Desert Magic IPA - Mudshark Brewing Co.
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3.46/5 rDev +3.3%
Nice dark golden body with a lasting foamy white head; lots of active carbonation. Rather subdued aroma; faintly malty with touches of citrus and grass. Light malt flavor with a build up of respectable hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied; semi-dry finish.
A fair but rather bland IPA. The relative lack of strong aroma is a let down. The flavor is okay with a good hop bitterness overall but a pretty lackluster malt base detracts from the overall appeal. I'm also puzzled by the label's wording of "SERVED FULL FLAVOR AND REAL COLD". I don't think an IPA is normally served "real cold" and for this beer, "real cold" might deaden the taste highlights such as they are at a more reasonable temperature. Oh, well. No, this isn't a mind-blowing IPA by any stretch, but I wouldn't turn down another one if I had limited choices for other IPAs. It's a fair but unexciting IPA offering.
05-04-2014 00:49:13 | More by beergoot
3.76/5 rDev +12.2%
Can it and go. 12 ounce can, on to the beer:
It's a bronzed orange color and topped with a frothy head. Good head retention sticks around on top. The hop aroma may smell a little faded, though it still has appeal. With grapefruit peel, a bittersweet citrus, and a touch of caramel, there's appeal to the aroma. Taste....starts off with bitter orange, then comes the grapefruit. The grapefruit gains some sweetness. In comes a vague citrus, which continues the fun in this IPA. It's medium bodied, not too bitter, and a pleasing beer to consume. I presume it's better than 98% of the beer consumed at Lake Havasu during Spring Break.
04-07-2014 02:14:36 | More by DoubleJ
1.9/5 rDev -43.3%
Pours with minimal head & lacing, amber to golden color range, with fairly good clarity. Nose has some sweet citrusy notes, a few musty herbal components, but also a hint of wet cardboard. Uh oh. Palate has a noticeable sour to soapy sort of flavor right away which leads me to think this is yet another Arizona beer/brewery with problems (Phoenix Ale Brewing comes to mind too as a major offender). Light candied malt is present with some grapefruity zinging hops that take over. Finish is bitter in a good way, but also slick with soap. Thumbs down.
11-04-2013 02:47:07 | More by yemenmocha
1.8/5 rDev -46.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with no date code into a pint glass and get 1/2 fingers of head.
A: Pours a copper color with 1/2 fingers of head that dissipates quickly to leave a soapy covering on the top of my glass. There is some lacing present.
S: Smells like lemon and cantaloupe. Interesting.
T: Tastes of lemon and soap. Terrible. Just an aftertaste of soap. I just washed this glass by hand and rinsed it with water before pouring the beer. The soap taste is the beer.
M: Medium bodied and carbonated.
O: I won't buy this again and I wouldn't even have it if offered. Pass this one by! This is the only beer that I've poured down the drain since I started experiencing craft beers.
10-28-2013 00:54:30 | More by JohnnyJam
Desert Magic IPA from Mudshark Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.