Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Herb and Spice 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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,690 | Ratings: 4,982
Photo of Eddieeight
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head to speak of
Looks Amber copper colored
I can barely smell this beer
White grapes overwhelm the taste, with a slight honey feel to it.
Mouthfeel is light crisp and refreshing, extremely carbonated with a very dry finish.
Overall I rate this beer a 4, but I would rate it a 10 on originality and the story behind it is fascinating.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The pour is slightly cloudy dark amber with a tiny bit if head that doesn't last.

S: Honey, spices, hops.

T: Honey and grapes up front give way to the more sublte flavors of crispy citrus and maybe pear or apple. There is an element of earthiness but not in the traditional 'dirt' sense.

M: Very mead-like, coating nature when sipped that quickly fades. Not a ton of carbonation but sufficient for me.

O: I love this a daily drinker. I find that this skews more towards a light and carbonated mead, that's just great. I've had this numerous times over the years, and while I think that the latest batches have been less exciting, it's still always satisfying.

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Photo of KEH
4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

What a fun beer! It pours a deep golden-yellow with a thick white head. I found both the aroma and flavor to be quite complex. The combination of grain, grape and honey really please the pallet and the nose. Not only do I get some fruity wine-like character, I also got a touch of floral notes that I don't find too often in beers. It's a wee bit heavy in alcohol, so you'll really feel them if you put them away.

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Photo of Act25
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One must love honey to love this mead beer but it's pretty great. 4 for originality.
A) Pours a slightly hazed, honey orange body with a deep rich dense pillow head that laces but doesnt last (fruit in beer does that).
s) Wine, honey, over ripe sub-baked grapes on vine, and saffron.
t) Begins with honey, over ripe grapes and pears, but more late hang on the vine, over-ripe without being sweet, more fertile, wild, and pungent - then resolving into a bitter, peppery see saw and an off-dry finish.
f) Wine like, clear finish, mid way between wine and saison.
o) Loved it. Must be in everyone's repetoire. Will pair well with pork, chicken, bbq and sushi.

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Photo of flgimp
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ordered bottle blindly. Not what I expected. Definitely different brew. Can't really rate the look from a bottle. Nose is faint spicy and sweet combined. Taste is complex in an interesting way. Spice comes thru first, saffron?. Then malt and sweetness from honey. Definate after taste mild bitterness. Not sure about the grape????. Feel is medium with ample carbonation. Agree, between beer and mead.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost-clear, deep gold, with light white head.

Smells of white grape juice, something faintly spicy, and sweet malt, similar to cornbread+honey. A bit of brandy-ish booziness as it warms, which bumped up the smell score a bit.

Tastes : honey, coriander-like, but smoother/mellower (the saffron?) , white wine, and a slight tannic/woody flavor. Finishes with a light, drying bitterness.

Moderate, lightly oily, feel, with fine, lightly prickly carbonation on the finish.

As described on the label, it seems a (well-balanced) mix of mead & white wine. + a golden ale. I like it, and will likely have it again.

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Photo of nater919
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.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
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 breakingbland
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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%
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 BeerBobber
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Dinglehacker
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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 teromous
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a golden color with a fair transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a rapidly dissipating finger's worth of white fizzy to foamy head. Barely any lace.
The aroma had some sweet sage, lemon pulp, sweet grass, some sweet pale malt, light tickle of alcohol, some sugars.
The flavor was sweet mainly and then encompassed some vinous character to enliven the overall taste. Clean sweet malty to sugary and lemon-like aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair carbonation about it. ABV seemed to feel on par.
Overall, interesting beer, gotta give it up to Sam C and company for keeping things "interesting and creative."

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, spices, yeast, herbal notes, and slight alcohol. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Herbed / Spiced Beer. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, spice, earthiness, herbs, and slight yeast. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of EMH73
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange with a very thin white head that left no lacing. Smells of honey, herbs, wine and sweet malts. Taste follows the nose along with an additional sour note. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, finishes dry. An interesting beer but not something that I would revisit.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange gold with a small head. Smells of grapes, honey, and wine. Tastes of wine, honey, and barley. Medium light mouthfeel with light carbonation. Overall a good slightly sweet, slightly tart beer with hints of wine.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - bright yellow no real head but some big bubbles along the side
Smell - musty golden ale wig some sweet honey
Taste - bright golden ale taste with some herbs, I guess that's the saffron.
Feel - crisp but full body
Overall - if this is what they drank way back they made some good beverages.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
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.

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Photo of Shade1951
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer is probably getting a slight boost in scores - unconsciously - because I generally really like Dogfish Head. This one, not so much.

Upon pouring in a standard 12 oz. beer glass, the aroma wasn't much of anything, perhaps because the beer was a bit too cold. Now that it has warmed a bit, I do get something that might be considered honey - or maybe it's power of suggestion.

Appearance is... meh. Amber, but at least not as pale as piss. Minimal head that actually does sort of hang around floating on top. Thick white lacing for those who care about that sort of thing.

I can't quite get into the flavor. It's not terrible, but there is something "off" about it. I suppose to a degree it could be described as "winy," as in a kind of sour-ish white wine - a standard sauterne. I just can't pick up any honey notes.

The carbonation is too subdued for my tastes. Mouthfeel borders on watery.

Interesting concept, but - for me - the execution failed.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours a dark amber with a small-ish head with a very short retention. Aroma is fairly sweet, with hints of honey and some citrus. The taste is also sweet (perhaps some bitterness in the background but it's barely noticeable). Fairly rich. Medium to full body.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass Pours a clear orange-copper body, on the lighter end of the spectrum, one finger white head, good retention, rings of lacing. Smell is distinctively malt-forward but more fruity, gentle than you'd think. Grape must, sweet honey, a bit boozy, caramel and earth. Flavour is a bit weird, more of a boozy caramel sweetness, honey, touch of grape skin, certainly not like a mead but it's sweet and a bit boozy. Light earth finishes things out. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, sweet and standard medium body, good carbonation. Not my favorite, did finish this but I don't think it would be one I would try to get again. Though if they were drinking a beer like this 2700 years ago, that's pretty cool.

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Photo of Stooven
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.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a clear light amber color.
The head was 1 finger. Dissipated fairly quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass
The nose has a slight sweetness to it, honey. There's something else I can't put my finger on.
Taste, well, I'm not impressed. There's the harsh alcohol burn. Slight sweetness. Some spices that clash in my opinion with the rest of the beer.
Feel is ok. The harsh alcohol plays into the feel.
Overall, I won't be getting this again. I do not like it, but it isn't a drain pour.

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Photo of MAXEL
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Amber
Aroma: Sweet honey and spice
Taste: ? Unusual. Honey. Thinking the grapes and barley clash a little. I guess that's what the ancients had to work with!
Finish: sweet and interesting. I like the finish better than the front and mid palate.
Overall: Pretty cool. The history makes it taste better. If I was just going from overall impression blindly I'd say interesting and pretty good but not my cup of ale...but when you add the homage to history it kicks it up to another level of appreciation. I'd drink it again for sure.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 4,982 ratings