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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 Rifugium
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from Total Wine, Cherry Hill, NJ

Poured cloudy golden-yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Aroma of sweet sugars and fruits. Taste of white wine, honey, grapes and cherries, with a little hop bitterness for balance. Medium mouthfeel, with some syrupiness that lingers in the mouth. Very complex and tasty, extra points for innovation, as with many DFH brews. This used to be among my favorites when I first started my journey into craft beer, but it's not something I desire to drink too often these days.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light amber, no head, no lace. There was a touch of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass, but not much. Overall I thought it could have looked a little more lively. The smell was a dead ringer for a white wine. Very sweet grapes and alcohol were all over this one. Hints of honey and grain as it warmed, but really looks and smells like wine. The taste, well lets just say, is this a beer? Don't get me wrong, its not all bad, I just really think this has all the earmarks of a glass of wine. Heavily carbonated white grape taste hits you from the start, as it warmed maybe some honey in there, grainy bread flavors and a touch of alchol, which is not suprising given 9%abv. It has a very light, and lively feel and consistency. Very easy to drink, again though it really felt like a wine. I guess its the style. I will be trying it again though, as it did not really leave any bad inpression.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted cool into a snifter, picked the bottle up at Thirsty's date of 7/2006 on neck. I might have to review again.

A - An apricot shade of amber w/ a quickly collapsing head made of pin sized bone white head. Streams of bubbles make lines of carbonation up the sides of the snifter.

S - A strange mix of honey-like aromas, spiced tinges and malt liquor like booziness.

M - Sweet grainy w/ a boozy honey kissed feel and a fullnes of rice w/ a candy-like finish.

T - Sweet, mead-like honeyish flavors blend w/ a creamy and dry malty w/ a subtle delicate and spicy saffron tinge. A slightly syrupy full unctous honey and malt synergy of smoothness and a creamy round fullness that begs for return sips. No real harsh malt alcohol flavor, just strong and noticeable abv.

D - a sweet taste that can be savored for at least an hour w/ a boozy yet smooth feeel and easy to drink relatively for the strength. A nice honey blend w/ the flavor and balance of barley and spice, very drinkable and intense. I admire the effort of Sam Calagione and Company for producing this ancient ale from a faraway place.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear dark golden color with a thin white head.

S: Intensely sweet like corn syrup and honey. The grapes provide additional sweetness that probably isn't really necessary. Floral and slightly spicy provide some opposition to the intense sugary character.

T: Lots of sweet white grape flavor, apple juice, corn syrup and honey. There is actually a bit of caramel/malt character on the palate, too. A light floral note and just a hint of spice.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: Despite the intense sweetness, it didn't become cloying or overbearing, which is sort of rare for a Dogfish Head beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 03/15/07

Pours an effervescent bronze/honey with 1/2" of pearl colored head. near-zero retention & lacing

S: Apricot, honey & pineapples

T: Sweet honey, dates, pineapples, & some dryness up front. Slight smokeyness & caramel, appleskins as this warms. I start getting grapes/muscadines in the finish, along with warming booze & dryness. Reminds me of a low abv mead in many respects.

MF: Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation & lot of slickness

This would work well as in a dessert course, drinks good, but too far away from my likes to drink more than 2. Does hide the ABV well though

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Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750 ml clear glass champagne magnum, blurb about the beer and well packed sediment on the bottom of the bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Perpetually hazed with a cloudy sunset orange colour, lace hold well …does not stick much but stay around.

Smell: Perfume-like aroma of raw honey, grape skin and saffron. Suggestions of allspice and earthy undertones.

Taste: Smooth with a bottle conditioned or a conditioned carbonation in the secondary fermentation, Alcohol make a mark as first presence with some spicy estery components as well as a bit of solvent flavours. Big buttery flavour from an over zealous diacetyl is the layer of icing for this brew. Grape skin and a fermented honey twang in the alcohol come through. Mineral and spicy saffron flavours in the middle, vinous and lightly tart. Oddly phenolic with allspice flavours flailing around that border medicinal. The after taste has the remains of grape skin and grain. After shocks of the ester / solvent alcohol continue to warm the body.

Notes: Great to have an experimental brew here and there, bring this to a dinner party to funk things up. After a couple of bottle of this they won’t know up from down or wine from beer. Other than that it is not a beer that would be considered an everyday beer nor a beer you can drink much at all. More or less a beer to share with a meal … seems to pair well with garlic studded pork loin with brown rice (that could be cooked with saffron) and a sun-dried tomato spinach and goat cheese salad.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a clear straw pale yellow with a thin white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is very sweet, just shy of being cloyingly sweet. You can definitely get some hints of muscat grape - kind of similar in the sweet smell to a dessert wine.

T: There is a lot of sweetness in this beer, definitely contributed from the muscat grape and honey used in the brewing. In addition to the sweetness, I do detect a little hint of saffron.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Too sweet for me - I guess this might be a nice dessert offering (like a dessert wine) but I'm not much of a sweet tooth. This is a beer that you only want/need to sip a small amount to enjoy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH Alehouse snifter.

Pours a golden honey amber with a small bit of white foamy head that doesn't lace too much at all. The smell is overwhelmingly in fsvor of honey and white grapes, though not overly sweet. A modicum of floweriness also comes through, but only as background radiation. The taste follows, with the honey and grapes once again taking a preeminent role, and just as in the smell the sweetness is nicely toned down. The flowers from the smell are replaced by an equally mild bit of hoppy bitterness, creating a nicely balanced flavor. The body is nicely moderate and very smooth, lending this brew a high level of drinkability, though the ABV may try to say otherwise.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Pickled Pig Pub

A: The beer is perfectly clear golden color with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing left behind.

S: Honey, grapes, some spice, a little lemon. Very sweet.

T: Very sweet, a little overly sweet for my liking. The oney comes through as do the grapes. There is a little bit of spice, but that part is relatively faint. I can taste a bit of alcohol, more so as it warms.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation, relatively crisp, but cloyingly sweet. No alcohol heat, but could taste it a little.

O: Just not really my kind of beer. Have had this a few times and just can't get over the flavor/sweetness combination. It does taste a little better with some food though, probably because the food mutes some of the sweetness. I give DFH some credit for making this though, I really do like the concept behind it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Dogfish menu says this beer contains "barley, muscat grapes, thyme honey and saffron"

This is a clear amber-colored beer. The little head present disappeared rapidly...no lace on the glass.

Sweet aroma with almost an apple jack smell. The honey is noticable while the hop is not.

Flavorwise, think a cross between a cyser (honey flavored cider) and a British mild. The drink starts off sweet but finishes slightly tart. Very full body with moderate carbonation.

I first saw this beer on PBS as they deciphered an ancient beer recipe. Worthy of a taste if only to taste "history".

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Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a gold amber color with a small white head that quickly settled down to a small ring around the sides of the flass.

Aroma has some sweet honey and grapes with a little spiciness to it.

Taste has some sweet honey followed by the flavor of the grapes. It has some crispness and spicy flavors coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation.

Drinkability is surprisingly good for a beer that is 9%. It tastes much lighter then that and the alcohol is well hidden.

I enjoyed trying this one but it isn't something I will seek out on a regular basis. It's something different and worth trying though for sure.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amazing creation and just another reason that DFH gets my vote as the most revolutionary American brewery that I have experienced. Appears a hazy golden orange with an orangish peach tint to the mammoth head that leaves a decent amount of trickled lacing. Aroma contains slightly musty grape notes with a big aroma of alcohol to the nose along with a sharp pleasant honey richness to it. Taste has a wine like finish very sweet rush with slight hints of spice and honey. Very good but doesn't tie it all together for me, I may just not be into mead. Mouthfeel has high carbonation with that bubbly mouthfeel and it's all contained in this light to medium bodied slight syrupy rich consistency. Drinkability is desireable especially seems it would pair well with some good mediterranean style food, but the 9% abv doesn't allow this beer to be one for session drinking.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage January 2, 2007

I had a four year old sample of this brew served by Sam Calagione in 2006. I remember liking it much more than the fresh version, so I bought a four pack and cellared it for just shy of four years.

A: Midas Touch appears golden and hazy with an 1/8" of head that leaves some faint lacing in its wake.

S: Grapes, grape juice with an assortment of spices.

T: I believe the sweetness has mellowed, and the beer has a subdued alcohol presence. The taste is tannic and / or of alcoholic grape juice. Four years of aging has created a smoother, more mellow version of the beer.

M: Having benefited from time in the cellar, the alcohol presence is muted. The beer is medium-thin in body, with a present sweetness.

D: A fun, unique and interesting beer. Kudos to Dogfish Head for pushing the limits. I wouldn't want more than a few ounces of this. Midas Touch is an intriguing brew, and worth a try.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle: "Handcrafted Ancient Ale with barley, honey, white muscat grapes & saffron".

I went with an aggressive pour since no directions were given on the bottle, plus I did not see any lees in evidence. I had a rocky finger of off-white head briefly until it went back into the ages from whence it came. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity that would have made King Midas proud to have it named after him, plus he would be able to see well into the future with this one. I definitely caught the grape vinousness on the nose, but also the honey sweetness as well as a dry mustiness, no doubt the result of the yeast. Mouthfeel was very viscous, not honey-thick, but full for beer and with an effervescence that seemed to wash my mouth clean. On the second mouthful, following Midas' Cleansing, I was getting a definite white wine dryness along with an underlying honey sweetness. Man, I may need a lay-down after this. Finish had a unique honey/grape/malt admixture that swirled around in the back of my throat. It was a mellow beer for its given ABV and that may be its only drawback - it is too smooth to lay on the unsuspecting and even the more seasoned veterans may be caught unawares. I suddenly began to feel it coming on like a freight train ... Zounds!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear with an orange hued golden color. Not much head. Smell is almost rustic with a smoked lemon edge. Heavily sweet on the tongue, no doubt due to the muscat grapes and honey used. The feel is light and bubbly at first and ends with a silky aftertaste, and you in no way can tell this one has a 9% ABV. Definitely a unique brew that is worth trying, though for some it might be a bit too sweet or soft. For me though I really liked it and would go for it again. But to drink many at one time might be too much because of it’s sweet tone. Definitely good as an after dinner beer because of it’s sweetness.

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Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 01/04/06

Pours deep golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a thin, floating patch (nice color - not that great of head retention, but somewhat expected for abv).

The smell is of honey with an herbal background.

The taste is of sweet honey and barley malt. Do I detect the grapes and saffron? Not quite sure. Maybe the grapes, that gives it an almost winey character and some balance, the saffron? Well, it's an unusual additive to beer. Maybe. There is something keeping the sweetness from becoming overwhelming - not hop bitterness though. This has an unusual taste (as expected)... not bad...can't say I really love it though. A restrained peppery alcohol is in the mix. I had this last year when it was fresher, and I do think the alcohol mellowed nicely. Worth cellaring for awhile.

The feel is medium, with lingering sweetness and an alcohol sharpness.

Not so easy to drink - It's certainly a slow sipper. An interesting brew, but I can't say I particularly enjoyed it too much- not really my thing - but worth having as a conversational piece and good enough try. This is my second or third one in the last one, and I doubt I would get again, esp. considering the hefty price.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a stingy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is interesting! I'm picking up some sugary candy smells as well as some dried fruits like cherry, grape and plum. Little bit of spicy/phenolic in the background. Taste isn't what you'd think from the smell. Tastes like a port mixed with a beer fermented with a Belgian yeast then flavored with cooking spices. A bit of alcohol as she warms. Finishes kinda sweet with a lingering spice that holds the taste buds hostage. Thick body, sticky mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Different to say the least. I couldn't see myself drinking this one very often, but I'm glad Sam brewed this for me to try.

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Photo of tdm168
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with 1/2" of loose bubbly head that quickly dissipates. The nose has notes of grapes and honey with faint alcohol esters. The taste is faint barley malt followed immediately by grapes and honey with just faint herbal notes from the saffron. The alcohol is noticeable; it adds phenols and warmth without overpowering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm, smooth, and well carbonated.

Overall, this is a cool beer, but it comes off a little more like wine than beer. The grapes are a little heavy and between the grapes and honey there's a little too much sweetness. It's different and definitely off-centered. Worth a try if you're looking for something new or if you're a big DFH fan.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A recreated ancient ale, using such offbeat ingredients as white muscat grapes, and saffron. Pours a big, bone white head, gorgeous amber/orange color, soft, sweet aroma. Lovely texture! It just rolls off your lips and floods your mouth with pleasure. Warm, glowing, the grapes are evident, and, soon enough, the honey comes shining through. Perfect for summertime picnics, of around the fireplace. Fresh, sparkling, very mead-like...I've never had a honey beer quite like this. There is no beer like this, that's for sure.
Great stuff, and reminds me of the best Belgians I've enjoyed.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled Jan 6th 2011, boy should have paid attention to that date...

Barely even a half finger white head made off the pour but I'll admit it has some staying power. Body is a clear pale amber light orange with large carbonation bubbles stuck to the glass. A few come up and make their presence known. Kind of a weak looking brew.

Smell is a mix of off putting and nice. Bitter bile but also, a candied like Belgian yeast scent (it's the Muscat actually that's making the sweetness), with a big floral bent. Pollen. I am kind of on the fence with this one since the first scent is quite off putting.

Taste is shockingly better. Big thick and carbonated blast of honey and fruit in the mid palate, with a nice honey and dry bread finish on the swallow. Mouthfeel is a little interesting and unexpected, very playful in feel of mix of big body with a package of carbonation.

Overall I still enjoy this in the taste and drink. I've had this many times before, but I think I needed a fresher bottle (or just go for on tap). I seem to remember liking it more in the past, perhaps a re-review is in the cards for this one.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend gave me one of these as a thank for picking up some Stone Ruination on a recent trip. Poured into a mug.

A - Unsurprisingly it's a golden color. Transparent with visible carbonation. Two-fingered head that dissipates quickly to a nice lace.

S - Smells of grapes with spice. Reminds me of some wheat beers, even though this isn't one. It's also somewhat boozy.

T - Starts out with bready roasted barley, finishes with concord grapes. Tastes better than it smells. There's definitely some spice to this one too.

M - A little thinner than I generally like, but otherwise pretty smooth. Not too much carbonation - drinks a little like a mead, which I suppose is appropriate.

D - One and done. It was finish-able, even at 9%, but drinks more as a novelty than as a regular brew.

Kudos to DFH for pushing the envelope but this isn't a direction that I'm interested in.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was quite interesting....more like a white wine than beer. The beer poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent was white grape all the way and the taste as mentioned was more like a white wine than beer. There was some hints of spice. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall its worth a taste but more than that...no thanks.

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

New review from 8/28/15 - Nice sparkling color, with a decent short head. Retention is weak. Aroma isn't very strong, mostly sweet. Flavor is complex, sweet with honey being most notable. A bit sweet for my tastes. Fairly dry. Alcohol is not noted. I agree with my old review = cool expiriment, but not something I'm going to be craving often.

Look - 3.75 Smell - 3.5 Taste - 3.75 Feel - 3.75 Overall - 3.75 Avg - 3.69

Original review from 6/16/2006: Color is a clear, sparkling golden orange. Head is short, creamy, and just a bit off-white. Retention is weak. Aroma is very sweet, honey is most noted mixed with malt and maybe just a touch of grape. Taste is also sweet, with honey being the most apparent flavor. Grape mixes in as well a provides a fruity edge and is joined by a mild spice flavor. Alcohol flavor is notable, especially in the finish. Drinkability is pretty good, however I find this to be more interesting as an experiment, and not as something I'd want to have very often.

Look - 4 Smell -3.5 Taste - 3.5 Feel -4 Overall - 3.5 Avg - 3.58

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a loose bottle at the local beer store. The beer pours a bright golden-yellow color, with a slight head that quickly disperses. The beer has an almost Saison aroma to it. There are notes of fruit, roast, and green spices (which I had a hard time placing...basil and something). The beer is sharp and crisp as it passes your lips, and quickly followed by a roasted barley and peppery flavor. The spicy notes continue through into the aftertaste, combined with a very slightly sour malt character. Lingering finish, which allows some time to take in all the different flavors before the next sip. This is a very unique brew, and rather tasty, but not one I would tackle 'en mass'.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large champagne bottle, with cork and cage. Pours cloudy orange/golden. Nice nose of fruit, wine, raisins. Lovely soft flavors of fruit, wine, grapes, spice,pepper. Buttery mouthfeel, tastes similar to a saison to me. with the spice and earthyness of the flavors. Interesting beer. Vinious notes, grape skins etc. Dogfishhead continues to amaze. Innovaters and risk takers. Try their beers, visit their locations and be thankful for em!

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