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 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 jasonpeckins32
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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Photo of Monkeefartz
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

It is sweet, but drinkable. A malty barley wine mixed with a sweet moscato wine...but enjoyable. It's a good choice for spicy foods or a sipper on the deck.

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Photo of gfanikf
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pleasant and refreshing beer. A little sweet at times in terms of initial taste, but it quickly dissipates. Overall good for a day of sitting on the balcony and reading the Metal Gear Solid V strategy guide.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I wasn't sure what glassware to use for this, so I bought two bottles. I poured one into a pint glass and the other into a tulip.
Haha, joke's on me, the appearance was the same in both: super light semi-hazy to a slight transparent yellow color. Carbonation could be seen rising to the surface rapidly like wine. Head, what head, there's no head in this thing.
The smell had some sweet grapes coming through with a certain wine-like bitterness. Light floral and honey tones rescue the beer from the wine qualities.
The taste was mildly sweet and once again had the sweet effervescent grapes, honey and floral tones combine decently. There's no aftertaste.
The mouthfeel had a light bodied feel to it with a fairly harsh carbonation to it. Wooee, wine-like again.
Overall, the smell saves everything in this one. The taste is good too, but there's a lot of wine-like qualities to it. Eh. Nice to try, but probably wouldn't have again.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like someone put malt in my moscato. Hard to call it beer, but I liked it anyway.
Light gold in color, looks and tastes almost like a sparkling wine. The grape and honey dominate and provide a fair bit of sweetness. Yet it's still surprisingly light and drinkable despite 9% ABV, and not too sticky.
Not much in terms of hops.
Paired surprisingly well with crabs.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.38/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Transparent pale yellow color with extremely mild carbonation and little to no head. Very sweet and fruity aroma. Sweet and alcoholic. Malt and fruit like apricot, grape and honey. Some saffron at the top of the palate and end of sip. Honestly, tastes like a bad wine. What you find in 2,700 year old drinking vessels should stay in 2,700 year old drinking vessels.

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Photo of slusk
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden with a thin, short-lived head.

S: Complex aromas. No hops of course. Definitely smell the grapes as well as sweet breads and honey. There's a spiciness that's hard to pin down, very Belgian-like. Some mild citrus with subtle earthy undertones.

T: Surprisingly bright, distinct flavors. There's a Belgian background with a distinct honey flavor that you feel in the throat. There is a nice wine character that is easily detectable. The yeast seems like a Belgian or English strain. A bit acidic but a pleasant aftertaste. Finishes semi-dry.

M: Medium body with a low to moderate carbonation. A tiny bit of astringency from the grapes I expect. Not detracting at all, if anything I think it adds an interesting quality.

O: I wasn't expecting to like this beer, I'm not a fan of fruit or spice brews, but this one surprised me. It's got a huge flavor and a complexity that lives on many levels. It's not exactly a light body brew, yet it's refreshing and finishes with a pleasing aftertaste. Not bad for a late summer warmer.

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Photo of stompilator
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured a clear gold, soft head.

S - White grapes, biscuits, wood.

T - Light, delicate malt leaves a doughey, dry impression. The white grapes provide a dryness all their own, while the honey balances everything out. The honey is rather thin-tasting. The wood is very subtle, but gives an extra roughness to the beer.

M - Light-bodied, lightly-carbonated and very appropriately delicate.

O - An interesting brew, great idea, but didn't have the character or boldness it could've had.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/20/15 at 44 degrees into 0.5 L siedel/Reviewed 7/21/15
$ 3.39/12 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Aroma of something I don’t recognize, initially weak and fades to nothing
Head average (Three cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy, diminishing to three mm ring and layer of tiny bubbles
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, chill haze
Flavor odd and very not beer-like, more of a bitter herbal remedy; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no DMS.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

Retried 1/22/17.
Served at 50 degrees in JK snifter
Body golden, clear
Distinct grape odor and flavor. Still somewhat medicinal, not beer-like.
All else remains the same, including the rating.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Midas Touch is an unusual beer and I think it's worth a try at least once, especially if you like wine at all. And yet the grape aspect of the flavor did not taste like wine to me. It was more like sipping a beer right after you popped a grape in your mouth. The grape aspect is more notable in the aroma than in the taste, and its presence in the taste is less notable in the finish.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought this strictly on a writeup in "The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer" by William Bostick who commented upon this on how the owner of Dogfish Head had done a lot of research on the earliest beers in Babylonia and that Midas Touch sounded like the most successful (although I'm sure the opinions are subjective). So I got a four pack to bring to a get together of fellow sots and music fans who were positively impressed by it. The look got downgraded because there was almost no head and the carbonation of it seemed quite low, surely by design. It drank very much like a hybrid of beer and wine but nobody was put off by it. I thought the alcohol was extremely well hidden. I'll probably have to drink it by myself to be able to put into words my full thoughts on this but it is definitely worth trying agains.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 4,751 ratings.
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