Illusion Dweller IPA | Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MJR on 08-07-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
10.19%
 
 
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of GreenWBush
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting. I go for the IPA and find a British style on my first beer-venture out west: Deschutes' IPA, and now this dry-hopped Kent Goldings adventure.

The nose was subtle in its hoppiness; very dry-hopped on the almost cheesey side. Also murky horse-barn and lake-y extract malt tastes. Something is wrong here.

I got a few hop burps here and there but I felt like I was fighting against a sea of liquid plastic to get there. A rough first pint at the brewery.

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Photo of mentor
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Stopped in here a couple pints and to meet a fellow BA while visiting Boulder in the fall of 2004. I ordered this IPA expecting a nice hopy treat and was disappointed with my serving.

Presented a half-finger head head which hung around for half of the glass. Dark amber in color with a woody or grassy hop smell and a non-descript sweet beneath. I like to pick out various fruits, but couldn't put my finger on anything here.

Taste: A rough bitter umph without the right malt or carbonation combination to back it up. It was medium-bodied, which laid the foundation for an interplay of flavors, but I just didn't get a nice blend. Perhaps some caramel, but nothing that tamed the pine-bark hop flavor into a new twist.

I drank the whole thing, because I paid for it, but I would never order another. They have to make some other beer that I'd enjoy much better. Sorry guys.

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Photo of sarahgant
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of rye726
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA is a copper color and present a nice tan head. The nose has a big hop presence while som equite malts hide in the back. The taste has a nice hop presence, but I would like to see more malts. A medium body sits well on the palate. A decent IPA, just not the comlpexity I look for in this style.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Boulder downtown brewpub. An English style IPA so understated hops expected, but this was extreme. Hazy medium grapefruit fruity colour, supposedly East kent hops. Barley-yeast aromas, almost no head.More a malt story, where's the hops?

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Photo of mpyle
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bright amber color with nice clarity. Smallish white head, creamy but short lived.

Slightly earthy hop aroma - smells like an English IPA.

Flavor has a nice meld of malt and hops. Maybe less bittering hops and more flavor hops than some. Alcohol evident in the finish. Overall flavor a bit too sweet.

Moderate body and carbonation. Some alcohol warming, but pleasant and not inappropriate.

A warming, not brutally hopped IPA. Malt not buried beneath massive IBUs, making it very enjoyable. However, a bit too sweet (underbittered or underattenuated).

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Photo of Crosling
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange. Moderately aromatic, hop driven in the aroma (grapefruit, resin, pine) and a slight, hidden malt presense. In terms of flavor, this is again hop driven but it is suprisingly balanced. The hops showcase pine, orange, grapefruit and resin. The malt doesnÂ’t have many characteristics but does balance this well.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kirby
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ConorGolden
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enslighet01
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aratcliffe
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daem3384
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of claytong
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was not blown out of the water. On the other hand it was a damn good beer that wasn't over hopped which is essential for me in an IPA (unless they can manage to balance it out somehow).
I would recommend getting a taster of it while youre there, doesnt cost anything.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delusion resident? Pours a more darker copper color with good clarity. Arrived with a limited head but frothy. Decent retention and lacing but did die out over time.

The nose overall is ok but lacking overall depth and English influence. Some hoppy aromas with a light grapefruit, pine and a touch of earthiness. More of an American pale/ipa feel. Some malty presences with more of a generic malt. Not much caramel at all.

The flavor is much better than the nose. The hop and malt is balanced more. The malts are still limited with some sweeter generic flavors but some lighter caramel does shine through. Limited in flavor, but this does allow the hops to come out more. Some grapefruit and citrus comes out up front, which is more US, but some lighter earthy hops in the finish. There is a bit of DMS but really no off yeast flavors.

The body has a mid feel to it. Really smooth and easy to drink. Light on carbonation which helps the English side come out. Overall an enjoyable beer but doesn't fit style but is still good.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Vine St. Pub. Nice orange color with a small white head but very good lacing down the glass. It smells a little hoppy. Taste is hoppy, a weird copper-penny taste followed by a maltiness that smoothed it out. I guess this is more of an english-style IPA but as good as their FYIPA is I don't really understand why they make this one.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Vine Street; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - more gold than orange; thin, creamy white head that leaves decent lacing.
Smell - definitely more English IPA with a malt profile slightly overshadowing the hops.
Taste - full flavored, but lacking a bit in hop character.
Feel - the finish is surprisingly hop forward bitterness which came out of nowhere based on smell and taste.
Overall - not bad at all, but as long as I can get the FYIPA, I'll lean that direction.

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Illusion Dweller IPA from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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