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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Midas TouchMidas Touch

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3,990 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,990
Reviews: 1,538
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 130
Gots: 376 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of ujsplace


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden honey colored brew that is slightly hazy with a bright white finger thick head that is reduced to a nice wispy layer.

Smells of honey, grapes some yeast and herbal, earthy hops.

Tastes interesting. There is a pronounced spiciness up front with this brew that may be off putting to some (not me however) - white grapes, and there is some honey in the back with some hop bitterness. Dry finish.

Medium, leaves a coating on the tongue. Carbonation is good.

This is a different brew - not in a bad way. Easily one of the best of the style that I've had. I actually could session this. Caseworthy - although the abv and initial taste (let it warm) may leave more for me if I'm sharing...giggity, giggity...

12-17-2010 18:40:20 | More by ujsplace
Photo of marburg


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

This beer would have been served to royalty. I'm not going to say that this is *that* superb that it's fit for kings. But conceptually, this is a very experiential, regally flavored beer. Lots of flavor, lots of aroma, lots of oomph.

A bit hazy. Melon orange and rich, dark gold in color. Intense spiciness. Incredibly aromatic -- floral, honey, golden raisins (wrong DFH beer, I know; but it's there, I'm sure of it), and pulverized, dilluted plum skin lending a mouth-wateringly unripe sort of fragrance. Definitely alcoholic. A big sweetness. Honey and exotic spices. I suppose that characteristic aroma and flavor I can't put my finger on might be the saffron that this is brewed with. Very much a sensory overload sort of beer. Sheer experimentation. While not all that subtle, it's fascinating stuff.

06-30-2004 16:04:14 | More by marburg
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

This beer pours a traditional dark amber color. The smell is impressive, mostly like dark malts with a hint of alcohol. The taste is pretty original. A lot like the dark malts, but there are a few spices and things added that make it unique it a lot of ways. A coriander-like taste gives it a light touch, while the hops give it a lingering taste on the tongue. Very easy to drink.

07-30-2006 00:24:03 | More by Toddv29424
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Russian Federation

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

2010 bottle...

A - Pours a cloudy amber body, with a white creamy head, which then disappears completely.

S - Smells very sweet and fruity. The aroma is screaming "Honey!". Hints of cherries, grapes and caramelю

T - The flavour profile is quite rich: lots of honey, apples, both red and white grapes, cherries, plums, caramel. Also a bit spicy. The finish is sweet and smooth.

M - Pretty thick mouthfeel; syrupy, yet not difficult to drink. Very smooth and soft on the palate. The alcohol is masked well for 9% abv.

O - This is a very interesting beer that reminds me of Belgian dubbels, minus the yeast. This is a great experimental beer with a solid malt backbone, interesting ingredients, and no hops.

10-27-2011 02:25:33 | More by NightINgale
Photo of weazal


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Mostly grain, but also some sticky, raw honey with a bright/sharp herby note - like mint.

T: Saturated in honey sweetness. Relatively light body, mild spices, and then a deluge of yummy honey sweetness. Not the most complex and not, by any means, unpalatably saccharine - in fact, you keep wanting to go back for another sip! The sweetness lingers in your mouth forever!

04-04-2009 07:06:58 | More by weazal
Photo of AudioGilz


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

A small head forms atop this rather light-colored and HIGHLY bubbly brew. That will be the only time I use the word light to describe this beer though.
Permeations of honey, sweet malts, and alcohol erupt in the nostrils. An almost scotch ale kind of mouthfeel pleases my palate as I notice quite a warming effect from the alcohol, however no offensive tones from the high ABV. Syrupy sweet maltiness is sheer domination in the overall experience . Muscat grapes and saffron are mentioned on the label as being a part of this beer, but I fail to pick them up. Possibly a slightly higher serving temperature and a bit more maturing might enhance these ingredients? The power of the alcohol towards finishing this beer is a bit tongue-numbing and that is quite ok with me as it doesn't provide much of any unwanted lingering aftertastes.
Definitely something special here, albeit a bit pricey, but worth a try for sure.

09-26-2006 03:11:52 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of FightOnAlum


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Drank 12oz bootle from tulip and can say this a very different brew and definitely blurs the line of ale, wine, wild beer etc...
I personally enjoy something different/innovative and this is just that. Definitely notice the explosion of flower like smells as well as honey, saffron taste like no others which goes down with a smooth sweet silkiness.

Flower & Herb adventure gets my thumbs up

03-17-2011 03:52:31 | More by FightOnAlum
Photo of Jarod


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

This beer poured a honey/orange/reddish color, I assume the color was somewhat influenced by the use of saffron. It was fairly clear with a slight chill haze to it. Decent carbonation. The head that was produced was of a butter cream/tan color that when first poured rose and stayed for a time before it fell to a ring on the edges. Its body was cloud like fluffy. There was some lace present. The aromas were different then I expected, sweet, honey and grapes dominated the aroma with hints of spices (allspice), saffron, light herbs and alcohol. The tastes were fairly simple, flavors of honey, and alcohol hit you first, then sweet malts, followed by some dark fruit and apricot, and sweet grapes, then as it left my mouth hints of saffron and wine were left. The aftertaste was fairly faint, mostly sweet honey and wine. The body was medium. Once warm it became thicker, creamier and slightly sweeter in the mouth. A pleasure to drink and would drink again on a cool night. Enjoyable served cold and a punch as it warmed, which I enjoyed. Better to let it warm a few degrees.

01-21-2004 00:49:51 | More by Jarod
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature tulip pours a crisp bubbly gold with a thin diminishing head that lasts as a thin layer. Aroma is an interesting blend of sweet malts and spice with a touch of mead-like honey. Taste is a nicely complex blend of honey, sweet malts, sweet fruit and spice with just a trace of hops. The beer is certainly on the heavy side of medium, but it is subdued by a dry smoothness and slight carbonation. I remember having this one a few years back and not liking it, I must say, I like this one now!

05-20-2009 23:58:36 | More by atsprings
Photo of C20Percent


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Golden pale yellow with nice amount of bubbles with an off-white head.

S: Sweet. Fruity. Malty. Almost a champagne smell with hints of vanilla.

T: Rush of spice, with a malty lingering finish. Not off-putting, though. Honey? Vanilla? A sweet champagne taste.

M: Medium to think body -- a bit syrupy when it first hits the tongue.

O: I do like this beer. Just not quite my cup of tea. Definite honey flavors, but doesn't taste of Mead like Port City Tidings. Grapes are giving it the champagne taste. Very good sipping beer. Would probably drink again for a change of pace. Would probably give it a 4.2 out of 5.

03-19-2012 20:30:05 | More by C20Percent
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear golden amber with one-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted less than a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Mild sweet malt and honey.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Honey and toasted malt flavors. Spiced finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Slightly warm going down. Very drinkable even considering the high ABV.

O: The aroma and taste were a bit more mild than I was hoping for. The strongest thing this beer has going for it is its drinkability.

08-24-2012 02:36:41 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of stlunatic15


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Been a long-time lurker, but this is my first review on BA.

Appearance: Beautiful bronze-like golden color. Light & thin head. Bubbles constantly rising. Very carbonated, and very inviting beer I must say.

Smell: I'm personally getting hints of dark fruit, but very light hints at the same time. Grapes, prunes, raisins, and plum. Not too deep or invigorating though.

Taste: The aroma suddenly vanishes after the first sip - however there is an excellent balance of the spices, malt, and hops. Very well formed. The only characteristic I'd like to experience more of would probably be the hops.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thin - almost like I'm taking a sip of Calistoga sparkling water. Very boozy as well, especially for such a smooth beer.

Overall: Definitely does not fit a typical 9% beer, but I am also not dissatisfied. This is very well an above-average beer, and I'm impressed at how well-hidden the alcohol is, even with a boozy aftertaste. I gotta say that this beer is rather interesting.

06-02-2012 10:41:39 | More by stlunatic15
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

A: It looks really good in the glass. If not for the thin head, I would guess it was a glass of apple juice. I know it doesn't look much like a beer, but it looks tasty.

S: A sweet honey aroma is faint but very pleasing. A floral hint also comes through.

T: I haven't had anything that tasted like this before. It is very sweet from the honey. Instead of hop bitterness to balance the beer a huge amount of spice and in mouth carbonation adds some bite. I don't know how to describe the finish. It isn't dry or sweet. It is interesting. I like this one, but I do not have much to compare it to in the style so I am not giving it top honors.

M: The spicing and carbonation really give it some character in the mouth. It is thin to medium in body. As noted above, the finish is one of a kind for me.

D: The ABV and the spicing make me go a little slow on this one. I do not think I could session this one.

06-29-2008 00:01:44 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Picked up a single from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours a slightly lighter amber color/somewhat golden with white head that quickly reduces down to just a film of bubbles.

S: Smells of sweet white grapes, apricots, very light malt

T: Very similar to the smell, this tastes very much like a white wine; white grapes, champagne type yeast

M: Pretty full bodied and well carbed

D: Alcohol is only slightly picked up, even though i can feel it...decent flavor helps

06-10-2009 01:37:07 | More by dukedevil0
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Clear gold with a medium sized white head.

S - Leafy/herbal, floral and cidery. Fresh grapes are very strong, with a muscat/concord quality.

T - Sweet again very grapey. Spicy alcohol gives it a Belgian-like flavour. Moderate bitterness (this still has hops right?) There's some solid depth of flavours in this. Some medicinal flavours.

M - Somewhat slick, minimal carbonation.

D - Interesting. Grapes are quite strong but don't obliterate the rest. Tastes a bit like a blond Belgian with grapes. I imagine the DFH version is much better than whatever the ancient brewers were making...

10-29-2008 16:50:37 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of Boggdogg


3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

A-pours a fairly clear golden color with a small white head that leaves almost no lacing

S-I can smell grapes and barley. Very nice combo.

T-much like the smell it tastes of grape and barley. Like a wine flavored beer.

M-medium bodied smooth going down and dry aftertaste.

O-very good I really enjoyed it and would def have another.

06-02-2014 01:03:55 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of MikeWard


3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Bottled on date of 5/6/13, so 5 months old. Got this bottle after the wife declared, "You'd better finish this one". Naturally, I accepted the challenge.

Poured a hazy yellow with 1 finger of white foamy head. This did diminish, but stayed as a coating. Some lacing. Decent carbonation.

Smell was most enjoyable. Hints of a belgian saison and yeast, with a sweetness coming up from the honey I guess. No bubblegumming.

Taste was quite delicious, getting the sweetness, some bitterness around the edge of the tongue, and what I think was the grapes at the very back of the mouth.

Mouth was about medium, some drying at the end, leaving a sweet slightly grapey taste.

Overall, a pretty interesting beer, which I' ve had several times before, and always enjoyed as being something different. The wife has another one tucked away somewhere, so hopefully she won't want to finish that one either. :)

10-04-2013 05:02:43 | More by MikeWard
Photo of BMMillsy


3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

Bottle at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Excellent fruit beer by DFH. Pours a light golden with a quickly receding white head. Aroma of pears, honey, and a bit of light spice. Sweet and tart, with pears dominating, a bit of honey. Not too sweet, and has a nice dry finish. Medium high carbonation. Worth a try!

10-26-2013 20:15:13 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Matthew_Taylor


3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

A read of the label on this beer tells quite an interesting story of long lost brewing methods and ancient grains. A dramatic tale for what equates to a flavored ale.

The pout results in almost no head, and the color is akin to apple juice. A very fruity nose with the scent of sweet dark grapes.

The taste results in a reminder of the head, with a grape juice taste. A tad hoppy on the finish, but the grape masks much of the other flavors of this brew. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a unique flavor.

A heavy carbonation in this beer which makes it taste more like a candy than a beer, but it's a different taste and worth a sample.

09-08-2013 19:57:36 | More by Matthew_Taylor
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

bottled on 9/21/05-Bottle says "Handcrafted ancient ale with barley, honey, white muscat grapes and saffron."

A: body has a rich and luxurious deep gold/amber hue. very little head even with a vigorous pour but considering this is sort of an ambiguous beer, with a lot of vinous qualities, Im not really knockin it. body just glows.

S: sweet malt, grapes, vanilla, fruit all over the place, alcohol mixed with a winy aroma, and it pains me to say a touch of cheap grain sweetness you get on a mediocre pils or something

T/M: sugar and grapes ride a mouthfeel wave thats very creamy. velvety fruit coats the mouth. clean grain and a cool quality follow. theres something about this beer that makes me feel as if Ive just been swimming in some pristine and cold stream. finish dries slightly followed by an evolution of ripe green fruits and some candy. honey is obvious, though I cant say I know what saffron tastes like so not sure if Im detecting it or not. finish even has a slight yeasty/alcohol spice to it that balances the sugar nicely. all said and done the mouthfeel finishes a tad weak.

D: this is a very delicate beer and should be enjoyed on its own or paired carefully. very pricey but an excellent treat every now and then.

all in all an awesome brew. paired with a light plate of fruit and cheeses with success.

03-14-2006 06:19:37 | More by kaimcm
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

12oz bottle with the label featuring thumbprints and the DFH shark. Pours a clear pale gold/straw color. The two-finger head is thick and creamy, showing good retention solid lace.

The smell is very yeasty, malty, with strong orange peel and spice, honey, and a dank note of wet carboard--very similar to their other "ancient ale," Chateau Jiahu.

The flavor is really close to that of the Jiahu as well--in fact already having the one, they are so similiar that I can 't really review the other except by the way of comparison. The Midas Touch delivers much more of grape and plum characteristics, and less of the orange and honey found in the Jiahu. The alcohol is discernable in both, but I think slightly more in the Midas Touch--though it is a pleasnt warming presence. The Midas Touch is a bit lighter and cleaner, as the Jiahu seems to have more a ricey, malty weight to it.

The mouth is a little syrupy, but complex and sweet, slighty drying on the finish before a sugar smack developing on the lips. Both of these brews are great, but I wish there was a little more differentiation between the two. I would give the nod to the Chateau Jiahu for being more well rounded and complex. However, they both strongly illustrate why DFH is one of, if not the most innovative craftbrewers in the land.

10-20-2006 19:43:49 | More by Osiris9588
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Golden hue with a thin quickly dissipating head; but a thin film hangs on; there is a wonderful bubbling effervescence; lacing is decent

S: Very grainy with a subtly sweet sugary--honey--aroma; but the earthy funky, hay, and grains dominate

T: Alcohol stings at first but then the beer settles into a nicely balanced grainy, earthy quality; there is a sweetness that fades--I love how the grainy hay quality lingers on the tongue long after it's over

F: Bubbly and nearly perfect mouth feel

D: The alcohol strength makes this beer a sipper and since it's not that well hidden, the drinkability is hurt a bit--but it's a damn good and slightly odd brew

09-06-2010 00:29:20 | More by dbossman
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured into a Sam Adams Alpine Spring glass from a bottle.

A - Looks like apple juice with a small head that faces to lacing. Very clear.

S - Smells a lot like a sweet amber lager, honey, barley

T - Grape, honey, barley, alcohol. A hint sweetness comes at the end, but the finish is very dry.

M - Light, carbonated, crisp.

O - An interesting beer. Tastes like a wine/beer hybrid. Definitely an odd taste, but one that really works. It goes down easily with regard to its gravity.

02-27-2012 23:59:14 | More by sdj5
Photo of Preismj


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

a: rich amber color. head fizzes up quickly once you stop the pour to about a quarter inch. Quickly drops and leaves little lacing.

s: smell of sweet grapejuice...like 'Welch's White Grape'. there is also a sticky smell of honey. Smells more like a wine. Very sweet.

t: very much like a wine alcohol taste. grape shines through, a little sour like the grape seed as well. a caramelized flavor at the end of honey. tastes a bit grainy, almost like oat is involved (even though I know it is barley).

m: light carbonation fizzed out up front. A bit sticky in the mouth and goes down nice and smooth. A very nice coating on the back of the throat and stick in your mouth for bit.

d: this is pretty good drink to just kick back with. The fizzy sweetness gets you up front, then you get a smooth roasted flavor with honey. Quite good, though almost (almost) a bit too sweet up front for a beer. Really does remind you of a wine.

03-17-2011 00:55:32 | More by Preismj
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a golden yellow with quickly disappearing head. Honey is there in the aroma-but I also get a slight soda sweetness as well. Taste reminds me of mead, but also I get a 7-up taste from the sweetness of the honey. Mouthfeel is light and at the same time smooth. Drinkability isn't very high for me. I can't see drinking more of this soon. I like this beer from DFH, but I think I will pass on having another one of these for a while.

08-28-2008 19:45:17 | More by bradybeer
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 3,990 ratings.