Illusion by Moor Beer Company

Monday, 29 August 2016

Beer Name: Illusion

Brewer: Moor Beer Company, Bristol, England

Date Sampled: 29th August 2016

ABV: 4.5%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

This beer was recommended last time I popped in to the Leopold Tavern to stock up on interesting beers. I'd not tried anything by Moor before, in fact I hadn't heard of them, but when I discovered that they came from the same corner of England as me, I knew that I had to give them a try.

Based out of Bristol, Moor started life at a Dairy Farm on the Somerset Levels. Their website explains how after some early success and awards (and a period of contracting out their brewing), they relocated to a larger facility in Bristol and haven't looked back since.

They have a huge selection of beers on offer, all with the same distinctive and eye catching branding style. Many of these are available from their online shop if you can't get to them or find a supplier local to you.

Illusion is a Black IPA that Moor describe as sessionable due to the lighter 4.5% ABV compared to other beers of the same style. It pours deep brown, almost black, and produces a lovely cinder toffee style head.

As I have now tried a few Black IPAs I had an idea of what to expect next and I was not disappointed. It hits you in the nose with a smack of citrus hops, although on second sniff there was a definite undercurrent of liquorice bubbling away.

The taste backs up all that nose gives you, with more besides. The grapefruit tang is refreshing with the cool citrus that remains reminding me of my efforts of cold brewing coffee.

Illusion then continues to deliver, with slightly smoky toffee bringing the mouthful to a satisfying conclusion.

I found this beer to be a bit of an enigma; the first half of the taste is all IPA and screams summer time drinking, but as it transforms into something more complex I found myself picturing this being drunk on a crisp Autumnal afternoon. I almost feel I should be drinking this with shorts and flip flops bottom half, woolly jumper and hat on the top half!

It's a cracking beer and at 4.5%, it helps to prove that you don't need to compromise on flavour to produce a session ale.


  1. Loved it, plus your photography here is amazing xx

  2. Most interesting blog. Right... I'm thirsty!...


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