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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

Midas TouchMidas Touch

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3,646 Ratings

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Ratings: 3646
Reviews: 1526
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: purplehops on 10-31-2001)
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3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy golden color with a medium head that sticks to the glass.

Smell: I smell the grapes and honey (at least I think I do) but the smell is dominated by butter. I don't know what to expect from saffron, so maybe it's there or maybe it's not. Either way, not nearly as bold of a smell as I predicted, but the alcohol seems to be concealed.

Taste: Again, butter, somehow. Honey is in there too, and the grape, which I could barely make out in the smell, I just can't find in the taste. Starts off tasting like, say, a 5% ABV beer and finishes tasting like the 9% ABV beer that it is. The taste is complex, and I can't pinpoint everything that is going on, and that's a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Rather creamy, with a medium-heavy mouthfeel. It's pleasant until later into the taste when the alcohol and spice start to burn and it gets a little bit sticky on the tongue.

Overall: I probably don't know enough about "ancient beer" to know what should or should not be here. Do I like it? Yes, it's interesting, and I appreciate the flavor profile. However, the butter smell and flavor, whether intended or not, is a bit much, and the alcohol, while well hidden during the first 80% of the test, overpowers everything in the finish. A good beer to try to say you had it, but not something that would work as an everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:21:28 | More by DeFaz
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Appearance- Pours a orange amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- white grapes, touch of honey, and herbal/floral aromas.

Taste- white grapes, honey, herbal notes. This brew is different from what I am normally accustomed to. Finishes sweet (like white grape juice).

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- For my first ancient ale, this delivers a unique flavour profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 18:14:39 | More by leaddog
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2.51/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed at the Tap House over 20 minutes.
Golden appearance, obviously--nothing special. Decent clarity. Thin head falls fast, leaving little lacing.
Buttery sweet scents with mild herbal notes.
Tastes like a honeyed version of the nose with a winey edge. Fairly bland and short.
The mouth is soft and uneventful, contributing to the lack of length in the taste experience. But it's smooth enough to be drinkable with a high alcohol content that's not very noticeable.
Overall, this brew is not much of a beer, and not adoptive of the best qualities of mead, either. A fusion of styles that fizzled.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2013 22:23:20 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of honey, grass, grapes and a slight breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet honey, earthy/grassy notes, bready malts, grapes and a touch of white wine.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 22:29:34 | More by SebD
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Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another beer that I really wanted to like...

A-Head dissipated quickly, yellow with a hint of orange
S-Smells sweet, and you get a grape must funk
T-Very complex, there are many enjoyable layers, perhaps too many for my inexperienced palate.
M-Good carbonation for the high alcohol content, fine bubbles
O-This is a flavorful beer that is not an everyday experience, I would say that you should try it once, its just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 00:56:30 | More by SSS
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South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a frosted pint glass. Poured smoothly to a 1/4" white head. Probably should have used a goblet in hindsight.

A - 1/4" head disappeared quickly. Orange, slightly copper color. Fine carbonation rising throughout a 10 minute delay.

S - white grapes from the start, maybe a touch of cinnamon.

T - sweet hit first, followed by a finish of warm spices and caramel

M - much more full bodied than expected from the look. Carbonation returned with the taste - somewhat fooled by the appearance.

O - good overall, probably best enjoyed post meal, or with a sweet-ish main course.

This is a very complex beer that could be perceived many different ways. I had just finished a spicy Antipasto salad, and I'm sure that influenced my comments.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:04:58 | More by DFlynn
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured in a Don Julio Tulip Shaped Glass

Appearance: Golden yellow, light amber with no head at all, but with a carbonated lacing around the glass.

Smell: The overall aroma is fairly sweet and spicy. Grapefruit, honey, barley. Smells like wine and champagne.

Taste: The taste reminds me of chardonnay. It's pretty sweet and spicy. I main flavor I can pick up is the grapefruit. It's spicy on the front-end and sweet towards the end from the malt and the barley.

Mouthfeel: light medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall, this is a really good beer. It gives me an insight into how beer tasted back in 750 BC. I would recommend this beer for anyone to try it, but I wouldn't really buy this on a regular basis. I would drink this on special occasions, while everyone drinks wine I'll have a Midas Touch by Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 17:13:25 | More by Tonmeister
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A-virtually no head at all, looks pretty carbonated pours a clear gold with an orange hue

S- sweet, I can smell the honey that is in it, slight spice (cinnamon only a hint of the saffron) after some breathing time the muscat comes out

t-not as sweet as expected, very light, pleasant and very mild - especially for the 9%. The flavor has a pretty cool progression from a mild pilsner to the grape flavor with just a hint of the saffron at the finish...

m-low carbonation, almost clean finish - lingers a bit on the back of the throat and you can feel some spice under the tongue although that could just be the burn of the alcohol

o- not my favorite beer but I think it has a really interesting story and the flavors made me keep sipping just to go through the flavors and pick them out... definitely worth a try

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 01:42:18 | More by Trapman
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, this is my first beer from the Dogfish Head brewery.

A- Pours a clear gold with one finger of white head. Head retention is poor, but there is a constant thin layer of foam. Well defined rings of lace.

S- It has a crisp aroma that reminds me of starfruit. As I dive deeper, I find aromas of white grapes, honey, and light notes of malt. I'm not detecting much saffron.

T- Slightly tart white grape interwoven with sweet honey. The finish is long and surprisingly dry with a mild herbal hop bitterness and mild fruit flavors.

M- light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- Really good.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 23:52:04 | More by silverking
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4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 5/2/11 into a Dogfish Head snifter. The pour is clear, dark gold, effervescent, and displays a nice bloom. The nose is very malty. I get sweet treacle-like notes, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, and toffee. I also get some fruitiness as well, primarily grapes and pears.

The beer is medium-full bodied and has a surprisingly balanced flavor. It does not bring forth all that sweetness on the nose. Rather, it is very nicely balanced between sweetness and spiciness. Up front I get a mish-mash of sweet bready malt and fresh apples. Neither dominates and both complement each other quite well. At mid-palate some of the brewing spices start to come forward. I don't know if it's the saffron, but it goes really well with the apple flavors up front. No booziness whatsoever, despite the fairly high ABV (of course, it does have about 2 years on it). The finish is slightly dry with just a touch of white wine character. It is very drinkable. The mouthfeel is silky smooth.

Dogfish Head beers are hit or miss with me. This one has been in my cellar for a while and I was ready to hate it. What a pleasant surprise this beer was. I thought it was one of the better DFH beers I have had. Complex and hearty, yet also quite refreshing and easy to drink. I don't know what I'd compare this beer to. It has the malty character of a Biere de Garde and the herbal qualities of a Saison. Very well done DFH!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 23:23:08 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy/hazy golden straw/yellow color with a finger or so of off-white dense head. It has a pretty good head retention that settled into a thick halo of foam, around the glass. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: First impression is of flowers and fruit and honey, like a white wine. I got some clover, grass and peaches. Very pleasant.

Taste: Upfront is all honey and wine and clover, crisp and sweet followed then by malty bread and spice, and finally, a semi-tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and crisp, more like a Riesling wine, rather than a heffeweizen or wit bier. Good carbonation, followed by a pleasant touch of alcohol.

Overall: This is my kind of a summer beer! Extremely tasty, extremely smooth and sippable, and very refreshing. And even at 9% ABV, it’s easy to kick back, and have a few of these and enjoy a lazy summer weekend afternoon. Just be careful when you stand up. You’ll soon realize where that 9% ABV went. This is the third of the Ancient Ale Series that I’ve tried and it’s the third that I’ve really liked by Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 21:48:58 | More by Jeffreysan
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange; big frothy head, long lasting

Aroma: Malty; floral hops; white wine

Taste: White wine; malt; touch of honey; smooth and tasty

Remarks: interesting and enjoyable

Didn't score A, S, T, M at that time, so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:42:07 | More by IchLiebeBier
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New York

4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/21/12
Closing in on a year

Psh, not recommended to cellar my butt. This beer is fantastic even after a year. I am a big wine drinker, so I definitely appreciate the use of grape must.

This is such an interesting beer I feel as if I can't grade it off of anything I have ever tasted and instead just grade it as I see fit for a one of a kind beer. Aroma is heavy perfume of wine, spices and juicy grapes. The flavor is much of the same. You can definitely tastes that saffron on the finish. The honey is what makes this such a smooth drinker. It's present in both the aroma and the flavor profile and just coats your palate with sweet nectar-like ambrosia. King Midas would definitely have swigged a couple of these back in his day.

A definite love for me. Now I'd like to see how it drinks fresh. I recommend experimenting and putting one away for a year and seeing how the wine transforms.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:44:19 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very cool label with attractive colors and graphics. Gives brewery info, web info, a small description of the beer, and ABV info. Neck label has DFH logo. Part of DFH Ancient Ales series. Bottled on date(11/21/12)

Appearance: I poured Midas Touch from its 12oz glass bottle into a 13oz flute. Midas touch poured out a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 3 finger off white dense foam head. Head retention was 4min 13sec before fading into a thick coating and ring. Nice lacing. 4/5

Smell/Aroma: Smells of a floral aroma with hints of white grape and honey. Very herbal with a slightly earthy tone and hints of saffron, 4/5

Flavor/Taste: Huge hints of honey on the front end along with a hint of white grape juice. Mid point is filled with strong saffron and herbal tones complimented with a nice floral accent. Finishes semi tart with a nice alcohol bite. 3.75/5

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied smooth and crisp with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Different but drinkable. 3.75/5

Overall/Comments: A completely different beer than I have ever had before. I really how DFH experiments and brings different beer experiences to the craft beer drinker. This beer was pretty light in nature and reminds me of a carbonated mead. Consumed 3/24/13. Classified as a Herbal/Spiced Beer at 9% ABV. 3.75/5

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 14:49:33 | More by thegodfather1076
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle into pint glass, paired with steak

appearance: pale yellow/light amber, foamy white head 2 fingers thick, active carbonation

smell: heavy notes of grape, saffron, very odd and unique smelling beer. smells very sweet, with sort of a biscuity malty scent coming out of the bottle.

taste: grape heavy, has some characteristics of red wine, very dry, sweet, a rollercoast of unique flavors. It's very hard to describe, it's almost like a Belgian Strong Ale (tremens/duvel/la chouffe) mixed with a red wine, with elements and the feel of champagne. Goes very VERY well with anything off the grill, I had mixed vegetables and steak.

mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium feel, not too light but certainly not heavy

overall: Probably THE most unique brew i've had, not sure what to think as it's so far out there compared to anything I had, but it was very pleasant and I really enjoyed it. If you like odd and strange beers, this one's for you. Not my favorite DFH, but a very good beer and I love how they're not afraid to try something new. GOes really well with grilled steak, if you like red wine and beer, you will probably find something in this that you will like. Hats off to Sam Caligione.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 06:26:14 | More by Roman5150
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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : Teku

Clear golden with a foamy, white head.

The honey and grapes really come through in the nose. Not unpleasant at all, but fairly unusual for a beer.

Still lots of honey and vinous notes, but also with a hearty, caramel, bready, malt background.

Medium body, average foamy carbonation.

A very interesting beer, the nose had me both intrigued and a bit apprehensive. The taste reminded me a bit of an English barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 08:30:27 | More by vkv822
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - clear, with some bubbles that rise very slowly, as if the beer was highly viscous. The small off-white head soon reduces to a ring.

S: only a little like like wine; more like mead,and more yet like beer, with some bready and vague spice aromas.

T: The flavor was stronger and way weirder that the aroma. {When drinking this and writing up my review, I vaguely recalled that this was based on an ancient recipe, but didn't know any of the details). Too boozy. Has some weird flavor components that are hard to identify and seem to include exotic fruit(s) and spices.

M: Medium+ carbonation. Light body.

O: an interesting 'beer' that I would try again, but out of curiosity rather than a strong desire to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 23:48:38 | More by chinchill
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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - poured clear with a modest head that wasn't well retained

S - not much to go on there. smell was faint. not hoppy, not malty and thankfully not skunky

T - Decent but not up to the Dogfish standards. I didn't pick up on the fruity flavors I had read about

M - Just about right. not overcarbonated

O - decent but I would not buy again

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 22:12:16 | More by Segelstrom
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3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey color. Lip of head that doesn't lace. Pretty clear. I like the color.

Honey, herbal aromas, white grapes, treacle, sugars, and yeast powder. Chalky nose, but super sweet. I think the saffron addition did something to the aroma, adding herbaceous notes, but it's not as easily identifiable... and my mother's Spanish.

Floral saffron and honey, but it's drying out all of a sudden. Not sugary anymore. White wine notes from the Muscat. Not the usual raisin-y dessert wine note. Maybe a semi-dry sherry. Malts aren't as thin as they were in the nose, but they certainly aren't representing themselves with any oomph. No hops, really. Every note is from an additive. I'm missing that base grain cereal note. It's decent, but mainly because it's weird.

Medium carbonation. Implied spiciness is rather invigorating. The body is a glazed medium. There's some headiness that swells long after the sip.

Midas Touch is a beer that I'll always misunderstand. But, the truth of it is that it's a decent beer that I just can't seem to really like all that much. But, I now know (after revisiting) that it's much more enjoyable since the last time I had one... about three years ago.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 15:07:04 | More by thecheapies
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into teku glass. Clear light orange/yellow with a fizzy single-finger white head that dissipated quickly. As it poured, it smelled like a white wine/champagne. In the glass however it smells different; yeasty, but with a hint of grape and sweetness. Taste-wise, it has a similar profile to the others in the ancient ale series, especially the Sah'tea. Smooth and yeasty, sweetness predominates. Spice notes come in towards the end, along with a little warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium but slick, a bit fizzy. I was expecting something more wine-like, such as the Noble Rot, but this was still an interesting beer. Not sure if I'd pick it up again, but always worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 02:10:41 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Last bottle from a four pack. Time for a review...

Pours a deep gold... I don't want to make any bad references but just think... "deep golden fluid".

Anyway, has a small white head that dissipates and a small patch of bubbles than seem to continually rest on the top.

The smell is pretty interesting, I kind of like it in an odd way. The muscat grape smell comes through pretty nice when swirled. Smells musky... has a nice dry white wine scent. A bit floral. There is a hint of honey. And also an odd smell of booze and malt, a similar scent of malt that one might catch from a general malt liquor.

The taste is not to bad. It's awkward and slightly intriguing. The honey takes to the front with a bit of the muscat, and bobbles its way along through the malty sweetness that is bait sticky. There is a slight floral thing that comes through. You get a bit of the saffron swirled in. It's definitely winey as it warms up and has a mild twang with the booze on the end. The muskiness is there pretty good at the end as well.
Nothing really pops though, it's not incredibly striking. It's interesting. That is what it has going for it.

The mouthfeel is fairly light. Sticky... which fits with the rest of the beer.

I guess the one thing that throws me is this malt liquor-ish taste going on. I think it is due to the melding of malt and the grapes and booze mainly. I like the history involved with the beer, the thought behind it. But it's not something I will be dying to have or go back and get anytime soon. I more or less bought this for the take on history. It's a conversation beer maybe for mixed crowds of people who do and don't know a lot about beer. Worth the try. Just not for my palate I guess.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 05:38:29 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear straw color. The head is a one finger white shade. It's texture isn't particularly appealing, and the rest of the brew isn't particularly attractive, either.

S: Let's see, on the nose we have honey, grape, grains, mild diacetyl, and an herbal component. Not all of it comes together successfully - in a way, the aroma smacks of a white wine meeting a malt liquor by way of a car crash. Interesting if nothing else.

T: Sweeter than the nose indicated. An initial quality of honey and grape sweetness is the first flavor noted, slightly drying out to a grainy midtaste and finish. Saffron notes mildly augment things throughout. The whole "malt liquor-cum-white wine via car crash" descriptor I threw out before suits the flavor profile perfectly; it's a combination that sounds horrid, but the end result is only rather blah.

M: A bit heavy on the tongue, aided by its initial sweetness. It becomes very dry past the midtaste, and actually very easy to drink. Carbonation is mostly covered up by the syrupy qualities.

O: Why the disparity between the smell/taste and overall scores? This is a simple example of a brew greater than the sum of its parts. My initial opinion of the aroma and flavor profile isn't particularly positive - and yet, the whole thing kind of works after several sips. I'm not sure if it's because the dry finish gives it great drinkability for 9% or what not, but it ends up being pretty decent. I can see wine drinkers enjoying this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 01:47:32 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up in a 12 oz. bottle, bottled on 4/23/12. Poured into a large wine glass.

A: Light foamy head, dissipating quickly. Gorgeous lacing remains throughout. Rich amber color, catching the light quite nicely. This is an attractive beer, I must say.

S: The aroma is certainly fruity. Barley is evident, some sweetness, and an underlying earthiness just beneath the more dominant elements. When I say dominant, however, I do not mean that any of these are knocking you off your feet or assaulting your senses; it's kind of laid back and balanced, but not to the overall detriment of the nose. It doesn't feel weak or lacking, but it's not especially assertive.

T: There's a great deal of sweetness to the taste, as expected from the smell - possibly even more, however. Honey sweet, and grape are the dominant tastes, and that's a little too sweet for my tastes. There is a nice, slightly grainy finish, but the honey taste overstays its welcome a bit, lingering on the palate a bit too long.

M: Crisp would be the first word that comes to mind describing this. This is very drinkable, easy to throw back, but with a lingering slightly syrupy feel as the honey sticks around.

O: This isn't a bad brew by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't imagine actively seeking it out beyond just a single bottle in the future, just for something a little different. The sweetness I find a bit overwhelming - I've never had much of a sweet tooth - but I could see a lot of people really getting down with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 05:54:31 | More by RenownedHack
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2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date reading 04/23/2012, so this beer is approaching it's first birthday. If this beer proves unfruitful, I might have to pick up a fresher bottle and see what the difference is. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Fairly aggressive pour yields about a quarter inch of rapidly dissolving white fizzy head. Body color is light gold, almost a pilsner color with a good amount of sediment floating around. Looks pretty nice, indeed.

S - Smell is of barley, yeast, honey, and some must. Almost a faint brettanomyces smell coming out of this one, also. Not a very powerful smelling beer.

T - Bleh. Sweet, smooth honey-like taste gives way to the malted barley. Definitely has something of a pilsner like taste to it. Aftertaste is comprised of corn & grain, with a bit of alcohol heat and a hint of champagne-like sweetness from the white muscat grapes. In a way, it tastes like a thick heavy malt liquor.

M - Feel is clean, a bit sticky, some alcohol warmth hanging out. A dry, wine-like finish.

Overall, one of the worst beers I have had from Dogfish Head, if not the worst. There are some nice, subtle wine-like characteristics to this beer, but it falls flat in it's attempt. Too much malted barley taste, for my liking, and not enough honey and grapes. Pleasant warming 9.00% abv isn't enough to save this attempt. I appreciate what they're trying to do with their ancient ales, but this is not one I will be trying again any time soon.

Dogfish Head Midas Touch ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:11:03 | More by mfnmbvp
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3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

NOTE: I have a cold. Just throwing that out there.

Served on-tap at Terry's Terrace at a pretty pricey $8.50 a pint.

Appearance: Not much to it -- a pretty light color with basically no head -- lacing is almost completely non-existent, though it's what I expected. Meh.

Smell: I don't usually get much on aroma in most beers (especially out of a shaker pint), so it's hard for me to give specifics, but I really just got a lot of herbal grapes without much else.

Taste/feel: Quite a bit like the smell ... but it's not as nice on the taste buds. Truthfully, an odd beer. Like I said, I DO have a minor cold, but I can still taste mostly fine. It just tastes like grape juice with herbs for the most part. That's just not my bag. I don't get much malt tastes specifically, just a lot of the fruitiness and sweetness. It's drinkable for sure, and the alcohol is COMPLETELY unnoticeable, but I don't think I'd try it again. The feel is solid with a nice carbonation, but it's never harsh, so the beer goes down easily.

Midas Touch is a beer I've been interested in trying, so I'm glad to have had it, but it's just too much for me.. I find that it almost drinks like a high ABV wine cooler. Drinkable, yes, worth the price, hell no. Of course, that's just one guy's opinion. If you're a wine drinker, you'd enjoy this one quite a bit. If you're in the mood for a BEER, then order something else.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 02:19:31 | More by Alextricity
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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