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RATINGS: 2144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Midas Touch Golden Elixir is a beverage based on the residue found on the drinking vessels in King Midas’ tomb. Our recipe highlights the known ingredients of barley, white Muscat grapes, honey and saffron. Somehwere between a beer, wine and mead, this smooth, dry ale will please with Chardonnay or I.P.A. drinker alike.

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4.9
dogfishhead (3) - TINLEY PARK, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2005 does not count
I feel that MIdas Touch is the best beer in the world. It has captured the wine and beer world simultaneously. Because it uses muscat grapes which are used for white wine and combines it with a belgian tasting yeast and malt, you get an oak taste while eliminating the excessive sweet and sour taste of wine. The grape, hops, malt, and yeast round out the beer giving the drinker the great sweetness of wine and the crisp bitterness of a malty ale. Robert Donahue

3.6
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Poured a nice golden color with a head that disappeared almost instantly. Aroma of grapes, honey and slight alcohol. Different but I enjoyed it. Along the lines of a very enjoyable white wine (and I’m not really a wine fan). The concept of the beer is cool too. Way to go Dogfish Head.

3.7
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Clear and golden with a white head. Yeasty honey aroma with a kind of female muskiness. Sweet. Flavors of wood, white grapes, some mushy apple. Interesting. I don’t get any saffron.

4.3
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2005
I just tried a sweet Colonia Malzbier and it was so sweet and non-alcoholic as to be an anti-beer. Midas Touch is also very sweet and loaded with fruitiness but it is definitely ale. Pours bright brassy gold with a fluffy head which quickly faded leaving some nice lacing behind. Aroma was dominated by fruit esters, particularly blueberry, honey, sweet wine, yeast and malt. Taste was a nice juxtaposition of sweet berries, toasty malt, and a good hop kick. Whereas the malzbier was just syrupy sweet while this is a truly complex ale, slighty herbal but mostly sweet dextrose from the malt and a good bitter hop finish. Don’t think the saffron contributed. This is refreshing and would go nice with a light desert as a digestif.

3.4
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Head quickly disappears and pours out with a wonderful copper golden color. Very sweet aroma that is like honey. Taste as it goes down is sweet and light with some spiceness it is a complicated taste as others have described. The tail though has a slight bitterness (not too bitter, but not as smooth for my own personal taste.) This is hard to get a hold of. I heard that the taste of this one was actually made as a recreation of the mead that was found in King Midas goblet. I don’t know if that is true or not, but regardless it certainly is very original in taste and very recogizable if you were given a blind taste test.

3.7
Tmoney99 (14860) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Bottle 12 oz. Pours a dark amber with a medium off-white head. Complex aroma of sweet and spice. Medium body with a chewy texture. Interesting flavor of malt, honey and yeast. Very flavorful and unique brew.

3.1
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Bottle. This ’beer’ smells super sweet. It is definitely different. I did’t really care for it at first. The taste of honey dominated my mouth. Not what I expected at all but has a very intersting dry finish.

3.6
puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Pours a pale orange/gold with an unsurprisingly tiny head that quickly dissappears. Aroma is very much of wine and honey. Taste is similar, with malt up front and a sweet finish. A nice drink but it really doesn’t do it as a "beer" for me; tastes more like a sweet white wine.

4
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2005
A decent looking golden honey colored pour. The nose is sweet orangy with a little earthy honey. The taste is a vapory orange/pumpkin spice/ginger/honey/alcohol mix. Very interesting and yet another hit from Dogfish Head.

3.7
tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Grainy cereal malt, grapes, musky honey in the aroma. Deep golden-copper coloured body is topped with a cover of fine-bubbled, off-white head that recedes to ring and leaves some streaks of lacing. Pastry-dough sweetness is undercut by saffron spiciness and the muskiness of the honey. Long sweet aftertaste fades to a toasty, bready cereal flavour with plenty of honey. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation that is gently effervescent in the mouth. Other than a mild warming effect, alcohol is never apparent. Tulip glass, cellar temp. Bottle (trade, May 2005). Thanks, jah noth!


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