Midas Touch
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #18
ABV:
9%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,537
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 14.71%
Reviews:
1,708
Ratings:
3,326
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 02, 2022
Added:
Oct 31, 2001
Wants:
  228
Gots:
  1,058
SCORE
84
Good
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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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Rated: 3.54 by Shiredave from New York

Jul 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

Oct 21, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
It doesn't smell ancient.  It smells fruity and hoppy with malts in the background. Like a sweet smelling IPA.

It's bitter up front and a little spicy somehow.  Then the bready malts are really strong.  It is also fruity the entire time.

It's a medium mouthfeel with a normal amount of carbonation.  The finish tastes like a pastry, both like bread and honey.

It's pretty damn good, not as exotic as the description promises (not a hint of saffron).  It's an interesting beer. I give it a 4.7 out of 6.
Aug 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.44 by Slyde180 from Texas

Jul 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by poopyshoes

Jun 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.93 by Metalgod666 from Michigan

May 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours golden yellow with a thin white head. Smells of honey, white grape juice & grains; subtle boozy aroma. Taste follows the nose, this really reminds me of white grape juice that is carbonated, it is good though. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth finish. Very interesting brew, I was happy to try it, but I don't think I would purchase again.
Mar 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.93 by 10Crumra from Texas

Feb 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by D-man20 from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jan 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Dec 29, 2020
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Opaque, deep amber appearance with a small head and very little lacing. Sweet, honeyish aroma with varying degrees of maltiness. Flavor reintroduces the sweetness, as well as soft fruit (grapes, kiwi) and spice (particularly in the aftertaste). Vinous, medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel; long lasting finish.
Dec 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.16 by TomBanahan from Kentucky

Dec 25, 2020
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

2.61/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2
All I taste is saffron.
Who drinks this stuff on a regular basis?
Nov 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.18 by neil6625 from Connecticut

Oct 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.15 by Archfiend from Illinois

Oct 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.85 by Cfitty from New York

Oct 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.9 by fjdelvalle from Texas

Jul 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania

Jun 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.72 by BubbleBobble from New York

Jun 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.51 by Branlott42 from Missouri

May 31, 2020
 
Rated: 2 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.74 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

May 13, 2020
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Reviewed by PathofChaos from Maryland

4.86/5  rDev +29.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Apr 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.85 by Marzen_Fan from Ohio

Mar 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.96 by imnodoctorbut from Texas

Mar 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Danzifer from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.1 by Patlee3324 from Massachusetts

Feb 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Feb 04, 2020
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Reviewed by TheGent from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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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