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 coasterfreak75
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Barley's Taproom and Pizzaria in Knoxville, TN. The pour was yellow with a one half inch head. The head quickly dissapated to a light ring that didn't stick to the sides of the glass.

The smell was sweet with a strong grape if not a wine overtone.

The taste was more like that of mead than beer. The start was that of wine with a just a hint of honey. The finish was a mix of sweet and sour grapes. Absolutely no hops here!

It wasn't a bad drink, just not what I expected. Quite refreshing, makes a great dessert.

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Photo of Mitchster
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours to a cloudy amber, forming a small rocky white head with decent retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild, and took a hefty pour to conjur any head at all. Head quickly fizzled to a well-retaining thin layer of sticky bubbles. Aroma is interesting...foremostly mead with the stinky shoes character, a suggestion of hops, lightly yet wildly fermented grape juice, malt and a floral perfume, but not saffron. I truly wonder how many people would have saffron mentioned in their review if it wasn't printed on the label, because I'm not picking any up at all. Mouthfeel is syrupy and cloying with a dense body and a ruddy oiliness upon the back of the tongue. Taste begins phenolic, is very sweet, a hint of fusels, hefty lingering syrupy pale malts, grape booze (MadDog 20/20?), port, laquer bite in the aftertaste from the fusels. The aftertaste is sweet and alcoholic. Warming.

Not very good in my book. An interesting brew, but thank god for hops. The mouthfeel is sickening and urges me not to finish this bottle. But I must, I must, for the love of the beer gods. I would only ever drink this with another beer geek. Big does not equal better.

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Photo of ark57
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is difficult to pigeon hole this beer in a specific style. It is interesting in that it has a little bit of everything. It has an orange gold color with a slight haze. The aroma is fruity, winey, perfumey and the saffron is evident. The body is coating, almost syruppy with some grape and malt character evident. It finishes with a slight spice. Not bad. It is different from anything that I have ever had. I'm not sure there are many occasions to drink this beer/mead/wine, but it is something that I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of Gavage
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with a spotty head. No lacing with this one. No visible carbonation. The aroma is strong with sweetness. The flavor is of malt, grapes, citrus, and honey. Definitely sweet with no bitterness at all. Alcohol is definitely noticeable.

The mouthfeel is of thick malt and is slightly syrupy. Slightly dry aftertaste that has a mild citrus bite. Very unique brew, and I definitely want to try this again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large champagne bottle, with cork and cage. Pours cloudy orange/golden. Nice nose of fruit, wine, raisins. Lovely soft flavors of fruit, wine, grapes, spice,pepper. Buttery mouthfeel, tastes similar to a saison to me. with the spice and earthyness of the flavors. Interesting beer. Vinious notes, grape skins etc. Dogfishhead continues to amaze. Innovaters and risk takers. Try their beers, visit their locations and be thankful for em!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy ruddy orange color and is topped by an off-white head. This beer has a fairly low level of carbonation, and it is surprising how well the head appears. Aromas of acid, grape, wine, musty, sweet, and malt are all in here. It is a bit sweeter in the taste than the aroma suggests. There is no balancing bitterness that one usually finds in a beer, Fruity, but more like fresh grapes than wine. The malt comes through towards the end of each sip but it is in this beer. I cannot say that I am able to pick up any of the delicate honey character, it probably contributes to the sweetness but the other flavors dominate. This beer has a good fresh grape character to it which makes it quite pleasant to drink. There is a soft acidity here (perhaps grape derived), but it is not quite enough to balance out the sweetness. Perhaps there is a bit of stale malt flavors in the finish.

Quite an interesting attempt at resurrecting a bit of history. I am duly impressed by any brewery that is willing to take the risk to brew beers like this on a regular basis.

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Photo of Foxman
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle that gave no hint of carbonation when I popped the cork, it's a suprisingly clear honey gold, with amber highlights. A very minimal white head quickly implodes on itself, leaving faint cirrus wisps on a glassy surface.

There's a sweet sherry aroma, indentifiably vinous and mingling with notes of vanilla and spice, which I'd guess is the saffron. Lurking beneath is a very real and solid backbone of alcohol.

You simply cannot be prepared for the thick honey sweetness that cloys at the tongue and mouth. It leaves sugary traces on the lips, like syrup, or candy. A sherry/grape character stomps in along with a biscuity malt essence that almost tastes like it has a crust. Never managing to hide itself is a potent armada of alcohol that commands you to take notice. The finish is simply a melange of all the components that have come before, fading slowly.

Full bodied, it's thick and treacly ,with the sweetness almost numbing the tongue. Like melted caramel, it clings to the palate, just short of sticking to the roof of your mouth.

How often do you get to drink of ancient history? Yes it is cloyingly sweet, but there's considerable depth in it's flavor elements, and memorable for its historical context. The dense honey sweetness is no surprise in a big DFH beer, nor is the substantial ABV, but they do limit this beer somewhat. The blend of flavors make it palatable, but that alcohol, and the fact it sips more like a cordial than a beer, seriously truncate how much you'd want. Sure, it is a curiosity, but it's also one more intriguing experiment from the first state's gutsy brewery. And I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Stopper
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No "fst" whatsoever when I cracked this bottle, but fortunately there's obviously some carbonation after a vigorous pour. It left a thin white head of tiny bubbles on top of a golden orange translucent body. The aroma is a fabulous mix of lots of fruity fermented goodies, though none of those listed on the bottle are uniquely identifiable. This reminds me very much of the aroma of a syrupy mess of molasses, honey, and brown sugar that a friend fermented with a dry ale yeast, which ended up high in alcohol but with a ton of thick residual sweetness. The mouthfeel of this is syrupy as well, though definitely not unpleasantly so. The initial flavor balance is far toward the sweet side of the spectrum, with an abbey ale-type flavor early. A slight noticable alcohol comes out in the middle, maybe from a wininess contributed by the grapes, though this is far too subtle for me to be sure. The finish is a wonderful fruity, tart dryness with a touch of grain. The dryness then seems to fade leaving a lingering coat of sweetness.

This beer is a unique treat, and the historical mystique behind it (if a bit conjectural) makes drinking this that much more interesting. I'm only disappointed that I waited so long to try this.

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Photo of simmons
4.77/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My buddies and I saw Dogfish Heads Midas Touch and it looked very apealing to us. It came in a 4 pack and was high priced at $10.99 but we decided to try it anyway and it paid off. This stuff has to be the smoothest and best tasting beer ive had, stouts excluded...theyre pretty smooth. Midas Touch has a nice honey flavor which is probably why it is at 9%. I had this beer about 6 months ago and seeing it on this site again i am going to get another 4 pack tonight just because how good it is. Iv noticed that Dogfish Heads beer seem to be kind of harsh tasting and insaine but this is their best work. cheers to brewer/owner Sam Calagione

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Photo of aracauna
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful color, a true amber with a wonderful glow. The head isn't as impressive, an off white, on the small size, but a thin layer lingers and it laces nicely. Very winey aroma, a bit earthy, but not a lot else. The flavor is really nice. Light caramel, late summer grapes (especially of the scuppernong/muscadine variety) and honey. Light sweetness, but not too sweet. I really like this. It's definitely interesting. Makes me think of late summer for some reason.

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Photo of ngandhi
2.57/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Somewhere between a bock and a typical Belgian golden ale, Dogfish Head Midas Touch is a honeyed, lightly grapey mess of flavors and textures. Almost immediately flat, this brew ends up drinking more like a honeyed spirit or mixed drink. With some mead characteristics, the primary tastes in this brew are the muscat grapes and an undercooked caramel. At times this is a Belgian, at times it's a bad special bitter and, through it all, this beer is unbalanced and unsure of itself. The saffron hints at the nose, but is subdued by some ripe fusel alcohol. The finish is very dry and highlights the English-style maltiness; it redeems this beer.

To know what this beer is is a tough task; DFH makes itself vulnerable to criticism by releasing a beer based on something no one has ever heard of. That said, there are all sorts of beers on the market from Baladin Nora to different gruits that take old or otherwise extinct styles of beer and revitalize them into something spectacular. Midas Touch drinks more like a bastardization of several existing styles of beer than a rehashing of anything historic.

I can only hope more breweries make beer like this, but the Midas Touch itself is a failure.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of winomark
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful gold with a quickly fading head. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma: Malt and sugary sweetness most noticable. Some citrus tones. Nice aromas, but somewhat mild.

Taste: Malty tones up-front, wht the distinctive muscat grape flavors dominating the finish. Reminds me of a nice French dessert wine. Intriguing and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful, but not too heavy. Honey and muscat give some body, but also lend to a slightly acidic finish.

Drinkability: A very interesting brew, both from a historical and flavor standpoint. Nothing to drink on a regular basis, but definately good to have around. A surprisingly good beverage.

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Photo of Boto
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: This one poured a dark golden color, with just a hint of haze to it. There was absolutely no head to it at all, and I even tried halfway through the pour to make one. The aroma is sweet and a bit spicy. Possibly floral and grape notes also. The taste is fairly sweet and almost a little syrupy. Definite grapes and honey in there. The sweetness lingers a bit in your mouth. Very interesting, and very good! I love it when these guys push the envelope!

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Photo of byrd
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a slight haze and some white particles drifting around the glass. Medium sized head on top that reduces quickly to a thin lace on the surface. Lots of carbonation rising to the surface. Wonderfully complex aroma. Malty and fruity… grapes are apparent, and a bit of apple is also noticeable. I can detect some spice on the nose. It may be the saffron that is mentioned on the label, but I never would have know if it wasn’t on the bottle. A touch of floral hops and alcohol are also in the aroma. Palate, like the nose, seems to be quite complex. There’s a smooth sweet slightly malty start shortly followed by fruity flavors. Some sweetness and smoothness is also added by the honey. Grapes and grape skins are quite noticeable, and I’m still detecting a touch of apple. The finish is sweet, yet is also slightly hoppy and fairly tart. The malt comes through a bit more again in the aftertaste. There’s a bit of a warming sensation as this brew goes down. Full mouth feel with a nice carbonation. Great brew that is pretty complex and definitely unique. I’m finding it a bit tough to piece together all the flavors in this review. It would probably make for a nice desert beer and is certainly a nice change of pace.

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Photo of aaronh
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange colored beer pours with a minmal amount of white foam. The aroma is very earthy, and reminds me of wild honeycomb right out of the hive. Taste is very sweet, with a strong honey notes. Also a hint of grape jelly. A slight graininess and earthy overtone are evident on the finish. Mouthfeel is rather full. Drinkability is OK, but this beer seems very filling. This is a unique beer. One bottle was enough.

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Photo of silenius
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

King Midas captured my moniker's namesake after he became excessively drunk (more than normal). In fact, Midas and Silenius were drinking buddies!

Therefore, I feel a connection to this beer. But I have enjoyed it many times before I picked my moniker, so that didn't influence my opinion.

Served slightly warmer than fridge temp. in a tulip glass.

It pours with a slightly opaque wild honey color. Amber with glints of orange. I like this color. Its head is shallow and short-lived and left no lace in the glass. A few lazy carbonation bubbles are evident in the glass.

A pleasant honey, muscat grape, and butter aroma hit me when I stuck my nose in the glass. The honey aroma is more evident as the beer warms. A little swirling brings it out even more. I could smell this all day long

This beer has a looong finish an great mouthfeel. It hangs around your mouth for a while and reminds you how good it is. The buttery honey taste and a malty backbone keep it balanced. A stupendous effort, but like a rich dessert, I wouldn't consume one after another. One at a time is plenty for me.

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

This beer poured a honey/orange/reddish color, I assume the color was somewhat influenced by the use of saffron. It was fairly clear with a slight chill haze to it. Decent carbonation. The head that was produced was of a butter cream/tan color that when first poured rose and stayed for a time before it fell to a ring on the edges. Its body was cloud like fluffy. There was some lace present. The aromas were different then I expected, sweet, honey and grapes dominated the aroma with hints of spices (allspice), saffron, light herbs and alcohol. The tastes were fairly simple, flavors of honey, and alcohol hit you first, then sweet malts, followed by some dark fruit and apricot, and sweet grapes, then as it left my mouth hints of saffron and wine were left. The aftertaste was fairly faint, mostly sweet honey and wine. The body was medium. Once warm it became thicker, creamier and slightly sweeter in the mouth. A pleasure to drink and would drink again on a cool night. Enjoyable served cold and a punch as it warmed, which I enjoyed. Better to let it warm a few degrees.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body is a thick, hazy, deep orange in color. There’s no head to speak of, which is common among this brewery’s heavy hitters.

Smell – This one had a big aroma indeed. The smell of rich, buttery, chardonnay kicks out right away followed by the honey and saffron promised on the label (I wouldn’t call it “muscat”). There’s some dark spicing in here too such as white pepper and allspice.

Taste – The honey comes out more at the taste, but the biggest flavor is the malty white wine. This is a big brew, and the sharp alcohol notes warn the drinker to keep things slow.

Mouthfeel – Fairly flat and medium-bodied. The flavors are so sharp it kicks the saliva glands into high gear.

Drinkability – Plan on drinking this just as you would a bottle of white wine and you’ll be fine. Pour it in a tulip glass, don’t let it warm, and drink it with fish or chicken or something light.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow, this is indeed an interesting cat. Smells very sweet from the get go, and proves it on 1st taste.

It pours a meduim honey color, with some head and nice lace.

Thick mouthfeel, you could prob only go through 4 or so a night.

I would say the overwheling flavor is grapes mixed with honey, and one does not over whelm the other. The alcholol is slightly noticeable, not over shadowing anything, but you can feel it there on every sip. As I drink these dow, there is another flavor present. I cannot nail it down for certian, it is sweet and spice, but I cannot nail it down.

This is all over the place when you go through it, for me, it is rather hard to really narrow down for a review. While I would not have this all the time, it is def worth trying, and enjoying. Cheers!

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Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date on label. Reviewing a DFH is never boring, and this one is no exception. Pours a slightly hazy honey amber. No head worth noting, even with an aggressive pour. Label says it contains barley, honey, white muscat grapes, and saffron. Aroma is, of course, complex and confusing. Honey, grapes, vague spices, and many other fruits to confound the nose. Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat vinous. Taste is fruity sweetness upfront, with apples, apricots, and grapes. Sweet caramel and honey also jump into the deluge. Spiciness, alcohol, and a touch of floral hops provide the balance. Surprisingly drinkable for a big beer. I am really developing a fondness and appreciation for DFH, for their bold endeavors in experimental brews and pushing the envelope. This one is, definitely, worth trying.

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Photo of Loki
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750mL bottle. The label was fairly damage, due to my own fault, so I couldn't tell if there were any dates, or bottling information. There was information about the finding of the tomb and how the recipe was re-created.

Appearance: This is the only area were this beer falls short. The appearance is somewhere between white grape juice, wine, and mead with color and characteristics of them all. A light, white, honey mead color with almost a complete lack of head and lacing. Light streams of carbonation.

Smell: Amazingly complex and ever changing. Like a mad ballroom dance where partners are changing so quickly you can barely tell them apart, but with such precision and grace that truly beguiles your senses. A graceful dance of malted barley, sweet grapes, wild flower honey, and an unfamiliar spice that I can only assume is saffron. I have had saffron before, however it has been a while, and I never concentrated on the scent.

Taste: Just as complex and an even more fluid dance. Sweet barley blends with honey which mingles with muscat grapes, then suddenly saffron cuts in, only to step out as quickly as it cut in. A wonderful balance of sweet and spice. Not a hot spice, but a mild curry like saffron that tingles and delights the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Solid, but neither overwhelming or flat. Very consistant.

Drinkability: Very good for this truly remarkable beverage. Not an everyday beer, but great for a special treat.

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

Appropriately honey colored with virtually no head (and what little did bubble forth dissipated quickly), Midas Touch smells strongly of raw honey and flowers. The taste is incredibly sweet, with honey and grapes dominating the flavor, as well as flowery esters poking through with a soft barley backbone.

After one taste, I was repulsed, but the initial shock faded and I grew to really appreciate this beer. It has almost as much in common with wine as it does beer from a flavor standpoint, though it has a firmer body from the barley.

Midas Touch is very different and a touch strange, but I like it. It's a lot like a mead, with the important distinction that I can actually drink this. Midas would be an excellent dessert brew, used similarly to a sweet, full-bodied dessert wine. Definitely worth a try, though I'm sure not everyone will like it.

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

Nothing visual to mention. No head but plenty of pop.
Bathroom botanicals emanate from the glass. Is that sandalwood? It's funny, I like to compare warm Duvel to Moscato d'Asti. This tastes like oxidized, weathered Muscatelle or Muscadine. Very fruity and very beery, like unfinished wine. Drifting impressions of honey and caramel and tangerine mingle in a medium of soda water. Don't get me wrong, this is a dry beer. It is made from good ingredients.
I think the recipe needs some work.

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Photo of jlervine
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark honey color with no noticeable head. Plenty of effervescence, though. The smell is flowery, cidery, and it makes for no misgivings about its potency. Bit of earthiness to it, very pleasant. The taste is a vertiable explosion on the pallate - very complex. Sweet honey, herbal notes, almost a trappist-like dark fruitiness, but sweeter. Exceptionally tasty. Mouthfeel is very sweet, and the carbonation level is very very fine. Very tasty beverage, and a welcome change.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to review this one. Paid $4.99 for a single! Must be the saffron.

Looks great in the glass. Wish I had gotten out a goblet. Smells of grapes (maybe just a hint of sourness), some fruity resinish esters in there too. Nice scent - strange for a beer.

The taste is kind of indescribable. Just what the label says: a mix of beer, white grapes, honey and saffron. DFH pulls it off here very well. The malt and alcohol hit you first, but the aftertastes of spice (I assume is saffron as I have no idea what saffron is supposed to taste like) and honey-sweetness are exquisite. The mead blends into a sweet white wine flavor at the end.

Midas Touch will probably not please the hardcore beer traditionalist - a group to which I do not belong. But what from DFH will? Personally, I LOVE this stuff. You should drop the $5 for this brew just to experience the incredible tastes that this one offers.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 4,908 ratings