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Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Midas TouchMidas Touch

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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Photo of BeerThursdays
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head.

S - Not too much going on here. Sweet. Honey, spice and raisins.

T - Again, Sweet. Honey and saffron are obvious, with a fruity finish. Grapes, Pineapple and other light fruits. Not citrus, but maybe apples. Alcohol bite is there, but sweetness masks it.

M - Syrup like in the mouth. Not thick, but lingering. One of the better aspects of this beer. Alcohol can be harsh, but is much less apparent when cold.

D - This was my gateway to craft beer, and I still drink it regularly. Maybe for the purpose of nostalgia. Also, not the cheapest beer available, so that's another knock, but if I could find it on tap, I'm sure I'd drink more.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark yellow and mostly clear. Not a whole lot of head and only sparse lacing.

Smells grape-y, a touch spicy, and a bit of sweet florals.

Tastes pungently like grapes, flowers, and honey.

Feels light to medium in body, slick, with a lingering honey-bitter aftertaste.

drinks average. not super anxious to have this one again, but it's pretty good anyway.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting beer, the first Dogfish i've had actually.

A very herbal beer, it smells very nice, the saffron (I assume), wheat, malt and sugar give it a distinctive scent.

The muscat grapes and honey give a delicate sweetness to the beer.

Overall a nice beer, very different from the norm which is also good.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a foamy, lasting, white head. Aroma is of yeast, grape juice and bready malt. Full tangy body. Taste is of bready malt, sweet honey, some grapes, herbal hops and alcohol. Massive, long, dry finish. Strong, unusual brew. It must be made by Dogfish Head.

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Photo of feylure
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer, and I love how it goes directly against the Reinheitsgebot.

It pours a lovely light gold with a bit of carbonation.

Smell is sweet and enticing. Sugar, honey, sweet caramel and grapes are everywhere.

Taste is unique. It almost feels like a lager at first, but then the honey and grapes take the flavor on a detour to a place of delicate and amazing sweetness.

The carbonation is a bit intense; I feel like if the beer didn't have as much of it, it could have a better mouth feel.

Mouth feel is bold upfront, mildly dry in the body and dry at the end.

The lingering tail is the grape sweetness.

I find this beer to be quite drinkable. I love how sweet and complex it is. If I were to change anything about it, it would be to make it be less dry and less carbonated. That being said, this beer is so well balanced that I can get past it and enjoy.


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Photo of RTJakarta
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a small, dissipating head. A little lacing.

Smell is beautiful. A nice blend of wheat and spices to my nose. The spices make me think of my favorite DFH ale, Sah'tea.

Taste is awesome. Very sweet, a little bit of a fruity taste. I'm told by my fiancee (who is enjoying some as well) that there is different a nice saffron finish (as I've never personally had saffron before :p)

Mouthfeel is not too overbearing. Pretty carbonated though.

Drinkability is great. I feel like I haven't drank as much as is gone from my glass! Would recommend for all DFH fans. Another great ale!

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Photo of nick76
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is sweet with wheat, yeast, malt, fruit, and spice. The appearance is orange and gold with a smaller head. The taste is like the aroma with a rich sweet and buttery finish. The plate is smooth. Overall this is a great beer but the aroma does not smell as good as it tastes.

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Photo of rickdiaz
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one. Coming from Dogfish I expected a little more, then again it's an ancient ale... moving on.

A: Pours a golden clear with a moderate 1/2 finger head. Light lacing.

S: Earthy, maybe a little grape skin.

T: Honey comes out first, a little bit of apple or pear in the middle. Subtle hint of saffron on the finish.

M: Light with mild carbonation.

D: For me, it's a one bottle session. Can't really see myself drinking one after another. Still, a good brew!

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Photo of gillis
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Slightly hazy, golden/orange color. Very light. Slight white head, mostly around the edges but bits of lacing in the middle of the glass.

I can smell a little bit of honey, but mostly it's a huge hit of muscat grape aroma. Sweet.

Tastes pretty boozy, with a little bit of light malt after I swallowed. Quite sweet, not really bitter at all. A little one dimensional.

Medium-bodied, smooth, nice amount of carbonation but not enough to be sharp.

Drinkability isn't bad, considering the high ABV. It would probably be a good beer for people who hate hops.

Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this. It's a little boring.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass or straight out of the bottle. From notes: A - Slightly hazy saffron golden orange. Decent sized white creamy head. S - A lot of grape and honey. Also a good deal of spice and floral smell. T - Lots of honey and semi-acidic grapes. Decent amount of malt present. A variety of spices dance around along with some floral and herbal taste. Sweet wine-like taste with the spices giving it a bit of a kick. Alcohol taste is present but not overly so. M - Medium starting to go toward full body and moderate carbonation. Sticky feeling and flavors. D - not a bad beer.

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

A: Pours a clear gold with a half finger of head and subtle carbonation.

N: White grapes, some honey and booze.

T: Mimics the nose but with more honey, some burnt caramel and a hint of lemon and spice.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

D: Very good drinkability for a 9% abv.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes last weekend
A - clear bubbly golden, one thumb of white head settled at a consistent thin covering
S - sharp grainy smell, some honey and a little metallic
T - a mix of tart grape juice and toasty sharp grains up front, subtle honey sweetness creeps in along with the saffron quality through the finish
M - refreshing carbonation, thin with an alcohol dryness and just a little alcohol bite
D - interesting flavours, refreshing without cringing from the 9% ABV, a risk that pays off well

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Photo of BeerDawgs
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - A golden amber color. Decent amount of head and small lace retention.

S - It smells great. Grapes, grapes, and grapes. Sweet.

T - Now this is where I am disapointed. I took a sip and waited for it to go in a direction. The beer didn't go anywhere for me. It does taste like a light champagne.

M - Smooth. Light, although it has a high abv.

D - Low. This beer is not the style that I like. I had big hopes though, but it is just not for me.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sitting here in my toga, this 2700 year old recipe brings back memories.
Actually, I didn't know what to expect since I had never heard of this before and the bottle was a gift.

It has a very pale amber color with some moderate lacing.

The smell is really interesting with unknown (to me) spices or herbs. There is a sweetness to the smell, however.

The taste is not real complex, surprising to me because of the interesting smell. But it has a nice carbonation feel with a sharp short-lasting alcoholic twinge.

I had had enough after about half a bottle; literally drank the 2nd half the next day.

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Photo of n00tz
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden hue with supercharged carbonation and a thin white head, low head retention.

S - floral and herbal notes stand out, with sweet grape making it through to the nose as well. The Saffron is easily detected among the rest, adding a slight grassy scent to the bouquet of aromas.

T - Right off the bat the honey sweetness smacks your palate. The dryness of grape is hardly muffled by the earthy yeast that champions this "ancient ale". Many characteristics of this beer lend it to be a spiced barley mead in the beer family.

M - Light and smooth with a tickling champagne-like carbonation when it hits the tongue.

D - Between the florals in the smell and the dry grapes in the taste, it's not one I could drink one after another. That said, it's still a great brew and I'd enjoy having it each time a batch is made.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this was bottled 11/2010 - good thing, too - I drank a bottle once that was over a year old and was delicately awful.

This is a unique-in-way beer that honestly drinks mostly like a cross between sharp, desserty white wine and mead (details/forewarning/clues pointed out clearly on the label). There IS enough of a presence of sweetish, biscuity malt at the foundation of its wondrous bouquet and taste to denote it ale-ish. But from start to finish - dry-herbal-honey.

Fittingly, the beer is a shiny gold honey hue, predominantly clear but with a smatter of twinkling fuzz in suspension. Its limp, off-white head sports wispy sea-foam bubbles and collapses quick and dead. Not viewing this as a true blue beer and more that of a mead/wine, the absence of significant head is hardly alarming. No surprise, too, that honey dominates the smell with some of that biscuity malt giving it some girth, however, the dryness of the fruitiness leaves just that tiny bit to be desired.

Depending on the batch, this sometimes has a bolder, fuller honey depth. Usually I prefer that over the heightened degree of herbal bitter / yeast tingle, but I found the balance by the end to be quite nice - better for the drinking. Still, the honey rolls. As for the saffron? Faint in the background maybe? Is that the "herbal bitter"? Eh.

Taken for what's it's made of and the fascinating story behind it, it's quite a treat. While it's surprisingly crisp and dry, the mellow honey roll and kiss of malt gives it a touch of weight. Leave enough space of time in between having a glass of this. In other words, if you enjoy it as I do, I wouldn't suggest drinking this more than once every 3-4 months. It's a tasty respite from the norm. But you can't/shouldn't knock back too many.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite "different" brews. Pours a clear golden body over a fluffy off-white head. The head fades very quickly and leaves a litte lacing along the glass.

The aroma is also "different." The saffron is promient up front in the aroma, giving a "hay or straw-like" note initially. This is followed by the sweet grape and earthy yeast aroma. Never had one like this before.

The flavor is somewhat different from the aroma. Starts out with the obviously sweet muscat grape taste, followed by an hint of a tart, yeasty flavor.

I let this pour warm up a little, but I like this one better cold. Drinks like a white wine, but not one to repeat often in a session for me due to the sweetness. Something you should try at least once.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz beer.

A- Pours a golden yellow color. One finger off white head shows poor retention. Lacing is light and spotty. Most of the lacing just falls back into the glass.

S- Muscat grapes come out first and foremost with a hint of honey. Baking aroma is mostly saffron and other grassy like hints. This is simple but works very well for what it is.

T- The grapes like the aroma are the first thing that pops out. There is a light honey sweetness that runs through the entire beer. I get a light fig tone in the middle of the beer with a lighter barley taste that follows. Saffron comes through in the ending along with a bigger alcohol bite that really shines as the beer warms up.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is light for the style. Grapes and light honey like sweetness left on the palate. Saffron, alcohol, and grape like flavors left in the aftertaste. Flavors were well blended with grapes shinning a little more than other flavors. No off flavors present at all. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is a nice drinker when you don't want a "normal" beer. Nice for a after dinner beer. The ABV is a little higher on this but doesn't really show until the beer warms up. A nice above average beer from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of B0bD0bbselbock
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tumbler pint glass

A-Gorgeous pale golden orange color with a hint of amber to it. Nice 1 1/2 finger head that reduced to about 3/4 finger. Nice even lacing, hangs around the sides for while.

S- The honey comes out nicely at first, (reminds me of a nice dry mead), paired with the nice sour aroma of grapes, while the barley seems to carry them through in the middle ground.

T- Wow! The sweet honey really shines out beautifully, with a lovely grape flavor mingling well with the barley. The flavors linger beautifully in the aftertaste. The honey slightly recedes to the background, while the barley and honey take the stage. This really reminds of a mead, with splash of concord grape wine in the mix. A very synergistic bouquet.

M- Smooth, light, slightly crispy.

D- I find this one to be highly drinkable, as it drinks smoothly, while offering a huge burst of wonderful flavors.

Dogfish Head is known for specializing in fine brews of near-incomparable uniqueness, and Midas Touch, to my mind, is one such beer (especially considering its historical background). The sweet and inviting aroma opens up to a most pleasant flavor profile, characterized by a tasty honey sweetness akin to a traditional mead, accentuated by the sweet and tangy grapes, well balanced by the barley, which is followed by a most delightful aftertaste that lingers nicely. From start to finish, i would say this beer is superb in many respects, and therefore highly recommend it to those who seek something truly unique in a beer. I will gladly buy it again.

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Photo of MrDriscoll
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always love Dogfish but sometimes balk at the price point on a four pack...probably wont think twice anymore.

A - Briliant yellow hue that I can only describe as Golden Lab Yellow...Not quite blonde, not quite crayola yellow. Mild lacing with a crisp white foam.

A - Muscat Grapes jump out of the beer right off the bat. Slight sweet honey smell follow with a touch of the hay like saffron.

T - Everything that you smell flows out of the glass an into your mouth. Almost dessert like due to the strong (delicious) grapes with a combination of sweetnedss from the honey, saffron and malt.

M / F - Very smooth and clean. Not overly carbinatted. Really has a slight sweet after taste that is very enjoyable.

D - Very Drinkalble beer if you enjoy the sweet stuff. Higher ABV could sneek up on you if you kept going. Personally would prefer this more as a meal finisher / dessert beer. Another great beer from DFH.

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Photo of haddon
2.51/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a golden color with a decent off white head that doesn't hang.

wow, very sweet on the nose. white grape & cider that has a hint of soap. a very pungent smell that reminds me of the yeast cake at the bottom of a fermenting bucket. odd notes that smell nothing like a beer.

tastes very sweet. white grape juice & spice. can detect the honey and herbs as well. guess the saffron is that strong flavor but really not familiar with that spice. as the beer warms, the grape and alcohol becomes more evident

medium body with lots of carbonation. not a good feel on the mouth

this beer is too sweet to be considered drinkable. I will give DFH credit, they certainly created an "off-centered beer" but this off-centered fella didn't get it.

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Photo of johnbarrett
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - "golden" brilliance. It looks thicker than it is. Head was one finger and went down quick leaving a bit of lace.

S - Grapes. A nice strong whiff of red ripe grapes.

T - It does not taste as "grapey" as it smells yet it has strong notes of it. It tastes like a mix of grapes and figs. The flavors perfectly conceal the alcohol at 9%. Great balance.

M - Real tingly on the back of the tongue. It slides right on through the rest of the mouth.

D - It drinks smooth. It goes down easy with no taste of alcohol.

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Photo of Arinthos
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had been eyeballing this beer for the better part of 6 month's kinda like should I drop $14 dollars on a 4 pk of dfh Midas touch or get a 12 pk of something else. bottom line I'm pretty happy I decided to get the DFH Midas Touch. The breakdown goes like this.

A - Comppletely clear dark yellow ( maybe amber is a better descrip. ) with a mild lacing nothing to write home about. with visual light carbonation.

S - The first thing I smell is Muscat grapes I happen to be a fan of mead and honey beers in general and the smell of both jumps right out. the beer also contains saffron but it really in my opinion doesn't stand out.

T - Tastes like it smells. This is definatelly a wine of a beer the grapes take over wholly as well as the honey and barley. I happen to think this a ideal celebration beer ie - wedding or college graduation. Special taste is what DFH is all about.

M - Very smooth a bit thin for my regular taste but still pretty enjoyable. The carbonation is present but very mildly.

as stated above I'm glad I took the plunge and bought this ancient ale. For nothing else it was cool to drink an ale that the recipe came from a 2,700 year old tomb, Can't beat that on the cool scale.

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Photo of mig78
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at uptown liquor in whittier, and i must say i was pleasantly surprised.This had one of the most complex tastes i've ever had. every time i took a drink i noticed something new about the flavor.The slight crispness and the kick from the grape after taste gives it a wine feel to it that is unexplainable. I drank three at one sitting only because i was intrigued by the beer itself to the point where i couldn't get enough.The name itself really describes the beer.The first drink is rough but if u give it a few seconds u will really appreciate the craftsmanship.I think the only down side is the label, not very attractive almost looks like a mini bottle of wine.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-slightly cloudy gold with a good amount of white head. lots of bubbles are easily noticed. some, but not a lot, lacing

S-i smell hops, barley, grapes, and alcohol. more than anything, it smells very fruity and grainy. its a good smell and is fairly unique. medium strength. coming across a completely new smell like this doesn't happen often and i appreciate it.

T-comes in with an impressive amount of barley. the taste shifts in to a strong grape-like taste which has the bitterness that grapes do. the after-taste is mostly barley with some bitterness and grapes as well. not a very straight forward beer, it has various levels which surprise me with every sip.

M-creamy, medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

D-well considering i buy this beer a lot and have never regretted it, i'd say the drinkability is decent. i've never had more than one in a one sitting, but i wouldn't mind doing so. doesn't drink too much like other 9% beers but its not quite as drinkable as say...a 90 minute. the taste continues to be unique and satisfying through out the experience.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 4,855 ratings
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