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

This is now my new favorite beer. It pours a really deep gold color. Not alot of carbonation. It's all in the taste. This is a novelty beer, but it does it very well. At first, you get an intense muscat grape flavor; which I personally enjoy. After a few seconds, you get a spice kick with the saffron. It's almost like a wasabi effect; a rush of spiciness for a few seconds, then gone. After a few seconds of spiciness, it fades back into a subtle muscat grape. Very complex.

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Photo of AEK
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. A very hazy blood orange coloured ale with a very short lived white head, Initially poured with very little head formation yet the head formed well towards the end of the pour but died too quickly.

S. An unusual aroma, not unpleasant. Hard to explain what the scent is but if you can imagine walking into a carpet showroom and inhaling that's what the dominant aroma is that I found in this bottle. Nuances of oranges and a touch of cherry liqueur.

T. Intriguing! Hard to say what the flavours in this one are. Slightly perfumed, young fresh flower petals rubbed between the fingers, traces of honey, possibly a hint of white grape and a touch of saffron.

M. Medium bodied.

D. Strange beer but really good to try. I would give this one a try if you have yet to sample it.

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Photo of ExMachina1
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a--golden. some beers are described as "golden" but this one really is. reddish-yellow and sparklingly clear

s--honey and grapes; spicy and floral; very inviting

t--honey and grapes. its a sweet beet but not cloyingly so; (not nearly as sweet as some scotch ales i've had)

m--medium body which is well-rounded; carbonation is low; very pleasant.

this beer is better thought of as a wine

d--the alcohol is well hidden and i could go for another bottle immediately. that said, i can't imagine making an evening out of this beer. but then again, if it was cheaper...

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Photo of beancounter
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a standard pint glass at about 50 F.

A - Dark gold, no head, small slow but steady carbonation.

S - Clover honey

T- It taste like a hoppy mead with floral undertones.

M- A bit thin but I think it's appropriate for this "style"

D- Disclaimer - I love mead (honey wine). This beer taste like mead with floral notes. It's very drinkable and quite pleasant. However, if you don't like the taste of honey, you may not like this beer.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint, it pours bright coppery amber gold and clear with a solid finger and a half of off-white head which dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing is left by the head, but when I tilt the glass I see some very fine, tight lacing that slides down lazily after the rest of the beer.

The nose is sweet, heavy on the grape with some candied plums and just little bit of malty goodness in the back. Not too sweet or strong that it smells boozy or gives too much of a preview of the taste.

The taste is complex and changes as it warms, sip this one slowly. A lot of fruit, starting with the white grape, some currant, apricot, candied plum, and a strong dose of honey sweetness. I don't know if I pick up on the saffron, but the spice is there and it provides a nice dry counterbalance to the fruit. I'm tasting coriander and cumin. There's almost something vegetable-ish in there too like beets or asparagus. It's all balanced enough that it still tastes like a beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky and syrupy due to the honey. Not so thick that it makes it hard to drink, just right to let you know this is a decadent, full-bodied golden ale. If this wasn't so complex and demanding of careful attention, you could drink one pretty fast.

Overall excellent. I'd happily drink four of these and call it a night, it would take all night to drink since they sip so slow. Expensive, I know, but worth it for a special occasion.

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very much looking forward to this Dogfish offering, many good things I have heard. It poured with a big inconsistent head that was quick to dissipate and a beautiful amber body. The honey malt aroma is enticing to say the least. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth and seductive, leaves you yearning. The honey and saffron walz together on the palate in perfect fashion. From the mouthfeel to the finish is magnificent. A grape wine-like flavor kicks in while the taste buds continue to be pulled in several different directions. Absolutely a winner, what a beer!

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Photo of gmfessen
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I read about this one when it first came out, so naturally when I saw it on a local shelf, I had to get it. Bottled 6/27/08 - Poured from the bottle into a mini snifter, "beer" is golden in color with a thin ring of carbonation that forms around the edge of the glass. Small amounts of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. The smell is a wonderfull boquett of grapes, a touch of barley and a hint of alcohol. The taste starts off sweet with honey and grapes, transitions to a warming alcohol bite and finishes with a malty, grainy finish. What a transition! The mouthfeel is fuller than I had expected, the carbonation is there but not overly aggressive. Overall, this is pretty drinkable for what it is but it is definitely a sipper although I believe one could easily quaff this. A very interesting beer and worth trying. Hats off to DFH!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a clear, beautiful beer-golden. Aroma is quite fruity and has a zing to it. Flavor has a strong ale taste with some bite and a whisper of lemon. Although it is hoppy, Midas Touch is surprisingly and pleasantly not bitter. The pleasant and jazzy mouth-feel make this a good sipping beer.

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Photo of travolta
4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nice lacing and head retention with a clean white head. Opaque orange color.

Nose: Floral, sours, honey, jasmine.

Taste: Like a fruity hefeweizen with floral notes and honey.

Notes: This is simply an awesome classic.

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Photo of oelergud
4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange semitranslucent body. Low carbonation, lace and retention.
Smell is a strong spiced honey and molasses experience
Mild honey, spice and muskat. Sweet yet tart and the same for the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium to full body with decent coating.
This is a brew to let warm up significantly, but then it gains tremendously in smell and taste.
Great brew so full of flavor and definitely a different beer.


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Photo of ByMySword
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer poured very smooth with a slight fizz. A healthy light golden color was seen with heavy sparkling carbonation within. The head shrank to a very small size soon after pouring but did not completely dissipate until the actual consuming of the beverage began.

Smell: The smell contained hints of several herbs and fruits.

Taste: This beer definitely has a hint of grape in it. The taste is very prominent.

Mouthfeel: Very nice mouthfeel.

Overall: Overall this is a great beer. I really loved the historical claim, whether its true or not. I will definitely be drinking this again.

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Photo of AlvinStraight
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Despite the high alcohol content, it isn't harsh and it has a wonderful taste.

While I'd hesitate to say any beer is the best I've ever had, I can't think of a beer than I enjoy more than this. Taste is of course subjective, but this gets a 5 for me.

Dogfish Head has created a masterpiece with this one. An all around beauty.

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Photo of fezmeister
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a very slight head. I like the unfiltered look and bright gold complexion. The nose was stronger than I'd been expecting after reading some other reviews, and different in its fruity malt odor than most other beers. I'm used to strong fruity flavors deriving from the hops, but a first taste reveals a smooth, fruit malt backbone. Instead of a flavor balance provided by hops, the malt counterpoint instead seems to be the champagne-like aspect built into this beer. Thus, the grape and honey promised on the bottle appear, but not in a sweet fashion, as in a dry champagne, much to my delight. The honey almost manifests in the smoothness of the mouthfeel, which is light and crisp but full, like a golden ale/champagne cross. Overall, excellent, and I cannot recall a beer of this style that I would recommend any higher. Well done Dogfish Head.

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Photo of B0bD0bbselbock
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tumbler pint glass

A-Gorgeous pale golden orange color with a hint of amber to it. Nice 1 1/2 finger head that reduced to about 3/4 finger. Nice even lacing, hangs around the sides for while.

S- The honey comes out nicely at first, (reminds me of a nice dry mead), paired with the nice sour aroma of grapes, while the barley seems to carry them through in the middle ground.

T- Wow! The sweet honey really shines out beautifully, with a lovely grape flavor mingling well with the barley. The flavors linger beautifully in the aftertaste. The honey slightly recedes to the background, while the barley and honey take the stage. This really reminds of a mead, with splash of concord grape wine in the mix. A very synergistic bouquet.

M- Smooth, light, slightly crispy.

D- I find this one to be highly drinkable, as it drinks smoothly, while offering a huge burst of wonderful flavors.

Dogfish Head is known for specializing in fine brews of near-incomparable uniqueness, and Midas Touch, to my mind, is one such beer (especially considering its historical background). The sweet and inviting aroma opens up to a most pleasant flavor profile, characterized by a tasty honey sweetness akin to a traditional mead, accentuated by the sweet and tangy grapes, well balanced by the barley, which is followed by a most delightful aftertaste that lingers nicely. From start to finish, i would say this beer is superb in many respects, and therefore highly recommend it to those who seek something truly unique in a beer. I will gladly buy it again.

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Photo of Andy
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Luminous hazy orange. Bright white head. Citrusy aroma, slightly winey like Chardonnay. Alcohol perceived in nose. Nice effervescent flavor, tight carbonation. Could serve as a great replacement for champagne. Slight Belgian yeast flavor. Creamy and smooth throughout. Very dry, wheaty finish.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely loved this stuff. Quite a well crafted and unique brew. You get to see what you're gonna get right at point of purchase due to it being in a clear bottle. But upon opening it is when it really starts to shows off. Color is a hazy dark yellow with a light orangy gold tone to it. Recieved a big bubbly off-white head of foam that faded pretty quickly leaving amazing stitching of lace all over the glass. Smell is much that of wine, chardonnay maybe, with lots of white grapes, a bit musty in a earthy undertone and just lots of fruity sweetness and a touch of honey. Taste is mild sweetness of grapes, wine-like in character, good fruity sweet tartness that grabs nicely and is easy to handle with a nice "touch " of honey and some alcohol pops out in the finish. Feel is pretty full, a bit dull of sweet tartness and carbonation is leveled out some.
Great, great stuff, and the 9% really hits your head so drink slowly and enjoy.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: 750ml clear capped bottle(I want to try a corked and caged one for comparison reasons)June 2002 edition so this is a bit aged. I was really worried when I cracked the cap off of this beer as I purchased it from a place where I got a skunky sam smiths and this beer came in a clear bottle as well. Luckily this beer was not affected at all as it tasted wonderful! This beer poured out a nice, syrupy, golden colour with a bit of a fizzy head to it. This smelled of honey, saffron, barley and malts and it tasted like more of the same. Extremely interesting and very unique. This tasted like white wine, mead, an ipa and a wheat beer all in one! The mouthfeel was super slick and creamy and the drinkability was amazing...9%...really?

Dogfish head brewery makes some amazing beers and this is no exception.


**Update** This stuff definately loses character in 12oz bottles. The aromas are subdued and the taste is definately "less fresh". Stick with the 750's for this one!

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much of a head to thise beer, it could have used a much more aggressive pour.

The color is a light yellow/gold/amber.

The smell is of sweet caramel and chocolate malt.

On the tip of your tounge you can taste the grapes and alcohol but its very slight. Then your flooded with an amzing carmel and chocolate backbone.

Im am very suprised with this beer and must say its a win in my opinion!

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Photo of blackie
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into the snifter creates a low, white, short-lived head. The color of the beer is a light, orange heavy amber.

smell: This beer still confounds my senses, even after sampling it a few times. The honey and barley malt present is obvious. Not so obvious is the essence of the white grapes that become more noticeable as the liquid warms. I feel like I can sense some light hop spice, but may be mistaken. Sweet, complex, and thoroughly interesting.

mouthfeel: Between medium in high in carbonation, and the body is a slick, lighter medium.

taste: The honey sweetness and slickness is the first thing I notice, and it is wonderful. Then some fruity tones from the malt make themselves known. I am really having a hard time commenting on this brew, as it is so unique and complex. Finish is slightly sweet and a little less slightly astringent.

drinkability: Definately not a session beer; not due to the alcohol, but to the sweetness and complexity. My taste buds were worn out after this one. Still, it is drinkable in the sense that it is very good.

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Photo of eskildow
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a deep deep gold, almost an amber beer. Rich gold with no head to speak of. The smell is delightfully grainy and is accompanied by a sweet carmelly taste. This is a good finishing beer and carries a medium body.

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Photo of nortmand
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber red, I definitely see the saffron influence here. Head make the hssss of soda and quickly disappears to nothing. Very disappointing.

Smell is a complexity of light hops mead and a very slight hint of grape character. Very interesting and complex.

Flavor is also quite complex. Spicy and mead sweet. Not alot of grape character here, though this beer is very tasty.

Slick mouth, which I associate with a nice mead.

Nice and flavorful and very drinkable. A good beer, but a bit pricey at $3/bottle.

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Photo of templar316
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden amber, looking like a mead or a pilsner with lightly foaming white suds. The nose reveals something quite different then the pilsner expectations you may have had grape and honey with alcoholic undertones, intriging. The flavor is out of this world, grapes, saffron, honey you can taste it all. It may be a bit too sweet (and strong) to put away several at a sitting, but it is outstanding never the less. Truely an Ale of Kings.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga.
Poured into a white wine glass as recommended by DFH.
appearance - A pretty, hazy golden with a slight white head.
smell - I'm going to cheat by using the DFH tasting notes but they're right on. This has honey, fruit, with a "biscuity" quality. In full, "Honey, saffron, papaya, melon, biscuity, succulent".
taste - see above!
Man, this is nice.
I've had this beer many times and just got around to reviewing.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright golden orange. Thin head with fine lacing.

Aroma is a bit sedated when its fridge cold. Tart grape, sweet florals in the nose. Raw (unfermented) honey aromas there too.

Super smooth and sweet at the beginning. There is a bit of phenol alcohol flavors tucked in there, but they are nicely covered up by the sweetness. Butter and sweet cinnamon rolls. Almost a salty mouthfeel in there too.

I did not taste saffron, but i guess it's real expensive, heh. I'm not going to complain that I can't find its flavors in this brew.

Finish is sugary honey sweet, with a very full body. Gravity on this one feels pretty high. Definitly a great sipper.

I relish in experimental beers like this one. Props go out to Dogfish Head! It doesn't fit into a style I am familiar with, and for that, I'm really enjoying the experience as much as the flavors, aroma, and drinkability.

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Photo of Boto
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 4,783 ratings.
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