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Desert Magic IPA - Mudshark Brewing Co.

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Desert Magic IPADesert Magic IPA

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: GRG1313 on 03-01-2011

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.
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Photo of RoyalT
4.28/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of TAStrip
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ehammond1
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of rolandboy
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DonDirkA
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of TaySuth
2.34/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Golden to light amber in color. Small, white head that dissipates quickly into a thin film. Nice amount of fine bubbles rising to the surface. Looks nice.

Smell: Significant sweet malt aroma for an IPA. Hops are present but smell muddled even though this is a fresh bottle. Some citrus aroma but it is overpowered by muddled hops. Honestly, the aroma is disappointing.

Taste: Very similar to smell. Muddled hops dominate with a background of too sweet malt flavor. There is bitterness enough for the category but it is not a pleasant bitter. After taste is not good. All in all, it is drinkable but not enjoyable.

Feel: Thick and slightly syrupy. Right amount of carbonation for the weight of it. All in all a pleasant mouthfeel. If only the taste was better.

Overall: I'm hoping that this was a bad batch or stored improperly before I purchased it. I have had some great brews by Mudshark but this one is not included on that list. Definitely would be willing to try again down the road.

Photo of BrewRy
1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of roondog3
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Rocketman2013
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Fossil
3.51/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TasteFiend
3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of JohnnyJam
1.92/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of jjensen
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Livendadream
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

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Desert Magic IPA from Mudshark Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.