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Desert Magic IPA - Mudshark Brewing Co.

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Desert Magic IPADesert Magic IPA

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BA SCORE
76
okay

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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 BrewRy
1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of Rfm4000
1.77/5  rDev -45.9%
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 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 Gueuzedude
2.32/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson, November 2011
Arrives from the tap with a ¼-finger thick, lightly tanned head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, amber-copper color that shows a copper-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells faintly of grapefruit with perhaps just a hint of a metallic hop note. As I notice it more the citrus character leans more towards meyer lemon and even sort of like a lemon scented dish-washing soap after a bit; the soapiness is note totally bad, but overall the nose is a little “different” perhaps even weird for an IPA. The soap character is brought out by a sort of woody, herbal note that lightly scents the nose of this beer. Somehow there is a mustiness to this beer that wraps up into a green fruitiness, neither of which should be noticeable in this beer; these suggest at an off-quality to this beer and in fact become quite dominant after only a short bit.

The beer tastes very lemon like, even finishing with a tartness that reminds me a lot of lemon. The body is quite light and the beer is actually fairly dry as well, which accentuates the tartness in the finish. There is a fair amount of carbonation in this beer that works well with the light body. This has a fair amount of bitterness, this is of course accentuated by the dryness and it mixes with a phenolic note in the finish that is a mix of curing plastic, medicinal notes and mustiness. The off-notes in the finish become quite dominant for this beer and make it undrinkable except as an example of what not to do in a beer.

This beer was likely infected before it left the brewery, it is way more funky than the recipe ever intended I am quite sure. It doesn’t really even cut it as a “Belgian” IPA, though who knows, if this ages a long time it might transform into something funky and tasty (one can always hope). As it is though… Hey at least it looks pretty, and the light body is nice.

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 avisong
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of HavasuDG
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Floyd80108
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my style. Wouldn't order again

Photo of ernestenvy
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of yemenmocha
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of onedogtwodog
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of rolandboy
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of disney2
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of teraflx
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of sooner961
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DRTBrewster
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of thgreatrandini
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of FrankHammer
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of TAStrip
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

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3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of IreRican
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

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Desert Magic IPA from Mudshark Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.