Mound Builder IPA - People's Brewing Company

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Mound Builder IPAMound Builder IPA

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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People's Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: alleykatking on 10-05-2010

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Photo of echo465
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a conical pint glass.

L: nice coppery color, cloudy, minimal head. Lacing remains after the glass is empty.

S: Smells strong, almost spicy.

T: Tastes really bitter and strong to me.

F: Thin, lightly carbonated.

The bitterness of the beer overwhelmed anything else for me. Sorry, not a fan.

Photo of secondtooth
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep and cloudy opaque amber, with light carbonation and only slight lacing. A bit disappointing from this new semi-local brewery.

The aroma is enticing -- strong pine and grapefruit character. Excellent!

Taste is both bitter and sweet, and hangs quite strong on the palate. The 6.5% ABV is not detectable, as the flavors are so strong and overpowering. Something here seems out of balance. This beer isn't there yet, but I can see possible great things if this recipe is amended slightly...

Photo of mlockman
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While the image on the label features prominently a rather pejorative visual rhetoric, this isn't a bad beer. I must admit that I am rather averse to hops, but I didn't find this unpalatable.

Photo of mdvatab
2.54/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Visited this Indiana brewery last month, and was looking forward to trying this one.
Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

Aroma: Pine needles, pineapple, green peas (oddly enough), and some sweet honey.

Appearance: When I popped the cap, there was hardly any hiss whatsoever, and upon pouring this one into the glass, my fears were confirmed. A hard pour yields hardly any head, with no retention either. Body is hazy copper-amber.

Flavor: Again, the canned green peas are there again. I believe this is a combo between hop flavor and a possible DMS issue. The beer has very strong bitterness for an IPA. Not sure whether this is a batch issue or a brewer issue. Based on the beers that I tried during my recent visit, I'm definitely leaning toward a batch issue.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, as mentioned above. Almost completely flat. Medium body. Hops are drying to the tongue.

Overall: Definitely a disappointment. I'll give this one another shot at some point, because I'd heard some great things about it from some BA friends. I had a great experience at People's, and want them to be better than this.

Photo of alleykatking
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap....

A- Poured a amber color with golden overtones. One finger white head shows good retention. Nice streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Bready malts with some light rye character dominates most of the aroma I think. Nice citrus hops used in this one to balance everything out.

T- Some light piney hops in the front of this gives good flavor. Middle of the beer is some caramel bready malts with some light rye to it. Nice bitter hops come about in the ending once again to give a good last uhmph to it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little light I thought. Citrus hops are left on the palate with bitter hops in the aftertaste with a kiss of alcohol. Hop forward beer that doesn't really get balanced overall. Lots of drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer is once again a one and done for me. It was good but destroyed the palate if you wanted another beer. The ABV on this isn't hidden real well but I would want to drink other things first.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden, slight head that dissipates quickly with a little lacing

S - American hops. Grapefruit and citrus.

T - Not much malt to back up the hops. I love hops, but that's all this is.

M - This is where this beer fails. Way too watery for the style. This may be good if it had any malt backbone to support the hops.

D - Light body would make putting down several of these easy, but why bother when it's at the low end of taste for an IPA.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.67/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from zrab11 (thanks man!). No identifiable bottle date. Served in a Southern Tier snifter.

Pours murky russet orange with one and a half finger near white head. A good bit of lace.

Smells like a hop biscuit. Plenty of piney and earthy hops backed by a noticeable malt sweetness.

No suprises in the taste, given how it smells. Very malt forward for an IPA with sweet bread, biscuit, pine, flower petals, a tad of garlic, a little pepper and bitter citrus peel. Quite bitter overall despite the malts.

Medium slick feel with quite a bit of carbonation. Long, dry, bitter finish.

In my opinion, Mound Builder is a mislabled red ale. From appearance to aroma to flavor, this is not what is expected for an IPA. Don't get me wrong- it's not bad at all but rated "to style" it can't hang. I would have given it much better ratings as a red.

Photo of maxwelldeux
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a moderate off-white head on it. Nose is a little grassy, but does not have a lot of hop character to it. Taste is a little bit bitter, but not overly so, and has a strong malt backbone to it. Not a huge fan of this...

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a Purdue student, I’ve had my fair share of interaction with People’s Brewing Company; however, their Pilsner is the only one I’ve come across that has really impressed me. It had an especially nice hop profile, and that's why I’m excited for this IPA. I’ve only had their beers on-tap, too, so it’ll be another first for me. Let’s see how well these guys can do the bottle thing…

A: This one pours an impressively bright reddish-amber. Awesome color with just the right amount of shine. The head comes out a little dull, though, showing off nothing but a thin, bubbled cream. But the lacing is great...I don’t understand it. Whatever; it looks good.

S: Starts with a nice hop fruitiness; very succulent grapefruit and tropical notes. A hint of pine, and then the aptly named “caramalts” take over. Bready, sweet, and with a tinge of earthy spice – it reminds me a lot of carrot cake. Good aromas meld over a scent of minerals, like in well water, which form the base of this nose.

T: Great initial taste: the earthy malts hit first, with caramel smoothing neatly over the palate as the hops build in a bitter crescendo. It really takes you aback. As you start to drink more and more, though, you notice the bigger areas of frustrating imperfection: the slight skunk in the grains and hard-water tastes, mostly. The palate still has a lot going for it, though: chewy, flavorful malts and a crisp hop character are the most evident. A dry, yet smoothly sweet character takes its part in the aftertaste, leaving this one feeling great for a while.

M: As is the case with most microbreweries, I’m getting a slight wateriness. Not much, though – People’s has a way of packing just enough flavor in there to not make it too thin.

O: Best People’s offering I’ve had to date, and that includes the Pilsner. It’s encouraging to know that there’s a beer brewed in Lafayette that I could see myself buying in a six-pack later on down the road. Knowing that you’re supporting a local brewery is a great feeling, but it really comes down to taste in the end. Thankfully, these guys deliver.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I know from experience the Lafayette area is known for its concentrations of old Indian burial mounds... Anyway, this stuff pours a partly cloudy sunrise amber topped by a bit less than a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises stark grapefruit rind, thick and airy biscuits (think Grands, baby), and a soft pinch of pine sap. The taste focuses on the biscuits, which are now dipped in astringent pine resin, producing an off-putting vinyl-like bitterness throughout. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, an okay IPA at best, one I don't see myself revisiting any time soon.

Photo of Bis4beer70
4.72/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

By synchronicity,i first tried this IPA about the same week that i first went & visited Mounds State Park in Indiana...

This is a beer so cool that i can imagine Bob Dylan,Tom Robbins,Hunter S.Thompson,Jerry Garcia,Philip K.Dick,Tom Waits,David Foster Wallace,Kurt Vonnegut,Jack Nicholson,Jim Morrison,Howlin' Wolf & Jack Kerouac all setting around drinking together!

It absolutely rocks & don't let anyone tell you any different! Get it there at the source & take some home in a growler if you can!...& Cheers!

L - Pours a cloudy amber, reddish-brown...a finger's worth of light-white to tan-like colored head...oh,&The lacing just knocks your glass back & says hello!

S - As someone else noted,the nose is refreshing and crisp...w/caramel/malt coming through.

T - a somewhat sweet, but defiantly malty IPA.The hops has some citrus hanging with it,but more malt than anything else is what comes through loud and clear!

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied.

Photo of nhindian
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Billakowski for sending this as an extra.

A - Pours a cloudy amber with flecks of red and brown and even with a somewhat aggressive pour, a little less than a finger's worth of light tan head appears. Low retention with this head with only a few bubbles sticking around afterward. The lacing isn't bad either on this beer.

S - The nose is refreshing and crisp, at first delivering fresh grapefruit and citrus with some pine resin. A little bit of caramel malt comes through, but not a whole lot.

T - Unfortunately the flavor deviates from the promising nose and turns into a sweet, malty IPA that doesn't accentuate the great characteristics from the nose. The hops, rather than being juicy and full of citrus, are instead bitter and spicy while the malt backbone springs to life to take over. It's bitter, sweet, and much too malty for my liking.

M - Mouthfeel is medium- to heavy-bodied with lowish carbonation. Definitely feels a bit heavy especially given the sweetness and syrupy feel.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I had some nice hopes for this beer after the aroma, but the taste just doesn't live up to those expectations after deviating from what made the nose so great. It actually almost comes across as a hopped-up barleywine in the taste.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going by the "Moundbuilder" name, this richly malted IPA clocks in at 6.5% abv. Although the balance more resembles an Imperial IPA, the strength is lighter- standard American IPA or Pale Ale in alcohol content and flavor intensity.

Pouring a dark copper color, the beer looks nearly bronze and with impecable clarity; much clearer than is expected from ales that require dry-hopping. A light and skim head forms on the surface and struggles to retain, but somehow allows for intermitten lace.

The balance of malt and hops begin in the nose where aromas of true barley malt and caramel (almost toffee) that contrast with pine or pine sap, fresh-cut grasses, and mild grapefruit. Fairly simplified scents are moderate in character and intesity, yet inviting nevertheless.

Retianing a healthy amount of malt sweetness and flavor, there's a richer-than-normal taste of caramel, toffee, and sun-kissed barley that retains despite a strong presence of hops. That's when the resiny pine taste, red grapefruit, and herbal grass flavors rise to match that of the malt for a balanced and satisfying taste. Though quite tasty, the balance of this IPA sides far toward the malts for the style although the hop bitterness is elevated. Slightly fruity otherwise with notes of appricots, apples, and peach makes me think that more English-like yeast leaves these fruity compounds and moderate attenuation to dictate.

Medium bodied, but perhaps a bit fuller because of the lasting residual sweetnes in taste and feel, but the beer's semi-malty upstard develops toward a seme-dry finish of alcohol warmth, hop dryness, and dry-malty character.

I understand why Moundbuilder is listed as an IPA, but the beer's strength, proportions, and balance is more commonplaced with the recent trend of American Pale Ales. It's a very tasty and enjoyable beer but when I reach for an IPA, I expect a surpressed malt character, heightened hop flavor and bitterness and far stronger ale.

Photo of litheum94
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. No bottling dates.

Dark amber, with a thick, light tan head. Leaves a sticky cover, with good lacing.

Lots of malt aromas of biscuits and caramel. Light citrus and pine hops. Tangerine peel. Aromas of freshly baked bread with nuts.

Base of caramel and bready malts. Some nuttiness to the body. Bitter pine hops, with bright citrus tones of burned tangerine peel. Finish is dry and bitter, with a minty freshness.

Good flavors, but really isn't anything but an average IPA. I'd be happy with this as my local beer, but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of biglobo8971
2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I hope the bottle that I am reviewing is old, because I'm not impressed at all. There is faintness of goodness, but just faintness. I received this in a BIF, so I have no idea on the freshness.
Poured from bottle into a tulip. Appearance is lacking a lot, no head, no lacing. Color is amber in color, and that is it. Nothing else to note.
Smell? non existent, not even a faint smell of hops or any other aroma.
Taste, very muted hop flavor at the very end. Tastes extremely thin, no other characteristic to note.
Mouthfeel, was not enjoyable. Especially for an IPA.
Overall, do not like the version that I am reviewing. Will give it another shot in hopes in getting a fresher bottle.

Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half pint at Black Swan Brew Pub, Plainfield, IN. Poured a decent light golden copper color with a bit of nice head and lacing. Very nice scent, with a bit of sweetness very much overladen with semi-citrus aroma. Nice flavors, with a good sweet malt backing to a very nice mostly-citrus hop hit at the end that leaves a nice aftertaste on the tongue. Goes down quite well.

Photo of schoolboy
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My son is in his second year of grad school at Purdue and he just got himself an apartment about 4 blocks from the Peoples tap room. It was not open when we were there (and we were very busy) so I picked up some bottles. I also got the Pilsener.

Moundbuilder is relatively flat, but as I recall, the first bottle was less so, so maybe it didn't transport well (in my cooler). The taste is a nice balance of hops. Just barely over the top and exceedingly drinkable. Very appropriate for the style.

Like the pils, this has a bit of a creamy mouth feel, which seems like Wabash water to me (that's neither good nor bad). Overall, I hope to have more and maybe to visit the tap room when I get a chance.

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright copper, orange color with very little head.

S: Lots of grapefruit and citrus hops here.

T: Much more balanced than the smell. Starts with Starts with some hops: grapefruit with some grass and pine. The finish has some bitterness with a bit of bready/caramel malt in the aftertaste.

M: Medium with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Decent IPA. First People's beer I've had. Nothing extraordinary but nothing I'd turn down.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks more like an amber than anything, clear orange and little head. Rather underwhelming, really.

Sweetly malted to the nose, some woodsiness in the hops - pine and cedar, mostly.

Deep hops - could nearly pass for a double IPA. Far more maltiness than I'd have guessed for an IPA. Candied sugar, alcohol and a hoppy burn from the beginning, lingering throughout.

The malts are too big for an IPA and there's too much burn from an overly-hopped and out of balance beer to be enjoyable. A dose of subtlety would do this beer good.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%

12 ounce can compliments of Trent!

A cloudy orange rusty look to it with a big head of creamy, vs, billowy foam. Great lacing.

The nose is big on grapefruit and pine. Somewhere, deep down, I get hints of some malt character.

Well, the malt showed up in the taste with a nice smooth bite(haha) of caramel. It goes beautifully with the aggressive pine and grapefruit. This *almost* tastes like a 2 or 3 year old Bigfoot. Don't laugh.

The body here is pretty big; another resemblance to the beer I mentioned above.

Well, I'm pretty damned impressed with this IPA. Very damned impressed!

Photo of dmgeng
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had this IPA many times and keep going back for this award winner.

A - Copper color with reddish hue. Low head with light lacing. Clear beer.

S - Pungent hop aroma with notes of citrus prevailing.

T - Great hop flavor that shines through with a citrus character and hints of pine. Some orange and grapefruit have a grip on this brew. Smooth with a solid hop bitterness to finish crisp. Some malt in the middle of it with a nice sweetness to give balance.

M - Medium mouth-feel with the tones of sweetness. Lower carbonation.

Overall, one of my favorite IPAs. If you're a hop head this is your session beer. Perfect blend of citrus hops and malt for an IPA. If you haven't tried it you should. I'd drink it every day to give my hops thirst a quench. May want to try it with a slice of orange to give it a stronger citrus flavor.

Glass- Pint

Photo of Jishguy
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Relatives picked up this growler for me when I came to visit from out of town.

A- Poured a beautiful amber color with a hardly noticable head. Lacing was very minimal as well.

S- Smells of hops, pine, caramel, and a touch of citrus fill the nose. A tiny note of ethanol pokes through.

T- Slight citrus and bread. The pine and caramel were much more present in the aroma rather than the taste. The aftertaste consists of a harsh, bitter, rubbing alcohol.

M- Very wattery and under-carbonated for an IPA. It's very lacking in the body department.

D- Due to the lack of body and carbonation, this beer is very easy to put away. Could drink all day.

Photo of azdback
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. A cloudy dark or burnt orange color. A large amount of very small carbonation bubbles rise to leave a small one finger, off white, creamy head. Lace is around to the end in a nice ringed and patchy pattern.

Smell is quite a bit of citrus hop notes. There is just a slight bread smell and some alcohol is there too.

Taste is very odd. It almost tastes like an underaged Barleywine. Rich light malts, that are sweet. There is also some tartness going on here. As it warms it changes just a bit. The sweetness becomes more of a fruit, maybe a nectarine mixed with a the bitterness of a yellow grapefruit, as apposed to the malt (undefined) sweet from the start. It is quite bitter so I might be getting tongue buckled??

Mouth is very spot on for the style. Carbonated great and leaves nothing left to question. A bit of warm from the booziness late in the throat or belly.

Overall I enjoyed this one. I am told that this might be the first bottling of this so good luck to the new brewery. Like I said in the Taste, I might have been a little pallet whipped. Regardless, this is most defiantly worth a try. Thanks to HandsomeBrew for this extra.

Photo of KBHops
2.59/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear amber, reddish color. Absolutely no head when poured; none when swirled either.

S: Pretty good smell; citrus and bread.

T: Very bitter and a bit acidic. Off the start is bit watery and then like the smell. Long finish, but goes bad after a couple seconds. After quite a while almost goes a bit like vomit.

M: Pretty average.

D: The alcohol is fine, but the taste prevents drinking more than like two.

Mound Builder IPA from People's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.