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Illusion Dweller IPA | Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

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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:
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Added by MJR on 08-07-2003

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of minterro
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of BigLittleHokis
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sarahgant
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Kirby
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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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.

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Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of seth72104
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro tap at the Mountain Sun Brew Pub in Boulder-

A- amber yellow with a thick white head

S- Mild smell, smells of hops and citrus with a malty character

T- Malty going down with a hoppy finish (similar to many English style pale ales/ipas). Hop character is unique. Citrusy finish

M- Super smooth mouthfeel goes down perfectly

O- The first beer I have had on nitro tap. Great English style IPA. Still prefer AIPAs, but this is mighty enjoyable

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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.

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Photo of claytong
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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 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

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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 rye726
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Oxymoron
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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 mpyle
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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 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.

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Photo of Crosling
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
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 doesn’t have many characteristics but does balance this well.

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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.

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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.

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Illusion Dweller IPA from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
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