, obviously believed to be that of King Midas.

As for a review…
Appearance – golden and clear in color. A very smooth appearance.

Smell – very sweet, like wine. The smell of honey is very evident.

Taste – It’s a very sweet beer that I would compare with a crisp white wine. Tastes good, but I wouldn’t consider it a regular addition to the fridge. My wife, a primarily wine-drinker, liked this beer a lot.

Mouthfeel – Not much carbonation, but felt crisp.

Drink – Good. A bit too sweet to drink more than a couple, but a glass with dinner was very nice.

I paid $13 for a 4-pack. Steep, but I’m willing to support Dogfish on this one at least once for their innovation (or replication?) of this beer. I would recommend trying once, but wouldn’t suggest buying a 12-pack of it.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light amber, no head, no lace. There was a touch of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass, but not much. Overall I thought it could have looked a little more lively. The smell was a dead ringer for a white wine. Very sweet grapes and alcohol were all over this one. Hints of honey and grain as it warmed, but really looks and smells like wine. The taste, well lets just say, is this a beer? Don't get me wrong, its not all bad, I just really think this has all the earmarks of a glass of wine. Heavily carbonated white grape taste hits you from the start, as it warmed maybe some honey in there, grainy bread flavors and a touch of alchol, which is not suprising given 9%abv. It has a very light, and lively feel and consistency. Very easy to drink, again though it really felt like a wine. I guess its the style. I will be trying it again though, as it did not really leave any bad inpression.

Photo of rattech
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A vibrant golden hue with a small head. The carbonation looks fairly aggressive in my goblet; it has a beautiful primeval appearance like liquid gold.

Smell: Wine like, I get a hint of vinegar. It doesn’t really smell like beer, but it isn’t awful.

Taste: Smooth malt taste, there is a sweet overtone – it isn’t overpowering at all. Swirling it around my mouth I get the bitterness of the brew, quite mild. I really like the way this beer tastes, it isn’t like a traditional beer. This is a really nice hybrid brew; I find it more like mead then beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, good carbonation. I consider the mouthfeel solid.

Drinkability: the high ABV makes it hard to drink more then 2 without getting piss ass drunk, the price makes me not want to buy it very often. When I drink this beer I frequently want to drink quite a few, it feels like a beverage that ancient man would drink large quantities of while celebrating.

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,341 ratings.