Sunday is Beer Day at The No Seatbelt Blog, so it’s time for another feature on a craft beer that’s just dying for you to pop it open. This week on “The Beer List,” Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch is getting poured, so let’s dive in. I’ve had this delicious beer a few times, and so it’s finally time to give it the rundown.
Dogfish Head is a masterful brewery, churning out a seemingly countless number of different brews, so many of which are daring and experimental in the ingredients used to bring those beer to life. Midas Touch is no exception, being a complex and interesting beer brewed with barley, honey, white muscat grapes, and saffron.
Midas Touch pours a medium amber color, and the thin head dissipates quickly. The beer smells mostly sweet, with the aroma of honey taking the driver’s seat for me, also with a bit of malt on the nose. As far as the taste is concerned, Midas Touch is one of the sweeter beers I’ve had from Dogfish Head.
There is very little, if any hop character, and overall, Midas Touch is more like a mead than a beer. The taste of honey and grape, along with a thicker mouthfeel, and a fairly high carbonation level make this beverage something far from your standard beer. There is a slight spice in the taste due to the saffron, but I would hesitate to say that it balances out the sweetness. The alcohol-by-volume level is a solid 9%, so unless you’ve been training for some sort of Beer Olympics and your tolerance is at an all-time high, one of these should be enough.
This story behind this beer/wine/mead hybrid is a marvel for beer lovers and history geeks alike. According to the page for this beer on the official Dogfish Head website, the brewery worked with archaeologist Patrick McGovern to uncover ancient drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas. The remnants of what was found within those vessels were used as a basis for the brewing of Midas Touch today.
Midas Touch is quite a unique beer that’s well worth the try. A single bottle is not exactly cheap, running about $4, but for the different character of this release, as well as for the history behind its conception, an occasional pickup is in order. Stay tuned for another edition of “The Beer List” right here at The No Seatbelt Blog!