Midas Touch
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #29
ABV:
9%
Score:
85
Ranked #32,492
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 14.63%
Reviews:
1,705
Ratings:
5,019
From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  225
Gots
  1,056
SCORE
85
Very Good
Midas TouchMidas Touch
Notes: 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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Lucular from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a mix-6, split with my wife and poured into a snifter. Aroma and flavor are white grape, dry honey, and surprisingly little alcohol for the 9% abv. An interesting beer and much more drinkable than I expected. Fun to try but not something I'm likely to buy again.

Sep 25, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Figured it was time to give this beer a whirl.
This bottle is ancient indeed...6/28/19, so a little over a year old at this point. Poured into an Ommegang snifter.

Pours a surprisingly gold color (I expected burnt orange like a barleywine) with a fluffy creamy cap of 1 finger, receding to a mossy ring with lace built up on the sides.

Aroma is pleasantly fruity and bright with elements of grape and citrus, slight pineapple, slight melon. Everything is brighter than expected. I guess I should shift my focus.

Flavor is a bit wasted at this point with some oxidized hops in tow somewhere; trying to re-align, I spot some more vinous but still white grape-ish notes, some oak barrel, a little bit of muscat, some melon rind, white grapefruit, honey, chive, and a bit of cilantro or other fresh herb.

Feel is crisp and starchy, but has a nice sticky yet oaky barrel barrel presence. Alcohol presence is rather high but to be expected, though feels more along the lines of a 12%'er. Drying finish with that microfiber sponge feel.

Overall this beer isn't bad, and I should try to find it fresher to get a better picture of it. Dogfish Head continues to be the curator of off-centered shit and this is definitely one of those examples. I like it though, it's twisted and won't fit into any of your neat little polite food tray-sized niches.

Price paid : $3.69 / bottle
Would buy again : Probably, to try it fresher.

Sep 12, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/22/20

Ancient ales, huh? My first one of the series, I didn't even realize they were doing a batch this year

Pours a lightly cloudy orange/gold with just a white cap that fizzles away to a ring of bubbles very fast and leaves no lacing

Quite the odd aroma here, I'm picking up a lot of different notes. There's an earthy, peppery spice carrying through, white grape, and raw honey all combine to make an odd but not bad scent

Oh yeah, that's a fuck ton of saffron in the taste, not really something you expect in a beer, even though this is brewed with it. The honey comes though strong in the beginning, sweet and unrefined, and only gets sweeter as the sip progresses. However, there are tart fruit notes to finish, mostly white grape, peach, and green apple. Oddly enough, the flavor reminds me of some strange nitro energy drink I had years ago that I think was supposed to be grape flavored and had some spice as well

Pretty light body and mild carbonation, this thing bounces back and forth between tart and sweet to keep things interesting. Finishes just off dry

A perplexing beer for sure. One could argue that this is a great example of a beer with non traditional ingredients and pulls it off due to lack of expectations. Others however, might say that this is hardly beer and is not good. Regardless of how weird this is, I like it quite a bit. DFH always keeps it weird

Jun 14, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.86/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Pours a diaphanous shade of burnished gold blended with vibrant, daffodil yellow. Forms a dense, white froth, similar to the creamed bubbles that crown an authentic cappuccino. Leaves a geometrically perfect circle of sudsy white lacing that thins out the further it reaches, but endures unbroken all the way to the end.

Bouquet:
Bushels of honeysuckle flowers, trailed by a delicate mist of Moscato, puffed cereal grains, freshly sliced Honeycrisp apple, and a trace of orange rind that gently ushers the aroma away from being too sugary.

Feel:
A medium body that's granted manly heft by a foamy, nimbus texture I've never experienced before. Imagine if cotton candy were ghost and that'd put you near the mark of this ale's magical mouthfeel. A caress of sinful silk with a dry, Riesling finish.

Taste:
Honeycomb slathered in sweet, golden nectar. The honey aspect is earthy and intensely real. Not store-bought honey, not honey flavoring, more like: caveman who owns his own beehive, honey. This primal delight is followed by juicy white grapes, a liberal layer of powdery saffron, and a far-off melody of malts melded with tart fruit.

Apr 14, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice fine head about a finger thick, lots of small carbonation bubbles. Clear gold in color. Smells like white wine/ champagne. It's hard to pin down the flavor, pretty unique. Like a mild bitter ale with hint of white grapes but nothing stands out which is good in it's own way. Finishes pretty dry. Overall, it's decent. Worth trying but not particularly my kind of brew.

Mar 02, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/28/2019, revisiting this classic after who knows how many years.

Look: The beer is translucent with a slight haze. Straw - pale gold. Some visible carbonation. A bone white head settles to a thin layer across the top of the beer, with some larger bubbles here and there. Some lacing at first that eventually goes away.

Smell: The nose on this pops with sweet and bready grains, and bright, vinous white grape that has white wine qualities. Apple and apple skin. Honeysuckle. As the beer warms the ABV becomes slightly noticeable, but not in a distracting way.

Taste: The taste is sweeter than the nose suggests, and the honey really comes out in the flavor. It’s bit heavier on the palate than the nose, as the white wine quality gets a bit lost with the sweetness. Quite bready and sweet with some yeast esters showing. The beer does dry out a bit.

Feel: Medium level of carbonation that offers some nice lively body to the sweet flavor. Starts sweet and dries out.

Overall: The nose on this beer is great. The flavor profile is a bit sweeter than the aroma suggests, and I’d love more of the grape profile in the flavor. That being said, this beer is very drinkable for 9%, and overall very enjoyable. Happy to have revisited.

Feb 02, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper-orange with bits of grit and particles suspended within the liquid as if they were frozen in time. Head is a finger and a half of off-white foam with modest retention. Aroma is honey, caramel, orange, tart green grapes, grassy, herbal and floral hops with a bit of biscuity, toasty malts behind. Very odd, but bright, aroma. Flavor profile is dense, layering notes of safron with tart, juicy grapes, orange rind, and honey. Malts form a light bready, earthy base, but the overall consistency is 'sweet'. Mouth feel is lightly pulpy with that suspended grain playing a role within the texture. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, thick and rindy with hearty notes of grapes and honey making for a sweet and off-center brew.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Jan 14, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Clear, medium golden body with a small cap of foamy head. Grainy aroma, malty, reminiscent of some of the emmer or spelt beets in Germany. Taste starts out malty before turning over to some savory, herbal flavors, woody, juniper. I guess the ancient Sumerians had it pretty good...

Jan 07, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 06/28/19. A light orange color with an odd look due to the tiny specks of suspension. The light carbonation is a nice addition though. No head. The aroma is nice. It does smell sweet like wine. Taste follows the nose and I get some sweetness that would make me think of soda pop almost. The flavors on the tongue are like an orange drink. It tastes good but it doesn't seem beer like at all. The mouthfeel is very nice. I think you pour this into a cup and tell someone it's soda pop and they wouldn't know the difference. That 9% ABV would be a BIG surprise though. Overall an interesting experience that a beer nerd would appreciate from the truly great craft brewer Dogfish Head, Milton, Delaware.

Jan 01, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing a bottle that is at least 2 years old.

Pours a clear orange/yellow.

Smells and tastes of honey. No malt no hops. Sweet and clean. Almost wine.

The first bottles in this six pack had a bit of a funky taste as I recall. Time has got rid of this.

This is a unique and potent brew!

Dec 22, 2019
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap:
Yet another style-bending brew, DFH’s website’s current description isn’t offering up much as to whether this should be more of a gruit or just a “miscellaneous” beer.

Have had this before, probably about a dozen times. It comes to me as a Belgian pale with a bit of spices and honey. It is likely far more sophisticated than the ancients’ version from which the recipe was engineered, which is fine with me.

Crystal clear golden leaning amber/orange with a lovely head that leaves striations against the glass. A very small sticky aspect to the otherwise light-medium body.

The “beer” cleans and dries well, but in between is a honey sweet, orchard fruit, spice-countering beverage. The beer has a bittering note that resembles spruce, but also a meadow flower aspect (that I want to associate with the yeast for unknown reasons).

A nicely done beer that I think could be entered in a broad-based saison contest and not be thrown out immediately (though it also wouldn’t win).

Nov 24, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This is one I've been meaning to try for a while. The head dies quickly and the nose features a dry nose with grapeskin and funk.

There is an ale like body here but the flavors are mostly favoring grapes. An interesting concoction, but glad I only got a single.

Sep 28, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, medium amber color. Light, white head with so-so retention and very good lacing.

S---Mild, vaguely sweet aroma. Some floral notes.

T---Not as mild as the nose. Honey sweetness. Some grapes.

F---Medium bodied. Mild carbonation.

A bit of a letdown. I was excited to try something from Dogfish head that I had never seen before. But it was fairly meh.

Sep 26, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy gold/amber with a small white head.
Smell: Honey, herbs, licorice, grape. Slightly salty/fruity gose-like aroma. Interesting.
Taste: Very sweet, lots of honey and malt flavor with a bit of grape and molasses. Spicy herbs and licorice to balance things out.
Feel: Thick/viscous with some carbonation.
Overall: Extra points for originality. This kind of tastes like a mix between a sweet malty beer and a gose. I don't typically like overly sweet beers, but this manages to be very sweet without being cloying.

Sep 13, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

**
06/12/19

bottle to pilsner glass.

LOOK: beer, straw color, medium white head, ok retention.
AROMA: hay, grass, grape, apple,
TASTE: hay,apple, grape, light barley/rice.
FEEL: a bit flat, but smooth and drinkable.

Not excellent but interesting based on the idea. More beer than wine, but elements of both are present.

**

Jun 13, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/23/14; drank 9/27/14 @ the Yarchives.

Clear orange/yellow hue; champagne bubbles.

Bright white head; decent lace.

Honey & white grape nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Honey & white grape flavors; surprisingly no booze heat.

A sharp bite on the lips. This tastes like a cross between a mead & a cider; interesting but a bit too sweet to enjoy 12 oz. fully.

May 14, 2019
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of sour fruit, especially grapes. Tastes of grapes and honey, sweet, yet with enough bitterness to balance. Beer is medium bodied, yet easy drinking, a bit light on carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

Jan 20, 2019
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 7/20/18 poured into a tulip
A: Light orange, one finger head
S: Honey, wine grapes, malt. A bit light
T: Matches. Mostly honey, definitely reminds me mostly of mead
M: Fairly full bodied, slightly sweet
O: I appreciate the history, definitely a unique hybrid

Jan 19, 2019
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DavidD3 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have little to no background in wine, but this beer definitely had a wine-y feel (as advertised). It was a sweet tasting white wine-like beer that tasted mostly of what I assume was muscat grapes. I have no idea what muscat grapes taste like, but I got a little honey and even littler spice with a grape like sweetness and a wine finish. Overall, a surprisingly good sweet beer that I would buy again.

Jan 17, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 8/23/13: Pours a clear orange honey gold producing 2 fingers of off-white, moderately lasting head that leaves only a little lace. Aroma is sweet and dry, honey, cereal, muscadine grape, clove and thin banana. Taste is sweet with honey, muscadine grape, other fruity hints, Belgian yeast character clove, a little alcohol and a metallic hint. Spicy finish, sweet aftertaste. Crisp flavors. I'm not enough of a grape man to recognize Muscat grapes but this Southern boy knows his muscadine grapes (a species native to the southeastern/south-central U.S. and it sure presents muscadine-like elements in both the nose and mouth. Alcohol while detectable is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with low carbonation, smooth but a little syrupy and tongue clinging.

Nov 20, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a Clear golden orange with a thin white head. It has medium carbonation. The beer smells of grapes, honey, black currants, saffron, and nutmeg. It tastes of grapes, honey, black currants, saffron, and nutmeg. The feel is medium full. A very interesting spiced beer from Dogfish Head.

Oct 08, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy, dark yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Malt, sweet wine, apples.

Taste: Semi-sweet white wine, mild wheat malt, a sort of dryness without hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: Very different, but not so different as to be undrinkable or scare away newbies. This might actually be a good beer for someone who's not used to drinking it.

Aug 22, 2018
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labisch from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was really pleasantly surprised by this beer considering I really am not a fan of barley wine or wine in general. I smell and taste grape, honey, malt, and some old wheat or barley in there. Really interesting beer that is definitely worth a try. Especially if you like wine

Aug 15, 2018
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A sweet, creamy slow-sipper that is pretty wine-like. Honeyed pear and apple flavors with a bit more carbonation (thankfully) than expected. Unique and worth a try.

Jul 01, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique beer, so I give it props for that alone. Sweet, smooth, boozy, honey, white grapes, overall excellent. You must appreciate this for what it is and I'm still trying to figure that out. Although I do like it. Nice cocktail beer to enjoy from a smaller glass such as a brandy snifter. Get some!

Jun 19, 2018
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