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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,077 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,077
Reviews: 1,549
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 132
Gots: 424 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

d_kizzle, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Anino, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

dw2430, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Duttonic
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 11/28/10. Served from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Golden hue, one cm white head with fine bubbles that faded quickly, and a small amount of lacing that doesn't stay around.

S- White grape juice, honey, saffron on the back, faint banana.

T/M- Sweet, light/medium body, with a somewhat dry finish.

D- Really good. Clean taste that pleases the palate. The initial reason I was hesitant to try this was the $15 price tag for a four-pack of a style I am unfamiliar with. I am glad that I caved because it is great. the alcohol presence is covered well and the ancient ale concept is really cool. I think this would pair well with any kind of fruit based or lighter dessert.

Duttonic, Nov 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

TheNightwatchman, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Miles228, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle

A - Pours golden to dark golden color. Little head, but tons of carbonation that is almost lager crisp.

S - A very interesting combination of honey and malty sugar notes. Love the subtle hints of saffron in the final smell. Very spicy and intriguing.

T - Starts with a very light bitter note of malt and grape that transitions to sugar sweetness. Finishes with an tart combination of dried honey flavors and spicy saffron. As a curry lover, I really relate to this taste.

M - Has a fairly thick constitution to it. Carbonation is light to non-present, giving it a smooth texture.

D - Not able to detect much alcohol in it, which is very deceiving. This beer probably would wear on me after 2-3 since it is so sweet. But, the uniqueness of it keeps me coming back.

Hard to say how this beer lines up. Is it beer, is it wine, is it mead? All the ingredients make classification hard. Either way, I find it very good.

katan, Oct 03, 2008
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Liz8646, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

ipas-for-life, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Andy_Luft, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

gio540, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of IAmAPenguin
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: orange zest, herbs, cinnamon, nutmeg and plum wine. Appearance: see through copper with a thin foam top. Taste: grape juice overtones with fairly complex notes of slick molasses, plums, figs, sweet orange peel, saffron, herbs, resinous hop oils and graham cracker malt base. Overall, this is a very interesting beer with a huge grape fruit juiciness to it. I can also taste the honey and it works well with the graham cracker tasting malts. Very unique beer. A rating.

IAmAPenguin, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of jeagleton
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I love Dogfish Head's Ancient Ales program for many reasons. But the main one is that opening up a bottle of one of these brews is a way of trying to understand the tastes of civilizations past. This beer is, as much as it is asking you to evaluate it based on your contemporary tastes, try and imagine living in a world where while you knead your bread and prevent the swirling dust from getting into your eyes and the dough in your hands. It asks us to reevaluate our position and our expectations of a "beer" and of what we can enjoy and by what criteria. This beer may fall a bit flat to ordinary standard, but it's not an ordinary beer.

jeagleton, Mar 31, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden honey color with a small head, which disappears quickly, leaving literally no head at all. Strange.

This is a sweet-smelling beer. No hops detectable in the nose, just malt.

The taste is very interesting. Sweet, definitely. The honey used in the making of the beer is detectable. Low carbonation. I dont know what to compare this beer to. It doesnt taste like anything else I've ever had.

The Midas Touch Golden Elixir might very well be a great crossover beer for introducing your friends to craft beers. It is smooth, very drinkable, and light. Perfect for summer or fall days.

chOAKbarrell, Dec 06, 2005
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date on label. Reviewing a DFH is never boring, and this one is no exception. Pours a slightly hazy honey amber. No head worth noting, even with an aggressive pour. Label says it contains barley, honey, white muscat grapes, and saffron. Aroma is, of course, complex and confusing. Honey, grapes, vague spices, and many other fruits to confound the nose. Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat vinous. Taste is fruity sweetness upfront, with apples, apricots, and grapes. Sweet caramel and honey also jump into the deluge. Spiciness, alcohol, and a touch of floral hops provide the balance. Surprisingly drinkable for a big beer. I am really developing a fondness and appreciation for DFH, for their bold endeavors in experimental brews and pushing the envelope. This one is, definitely, worth trying.

merlin48, Jan 13, 2004
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours Golden into a tulip glass, with minimal Beige/White head that fades quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Appears to be lightly carbonated.

S- Saffron, sweet apple, grape juice, heated honey, touch of cut grass. Some similarities to a riesling or a gerwertraminer. Very nice.

T- Quite similar to a melomel (fruit mead), Fruit notes (sweet grape), with a spicey yeast character that gives way to alcohol warmth.

M- Sirupy at first, cut through with light carbonation. Pleasant.

D- Dangerously easy drinking.

Overall a very interesting beer. I'd hit that again.

Tmappin, Jan 31, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: Deep Golden Amber, clear with a stream of bubbles running up from the bottom directly in the center, creating a swirrling hurricane looking "Eye" formation. After the majority of the head dissipates and eventually dissapears altogether there is still the very active bubbling Center "eye" and it creates a great looking swirrling effect until the very end. Actually very fun to watch.

Smell: Spicey yeast, malted barley, slight fruityness.

Taste: A spicey and yeasty first hit, followed by a very sweet malt explosion with hints of dark fruits, wheat and honey.

MF: Extremely lively and crisp, light on the palate and really seems to dance. The after-feel is a bit heavier after the brew settles down a bit. Feels alot like a Belgian Abby ale.

DA: 9% ABV means you need to watch it.
You gotta give the Ancient's real credit if they had beer anywhere as good as this!!

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 25, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. An interesting concept beer, let's see if it's more than just a gimmick.

Pours a golden amber, slightly cloudy, with a finger of white creamy foam in my chalice fit for a king. Smell is spicy/herbal up front, like baked goods. Taste starts with the spicy cinnamon, nutmeg and subtle clove, very similar to their Punkin' Ale, then belgian pale fruit, ending in a unique saffron tickle. Mouthfeel is crisp and syrupy, but refreshing. An interesting mix of Punkin' Ale spiciness with some unique belgian like notes. I could drink a few but that's about it. More than just a quirky concept, but not transcendent.

Golden2wenty1, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Flopjack
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into wine glass (as recommended)

Appearance - Golden honey like color that is very transparent. Smaller head that settles quickly.

Smell - A pungent sweetness that immediately gets you thinking about the white grapes. Sweetness also from honey. Dry aroma from the saffron. Alcohol presence brings this ale very close to a white wine.

Taste - Sweet and fruity yet somewhat dry. Grape comes forth in the middle. The taste carries a pleasant bitterness that can be attributed to the saffron and comes forth toward the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium/high carbonation. Medium body yet very smooth. Has a champagne feel to it.

Overall - Good beer time and time again. A little different with high abv yet is incredibly refreshing that you almost forget.

Flopjack, Jan 19, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful golden brown... like liquid honey.. This is the color that beer in commercials should be. A little bit of white head, that dissipates to a ring around the glass.

S: Sweet and mellow, with fruit and a touch of tobacco, like nectar.

T: Sweet.. wow is that sweet. All kinds of fruit immediately hit the palate.. figs, banana, grape... very luscious.

M: Slightly sticky, with good carbonation, almost warms a little as it goes down..

D: Definitely a good brew.. Worth a taste for it's pure deliciousness, not to mention it's historical significance. I would get it again, but not an everyday beer.

Beejay, Jan 10, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew traded to me by jrsd. Enjoyed on 5/16/11. Reviewed from notes

A: Pours a golden orange, slightly hazy

S: Mostly apple on the nose with some spices/herbs in the background.

T: Sweet apple and apricot, a little bit of raisin, perhaps? Almost a tart finish

M: Very light feel on the tongue with medium carbonation.

O: Another beer that surprised me as to how enjoyable it was. Will definitely have again.

gregshead, Jul 16, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with lots of bubbles but surprisingly little head and lacing, bit fizzy.

Quite the aroma on this one, very floral with a strong grape presence, I'm also picking up on a lot of honey.

Taste packs a punch, feels stronger than the 9%, the honey aspect of the beer really shines through, quite sweet with a sharp alcoholic presence, the alcohol isn't necessarily noticeable, but you certainly feel some warming sensations, other spices are present but the honey takes the cake.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of techfed87
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a sniffer glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

Pours a moderate-sized head. Color is a dark yellow/bronze.

Smells starkly bitter, almost to the tune of some very dry wines.

Taste is almost like that of mead, with a definite honey presence. It's taste is strong and very unique. I haven't had a beer quite like it. As it warms, the complexities become more apparent, which add to the flavor immensely. You have to give it to the sheer flavor of this beer, it's very in your face, which is amazing if you like its style. However, I fear it may be too much for those who are on the fence about trying it for the first time.

My advise: if you're into the extreme, this is definitely a beer for you. If you're skiddish, I may suggest some easier brews.

techfed87, Feb 05, 2010
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,077 ratings.