Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Midas TouchMidas Touch
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Midas TouchMidas Touch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,392
Reviews:
1,657
Ratings:
4,840
Liked:
2,813
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
14.75%
Alströms:
3.72
 
 
Wants:
207
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996
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,840 |  Reviews: 1,657
Photo of PileOwnz
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle into Snifter

A - Pours a very clear golden amber. About a finger of off white head, which fades quickly. Slight lacing, but it doesn't stay on the glass for very long.

S - Sweet fruit scent. White grapes with a honey undertone.

T - Has a decent malt that starts this one off, but it is soon overwhelmed by a taste that is pretty much that of a white wine. Heavy on the white grape. Honey is present, but it seems to be there to just accentuate the sweetness.

M - A thin medium bodied beer. Fairly carbonated. A taste of white wine lingers.

D - This one could be fairly drinkable for the right person. If you know someone who loves white wines and you want to introduce them into the world of craft brewing, this might be a start. As for me, I am not a huge white wine fan, so this one just didn't do it for me.

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

poured into duvel glass.

A: pours deep amber, finger thick white head that fell to a thin layer. pour makes it look thick.
S: honey, sweet grapes. the honey and grape combination make for a slight medicine like aroma.
T: heavy honey sweetness and flavor, light roast malt is more hidden behind the muscat grapes and honey. also a very slight hop bitterness.
M: like carbonated watered down honey, slightly thick
D: strange flavor make for an interesting drink, yet is easy to put away.

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Photo of theopholis
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Body is a fairly clear, deep gold/amber. It looks like liquid honey. The head is about 1.5 fingers, off white and has very little retention. No lacing.

Smell- Decent malt/malt-sweetness backbone in the nose. I'm getting a lot of canned corn in it to. Some honey notes in the background.

Taste- Taste much better than it smells. Lots of malt followed by some kind of grape and apple. Hints of a sweet honey. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body. A tad over-carbonated for my taste.

Drinkability- It's certainly isn't sessionable, but it's not a bad drinker.

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Photo of ksimons
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-poured into a stemless wine glass, a clear orange brown color, looks sort of like apple juice. Tiny bit of lace just around the edge

S-honey sweetness, yeasty, alcohol comes out

T-creamy sweetness, spicy, grape and apple taste

M-smooth, low carbonation, sweet

D-very smooth and sweet, I understand how some people wouldn't like it, but it is a very interesting beer and even more so when you consider the recipe is was based on

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

Bottle into a wine glass.

A: Deep gold/amber with a gentle head that quickly dissipates. Very small bubbles. With faint lacing.

S: Strong aromas of muscat, almost concord. Lots of yeast and barley. Some honey notes in the background. Very nice!

T: Lots of malt followed by muscat and apple. Lots going on in this beer. Nice spice that lasts on the palate.

M: Slightly intense in the mouth.

D: Can only drink once a year of so. This one is a real sipper!

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

A- Clear pale gold color. Bone white head fades to a scant film. No lacing but some lively effervescence.

S- Big on honey and grape. The grapes really come out after some swirling. There is a spicy/peppery note. It must be from the saffron. It is very herbal and sweet with an undefinable "natrual" quality.

T- First thing I noticed was grape. So much grape that it seemed like artificial grape soda. But after I become acclimated it isnt so bad. There is a lot going on here, as there usually is with these strange DFH ancient recipes. In all the beer is very sweet with honey and grape and finishes spicy/peppery.

M- Low, low carbonation. Slick, nearly stagnant mouthfeel with medium body.

D- A decent beer. These ancient brews arent my favorite thing but they are always worth a try.

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Photo of baos
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Orange-gold. A beauty of a body with a two finger head on pour that dwindles down to next to nothing. Bits of lace on tip, but hardly any sticks to the glass.

S: Reminds me of the sweet wines fermented by Oliver Winery. Honey and white grape with a bit of booziness in the back ground. Saffron and nectar.

T: I hate to say this but it is kind of like a bad white wine. An overtly sweet Chardonnay. Strange saffron-dry finish. I love Sam Calagione but this brew isn't his finest in my opinion. But still worth a try. It may fit your buds better than mine.

M: Medium-light body.

D: This brew actually doesn't gain character as it sits in your glass. Its best quaffed quickly. The story behind the beer is better than the brew.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.81/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. I know I'm in minority but not a big fan of Dogfish Head but tried keeping open mind.

A: beautiful deep gold color, no head

S: grapes led to faint hop aroma

T: mild grape flavor and not much else

M: full mouthfeel with high carbonation and warmth

D: will only ever drink this one

Overall way too much like wine/champagne for me. I prefer medium to full body ales.

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Photo of keanex
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at a local Canal's simply because I love this beer.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Beer is a dark amber, honey colored, slightly murky. Head appeared fast like a soda, very thin. Quickly disappeared, what remains is a thin lacing that clings to the sides.

The smell is a slight honey, slight fruit (pear and grape) scent, and earthly hints.

Taste is incredible, a perfect mix of honey and grape taste, not overbearing in the least though. Slight malt to it with a wine taste to it.

Medium bodied beer, rather carbonated.

Very drinkable beer for 9%. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden in color, 1 1/2 finger head that dissipated quickly with some minor lacing. Head springs up somewhat nicely on the swirl.

S - Honey, figs, sweetness with a spicey lager smell. Apples/Pears/Grapes or some other mellow fruit comes as well. Nicely Done.

T - Malt backbone that turns to a white grape/apple like taste. The honey flavor is somewhat present, but it's more like dumping it in a tea than for sweetness then adding it for the taste.

M - Nothing special here, carbonated and somewhat thin.

D - Sweet beers are hard for me to do unless they are hoppy or tart. Good taste makes it averagely drinkable, but couldn't do tons.

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Photo of mobyviacheslov
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - dark golden color, oddly enough it looks like a lager with honey in it. The head was a thick lager type head but dissipated quickly. You can see the carbonation in this beer.
S - No surprises here. Honey and grape juice are strong. If anyone's ever mixed a bud light and a chardonnay and passed it off on a girl as a "respectable drink" (no? I'm the only one?), this is the base aroma of that concoction. This is much more refined and complex, however.
T - There is an immediate malt presence that defines this as a beer, but it fades rapidly into a powerful grape juice/white wine flavor. The honey is there, but only seems to be providing a sweetness, and not so much of a distinct honey flavor. My only complaint here is that the malt flavor does not seem very...sophisticated?? (read, tastes like an MGD)...however, the rest of the very non-beer flavors are exciting.
M - Macro Lager mouthfeel at first (bubbly water), with a thick, creamy following (from the honey?). Ends up coating the mouth and gumming up in the back of the throat a little.
D - I think this is very drinkable. Its 9%ABV may argue, but I don't feel an overwhelming alcohol flavor. I want to drink at least one more to discover more subtle flavor nuances, and feel I'll have no problem doing so. And, its "fruity" enough that my wife likes it and thinks its "yummy"...we'll see how she feels after a couple.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden colour with not a trace of a head and some minor lacing.

S: Herbal, honey scent with a faint grape scent and some metallic undertones.

T: Sweetened honey with a fruity and somewhat floral finish. Sweetness is moderate, and the finish is of grape skins and herbs. Virtually no bitterness or hops detected. Reminds me a bit of Fraoch Heather ale. But more complex.

M: Light body, mild carbonation. Somewhat oily, but not overwhelming.

D: Decent drinkability, but not a session, but a sipper. This is not only because of the alcohol content, but because the taste and more specifically the finish of the brew, is somewhat odd and might become tiresome after two of these. This is one and done for me for now. But I'd have it again when I want something different.

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Photo of digita7693
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden amber ale with slight cloudiness

S very fruity, honey, some spice to it, the saffron perhaps (but no overwhelming saffron, and I cook with saffron often, jumps out)
smells like a white wine, perhaps a riesling

T sweet, but not too sweet ale taste, with some honey and spice
again similar to a riesling, but bier

D this is a very smooth, very drinkable beer, I would be quite happy to sip a couple of these over the course of an evening

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Photo of kshankar
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Location: Dogfish Head Ale House in Falls Church, Virginia

Pour was orange/amber with a white head

Aroma was of wine, very fruity. Honey as well

Honey and grapes are what I mostly get from the beer. I didn't get much of the saffron (which I was looking for specifically).

Mouthfeel is medium, drinkability is good

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Photo of Brencr
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been waiting to try this for a long time. It has the color and aroma of a standard American Lager. That supprised me a bit. It poured clear with a small head and medium carbonation. I don't quite know how to explain the taste. It seems bitter at first but then changes to a heavy almost stale flavor. I had two and the second one was more palitable than the first. Maybe it is the high alcohol content that gives it the most overpowering flavor. Sort of like an Imperial Stout in that manor.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 great. Definitely a beer to sip. Lots of spiced taste and fairly sweet and sticky hold it back from being a drinkable beer.

Notes: Really interesting concept and a unique tasting beer. More like a mead/wine hybrid, more wine than mead. It's a beer that one has satisfied me for a while, but at sometime I may crave it, and there is nothing really quite like it. Good, but not amazing, tasting beer with a great story behind it, and a uniqueness.

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Photo of Briken
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice tarnished golden color embodies the name for this one. A very subtle aroma lends itself to a very crisp initial taste. Reminiscent of mead or (I really hate to compare it to) a cider without the sugary mouthfeel, Midas finishes more like a Riesling. Definitely a beer to be paired with food and will win over any wine drinker.

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Photo of ericj551
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dogfish Head Midas Touch pours a very slightly hazy gold with a moderate head. The aroma is sharp and slightly vinous with a bit of harsh phenolic character. The flavor is very lightly malty. It's sweet, but not cloying. The phenolic quality is there, but much milder than the aroma indicated. There is more on the vinous character, but I wouldn't have guessed it was actually from grapes. There is a slight bitterness to be found if you look for it, but I think it's just enough to balance the sweetness. There is some wine like fruitiness that leads into some soft, fragrant honey. This is an interesting and complex beer, but not necessarily something I would drink often.

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Photo of TommyW
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, golden body with a thin, white head that fades away quickly.

S- The muscat grape skins jump out along with some honey and a touch of earthiness and a strong whiff of booze.

T- Sweet upfront of honey and grapes, then a touch of spice from the saffron, followed by a tartness from the grape skins. Slightly tart towards the finish, but the aftertaste has a noticeable honey flavor.

M- Medium body with a crisp carbonation.

D- Really an interesting brew; one that I have been hesitant to try, but I'm really shocked at how much I enjoyed it.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow... $2 for a snifter! Gotta love the Tuesday deals at Barley House!

A: appears a hazy orange, little head with some sticky lacing

S: fruity boquet with huge presence of white grapes followed by sweet honey and a noticeable presence of alcohol

T: very sweet on the front, this is balance out by the tartness from the white grape flavors, slight heat on the finish

MF: somewhat syrupy with very small amount of carbonation

D: another interesting and unique concoction from DFH. I wouldn't say it is as successful as some of their other ventures, but it is worth a try

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Photo of Pblives
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 750 mL at Dave's Bellport Cold Beer & Soda at the Dogfish Head Tasting. I poured it into a beer stein and this is my review...
Appearance- Clear, inviting, head quickly receded to about one finger, light amber color
Smell- Sweet like honey yet nutty, leafy
Taste- A combination of pinot grigio meets grape juce with a splash of champagne, subtle bitter aftertaste, good balance of flavors with no apparent alcohol taste
Mouthfeel- Heavier than you expect a light beer to feel like with minimal carbonation, smooth with malty accents that remain in your mouth
Drinkability- Easy to drink and enjoy, no alcohol flavor, slightly more carbonation would have been preferred but I will definitely have another :)

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes Jan 28, 2010

Poured clear golden honey with a thin white head. Lots of honey and white wine aromas, similar taste but a hint of herbal aftertaste. Alcohol warmth in the finish. Thin bodied and bubbly carbonation. All in all, a decent beer but I'm not crazy about it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH Alehouse snifter.

Pours a golden honey amber with a small bit of white foamy head that doesn't lace too much at all. The smell is overwhelmingly in fsvor of honey and white grapes, though not overly sweet. A modicum of floweriness also comes through, but only as background radiation. The taste follows, with the honey and grapes once again taking a preeminent role, and just as in the smell the sweetness is nicely toned down. The flowers from the smell are replaced by an equally mild bit of hoppy bitterness, creating a nicely balanced flavor. The body is nicely moderate and very smooth, lending this brew a high level of drinkability, though the ABV may try to say otherwise.

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

A tangerine/amber hue took form as the bubbles cleared. A modest head was reduced to a folm around the edges in no time. Bubbles raced to the top reminiscent of champagne.

In the nose, biscuits and bread were very prominent. More subtle notes of melon, raisin, honey, and some floral flavors all emerged as I broke it down. The alcohol was very well masked. A really fresh complex nose.

The grape qualities were much more evident in the taste, white wine like. Honey, citrus, butter and bread with some alcohol warmth made up the taste.

The feel wasn't very dry until the finish, which was once again wine-like and begged for another sip. The drinkability was excellent. Good beer.

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

DFH Mindas Touch 9% alcohol. 02/02/09A Bottle date. Brewed with barley, honey, white muscat grapes and saffron.
I've had before just didn't review... let see.

A- Pours a hued golden liquid with mild haze and floating sediment. Small but there head falls to a ring around glass and little froth, light lacing. Inviting.

S- Smell is quite fruity with notes of a floral nature possibly the grapes. Saffron on the nose mostly light hint of honey.

T-M- The flavor is strange with almost a sweet wild berry bite upfront followed by spicy barley backbone. Hints of alcohol are noted in the flavor just covered by the sweetness. Mouthfeel is mild to medium with a sticky presence on the tongue... tangy.

D- I couldn't drink a bunch but for a sharing occation with my brother I'd do it again. Different and unique beer worth a try now and again.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 58.1% out of 100 with 4,840 ratings
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