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Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 4,863 |  Reviews: 1,662
Photo of nomad
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a barely hazed pumpkin orange color. It had no real head, some tiny bits of carbonation, thick lace that wouldn't budge, and tried hard to stain. Impressive for a strange brew.

Smelled of grapes, cumin (though its really saffron) - hard to detect much else because of these. Taste was sweetly of white grapes, lightly syrupy (from the honey?), but dissappeared. Then a strange herby spice flavor from the saffron came on. Not much else. Couldn’t detect alcohol at all. With a softly dry finish, nice easy mouthfeel, its different but not compelling.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle. Bottled 10/23/09, so a little more than a year old.

Appearance: Not much of a head on this "golden elixir." It would be clear if it weren't for all the suspended particles. Some nice legs, but little lacing.

Smell: Lots of grapes and a syrupy sweet malt backbone. It smells pretty good, but pretty one sided. Different for sure.

Taste: Very yeasty flavor. Grape of course and some apple. Kind of hot with phenolics and a little bit of higher alcohols maybe. Tastes like a not so great homebrewed Belgian or something.

Mouthfeel: Well, I kind of like the mouthfeel. Its smooth and a little sticky without getting too syrupy. Despite having little head, its still got decent carb to it.

Drinkability: Not to interested in trying this one again. Its OK. I do like the idea.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a clear copped color. The aroma is candy sweetness with grapes, like the grapes in grape juice. This beer tastes really weird. It took me a while to figure out if I like it or not. It sort of has a cream ale malt flavor that I don't like. It's much stronger than a cream ale, though, and I do enjoy the fruity grape flavor. Some honey sweetness too. This beer isn't great, but it's certainly unique.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is an orangish gold color with an off white foam. It is clear yet has many little floaters through out the glass that look like pulp - not unappetizing.

It smells of fresh fruit and sweet spice, different but appealing. An almost musty sweetness.

It feels wonderful in the mouth, the carbonation mutes a slight bitterness and brings the sweet spice to the forefront.

It taste full of mealy sweetness, a slightly bitter fruitness comes through at the end of a sip, then the spicey sweetness lingers luring one back. The fruits that come through are green melon and white grape.

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Photo of ToddGingerich
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Finally picked one of these up at Downtown in Somerville.
Pours a golden orange...w/ plenty of light able to pass thru this brew. Just shy of a full finger of off-white head...nice lace...surprisingly attractive.
Not much aroma at first, but as it warms up a bit, you can smell the sweet honey and spice...w/ just a hint of alcohol.
Taste is a flavorful one, but I can tell this is not my type of beer. I'd apprecaite it much more on tap...it is wickedly sweet and it is quite awkward the way the texture splits itself in my mouth. The sweetness grabs the back of my throat, but the carbonated alcohol stays put...lingering for a bit too long.
For me, drinkability is low, but I am not a huge fan of spiced beers...I am glad I gave it a try and would try it again if I found it on tap.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of travolta
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
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 MooseBoose
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of aorloski
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

at 1st taste I thoght I wasted 13.00 for this 4 pack and as the beer warmed we got to be friends. poured golden amber with no head. aroma honey, grapes alcohol, white wine, fruity. flavor honey, fruity, alcohol very strong, had to check bottle to make sure I was drinking beer and not wine this would go well with stir fry chicken. as it warmed the flavors blended nicely.

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Photo of MrBoh
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber into my DFH pint glass. Loud, rapid head formation that I slowed to about a finger thick, yet it dissipated quickly. First bad choice. Very light-colored head, similar to those mass-marketed beers.

Immediately a strong aroma of grapes, with a bit of honey. Overall similar to a white wine, or a grape juice (minus the common processed smell).

The taste, like the aroma, is dominated by the grapes. Honey definitely accentuates the grapes. Barley is definitely noticeable at first, but the finish has a sweet, not very dry, wine kind of finish with hints of the saffron. Hops are almost non-existent (as expected with a low IBU beer), but a distinctive earthy (almost grassy) taste is present. Not sure if it is from hops, or the kind of grapes, or maybe something else. As it sits, the barley flavor starts to catch up to the grape domination. It is more like a dry wine now, but with a nice bit of sugar/honey to coat the tongue.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. Smooth and silky, especially for a 9% brew. The carbonation isn't felt roughly on the tongue (despite what I expected after the initial pour). Especially after the rapid formation.

Maybe should have used my DFH signature glass. Not a bad beer, especially for being made from millenias old recipe. But, far from being on par with many other DFH brews. I think the novelty of the beer is what made me spend a high price for the 4-pack after seeing it on various shelves for ages, and what I still use to justify it.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar-fridge temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a 1-finger bubbly white head that rapidly dissipates. Not much lacing. Clear with tons of carbonation bubbles.

S – Wheat malt, honey, and grapes. An aroma that is very similar to champagne except with grainy wheat added.

T – Starts off sweet with grainy wheat, honey, and grapes and builds to a dry almost bitter astringency with red wine, herbal, and spice flavors. I can’t really identify which spices are in here – maybe the saffron that’s listed on the bottle.

F – Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation, a dry and astringent mouthfeel, and a very dry finish. Red wine dryness lingers for a while and pairs well with the mild throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This is an interesting beer that I can’t really place into a category. It has lots of unique aromas and flavors going on. But while this beer is unique, I simply don’t think it tastes very good. The idea of making an ancient ale is cool, but I won’t be getting this one again.

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Photo of 30helens
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of MNPikey
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
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 Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of cwreay90
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sneth019
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful golden color with a very small white head even from straight drop pour.

S: A wonderful grape smell with a very very faint honey back ground.

T: Hand in hand with smell a nice grape/wine taste with a slight honey finish, the alcohol is hidden very well in this also.

M: Light body with great carbonation

O: A very different beer for me but very good, would definitely drink again.

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Photo of BEERschlitz
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 4,863 ratings
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