Desert Magic IPA - Mudshark Brewing Co.

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Desert Magic IPADesert Magic IPA

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Reviews: 21
Hads: 81
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 81
Photo of GRG1313
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.32/5  rDev -28%
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. (1,976 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.28/5  rDev +32.9%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (890 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

2015-07-23
12oz bottle served in a snifter. Brought it home from Phoenix in my suitcase. No dates or codes that I can see.

Pours mostly clear golden with a smallish head which fades slowly, and a smallish amount of slow carbonation. Smell is malty and old hops. Slight pine...maybe. Or maybe it's wishful thinking.

Taste is slightly sour, very much old hops (at least, that's how I experience the musty old hay flavor accompanied by vague bitterness I get here).

Mouthfeel is dry and not too bad. Overall, it's OK. (517 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (2,170 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale Amber/gold pour with thin off white foam and good lace. Floral/earthy hop nose. Citrus/floral/earthy hop flavors with a bitter hop finish. Lite mouthfeel, with dusty dry bitter tongue coating. A well balanced IPA overall. (226 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of TaySuth
2.34/5  rDev -27.3%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
1.92/5  rDev -40.4%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is golden with a slight orange hue.

Aroma is pretty artificial. I get some minor hop florelness and a bit of orange.

Taste is similar to a lager. Nothing to hint it is an IPA. Has a big artificial quality to it. Minor bitter finish that doesn't really add anything. A touch of grapefruit, but it is a stretch.

Overall the beer is a lager with a kiss of bitterness and a bunch of adjunct. However it is refreshing...... Enjoyed with filet in peppercorn sauce and roasted potatoes. It gets a 69/100. (511 characters)

Photo of fattire513
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, gold color, nice head to it, lacing around the bottle

S: citrus aroma, hint of grapefruit, piney, hops are apparent

T: hops are there at first eventually grapefruit coming out, citrus hints. probably one of the more fruity IPA's I've had

M: good carbonation, typical ipa bitterness, but the fruit taste smooths it out a bit

Overall an ok beer, I'll drink it again, but other IPA' s will come before this one (461 characters)

Photo of jjensen
3.35/5  rDev +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. (345 characters)

Desert Magic IPA from Mudshark Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.