Illusion Dweller IPA | Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 52 ratings

Brewed by:
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MJR on 08-07-2003

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of nathanm
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on 6/24/11. I read over the list of beers - my first time at Mountain Sun and this one stuck out as something I was in the mood for. It delivered perfectly. Had a distinctive english character with a nice balance of bitterness. A great English IPA. Don't get it if you want a super hoppy American IPA. I found it very drinkable with a smooth mouth feel, and would go back for another. In fact, I will go back for another as soon as I can. It was a unique beer that gave me something interesting to discover - apart from the usual hoppy pale ales and IPAs that are everywhere.

 589 characters

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An Engllish IPA, no doubt. Made with Kent hops from the UK. I wonder if this is bitter.
Pours Amberish, 1/2 finger head. A bit thin, yet rocky.
Smells of sweet malt and, yup, that English bitterness. Wow, what a representation of the English ale. Creamy, butterscotch texture and slight taste. Bitter, but not biting. Kinda smooth in places. Would like to see this served a bit warmer. Very nice though.

 405 characters

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on nitro at the Vine Street Pub in Denver.

Appearance: A hazy orange red color. One finger creamy looking head that leaves nice retention as the beer is drank

Smell: very sweet and bready malts followed by citrus and grapefruit and mango and pineapple.

Taste: creamy pineapple, mangos, grapefruit. Sweet malts and some bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: creamy smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, and silky deliciousness.

Overall: they will be making thus beer on site here soon, but it comes from their sister brewery in Boulder. A nice take of an IPA on nitro. Very interestingly good.

 609 characters

Photo of MJR
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a copper body with a tiny hint of red. Good clarity. It's tan head starts out well and exhibits good retention.

Smell: Good dry-hopped EKG aroma with lots of pine and citrus. Very English in character. A touch of malt hides underneath, barely making it's presence known.

Taste: This beer shows pretty good balance for an IPA. A hefty dose of piney, citrusy hops are kept in check by a solid backbone of a bready, caramelly malt. Finishes hoppy and dry.

Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth, with a medium body. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: This is a solid English-style IPA, with an impressive balance. I could easily drink this again, though I'd prefer to try it from a handpump.

 699 characters

Photo of seth72104
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Washuffizi98
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale and crystal malt scent along with an English noble hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice malty base that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with a dry English bitter finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good IPA. It's mild and easy drinking; a fine sessions beer.

 464 characters

Photo of BigLittleHokis
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Comiha
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of badbassrandy
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep golden, orange-like undertones; off-white crags of foam and sticky lace

S - Earthy, spicy, deep, robust hop aroma

T - Hops dominate the flavor profile without being overly bitter; dank, earthy, spicy, sour citrus hop profile; finish is bitter and spicy and reveals its alcohol presence just slightly; dry

M - Smooth from the nitro-pour but still plenty of carbonation; spicy stings on the tongue

D - A nearly sessionable IPA that offers plenty of hop dimension; a treat on nitro

 491 characters

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haziness graced the liquid, tawny-bronze in hue with a coppery highlight. The head was off-white in color, it was served with a finger of head, and it quickly faded to a soapy cap. There was some minimal spotty lace. Overall, the appearance was very pleasant. Thumbs up.

The nose is hoppy with citrus, cheese, earth and a kiss of lemon and honey. The potency is mild. It does not say “UK IPA” but that is okay. Light maltiness plus there is a smattering of fruit underneath the hops. It really doesn’t say much, specifically. It surely doesn’t say “IPA” to me. Inviting, nevertheless.

The palate is agreeable. There is pronounced malty sweetness with honey, caramel, lightly fruity with a piney-citrus-cheese hop blend that plays nicely with all the other flavors. Long hop bite. Hot. Lazy yet crisp because the malt doesn’t drag on and there is a cutting bite of alcohol. It is a perfect combination with the spicy-hot house salsa. To me this is not a true IPA (UK or USA); it is like a hoppy Pale Ale with a juicy malt backbone. It is very good no matter, why should I try to categorize it.

Healthy medium in body, moderately low carbonation, natural and fitting. The mouthfeel fits this beer very well.

I’d drink this hot mess very often if I could. It really hits the spot… I realize it is not perfect but it is not flawed either. It is what it is. I like it. Sampled at the brewpub.

 1,408 characters

Photo of Summer92
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of wapcap
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mastodonj
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mountain Sun (not nitro)
I almost always get their FYIPA for takeout but decided to do
the Illusion Dweller since it had been a long time since having it.

A true amber color with plenty of lacing and a fine light beige head.

Smell is all malt with a bready yeast aroma.

Massively malty, maybe because I'm used to west coast IPAs with dominant floral hoppiness. The malts are complex and you get them in the nose and both sides of the tongue. A nice alcoholic tang at the finish along with the excellent bitter.

This is another winner. I may start alternating between FYIPA and Illusion.

 600 characters

Photo of GeorgeH
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of minterro
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ajmitch4
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Illusion Dweller IPA from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 48.1% out of 100 with 52 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.