Midas Touch
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #33
Ranked #29,939
3.76 | pDev: 14.63%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Very Good
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
Reviews: 1,694 | Ratings: 4,993 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of cjgiant
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).

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Photo of daliandragon
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.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
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.

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Photo of good_to_sea
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25


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.


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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
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

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Photo of DavidD3
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of Phineasco
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.

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Photo of chitoryu12
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.

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Photo of labisch
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

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
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.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
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!

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Photo of sirspins
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost clear gold/light copper. Strong notes of grapes and honey off the nose, with the same notes appearing at initial taste (stronger notes of grapes with more subtle honey) with finishing notes of saffron. Overall delicious and satisfying. As stated, not your typical beer so would keep an open mind and give it a try, won’t be disappointed IMO.

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Photo of spectru
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy amber with a thin white head; The aroma is sweet, candy; It feels smooth and lightly carbonated; The flavor is unusual - richly sweet, not a hint of the 9% ABV; The label mentions honey - yes indeed. It's interesting, different, but way too sweet for my taste. I didn't read the label before I bought a four-pack. Don't know if that would have stopped me from buying it. I really like the three other ales I've tried from Dogfish Head - This one not so much. It's different; I'll give it that.

The label on the bottle is completely different from the one shown here on BA

Adendum: So - I bought a four pack. Three bottles lived in the fridge for five weeks. I had another. Not so bad. Did my palate change or did the beer age well? I raised my rating a bit. Still not a favorite, but not so bad. Also, I orignally said it was slightly hazy amber - now it is perfectly clear golden.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Midas Touch Ancient Ale, 9% ABV. Pours cloudy yellow, with a one finger white head. Nose is malt, honey, and sweet grape. Taste is sweet grapes, almost no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.36/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Honey in color. head thick and white with lasting retention. No Lacing.

Lots of grape in the nose not much else. Honestly this smells like Hurricane High Gravity.

Taste like a high gravity malt liquor with grape flavor. Very sweet. Cloying.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma of white grapes and some honey. There is definitely a wine/mead mixture on the taste with some honey thrown in at the end. Lighter bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of opierce
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Basically fit the description, a mixture between wine and mead. Interesting but I wasn't crazy about it. Still worth a try at least once. Grapes really stand out followed by the honey. Fairly sweet

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Photo of Zeeck
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - This beer has a light, golden straw to it, and it has a slightly hazy quality. It has a thin, soapy head that disappeared quickly.

Smell - On first whiff I was immediately reminded of sparkling white grape juice There's also some honey and some wheat in there to brighten it up. I also got a citrusy lemongrass note.

Taste - This is very sweet up front, with the honey, wheat and lemon being front and center. It also has a slight funkiness to it. As it warmed up in my hands, the white wine notes really seemed to come through. Those notes were more on the fruity side, like a Pinot Grigio. There's also a light herbal or grassy note that I'm guessing comes from the saffron that's in this.

Feel - This is pretty thin, more on the watery side, and it had only light carbonation. It could have used more bubbles. Despite being somewhat thin, it is nonetheless sticky, leaving me smacking my lips after sips.

Overall - This is a fine beer. I'd have to be in the mood for the wine notes, though. I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting with this. It's sweet and grapey, which is a bit odd. I do like the citrus and honey notes together, though. Although it clocks in at 9%, it does not have the feel of a "beefy brew."

Pairs Well With - Jumanji . . . the original one with Robin Williams. I love those monkeys!

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Photo of ajm5108
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Definitely on the sweeter side, the honey / mead flavor is pretty thick but there is some huskier yeast and malt notes that help cut it down a little bit, though the marriage doesn’t quite gel all the way

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm on the fence with this one. It's very unique, complex, and different than anything out there. But there is a hint of a cough syrup flavor in the background and it is a bit on the hot side.

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Photo of SaladBallad
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance- Head: Pancake batter, off white. Lacing: slightly uneven. Sticking: fairly sticky. Body: Light golden amber. Clear. Few bubbles forming, appears thick.

Smell: Old wet hay, but not in a bad way.
Taste: Malt: detectable but masked by other flavors. Hops: Hay taste matches smell. Honey: not detectable. Alcohol: forward. Doesn't hide ABV.

Mouthfeel: Astringency. Tip of tongue feels slightly numbed with first sip. Syrupy feel that sticks to mouth. Sits in back of your throat.

Overall: Overall I feel a bit disappointed by the beer just based on the beer description. I didnt detect a lot of what I was excited about tasting. I wish the sweetness was more reminiscent of honey. However, generally, disregarding description, beer was enjoyable.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 4993 ratings