Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,833
Reviews:
1,655
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
991
For Trade:
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of tmars13
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of rah1734bones
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of Jeeb
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of Ryandey
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of tatums1984
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of sponger
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of McFlorida85
2.01/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Maybe I had greater expectations based on the label. Color and bubbles looked promising, light amber color. Smell was not so hot. Honestly, indeterminate scent for me. Taste was like a strong ale but nothing special to mention. I guess I need to decide if I'm a beer drinker or wine drinker. This one doesn't do it for either.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.01/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

No head and honey color body with no bubbles.
Smells like middle eastern food.
foul bitterness and vineyard taste. mumbled expression, cannot pick out the grapes or the malt or the saffron.
light amount of bubbles Alcohol is much to apparent.
drank one fifth a 375 ml bottle and threw the rest out.

This does not even make it as a novelty beer, best to avoided at all costs.

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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 ultralarry2006
2.03/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz.bottle. Color is a medium yellow-gold, slight carbonation, and some head on pouring but quickly dissipated to nothing, which leads me to believe that what I saw was just aeration from a vigorous pour. This looks not unlike white wine.

Smell - Bready malt. Competing with the malt was an apple juice odor and diacteyl. Some strong alcohol, also.

Taste - bready malt, that quickly gives way to apple juice and diacetyl. And an almost overpowering astringent alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel - thin, fluid, no carbonation.

Drinkability - goes down like cheap white wine, that is, it's too sweet and the alcohol taste is too strong. I was interested in this as an interserting experiment, but having had it, I would not ever get this again.

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Photo of timmy2b
2.04/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Beer looked nice when poured into a pint glass, and I enjoyed the smell of the grape. This was very sweet and tasted almost like candy. Very light feeling in the mouth, but with the sweet taste was very undrinkable. I had to give up drinking it after about a third of the beer and this has never happened to me.

Overall Just Not Impressed

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Photo of Naes
2.05/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This one is golden-amber in color and has a small off-white head.
The aroma is sweet with honey and malt.
Its flavor is very sweet as well. The honey is a bit too strong for my likings. The grapes also register on the taste buds near the finish along with a slight alcohol presence.
Mouth feel is thick and syrupy with high carbonation levels.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
2.1/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$2.99 / ea.

A: Bright amber body with red highlights topped with a small loose head that quickly dissipates leaving no lace and only a ring of cover.

S: Extremely sweet aroma. Grapes and cotton candy. No hop aromas.

T: Overpoweringly sweet. Grapes and herbal honey. Slight alcohol in the background. Not balanced in any sense.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Slight carbonic bite, and smooth body compliments of a sugar coated tongue.

D: One 12 oz. bottle is way more than enough. The sweetness is distracting and makes it difficult to detect any nuance.

O: Really disappointed with this one.

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Photo of Shangus
2.13/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked up this beer, and it tasted exactly like steel reserve. If I had known, i wouldn't have paid almost fourteen dollars for a four pack and just got a 40oz of malt liquor. I couldn't taste grape or honey like they claim they use on the bottle.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.15/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours orange-amber with a creamy, slowly dissipating head.
Nose is quite sweet, a mix of clean malt, floral honey and white wine. Can't really pick out the saffron, I'm not exactly familiar with it. Later on oatmeal becomes apparent.
Flavours are similarly sweet. Stale malt, cheap fortified white wine and noticeable alcohol combine to form quite a challenging experience.
Carbonation is quite high. Mouthfeel is very slick. Very noticeable astringency.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.18/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass.
This is a unique beer which saves it from getting bellow the 2's. A nice deep gold color, but absolutely no head.
Taste was stale honey, some malt, no hops and a hint of caramel.
It was a thicker feel to it than it looked. Coating and an aftertaste of metal and honey.
Disappointed.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.22/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I found this at One Stop Liquors in Johnson City, Tennessee, and had it shipped to Moscow via air freight. Arrived none the worse for wear, so I eagerly popped the cap on 11/29/04. The neck label features a thumb print, while the main label is quite plain, simply identifying this as an ancient ale made of barley, honey, muscat grapes and safron. Hmm...

Pours pale orange (shouldn't something named Midas be gold, at least?) under a very thin 1/3 finger off white head that fizzles as quickly as it forms. Purely from the appearance, it reminds me of some pretty bad Russian beers of the Zhigulovskoye line. The nose is, well, distinctive: grape and malt, with a touch of spice (I assume that's the safron) and slightly sour. These are not good images here. The mouth is very prickly and quite thick/heavy, presumably from the fruit juice. Taste? Oh my. Grapes and safron are definitely noticeable, sweet and sour, almost like grape juice on drugs. There's definitely malt here, and even a dash of coniferous hops that lends a dry bit element to the finish, but this tastes and feels much more like a mead than a beer. Not a very good mead either. Glad I got just one, as I couldn't bring myself to finish even that much.

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Photo of Beermazter310
2.23/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Out of curiosity had to try this...golden color with big eggshell colored foamy head. smell like white grapes, sweet and boozy tastes kinda like a chardonnay no bitterness to speak of. to me it tastes like a cheap malt liqour. very little carbonation. overall im dissapointed. I didnt know what to expect, i guess this is what they were goin for when they brewed this but i wont ever buy this again and its way too expensive. I paid 3.39 plus tax for a 12oz. glad i only bought one. dog fish head has a lot of very different and unique beers so i give them credit for that. and no disrespect to cheap malt liqours, but this really tastes similar to colt 45. one of the better malt liquors.

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Photo of Damian
2.24/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured a light amber with a tiny head.

Smell was metallic with some hops, spices and a touch of honey.

Taste was somewhat sweet and honey-like on the front end, but as it moved along the palate the alcohol sting was overwhelming. The beer was so acidic that I had to fight the urge to spit out what I had in my mouth. The aftertaste was quite metallic and had an unpalatable alcohol flavor as well.

The body was rather thin and the beer turned flat very quickly.

I could not bear to finish this drink. The Egyptians may have invented beer but it's obvious that their recipe had changed for a reason. This beer is absolutely retched.

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Photo of AndoBrew
2.24/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

*hated it would not buy*

app: looks peachy. nice, no head.

smell: yuck, smells like a rotten pile of fall leaves and burning hair chemicals.

taste: yuck, lots of heffe flavors up front then tastes like a thick macro brew, very unblended, its all over the place no unity of flavors no direction. the after flavor is painful.

mf: fine for such a strange brew.

drinkable?: HA. not in the least, hold your nose and chug this is a mess.

side not for all DFH beers. keep trying, keep going for the weird wild brews, you get em right some times. and at least you are not a follower! CHEERS!

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Photo of bca115
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of YayyyBeer
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I appreciate it for what it is but wouldn't choose it over others. Strong grape taste.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 4,833 ratings.
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