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 BobbyBeerman
4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: As the name implies, this poured a golden copper color. The head was thin that took a while to thin out to a wisp that persisted but didn't leave much lacing. It's clear with obvious carbonation trails.

S: The initial aroma is a nice balance between the spicy saffron with the sweet honey. The other aromas aren't that pronounced but I think there is a hint of vanilla.

T: The taste doesn't disappoint. The one-two punch of honey saffron is right up there with a nice warming sensation as it goes down. I don't really get the grapes up front but more in the lingering taste.

M: Smooth. Even weighing in at 9% ABV you don't taste/feel it.

D: The spiciness keeps this from being too sweet. This is great as a sipping beer. It would be great as a session beer as long as it is limited. I would love to use this to introduce some of my novices to the bigger world of beer.

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Photo of Kalyan93
4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer! Spicy to start with and has a pretty high ABV. You can distinctly feel the flavours in every sip. Definitely one of the best beers I've had.

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Photo of Pblives
4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
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 KarlHungus
4.69/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is honey, pears, pale malt, and flowers. There is a lot going on in this aroma with a lot of complexity. I really like the way this beer smells. The taste is just as bold as the aroma with lot of flavors all competing with each other. Again, I really like the way this beer tastes. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with effervescent carbonation. Overall, this beer really impresses me. I can't see myself drinking this all the time, but I could easily see myself pairing this with food often and successfully. Way to do DFH for recreating this fine beverage.

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Photo of Schimms
4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
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 trbergman
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a medium-dark orange-gold with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Streams of fine bubbles flow steadily from the bottom of the glass.

S - Aromatic and strongly perfumed. Honey and muscat grapes are both clearly present. The beer has a delicate, sweet aroma with floral highlights. Smells of violets and a garden in full bloom. Any signature of the malt is harder to discern; beneath the floral aromas of the adjuncts, there are hints of earthiness and toast.

T - More balanced on the palate than the nose would suggest. While its honey helps to dry it out a bit, the beer's muscat content contributes a telltale nectar-like quality. Some malt comes through in the middle, adding earthy and bready flavors to the mix. Bitterness seems to be at the barest threshold level - just enough to balance the sweetness of the grapes - and no hop flavor is evident.

M - Medium body with a very lush feel on the tongue - soft and silky.

D - This beer is what you make of it. If you expect the standard offering from most craft beers, then Midas Touch may disappoint. If, on the other hand, you enjoy both wine and beer and expect a weird hybrid of the two, you will probably enjoy what Dogfish Head has done here. This could easily stand in for Moscato d'Asti where a somewhat heavier offering is desired.

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Photo of threeviews
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on date: 1/16/13) into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass

A- Pours a slightly hazy, sunset golden orange with barely a 1 finger's worth of a white, frothy head. While there is some sediment floating about, it is nothing close to the 'chunkiness' that I find in other (aged) Dogfish beers. 4.0

S- Not overly complex, but absolutely what I was anticipating. Honey sweetness is the immediate (and dominant) aroma...but the muscat (white) grape aroma flourishes as it warms. Any aroma contributed by the saffron is not apparent...not sure if that is due to the bottle's age. (However, the aroma of saffron is classified as a honey, tea-like which might just be blending together in absolute harmony with the honey and grapes). 4.5

T- Honey/Mead sweetness at the front of the tongue. Mid-palate is met with a mild, white grape tartness along with some orange zest. However, it is in the finish where Midas Touch excels...the flavor (spicy, black tea-like) from the saffron comes in and dries out the sweetness with gentle precision. Being such a fan of Theobroma (also brewed with honey), Midas Touch is reminiscent of it sans the components from the chocolate and heat from the chilies. 5.0

M- Creamy and soft carbonation provides just enough to open the palate, but not enough to intrude on the delicate flavors at play. 4.5

O- Although I would certainly seek out a fresh bottle for a more accurate sensory experience (and am fortunate to learn this is a year-round offering), I am nothing but blown away by what I have sampled at just over a year old. As much as I have endorsed Theobroma and Sah'Tea in previous reviews, this now stands to be my second favorite (to Theobroma and just edging out Sah'Tea) in DFH's Ancient Ale series. As a matter of fact, this just might find its way into my top 20 (if not 10) beers of all-time. 4.5

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Photo of bigbodybussey
4.64/5  rDev +24.7%
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 pilotgod
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Normally I just cover the A, S, T, M, D and give an overall impression, but after drinking the four pack and experimenting I am going to embellish a bit here in the hopes that if someone is going to give this beer a try they do, but keep in mind, it is unfair to really compare it to anything else.

As most BA's will know, this beer is made up of a wide
range of specialty ingredients and is based on a recipe from clay tablets and jars of a brewed beverage found in a tomb in Turkey dating back 2700 years. This should be noted since it determines how to approach this beer.

The first bottle I had was chilled in the fridge, poured into a chalice glass and consumed. Based on that it was ok, but really nothing exceptional and that dissapointment had me wondering what to do with the other 3 bottles. I then thought, this is a beer more closely related to a mead than what I would call beer being a 21st century beer drinker. Also, 2700 years ago, Frigidaire wasn't around so at best, cellar temp is what your going to get for a spring beer in Turkey without refrigeration. Based on this I took the bottles out of the fridge and let them stand for about 30 minutes then I consumed. The difference was amazing. The below notes are based on that tasting. I didn't have a thermometer, but I would guess that serving temperature was around 50 and warmed to 60 or so before I finished it. It felt cool to drink, but not cold.

Appearance: Pours an excellent golden honey color and will coat the glass if swirled, like a lower end wine. The initial head is very good, but does dissipate quickly, but not entirely. It leaves bits of lacing on the glass as it is consumed.

Smell: Honey is the first thing I noticed and with the warmer serving notes of citrus comes out, more than just the grapefruit or orange you will normally see in citrus, this also presents with hints of melon and tropical fruits.

Taste: As stated above, the temperature changes this beers character dramatically. I've never liked "warm" beers, but this one is exceptional. I would drink this anytime and honestly feel that to chill it is a crime to your tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: The feel is very much comparable to a mead. The alcohol while detectable is not as prevalent as was expected. The carbonation is light and barely apparent. There is a bit of tanginess that can be detected.

Drinkability: I would've given this a perfect 5.0, but that's only when it is served at cellar temperatures. If served in the high 30's to 40's like most beers a lot of the taste is closed off and the beer becomes underwhelming.

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Photo of Crundy
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


S: strong white grape aroma, honey, caramel malt aroma, very sweet

T: Very delicious, distinct white wine flavor, barley presence, honey as well, there is an herbal taste at the end that I assume is the saffron though I'm not entirely sure what it tastes like. A nice malt character as well. like a hint of hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Dry mouth feel, medium bodied, bittersweet aftertaste

O: very delicious beer, very different than anything i've tasted. wow. I'm so glad i've discovered dogfish head beers. This was just the right amount of sweet and just the right amount of everything else. Truly a great beer.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 330ml Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy deep golden color with a medium white head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave behind any lace, but leaves a slick foam floating on top. There are some small bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Smells of white wine with sweet malt and a honey backing.

Taste: Begins with sour chardonnay backed up by honey sweetness. The beer rounds out to more of a sweet Muscato flavor with more mead-like honey. There is a slight spiciness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with sharp carbonation and a dry white wine finish.

Overall: A truly unique beer and an excellent sipper. Deceptively drinkable for its ABV. Can Dogfish Head do any wrong???

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Photo of merddyn2002
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is absolutely an adventure in beer and well worth the above-standard price. A 4 pack cost me $12 in houston. This is a good blend of beer meets mead. Strong honey notes and very noticeable saffron presence. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Makes me want to put it in a wine glass and enjoy it slowly one sip at a time. Great occasional treat. I'll be buying more of this for sure.

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Photo of Morris729
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear sparkling golden color with a tall white head that fades into a good amount of lace at first that eventually completely vanishes. Nose is sweet honey, barley, saffron, and a bit of perfume. Fairly full in body with a texture similar to a buttery chardonnay. Taste is very complex with flavors of raw honey, sweet grapes, and saffron followed by some tart acidic notes. There is a touch of alcohol, but overall the 9% ABV is very well hidden. This is one of the most unique drinks I have had, and it certainly has a remarkable story behind its creation. A marvelous brew and truly a “golden elixir.” Purchased from Vintage Cellar.

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Photo of Stopper
4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
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 rousee
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Described as ancient ale with barley, honey, muscat grapes, and saffron. Nice description and it tastes every bit like each of these flavors save the barley which is not noticeable. This is why the high scores. I'm tempted to give it all 5's cuz its so crazy unique and appropriate for the description on the bottle. I cannot however--so here is the non-rant review-- I should say --It is Hrathgar's mead though :-()>

A-Red wine vinegar with a 1/2 shot of cognac thrown in is the color. Carbonation probably didn't exist in ancient times. There is none here. No lace either but I doubt an ancient ale should have any.

S-Bready herbal honey smell--some woodiness present too. Is this the Saffron ?

T-Perfect for how it describes itself. DFH does everything well. They are up there on my list anyway. Specifics tastewise:all flavas are present-grapes are the weakest and honey is the strongest. Not like honey in a hefeweiss beer but honey on a piece of buttered toast.

MF-smooth honey-felty-suede- like mouthfeel. Pretty much perfect.

D-only problem here. High ABV and not a style where you want more than one.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is unlike any I've ever had. The color is attractive, golden but not quite transparent. Sediment settles to the bottom of the glass. The smell is wonderful: honey, saffron, a faint whiff of grapes. The taste is what sold me. Sweet but not articially so. This is honey, not sugar. The grapes come through toward the end, and it finishes with a warm alcohol taste.

This is one of a kind and you won't find anything else like it on the market.

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Photo of Remydakine
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Other than the color saffron gets lost in the overall complexity of this beer. I think this beer is one of the recipes that just works. You would think on paper that is would not be a very strong concept, but the proof is in the pudding. Sweet, crisp, lite tannin notes, and a delicious skunky herd overtone that is adjusted harmoniously with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a very nice dark golden color with a small head that left not lacing on the glass. the color was also surprisingly transparent, which I thought made it look really appealing. You could smell the yeast and maybe a hint of alcohol. The first sip took me very much by surprise. It is malty and sweet, but not too sweet. It was a nice change of pace to what I have been drinking lately. You can really taste the honey in this beer, and it gives it a very nice sweet finish. You can taste the alcohol just a wee bit in there too. I was actually surprised when I looked and saw that this beer was 9% because it is definetly hidden well in this which is also surprising since it is such a nice easy going beer. The mouthfeel was great on this, it coated the mouth nicely, had a nice medium body, and decent carbonation. The drinkability of this beer is just awesome. I could drink these all day. I will for sure be drinking more of these in the not too distant future.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
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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Photo of ktorsneyweir
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
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 dnrobert24
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pure genius from Dogfish Head, Midas Touch is liquid gold. Although the color is more on the orange side, it is crystal clear with golden hues. There is little head. The aroma is that of young honey. The taste is also honey, with fresh green fruit, fig perhaps. As it warmed I could taste the muscat grapes and as it warmed even more, the saffron came through. Flavor, aroma, and appearance all combine to form a very subtle but tempting brew. This is one of my favorites!

I had this with Thanksgiving Dinner, not for complementing flavors, but for a delectible drink on a special occassion. Nevertheless the Midas Touch held its own against spice rubbed turkey, rosemary flavored stuffing, mashed potatos, aromatic sweet potatos, tumeric flavored corn, and pear salad. In fact the unintened Indian-type flavors in the meal really complemented the beer as it warmed up. The only thing that drowned out the flavor of the beer was the cranberry relish.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy/hazy golden straw/yellow color with a finger or so of off-white dense head. It has a pretty good head retention that settled into a thick halo of foam, around the glass. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: Very floral with notes of wild-flowers, fruit and honey, like a white wine. I got some clover, grass and peaches. Very pleasant.

Taste: Upfront is all honey and wine and clover, crisp and sweet followed then by malty bread and spice, and finally, a semi-tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and crisp, more like a Riesling wine, rather than a heffeweizen or wit bier. There’s some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 9.0%, there is just a slight hint of alcohol warmth on the palate. I’m surprised at how well hidden the alcohol is.

Overall: This is my kind of a summer beer! Extremely tasty, extremely smooth and sippable, and very refreshing. And even at 9% ABV, it’s easy to kick back, and have a few of these and enjoy a lazy summer weekend afternoon. Just be careful when you stand up. You’ll soon realize where that 9% ABV went. This is the third of the Ancient Ale Series that I’ve tried and it’s the third that I’ve really liked by Dogfish Head.

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Photo of BeardedSquash
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle dated May 8, 2007.

A: A crystal clear and brassy orange liquid with a brief white head.

S: Wonderful smell of flower petals and honey. Bitter orange on the tip of the nose.

T: Much like the smell, but backed by a subtle hint of light malt. The dryness of the honey runs in a well balanced race with the sweetness of the white grapes. The alcohol is naturally masked by it all.

M: Excellent. I'm not sure what style this would fall into, so mouthfeel is hard to judge, but the light carbonation compliments the flavors wonderfully.

D: For such strength, this is remarkable drinkable. The flavors don't overpower your senses, so more than one in a night isn't unthinkable, just as long as you remember to eat beforehand.

An interesting brew all around. I've done a bit of cooking with saffron, so I am able to pick up a small bit of it in the smell and taste. Then again, if I didn't the saffron it was in there, would I be able to pick it out. Probably not. And that's how saffron should be used.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All I can really say is wow. This beer is just exceptional. It has a very rich golden color with a whole bouquet of aromas and flavors.

There is a great hint of white grapes in every sip along with an after taste of saffron just as you'd expect by reading the label. Very unique, an instant classic.

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Photo of nubz77
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich golden color, true to its name.

S - Very sweet scent

T - Where do I begin... It's extremely sweet but not in the typical sense, it's a very complex sweetness similar to a wine (a moscato) and the honey definitely comes through.

M - Good carbonation, just right I would say.

O - Overall a very interesting beer, not one I would drink every day but definitely one of my favorites.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 4,784 ratings.
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