Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Midas TouchMidas Touch
4,847 Ratings
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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Ratings: 4,847 |  Reviews: 1,659
Photo of JLeege
2.47/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- clear gold in color, quickly disipating bubbly white head. no lacing.

Smell- grapes and honey are the only aromas I am picking up

Taste- tastes almost like a grape soda or juice, subtle notes of the honey. medicinal as well. at 9% you pick up no alcohol at all! the more I sip, trying to put my finger on the flavor, it tastes like grape big league chew.

Mouthfeel- fairly slick, not alot of carbonation

Overall- this might be the most unique beer I have ever tried. it is based on an ancient receipe and really had no idea what to expect. I am finding it very difficult to describe this, maybe a mead but without the sweetness?

I respect this for what it is. DFH, all around, for what they do, is my favorite brewery, but I just did not like this offering at all.

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Photo of CBOLAND17
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very interesting brew. supposed to be the oldest known recipe for an alcoholic beverage which adds to the appeal. A dark get complex brew with hints of grapes honey and other unknown spices, also very strong in alcohol but with only a mild pleasant alcoholic bite.

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Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and gold and sporting a respectable white head that diminishes quickly and leaves some thin streaks of lace behind. Smells of honey, grain and straw, and by the look and aroma it wouldn't be a stretch to think this was a adjunct lager. Still have a ways to go before we make any final judgments, so I'm keeping an open mind. Tastes sweet and spicy, and any preconceptions are tossed out the door. Another sip reveals some well-blended light fruits and a big alcohol heat. Goes down a bit creamy with a medium to heavy mouth-feel. Was skeptical of this one at first, but a damn fine brew for something different.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours light gold/pale orange into my pint glass with two fingers of nice tiny bubbled head that takes its time dissipating and leaves very nice lacing behind.

S - Mostly sweet malts, honey and white grapes.

T - Does not really have that much complexity to it, yet tastes really good. Nice sweet malts and honey, a touch of saffron, and I sense the grape notes as well.

M - Creamy, medium body, crisp and refreshing, well balanced.

D - I have and could drink several of these, the only problem is the price tag!

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Photo of jsprain1
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden color that is just slightly couldy. The head is thin and disappears almost immeduately.
S- The smell is quite sweet from the honey, with a bit of grape aromas, and just a hint of spice.
T- Initially hits with a bit of spice and the white grape flavor. The flavor becomes sweet near the finish, but finishes with a white wine splash.
M- Full bodied, with an aggressive diacetyl component. This one seemed a bit undercarbed too. Maybe they intended it this way, but near the end it just felt flat and heavy from the honey.
D- This was a good beer and an interesting experiement, but it's just a bit too "out there" to be a regular. Definitely a recommend for a one time purchase.

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Photo of NODAK
2.94/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma here is mostly of somewhat tart grapes. Actually is pretty reminicent of a reisling.

Pours a dark blonde color, somewhat cloudy. Thin head.

Carbonation seems to be pretty low here. Was expecting more.

The taste is unlike anything I've had before in a beer. At first, there's some sweetness that's fleeting, probably from the honey. After that, there's a slight spiciness with a pronounced yeasty/earthy note mixed with somewhat of a white wine grape taste, which I'd say is the dominant taste of the beer. Very, very slight bitterness on the back. Some sweetness sticks around after the swallow. Alcohol is definitely noticeable on the finish and when you exhale from the very start.

It's an interesting beer. Fun to drink simply because of how different it is. But the more I drink it, the less I like it. I started to grimace. The booziness mixed with the strange earthy/yeasty/grape taste just wasn't pleasing. I'll have to pass.

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Photo of nas5755
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour revealed a clear golden color with a nice head and some lacing that remains on my Duvel chalice. The beer looked thick on the pour and has some apparent viscosity. The nose smells of grapes, honey and spice. The taste is full of grapes and honey, spice from the spice added(hard to pinpoint) and some peppery notes from the yeast; with honey being the main player in the beer. The honey and grapes engage the palate leading into the spices and pepper like notes, the finish is a very reminiscent of honey. The carbonation levels are good. Overall, I really enjoy this beer and think this is one of DFH better offerings.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint. Bottled on 5/13/10.

Pours a very slightly cloudy gold, with hints of amber. Forms a one finger head from a fairly aggressive pour. Head shrinks down to nothing but a ring, but it leaves some lacing.

Smells very sweet, like pure grape juice and a little honey, some spices lie underneath it but it is hard to pinpoint what spices.

Taste is very complex. There is grapes, spices, and a strong honey, plus some malts, all mixed into one. First it starts off malty with grapes, which starts sweet, then transitions into the spices to break it up, some vanilla lingers in there, as well. The spices aren't overly powerful. The after taste is pure, strong honey, this is the first beer that has had a real, authentic honey flavor to it. I wouldn't be surprised, if I let this beer sit outside, that a bunch of dead bees were floating in it the next day.

Mouthfeel is just slightly wet, not a ton of carb, and on the medium body side.

I mean, the one bottle was drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than one in a night. Cool beer though.

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Photo of milkbaby9
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled on 7-29-2009, drank 9-9-2010) into Duvel tulip. Semi-vigorous pour barely rouses any head on this one, just a ring of bubbles around the edge remain. As I drank the liquid down, there was a little bit of lacing action sliding down the glass. Slightly hazy gold color, I accidentally got a little bit of the sediment in the glass. Figured the ancients weren't too anal about decanting their beer!

Aroma was fruity grape jelly and orange, some maltiness, touch of honey, and then a tiny bit of spiciness and alcohol coming through. Tasted of buttered sourdough and sweet honey, a certain spiciness that I can't place, and a small bit of red wine character through the finish supplies the merest bit of bitterness.

Mostly a long malty finish with a bit of peach taste underneath it all. Kinda tripel-ish minus the dark fruits, but still fruity plus honey minus fizzy carbonation. Very sweet and high ABV maybe limits the drinkability on this one. Still quite a nice brew and pleasant enough.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle purchased as a single for $3.99 and served cool into a pint glass.

Midas is a golden pale orange color. The head is short and settles quickly.

Aroma is sweet and mild. I sense the honey but it could be the power of suggestion. It has a little bit of strong lager about it here but it's a bit more complex.

The flavor is strong and sweet. I get the honey and saffron but they're subtle flavors. This is mostly a sweet strong ale with little or no hop presence. The spice character is more pronounced as it warms but it's not as flavorful as expected.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. The alcohol is noticable but not hot. Balance leans towards the sweetness. I would not have another.

Overall a tasty diversion but barely worth the price and probably not worth having again.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured with a pretty crappy head that dies quickly and there wasn't that much carbonation either. The smell is of faint honey. They honey flavout comes through immediately and even as the aftertaste becomes slightly bitter, there is still honey. There is also a slightly sour taste in there too. Is that the grape skin or the alcohol? Anyway, I like this

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Photo of wcintula
2.31/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer might just be a little too off the wall for me.

Pours an orangey color with a bit of cloudy head, the beer is a little hazy. The smell is strong of grape and honey, like juice. The taste is like a very spiked grape juice a bit of a shock to my senses. There is a sense of spice and there is a very warming estery feel from the alcohol. The body has a bit of carbonation to it and is somewhat velvety.

I left the unfinished bottle by bedside in a 60 degree room over night and picked it up again in the morning to find that the grape did mellow out and after a bit of oxidation it was a bit more enjoyable, and drinkable. I don't think I'll go after this again too soon.

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Photo of Chico1985
1.69/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle date is 6-30-10. Pours perfectly see through amber orange, small white head turns to ring and cap. Plenty of slow rising carbonation bubbles.

First thing that comes to mind upon smelling is a bready macro scent. Once it warms it's followed by huge floral notes and sickeningly sweet fruit.

A completely messy, awful mix of flowers, perfume, bread and honey, white wine, finishing with a lingering taste of cheap vodka. Heat burns in my chest like I just had a shitty mixed drink. IT BURNS!!!

I had high hopes for this for some reason. I got about 6oz in before a drainpour which I rarely do. I can't understand how anyone could enjoy this.

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Photo of NYRfan4ever
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely a different beer, but that is what we have come to love from DFH. The alcohol is definitely apparent in the taste, but not overbearing. The same goes for it being sweet, they include honey in the recipe so of course its going to be sweet but it's not too sweet like many other beers. Definitely would recommend this beer to anyone who is looking for an easy to drink sipper.

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

Deep golden color, clear. Lots of nice fine bubbles. Creamy head, lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Perfumy, hay, some touch of honey, I could smell a little grapes.

Malty up front, hay, sweet honey, touch of vanilla bean. Tart grape skin, golden raisin. Black pepper in the middle, a little warming. Smooth finish with semi sweet flowery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kind of creamy. Carbonation is mild.

Pretty good. It's a sipper.

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Photo of dbossman
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden hue with a thin quickly dissipating head; but a thin film hangs on; there is a wonderful bubbling effervescence; lacing is decent

S: Very grainy with a subtly sweet sugary--honey--aroma; but the earthy funky, hay, and grains dominate

T: Alcohol stings at first but then the beer settles into a nicely balanced grainy, earthy quality; there is a sweetness that fades--I love how the grainy hay quality lingers on the tongue long after it's over

F: Bubbly and nearly perfect mouth feel

D: The alcohol strength makes this beer a sipper and since it's not that well hidden, the drinkability is hurt a bit--but it's a damn good and slightly odd brew

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Photo of TheStig
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: On tap from my local Dogfish Head Alehouse and served in a snifter. I couldn't accurately gauge how long it took for the bubbles to calm down or the head to level off since i wasn't actually able to watch them pour it, but there was still a finger of creamy almost-white head. Color was a rich golden copper.

S: I almost thought I had a glass of wine in front of me, thanks to the prominent hearty grape aromas. I can't say exactly what sort of grape, but it's comparable to some fine Shiraz I've had in the past.

T: Sweet and multilayered, this is not a beer for chugging or something to down in a few gulps. Take a small sip and let it play over your tongue so you can try and pick out what flavors present themselves. This isn't terribly bitter, but its alcohol content does feature prominently.

M: Clean and light, with no off-putting after-textures.

D: Midas touch occupies a space that straddles beer, mead and wine, and this is a great alternative beverage if you're accustomed to drinking those three and want a change. Not something I'd drink on a regular basis, but it's mighty tasty. An excellent choice for your next viking funeral or D&D match!

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Photo of jampics2
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Brought to the table in an open mouthed stemmed glass. If Midas drank this, it must have been before he had his powers, because this is anything but gold.

Transparent yellow/copper color with slightly active carbonation. Small white head dissipates to a ring quickly with surface scum lingering on.

Smells pretty good except for the booze that appears late and almost overpowers everything. White grapes, muscat, honey and saffron are all noticeable. Just not expressive enough to overcome the booziness.

Taste is full of grape and honey flavors. Malt sweetness doesn't come through. Masked flavors are just too insubstantial to overcome the alcohol kick. The spice/saffron and mild bitterness break things up momentarily. Just not that good.

Crisp and dry with lingering bitterness and booze. As it gets warmer, the booze makes it almost wretched. Just not a good beer IMO. It's not gold, Jerry, not gold at all.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a few times from the bottle, but jumped at the chance to have it on tap when the Winking Lizard got a few kegs in stock.

Had in a small tulip on tap at the Winking Lizard in Independence. As always, WL bar maids poured it too cold.

I let it warm a bit, as the wife did with her's. Pours a honey gold color with minimal white head, clinging to the edge of the glass.

Smells of grapes and summer fruit (apricots, peaches), with a bit of malt underneath.

Tangy taste, like beer and Chardonay wine mixed together (but good!). Tart grapes, some banana at the top of the mouth, honey, some spice and clove.

Thin mouthfeel, making it easy to put down the hatch.

For me, I always find this one to be a treat - but in small doses. The wife is a big fan, and will definitely be drinking this one again.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

~2005 vintage...don't even remember actually. Must be at least 5 years old.

A: After wondering how many floaties this ancient beer would have, I was delighted to see it pour out crystal clear. Brilliant amber color but virtually no head.

S: Smells of alcohol, honey and golden raisins. Extremely sweet. There's also a fleeting sense of scotch or brandy or some kind of liqueur.

T: Very sweet like golden raisins as in the aroma. Honey flavor isn't as strong as I expected. That alcohol presence is still there in spades. It doesn't burn or overpower but it's very obvious.

M: Feels spectacular. Luscious viscosity coupled with some hidden carbonation belied by the missing head.

D: Darn drinkable for an experimental beer of high abv.

I had some trepidation going into this one, but I'm very happy with the outcome. Can't wait to try this again.

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Photo of claspada
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich gold color with a small and quickly dissipating head.

Slightly spicy, some biscuit, a boat load of sweet grape juice, and a barrel of honey.

Follows the nose closely with grapes and honey dominating. Little barley mixed in; hops maybe but I am probably imagining them. Crisp with a dry finish. Has lots of winey characteristics.

Thick in the body with a slight syrupy feeling. Alcohol is very well hidden, so it goes down easy, but the syrupy character eludes that this is a sipper. It will be a little sweet for some but overall, it's a good beer and definitely worth a try!

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Photo of thain709
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This elixir has a clear, amber kissed, golden body...the head was small, thin, and fizzy...it didn't stick around very long...not much lacing

S - This is a little better...the nose has notes of honey, pale malts, some yeast, apples, and grapes

T - There is a lot of sweet honey in this beer...the grapes make it taste like wine while the honey throws in a mead like quality...the apples provide a little tartness...the pale malts and yeast keep it tasting like a beer, even though it's just for a brief moment

M - Light bodied...smooth, refreshing, no alcohol, sweet finish

D - Interesting...I was expecting a beer but this is Dogfish Head we're talking about...this elixir was almost cider or mead like...if I wanted a beer I wouldn't go to this but if I wanted something different and wine like I'd go for this

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Photo of MikeB20
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: 12oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a golden honey color with very little head that quickly dissipates.

S: Very sweet and flowery with a clear aroma of alcohol. A little bit of grape and honey as well. No malt to speak of. Alcohol will begin dominate as it warms in the glass.

T: Sweet and those muscat grapes come through on the first taste. A very slight bitterness at the end but this is definitely a sweet brew. A bit champagne like but with a lot more going on.

M: My first impression was thin but it does seem to coat your mouth a little. Carbonation is comprised of a lot of tiny bubbles.

D: I'm not sure I'd have more than one of these with some food. It's quite sweet and that doesn't really appeal to me as something I'd session. It's a fun beer for sure, perhaps a good one to bring to dinner for something different than wine. I enjoy something completely different from time to time and I think this beer would work.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 1 finger of pretty fine head. Not much retention. Very little lacing. Color is definitely that of a golden elixir.

S. Yeast, grapes, apples, maybe a bit of honey. Pale malt. Sweet smell. A bit of pepper. Closest thing I could describe it to in terms of beer would be a Belgian Tripel.

T. Taste is different to be nice. Somewhat pungent quality to it. I can imagine that this might be what the first beer tasted like. Makes you appreciate how far brewers have come. I really don't know what to compare this to or how to judge it by style, so I will simply go off of taste. Some sweetness. A bit more of the apple taste.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

D. I like and respect Dogfish Head, but this beer is just not my cup of tea. I understand the idea and the principle of this. However I will take modern recipes over this one any day of the week.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint from the bottle

A-very nice amber little to no head. Very clear and crisp.

S&T-nose is very good. Sweet honey and barley. Very grassy hops with a very boozy note. Flavor is much the same as the nose the initial burn from the alcohol make u think it will be very boozy but it fades nicely with a sweet honey and hop bite

M&D-medium to light body very crisp and easy to drink

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 4,847 ratings
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