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Mound Builder IPA - People's Brewing Company

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Mound Builder IPAMound Builder IPA

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BA SCORE
80
good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
People's Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alleykatking on 10-05-2010)
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Kyrojack, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of ThickNStout
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

ThickNStout, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of rxthree
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

rxthree, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of azdback
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

azdback, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of target88
2.5/5  rDev -29%

target88, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of mecmd
3/5  rDev -14.8%

mecmd, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Envelopes
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Envelopes, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of kirkse
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

kirkse, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

ToddGingerich, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Lukafer, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of nhindian
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

nhindian, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Theniz
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Theniz, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Skye1024, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of atoulouk
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

atoulouk, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of instinct2
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

instinct2, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of BSuter
3/5  rDev -14.8%

BSuter, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Hopmarc
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Hopmarc, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Viperman1316, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

rmehughes, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Listers
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Listers, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of mdvatab
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

mdvatab, Oct 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

TheWiredDJ, Aug 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Yesdog, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

PhilMiller, Mar 06, 2014
Mound Builder IPA from People's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.