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:
4,801
Reviews:
1,647
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
Wants:
205
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Winey aroma, lace, hoppy plumb white grape content. Alcohol drying that cleas the palate. Meadiness. If I want fruit wine, I will have that. If I want mead, I will obtain that. Apple taste on finish. I guess unique with some dinner. OK, had it. Thanks JoeyC.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Half finger head, rapidly dissipates and leaves no lace. Golden and minimally hazy.

S: Bready, a little spice but not a strong scent overall.

T: The sour finish is very reminiscent of chardonnay. Bready and touch of honey. Crisp.

M: Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Wet feel.

Overall: The taste is unique, and not in a bad way but also not in an exciting way either. A nice beer to try out but my biggest issue is that this beer gets old fast and it starts to taste more like stale wine then beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light orange color with no head and no lacing.

S - Smells like wine. Somewhat like mead, but the honey is more subdued and there is a grape smell present.

T - Surprise! Tastes like wine too. The honey and grape taste definitely are dominant. The barley and saffron are very faint.

M - The beer is very carbonated. It almost drinks like a soda in this regard. Maybe it was just this bottle? Leaves a wine like coating in the mouth.

D - I am glad I tried this one. The back story about its ancient roots is pretty cool. However, I wouldn't get this one again. The whole time I was drinking it all I could think of was how wine like this seems to me.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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...

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had gotten this beer for the first time on tap a tthe brewery after the tour. This beer poured out as a crystle clear golden yellow brew with a pretty nice looking head on it. The lacing was minimal but not bad. The smell of this beer had a lot of fresh white grape aromas in the nose, it's very sweet smelling. The taste had the same sweetness on the nose had some very subtle spice flavors throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied I think. Overall this beer could be seen as a Braggot or something similar. A spiced ale is fitting as well. I really enjoy this beer, but in small quantity. Very tasty stuff.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the most unique beers I've ever had. I like the fact that the history of this beer is so awesome and whoever thought to conjure up a beer recipe from a tomb is the man. The beer itself is hard to judge just because it's so different. I've never had saffron so I'm not sure what it even smells/tastes like which made it hard. Overall though it smelled decent, had a good well balanced taste and hid the alcohol well for being 9% ABV. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's quite a neat drink-thing. It's somewhat mead-like, but more like a braggot with the carbonation and dainty head. Aromas are right on a chardonay with honey and sweet spices. Tastes also chardonay like with more sweetness, corriander, allspice, and some others that I can't describe. High alcohol boarders on phenolic. Quite perfumy and sweetly tart throughout. A well formed experiment. I like it, though only on occasions.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the banks of the Euphrates, via Delaware...

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, very apple juice-esque, with a minimum of fizzy white head, that leaves no lacing. The smell blew me away - how on earth did they get my Mom's Concord grape juice popsicles' essence into this beer? Oh yeah, the Muscat grapes. Wow, this smells good - the barley malt becomes more evident, and the sweet grape recedes, as the beer warms. The taste has a sweet, herbal note at first, and then a fair dollop of field honey, with the malt backbone holding things up nicely. The carbonation is noticeable, but not detracting, and the significantly elevated alcohol appears only as a nice warming. It finishes dry, with the muscat sweetness pleasantly sticking around. A lovely and interesting beer, nice to point out the historical methods employed to make our favorite beverage.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear honey colored body with a modest head that declines to a ringlet and leaves the ocasional archipelago of lace

Smell: Unusual variety of smells - saffron stands out, followed by the muscat grapes and fermented honey; rather vinous and somewhat fusel

Taste: Starts with flavors of honey, pears and muscat grapes but definitely not sweet; after the swallow, spicy tones of saffron and allspice kick in, with increasing waves of layered bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but the mouth feels more like wine that beer

Drinkability: Very unusual concoction, but I rather enjoyed it; not something to drink in quantity, but I am saving the rest of the bottle to complement tonight's curried roast pork with mango salsa

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a golden bright yellow color ale with a big thick foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt (probably due to the honey) is interesting and quite intriguing. Taste is very sweet with a champagne like feel with lots of fine bubbles. While this beer was quite sweet I never thought it was exceedingly so. The presence of Muscat grapes were well balance with the malt and the honey. I’m not sure I really pick-up any saffron but this beer was very good nonetheless.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Clear golden-amber in color with a white head that retains somewhat poorly.

Smell: Spices and honey-like sweetness, mild fruity esters. Saffron and muscat grapes aren't specifically noticed in the aroma, though this is actually pretty muted overall.

Taste & mouthfeel: Light sweetness and esters up front. Honey is faintly noticed, but I can't taste the saffron at all. There's a touch of spiciness, but coming more from the yeast. Light acidity. The finish is reasonably dry and only slightly bitter. This isn't nearly as cloying as it sounds, but it's not as interesting either. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden/orange color with a small, white, foamy head that left some minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of honey and barley. It also had some sweet fruity aromas, too.

T - It was spicy, but not a hoppy spice. The honey was fairly dominant with some sweet caramel flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is soft and somewhat sticky. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This really is unique. Very sweet and yet quite spicy.

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