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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,597
Hads: 4,546
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 25%
Wants: 178
Gots: 783 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 10-31-2001

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
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Photo of SeattleAdam
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, and pale. Pretty clear. Foamy white head with minutes of retention.

S: Very Belgium fruity like. Apples and honey present.

T: Lager like malt in the front with fruits that divebomb in the end. But wait! This beer comes back. Seriously! The ending note doesn't come until it hits your stomach and then travels up to the back of your mouth. Finishes like apple juice.

M: Very light. Very good carbonation. Well balanced.

D: Drinks like a skunk lager. It really does. Fruity Bud-Light. I'm sorry Sam! Besides that weird resurgance thing the fruits do there just isn't that much to this beer. It's quite drinkable but kind of boring.

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Photo of davednyc
2.57/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am not sure what I may have been expecting, but this wasn't it. The 'Golden' in the Golden Elixer expressed on the label is certainly correct...

Perhaps it was the particlar bottle (and considering that it's DFH, I'm certainly willing to take a second chance)... but this brew was much more sour than spicy.

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Photo of Stranger5582
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is like a wine for beer drinkers and a beer for wine drinkers. I make that comparison only because my parents are winos and I "forced" each of them to try a glass.

Our initial reactions were indecision mixed with misunderstanding of the pricey tag on the four pack of this I had purchased. It had an OK taste, but nothing really deserving of its price.

After the first round, we waited until after a meal to have another round. Oddly, the flavor of the beer came forth. To me, it tasted like a light white wine with hints of spice and a passable finish. For my parents, it seemed like a light beer with hints of spice and a passable finish.

None of us all that impressed with it, but I wouldn't pass up the chance to try it again. It seems like each successive time I drink it, the flavor improves, or maybe I'm more able to discern its subtle taste.

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Photo of StuyBeerGuy
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

After a long craft beer drought caused by the budgetary concerns of a recent college graduate I was relieved by a recent windfall which resulted in my acquisition of Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery. I found myself drawn to the concept, after weeks of consuming domestic beer the opportunity to enjoy a brew inspired by one of the earliest breweries had me excited.

After opening the bottle and pouring its contents into a pint glass I found myself intrigued by the amber hues with strong condensation and the thin white had that dissipated rapidly. The scent of honey and flower brought to mind a picture of the earliest sedentary societies and for a moment I envisioned what it would be like if I were to share this brew with them.

Following a toast to those who inspired this recipe I sipped the beer and found myself pleasantly surprised to taste a beer with an actual mouthfeel. While beer aficionados frequently laud those brews with a long mouth feel I tend to believe the abundance of carbonation precludes a mouthfeel on par with what a complex wine can offer. In contrast, this honey heavy concoction has a buttery quality that coats the mouth and makes it a great selection to pair with food.

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Photo of MagicLantern
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel Snifter. No head though a light lace circled the glass with a small portion resting in the center. The lace remained throughout drinking never sticking to the glass, but instead haloing the edge. A clear medium carbonation was even throughout the entire beer. An amber color leaning more towards orange rather than red.
Initially I was disappointed that the beer had no head, but I don't think this style should have a big head and no longer hold that against the beer. This should be taken into consideration by other people who try it.

Smell: The snifter helped accentuate the smell of this beer, which is sweet and complicated. Saffron and grape combine to provide a unique distinct smell that is pleasant and inviting.
I was impressed with the smell, my notes read, "Great". It was very inviting and made me want to try this beer.

Taste: Like it's smell, the taste is complicated. Sweet, saffron, and spice in the background. The spice sticks with you not only after you finish a drink, but for a while. Stick with this beer all night or clean your palate as this will cloud all other drinks afterwards.
My notes read, "pleasant, but inescapable." It is difficult to get rid of the taste of this beer. It is a good tasting beer, but unique. The spice actually becomes better after you get use to it and I think a second is always much better than the first. Again, don't plan on switching beers afterwards because Midas Touch will demand to continue to be tasted. Last point and this is the most important. This beer tastes better warmed rather than cold. Ice cold does not compliment this beer. Open it, smell it, watch it. Let it warm up, give it time to breath, it gets better if you give it time.

Again, interesting and unique. An initial reaction may be dislike because it's sort of strange. However the strangeness has brought me back for more, because the flavors and smells combine to make an interesting complicated platform that can continued to be examined.

The uniqueness and complexity of this drink gives something beer lovers should try several time before they make up their mind. The background spicyness grows as one drinks this and it contributes to a cap on the number of these one could have in a night. One is ok, two is good, three may be great, but four in a row is likely to many. The carbonation and grapes combine to give this beer a pseudo-wine or champagne like feel. Others have mentioned this beer is good upon occasion, or if one is in the right mood. I think this beer should be approached as if it were a wine or champagne. Any gathering where alcohol is served, but the goal isn't be get trashed is a good time to bring out this beer. There's no way anyone could pound these. They sort of cap themselves, but before you get sick of them, they are really good. Celebrate it's uniqueness at celebrations.

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Photo of lynchmob9
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Day two tasting Dogfishhead beers. Got bottles at Total Wine & More in Glendale AZ. Appearance - great golden wheat field color. Great initial head off pour...head lasts couple minutes, lingers to nice white ring. Excellent appearance. Smell - nice, light smell...fresh buttermilk biscuits. Taste - barley, orange peel, chocolate syrup. Strange aftertaste. Mouthfeel - lingers long...I like it, full, rich. Drinkability - really good beer. Just noticed 9% which I don't like. Maybe occasionally.

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Photo of B0bD0bbselbock
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tumbler pint glass

A-Gorgeous pale golden orange color with a hint of amber to it. Nice 1 1/2 finger head that reduced to about 3/4 finger. Nice even lacing, hangs around the sides for while.

S- The honey comes out nicely at first, (reminds me of a nice dry mead), paired with the nice sour aroma of grapes, while the barley seems to carry them through in the middle ground.

T- Wow! The sweet honey really shines out beautifully, with a lovely grape flavor mingling well with the barley. The flavors linger beautifully in the aftertaste. The honey slightly recedes to the background, while the barley and honey take the stage. This really reminds of a mead, with splash of concord grape wine in the mix. A very synergistic bouquet.

M- Smooth, light, slightly crispy.

D- I find this one to be highly drinkable, as it drinks smoothly, while offering a huge burst of wonderful flavors.

Dogfish Head is known for specializing in fine brews of near-incomparable uniqueness, and Midas Touch, to my mind, is one such beer (especially considering its historical background). The sweet and inviting aroma opens up to a most pleasant flavor profile, characterized by a tasty honey sweetness akin to a traditional mead, accentuated by the sweet and tangy grapes, well balanced by the barley, which is followed by a most delightful aftertaste that lingers nicely. From start to finish, i would say this beer is superb in many respects, and therefore highly recommend it to those who seek something truly unique in a beer. I will gladly buy it again.

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Photo of runesead
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful, transparent, golden appearance, but weak carbonation and virtually no head retention. It looks like cream soda and has the carbonation retention of cream soda.

Smell: smells like a belgian with honey notes and saffron. malty.

taste: Winey and malty, floral notes and a slight tang of bitterness

Mouthfeel: surprisingly smooth, it's belgian-esque in the taste but does not have the harsh and souring aftertaste.

Drinkablity: The taste does not sour or age poorly. I finished this beer without effort.

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Photo of CptAubrey
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in a snifter.

A: Clear light amber. Thin white head doesn't hang around, but keeping in mind that this beer forgoes hops, it's a good-looking brew.

S: Floral with noticeable white wine. Fruity. Bit of sweet honey and malt, and touch of alcohol. Like a fruity white wine with malt.

T: Similar to the smell, but with more noticeable bready malt and sweetness up front. Vinous and fruity flavors follow, finishing with light bitterness and round, earthy flavor that lingers. This might be the saffron. Alcohol gives a bit of a bite, but it's surprisingly well hidden in such a delicate brew.

M: Carbonation is a bit harsh, but this is followed by a soft light-medium body. Finishes with a white wine-like bite.

D: The only harsh characteristic of this odd beer is the mild overcarbonation, and for that I'd call it drinkable, especially considering the 9% ABV. There are many pleasant flavors here and probably more going on than my palate can cope with. An enigma. This would make a good alternative to white wine, even Champagne, and is probably best paired with food.

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Photo of shoude
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams beer glass

golden yellow color, with a nice white head that lingers slightly in the glass, lively carbonation, sweet almost raisin like taste, dry finish that makes you want to take another drink

overall a good beer, don't think you want to drink a bunch in a row but great as an occasional treat

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Photo of joshk
2.87/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Meh. I was looking forward to this one but it was kind of a let down...

Looks golden with a white head.

Smells really interesting, like grapes(!) and beer.

This is where I got kinda upset: it tastes like blue point blueberry ale, except instead of blueberries, there's an awkward unpleasant spiciness with some mixed in grape flavor. After the first few sips I could get some residual honey flavor on my tongue, but as the beer warmed I stopped tasting it. Then it started tasting like alcohol and nasty bitterness.

Feels like beer in my mouth, fine bubbles maybe?

Nothing about this beer makes it particularly pleasant to drink.

Overall, I like the flavor of Steel Reserve Malt Liquor more than this (and in all honesty, as a craft brew drinker, steel reserve is NOT BAD AT ALL! try it some time).

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Photo of nubz77
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich golden color, true to its name.

S - Very sweet scent

T - Where do I begin... It's extremely sweet but not in the typical sense, it's a very complex sweetness similar to a wine (a moscato) and the honey definitely comes through.

M - Good carbonation, just right I would say.

O - Overall a very interesting beer, not one I would drink every day but definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of MikeM40
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass. This beer pours a clear honey/amber color,the low carbonation produces a thin head that disappears quickly,but leaves some lacing. The nose has a herbal quality with scents of honey,notes of banana and spices. Honey flavor is right up front with sweet grapes following behind. There is also a nice spiciness on the tongue,and a  bready quality. The mouthfeel is medium thick and somewhat oily. This beer has almost no bitterness but somehow avoids being overly sweet and it hides the relatively high ABV very well. Not an everyday brew for me,but a nice change of pace beer. 

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Photo of DFlynn
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a frosted pint glass. Poured smoothly to a 1/4" white head. Probably should have used a goblet in hindsight.

A - 1/4" head disappeared quickly. Orange, slightly copper color. Fine carbonation rising throughout a 10 minute delay.

S - white grapes from the start, maybe a touch of cinnamon.

T - sweet hit first, followed by a finish of warm spices and caramel

M - much more full bodied than expected from the look. Carbonation returned with the taste - somewhat fooled by the appearance.

O - good overall, probably best enjoyed post meal, or with a sweet-ish main course.

This is a very complex beer that could be perceived many different ways. I had just finished a spicy Antipasto salad, and I'm sure that influenced my comments.

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Photo of vitamaltz
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma coming off the pour was a lot of fun. It was sweet and spicy and strong... I wanted to just sniff for a while. This looks exactly like a cream soda and has a somewhat similar taste. The honey gives it plenty of sweetness while the grapes steer the flavor. The result is something like grape Bubblicious, but in a restrained, non-offensive way. I couldn't drink too many of these in a session; either the sweetness or the ABV would overwhelm me.

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Photo of reginaldo
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow-copper color. Initially a good head but dies pretty quickly after pouring. Honey and grapes dominate the smell. The taste is definitely unique. The honey, grapes and saffron mix well with the malt to give a spicy yet sweet taste. The alcohol comes through a bit but isn't so strong as to dominate the flavor. While I enjoy this brew every once and a great while, I found that the novelty has worn off. After trying it again after some time I wasn't nearly as impressed as I was the first time. That said it was nice to sample an interpretation of how beer was in its infancy.

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Photo of BillyBroas
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Biscuity malt smells hit me first, followed by some grape. The alcohol aromas came through after it warmed up a bit.

Appearance - Clear gold with very little head.

Flavor - This one is very sweet, almost like a dessert wine. The grapes are predominant and the honey is there as well, just as advertised. There is not so much in the way of hops, but I really like the spices that come in and leave a tingle on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and very smooth.

This was an interesting one, but what did I expect from a recipe that is 2700 years old. King Midas approved and so do I.

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Photo of afogg0855
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour has very little head and after about 30 seconds the head is gone altogether. There is very little carbonation, but the taste is good. The white grape is evident along with the barley wine giving it a nice sweetness mixed with bitterness.

It reminds me of a sauvignon blanc with hops. Not the best beer I've had from Dogfish but it's definitely worth a try if you're interested in the whole ancient ale thing.

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Photo of Yokoono76
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: clear, honey color, 1 finger head, no lacing on the glass.

S: sweet floral, grape jelly, grape bubblegum.

T: strong honey, grainy-barley, warming on the palate.

M: light to medium bodied, light carbonation

O: this is a unique, straight forward beer. I enjoyed the flavor and consistency. I am surprised that it doesn't have a higher rating on this board. However, perhaps that is because of its simplicity. For me, the smell does not translate into the taste, but I really liked that. I will have this one again, for sure!

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Photo of ChristopherProvost
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy gold color, not much of a head, good upward carbonation cascade, almost zero lacing

Smell: musty, spices and citrus, can't put my finger on it. Mild cloves? Orange?

Taste: definitely NOT hoppy! Hints of honey or agave. Some sort of fruit and spice I can't identify. Bottle says saffron and white muscat grapes.

Mouthfeel: mildly astringent and dry

I'll admit, I only bought this because it was billed as a "Handcrafted Ancient Ale" and I wanted to try something new that wasn't an IPA, stout, or porter. I liked the aroma and the taste, although I had trouble identifying exactly what it was I was smelling and tasting. The only thing I could reliably identify was honey. I even went and smelled different spices from my spice cabinet to try to narrow it down. The bottle said saffron and white muscat grapes, neither of which I am familiar enough with to make any sort of comment on. At any rate it was enjoyable enough and I was happy to expand my palate with it.

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Photo of jasrbrd
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 9% gives this beer a nice kick.
Great appearance and an interesting blend of spices.
The label says barley, honey, white muscat grapes and saffron, but the blend mixes well and and one flavor does not over power any of the others.
A nice change a pace and flavor from a regular beer. If you are interested in trying a "spice" beer, give this one a go. Always a reliable choice, the Dogfish Beer Company.

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Photo of MarsMoose
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I encountered an interesting smell as I opened the bottle which reminded me of the smell of dates.

I poured half of the bottle into a white wine glass, despite having beer glassware available, at the suggestion of Dogfish Head's site.

Observed a pale amber color with little head (or visibly apparent carbonation for that matter). There was an...enchanting smell. Smelled like a fruity champagne

The carbonation became apparent at the first sip, medium carbonation I'd say. Interestingly, some sort of flavor (the muscat grapes?) seemed to blanket my tongue, as if I poured something syrupy over it.

After finishing the first half, I poured the other (now somewhat warmer) half into my glass. Still almost no head despite the increased warmth. This half started tasting more like beer. The malt, I think, became more pronounced with the warmth, and the honey starts to come through. The odd blanketing flavor also became less apparent.

Overall and interesting beer. Not my favorite, but I'd have it again.

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Photo of badesign
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

As an introduction, I was tremendously excited to try Midas Touch from the first time I heard about it; I wasn't let down.

Pours a slightly hazy, light gold, similar to a Belgian pale. Aroma is reminiscent of white wine, very strong grape character with plenty of alcohol and a mildly peppery spice. Tastes at first of bushels of sweet malt, with a quick detour into boozy spice before resolving into grape and honey sweetness, and a warming finish. Mouthfeel is outstanding, slick and effervescent. Between the complexity and the ABV, it's hard to drink more than a couple, but the first one or two are very good.

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Photo of bigbodybussey
4.64/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to snag a vintage 2008 bottle at the Fermentation Lounge in Tallahassee Fl. I was hesitant at first, but this was a definite treat.

Appearance - poured a nice deep gold with minimal white/crem colred head and minimal lacing.

Smell - The smell was astonishing. Immediately you smell the grapes. This is a natural muscadine grape scent, not artificial by any means. Following this was the presence of honey and a slightly spiced aromatic. There was not the slightest present of yeastiness or the smell of alcohol. This could only be comparitive to a finely aged wine...EXCEPTIONAL!

Taste - The taste was phenominal as well. Immediately the presence of the grapes is profound followed by a meshing with honey. A slight bitterness blends with the sweetness as to not overwhelm your palate with sweetness. Very smooth with little carbonation.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is very nice and unique. It is medium bodied with a unique wine-like mouth presence. Very little carbonation present on the palate.

Drinkability - I love this beer. It is so unique and so refreshing that you can help to stop at one. I will be buying some bottles to age very soon.


(Also, I have never had this beer in its fresher state for a new vs. aged comparison. Therefore, my review may greatly differ from a newer dated botle.)

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Photo of Foolmonkey
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking like the Pharaoh's! I like Dogfish Head, and when I heard about this beer I knew I had to give it a try. Very unique and tasty.

The presentation of the beer is good. Clean, golden, royal.
Both the smell and taste are sincere, and really great at showing the honey, grape, and spice aspects of the brew.

The mouthfeel presents that higher ABV, but remains smooth until the aftertaste hits you with the spice and herb. Overall I will buy this again and appreciated its distinct character.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,597 ratings.