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Desert Magic IPA - Mudshark Brewing Co.

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Desert Magic IPADesert Magic IPA

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76
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 22
Photo of MrJolly
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This is oily on the tongue. Citrus hop is understated for the style.

Photo of JeffLynch
4.19/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this brew

Photo of Auraan
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a semi-clear amber body with one finger of foamy head. Overall impression of appearance is of a very true to form IPA, quite nice. Scents of tropical fruit, with a large amount of pineapple, with lesser amounts of ripe mango, very small amounts of vegetal hop aromas are present in the background and a rather sweet, high level of pale malt aromas with notes of caramel predominating. Overall impression of aroma is of a very odd, yet rather simple IPA. Quite sweet in aroma for the style, and dominated almost entirely by tropical fruit in the hop aromas, it is an odd aroma profile. Not unpleasant, but quite unorthodox. Flavor begins moderately sweet with notes of pineapple juice, preserved orange and sweet pale malt with very light notes of pine resin and muddled hoppy flavors. Middle picks up in bitterness rapidly to become medium-high in bitterness with notes of pine resin, light pineapple flavors and a firm pale malt backbone with notes of caramel and some muddled hop flavors that are sort of earthy. Finish is bitter with notes of pine resin, dank, earthy, yet muddled, hop flavors, pale malt at medium-light levels offering caramel sweetness to balance and a light pineapple juice flavor. Aftertaste is simply bitter, indeterminate hops and light bready malt flavors. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather sweet IPA at first, that picks up in bitterness rapidly and becomes on point in bitterness for the style. However the hop flavors imparted are very muddled and do not work well with the very apparent malt, leading to a rather unbalanced, unsatisfying whole. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-low carbonation and a sticky, resinous feel that feels just a tad too sticky. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a mostly true to for IPA that lacks a bit because of the impression of a stronger and stickier body than the style needs. Overall this is a decent IPA, when compared to the likes of Redhook IPA and some of the grocery store and off-brand examples. There is nothing overly wrong with it and the hops are present enough that it isn't a waste of time like some bad examples of the style, however there are far better options.

Photo of Fossil
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rfm4000
1.77/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was not a fan of this at all, there are better beers out there

Photo of TaySuth
2.34/5  rDev -28.9%
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 almostascientist
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Floyd80108
2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my style. Wouldn't order again

Photo of biggumby
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of onedogtwodog
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Desert Magic IPA from Mudshark Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.