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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,378
Reviews: 1,589
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 155
Gots: 627 | FT: 4
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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 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.

Photo of onehomesickalien
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice golden color with a decent head. This one reminded me more of a cross breed of a fruit beer (grape/raisin) and a barley wine. Alcohol smell and taste was a high. Overall decent tasting, but left an overly sweet aftertaste and thick residue on the throat. There is a very original taste of saffron (a very expensive spice) in this one that makes it interesting to try even if it is not you typical everyday bear. Reminiscent of Victory's Golden Monkey but not as drinkable.

Overall. not one of my favorites (I hear this one improves with age) from Dogfish Head, but still better than many out there.

Photo of kms910
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at a Dogfish Head Beer dinner.

Appearance: White, frothy head that dissipated quickly into a light layer of foam. Light golden color

Smell: fruity aroma

Taste: a thick skinned grapes, followed by alcohol, almost like a dry wine

Mouthfeel: dry

Drinkability: This would be a session beer however the ABV doesn’t lend itself to that – overall I think this is a good beer and especially since it reminds me of a wine

Photo of zdk9
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A golden amber color. Started with a good finger and a half head but no retention (perhaps thats my glass' fault)

S- Strong whiffs of white grape juice. Some spicyness, as in spice not heat.

T- More white grape juice, not really winey just juice. A good bit of toasty-nutty grain. Quite an interesting flavor and I don't know really how to rate it against the style. I can't detect any saffron, I wonder if it would taste any different without the amount they put in. Also, very little, if any, hops flavor, but I think that works here. I imagine any more hops would conflict with the honey and grape tints.

M- Nice smoothness and a little bit syrupy from all the sweetness of the beer.

D- Alcohol is not covered well at all. I think this is a bad wine characteristic to inherit, and that limits the drinkablity of this one. It is also interesting and different but probably too much grape flavor to make it interesting for all that long.

Photo of geexploitation
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber with bright golden highlights and minimal head. The aroma has a sweet fruitiness to it, an aroma that wouldn't be out of place in a dessert wine. Golden delicious apples and bubblegum esters are hiding in there, too. Very little in the way of malt aromas. Sweet on the palate, but not heavily so -- lots of fruit notes, lots of bubblegum. The overall flavor impression reminds me of grape flavored Big League Chew. In spite of the cloying apsect of the flavors, the lightness of the mouthfeel and the smoothness of the beer make this very drinkable. Overall, this is an OK beer, historically interesting and unoffensive, but a bit too fruity-sweet for my taste.

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

Appearance: It's a transparent, golden color. Foamy, one finger head had pretty short retention and left a light coat of lace.

Smell: It smells mostly of spices and fruits. It's sort of a peppery aroma. Sweet honey smell comes through nicely. There's a bit of a grainy or earthy smell to it. Kind of light in the hops department.

Taste: Very sweet grape taste. Somewhat reminiscent of wine. Honey and grainy flavors are also there. Finally, it has a very spicy kick to it on the way down.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Very smooth and easy to drink. This is especially true considering the 9% abv. Alcohol is masked very, very well. Overall, it's a pretty good beer. I wouldn't frequently stock it in the fridge, but it's certainly worth checking out.

Photo of bahumutx
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours clear and amber in color.

Smell: Grapes, Honey and some spice. Also has an earthy smell.

Taste: Starts with a sweet honey like taste. There is some spice in the middle and ends with an almost champagne like flavor. As the beer warms an earthy flavor starts to come out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is very similar to that of champagne. Somewhat dry.

Drinkability: This is a very sweet beer and because of that one of these in a session if good.

This is an interesting offering from Dogfish Head. I would recommend trying it because it is very different but something you would expect from Dogfish Head.

Photo of burnstar
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice gold, small head which disappears quickly. Smell is sweet with some fruit, grapes perhaps. Quite sweet upfront with lots of grape flavor. There is some herbal bitterness and nuances in the finish - must be from the saffron which is a fantastic spice and very subtle. Are there hops in this beer? Overall very sweet and not much balance but balance isn't what this is going for. Mouthfeel is think almost syrupy. Not extremely drinkable but again it's not supposed to be. Good overall.

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.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,378 ratings.