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 Guppy314
4.24/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, these rating numbers don't help much with a drink like this. How's it supposed to look? Taste? Smell??
I had this at a beer festival in Houston and had heard that it was like a hybrid of beer and wine. I would say it's more like mead and wine because there is no hops and nothing that really tastes like malt to me either. So...does that sound like beer? Very strange sweetish, sticky brew that everyone should have once (and then you can decide if more is needed!)

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Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed on the "1001," I found this interesting and complex. So, I Had it again so I could review it.
As implied on the label, Midas Touch might please -- and possibly convert -- chardonnay drinkers to beer. So I brought it to a dinner party and was subtly solicitous and... ended up drinking most of it myself after several people took one sip. Lesson: sometimes two different worlds require more work to meet.

Had twice separated by two or three years, both occasions had different results. The first time (if memory still serves me), Midas Touch tasted sweet, mead-like. The second time (that is, last night), it finished drier. Go figure.

But the experience, probably, will be worth it a third time. Interesting story on the collaboration between an archeologist and a craft-brewer who knows how to experiment. Fortunately for us, this experiment became an interesting beer that is brewed regularly.

3/5/17 Had yet again. Same dynamic as the first two tastings, but put together: initially sweet and later dry. A mystery brought to us by studying (and speculating) about the past. Overall increased .25 for innovation and balance.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle at R.R.D. in D.C. Poured into a bar pint. Appearance: Very light straw and clear. Minimal to no head. Slight lacing. No carbonation. Aroma: Very malty yet dry. Hints of honey and slight tannic grape notes. Taste: Dank and spicy. Lots of honey and could be considered dry. Aftertaste: alcohol fumes and dank honey on the back end yet crisp with wine like notes. Spice and pepper throughout. Overall: I really like the ancient ales series from DF Head. Learning about the collaboration with archaeological experts makes this a most interesting drink. Excellent: 5 out of 5.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a clear medium golden amber color. Thin white head leaves sticky lacing.

S: Spicy... honey sweet and a dry white wine.

T/F: Honeyed sweetness opens up the sip followed by a nice spicy tingle. Wine notes, grape, and you can taste the saffron although I wouldn't have come up with that unless it was on the bottle. Phenolic.... zesty mouthfeel... almost prickly on the tongue. Generous carbonation. Slight sweetness on the back of your tongue lingers after you swallow.

O: A very nice experimental spiced beer. Not a style I tend to favor, but this is a great brew to mix up a session and always fun to try something different. The sweet and spicy work well together... better than I'd have expected. Not one I'll drink regularly... but fun to have every now and again.

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shows a slightly cloudy rust color with a fair white, scattered head and minor lacing. The aroma is strong, pungent honey/clover and light wheat. The flavor offers a bit of fruity white wine with lots more honey and lavender herbal ideas. The body is solidly medium with a fairly heavy feel to match the honey theme but there is a light carbonation and dry overtone to make this a uniquely enjoyable ancient brew.

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Photo of ccg
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not quite sure how to rate the appearance of it. It's a light yellow with minimal head and only a very thin layer of tiny bubbles.
The smell is lemon, honey, flowers, and grapes.
Taste is dry and a bit bitter. A bit of the floral honey taste comes through, but not much. It reminds me more of a saison.
It's light on the tongue with a light amount of carbonation.
Overall: good, and unusual, but not the sweet, mead-like delight that I remember for the first time I had it a few years ago.

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Photo of Dravin
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LPoured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on date of 11/04/15.

Look -- Pours a pale amber with a finger of off white head that coats the glass as you sip but dies down to a ring relatively quickly. Not surprising considering the ABV of the beer.

Smell -- Grapes, honey, citrus, and something that I just can't place.

Taste -- Grape, breadiness, mild bitterness on the backend. If you let it linger on the tongue the alcohol starts to peak out at you.

Feel -- A touch syrupy in consistency but the carbonation keeps it from feeling heavy. Not particularly dry, certainly not by wine standards.

Overall -- I don't have to struggle to drink it but I wouldn't make this a staple in my beer fridge. I appreciate the novelty and history of the beer but I don't see that appeal going much past a single bottle, possible as far as two bottles. I recommend picking this one up as a single unless you plan on sharing.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. It pours a murky brownish-amber with a one-finger, milk-white head and minimal lacing. It smells bready yeast, honey, spice, and a whiff of citrus. The taste is quite sweet, almost cloying, with a distinct grape taste. There is also that taste of malt and honey. There is a slight hint of bitterness at the finish. This ale is quite viscous with a syrupy feel. While you can taste some alcohol, it doesn't seem like 9% ABV. Overall, this is an interesting ale but I wouldn't want to make a steady diet of it.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle hard-poured into a tulip glass. Comes in a 4-pack

L - Bright amber-ruby color with a clear hue. Nice but non-sustainable foam dome. Not too much lacing. Neat layer of bubbles on the top.

S - Not too aromatic. Notes: malted barley, fruit juice. Very mellow, wish the saffron came out more.

T - Sweet and dry. Light malts, red grapes, light red wine. Not the typical beer taste but wow, it is good

F - Light red wine type feel. Light-medium in body, light carbonation, almost flat. Clean and dry finish.

O - I heard about this beer on Modern Marvels actually. Heard it was based on a beer possibly brewed by the Egyptians and consumed by King Midas himself. Definitely a craft beer for the ladies, which is not a knock by any means. No hop character, really crisp and clean. Cheers!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours - Cloudy orange color with not much head no lacing not very attractive pour.

Smell - I get some orange and citrus notes little bit of honey well balanced nose.

Taste - Good citrus taste and some sweet honey I get a little white grape juice taste very little bit of bitterness.

Feel - medium light body good carbonation.

Overall - A decent beer I doubt I would have this again.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange, with a very small head. Smells almost like wine, very fruity and sweet. Spices, honey, grape. Grapes dominate the taste, very sweet. Low-carbonation, syrupy, medium body.
This is a very interesting and complex beer. It's good to see breweries trying new things, but this one just isn't for me.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear golden color 1-2 finger head when pouring form a 12 oz. bottle. Great head retention - many bubbles streaming up from the bottom. Foam is thick as it sticks to the side when the glass is swirled.

Smells of tart fruit (apple/cherry) and some caramel malts. Just a slight vinegar hint. Also a slight herbal and pepper undertones.

At first there is only a slight bitterness experienced before the alcohol sets in. There is a slight medicinal flavor soon after. Mixed in are flavors of apples, peach, cherry, white grape. There is a decent amount of floral hop notes in the middle and towards the end. Quite a sweet finish.

Light to medium mouthfeel. This beer remains foamy throughout and effervescent on the tongue.

Very good and fruity. Some bitterness and tart fruit, but well balanced out with sweetness.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


So many of DFH's ancient beers, and others, have been developed and engineered in such a way that they are complex and more relatable in nature to champagne than beer, and Midas Touch is the most representative in this vein.

Seriously, if you find yourself in a celebratory mood, pouring this into a champagne glass will yield far greater results than most things that pass as champagne here in the US.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head that continues to this out as you drink. The beer smells a little like a cider and wine. A hint of fruit juices mainly apples and grapes with some hops as well. The beer feels very carbonated and despite a wine like comparison does not feel dry in the mouth. I enjoy the beer's juice like flavors and it is very well balanced, I just wish it had a little more dryness and tartness to it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was quite interesting....more like a white wine than beer. The beer poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent was white grape all the way and the taste as mentioned was more like a white wine than beer. There was some hints of spice. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall its worth a taste but more than that...no thanks.

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Photo of jp32
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy yellow color that faded to orange near the center of the glass. Not much head retention. A few sediments floating about.

Smells of white grapes and belgian yeast. Somewhat of a wine-like aroma.

The flavor and body of this beer both pack a punch considering what it looks like in the glass. It's surely heavier than it initially leads you to think it would be. Sweet, yeasty, and occasionally warm from the alcohol.

I would sum this up by saying: Alcohol-laden, honey-infused, carbonated heavy-bodied wheat beer with herbal notes and a tinge of chardonnay.

Not necessarily my favorite beer, or favorite style, but it's worth a try and doesn't seem to have any defects.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Poured into a Propolis tulip. Clear, bright orange body. No head, a few bubbles from carbonation.

Smell: White grapes, apples, and honey.

Taste: White grapes, apples, honey, and subtle tough of wheat.

Feel: High carbonation, medium body. A bit of a bite at the end.

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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 KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the style so I may be a bit giddy about this, as there are few Ancient Ales. This starts with Apple, honey and obvious white grapes. Towards the end it gets a little boozy with a wheat malt. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of jancona
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

With the smell you get the grapes along with honey and malt. The taste follows very nicely with a pleasant grape foundation and just enough honey to sweeten things up - but not syrupy. High ABV is nicely masked - a unique and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. Clear orange body with no head.

S: The honey is immediately apparent and smells like mead. I also smell the muscat grapes. There might be a little fruity hoppiness, but I can't be sure.

T: Tastes kind of like mead as well. There is a honey sweetness upfront and ends with a dry slightly bitter taste of grapes. The flavors are balanced with the beer.

F: Light bodied and smooth. Some fizzy carbonation rounds it off.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours fizzy like champagne or cider. Color is high clarity dark apple juice. Head is zero. I mean no continued carbonation. 2.75

S - Mostly barley but some muscat and a bit of honey. The advertised saffron hasn't hit yet. Mildy sour and dull. 2.5

T - Finally some character. The grapes play with the thick maltyness nicely. Flavor evolves from the initial sippy flavors of honey and grape skin. to the slightly bitter woody aftertaste. Think I found the saffron finally. 4

M - Despite having no head there is a bit of carbonation going down. Teasingly fizzy but satisfyingly thick and rich. 4.25

O - Nice, enjoyable. Could get fat off this. And given the 3 main ingredients you certainly would. Not a diet drink. 4.25

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Photo of Naked_Batman
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pale straw with very little head that recedes quickly. A very clear brew.

S: the sweet muscat grapes definitely come out on top which leads into some very floral notes and some musty minerality. Really love the nose on this brew. Smells like a walk in a blooming orange grove. Maybe a little cloying, but still enjoyable.

T: Surprisingly malty given the sweet fruit notes on the nose. I get notes of raw grain and some toasty bread that recedes into a mild dry riesling-like finish.

M-light and very carbonated, the alcohol is barely noticable. For a 9% beer, you would have no clue that it's anything more than 4%

O: Enjoyable, but to be honest I have nothing to compare this to. More than anything i loved how the raw maltiness gave way to some delicate sweetness. I loved the orange blossom on the nose and the contrast between the scent and how the beer actually taste. However, the initial maltiness up front did remind me of some cheaper macro-brew pils. Still, for the novelty of drinking an ancient style beer, give this one a try.

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Photo of JimDcos
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kind of sweet but tasty. Tried it in a pilsner glass; head, what there is of it, dissipates rapidly, no lacing. Bought it in a 4 pack and will probably have another bottle in a week. For me it's a one is enough.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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