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 beersensei305
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from my most recent try:

A: hazy/cloudy orange reddish colors some laceing but does not last

S: honey, grapey like wine some spice

T: Tangy from the grapes and honey, some spice notes and tartness again from teh grapes

M: Syrupy, tangy, alot going on...dry

D: Grape as teh main flavor of a beer is not my favorite, this is an interesting beer and worth trying but not one to have all the time. Very complex.

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Photo of Willibomb
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is what I call a landslide beer. It starts great, but declines as the experience goes on.

first off, this is an ancient ale from the tomb of king midas, but that is not completely accurate, as a lot changes had to be made to make it a beer and not a slop. This makes the beer better than people were drinking thousands of years ago, but I think we should be drinking better beer than people who didn't know that yeast existed.

The color is a great golden ruby color with a good head.

It smells a little sweet, but very alluring with the grape smell coming to life.

It tastes a little too sweet for a beer, but still quite good, and the flavors are very prominant of honey and muscat grapes.

It is a little winey with a little alcohol burn. This gets worse if you get it in bottle, since the aromas aren't allowed to escape unless it sits a little while.

It is not very drinkable, because due to the sweetness and alcohol, if you do not take this with food, you may be choking down the last gulp. Lastly, DO NOT LET THIS BEER GET WARM!! It turns into a beast.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden / very light amber. Medium carbonation rises throughout. Pours about a half finger, bubbly white head. Quickly settles, leaving a scant blanket of bubbly carbonation on the surface of the brew. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Slight grainy nose, but mostly a raisin and raspberry tartness dominates here.

T: A musty grain palette lays the groundwork. A strange combination of bitter, tart, and sweet is very prominent. Some raisin, and orange citrus are noticeable.

M: The sweet and slightly tart palette kind of lingers throughout the experience. Dry finish due to relatively high alcohol content. Overall, kind of light body.

D: Not bad. To me, the odd combo of components would limit my desired consumption to one. No sessions, here.

Okay atmosphere. Appearance is pretty nondescript. Nose is a bizarre balance of grain and [mostly] sweet and tart components. Flavor has only a touch of grain pull through, but the other components rule the day. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle. Bottled 10/23/09, so a little more than a year old.

Appearance: Not much of a head on this "golden elixir." It would be clear if it weren't for all the suspended particles. Some nice legs, but little lacing.

Smell: Lots of grapes and a syrupy sweet malt backbone. It smells pretty good, but pretty one sided. Different for sure.

Taste: Very yeasty flavor. Grape of course and some apple. Kind of hot with phenolics and a little bit of higher alcohols maybe. Tastes like a not so great homebrewed Belgian or something.

Mouthfeel: Well, I kind of like the mouthfeel. Its smooth and a little sticky without getting too syrupy. Despite having little head, its still got decent carb to it.

Drinkability: Not to interested in trying this one again. Its OK. I do like the idea.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden honey colored brew that is slightly hazy with a bright white finger thick head that is reduced to a nice wispy layer.

Smells of honey, grapes some yeast and herbal, earthy hops.

Tastes interesting. There is a pronounced spiciness up front with this brew that may be off putting to some (not me however) - white grapes, and there is some honey in the back with some hop bitterness. Dry finish.

Medium, leaves a coating on the tongue. Carbonation is good.

This is a different brew - not in a bad way. Easily one of the best of the style that I've had. I actually could session this. Caseworthy - although the abv and initial taste (let it warm) may leave more for me if I'm sharing...giggity, giggity...

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Photo of PDXHops
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Impressive clarity in the deep honey gold body. Modest white head that manages to leave scattered lacing.

Smells of light honey sweetness, floral notes and a general light fruitiness. Tastes a good deal sweeter than it smells, but a touch of crispness, some husky grain and a quick flare of grassy/herbal bitterness at the swallow keep the sweetness somewhat in check. Fruitiness of the tangy variety- tart apple peel, white grapes. An elusive sweet spiciness. Smoothish body with tight, prickly carbonation. Rather warming finish, yet it doesn't taste "big" beforehand. Could really sneak up on you.

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Photo of craigreed
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into signature Dogfish Head Glass.

Appearance - Light orange/yellow color with a bit of an off white colored head. Seems to have a good amount of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma - Smells fairly strong of spices and wheat. There is a hint of some fruity notes as well.

Taste - I get a taste some some spices, maybe nutmeg and cinnamon? In either case it brings together a nice herbal spice. Throughout the middle there is a pronounced sweetness from maybe honey and the muscat grapes really come through bringing out the wine characteristic I was looking forward to tasting. It finished very earthy tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy feel with a good amount of carbonation throughout. It needed this to hold up with the strong flavors of the beer.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper beer. Should be drank like wine, but it definitely can go down smooth and often. Every Dogfish head fan should give this beer a try. Reminded me of a spiced up hef in some regards.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint.

A: Light yellow color with off white head. Good amounts of carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Smells of spices and wheat like notes.

T: Taste is very herbal and spicy. Good amounts of sweetness is this one though. Very good mouth feel, certainly not as in your face as I expected.

D: Easy drinker with great flavor.

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Photo of PBEAR
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok i've never been good at describing wine or beer but here I go... It's more of a dessert beer than anything else. Nice saffron finish, but if you dont like saffron don't even bother. It would pair well with fish, not oily, Ceviche, blue cheese, tart fruit, Keylime pie and or Cioppino. I liked it but would not drink it alone.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden hazy orange, smell white head, fine lacing during tasting.

S: grapefruit, honey, spices, and grain.

T: sweet citrus grapefruit/lemon, subtle white grape flavor with grain, malt bitter, earthy finish.

M: Med/heavy body with med amount of carbonation, enough to hold up the intense flavors.

D: This should be summer sipper, can go down very easily. Enjoyed this totally different beer. Every Dogfish fan should give it a go and an adventurous newbie who likes hefeweizzens.

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Photo of Trueant1
2.37/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a thin white head. Color in glass is straw yellow. Nice overall robust spicy smell.
Tastes of bitter hops up front, not so much in a good way. Honey comes through. Alcoholic bite alongside the hop bite.
Seems too sweet. Fine carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel. For some reason, I am not impressed with this offering.
Not my favorite.

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

12 oz bottle. Bottled-on date clearly marked on neck.

Pours an ultra clear, golden honey color. A thin off-white microbubbled ring occurs. Smell is very much on the white grape side, with a slight floral quality. Tastes better than the nose, imo. The pronounced grape is tart and effervescent, like a champagne, but the honey smooths it out in the end. Maybe it feels a bit oily, but this is not a typical brew, and is suitable for what it is. The end is bitter and reminds me still of the bubbly.. an interesting brew for sure.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange color with a white head that dissipates quickly and not much lacing. Smell is very sweet with grapes, honey, alcohol, perfumey. Taste is pretty complex, spice esters, honey, saffron, grape skin. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, low to medium carbonation. Overall, an interesting brew that pushes the limits and I appreciate it. I will try this again and finish the 4 pack but probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of Mosley1212
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Maunee Bay Brewing Co. pint glass

A--Poured a hazy golden color with a half-inch white head. It almost looks liked a budweiser...if bud came with a head.

S--Overly sweet smell. Figs, pears, hibiscus flower, sugar cane, but on top of all of that, it has a dank smell to it that is slightly unappealing to me.

T--Follows the nose. Way too sweet for me. The taste of the alcohol is pronounced on the back of the tongue with every swallow. Feels almost like you just used mouthwash. You do get the sweetness up in the front of the mouth. Tastes like cherries and bananas and other overly ripened fruit. That's how I can best describe it, tastes like fruit that is overly ripened and sweet.

M--Very light on the tongue. Heavy carbonation though. You can feel the bubbles on the tongue with every taste.

D--Even though this is a 9.00%, I don't really feel it. But the overly sweet taste is a put off for me.

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

A: The pour is a clear dark golden color with a thin white head.

S: Intensely sweet like corn syrup and honey. The grapes provide additional sweetness that probably isn't really necessary. Floral and slightly spicy provide some opposition to the intense sugary character.

T: Lots of sweet white grape flavor, apple juice, corn syrup and honey. There is actually a bit of caramel/malt character on the palate, too. A light floral note and just a hint of spice.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: Despite the intense sweetness, it didn't become cloying or overbearing, which is sort of rare for a Dogfish Head beer.

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Photo of AdamPT1
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours to a dark golden color with a white thin head that disappears fairly quickly. At 9% ABV it gives off a slight alcoholic smell mixed with fruity and sweet scents. The taste is light with grape, honey and subtle hoppy notes. Im a big fan of this beer, the mouth feel is not overpowering and leaves a clean flavor on the tongue.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage January 2, 2007

I had a four year old sample of this brew served by Sam Calagione in 2006. I remember liking it much more than the fresh version, so I bought a four pack and cellared it for just shy of four years.

A: Midas Touch appears golden and hazy with an 1/8" of head that leaves some faint lacing in its wake.

S: Grapes, grape juice with an assortment of spices.

T: I believe the sweetness has mellowed, and the beer has a subdued alcohol presence. The taste is tannic and / or of alcoholic grape juice. Four years of aging has created a smoother, more mellow version of the beer.

M: Having benefited from time in the cellar, the alcohol presence is muted. The beer is medium-thin in body, with a present sweetness.

D: A fun, unique and interesting beer. Kudos to Dogfish Head for pushing the limits. I wouldn't want more than a few ounces of this. Midas Touch is an intriguing brew, and worth a try.

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

A - poured a clear, orange w/carmel tints, 2 inch frothy head, reminds me of a filtered wheat beer

S - wheaty, buttery, lemon zest, hint of pepper, dank

T - winey (from the grapes I imagine), sweet, spices, wheat, cereal

M - mild alcohol warming, adequate carbonation, almost no hop bite present, very pleasant slightly buttery aftertaste

D - almost a borderline sessionable brew if a little less sweeter, all in all a very flavorful imaginative creation that I wouldn't hesitate having again

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of biscuit malt, flowers, honey, grapes and a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is mainly grapes and flowers, with some honey, biscuit malt and alcohol mixed in. As the beer warms, I start to get a little more caramel malt and spices, although the spices are hard to identify. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy golden yellow with slightly brownish yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was really vinous with some candy sweetness, honey, slight spice and citrus notes lurking in the background. The honey and grape character was also more potent palate with sweet citrusy notes but had a candy sugar punch. the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, vinous, sticky finish . It drank very good and was surprisingly better than I thought it was from the firt time I tasted it.

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Photo of Yimosan
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle / Spiegelau pint glass.

A: Hazy Golden orange in color w/white a foamy head. It left a good bit of lacing as I drank it.

S: I smell grape, bitter grain, faint honey, and celery seeds.

T: At first it was a bit bitter and warming, however, as I drank it the honey and grape surged beautifully, almost like a Chardonnay.

M: I find this beer very complex, sometimes it felt buttery like a Chardonnay wine, and the next sip dry like a Sauvignon Blanc.

D: Felt the warming alcohol a bit, but left me wanting more as I drank it.

Notes: Someone told me this is a 2700 year old ale recipe, wow, they drank good stuff back in the day!!


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Photo of shooterCO
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Pint glass

(This is my first review)

A: A pale gold, slightly hazy, little head (about half a finger), head dissipates quickly

S: Honey, Spice, Grapes

T: Very Unique, Saffron, Grapes, Honey

M: Little Carbonation, Medium Body

D: Drinkable, Not an everyday beer, something you can't "slam", overall something I'd drink again.

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

A: Pours a golden copper color, fairly dense, white head. Dissipated fairly quick, nice lacing.

S: Wine and honey. The grapes really come through. Slightly bread/malt aroma, but nothing too strong. The special ingredients are the star here.

T: Much like the smell, the special ingredients are on display here. Not sure I tasted a whole lot of saffron though (perhaps ore for color). Honey upfront, followed by malt, nice wine finish.

M: Nice and light, which I think is good considering the unique flavors and strength of the beer. Good carbonation.

D: Overall pretty good. Uniqueness makes this beer what it is, would not want to spoil it by drinking too much at once.

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

This brew poured with a nice golden body. It had a wonderfully foamy and thick white head. As it settles, the faded pretty quick and left some lacing, but nothing special.

The aroma was very fruity and a bit sweet. The nose was hit right away wiht sweet white grape flavor, which is expected since this brew is made from Muscat grapes. The aroma is almost that chardonnay, there is a bit of a spice and honey aroma that finishes out this brews profile.

The flavor this beer is great. Something I have really never had before. After having so many traditional and other such brews, this one was great because it was different. There flavor is strong with grapes, some oranges as well. This nice alcohol push at the end that gave it a nice warming heat. Which is expected from the 9% ABV.

This brew has a medium to light body. The carbonation on this brew was kinda of heavy, but gave it a nice balance. So I enjoyed it a lot.

This brew has a higher ABV at 9%, but it was great. A great sweet, almost wine like flavors, but a nice heat that comes along with the brew. Another great brew by DFH.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale, golden, hazy color, like a witbier or other wheat beer. Has a small, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of honey, grapes, and spices.

Taste: Certainly something very unique. Starts off with an assertive, but not overpowering, hoppy bitterness. At the back, it develops a more vinous quality with notes of honey and spices. Has a nice alcohol warmth to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with an expressive carbonation.

Drinkability: An exceptional and unique beer. Before trying this, I assumed it would be some earnest but ultimately lackluster attempt to resurrect some ancient beer style. What I got was a tasty and expressive beer that really doesn't taste like anything else I've tried. This beer is definitely worth a shot and really sums up DFH's commitment to making ancient and unique beer styles.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 4,925 ratings