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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,040 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,040
Reviews: 1,544
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 130
Gots: 404 | 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:
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 jeagleton
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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
Photo of Tmappin
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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%

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
Photo of Beejay
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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
Photo of gregshead
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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%

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
Photo of gunnerman
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Picked up a bottle of the Midas touch to see what the ancients used to drink. Poured into a pint glass, very reddish golden color with no head and heavy carbination. Smell is amazing with fresh sweet ripe fruits, I can smell graps and mangos along with some roasted malt. Taste really got me, very fruity but tasty you want to make sure you swish this beer around your palate to truly appreicate the ripe fruit flavors, very good tasted like sweet grapes. Another good addition from the master crafters at DogFish head.

gunnerman, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a clear light copper with a half inch of off-white head, shrinking to a thin glaze, ringed around glass, and lacing falling down the glass. Aroma, while not the most appealing, is a neat mix of unusual elements, such as honey, biscut, light fruits, grapes, and saffron, combining to give a decidedly mead-like quality to it. An A for effort.

The taste is much the same, only more pleasant. Starts with honey and light fruits, grapes with a spicy bitterness that grows into saffron and ends with a warm mead-like sweetness under a funny, bitter ending, like the saffron combing with an almost tannic quality.

Quite a complex beer here, with layers of easily identifiable strata, but still needing to be explored. Not a stand alone beer, I'd like to have this with a grilled salmon fillet or something. Good effort on a beer with tons of character

objectivemonkey, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of jreitman
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Orange in color with little head and a lot of carbonation. You can definitely taste the muscat grapes they use in here and not much else. For what it is, I really enjoyed it as a beverage. The only reason I would dock it points is if I knew there were going after a certain style and did not follow specs. Very interesting and worth a try, especially if you enjoy dessert wines.

jreitman, Aug 25, 2002
Photo of robwestcott
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

poured cold from Finch's tap to a 10oz goblet a semi translucent honey'd gold with a single finger off white foamy head lasting just a bit with nice lace.

big sweet, floral aroma, slighty citrus and lemon rind with a bit of spice.

spicy forward, sweet honey follows along with hints of tart citrus.

smooth and creamy, slick on the tongue with a bit of heat on the way down.

drinkable - yep.

one of my favorite beers, and interestingly a bit more spicy on tap that from the bottle.

robwestcott, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of bfields4
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Comes to a light orange with a head that quickly dissipates. Not quite opaque with carbonation coming through.

Citrus grapefruit smell. A little even sweeter than the traditional grapfruity hops smells.

Alcohol and spice provide a nice intro to a little sweet honey that mingles well with the grapefruit bitter tastes. It almost seems that the tastes are a pho IPA close to an IPA, but all the flavors are just a little different.

A big, full carbonation make for a nice frothy mouthfeel for this complexly flavored beer, but not something that I would drink more than one or two of.

bfields4, May 20, 2009
Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Reviewed from notes.
12oz bottle into SN tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a dark golden color with a thin fluffy head that didn't stick around. Faint lace.
S: Vanilla, honey, bubblegum, mint, cotton candy, and white grapes. Notes of earthy grains, light malt and slight floral hops. Strong mint bubblegum or toothpaste. Slight alcohol and cough-syrup smell.
T: Bubblegum/cotton candy, rubbing alcohol/cough syrup, melted plastic, rubber, saphron, and slight sour notes. Reminds me of that ballon in a tub stuff where you put a blob of orange plastic on the end of a straw and blow air into it to make plastic bubbles. Slight honey.
M: Rich and creamy, soft, with good carbonation. Finish has a bit of a bite and slightly warms the throat.
D: Not for everyone. My parents hated it. Unique and worth a try.

scottfrie, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of rawthar
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

A- Even in 3500 BC, beer looked exactly like beer. Not much head, but you can forgive that for a 9% abv. A nice gold tinted straw ale color, and for lack of a style to compare to, I'll call it an average beer appearance.

S- Fruity, malty nose, I catch a hint of what at first seems like Belgian brett, but that seems upon further inspection to be the grapes. This brings on a sweet & syrupy aroma, followed up by a hint of alcohol. Complex and genuinely pleasant.

T- Wow, not what I expected after the smell. A strong berry/grape flavor, and yet not very sweet. Meady and winey, just as advertised, and very rich, like a lighter version of Samichlaus. I can see an ancient king liking this.

M- Thick, syrupy, coating, this lets you know it was there. Again, a lot like a Samichlaus.

D- Not an everyday beer by any means, and not a pounder, but a nice occasional desserty delicacy.

The last of DfH's 'Ancient Ales' that I've tried, and I'd say it's the best for sure.

rawthar, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

12 oz.

Pours a clear golden color with a minimal white head.

Nose is wheaty, sweet, and grainy with clover hints.

Taste is grainy and malty, a hint of alcohol, and honey sweetness.

Feels moderate to full with mild carbonation that has a sharp tingle as it goes down.

Like a trippel with some honey and clover sweetness. Pretty enjoyable beer. Would definitely have again but too strong to drink a lot of.

Cylinsier, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of aubuc1
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

12 bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a light clear orange with a thin white head. Steady carbonations rising.

Smell is of sour grapes, spice, and some malt. Very interesting.

Taste is odd. Definite grapeskin taste, honey, and mellow malt.

Full mouthfeel and very drinkable for the high abv.

Interesting beer that is definitely worth the try. Dogfish head does it again.

aubuc1, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of diamondc
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

I've had Midas Touch on tap a few times, and enjoyed this marriage of wine/beer/mead. Bottled on date was 07/29/09.

Not much going on in the appearance department. It's golden colored, yeah, but the head dissipates quickly leaving just a small steady stream of bubbles to the top (thanks to the Duvel glass). No sign of lacing either.

The aroma is very nice though. Grapes, honey, lavender, oranges, a bit of alcohol rearing in the background.

The taste was at first very wine-like .. white grapes and honey dominate over the malt. A bit of a toffee taste does come up towards the end when warmed up to room temperature along with a black peppery spiciness. Hops are almost non-existent here. Very unique and tasty.

There is only a slight hotness on the aftertaste. The brisk carbonation keeps this from becoming a syrup-y affair. The high ABV makes this a good sipping beer.

diamondc, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of sacrelicio
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

This is an oddball!

Golden orange color. Almost no head, a little lacing.

Smells honeyed, fruity, grapey, yeasty, sweet.

Tastes honeyed, tropical fruity, mandarin oranges, grapey, like a white wine. Delicious. Tastes like a golden belgian ale also.

Mouthfeel is good, certainly drinkable.

sacrelicio, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of sopor
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Wow this is an interesting and unique brew! Lots of fruity spicy flavors, and I like Saffron. I also get a kick out of the fact that it's almost as expensive as pot!

Sparkling pale gold with minimal champagne-like head, very inactive. Smells spicy and fruity with a slight tang and bread notes.

Light fruity malts with definite fruit flavors and and spices. I knw what saffron tastes like so I can pick that flavor out, and it's good! Honey, saffron and the muscat grapes are distinct but light. Some candy sweetness and vinous-champagne qualities.

Slick but not overly thick & heavy, the carbonation is next to non-existant. A very tasty sipper.

sopor, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of mexikrainian
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Served in a Golden Draak tulip.

Aroma: honey cloves, vanilla and spicy.

Appearance: deep golden hue with short-lived white lace.

Mouthfeel: medium body.

Taste: syrupy, crisp and metallic with bitter finish.

Overall impression: rich, crisp and unique with high alcohol. very drinkable.

mexikrainian, Aug 05, 2010
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...

ujsplace, Dec 17, 2010
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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