Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 nickthetick
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a dark straw into my duvel glass with a thin off white head that slowly dissipates into nothing and leaves spotted lacing.

S: heavy on the sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, grapes and honey.

T: more grapes and honey in the form of wine and mead mixed. Maltsa range the flavors of biscuit to caramel and sweet dark fruits. A bit of hops ads a blood orange flavor. The alcohol is noticeable and mixes with the vanilla, grapes and honey and hang in the back.

MF: full body and smooth flavor transition. Good carbonation and a little warm.

D: like it, it has its place, but I won't be getting it every weekend.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy gold colour with a very large frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - grapes, breads/grains, lemon, honey, cloves (saffron?)

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and feels slightly creamy on the tongue. I can taste lots of breads/grains, honey, and some lemon. There is also quite of grape flavour and a clove/saffron spiciness. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter grape aftertaste.

Drink - Another DFH beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. The alcohol was very well hidden and the flavours were unique. This is definitely something I will buy again.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden body, a 1 finger white head that

S - Riesling wine, white grape skins, musty yeast, honey, lemon, allspice, and an odd spice-bottle says saffron, white bread, whiffs of alcohol.

T - Vinous spice right off the top, honey and malt come in heavy and balance out the acidic grape and apple flavors. Allspice shows up toward the end and you can taste the alcohol at the back of the throat. The finish is spicy, dry, with a touch of alcohol. Heavy spice aftertaste.

M - Full bodied, moderate soft carbonation, alcohol was evident.

An off-centered beer for sure. This blurs the line between beer, champagne and wine, but that was what the brewers intended. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and it has a great story behind it. My only complaint was the alcohol seem to step over some of the flavors. You could easily pair this up with various dishes. Very interesting beer! I'll pair the rest up with some good food.

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Photo of Jules11788
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bought this at the local cafe/bar where they have a wide variety of single 12oz'ers to try. I was hesitant to throw down $15 for a 4-pack without tasting it first, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity at $3.29.

A: Pinky-width, cream-white head, with good retention and lacing; beautiful, clear golden-yellow color; small amount of bubbles. Great appearance overall

S: Has a thick barley/malty smell with hints of honey and herbs. Honestly, it was nothing that really got my nose excited.

T: Surprisingly thick and creamy, this beer has some complex flavors going on. It tastes sweet, herby, and mellow on the front end of the tongue, but as it hits the back of the tongue and mouth it begins to develop this really malty bitterness that's reminiscent of steel reserve. This flavor lingers at the back for a long time after.

M: Rich and creamy, this coats the mouth nicely, with very little carbonation. It's quite smooth, and felt good to swish around the mouth, not harsh or peppery at all

D: This is a heavy beer that fills you up, and I don't think I could drink more than one at a time. Would be good to sip on in the afternoon a few hours before dinner

Overall I thought that it was an alright beer, but that strong steel reserve flavor really overpowers the complexity of what they have going on here. I really liked it at first, but the more I got into the bottle the more I started to dislike the nasty aftertaste. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I honestly don't think I'd ever buy this again, especially at the exorbitant price they're asking for it.

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Photo of gnemesis
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter on 2/28/2011.
This "elixir" pours a golden hue/light straw color in my glass. The head was a one finger white cloud that dissipated quick and left no lace. I pick up some raisin, honey, a bit of earth, and grape juice in the nose. This ale leans on the sweet side. As I sip the raisins present themselves again and it has some white wine characteristics. Honey sweetness all the way through. Not much in the way of hops but I don't feel they are needed. Medium body, medium carbonation round out the brew. This was better than expected after reading the ingredients listed. Very sweet but good. Perhaps a wine drinkers gateway to the better beverage.

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Photo of JesteR14
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- poured into a pint glass, bubbles flowed from the bottom. Thick, 2 fingered head, lasts a while.

S- i dont get to much from the smell. Sweet with some fruity components.

T- Sweet, fruity with a sort of spice. Coats the mouth with a refreshing, sweet flavor.

M- Bitter after taste, but come one fruity and smooth. How much abv...9??!! Wow!!! who would of thought...

D- Great beer, if you have the penny spend it for this unique experience! Sweet for my taste, but i appreciate this beer, and will buy it again.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from Finch's tap to a 10oz goblet a semi translucent honey'd gold with a single finger off white foamy head lasting just a bit with nice lace.

big sweet, floral aroma, slighty citrus and lemon rind with a bit of spice.

spicy forward, sweet honey follows along with hints of tart citrus.

smooth and creamy, slick on the tongue with a bit of heat on the way down.

drinkable - yep.

one of my favorite beers, and interestingly a bit more spicy on tap that from the bottle.

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Photo of KajII
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a English Pint]

Poured a clear dark amber with a very small fizzy head that fully dissapated and had no lacing. The aroma was of light cereal malts, piney hops and a doughy yeast with mild notes of grapes, honey and spices. It tasted bitter and mildly sweet at first and ended with a bitter acidic flavor with hints of grapes and had a strong alcohol finish. Mouthfeel was light in body and oily in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall an interesting ale.

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Photo of turnstile
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy goldenrod in color. Initially presents a one-inch near-white head with tiny, tight bubbles. Gradually recedes into a thin surface covering. Some lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus aromas up front - lime and lemon custard. Floral honey note also very apparent - mingles nicely with a sweet grassy character lent by the saffron. Doughy, yeasty and sweet malty notes present as well. Faint aroma of grape and spice in the background. Alcohol aroma is strong and increases in intensity as the brew warms.

Taste: Sweet and almost cloying. Big sweetness up front with big alcohol right behind; green grape note permeates. Solvent-like pine note appears in the middle and disappears quickly. Bitterness is almost undetectable, but this brew is about the sweetness. Alcohol and solvent notes linger.

Moutfeel: Very smooth; medium bodied. Carbonation is low. Coats the tongue nicely.

Drinkability: Too sweet to enjoy a second. The high ABV is not masked at all and leaves a somewhat unpleasant alcohol/solvent note in the aftertaste.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from Bottle into Snifter

A - Beer has a rich golden body and poured with a 1/2 finger white head; the foam did not hold that well and dissipated rather quickly

S - Floral scents; first scent to hit the nose is sweet honey and grapes; beer also carries a subtle citrus fruit grape sourness on the back-end

T - Honey sweetness; grape juice and spices; overall a fantastic flavor and great blend of complex ingredients

M - The beer drank very easily; it was smooth down the hatch; thin consistency and slightly effervescent; could have felt more full and alive with a bit more body to it

D - Overall another fine concoction from Dogfish; I really enjoyed this beer and thought it was original and flavorful; packs a good punch of unique flavors; I would have another for sure

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Photo of boudreaux
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a rich, clear, ruddy red-brown color; head is foamy and white, about 2 fingers thick and dissipating quickly; sits at about a 1/3 finger thickness with a decent amount of lacing

S: honey and spices are prevalent, mirroring the description of ancient beers mentioned on the beer label; saffron is here, as well as a heavy honey aroma

T: very comparable to the aromas; heavy honey sweetness and saffron spices mix well; a touch of bitterness also present, though i'm not sure where from, since no hops were used during the brewing process

M: smooth, medium body; coats the tongue well, but the bitter notes almost make this beer almost crisp and refreshing

D: smoothness allows this brew to go down easily; not too heavy; sweetness keeps it from being session-worthy, but overall a great beer to drink

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Photo of mattkoon
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

midas touch is a very unique beer indeed. The taste is bitter at first but not overly bitter. Then it changes to a sweet honey-like sensation paired with the grapes and saffron. The finish of midas touch is really smooth for a beer with this much flavor. I really love this beer it's one of my favorites.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
2.42/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Clear golden color. Looks very carbonated. White head. It looks average.

I get a medicinal grape smell and some floral. Smells really sweet and weird.

What a weird taste! Medicinal grape and alcohol. Some floral and citrus. It tastes like when you were a child and got that liquid grape cough medicine. This is way too sweet and it's just not good.

A carbonation bite, approaching medium body. Not a big fan of the feel and makes my lips sticky.

I don't like the taste, the feel and it made my stomach feel ill. Don't like it and will never search for it again.

I'm quite disappointed with this brew from Dogfish Head since I like just about all of their beers. What a letdown.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/07/2011

A - brilliant golden yellow body, medium white head with good retention.

S - Sweet and spicy malty notes, hint of winey dryness. That's about it.

T - Winey/grapey sweetness, backed by strict light malts. somewhere in the middle of it all there's an earthy spiciness going on. Pretty interesting, but kind of odd.

M - Smooth, but theres a harsh bite, not sure if thats carbonation or some spicy element. It's peculiar. But very smooth and decently robust.

D - well, its not bad tasting, but the harshness of the mouthfeel and the abv slow you down a bit.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. champagne bubble head rose right to the brim.

Smells of sweet caramel, grapes, malts, and alcohol.

Tastes strongly of green grapes. I frankly dont know what muscat grapes are but this beer reminds me of the vine grapes my neighbor grew in his back yard when I was a kid. Not your typical store bought grapes. I get a bit of the alcohol down the throat in the finish. I get some grain as well.

Mouthfeel is much like a lager but with a bit more tingle from the alcohol. Pretty light and crisp.

Seems pretty drinkable. Nothing really there to prevent it other than the 9% ABV.

All around a good beer. Its not on my short list of must haves but enjoyable no less.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz into a snifter...this should be interesting...color is not what I expected...not sure what I expected, but it's a fairly normal color. Not a huge head. Wow, I can definitely taste the alcohol. It's also exceptionally sweet. I'm not going to accuse it of being unbalanced however, because this is a unique beer and I respect the brewer's efforts to recraft a historical beverage. Not one I can drink two of in a row, but recommended to try.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean golden yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, dry grapes and a small spice. In the taste, dry fruit, mainly grapes, and spicy. A spice bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with adry spice in the aftertaste. Quite spicy, and lots of fruitiness. Interesting, but just OK.

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Photo of vtblackdog
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden with a tint of orange. Very little head that disappeared quickly.

S - Strong on the grape side and also get a hint of honey. It was an appealing fragrance.

T - Not as benign as the appearance. Continue with the grapes and balanced to the barley. Unique and not typical.

M - Nice body and on the smooth side.

D - Goes down well and enjoy the beer.

Dogfish is a great brewery.

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Photo of AEK
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. A very hazy blood orange coloured ale with a very short lived white head, Initially poured with very little head formation yet the head formed well towards the end of the pour but died too quickly.

S. An unusual aroma, not unpleasant. Hard to explain what the scent is but if you can imagine walking into a carpet showroom and inhaling that's what the dominant aroma is that I found in this bottle. Nuances of oranges and a touch of cherry liqueur.

T. Intriguing! Hard to say what the flavours in this one are. Slightly perfumed, young fresh flower petals rubbed between the fingers, traces of honey, possibly a hint of white grape and a touch of saffron.

M. Medium bodied.

D. Strange beer but really good to try. I would give this one a try if you have yet to sample it.

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Photo of beerbeas
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very golden, seems like a typical mass produced beer. It seems like it almost has an artificial color because it is so golden.

Smell of grapes, almost like wine that was not allowed to vent. It has an almost sweet smell and is not very strong.

Tastes like nothing I've ever tried. Not a huge fan but the taste is very distinct. Tastes almost like white wine mixed with beer, but it's not a bad taste. It has a very sweet aftertaste.

mouthfeel is ok, not very much CO2, which is why it almost seems like a white wine.

Drinkability, i hate this part of the review. You could potentially drink a 6 pack if thats what you're in to.

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Photo of packfanben
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fairly clear and golden, spotty lacing.

Smell: Similar to white wine.

Taste: You can taste the grapes, also a slight taste of ethanol. The honey leaves a trace of flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated, fairly light. Slightly bitter as well.

Drinkability: Not what I expected, however interesting. Better than what I expected based on the description and ingredients. Slight taste of the alcohol, but it was fairly well hidden.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; clear and golden with a white head. A thin collar remains, leaving spotty lacing.

smell; grapes and alcohol, very white wine-like. Definitly some honey sweetness and barley. Saffron basmati rice also comes to mind as well. Very representative of all the ingredients and well blended.

taste; upfront sour grapes and alcohol spice. Some dry malts are sweetened by subtle honey flavors and saffron. The finish and aftertaste is tart and slightly bitter.

mouthfeel; light bodied with mild carbonation. Slightly burns in the finish and leaves a mild puckering feeling in the mouth, no doubt due to grape tannins.

drinkability; taste very interesting and quite drinkable for 9% abv., still the alcohol could be better hidden.

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Photo of generalnotsew
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright golden peach orange. Body and head is a tad thin but lacing is really sticky. I am actually getting more of a really sweet non bitter pineapple like DIPA on the nose. Smells really sweet and not bitter or hoppy at all. I am also picking up a bit of the grapes. I am picking up several things in the taste. First off there actually does seem to be a bit of a bitterness on the backend. I get lager like cereal, white grapes and the honey is not so prominent to me. Mouthfeel is very slick and oily. Almost kind of sludgy quality. The only downside for me is the heat. This is one big alcohol burn. Overall I expected not to like this. Wasn't near the overly sweet mess I was expecting. Actually thought it was pretty well rounded and crafted. Doesn't taste too abnormal to me at all.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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 -9.9%
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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Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 4,878 ratings