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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,848 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,848
Reviews: 1,530
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 113
Gots: 305 | 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 jtierney89

New Jersey

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

Pours an impressively clear golden color with a big ol white head. Smokey tobacco smell is present with some floral undertones. Floral presence is nice underneath the tobacco, it's almost like a menthol cigarette of sorts. Nice in an odd way though, not something i look forward to smelling (if that makes any sense)

Interesting brew in that it actual has some herb presence on the tongue. Weaker in body than I expected but not light at all and luckily not watery or thin at any parts either. Everything is very well held together (which i doubt is something ancient civilizations were able to pull off)

Flavors are sweet, subdued, and exotic. It's pretty nice. Not minding this beer at all. Totally different than anything I've ever had before. Some grape flavors are present which take away from the beer a little bit but it's tolerable.

The sweetness is cloying but in a very small way. Don't know if I'd wanna drink the whole 4 pack, but I could def be down with at least 2 of these for a nice night at a sushi restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 05:29:30 | More by jtierney89
Photo of akorsak


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

I am drinking a room temperature 12 oz bottle poured into a Three Philosophers goblet,

Appearance: The ale pours a nice clean goldenrod color. It almost reminds me of a mead (which I guess it is a close cousin to). There are no particles, but nor is there a head or any remnant of one.

Smell: The aroma is unique. I smell honey and raisins primarily, even some green grapes. This smell is not one that you'll find in any other beer.

Taste: The ale is lightly carbonated, giving it a soft taste. Within the taste itself, the crispness of green grapes are apparent, along with the slightly sweet hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: The complex flavors in the ale give it a pleasant mouthfeel. It could use a bit more carbonation though.

Drinkability: The drinkability is limited by a 9% abv price tag. But the backstory on this ale (check out dogfish.com) makes it worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 03:23:28 | More by akorsak
Photo of Dodo2step


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

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach!

A- clear dark gold in appearance. Little head and no lace left behind. Nothing special!

S- barley and hops. The malt is strong as well. I also detect a strong grape odor. Honey is there but not prominent.

T- very spicy in the floral/herbal department. Flavor of alcohol comes out moer in the taste. I also taste slight honey and grape. A very strong potent alcohol and grape mix.

M- alcohol and potent. slightly dry and not as refreshing as one would think.

D- i couldnt get past the strong alcohol flavor and on the way down it burned. If it was warm it would be good. a definite sipper but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:14:30 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours with a medium sized head that comes to rest above the clear light orange colored brew. Not to much lacing is left behind after sipping.

Smells of sweet fruits ( the white grapes are a welcomed touch), some spices and honey. My nose is happy but not to the point of dancing with joy.

The taste is definitely unique and different. Notes of honey, sweet pale malt, fruits ( the white grapes come through nicely again) and alcohol. Glade to have tried this beer and the other three will not go to waste.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 06:25:47 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of MaltyGoodness


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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a white had that fades. Looks like an imperial pilsner or a tripel.

Smell is unusual and intoxicating. Smells of sweet malt and honey inds of fruity and spicy aromas woven in. I can't say I've ever quite smelled a brew like this one.

Taste of sweet malt and honey smacks upfront followed by a burst of fruit and spices. Finishes as it started, sweet and malty. Perhaps a little too sweet.

Body is rich and full.

I could definitely enjoy several of these, with something on the dry side in between. The sweetness makes it prohibitive to drink more than one in a row.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 02:18:22 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of BAbaracus


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 00:45:39 | More by BAbaracus
Photo of bunnyhustle


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

As many have said, this is an interesting beer. Pours clear and golden, not much head really. Smell at first was bland and somewhat "macro-ish," almost like a warm bud light. Then, upon closer inspection, there is a strong sweetness to it along with some spice. I cant say I necessarily smelt honey, but it was sweet. Taste is pretty good. A strong malt backbone, very sweet, along with some grape and more sweetness. It was almost like a white grape juice with some added suger. It wasnt bad though. Mouthfeel was light, at first sip it was very crisp but as it warmed, it thickened some. Overall not a bad beer. Well worth a try and very good for a style I'm not all that fond of. And the high ABV is not detectable at all IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 02:17:40 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of weller1js

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a slightly-hazy honey-amber, moderately carbonated, with very little white foam which dissolves almost entirely.

smell: evenly balanced between malty and sweet, fruity with notable undertones of the saffron they put into it.

taste: begins malty, with a frutiness that has elements of honey and both light and dark fruit, hops are bitter and crisp, which combined with the light use of spice leaves a sweeter-than-bitter lingering in the finish.

overall: very unique style, its nectar-like qualities make it complex and pleasant to drink, abv is good yet not overpowering either.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 00:54:21 | More by weller1js
Photo of phiberoptik


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

Poured 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. champagne bubble head rose right to the brim.

Smells of sweet caramel, grapes, malts, and alcohol.

Tastes strongly of green grapes. I frankly dont know what muscat grapes are but this beer reminds me of the vine grapes my neighbor grew in his back yard when I was a kid. Not your typical store bought grapes. I get a bit of the alcohol down the throat in the finish. I get some grain as well.

Mouthfeel is much like a lager but with a bit more tingle from the alcohol. Pretty light and crisp.

Seems pretty drinkable. Nothing really there to prevent it other than the 9% ABV.

All around a good beer. Its not on my short list of must haves but enjoyable no less.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:55:46 | More by phiberoptik
Photo of ChrisPratz


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

Been waiting to try this but didn't wanna splurge on the 4 pack. Set eff it today and just did it.

A: Pours a very clear, light orange amber color with very minimal head that gives way to a thin lace that doesn't cover completely. Constant fizzyness and bubbling from the carbonation the whole time.

S: Grapes are very distinct as is the saffron. Interesting getting this thru a beer and not a meal but its enjoyable and intriguing at the same time.

T: Wow, very unique to say the least. Grapes and some honey flavor but its not very sweet at all. Some malt tones coming thru as well but it all seems to be overpowered by the saffron and the dry feeling from the high ABV really adds to it.

M: Average carbonation and the high ABV lead to a dry feeling that really seems to work with the overall flavor set of this brew.

O: Overall I wasn't a very big fan but I appeciate the uniqueness here and how everything seems to come together despite the lack of enjoyable flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:43:05 | More by ChrisPratz
Photo of mountsnow1010


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gaithersburg alehouse.

A - White wine with a thin head. Very odd looking. Not what I expected.
S - Very sweet grape soda, with a touch of honey.
T - Sweetish grapey white wine flavor. White wine without the subsequent dryness. Honey, and perhaps a slight herbal taste from the saffron but that could be my mind filling it in.
MF - Somewhat syrupy, light carbonation.
D - Could have a few but probably would switch.

Absolutely must try this at least once. Very interesting - however, I struggle to call this a beer. It seems more like a low alcohol wine.
Also, I'd probably up the saffron as I cannot really detect it.

Very interesting, but I would never choose to drink a six pack of this or anything like that.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 01:48:40 | More by mountsnow1010
Photo of andrewt960

New Jersey

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

Midas Touch - DogFish Brewery.
This beer was different that what i normally drink. A different kind of spiced up brew. This poured a nice light gold color with a decent head that faded to a very thin white head quickly. This smelled of honey, very sweet aromatics, but was nicely complimented by the buttery malty grain. A small amount of alcohol was detected, but certainly not overpowering. Tasted nice, first sip was mostly honey. Then the following sips were nice and you could taste the malt, and something on the back of the tongue. Not really saffron... at least was I could pick out.... maybe grapes?? It reminded me of some of the mead I once drank in Ireland. Overall, the mouth feel and drinkability of this beer aren't too bad. I think it is a perfect dessert beer, while sitting and talking with friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 00:06:17 | More by andrewt960
Photo of Strix


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

Clear golden, leaves slight lacing.

Smell is intriguing, honey and melon, a twinge of alcohol.

Taste doesn't deliver for me though. Honey is present, along with a mild champagne flavor, and alcohol. An adjunct lager taste is present as well.

Mouthfeel solid, slick and a little bubbly at the end of the sip.

An interesting experiment, probably worth a try, but this wasn't that exciting for me. Not completely unlike Keystone Ice, which is much cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 21:40:46 | More by Strix
Photo of QuestionableScum

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear golden yellow with one and a half finger soapy head that dissipates quite quickly.

In terms of smell I get honey, tons of white grape, apple, and a bit of pear, along with some alcohol. Smell is quite good although the fruit notes definitely predominate, almost smells like a white wine.

The taste is a fair bit different from the smell. I get far more honey in the taste with some white grape and green apple, and certain cidery quality to the beer. Also I get distinctive floral bitterness which seems to be a combination of the alcohol and the saffron. I quite enjoyed the taste, although it is quite sweet. The taste moves from honey sweetness, to dry cidery apple and white grape to a floral bitterness at the end.

This beer is quite dry, although a bit sticky. The mouthfeel is pretty good, but there is hardly any carbonation, so some may feel that it is flat, but given what this beer it was still pretty good.

Drinkability is where this beer loses some points. Very enjoyable in small quantities, but the honey sweetness is a little much and means that one bottle of this can be a little bit difficult to finish. If one split a bottle between two or three this would work well as a dessert drink or possibly as an apperitif.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 18:58:10 | More by QuestionableScum
Photo of mcallister


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A lovely golden color almost like a mead. Very little head no traces on lacing. Rich full nose of fig, honey, pear, apple, alcohol, and candied peach.

Big honey suckle component, hints of mellon, apple, some residual sugar, bosc pear, and fig, with some mellon undertones. Complex in nature but not necessarily in mouthfeel. Seems like it's missing some backbone. Still a very good beer.

Drinkability could be a factor because of the somewhat obscure finish. Leaves a gritty, dirty tannic taste in the mouth that is not so pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 18:37:03 | More by mcallister
Photo of illidurit


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

Poured into a snifter. Golden orange with a one-finger white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Grapey aroma with some obvious honey. Also a touch of the earthy pungency of a czech pilsener.

Flavor is initially reminiscent of a German lager as far as the malt base goes. The grapes meld into this maltiness seamlessly, and the honey provides a dry sweetness. This had the potential to be cloying, overly grapey, or overly honeyed, but I'm impressed and surprised at DFH's tact in keeping this experimental beer pretty drinkable. That said, the flavor isn't all that great hedonically.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is a bit low, but the body is nice and full and there's really no booze in the flavor. Interesting beer, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 00:59:46 | More by illidurit
Photo of nova009


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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- translucent gold, small almost no existent white head, spotty lacing

S- yeast with a spiciness, sweet fruit tones

T- extremely sweet almost overpoweringly so, alcohol, spices, slightly sour fruit notes, slight honey

M- smooth mouthfeel, good balance of carbonation

D- it's easy to drink but it's overly sweet, i think more than one of these would probably upset my stomach

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 23:46:15 | More by nova009
Photo of roadhouse


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a golden yellow with a one finger white head. Very small floaters are visible, but they don't really detract from the appearance at all. Slight lacing.

Aroma is quite tart, probably due to the muscat grapes, but it is also sweet at the same time. Saffron is barely noticable. Almost smells like candy.

Taste starts out with a burst of honey-like sweetness, that quickly becomes spicy and somewhat tart. The finish is lightly bitter, with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation level seems nice.

Overall, a very interesting beer. Not really what I would call drinkable, but it's pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 23:02:24 | More by roadhouse
Photo of Shultzerdugen


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Packaged on notch for the date was ambiguously notched at best, maybe a 1?

Poured a hazy light copper with an almost pinkish-peach tint. No head to speak of.

My first impression was of honey and port wine. Although I didn't read anything about oak aging, the beer did seem to have some oak tannin vibes going. Mezcal?

Alcohol is very noticable and stays with you the entire beer. Buttery almost to a fault, massive diacetyl. Honey lets itself be known. Both slick and sticky on the palate. Strong spicy bite from the alcohol.

Probably the closest thing I've had to a mead. I didn't really notice to much in the way of grapes, but this beer seemed busy enough as is. Interesting, glad I tried it, but not one I'll look for.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 19:05:58 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of CoolJosh


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

Poured into a pint glass, after having sat for about 6 months. I wasn't impressed with this fresh, but I also wasn't a reviewer back then. Very pale orange that is completely see through. Attached at the top is small white foamy head.

As I dip my nose into the glass, I get a bunch of sugary sweetness derived from sweet red grapes and a lot of honey. Doesn't smell completely malt based in an artificial way..

The body and feel is very thin. A little heat on the end that is preceded by dry astringent red grapes. The honey that is prevalent in the smell has seemed to disappear. This beer is still a little rough around the edges, but I'm assuming this is how the egyptians liked it way back when!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 03:26:35 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of rowew


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, purple label with a big fingerprint. ABV is listed, there is a spot to notch or mark the year produced, but it isn't marked in any way.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color, there was quite a bit of sediment on the bottom but I decided to leave it, it looked a bit chunkier than I wanted to pour in. Almost no head.

Smell: The first sniff (combined with the look of it) almost comes across as apple cider. Then the honey comes across, definitely smells a bit like mead. Certainly wouldn't think beer if you put a glass of this in front of me without an explanation.

Taste: That same cider comes through in the flavor - with the fermented honey taste backing it up. There is a bit of a vinuous taste that does remind me of a thick dessert muscat wine.

Overall impression: Interesting - certainly pushing the definition of beer. Not something I would want much of, but its an interesting thing to try with a nice depth of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 18:28:26 | More by rowew
Photo of halfP1NT


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

This beer pours a crystal clear pale amber color with an almost non-existent head. A small stream of bubbles rises from the center of the tulip glass.

Aroma is sweet, grainy, floral malts and light fruit; maybe grape, apple, pear, and just a hint of alcohol which becomes stronger as the beer warms.

Taste is sweet malts & fruit (red apple, light grape) with a grainy backbone. There's a slight hop presence that balances this beer nicely. The alcohol is hidden really well for a 9% ABV.

There's almost no carbonation, but this beer still has a substantial enough body. It starts to get a bit syrupy & sticky on the mouth as it warms, but it doesn't become too cloyingly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 13:37:43 | More by halfP1NT
Photo of RJLarse


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

In a bottle at the Swamp Tavern. Pured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is clear. Thin fizzy head yields little lace.

Smell is a sweet musty 'ancient' smell.

Taste is a spicy bitter flavor. Very complex and multifaceted. Honey, soft fruits, peaches grapes, with a curious spice finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry with a little alcohol heat.

Below average drinkability on this one. Full flavored but a little too busy and too much ABV to be sessionable Maybe just one at a time?

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 06:24:24 | More by RJLarse
Photo of beertunes


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 5/15/09. Poured into 10oz. glass. Poured a cloudy, but clear, golden yellow with about a half-inch of white head that quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing.

A slightly sweet, fruit scent greeted the nose first. A spiced malt aroma follows. The flavors have a similar profile to the aromas, just bolder and more pronounced. There was a lingering aftertaste I couldn't quite put my finger on.

The body was good, full and coating without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was good, but I could see where it would be dependent on one's tolerance for the different flavors in this brew, and how well you take 9% beers.

Overall, a good and interesting beer that I'll have again, but I'm not sure it'll go into the regular rotation. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 20:21:29 | More by beertunes
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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a hay seed golden color that goes along with the theme very well. Very light carbonation with little head and no lacing.

S- Honey and sugar cane with mixed barley aroma.

T- light sweet taste. Followed up by a syrupy aftertaste.

M/D- I guess i just wasnt into this one... especially for the price. Filmy on the tongue

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 20:37:33 | More by jmfc8237
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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