Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

Added by purplehops on 10-31-2001

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Photo of Matthew_Taylor
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A read of the label on this beer tells quite an interesting story of long lost brewing methods and ancient grains. A dramatic tale for what equates to a flavored ale.

The pout results in almost no head, and the color is akin to apple juice. A very fruity nose with the scent of sweet dark grapes.

The taste results in a reminder of the head, with a grape juice taste. A tad hoppy on the finish, but the grape masks much of the other flavors of this brew. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a unique flavor.

A heavy carbonation in this beer which makes it taste more like a candy than a beer, but it's a different taste and worth a sample.

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Photo of Ninjaworm
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A quickly eroding head that leaves little remnants of lacing around the maple colored substance.

Smell: Notable honey and ester tones followed by alcohol.

Taste: Wow is this beer complex. Honey and fruit followed by syrupy alcohol tingling.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The carbonation helps diffuse the syrupy feel increasing the beers drinkability. This beers honey syrup notes mimic the characteristics of a Barleywine’s malt character.

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Photo of 12vUnion
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'd would have actually rather not given this a score. There really is no parallel in the beer world to compare it with. It is what it is. Dogfish Head always makes unique beer, but not always the most drinkable. But that isn't necessarily the point. Yes, it must be drunk. But it's more of an experience. And Midas Touch is something to be experienced. I can nearly guaranty that you won't be coming back or that you'll easily enjoy it. But give it a try with some friends. It's something to talk about.

The saffron they added to the beer make it a fantastically golden color. Mostly thin and transparent. But it sparkles like pure gold.

It smells of fruit and spice. Heavy alcohol in the nose. Pleasant and intriguing. It draws you in with mystery like an ancient tomb.

The taste takes you in another direction. You can't compare it with another beer. To me, the taste, at least in the front, is strongly similar to a sake or possibly even a rum. The alcohol comes out very strong up front. Grapes, honey and alcohol makes this wine like. Nearly a (cheap) Japanese sake I'd say. But that's misleading. Grape and pear come out pretty well if you can get past the alcohol and spice. There are so many complicated little flavors that your moth tries to lump it all into one sensation.

I'm not sure how much I can actually say to describe it to you. By far not the best beer in the world. But I won't even classify it as a beer. It's entirely out there on its own. I won't enjoy much of it. But I can appreciate everything it is. Disregard the score and just get a bottle. 6 ounces is even a little much, so do share it with your friends. It's an experience to behold.

Note that Midas Touch is another name for grog. A mix of beer, wine, juice and honey. That's actually pretty much what this is.

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Photo of blackcrow911
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It was a nice golden color.

S - The smell of honey was the first thing I was able to smell while I poured this.

T - Again, honey stood out, then the booze, a bitter end. There was some other fruit tastes as well, grapes.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink, and can't wait to get it again. Friends really liked this beer too.

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Photo of SusurusIgnoramus
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque reddish yellow. White head that sticks. Minimal bubbles. Smells like a sweet white wine. Sweet grapes with a musky undertone.

Definite grape flavor, quick hint of bubblegum. Alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is dry and light. Reminds me of champagne. Because of this, I almost expect it to have more carbonation, so it catches me off guard a little.

Very drinkable, were it not for the abv. Personally, I could drink it all night. And I would feel it in the morning. Definitely considering finding this for New Year's eve.

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Photo of rKunda
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not really a lighter beer guy. I like darker beers in general, ales, stouts and especially good porters, but the description card at BevMo was interesting so I gave this one a go.

Appearance was average. It's a really light beer. It had a decent head on it.

For the beer itself, what a unique twist. It's somewhat sweet, and has a lot of flavor in it, though still really mild. It's not what I usually expect when I see a light beer in a glass (prepare to be bored!). I have a hard time explaining this. I've never really had anything else like this. It's almost like the desert wine of beer, but only about a 10th of the sweetness from a desert wine.

I usually drink 1, maybe 2 beers in given evening if my fridge do not runneth barren. I could easily drink through all 4 that come in the pack at the store if the price tag were not such an obstacle. I think these ran $12.99 for a four pack.

I've also tried the 60 minute IPA from DogFish (I thought it seemed good for what it was, but IPAs are one of the few beers I am still working on acquiring a taste for). It was pretty good, though, which help influence me to grab this one. I am happy I did. I will definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of jamesmbirchnyc
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First glance, looks like just another golden ale. However, this beer is great because of the fruity after taste that sticks around.

A: Golden Ale, very minor head

T: Subtle notes of grapes and strawberries.

Finish is memorable as the beer's viscosity is more similar to a dark Belgium than a light ale.

Overall, very good brew.

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Photo of adamb02155
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Honey colored, with a small foam on top and a few bubbles.

S - Very strong, fruity smell. Smells like wine, very little hint of anything beer-y.

T - Not exactly my thing, but pleasant enough. Sweet with lot of honey and some smokiness that comes through.

M - Medium carbonation, so not a huge impression here.

D - For me, I can see having at most, maybe two in a sitting. Like I said, not exactly my thing, but nice for a change.

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Photo of MeadMardigan
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My introduction to alcohol came in my mid-twenties and through wine, as heretical as that may be to admit on this site, so I'm a late-comer to beer. I left both beer and wine for a considerable time to explore/abuse the fineries(ABV) of scotch, so when I came back to beer and wine, and found The Midas Touch, a marriage of both to some extent, I thought that I'd found perhaps the one beverage to satisfy both needs. Not quite, but very enjoyable just the same.

The alcohol is relatively high, but it certainly doesn't overwhelm the flavor spectrum, which is a well executed balance between the sweetness of a dry dessert wine, and the robust character of a refreshing ale. The safron is difficult to isolate on the tongue, as the beer is nowhere approaching bitter. Perhaps it simply looks good on an ingredient list. The carbonation is just right, and looks good in a glass. If you are in the mood for a beer, drink a traditional beer, as this is rightly considered a hybrid. If you are in the mood for a unique beer, and appreciate wine, then this may be for you.

I always enjoy drinking this beer, but would never spoil the experience by having two consecutively. Not because of the relatively high ABV, but simply because I don't think I would enjoy the unique flavor of the Midas Touch tripping on its own heels. Plus, the romance of drinking a beer of "antiquity" would certainly diminish if it became too familiar. As a tale, the Midas Touch is cautionary; so don't be too greedy: Enjoy, but one at a time.

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Photo of rickdiaz
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one. Coming from Dogfish I expected a little more, then again it's an ancient ale... moving on.

A: Pours a golden clear with a moderate 1/2 finger head. Light lacing.

S: Earthy, maybe a little grape skin.

T: Honey comes out first, a little bit of apple or pear in the middle. Subtle hint of saffron on the finish.

M: Light with mild carbonation.

D: For me, it's a one bottle session. Can't really see myself drinking one after another. Still, a good brew!

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Photo of greygooose
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a clear, orange w/carmel tints, 2 inch frothy head, reminds me of a filtered wheat beer

S - wheaty, buttery, lemon zest, hint of pepper, dank

T - winey (from the grapes I imagine), sweet, spices, wheat, cereal

M - mild alcohol warming, adequate carbonation, almost no hop bite present, very pleasant slightly buttery aftertaste

D - almost a borderline sessionable brew if a little less sweeter, all in all a very flavorful imaginative creation that I wouldn't hesitate having again

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Photo of JohnTerrizzi
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: bottle poured into clear glass beer mug

Appearance: as gold as midas's urine. white foamy head. lacing after head dissipates. some carbonation.

Smell: spicy fruity smell. maybe a hint of honey sweetness.

Taste: malty and spicy with an alcoholic burn.

Mouthfeel: burns the tongue and throat slightly. a pleasant acoholic burn. some carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall: not a bad beer. good for sipping. very pleasant fruity malty aftertaste.

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Photo of dalri
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The smell really intrigued me, kind of like mead with a little bit grape and malt way in the back. I could have used a lot more hop in this beer, it was kind of sweet and almost bland. All the same, the grape and honey part was really interesting because you could actually taste that aspect, so I want to give them credit for at least that unique aspect, although it is probably my least favorite Dogfish Head beer. I also tried it on tap at Howie & Sons a few weeks later and it tasted a little less sweet with the extra carbonation, but it just didn't change my mind. The batches varied alot it seems to me...

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Photo of dogfishhead1117
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a four pack of this and it's one of those beers where if it came in more than a four pack it just wouldn't sell. Midas Touch isn't a bad beer, it's just a really, really unique sort of thing that is fun to try but not to drink. I tried keeping in mind that the recipe is like 3000 years old and that the concept of the beer is great but the application is iffy.

Pours fine, golden, hazy, small head if any, but the smell is where it went wrong for me. The sweetness from the honey is just overwhelming and there are just sweets laced everywhere, sweet hops and sweet spices and LOTS OF HONEY, small traces of white wine.

Tastes like that too, a very sweet brew that is overpowered by the honey and coreander, doesn't really allow the fullness of the grape to peer through although the aftertaste is laden with the flavors missing from the initial, just a great sort of expermental that was too dependant on the honey.

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Photo of gillis
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Slightly hazy, golden/orange color. Very light. Slight white head, mostly around the edges but bits of lacing in the middle of the glass.

I can smell a little bit of honey, but mostly it's a huge hit of muscat grape aroma. Sweet.

Tastes pretty boozy, with a little bit of light malt after I swallowed. Quite sweet, not really bitter at all. A little one dimensional.

Medium-bodied, smooth, nice amount of carbonation but not enough to be sharp.

Drinkability isn't bad, considering the high ABV. It would probably be a good beer for people who hate hops.

Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this. It's a little boring.

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Photo of CaliBeerLover86
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow in appearance and looks very carbonated. Had a quickly dissipating half-inch white head poured into a standard pint glass.

Smell: Smells sweet, like grapes, alcohol, and slightly woody.

Taste: Pale malts hit you up front. There seems to be sweetness left over from the grapes and honey with a bit of spice from the saffron. Crisp, clean, tastes like some of the bocks I have had. A well constructed brew. Complex, yet simple. Sweet, yet sophisticated. Alcohol is well hidden for 9% abv and the lightness of the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with a fairly a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: I'm not a wine drinker, but you could probably pair this with anything you would pair with white wine. It'd be interesting to cook with for sure. A very drinkable brew in my opinion, but you probably won't be slugging one after another. Sip and savor this one, it grows on you. Try this one out if you get the chance.

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Photo of AdamF
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Be warned: It's very sweet.

It smells rancid and doesn't taste much better, though the finish is solid.

I'm a big fan of the Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, 90 Minute IPA and Punkin Ale, but Midas Touch is a few tiers below those three for me.

It's cool that they resurrected something ancient that tastes like a lightly carbonated white wine. But I'm not sure why they've chosen to brew this year-round.

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Photo of skyline31687
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a very beautiful golden color with an attractive, moderate sized head.

S- One of the best qualities of this beer in my opinion. Smells strongly of honey, and the saffron is also apparent.

T- Tastes... different. This is where the history of this beer becomes apparent. While it weighs in at a fairly hefty 9% ABV, the alcohol taste is surprisingly well hidden by the complexity of the brew. Tastes mostly of grapes; very winy, though not in a bad way.

M- Good mouthfeel. Slightly sticky and definitely heavier than most.

D- This is where this otherwise great beer suffers. It is simply too complex to drink more than one (maybe, MAYBE two) in sitting.

O- Overall, this is a great beer. It definitely opens your eyes to the evolution of beer from the nearly 2,700 year old recipe to the beer we normally consume today.

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Photo of ktorsneyweir
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just had this on tap for the first time and it's even better than the bottled version. Midas has such complex flavors that just tickle every single taste bud. It goes down smooth and leaves a pleasant aftertaste on the tongue. If you see this on draft - GET IT

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Photo of jayhammed
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/18/2012- this held up well. A bit cloudy, chunky, but didn't detract from the taste. Dark Amber hue. Smells like champagne, pronounced grapes and a hint of honey. A very winey brew.

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Photo of TFrankMac2140
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap and into a snifter glass.

A: Light golden hue, very minimal carbonation with a very light head.

S: The first thing that hits me is a strong grape like character with a hint of sweet honey and saffron.

T: Very smooth and wine-like. The grape and honey hits you right off the bat and then the buttery alcohol taste sets in a bit after along with the light spiciness of the saffron. The after taste is almost pure grape and honey.

M: Very light and wine-like as mentioned above.

O: Interesting beer. The wine-like characteristics really make this brew special.

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Photo of WilliamLee
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a sweet/spicy smell that I assume is the saffron.

The taste is very complex. The best I can do is break it down into the following categories:
-Fruit: Grape or Raisin
-Alcohol: present but not strong
-Spice: Clove-like or Saffron
-Grain: This seems to be the most dominate flavor
-Malt: Caramel to Liquorish sweet
-No Hop bitterness
All of these flavors are present in almost equal amounts. With each sip you can detect one and then the other. By the time you see how many you can detect the beer is gone.

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Photo of johnbarrett
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - "golden" brilliance. It looks thicker than it is. Head was one finger and went down quick leaving a bit of lace.

S - Grapes. A nice strong whiff of red ripe grapes.

T - It does not taste as "grapey" as it smells yet it has strong notes of it. It tastes like a mix of grapes and figs. The flavors perfectly conceal the alcohol at 9%. Great balance.

M - Real tingly on the back of the tongue. It slides right on through the rest of the mouth.

D - It drinks smooth. It goes down easy with no taste of alcohol.

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Photo of RenownedHack
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up in a 12 oz. bottle, bottled on 4/23/12. Poured into a large wine glass.

A: Light foamy head, dissipating quickly. Gorgeous lacing remains throughout. Rich amber color, catching the light quite nicely. This is an attractive beer, I must say.

S: The aroma is certainly fruity. Barley is evident, some sweetness, and an underlying earthiness just beneath the more dominant elements. When I say dominant, however, I do not mean that any of these are knocking you off your feet or assaulting your senses; it's kind of laid back and balanced, but not to the overall detriment of the nose. It doesn't feel weak or lacking, but it's not especially assertive.

T: There's a great deal of sweetness to the taste, as expected from the smell - possibly even more, however. Honey sweet, and grape are the dominant tastes, and that's a little too sweet for my tastes. There is a nice, slightly grainy finish, but the honey taste overstays its welcome a bit, lingering on the palate a bit too long.

M: Crisp would be the first word that comes to mind describing this. This is very drinkable, easy to throw back, but with a lingering slightly syrupy feel as the honey sticks around.

O: This isn't a bad brew by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't imagine actively seeking it out beyond just a single bottle in the future, just for something a little different. The sweetness I find a bit overwhelming - I've never had much of a sweet tooth - but I could see a lot of people really getting down with this brew.

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Photo of DomErie
2.61/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

When I had this on draft at the brewpub in Rehobeth it was really tasty to the point that I felt compelled to buy two, four packs to take home.

Somewhere between Delaware and PA, either my taste buds went south or the bottled version is different from the draft version. Out of the bottle this beer is way too sweet, and I like sweeter beers. I also like a little bitterness to the beer. At the brewpub I wasn't blown away by sweetness but by balance. In the bottled version it had none.

Unless you like the taste of sweet wine mixed with beer you might want to skip this one. As many other reviewers have noted, kudos to DFH for innovation but I'll stick to their IPA's in the future.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.