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Mound Builder IPA - People's Brewing Company

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Mound Builder IPAMound Builder IPA

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Reviews: 24
Hads: 104
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 31.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 104
Reviews by mdcrouser:
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3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of juicebox
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of echo465
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
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...

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Photo of Snooprobirob
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of mlockman
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of mdvatab
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of alleykatking
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of kirkse
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Reds76
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of enelson
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmarsh123
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.67/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of maxwelldeux
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
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...

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Mound Builder IPA from People's Brewing Company
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