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 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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Photo of clarkm04
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with a bottle on date of 7/29/10 into a small 10-ounce snifter.

Appearance- A very deep yellow, honey-like color. Very minor head retention and light carbonation

Smell- Very earthy with hints of honey. Much more in line with wine than beer.

Taste- Very smooth and mead-like. You can definitely taste the honey in the flavor profile. The 9.0% ABV is masked very well by the malty foretaste. There is a slight bittering back taste. Overall fairly balanced and good.

Mouthfeel- Very light carbonation. Sits very smoothly on the tongue.

Drinkability- For a 9.0% ABV beer it's incredibly high. I would only consider consuming two a night but more drinkable than other 9.0% ABV beers.

Overall- The story behind this beer is very unique and so is the taste. Probably one of the most unique alcoholic beverages you can find. It defies classification and is a smooth drink. For me, this is every once in a while beer. The taste though unique and worth trying isn't beery enough for me and the cost of this beer deters me from purchasing more than a 4-pack once a year.

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Photo of ATPete
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2+ year old 12oz bottle (7/21/08)

Pours a honey tinted golden orange color with a thin netting of head sitting above. Ice wine like in the nose, sweetness with depth. Golden raison and honey with a delicate sweetness and a calm alcohol note at the very end that dries out the sip just enough. Awesome what this beer has turned into..

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

A: Pours a deep golden brown with a finger thick, white head.

S: Has a grape/floral scent. Almost smells similar to a white wine. Also has a faint honey smell with some alcohol.

T: The taste is sweet and earthy. The grapes are apparent upfront and finishes with some honey and a bit of alcohol.

M: Light to medium bodied, very little carbonation. Leaves a sweet bitter feel.

D: A smooth 9% indeed, very wine like in taste but overall a good beer that you won't come by to often, grab a glass and give it a try.

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Photo of aasher
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open a bottle dated from September of '09 and poured it into a New Belgium snifter. It poured a light amber with good clarity. It featured a quarter inch cream colored head which sat on top of the brew. The smell was very boozy. It almost smelled like wine so I guess that's where the muscat grapes come in. The taste was like a combination of a light, light Belgian mixed with a light white wine. It had good, sweet flavor with a little alcohol on the backend. It drank very smoothly and was pretty light bodied. I really like the Midas Touch. It's definitely worth trying, especially when you add in how unique it is.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, rich golden color, almost no head, dissipates rapidly, no lacing.

S - Notes of honey, straw, grape

T - Mead-like, Whiskey-ish, sweet

M - Medium body, good level of carbonation

D - Sold in a four-pak, and about two bottles of these are about all I would want to consume, especially at 9.0ABV. Pairs well with food, especially grilled foods and pizza. Very enjoyable brew, made more so by enjoying with a friend at the brewpub!

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Photo of eeguguy
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden amber, somewhat cloudy. Very light head.

Smell: sweet, sharp, impression of lemon or other citrus.

taste:strong, but not overpowering considering its ABV, aftertaste is actually kind of pleasant.

mouthfeel: heavy, good amount of carbonation, much better when absolutely cold

drinkability: Not bad for how strong it is. Much more than a 6-pack may be a little much.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured into a Sam Adam's Sensory Glass with 2 fingers of fairly slowly fading head that leaves a pretty good amount of head. Interesting flaky particulate in the body. Visible carbonation. Looks very champagne like.

S - Very grapy smell. No alcohol heat. Very little grain smell.

T - Again, very champagne like. Not quite sure what else is going on here. Slight alcohol heat near the end of the sip. Saffron adds an interesting spicy/sweet combination. Doesn't leave a pleasant taste in my mouth. Slightly cloying. No hop bitterness, could certainly use some.

MF - A bit too carbonated. Tingles the tongue and interferes with tasting.

D - Poor. Bad aftertaste and too carbonated.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK,I have a positive bias for Dogfish Head, but I had avoided this brew for a while. It was suggested by a vendor as his favorite and I decided it deserved my taste. It surprised me with an excellent balance and drinkability.

Make no doubt, this is a very sweet concocton. It is not at all boozy, especially considering it's strength. I can see why a brew like this may have been popular in days long gone.

This is a worthwhile rbew to try. Go ahead and step into the past.

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Photo of beancounter
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a standard pint glass at about 50 F.

A - Dark gold, no head, small slow but steady carbonation.

S - Clover honey

T- It taste like a hoppy mead with floral undertones.

M- A bit thin but I think it's appropriate for this "style"

D- Disclaimer - I love mead (honey wine). This beer taste like mead with floral notes. It's very drinkable and quite pleasant. However, if you don't like the taste of honey, you may not like this beer.

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

Appearance - hazy orange hay colored with small white head and average lacing

Smell - saffron and grapes dominate the nose, very desert wine like, some pale malt, tons of fruit, and some yeast

Taste - extremely sweet upfront, followed by citrus (orange/lemon) and some spiciness. Then some bready yeast and an interesting saffron bitterness (very different than hops) to round out the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a syrupy Sauternes/desert wine esque feel

Drinkability - this really assumes the role of a fortified wine or desert wine. Its definitely for sipping. Very sweet, fruity, and well spiced. Worth a try, a very unusual beer.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. poured into my Stone I.R.S. tulip. Pours golden-copper with a small, fizzy head. Honey, sweet grapes, orange, and lemon fill my nose. The tastr is in segments: honey first, then sweet moscato wine, and hoppy bitterness to finish. It leaves the lips and glass sticky. Magnificently original.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served at Flanagan's Ale House

A: Vibrant amber body; very clean; little head - just lacing really

S: Smells like wine - obviously the white Muscat grapes; sweet wine flavors along with honey and faint wheat husk notes

T: Very sweet, wine-like; grapes and honey; not getting much of the saffron, maybe its my palate; some boozy alcohol comes in late; finish is drying and a slight funk comes into play - not sure what it is

M: Slightly syrupy; carbonation is fairly nondescript - not very strong or noticeable

D: Not hard to drink but probably one and done because of the strong wine-like sweetness; not for everyone and I'm not a big-wine drinker.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Golden Draak tulip.

Aroma: honey cloves, vanilla and spicy.

Appearance: deep golden hue with short-lived white lace.

Mouthfeel: medium body.

Taste: syrupy, crisp and metallic with bitter finish.

Overall impression: rich, crisp and unique with high alcohol. very drinkable.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy orange color with small bubbly head that doesn't stick around for long. Not much to be said of the lacing either.

S- A sweet grape smell emerges at once, almost reminiscent of some white wines. A touch of honey compliments the grapes as herbal undertones are noticeable. Just a slight hint of alcohol, impressive given the abv.

T- The sweet grapes come through again with honey playing a secondary complimentary role as well. This time the alcohol is much more apparent from the beginning of the beer as it follows until the end. Buttery taste picks up towards the middle of the beer as the sweetness lingers into the aftertaste.

M- Relatively thin which fits well with the sweet grape character of the beer, but a lack of carbonation leaves you wanting a little bit more.

D- Very interesting beer and it is refreshing, but the alcohol and the grape sweetness do catch up in the long run.

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Photo of VTaler
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know if I would call this beer.
A - Honey color. Medium head
S - It smells kind of like stale beer. You can smell the yeast and a little bit of hop. Overall not a good smell.
T - The first taste reminds me of white wine and/or champagne. There are definitely some fruity tastes in there. It definitely does not taste like beer. If someone poured this for me I would have thought it was sweet champagne. As I drink it some banana notes come in. It tastes like a sweet wine but a lot more drinkable. There's not alcohol burn like there is in wine. This actually tastes really good. It is not bitter at all. It has some spicy notes to it too. Overall this "beer" is very complex. It has much flavor and it changes as you drink it. It is a very unique drink.
M - Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
D - I love this and it does not leave a bad flavor in my mouth. I could have a lot

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Photo of bigbodybussey
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to snag a vintage 2008 bottle at the Fermentation Lounge in Tallahassee Fl. I was hesitant at first, but this was a definite treat.

Appearance - poured a nice deep gold with minimal white/crem colred head and minimal lacing.

Smell - The smell was astonishing. Immediately you smell the grapes. This is a natural muscadine grape scent, not artificial by any means. Following this was the presence of honey and a slightly spiced aromatic. There was not the slightest present of yeastiness or the smell of alcohol. This could only be comparitive to a finely aged wine...EXCEPTIONAL!

Taste - The taste was phenominal as well. Immediately the presence of the grapes is profound followed by a meshing with honey. A slight bitterness blends with the sweetness as to not overwhelm your palate with sweetness. Very smooth with little carbonation.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is very nice and unique. It is medium bodied with a unique wine-like mouth presence. Very little carbonation present on the palate.

Drinkability - I love this beer. It is so unique and so refreshing that you can help to stop at one. I will be buying some bottles to age very soon.


(Also, I have never had this beer in its fresher state for a new vs. aged comparison. Therefore, my review may greatly differ from a newer dated botle.)

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

about 40 degree F into a pint glass
A- gold with a fine, thin head that nevertheless dissipates slowly.

S- sweet honey and mild citrus

T- very sweet honey tones, wine-like with spice on the back end.

M- exceptionally smooth, surprisingly heavy, makes the lips and gums go numb fast

D- real easy to drink and real easy to kick your ass. Tastes like a saison on steroids. I like it a lot but the expense makes it a rare buy.

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Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip.

For me it is very important to have this beer fresh, because as with most spiced or fruity beers, the defining flavors fade over time and it becomes either bland or nasty. The grapes really come through so well in this beer, I think a lot of folks are turned off by the fact that this isn't balanced by sourness, like in a lambic, but I really dig it. Not a beer for all occasions, but definitely unique and well crafted.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly hazy medium gold body with a very thin layer of ivory foam. There appear to be a ton of really tiny floaties in this brew, but considering what the brewery was going for here, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Smell: light malt aroma with an extremely floral (think floral gum candy) and somewhat fruity nose; I can easily see the comparison to be made with a mead or a Gewüztraminer or something. Usually, this is not my thing, but I'm kind of loving this.

Taste: more of the same as the aroma. Frankly, I prefer this combination of notes as an aroma than as a flavor. This is extremely sweet and would probably serve well as a dessert beer. It's just not my thing as a good ol' drinkin' beer, though.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. There is a certain amount of stickiness due to the sweet. Overall, not bad, but not my favorite.

Drinkability: well, it is tasty, but more of a small-quantity drink for me. I will note that the alcohol is entirely masked in the flavor, but the warmth and strength really start to hit me as I pass the half-way mark. Not bad; I think I would enjoy this beer again in a few months or a year: it's tasty, but not an everyday brew.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A-Hazy golden with a thin white head and a fair amount of floaters.

S-Yeast, cider and a hint of vinegar.

T-Cloyingly sweet malt and grape juice with a spice I cannot place in the background. Finishes dry.

M-Medium full and fairly sticky.

D-Interesting brew, but not my cup of tea....glad I tried it though.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is an orangish gold color with an off white foam. It is clear yet has many little floaters through out the glass that look like pulp - not unappetizing.

It smells of fresh fruit and sweet spice, different but appealing. An almost musty sweetness.

It feels wonderful in the mouth, the carbonation mutes a slight bitterness and brings the sweet spice to the forefront.

It taste full of mealy sweetness, a slightly bitter fruitness comes through at the end of a sip, then the spicey sweetness lingers luring one back. The fruits that come through are green melon and white grape.

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

This beer looked interesting based on the label description. Ancient ale with barley, honey, muscat grapes and saffron.

It poured like white ale with a white head. After that settled down, the beer head went away leaving a ring of bubble and a bright yellow rather macro like body.

Nose at first had some butter brickle or butter finger smells. I found this pretty appealing. That went away and the rest of the drink was grainy and spice smelling.

The drink it self tasted like sweet and spicy lager or ale. There are hints of apricot but it is mostly sweet with a thick tasting body and spice as well. There is a strong apricot finish.

Mouth feel is heavy with medium carbonation.

Drinkability is somewhat limited due to sweetness and alcohol is pretty apparent in this one. An interesting beer.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DFH night for me. All DFH brews. 12oz bottle bottled on 06/30/10...

A: Crystal clear golden honey color with a 1/2 inch white head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew, Very good.

S: Hmm, not much here. Hints of spices and breadiness. Some dark fruits blended in. Decent.

T: Hmm, interesting. Breadiness bledned with a hint of alcohol bite on the backend. A salty, honey flavor with more breadiness. Hints of sweet malts. Ok.

M: A little heavier than expected. Ok.

D: The flavors blend very strangely. Hard to get used to. Decent.

All in all, man, this one is only ok. Not much to make this brew good or great. Don't hunt and don't bother...

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 4,824 ratings.
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