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Desert Magic IPA - Mudshark Brewing Co.

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Desert Magic IPADesert Magic IPA

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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 lefty:
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

lefty, May 10, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

RoyalT, Jun 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

aquazr1, Dec 22, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -7.5%

TAStrip, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


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.

ehammond1, Mar 23, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

LXIXME, Feb 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

avisong, Apr 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

rolandboy, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of DonDirkA
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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.

DonDirkA, Aug 26, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

GRG1313, Mar 01, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

TheSamKuehn, Jun 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

gtermi, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

roondog3, Mar 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Rocketman2013, Aug 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

TasteFiend, Aug 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Mrose78, Jan 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

crobinso, Apr 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

HavasuDG, Nov 14, 2012
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1.8/5  rDev -45.9%
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.

JohnnyJam, Oct 28, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

jjensen, Dec 28, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Livendadream, Oct 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

KaaosMachine, Jul 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

JackDempsy, Aug 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

disney2, Nov 01, 2014
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Desert Magic IPA from Mudshark Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.