Midas Touch
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #31
Ranked #33,566
3.76 | pDev: 14.63%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Very 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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Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: super clear, bright amber colored brew. aggresive pour yields a this wispy head that settles quick with nearly no lacing

S: not really liking this - I cant really get any hopiness out of this - citrusy I guess adulterated with other unknown flavors

T: to me this tastes lousy like a belgian ale. just dont like this a bit.
M: If you can seperate the nasty flavor I guess there's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel.

D: hard to finish this what with the lousy taste.
pity the ancients that had to drink this swill
I will finish in favor of the 9% ABV

Oct 17, 2011
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nater919 from New York

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden color, with a small head that diminished quickly.

Smelled like grapes and white wine when cold, as it warmed honey and a sweet malt aroma became more apparent.

The grapes and honey were very apparent in the taste, especially when cold. As the beer warmed the taste seemed to smooth out a bit. There was a pleasant sweet malty finish.

Body was medium and the finish was long lasting on the pallet.

This was a very interesting beer. I would suggest sipping it and letting it warm to get the full breadth of flavors and aromas.

Sep 18, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Pours a honey orange color, a short ring of white head, alcohol legs visible, bubbles streaming to the top.
Aroma - Herbal, moscato, grain, rose.
Taste - White grape, sweet honey, earthy, quick sour note, a very mild green tea, herbal bitterness, bread crust, dry biscuity aftertaste. All of the flavors compliment each other very well.
Feel - Medium bodied, starts out slightly syrupy but finishes dry. Fine carbonation gives a crisp mouthfeel.

Overall - A polarizing beer. I pray Dogfish Head never stops making this. Hard to find a beer this complex that is so easy to drink. World class.

Apr 30, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color and has a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface from a medium amount of carbonation.
S: There are distinct aromas of grapes, honey and saffron in the nose.
T: The overall taste is relatively sweet and the flavors resemble those in the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and slightly syrupy, especially as it warms up.
D: The alcohol is well hidden but the beer is definitely needs to be sipped given the amount of sweetness.

May 22, 2010
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StevenMilligan from Florida

4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: golden hazy peach color

S: wine, grapes. I'm not a huge wine nut, but it smells like a sweet Riesling.

T: Never had a herbed beer quite like this. Tastes of white grape juice, saffron. A bit like a Riesling honestly...less sweet.

F: soft drink carbonation. Again nothing to compare it to, but I can't complain.

O: tasty first Beer that's sweet but dissent overdue it. Great Beer/wine feel.

Jan 23, 2015
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Laugookneetuss from Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well worth trying for its uniqueness. Delicious.

Jun 19, 2015
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Stooven from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic-smelling beer. Maybe substandard appearance and head. Taste has a bit of alcohol but the honey, dark berries, maybe figs are a joy. Very filling and definitely a sipper. Being personally not a fan of Hopslam or Brother Benjamin, and someone who frequently spikes guacamole with honey, I think the use of honey is judicious. I drank only half the bottle one night, and the next night the flavor and smell were more rounded maybe as a result of flatter carbonation.

Mar 24, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a small chalice: color is copper, transparent, head is off white with fine to small bubbles, no lacing but light ring lingers.

Smell is interesting and different, due to the style amalgamation - beer/wine/mead - but appropriate with notes off light malt, but sweeter grape or fruit and light honey.

Taste is has interesting depth - the combination of fermentables dilutes each a bit, but i pick some honey, grape, and neutral malt with light, drying spice.

Mouthfeel is neutral, moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, neutral mouth presence.

Overall, this is a beer I've always admired and think about making similar renditions via homebrewing mainly for the simplicity and blend of fermentables. The simple flavors make sense for a beverage with such a history - why would ancient ales be overly spiced or hopped when these items were likely at a premium.

Mar 11, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle: "Handcrafted Ancient Ale with barley, honey, white muscat grapes & saffron".

I went with an aggressive pour since no directions were given on the bottle, plus I did not see any lees in evidence. I had a rocky finger of off-white head briefly until it went back into the ages from whence it came. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity that would have made King Midas proud to have it named after him, plus he would be able to see well into the future with this one. I definitely caught the grape vinousness on the nose, but also the honey sweetness as well as a dry mustiness, no doubt the result of the yeast. Mouthfeel was very viscous, not honey-thick, but full for beer and with an effervescence that seemed to wash my mouth clean. On the second mouthful, following Midas' Cleansing, I was getting a definite white wine dryness along with an underlying honey sweetness. Man, I may need a lay-down after this. Finish had a unique honey/grape/malt admixture that swirled around in the back of my throat. It was a mellow beer for its given ABV and that may be its only drawback - it is too smooth to lay on the unsuspecting and even the more seasoned veterans may be caught unawares. I suddenly began to feel it coming on like a freight train ... Zounds!

Jul 03, 2011
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mick303 from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light golden in colour, very clear with a slight white head, has good film and lacing though.

S- quite grapey, with also some candied notes, hard to place exactly, mix of cotton candy and boozey plums, lemon candies, some clean acidity, reminds me of overly sweet fruit candies, jujubes maybe.

T- similar flavours, but more nuanced and more depth, oaky grapes and vanilla honey, lime citrus, honey and deeper floral tones, spice is upfront and blends with the honey. There really are a hundred things going on at once here, and that can be a bit overwhelming, but the underlying honey sweetness drives through a consistant feel to the finish, which is lingering with plum notes and some spice.

M- big body but the alcohol really only adds to the body as this is a really pleasant beer that blends the sweetness with some acidity, I think some of the overly sweet notes persist but overall the balance is. Pretty solid.

Very out there, seems almost a split personality in mixing a melange of strong flavoured ingredients and also creating a beer with a broad appeal. I did really enjoy the skill that went into crafting this, given that ingrediant list I doubt I could replicate something with this complexity and nuance, for that I will forgive some of the critiques and say this was a beer I was certainly glad to try.

Dec 25, 2014
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NickHalden from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells of white grapes and malt with a small amount of saffron to follow. Tasting it the grape is the strongest with hints of honey and saffron. The malt does come through after a few sips. After a while I feel as I have been drinking white wine as well. The finish is crisp and has a aftertaste of grapes. I would buy again.

Jul 26, 2014
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hotpauko from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is not really a beer and I get a kick out of those who try to rate it as such and are not open minded. Its more of a mead wine champagne combo, if it warms and loses some carbonation, it gets a liquory feel. I like Midas Touch even though I only have it every couple months. Flavors are hard to describe as you won't taste them anywhere else, at least not with beer. Read others reviews for better flavor descriptions but at least give this a try.

May 18, 2015
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SuperRevs96 from Rhode Island

4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Sep 13, 2016
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

May 13, 2016
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ZAP from Minnesota

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

Gold...frothy 1 1/2 inch head...nose is wine like...grapes and some mustiness...sweet, wine cooler like taste...unique but not beer-like....some honey sweetness and smoothness emerges...everything the bottle lists is here, but not a true beer...good...I wouldn't call it a beer but it's decent....very easy drinking for the alcohol load...all these badasses do is make high alcohol beers don't they???...I'd hate to party with these f'ers..

Jul 18, 2002
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Seanibus from California

3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another interesting novelty from Dogfish Head and yet another one I will not be returning to for seconds.

Pours golden with a slight head. Aroma is sweet and malty, like a kolsch. The flavor is like an extreme kolsch, with honey and grape and a wheaty grain. It's heavy and a little cloying. The mouthfeel is thick and unpleasant.

May 16, 2010
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wafers from New York

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

Feb 29, 2016
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bcsbeer from Florida

4/5  rDev +6.4%

May 21, 2012
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Mosstrooper from California

4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 330ml Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy deep golden color with a medium white head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave behind any lace, but leaves a slick foam floating on top. There are some small bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Smells of white wine with sweet malt and a honey backing.

Taste: Begins with sour chardonnay backed up by honey sweetness. The beer rounds out to more of a sweet Muscato flavor with more mead-like honey. There is a slight spiciness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with sharp carbonation and a dry white wine finish.

Overall: A truly unique beer and an excellent sipper. Deceptively drinkable for its ABV. Can Dogfish Head do any wrong???

Jan 08, 2012
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MOB210SA from Texas

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 finger creamy head slightly off white. Some good but sparse lacing. Light golden honey in color.

Slightly spicey sweet nose. Like Barbar, Its has a wheaty nose with slight

Honey and a wheat . Slight alcoholic sting to the end. This beer is reminding me of the other "ancient" inspired ale I recently had Barbar. This has a little more to the mouthfeel but is very similar.

Plentiful carbonation, thick and slightly tart.

Jan 25, 2010
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bkonk10 from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Jul 14, 2012
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.96/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into my trusty pint glass. pale to copperish color. small to medium head. Taste of honey and muscat grapes. an addicting flavor over taste is amazing and mouthful is that of wine so i gave 4.75 instead of a 5. Another great beer from Dogfishhead

Mar 04, 2014
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benjada from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Oct 06, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

cool idea, weird final product. pours clear golden with some yeast floaters and a thin white head that dies fast. it literally smells like feet, or like babies, or something that im kind if indifferent to at best, but the honey notes are the most obvious. the flavor too is honey heavy, which im fine with, and the other ingredients come together in a strange sort of way. not totaly palatable or delicious, but clever and unique. the mix of spices and herbs in this is downright odd and its hard to tell if there is balance here or not because its all totally foreign to me. the dry finish is nice though, and its welcomed here as a respite from the weirdness. alcohol is invisible somehow. good carbonation and a medium to full body. overall a strange creation, worth a try because its dogfish head, and because its one of the archeological beers, which i feel like are our duty to try to comprehend. i certainly enjoyed the challenge of this one, but i wont buy it again.

edit: a weird one to cellar. i just had a bottle four or five years old and it tastes about the same as it does fresh, strange...

Dec 25, 2012
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VaterRoss from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +33%

Dec 16, 2011
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