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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Midas TouchMidas Touch

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3,912 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,912
Reviews: 1,536
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 123
Gots: 336 | FT: 4
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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Photo of Ryandey

2/5  rDev -46.2%

08-30-2012 07:58:04 | More by Ryandey
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -46.2%

01-13-2012 07:47:44 | More by tatums1984
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

01-28-2012 05:17:06 | More by sponger
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2.03/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I hope I don't get labeled a beer terrorist for this review, but this beer was not for me. The first thing I noticed was the horrible odor of urine. This beer smells and looks and smells like urine. The taste is a little sweet for my tastes and the flavor of the saffron didn't win me over. This is an resounding "No" from me.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 02:09:12 | More by FrognutUnl
Photo of ultralarry2006


2.03/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz.bottle. Color is a medium yellow-gold, slight carbonation, and some head on pouring but quickly dissipated to nothing, which leads me to believe that what I saw was just aeration from a vigorous pour. This looks not unlike white wine.

Smell - Bready malt. Competing with the malt was an apple juice odor and diacteyl. Some strong alcohol, also.

Taste - bready malt, that quickly gives way to apple juice and diacetyl. And an almost overpowering astringent alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel - thin, fluid, no carbonation.

Drinkability - goes down like cheap white wine, that is, it's too sweet and the alcohol taste is too strong. I was interested in this as an interserting experiment, but having had it, I would not ever get this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 21:07:32 | More by ultralarry2006
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New York

2.05/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This one is golden-amber in color and has a small off-white head.
The aroma is sweet with honey and malt.
Its flavor is very sweet as well. The honey is a bit too strong for my likings. The grapes also register on the taste buds near the finish along with a slight alcohol presence.
Mouth feel is thick and syrupy with high carbonation levels.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 02:20:27 | More by Naes
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2.05/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked up this beer, and it tasted exactly like steel reserve. If I had known, i wouldn't have paid almost fourteen dollars for a four pack and just got a 40oz of malt liquor. I couldn't taste grape or honey like they claim they use on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 02:39:52 | More by Shangus
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2.08/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours orange-amber with a creamy, slowly dissipating head.
Nose is quite sweet, a mix of clean malt, floral honey and white wine. Can't really pick out the saffron, I'm not exactly familiar with it. Later on oatmeal becomes apparent.
Flavours are similarly sweet. Stale malt, cheap fortified white wine and noticeable alcohol combine to form quite a challenging experience.
Carbonation is quite high. Mouthfeel is very slick. Very noticeable astringency.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 03:15:18 | More by CrazyDavros
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2.08/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$2.99 / ea.

A: Bright amber body with red highlights topped with a small loose head that quickly dissipates leaving no lace and only a ring of cover.

S: Extremely sweet aroma. Grapes and cotton candy. No hop aromas.

T: Overpoweringly sweet. Grapes and herbal honey. Slight alcohol in the background. Not balanced in any sense.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Slight carbonic bite, and smooth body compliments of a sugar coated tongue.

D: One 12 oz. bottle is way more than enough. The sweetness is distracting and makes it difficult to detect any nuance.

O: Really disappointed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 01:31:05 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of Mebuzzard


2.15/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass.
This is a unique beer which saves it from getting bellow the 2's. A nice deep gold color, but absolutely no head.
Taste was stale honey, some malt, no hops and a hint of caramel.
It was a thicker feel to it than it looked. Coating and an aftertaste of metal and honey.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 21:04:43 | More by Mebuzzard
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2.17/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured a light amber with a tiny head.

Smell was metallic with some hops, spices and a touch of honey.

Taste was somewhat sweet and honey-like on the front end, but as it moved along the palate the alcohol sting was overwhelming. The beer was so acidic that I had to fight the urge to spit out what I had in my mouth. The aftertaste was quite metallic and had an unpalatable alcohol flavor as well.

The body was rather thin and the beer turned flat very quickly.

I could not bear to finish this drink. The Egyptians may have invented beer but it's obvious that their recipe had changed for a reason. This beer is absolutely retched.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 01:34:13 | More by Damian
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2.2/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I found this at One Stop Liquors in Johnson City, Tennessee, and had it shipped to Moscow via air freight. Arrived none the worse for wear, so I eagerly popped the cap on 11/29/04. The neck label features a thumb print, while the main label is quite plain, simply identifying this as an ancient ale made of barley, honey, muscat grapes and safron. Hmm...

Pours pale orange (shouldn't something named Midas be gold, at least?) under a very thin 1/3 finger off white head that fizzles as quickly as it forms. Purely from the appearance, it reminds me of some pretty bad Russian beers of the Zhigulovskoye line. The nose is, well, distinctive: grape and malt, with a touch of spice (I assume that's the safron) and slightly sour. These are not good images here. The mouth is very prickly and quite thick/heavy, presumably from the fruit juice. Taste? Oh my. Grapes and safron are definitely noticeable, sweet and sour, almost like grape juice on drugs. There's definitely malt here, and even a dash of coniferous hops that lends a dry bit element to the finish, but this tastes and feels much more like a mead than a beer. Not a very good mead either. Glad I got just one, as I couldn't bring myself to finish even that much.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 04:21:07 | More by Globetrotter
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2.2/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Out of curiosity had to try this...golden color with big eggshell colored foamy head. smell like white grapes, sweet and boozy tastes kinda like a chardonnay no bitterness to speak of. to me it tastes like a cheap malt liqour. very little carbonation. overall im dissapointed. I didnt know what to expect, i guess this is what they were goin for when they brewed this but i wont ever buy this again and its way too expensive. I paid 3.39 plus tax for a 12oz. glad i only bought one. dog fish head has a lot of very different and unique beers so i give them credit for that. and no disrespect to cheap malt liqours, but this really tastes similar to colt 45. one of the better malt liquors.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 03:24:57 | More by Beermazter310
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2.2/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I love Dogfish beers, but I can't say I feel this one at all. In fact, out of all the DFH beers I've had, this one stands out as my least favorite.

It pours a pretty pale amber color and it smells really good. It's a very unique smell - lots of spice and a whole lot going on. However, this definitely does not translate to great taste. I thought this beer tastes like it has WAY too much going on. I can't get a handle on what flavors are supposed to come through and they all end up mixing together in a pretty unmanagable combination for me.

It has a mouthfeel very similar to a Miller Lite (which I don't think is a real beer) and overall just doesn't work for me. Like I said, I am a HUGE fan of DFH, but I think they missed the mark on this one. But hey, the girl I date likes it, so maybe it's just me.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:55:05 | More by psumjl269
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

05-15-2013 02:19:16 | More by bca115
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

To what guidelines does one review "an ancient ale?"

Thin white head that quickly fades to skim. Clear, honey colored.

Smells of dry dirt, honey and tortilla chips.

Tastes like carbonated corn chips and honey puree.

I started drinking this while reading a book about the Lost Boys of Sudan. I continued drinking it thinking if the Lost Boys can dodge helicopters, starvation, and lions I can finish this beer. Alas, I could not..drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 20:51:21 | More by donkeyrunner
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

04-02-2013 09:29:05 | More by beercanman
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

12-04-2012 03:43:51 | More by chippo33
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

05-15-2012 19:55:44 | More by Mario
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

06-24-2012 19:11:39 | More by mscott1975
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

01-23-2013 18:35:25 | More by phishbone23
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

10-21-2012 03:35:23 | More by hollywood_15063
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

01-10-2013 18:15:24 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of ikats

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This "handcrafted ancient ale" (nice ring to it) came out of a 12 oz. bottle. It's hazy amber in color. Head? What head? After about a minute there is barely a tiny bubble in the glass. Nice initial sweet aroma, but with more investigation it readily shifts into weird funky notes. Lots of honey in the taste. Sweetness on your lips, strength in your throat. Practically no carbonation. The taste is all wrong for me. Gold it ain't! This is the second time I am touched by Midas, and I feel just as abused as I did the first time.

One important note: Even though I find this brew undrinkable, I do appreciate DFH's experimentation. And imagining beer-loving Indiana Jones in search of King Midas' tomb to discover the secret of the "ancient ale" is just plain cool! I'll add some extra points to mouthfeel as my way of encouraging DFH's contant search for new and cool ideas in brewing.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 04:41:37 | More by ikats
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South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

11-25-2012 05:05:27 | More by cackalacky
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 3,912 ratings.