Desert Magic IPA - Mudshark Brewing Co.

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Desert Magic IPADesert Magic IPA

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of GRG1313
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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 MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.3/5  rDev -30.7%
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 GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +16%
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 Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of RoyalT
4.28/5  rDev +28.9%
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 gtermi
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
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 yemenmocha
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
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 arizcards
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late April for $1.39. TW received in late February - no visible canning date.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice head on the initial pour.

Nose has a lemony quality to it as it warms up.

Taste is pretty well balanced between the malts and hops. Flavor is very strong lemon bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this beer is not bad, taste is a bit lemony for my palate.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beergoot
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark golden body with a lasting foamy white head; lots of active carbonation. Rather subdued aroma; faintly malty with touches of citrus and grass. Light malt flavor with a build up of respectable hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied; semi-dry finish.

A fair but rather bland IPA. The relative lack of strong aroma is a let down. The flavor is okay with a good hop bitterness overall but a pretty lackluster malt base detracts from the overall appeal. I'm also puzzled by the label's wording of "SERVED FULL FLAVOR AND REAL COLD". I don't think an IPA is normally served "real cold" and for this beer, "real cold" might deaden the taste highlights such as they are at a more reasonable temperature. Oh, well. No, this isn't a mind-blowing IPA by any stretch, but I wouldn't turn down another one if I had limited choices for other IPAs. It's a fair but unexciting IPA offering.

Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice clean pour with 2 fingers white head, patchy lacing. a citrusy sweet scent, fruity, malty, pine hops.
seems like a lot is lost in the taste. all the flavors blend together into a confusing mess of sweetness.
medium body, low carbonation, small amount of creaminess.
it's a surprisingly tasty ipa form a brewer i have never even heard of before. a solid go to for those local to it.

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light golden, 1 finger white head and good lacing

S- Sweet malts and some citrus

T- Sweet malts, melon, some citrus hop bitterness, but not a lot.

M- Light bodied, very easy drinking.

O- No expectations going into this one so not disappointed. Good easy drinking summer IPA.

Photo of FrankHammer
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of gleemonger
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Desert Magic IPA from Mudshark Brewing Co.
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