Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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
Reviews:
1,632
Ratings:
4,740
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
14.75%
 
 
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198
Gots:
948
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,632 | Ratings: 4,740
Photo of hotpauko
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is not really a beer and I get a kick out of those who try to rate it as such and are not open minded. Its more of a mead wine champagne combo, if it warms and loses some carbonation, it gets a liquory feel. I like Midas Touch even though I only have it every couple months. Flavors are hard to describe as you won't taste them anywhere else, at least not with beer. Read others reviews for better flavor descriptions but at least give this a try.

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Photo of Roguer
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chunky orange-gold appearance with plenty of floaties; topped by a modest white head with fair retention.

Aroma is fairly mild, with hints of herbs and spices, honey, and both pale and caramel malts.

Flavor follows, albeit much sweeter and more intense than, the aroma. Lots of honey and pale malts, with a huge sweet kiss of white grapes on the finish. Various spices that are hard to pin down; perhaps some jasmine up front.

Slick and smooth; very drinkable. No hint of 9% ABV.

An interesting brew, very drinkable, and fairly tasty. Definitely on the sweet side, but surprisingly good.

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Photo of CraigFarrell
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You try this beer because you heard the story and you want to know what beer might have been like 3000 years ago. But then you remember they did not have 9.0 ABV beer back then. Still the story is great!

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Photo of edificio5
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this beer and it tasted really good. I was pleasantly surprised. It is not bitter but has an interesting flavor. I am sure if you also pair this with some food it will taste even better

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

Appearance: True gold with average height off white head, lasting a couple minutes. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Obvious front of honey and grapes intermingled with a biscuity malt base.

Taste: Smooth malty beginning almost like a Belgian style saison. The introduction of honey in this brew shines through even more in the taste, with the grape flavor not being as predominant on palate as it was in the smell. Bittering hops are deep and sweet from aging.

Feel: heavy on the palate from the use of honey. Finishes wet from a small amount of under attenuation, but it fits with the grape flavors. Alcohol is hidden.

Overall: Not bad. I was expecting a little more hop background with the malty sweetness of this brew.

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Photo of jayhammed
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/18/2012- this held up well. A bit cloudy, chunky, but didn't detract from the taste. Dark Amber hue. Smells like champagne, pronounced grapes and a hint of honey. A very winey brew.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOD 1/6/15. Pours a clear slightly amber gold. Below normal head volume, retention and lacing.

Interesting nose with both beer and mead qualities. Notes of barley malt, honey and grapes.

Light medium body with a somewhat smooth texture. Normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is surprising. I was expecting much more of a honey influence. It begins with a mish mash of flavors at a reasonable intensity level that reminds me of a bitter white wine. Grapes are noted, but the main flavor component is a medicinal note that comes in the middle and lingers through the finish. Towards the finish, you detect a soft honey sweetness in the background, but not enough to provide balance. The finish is slightly dry and the medicinal off flavor lingers.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant gold with a 1.5”, very finely bubbled white foam collar that quickly dissipates.
S: Grape, honey and wine with some light grains in the background.
T: the grape and honey flavors with the malt taste like a cross between a beer and a light german white wine or a sweet wine.
M: Effervescent, medium body.
O: Technically well made. A touch too sweet but no bad aftertastes. An interesting drink.

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Photo of jamesmk48
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a lot more from this beer. It wasn't bad but lacked some boldness and bitterness that i enjoy in a higher abv beer. All in all not bad for the style.

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Photo of tedvr
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours honey colored with a thin, white head. Sweet malt and honey smells. Tastes are very interesting, malt, honey, mild grape in the background. Mild carbonation with a very nice finish. A combination of a malt forward beer, but with a mead blend. Overall a very interesting beer.

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Photo of AtomicHippo
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with a quick dissipating head. Smells of light spices and maltiness. The taste is complex. Starts with Muscat grapes that lingers into honey followed by a malty finish. This beer is refreshingly different almost like a blend of mead, moscato wine, and beer. Very unique and easy to drink.You won't even know that it's 9% ABV. I'd drink it more often if it wasn't $12 for 4 bottles.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours yellow, amber with a tint from the saffron making it bolder. Nose is grape skin, mild earth, slight hops herbal. Grass with a bit of sweetness. Malt is sweet and the grape skin flavor is bright, light and really easy to like in this beer. Juicy middle, herbal back notes. Dry, bubbly. The honey on this one is like a raw floral scent and taste is light. Orange and a fruit rind scent that I can't place. Spice , Bread crusts and a mild ester from alcohol. A bit of alcohol sweetness on the palate too but not even any warming. Delightful! The malt was so deep on this pale beer. The flavors crisp and the breaddiness surprising.

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Photo of Vlaminck
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought this on a whim as my wife was rushing me and I walked by the singles and grabbed it. $4 a bottle must be good right, ancient beer, who can go wrong. Well this beer did, if that's what you call it. The look was good but once on the nose I was a little disappointed. Then the taste, whoa. WTF, way busy taste of wine, honey and, like paste you ate in kindergarten. I've only poured a few beers out and was temped to pour this in the garden but was able to power through it as I didn't want the ants to enjoy this sweet $4 treat.

I only give it this score because i did drink it but glad I have an DIPA to wash this taste away quickly

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A medium hazy pour of a bright golden bodied beer hits the glass for this beer. A small, 1 cm head forms and doesn't hang around very ling. Head was thick and frothy before going away. Spices and light malts hit the nose first and give a semi-sweet and peppery overall impression of the scent. Some white grape characteristics finish the smell and linger a bit. The taste starts off with a dry white grape flavor and a touch of bitterness. The flavor sweetens up a bit in the middle when the honey and malts kick in. A certain balance is struck, but on the whole the flavor leans towards a white wine dryness. As far as the feel goes, there is no trace of the 9% ABV outside of a touch of dull bitterness in the flavor of the beer.

Overall, this is a fairly complex beer that will please the white wine lover. The grapes and spices give it a rather dry wine-like flavor profile on the whole. Not a bad beer in the end.

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Photo of ktorsneyweir
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just had this on tap for the first time and it's even better than the bottled version. Midas has such complex flavors that just tickle every single taste bud. It goes down smooth and leaves a pleasant aftertaste on the tongue. If you see this on draft - GET IT

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Photo of bleggs
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Yellow gold. Suspended particles give a medium cloudy look.
S: Honey, skunky lager.
T: Light honey, some skunk. Grape.
F: Crisp, a little acidic bite.
O: Interesting. Definitely worth a try. Pretend you're a Pharaoh.

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Photo of Tilly
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

force a golden honey color, clear, not much head.
Smells of earth tones, pear, and Heather.
Tastes of white grape, honey and spice in the background.
Mouth feel is crisp.
Not a bad offering!

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Photo of BeerChick13
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This has got to be the smoothest beer to have ever been poured down. I wasn't too excited about the taste though, so it was a disappointment. I would have loved more grape flavor.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a minimal head. Mostly clear. Has a very herby, earthy sweet smell that reminds me of a mead, but not as heavy. Very honey forward in flavor with a muscadine grape in the back. Not too spicy and I really don't get too much saffron.

It feels a little oily on the tongue, but not in a bad way.

Overall, it's nice and different, but not something I'd go out of my way to get.

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Photo of Rmp2416
2.46/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not a big fan of the sweetness. I love Dogfish and I was excited about the line of "ancient" beers. Not my thing with the honey but it was pleasing to the eye and had a nice aroma.

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Photo of Schimms
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours light orange/yellow with thin, quickly dissipating head.

S: Yeast with...something else.

T: Dry with light to moderate honey that blends well with the grapes. Very pleasant.

F: Dry, light. Dry.

O: Great flavor that surprised me. A super mix of subtle flavors. And I love the dryness.

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Photo of Kiwano
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - hazy light orange color with foamy head
S - a lot of grape
T - Nice taste of purple grapes & wheat. The grape stays through but a bit of nasty cheap beer taste hovers in the background
M - smooth with a tiney bit of carbonation
O - Nice - not for every day but good taste but sometimes the funky cheap lager taste surfaces

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: golden hazy peach color

S: wine, grapes. I'm not a huge wine nut, but it smells like a sweet Riesling.

T: Never had a herbed beer quite like this. Tastes of white grape juice, saffron. A bit like a Riesling honestly...less sweet.

F: soft drink carbonation. Again nothing to compare it to, but I can't complain.

O: tasty first Beer that's sweet but dissent overdue it. Great Beer/wine feel.

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Photo of thehooksman
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Described as an "ancient" ale, it pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a head that foams up nicely, but retreats quickly. The nose is complex with honey, bananas, muscat grapes. The hop character is very subdued if present at all. The flavor is very sweet but in a good way, like in a Belgian-style. Again, there is good flavor of honey. It is full bodied with a nice alcohol heat that is equal to the carbonation and cream. I had one of these in my wine cellar for about 11 months after purchase and it was just as good as the first one I ever opened.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on a DFH kick and just started to try them all.

A - Bright golden color. Thin white head with coarse bubbles. Quite hazy almost looked like a hefe.

S - Very interesting it has a sweet honey like character with some maltiness. No hops to be found but has some alcohol kick and resembled a floral wine.

T - Has a honey sweetness up front with a more savory malt character and a fruity, floral character in the middle with a slight alcohol finish. It tastes like a sweet mead mixed with a Belgian blond or triple. It's pretty complex beer but it is on the sweet side. It is mostly crisp with a malt character and some alcohol but no bitterness.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Light carbonation. For being so sweet and higher in alcohol it does drink pretty well. I couldn't drink it often but it isn't too cloying or bity.

Overall, a pretty good beer. I stick with my first thought though of just a mixture of mead and beer which isn't a bad thing but is not exactly what I was expecting. All of the "honey" beers I've had in the past really just have a little more residual sweetness and a thinner body but this one definitely has that honey flavor which is a nice touch. Not my favorite DFH offering but if you have tried all their others probably worth a shot.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 4,740 ratings.
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