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Mound Builder IPA - People's Brewing Company

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Mound Builder IPAMound Builder IPA

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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Mound Builder IPA from People's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.