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Desert Magic IPA - Mudshark Brewing Co.

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Desert Magic IPADesert Magic IPA

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mudshark Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
f your not a hop head put this beer back. We use crisp deser t water, a strong malt profile and a double dose of dry hopping will make you a believer.

(Beer added by: GRG1313 on 03-01-2011)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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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
More User Reviews:
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4.28/5  rDev +27.8%

Appearance – This is a beautiful, light shiny copper in color with a huge, lasting, lacing head.

Smell – The easy, light, but potent hop profile is lemon with some light grapefruit. It is very soft on the nose and pleasant.

Taste – The hops are similar at the taste and I get a light malt compliment. This is very well balanced and flavorful without being harsh.

Mouthfeel – This AIPA is shy of medium-bodied and smooth as if poured on cask. Carbonation is light.

Drinkability – This literally goes down like water. It manages to be flavorful without being harsh and is one of the smoothest beers I’ve ever had out of a can.

06-24-2012 22:48:02 | More by RoyalT
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-22-2013 22:17:21 | More by aquazr1
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3.2/5  rDev -4.5%


Thanks for opening this with me, Nathan!

Slightly hazed gold, nearly amber, with a moderately sized near-white head that leaves sticky lines of irregular lace down the glass. Nice and appropriate.

The aroma has some lemon, slight orange, and some bread character to it. This is slightly better than average, I suppose, though that might be a bit generous.

A somewhat sweet IPA, especially compared to the classic West Coast heavy hitters. The flavors are well rounded, integrated, and drinkable, and the citrus hop flavors have a lemon component to them.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An average IPA, though not at all undrinkable.

03-23-2012 02:21:27 | More by ehammond1
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3.85/5  rDev +14.9%

Yellow to darker gold colored beer, white head. Smells of grapefruit and pine hops, although a little muted.

Taste, better hop mouthfeel, more citrus, more pine. Good fruity hop mouthfeel, not just bittering hops here. Was enjoyable, had this at Papago in Pheonix, with their garlic chicken pizza, this definitely is a good beer w garlic, enjoyed it. Would recommend.

04-26-2011 18:36:23 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Mexico

3/5  rDev -10.4%

02-08-2014 19:52:45 | More by LXIXME
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

04-17-2012 02:14:48 | More by avisong
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

04-05-2013 03:14:12 | More by rolandboy
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3.03/5  rDev -9.6%

Nose of raisins, ripe oranges, caramel malts and cantaloupe. The taste is very malty for an IPA. It is caramel, toffee, some resiny notes, honey and ripe melon. Definitely not one of my favorite IPAs and probably bottom of the list for AZ. Sorry, guys.

08-26-2012 07:49:34 | More by DonDirkA
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3.1/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a dark gold with a nice white head.

Nose is nice fresh pineapple indicative of an IPA. This one has some nice and clean "fresh white bread" yeast character and tones.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation and a nice balance.

Flavors are medium to full assertive grapefruit and pine bitter.

Finish follows flavor profile and this finishes big with grapefruit and pine. A decent effort.

03-01-2011 07:55:32 | More by GRG1313
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

06-13-2014 23:13:13 | More by TheSamKuehn
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

04-15-2014 03:53:05 | More by gtermi
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

03-13-2013 09:33:57 | More by roondog3
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-16-2013 09:01:34 | More by TasteFiend
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

01-26-2014 23:46:51 | More by Mrose78
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

04-03-2013 00:55:52 | More by crobinso
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

11-14-2012 05:29:49 | More by HavasuDG
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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
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3.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Not that there are many to choose from. But this I the best (out of 2, so not saying much) IPA in lake havasu.

A nice balance between fruity sweetness and the hop bitterness. Like all the beers i tried here this was definitely a summer beer version of the style but very enjoyable Out of the few that I tried this was the best brew I had here.

12-28-2011 05:25:11 | More by jjensen
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

07-07-2012 22:00:00 | More by KaaosMachine
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-01-2014 03:03:27 | More by JackDempsy
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

05-10-2013 06:08:01 | More by lefty
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

12-17-2012 14:41:22 | More by bigd03
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

06-08-2014 03:26:23 | More by jwswigs
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3.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass at Bison Witches in Tucson. Pours lightly hazy amber/copper with a small, fizzy white head, medium-short retention with fair lacing. Aroma is average biscuit, cereal, and honey malt with heavy earthy, herbal, and floral hops and a tropical fruit nose. Flavor is moderately bitter hops with nice, supporting malt notes and a fruity, dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation. A solid IPA.

12-29-2011 16:15:33 | More by CuriousMonk
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Desert Magic IPA from Mudshark Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.