Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,819
Reviews:
1,652
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
Wants:
206
Gots:
983
For Trade:
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Ratings: 4,819 |  Reviews: 1,652
Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden/orange color with a small, white, foamy head that left some minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of honey and barley. It also had some sweet fruity aromas, too.

T - It was spicy, but not a hoppy spice. The honey was fairly dominant with some sweet caramel flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is soft and somewhat sticky. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This really is unique. Very sweet and yet quite spicy.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 4/20/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of honey, grape, earth, apricot, herbal, clove, raisin, pepper, bread, floral, and light yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with decent strength; quite pleasant. Taste of grape, biscuit, honey, pepper, clove, saffron, herbal, earth, raisin, floral, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of biscuit, honey, grape, herbal, earth, and light yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors; no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slightly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is a very nice ancient ale style. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; with nice smoothness. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured into tulip glass.

Pours ½ finger of fizzy beige head. Fades down to a ring around the edge quickly. No lace. Color is a hazed pale golden orange.

Aroma: Honey, grapes, spices (must be the saffron), orange peel. Very sweet, yet subtle aroma and I enjoy it.

Taste: Very interesting taste. I can definitely taste the barley here as well as the other highlight ingredients of honey and grapes. Very unique flavor. Has some orange peel and clove flavors as well. A little booze shows as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, spiced, and hot. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends with a big spiced flavored aftertaste that is pretty dry.

Overall, it is a unique beer and at 9%, I don't think I will have a problem finishing the bottle. It is filling, but the uniqueness keeps it going for me. Worth a try, in my opinion.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very hazy with an orange color. Decent lacing.

S: Just like it says on the bottle--honey, grapes, and saffron. Some other, undetectable spiciness as well.

T: The honey and saffron are definitely there, and the groups are a little more underneath. The taste isn't at all bad, thought it's very unusual.

M: Light-to-medium bottle with decent carbonation.

D: This is where the strange taste fits in. Good tasting beer all around, but it's one you don't want to have more than a single bottle of.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white head on top of a clear, deep golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves minimal lace.

S - Lots of honey/pilsner malt aroma with just a hint of toast. A little bit of yeast or grape fruitiness going on, but little else; the malt character is nevertheless quite nice.

T - Sweet, cracker malt up front with a great honey flavor and some spicy hops. More musty, pilsner like hop and malt interactions in the middle that lead to a similar finish. The aftertaste has more of the earthy hop character with a lively honey note that clear up any misconceptions about the beer being made with really good pilsner malt rather than real honey.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Quite a nice beer. I haven't had one of these since much earlier in my Beer Geek career and I was not expecting it to have held up to my fond memories, but if anything I enjoy it more now than I did then. The honey character is fantastic and combined with the herbal hops and spices it is pleasantly reminiscent of a good pilsner. The flavors are much less subtle than those of a fine German lager, but they are eerily similar and tickle a lot of the same parts of the palate. I also appreciate that despite its powerfully sweet finish it manages to avoid becoming cloying (at least for one bottle). I wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting, but it is a very nice beer and I am glad I revisited it.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is something different,pours a nice hazy copper/orange color with real nice sticky head that stays for quite awhile,a pretty sweet aroma of honey with a slightly tart tinge to it.Taste is pretty sweet to begin with a litle spiciness lingers.A pretty complex beer,very well made.Dogfish Head likes to try different things and for the most part are sucessfull.

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - clear, with some bubbles that rise very slowly, as if the beer was highly viscous. The small off-white head soon reduces to a ring.

S: only a little like like wine; more like mead,and more yet like beer, with some bready and vague spice aromas.

T: The flavor was stronger and way weirder that the aroma. {When drinking this and writing up my review, I vaguely recalled that this was based on an ancient recipe, but didn't know any of the details). Too boozy. Has some weird flavor components that are hard to identify and seem to include exotic fruit(s) and spices.

M: Medium+ carbonation. Light body.

O: an interesting 'beer' that I would try again, but out of curiosity rather than a strong desire to have this again. (Retried in August 2015).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is only available in 750 ml bottles. It pours a clear, gently sparkling, deep orange-ish amber body with a creamy yellowish head that drops shortly but keeps a decent collar and leaves some minor spotty lace. Sweet, and almost candyish grapes (like Concord grapes) sweep across the nostrils accompanied by a distinct honey-ish character. It's very mead-like with some alcohol and a slightly herbal note. The aroma is interesting; not really welcoming, but not off-putting either. The full body is enhanced by a fine and moderate carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor is most reminiscent of a mead, but also like a fortified wine; and it even has some sherryish notes. There's not much beer character to it, but I think the malt component helps to add to the body; and also softens the alcohol component. Definitely interesting, althought I view it as more of a wine or mead than beer. The high alcohol helps to keep the sweetness from becoming cloying, but it had its drawbacks - most importantly a lacquer-like quality. Still, fairly well done for what it is.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grapes, spice, lemon, honey & barley. The malt character is faint and there’s not trace of hops.

T: The taste is a combination of fruit, spice and alcohol. I’ve seen the comparison made between this beer and champagne and I’d have to agree. There’s some faint caramelized malt in the background and very little hops, if any. I sampled this beer on-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland a few weeks ago and remember it being a bit sweeter with a little more malt backbone.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and a little sticky.

D: Flavorful, but not my type of flavor, not filling, doesn’t go down as easy as most beers, I suppose this would be a good transitional beer for a wine-drinker, but to this beer-lover it seems a bit off. The one good thing I can say about it is that it’s certainly unique, such is DFH’s MO.

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

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

Sweet, fruity, spicy golden ale. Wonderful crisp mouthfeel with a pleasant carbonation. They give the impression of hoppy bitterness somehow, and the rich tangy flavors balance the sugars. The aroma is like no other, maybe it's the saffron. People usually overdo saffron in recipes, I think, so this is the way to do it. There are not many better strong beers, whatever the style.

I've been enjoying this off and on for years. It was such an eye opener when it first came out. I think you really haven't lived until you've tried it, this is one of the classics that makes modern craft brew so fascinating.

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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 nathanmiller
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all: Very delicious beer. When I saw "saffron" and "grapes" written on the bottle, I was a little hesitant, but I've come to expect perfection from Dogfish Head and I was not let down. Midas Touch delivers.

Very good aromas, strong fruity scents, and these also enhance the taste. 9% abv but it's well masked - you can't taste the alcohol over the strong flavors. Feels wonderful.

Pour me another! I'll be returning to Midas Touch pretty soon.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright orange body with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of honey and spice. Fifteen dollar chardonnay wine and flower petals. Oh, and more honey.

Taste: Mild, sweet maltiness gets trumped by even more sugary honey sweetness. A good measure of white grape juice flavor. Pinch of spice. Finish is alcoholic and somewhat drying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sticky, syrupy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The epic saga behind this beer is far, far more interesting than the beer itself.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 4,819 ratings.
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