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 BeerBobber
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a finger of a white head that is crackling and quickly going away.

The smell is very bready and malty with notes of honey and orange.

Taste is of grapes, honey and apricots. There is some alcohol warming on the back with some spice like a white peppercorn.

Mouth is medium with a wet sticky finish.

This is a very unique beer! I think that those beer drinkers that like to explore and have had several styles should give this a try. From a 2700 year old recipe, that I am sure has beeen tinkered with, Dogfish Head has come up with a very unique brew.

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Photo of Nace4
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into dimpled seidel.

Appearance: Dull yellow. Thin ring of head, bubble but little lace.

Nose: Barley with a honey sweetness.

Taste: Lots of honey sweet, but the muscat white grape sweet is there too. The saffron doesn't really come into play.

Mouth: Smooth, light-medium.

Whether or not this beer is really based on an ancient recipe found in Turkey, it's a nice alt ale. A lot like mead, as many have said, but grounded with barley. It's sweetness isn't for everyone, but the ancient Mediterranean in you will enjoy.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmellow12
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RTaylor5
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of zkoehn
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GlennWB
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mwvman
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of teromous
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Along the upper neck of the bottle, in nearly illegibly printed text: "BOTTLED ON 05/09" There appears to have been more but it is rubbed off.

Appearance: The body is a bright golden color with some haze. The head is short and white with a mix of creamy and fizzy textured bubbles. Although it is hard to see through the glass it looks very good.

Aroma: It has a Cheerios aroma and it has a bit of that slightly grassy lager aroma.

Taste: There is a bit of a sweet honey and grain flavor to the beer up front. It has a slightly metallic flavor to the beer but it is mostly sweet.

Mouthfeel: it feels a bit syrupy and it has this slightly acidic character in the aftertaste. The body is about medium but because of the sweetness and the slightly syrupy texture it definitely makes the beer a sipper. The alcohol is expertly hidden. The beer also has a really great smoothness to it.

Overall: This beer is a bit of a mixed bag. While the label claims this to be crafted with "barley, honey, white muscat grapes, & saffron" most of the flavor is lost. To the beers credit it did have a nice sweet honey and grain flavor but it tasted nothing like grapes or saffron. It is also a very smooth beer. I would probably drink it again if I was i the mood for a sweet honey-flavored beer. At the same time it can be so sweet that it makes you crave something savory. I would recommend it to those who are attracted by the notion of a sweet tasting beer that is not full of artificial flavors or fruits.

On a side-note I must say that I have had this beer in the past and at this time the beer is head and shoulders over what it was during previous iterations. Previously it had a more vinous quality and it was a bit more acidic. At the time of this review it is far more sweeter and it dwarfs the acidity aforementioned. It certainly takes a more "mead over wine" approach but even the acidity that is often found in mead is very well balanced in this beer. If you have had the beer in the past and found it unpalatable then I would recommend revisiting it.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RossR
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dazedman
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a golden color with a fair transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a rapidly dissipating finger's worth of white fizzy to foamy head. Barely any lace.
The aroma had some sweet sage, lemon pulp, sweet grass, some sweet pale malt, light tickle of alcohol, some sugars.
The flavor was sweet mainly and then encompassed some vinous character to enliven the overall taste. Clean sweet malty to sugary and lemon-like aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair carbonation about it. ABV seemed to feel on par.
Overall, interesting beer, gotta give it up to Sam C and company for keeping things "interesting and creative."

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Photo of tjmiller718
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skillet
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PhillyNole
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, spices, yeast, herbal notes, and slight alcohol. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Herbed / Spiced Beer. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, spice, earthiness, herbs, and slight yeast. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of darktronica
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of golf4collet
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheWolf
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head conical glass. Pours a clear golden, which when held up to light looks peach colored. Very little head that disappears immediately; a swirl leaves some oily short-lived lacing. A lager/wine/champagne smell. Smooth taste, sort of like a strong lager to me. Mild alcohol present, with light carbonation and small bubbles rising, medium feel. Definitely a one-timer, glad I tried it but we'll leave it at that.

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Photo of EMH73
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange with a very thin white head that left no lacing. Smells of honey, herbs, wine and sweet malts. Taste follows the nose along with an additional sour note. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, finishes dry. An interesting beer but not something that I would revisit.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 4,824 ratings.
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