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Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 4,863 |  Reviews: 1,662
Photo of nater919
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of KonigObHops
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep golden color with a quickly dissipating white head that started about one half finger-width.

The aroma has hints of honey and perhaps lemon, along with a strong maltiness.

The initial taste is citrusy-sweet. The middle begins with a deep honey flavor that is replaced quickly with something like apricot. The finish is also somewhat citrusy as the beer warms on the tongue.

The mouthfeel was unique, and I thought it was excellent. The beer was full bodied and seemed to cling to the mouth.

Overall, I found this to be a really interesting beer. I haven't had enough "ancient recipe" beers to comment on the beer's adherence to the style (if that is even possible), but it is a beer that I will be enjoying again.

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Photo of Dave2234
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breakingbland
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The "somewhere between wine and mead" part of the description almost turned me away, but I'm glad I ordered it anyway. True, it doesn't taste much like beer, but it's a good refreshing drink.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich deep fold with a smallish head. The aroma is sharp and astringent, with white grape, gooseberry, roses, violets, sweet bread, cinnamon, green apple, toast and toffee. The flavor is semi sweet, with notes of honey, sweet bread, banana, white grape, grapefruit flesh, and toffee. The motuhfeel is fairly full with moderate prickly carbonation. Overall this is a pretty tasty beer that hits that nice point between rich and sweet.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of faatcase
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of _nickg_
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JackVegas83
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mdaniel723
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Trentt2
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | 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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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 4,863 ratings
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