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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,322 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,322
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 151
Gots: 555 | 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:
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of 7/28/06. Pours a orage yellow with a one finger head and OK lace. Smells of honey and malt and has some fruityness to it. Very sweet. They honey and malts are quite obvious. Has a wine like fruityness. Kind of like a not as full bodied barleywine. Alcohol is present. Somewhat syrupy. Leaves my lips sticky. Not a great deal of hop presence. A very unique beer and should be tried if you are able to pick some up.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ngandhi
2.57/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Somewhere between a bock and a typical Belgian golden ale, Dogfish Head Midas Touch is a honeyed, lightly grapey mess of flavors and textures. Almost immediately flat, this brew ends up drinking more like a honeyed spirit or mixed drink. With some mead characteristics, the primary tastes in this brew are the muscat grapes and an undercooked caramel. At times this is a Belgian, at times it's a bad special bitter and, through it all, this beer is unbalanced and unsure of itself. The saffron hints at the nose, but is subdued by some ripe fusel alcohol. The finish is very dry and highlights the English-style maltiness; it redeems this beer.

To know what this beer is is a tough task; DFH makes itself vulnerable to criticism by releasing a beer based on something no one has ever heard of. That said, there are all sorts of beers on the market from Baladin Nora to different gruits that take old or otherwise extinct styles of beer and revitalize them into something spectacular. Midas Touch drinks more like a bastardization of several existing styles of beer than a rehashing of anything historic.

I can only hope more breweries make beer like this, but the Midas Touch itself is a failure.

Relax, relax.

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4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into standard pint glass

a: light orange/yellow colow with a foamy white head with slight retention

s: floral and fruit notes, most noteably grape. Hint of spice

t: nice sweetness from the fruit notes, I detect grape, cherry, orange, and posibly pear. The alchohol is well desquised. Very unique beer and have never had one like it before.

m&d: light to medium body with loads of carbonation. Not a session beer but it is extremely drinkable despite ABV.

Another nice offering from DFH.


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4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Described as ancient ale with barley, honey, muscat grapes, and saffron. Nice description and it tastes every bit like each of these flavors save the barley which is not noticeable. This is why the high scores. I'm tempted to give it all 5's cuz its so crazy unique and appropriate for the description on the bottle. I cannot however--so here is the non-rant review-- I should say --It is Hrathgar's mead though :-()>

A-Red wine vinegar with a 1/2 shot of cognac thrown in is the color. Carbonation probably didn't exist in ancient times. There is none here. No lace either but I doubt an ancient ale should have any.

S-Bready herbal honey smell--some woodiness present too. Is this the Saffron ?

T-Perfect for how it describes itself. DFH does everything well. They are up there on my list anyway. Specifics tastewise:all flavas are present-grapes are the weakest and honey is the strongest. Not like honey in a hefeweiss beer but honey on a piece of buttered toast.

MF-smooth honey-felty-suede- like mouthfeel. Pretty much perfect.

D-only problem here. High ABV and not a style where you want more than one.

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4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a deep gold with a fizzy just off white head that dissipates after not too long. The smell is very sweet with a lot of the white grapes and honey coming through. The taste is sweet up front and honey folled by the grape flavor which echoes raison d'extra a bit because of its raisin flavor. Still the taste still says beer despite these unfamiliar flavors. The mouthfeel is quite full bodied with very lively carbonation. Due to all of the residual sugar, it is also a bit sticky. Overall, I really like this beer. It masks the alcohol very well and is quite enjoyable. It is quite different but wow what a good beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear into my Hennepin glass. Thin layer of head covers the light amber beer. The aroma is a little strange. It smells a bit like corn adjunct. Herbal/medicinal aromas come out with similarities to Magic Hat #9. The flavor is quite different than I had predicted. It is complex, rich, sweet, malty, tart, and spicy. There are flavors of raisins, caramel, oranges, figs, and maple. Ever so slightly the alcohol become apparent and starts to add more spice to the end of the sip. This beer is rather quenching for some reason, but the 9% alcohol by volume tends to really hit you. This has the same ABV that La Fin Du Monde has, but it is a quicker buzz IMO. interesting.

It is good, but there are much better beers that cost much less. This stuff is TOO expensive.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,322 ratings.