Mound Builder IPA - People's Brewing Company
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3.25/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
07-09-2012 21:40:56 | More by litheum94
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
07-04-2012 19:52:52 | More by mdcrouser
3.75/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
03-01-2012 07:40:10 | More by BEERchitect
3.18/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
02-27-2012 17:46:13 | More by TMoney2591
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
12-14-2011 20:21:45 | More by RunForYourBeer
3.23/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
11-20-2011 00:27:56 | More by nhindian
3.08/5 rDev -12.5%
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...
11-13-2011 23:06:06 | More by secondtooth
2/5 rDev -43.2%
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.
10-31-2011 00:33:09 | More by biglobo8971
2.53/5 rDev -28.1%
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.
10-29-2011 19:10:41 | More by mdvatab
Mound Builder IPA from People's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.