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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Reviews: 1,644 | Ratings: 4,785
Photo of Monkeefartz
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

It is sweet, but drinkable. A malty barley wine mixed with a sweet moscato wine...but enjoyable. It's a good choice for spicy foods or a sipper on the deck.

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Photo of gfanikf
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pleasant and refreshing beer. A little sweet at times in terms of initial taste, but it quickly dissipates. Overall good for a day of sitting on the balcony and reading the Metal Gear Solid V strategy guide.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I wasn't sure what glassware to use for this, so I bought two bottles. I poured one into a pint glass and the other into a tulip.
Haha, joke's on me, the appearance was the same in both: super light semi-hazy to a slight transparent yellow color. Carbonation could be seen rising to the surface rapidly like wine. Head, what head, there's no head in this thing.
The smell had some sweet grapes coming through with a certain wine-like bitterness. Light floral and honey tones rescue the beer from the wine qualities.
The taste was mildly sweet and once again had the sweet effervescent grapes, honey and floral tones combine decently. There's no aftertaste.
The mouthfeel had a light bodied feel to it with a fairly harsh carbonation to it. Wooee, wine-like again.
Overall, the smell saves everything in this one. The taste is good too, but there's a lot of wine-like qualities to it. Eh. Nice to try, but probably wouldn't have again.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like someone put malt in my moscato. Hard to call it beer, but I liked it anyway.
Light gold in color, looks and tastes almost like a sparkling wine. The grape and honey dominate and provide a fair bit of sweetness. Yet it's still surprisingly light and drinkable despite 9% ABV, and not too sticky.
Not much in terms of hops.
Paired surprisingly well with crabs.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.38/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Transparent pale yellow color with extremely mild carbonation and little to no head. Very sweet and fruity aroma. Sweet and alcoholic. Malt and fruit like apricot, grape and honey. Some saffron at the top of the palate and end of sip. Honestly, tastes like a bad wine. What you find in 2,700 year old drinking vessels should stay in 2,700 year old drinking vessels.

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Photo of slusk
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden with a thin, short-lived head.

S: Complex aromas. No hops of course. Definitely smell the grapes as well as sweet breads and honey. There's a spiciness that's hard to pin down, very Belgian-like. Some mild citrus with subtle earthy undertones.

T: Surprisingly bright, distinct flavors. There's a Belgian background with a distinct honey flavor that you feel in the throat. There is a nice wine character that is easily detectable. The yeast seems like a Belgian or English strain. A bit acidic but a pleasant aftertaste. Finishes semi-dry.

M: Medium body with a low to moderate carbonation. A tiny bit of astringency from the grapes I expect. Not detracting at all, if anything I think it adds an interesting quality.

O: I wasn't expecting to like this beer, I'm not a fan of fruit or spice brews, but this one surprised me. It's got a huge flavor and a complexity that lives on many levels. It's not exactly a light body brew, yet it's refreshing and finishes with a pleasing aftertaste. Not bad for a late summer warmer.

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Photo of stompilator
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured a clear gold, soft head.

S - White grapes, biscuits, wood.

T - Light, delicate malt leaves a doughey, dry impression. The white grapes provide a dryness all their own, while the honey balances everything out. The honey is rather thin-tasting. The wood is very subtle, but gives an extra roughness to the beer.

M - Light-bodied, lightly-carbonated and very appropriately delicate.

O - An interesting brew, great idea, but didn't have the character or boldness it could've had.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/20/15 at 44 degrees into 0.5 L siedel/Reviewed 7/21/15
$ 3.39/12 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Aroma of something I don’t recognize, initially weak and fades to nothing
Head average (Three cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy, diminishing to three mm ring and layer of tiny bubbles
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, chill haze
Flavor odd and very not beer-like, more of a bitter herbal remedy; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no DMS.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

Retried 1/22/17.
Served at 50 degrees in JK snifter
Body golden, clear
Distinct grape odor and flavor. Still somewhat medicinal, not beer-like.
All else remains the same, including the rating.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Midas Touch is an unusual beer and I think it's worth a try at least once, especially if you like wine at all. And yet the grape aspect of the flavor did not taste like wine to me. It was more like sipping a beer right after you popped a grape in your mouth. The grape aspect is more notable in the aroma than in the taste, and its presence in the taste is less notable in the finish.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought this strictly on a writeup in "The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer" by William Bostick who commented upon this on how the owner of Dogfish Head had done a lot of research on the earliest beers in Babylonia and that Midas Touch sounded like the most successful (although I'm sure the opinions are subjective). So I got a four pack to bring to a get together of fellow sots and music fans who were positively impressed by it. The look got downgraded because there was almost no head and the carbonation of it seemed quite low, surely by design. It drank very much like a hybrid of beer and wine but nobody was put off by it. I thought the alcohol was extremely well hidden. I'll probably have to drink it by myself to be able to put into words my full thoughts on this but it is definitely worth trying agains.

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Photo of brap
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Initial smell really put me off. It is definitely "different." After the shock of the new sensation (ironic given this is replicating an ancient recipe) it really grew on me.

It reminded me of my favorite wine tasting joke that I like to say to watch people roll their eyes at winery tastings (after much pretense glass raising, sniffing, and swishing around the palate). Mmmmmmmm...grapey.

You really do taste the grape, it's a little like drinking a honey beer and eating fresh concord grapes.)

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Photo of SFNC
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pale yellow liquid with minimal head and mild carbonation. Smells sweet and boozy. Slightly spicy as well. Taste is sweet on the front, a mild burning sensations from the alcohol. The finish is sweet and somewhat sticky, Overall, a nice change of pace and a unique beverage.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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 -3.8%
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 +4.6%
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 -5.9%
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 -6.5%
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 +6.2%
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%
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 +14.2%
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 -0.5%
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 +14%
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 +9.9%
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 +4.3%
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 -26.6%
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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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 4,785 ratings.
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