Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Midas TouchMidas Touch

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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 AtrumAnimus
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I recommend drinking this beer around 55 to 60 degrees. This beer is a journey in beer history so it is fascinating to those, that like myself, love beer and always seek to try the new and interesting just because it is there.

This one pours a cloudy dirty blonde color that has a short and thick head that settles slowly leaving no lacing down the glass.

The nose has hints of a whiskey sour, alcohol, chardonnay, flowers, bread, black pepper, and grass.

The taste is incredibly complex with it seeming like a mixture of white wine, mead, and beer. There are some sour notes remind me of a mild gose style. The taste also has hints of dry caramelized honey. Not one of my favorite beers, but an interesting beer to explore the origins and history of beer.

The moutfeel is rich and silky allowing the complexity to evolve on the palate. There is a warming to the tummy also.

Overall this is a drinkable beer once it warms up a bit. I find it to be complex and good with something salty to eat like ruffles [Exactly like King Midas intended ;-) ]. Also goes really well with HOT AND SPICY boiled live crawfish that are not meant for tourists.

If you haven't tried, you should so you at least have a frame of reference. If you like Chardonnay and mild sours then you are likely to enjoy this also.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Part of a pick your own sixer from Publix. Pick your own is cheaper than buying one type, fancy that! Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of zesty malt and sweetness. Pours into my nonic pint glass to a bright yellow with a one finger head. On the taste the mouthfeel jumps out as thick and syrupy. The taste is balanced with a sweet but tart up front followed by a heartier malt middle then a mildly bitter finish with a lingering bitterness. Very smooth and belgian-like not spicy as expected but malty and rich. Goes down too fast which at 9% is scary. Will drink again.

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Photo of CrashingConcord
4.84/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Alright, this one is just bonkers.

Firstly, massive love to Dogfish for always breaking down tradition and brewing up some unbelievable beers as a result. Midas is no exception, and if anything, establishes the rule. As someone who steers as clearly away from wines as possible, I never thought I could appreciate and downright enjoy something made so similarly to a vino. The aroma and taste somehow marries a bright, citrusy, sweet and fruity character to just enough herbal bitterness to make for a perfect conundrum of complexity. For such a whirlwind of flavor, the body is light and the ABV is deceptively hidden until the tail end of the aftertaste, and even then, the saffron somehow melds it into a pleasant heat. Plus the story here is just radical. Cheers, Sam. Cheers, Dogfish. Keep doing what you do.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold/copper with a thin foamy short lived head

Smells mostly sweet and grapes light honey

Tastes grape sweet white wine, honey. Finishes mostly sweet with light honey flavor. More as it warms up. Do not taste any alcohol.

Good to try a unique beer but slightly to sweet for my liking

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle that doesn't look like it holds that much. A semi-aggressive pour produces a one inch snowy white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is a slightly hazy ruddy golden color, with effervescent carbonation.

The aroma includes a bit of funk and an obvious aroma of mead. The flavor is perhaps milder than expected- in fact it is quite smooth and masks the alcohol very well. The body is also unexpectedly light but still with a moderate mouth-feel very much like a mead and with a tingling on the tongue from the carbonation. A bit of mild bitterness lingers in the after-taste. I'm wondering if this is caused by the saffron, a flavor with which I am not really conversant with the exception of some German cuisine I was treated to long ago.

This is a unique offering that I wish was more widely available. I am indebted to my friend Jennifer for this beer, which was purchased in northern California and is not available in my town (Butte, Montana).

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Photo of car2052
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to Snifter.

A: Clear golden. Small white head that fades to l=small lacing.
S: Honey, herbal grassy notes, yeastiness, and bready malt.
T: Sweetness up front, a white wine-slightly artificial grape flavor comes forward. Strong malt flavors carry the taste forward. Ends sweet.
M: Medium.
O: Very interesting flavors. Will have to age it and see what changes.

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Photo of Buck89
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet. A mildly hazy honey-orange color with a thin white head despite a vigorous pour. Minimal retention and no lacing, but a wispy white cap. Complex aromas of white grapes, cinnamon, honey, oranges, and bread. I tasted white grapes up front, followed by grainy malt, oranges, plums, and spices - cinnamon? Minimal bitterness, minimal floral notes. Some honey but more beer than mead for me.

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Photo of eskildow
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a deep deep gold, almost an amber beer. Rich gold with no head to speak of. The smell is delightfully grainy and is accompanied by a sweet carmelly taste. This is a good finishing beer and carries a medium body.

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: A slightly reddish amber, with a foamy head that unfortunately dissipates quickly.
S: A very sweet, fragrant smell that immediately makes you aware of the relatively high ABV.
T: Strong overtones of honey with floral/herbal hints, with grape occasionally poking through.
F: Sweet and mead-like rolling down the tongue, with a just slightly bitter aftertaste that lingers.
O: A good "sipper" beer, worth trying if you're a history buff or just want to experience something new. Unique blend of flavors.

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

Upon first taste straight out of a pint glass, with the bottle chilled beforehand, i was really not a fan of this one. However as the beer warmed up the honey notes gradually gained prominence. By the final 2 fingers or so it had gone from a confusing wine-ish flavor to a delightfully tasty sipper that i will definitely try again. Bottom line: don't drink ice cold!

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Photo of SuperRevs96
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First heard of this beer in a documentary I watched about this history of beer. I knew the Ancient Mesopotamians invented beer but it was nothing like it is today after the German purity law. I am very excited to try this!

Poured at room temp into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.
Pours a rich golden amber color. Thick lacing on the glass.
You immediately smell a strong grape scent especially when opening the bottle. Scent of honey is detected after pouring into a glass.
Tastes a little bit more like a wine than a "modern" beer. Large presence of grape flavor immediately followed by notes of honey.
Feels very pleasant to drink. Makes my tongue water.
Overall this is a very unique beer. I am a complete history nut. After first learning about how human society started basically through the Ancient Mesopotamians wanting to drink beer, I have always wanted to have some inclination of what those early beers tasted like. Now I finally have that opportunity.

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Photo of Chuck1386
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently hear about this brew in a podcast and thought I would try it! It was on the expensive side at about 15 bucks for a 4 pack at my favorite quick stop for beer but I found it worth it. When poured it ends up a medium amber color with a medium head, a good looking beer! It smells different in a good way but does not overpower and is not particularly strong, which is both good and bad. It tastes great, you can taste all the advertised flavors and personally I was pleasantly surprised! The honey and grape work particularly well together for me and I find myself wanting more. The texture is a measurable amount better then average to me with a good balance between flavor and carbonation. The bottom line is if you are in the mood for a sweeter ale this is a strong candidate, maybe not for everyone's taste but more then worth a try if anything I have described sounds tempting to you. I would recommend to friend, it was a very enjoyable beer for me.

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Photo of jfloe91
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16oz Tulip. Refrigerated.

L- Clear Amber, fizz/head dissipates quickly
S- Honey, grapes, caramel and slightly malty
T/F- Over carbonated. Pleasant taste at first, but gets syrupy. Strong tastes of honey smelt on the nose, sweet and herbal.
O- Not my favorite beer, its definitely worth checking out though. History behind it as seen in the description is pretty neat too.

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

L- Clear and golden. Not a lot of fizz.
S - Fragrant. Hints of Honey and wheat.
T- Hearty flavor. Very smooth. Wonderful aftertaste. Not too sweet. Definitely can taste the Hops.
F-Very nice. light.

O-Great summer brew. Very refreshing with a unique blend of flavors.

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Photo of anvindr
2.02/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ugh. I got this just to try something different. The reviews made it seem like it would taste unique / different and be on the better end of pleasant. Instead I find this beer to be nearly indistinguishable from bud light and extremely overcarbonated. The only redeeming quality (barely) is that the nose is a little different than normal and not entirely unpleasant. But the beer is honestly difficult to drink for me

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Photo of Guppy314
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With honey and saffron flavors, this is certainly not your average beer. But it's not some fruity girlish drink. I think it would pair well with spicier dishes and red meats. Plus, it's novelty would make this a fun conversation piece at parties.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, these rating numbers don't help much with a drink like this. How's it supposed to look? Taste? Smell??
I had this at a beer festival in Houston and had heard that it was like a hybrid of beer and wine. I would say it's more like mead and wine because there is no hops and nothing that really tastes like malt to me either. So...does that sound like beer? Very strange sweetish, sticky brew that everyone should have once (and then you can decide if more is needed!)

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Photo of Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Listed on the "1001," I found this interesting and complex. So, I Had it again so I could review it.
As implied on the label, Midas Touch might please -- and possibly convert -- chardonnay drinkers to beer. So I brought it to a dinner party and was subtly solicitous and... ended up drinking most of it myself after several people took one sip. Lesson: sometimes two different worlds require more work to meet.

Had twice separated by two or three years, both occasions had different results. The first time (if memory still serves me), Midas Touch tasted sweet, mead-like. The second time (that is, last night), it finished drier. Go figure.

But the experience, probably, will be worth it a third time. Interesting story on the collaboration between an archeologist and a craft-brewer who knows how to experiment. Fortunately for us, this experiment became an interesting beer that is brewed regularly.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle at R.R.D. in D.C. Poured into a bar pint. Appearance: Very light straw and clear. Minimal to no head. Slight lacing. No carbonation. Aroma: Very malty yet dry. Hints of honey and slight tannic grape notes. Taste: Dank and spicy. Lots of honey and could be considered dry. Aftertaste: alcohol fumes and dank honey on the back end yet crisp with wine like notes. Spice and pepper throughout. Overall: I really like the ancient ales series from DF Head. Learning about the collaboration with archaeological experts makes this a most interesting drink. Excellent: 5 out of 5.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a clear medium golden amber color. Thin white head leaves sticky lacing.

S: Spicy... honey sweet and a dry white wine.

T/F: Honeyed sweetness opens up the sip followed by a nice spicy tingle. Wine notes, grape, and you can taste the saffron although I wouldn't have come up with that unless it was on the bottle. Phenolic.... zesty mouthfeel... almost prickly on the tongue. Generous carbonation. Slight sweetness on the back of your tongue lingers after you swallow.

O: A very nice experimental spiced beer. Not a style I tend to favor, but this is a great brew to mix up a session and always fun to try something different. The sweet and spicy work well together... better than I'd have expected. Not one I'll drink regularly... but fun to have every now and again.

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shows a slightly cloudy rust color with a fair white, scattered head and minor lacing. The aroma is strong, pungent honey/clover and light wheat. The flavor offers a bit of fruity white wine with lots more honey and lavender herbal ideas. The body is solidly medium with a fairly heavy feel to match the honey theme but there is a light carbonation and dry overtone to make this a uniquely enjoyable ancient brew.

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Photo of ccg
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not quite sure how to rate the appearance of it. It's a light yellow with minimal head and only a very thin layer of tiny bubbles.
The smell is lemon, honey, flowers, and grapes.
Taste is dry and a bit bitter. A bit of the floral honey taste comes through, but not much. It reminds me more of a saison.
It's light on the tongue with a light amount of carbonation.
Overall: good, and unusual, but not the sweet, mead-like delight that I remember for the first time I had it a few years ago.

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Photo of Dravin
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LPoured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on date of 11/04/15.

Look -- Pours a pale amber with a finger of off white head that coats the glass as you sip but dies down to a ring relatively quickly. Not surprising considering the ABV of the beer.

Smell -- Grapes, honey, citrus, and something that I just can't place.

Taste -- Grape, breadiness, mild bitterness on the backend. If you let it linger on the tongue the alcohol starts to peak out at you.

Feel -- A touch syrupy in consistency but the carbonation keeps it from feeling heavy. Not particularly dry, certainly not by wine standards.

Overall -- I don't have to struggle to drink it but I wouldn't make this a staple in my beer fridge. I appreciate the novelty and history of the beer but I don't see that appeal going much past a single bottle, possible as far as two bottles. I recommend picking this one up as a single unless you plan on sharing.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. It pours a murky brownish-amber with a one-finger, milk-white head and minimal lacing. It smells bready yeast, honey, spice, and a whiff of citrus. The taste is quite sweet, almost cloying, with a distinct grape taste. There is also that taste of malt and honey. There is a slight hint of bitterness at the finish. This ale is quite viscous with a syrupy feel. While you can taste some alcohol, it doesn't seem like 9% ABV. Overall, this is an interesting ale but I wouldn't want to make a steady diet of it.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle hard-poured into a tulip glass. Comes in a 4-pack

L - Bright amber-ruby color with a clear hue. Nice but non-sustainable foam dome. Not too much lacing. Neat layer of bubbles on the top.

S - Not too aromatic. Notes: malted barley, fruit juice. Very mellow, wish the saffron came out more.

T - Sweet and dry. Light malts, red grapes, light red wine. Not the typical beer taste but wow, it is good

F - Light red wine type feel. Light-medium in body, light carbonation, almost flat. Clean and dry finish.

O - I heard about this beer on Modern Marvels actually. Heard it was based on a beer possibly brewed by the Egyptians and consumed by King Midas himself. Definitely a craft beer for the ladies, which is not a knock by any means. No hop character, really crisp and clean. Cheers!

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