Monday, July 9, 2018

Dogfish Head Midas Touch

Fill date: 11/01/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 34C Experimental Beer

AROMA: Fairly prominent honey/mead-like aroma as well as a bready malt base with just a touch of caramel. White muscat grapes imparts a slightly sweet juicy component. Saffron adds a subtle herbal note. All these aromatics make for an interesting bouquet which is recognizable as beer, but unlike any traditional style. Alcohol is present, but tame. Fermentation is clean. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of orange-copper (9-13 SRM). Moderate off-white foam never completely dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: Honey may be the most dominate flavor component; akin to a dry mead. Malt provides some sweetness with a bready, bock-like taste at the core. The white grape comes across as light and juicy and emerges only on the finish. Meanwhile, the saffron is evident throughout with a tingly/herbal taste to offer contrast and slight bitterness (there are no hops in the brew). Alcohol is present, but is clean and subtle. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Texture is quite smooth and comfortable. Not refreshing, but remarkably drinkable for a hefty 9% ABV potency. Warmth from the alcohol is gentle. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Marketed as a beer/mead/wine hybrid, this definitely drinks as such. An interesting and delectable brew that exemplifies what a truly experimental brew can and should be. 10/10


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