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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,602 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,602
Hads: 4,568
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 25%
Wants: 179
Gots: 808 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 1,602 | Hads: 4,568
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 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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Photo of BucksBrew
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden and clear. It has a beautiful lack of turbidity, and a nice white head.

S - Less aroma than I expected. I didn't pick up much from this. But I was a little tipsy.

T - A yummy sweetness with herbal notes. Very minor herbal notes. It was extremely characteristic hops. Sweet but bitter.

M - Crisp but not exactly light. Had a good body and attacked multiple portions of the tongue.

D - Too sweet for too many, but a very good single beer.

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Photo of wizzle
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Given to me as a "tip" at work one night. Poured a beautiful rich amber color. Heady aromas of sweet spice and hops. The flavor was not as exotic and complex as I was expecting, but it was pleasant enough. I don't think I'd kick down the $13 for a 4-pack, but I'd like to try it again sometime.

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Photo of craigreed
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into signature Dogfish Head Glass.

Appearance - Light orange/yellow color with a bit of an off white colored head. Seems to have a good amount of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma - Smells fairly strong of spices and wheat. There is a hint of some fruity notes as well.

Taste - I get a taste some some spices, maybe nutmeg and cinnamon? In either case it brings together a nice herbal spice. Throughout the middle there is a pronounced sweetness from maybe honey and the muscat grapes really come through bringing out the wine characteristic I was looking forward to tasting. It finished very earthy tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy feel with a good amount of carbonation throughout. It needed this to hold up with the strong flavors of the beer.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper beer. Should be drank like wine, but it definitely can go down smooth and often. Every Dogfish head fan should give this beer a try. Reminded me of a spiced up hef in some regards.

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Photo of OysterMonkey
1.66/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Nothing special on the pour. Decent golden color, some foam, not much retention.

S- Spicy, but not in a good way. More like pungent. Grape smell dominates. I don't think this beer is for me.

T- Putrid. Really very bad. The grape flavor dominates, and to me it tastes more like fake grape flavoring.

M- OK mouthfeel, fairly smooth, but nothing special.

This beer probably seemed like a good idea, but I thought it was really awful. I couldn't even finish 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 Parched
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A A nice late afternoon golden color with a ring of lacing that stays to the finish.

S Sweet smelling, obviously made by bees. Seriously, does smell a bit like mead and honeysuckle.

T The first sip was a bit of a shock as I am not accustomed to this style but transitioned to a pleasant experience about midway through the glass. I'm curious as to the amount of honey used with the malt as it has a strong but not overbearing presence. Appropriately balanced with a homemade wine taste as well. Not sure of the secret herbs but nicely done nonetheless!

M Nice and malty. It has a little weight to it unlike a rice brew. Good carbonation.

D Drank my first at a wake for a friend. Mixed crowd. Bunch of bikers and Presbyterians. Bikers tend toward Bud/Bush while we Puritans go for the craft brewed stuff like our fore-bearers across the way. Providentially, as the good was all but gone, a fellow from my church brought in a four pack of this stuff. Just in time as I almost drank a Bush. Whew!
I'll drink the other three for sure. It's good stuff but with so many other choices...

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Photo of PileOwnz
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle into Snifter

A - Pours a very clear golden amber. About a finger of off white head, which fades quickly. Slight lacing, but it doesn't stay on the glass for very long.

S - Sweet fruit scent. White grapes with a honey undertone.

T - Has a decent malt that starts this one off, but it is soon overwhelmed by a taste that is pretty much that of a white wine. Heavy on the white grape. Honey is present, but it seems to be there to just accentuate the sweetness.

M - A thin medium bodied beer. Fairly carbonated. A taste of white wine lingers.

D - This one could be fairly drinkable for the right person. If you know someone who loves white wines and you want to introduce them into the world of craft brewing, this might be a start. As for me, I am not a huge white wine fan, so this one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of rzoq
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz into a red wine glass.

A: Pours flat with a small head that disappears quickly. Nice amber hue.

S: Light and tangy with hints of grape, pepper and saffron.

T: Grape is dominant here. White wine blends with honey and a bit of sourness.

O: Good but not great. Worth trying but not an everyday drinker.

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Photo of hoopermcbeal
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, the colour is a clear golden. I was quite surprised that this was 9% alcohol, it goes down remarkably smooth. I defiantly get the hint of grape and honey. It leaves a bit of a bitter after taste, which I don't mind at all. The smell I got from it was a musty sweetness, reminds me of a white wine scent. I couldn't taste the saffron, but I could see it having some influence in the colour.

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Photo of caisno
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poors lovely into a sniffer. Held up to the light the color is really special, amber honey gold with a velvety healthy head that sticks to the entire glass after the beer is gone.

Smell- A very good smell, but very faint in my experiance. After i let it set in a sniffer for a few minutes to colect the aroma I get strong honey and lite grass with a hint of ripe fruit.

Taste- A really special experiance. I'll be drinking more of this. Honey sweetness, barley malt and grape that lingers sweet. It's really a unique creation.

Mouthfeel- stong carbonation that is really a great counter to the silky smooth finish.

Overall- This is a fantastic beer to try, enjoy and enjoy again, and its pretty damn cheap too. go get some.

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Photo of B0BZ1LLA
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Midas Touch is a clear, golden/light amber ale which retains a very low head.

S: The beer smells mostly (and strongly) of muscat grapes and wine.

T: The flavor is well rounded and complex, alternating between a mead, a wine, and a golden ale.

M: While not overly sweet or dry, mouthfeel for Midas Touch is closer to a wine than a beer.

O: A great beer, albeit one that is probably best drank with food or appreciated one at a time. It is not a session beer. Whatever you feel about mixing grapes, honey, and malted barley, it's definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of bleggs
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Yellow gold. Suspended particles give a medium cloudy look.
S: Honey, skunky lager.
T: Light honey, some skunk. Grape.
F: Crisp, a little acidic bite.
O: Interesting. Definitely worth a try. Pretend you're a Pharaoh.

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Photo of Jackson2014
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly good. This is an odd beer that a person who doesn't like odd beer can probably enjoy.

Pours with below average head. Nice light golden color.

Smell is grapes with honey and flowers.

Tastes like fermented grapes with a nice light bouquet of flowers and some definite honey. Somewhat bizarre.

Overall this one of those strange beers new-age slash ancient beers which usually relegates it to the category of terrible, but Dogfish Head got this one right.

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

The beer poured a clear golden color with a finger thick head that quickly dissipated into the liquid. The head did not leave much lacing around the glass, but that isn't very surprising. A good amount of carbonation is evident in the glass. The beer did not burst with powerful scents, however, it did have a nice faint aroma of white grapes, almost a chardonnay(ish) flavor, with a nice dose of a pale barley malt. The initial taste was one of dry honey notes, white grapes, and a nice bready backbone. A little further into the beer some notes of saffron come out in the beer. I was surprised at what a heavy body the beer had; I did not expect that such a light beer, in many respects, would drink so heavy. I think a lot of it had to do with the large amounts of honey added to the beer. Though heavy, it was not unappreciated. This one will creep up on you. Drink with caution.

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Photo of AnonWut
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich, golden amber with a short head that dies out quickly. Carbonation is retained at the top of the beer in the way you'd expect the bubbles to appear at the top of a jar of honey, which makes a lot of sense. It gives the impression that you're drinking a syrupy-sweet liquid.

S - Faint, for all its herbage. But sweet. And you can definitely smell the saffron.

T - The honey sticks out to you right away and the saffron grabs you on the way down. The aftertaste from this beer is grand, and probably the best part of the drinking experience with this brew. Muscat grapes are definitely tucked away in there. It'd be nice to get a tad more flavor out of those.

M - Despite its syrupy looks, this beer is light and flowing with light carbonation that doesn't stick around too long. It's honestly one of the best mouthfeels in a beer that I've ever had. This definitely adds to the drinkability of this beer.

O - I've got to say, I was really surprised by this beer. The spiced beer category is incredibly vast, and I have had almost nothing but bad experiences with spiced ales, but I was more than pleasantly surprised by this beer. If it has one downside, it is that it might almost be too rich for me to have more than one glass at a time. That said, it is not bad by any means, and I applaud Dogfish Head for creating something incredibly unique. Props.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,602 ratings.