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Desert Magic IPA | Mudshark Brewing Co.

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Desert Magic IPADesert Magic IPA
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Desert Magic IPADesert Magic IPA

Brewed by:
Mudshark Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by GRG1313 on 03-01-2011

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 26
4.75/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours semi-clear with a deep yellow color. features a rich white frothy head. Fresh grapefruit aroma. Drinks with a tart and invigorating hop bitterness. Finishes with the grapefruit presence but with an unpresumptuous balance. No real note of bread or cereal.
7.2 ABV

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3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.18/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow color, 1/2" white head, smells barely like hops, old school c hops with those grapefruit notes.

Taste was lightly toasted malt, minimal caramel, some varied hop flavors of the usual descriptors, gave more than just bitterness. Paired well with food.

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3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Citrus, candied orange, floral, bready malt, and honey sweetness.

T: Floral, lemon, orange, a little spice, a bit grassy, maybe even a little fruity, with some bready malt and honey sweetness. The finish has a fairly rough bitterness and a little alcohol that comes out.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I grabbed a single bottle on a trip through Arizona. No bottling date to be found which always makes me nervous. Given the other reviews I can't imagine the bottle I got displays anything too out of the norm. I'd be willing to give it a second chance under more controlled circumstances, but for now I'm not a fan.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Azz
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MrKasbeer
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 8/2/15. Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz. bottle brought back from AZ by snaotheus.

Pours a hazy orange with a very thin head. Some moderate lacing. Aroma is lots of malt with some oranges. Flavor is pretty malty for an IPA. Very muted, almost stale, hops. Mouthfeel is medium with lower carbonation, mildly bitter finish. Overall, this is not a beer I'd seek out, but it was okay.

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobzilla
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hoyagus
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clean malt and hop balance masks the alcohol nicely. A good piney dank hop profile. Light carbonation. Lingering hop on the palate

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3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of snaotheus
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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2.1/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Lots of sediment.
smells and tastes like something that didn't ferment correctly

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3.63/5  rDev +9%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

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3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of amvrana
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MrJolly
4.03/5  rDev +21%
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.

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4.19/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this brew

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3.03/5  rDev -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.

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3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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