Mound Builder IPA
People's Brewing Company

Mound Builder IPAMound Builder IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #7,055
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #46,409
Avg:
3.51 | pDev: 15.67%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
123
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People's Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
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81
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mpyle from Maryland

3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a moderate sized white head, creamy and with good retention.

Has some decent malt in the aroma, and a gentle hop aroma with some citrus and pine.

Flavor follows the aroma...some caramel malt sweetness followed by a slug of old school citrus/pine/earthy hop flavors. Has some decent bitterness in the finish, fitting with it being a more traditional IPA. Bitterness lingers into the finish and turns unpleasant.

Medium body and med-high carbonation. A bit drying on the tongue. This with the lingering, unpleasant bitterness has me wondering if there could be some oxidation. Not sure.

Aside from the unpleasant aftertaste, is a fairly classic IPA. Big malt and hops, and assertively bitter.

Oct 31, 2020
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AustinSmiley from Indiana

5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review may be biased coming from right down the street from the brewery... but its honestly the best bottled IPA meaning excluding comparing to something on tap at a brewery. Its always fresh around town. The color is deep copper. Every time I crack one open a thick white vapor emerges with a intense hoppy piney bite. Never skunky and old tasting. Its the perfect balance of heavy and light color and taste, and a nice balanced alcohol content at 6.5% abv. Had a keg of this for a graduation party last year and it was one of the cheaper kegs peoples had available. Even by the bottle its cheaper than pretty much any other of the comparable beers. A win all around for mound builder.

Nov 19, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SOOOO! This gets rated along with mass produced horse piss flavored PBR in the "okay" classification. Are you kidding me? I think that this has a great balance with 2 kinds of citrusy hops (columbus and centennial) added to some caramalts that give it a great taste. Macro brewed Pabst Blue Ribbon versus a craft brewery in a college town........no contest! ***** UPDATE**** Just yesterday when I rated this (drinking one now) it rated an "okay". Now it rates a "good" and I am good with that.

Jul 26, 2017
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, bottom says iCanned on 11/05/15. My second beer from People's Brewing Company; acquired a single can as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured to a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a deep golden caramel orange on the pour, about a finger of frothy soapy off-white head that falls to a ring. Some good sticky scattered lacing left behind. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks good.

S - Earthy, twiggy, honey, caramel, vanilla, & toffee malts. A bit of subtle earthy herbal hops are present, but the have been pushed to the background by the malt bill. Bit of horseradish.

T - Taste is the same: earthy, twiggy, creamy caramel, honey, & toffee, & dry piney earthy hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & creamy. Easy-drinking stuff, with good carbonation. Dry, earthy, herbal bitterness on the finish; lightly piney / resinous.

Overall, tasty and easy-drinking stuff, even after more than a few months in the can. Would love to try this one much fresher next time, but as it was, it was still pretty nice. Not sure why this beer has such low ratings, definitely a worthy IPA if it is available to you. Would recommend, and am interesting in trying more from People's Brewing Company.

People's Brewing Company Moundbuilder IPA -----3.5/5

Apr 28, 2016
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Dr-Baltar from Indiana

3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Copper to amber color. A thicker off white head and good amount of lacing

Smell - light fruitiness, floral, and a touch of citrus (not much)

Taste - Big co-humulone bitterness. It bites, but the bite fades somewhat quickly. Maybe a little later bittering hop addition?

Feel - A little creamier, not super dry, good carb.

Apr 01, 2016
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass

A - Moderately heavy pour produces a 1.5 finger head that is off white in color with a bit of an orange tint to it. Head appearance is like that of skim milk froth and dissipates very slowly to a heavy rocky lacing. Beer itself is clear with moderate carbonation rising moderately quickly towards the surface. The color of the beer is a rose gold tinted dark amber. 4.25/5

S - Aroma is quite heavy on pine resin with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Grapefruit and citrus rind make up the remainder of the aroma with the pine resin being the major player and dominating the significant hop profile. 3.75/5

T - Caramel and cereal malt are the initial flavors that come out but these quickly transition to the hops, as they should. In terms of the hops, pine resin, grapefruit, and bitter citrus peel stand out and provide a quite bitter counter balance to the caramel lead in. Not as heavy flavored as a DIPA and not as light flavored as a session pale ale. Lingering bitterness on the back end but the bitterness is not overwhelming. A bit of toasted breadiness helps the malt balance out the hops. 3.75/5

M - Medium bodied pale ale that features a carbonation tickle on the front end which transitions to a light crips mouthfeel and back again to a slight carb burn on the back end. Moderate lingering dryness on the swallow reminds the imbiber of the hop presence in this beer. Drying is not overwhelming by any means. 4/5

O - This pale ale is quite approachable for hop lovers since it is fairly straightforward in terms of flavor profile but is also not overly bitter. Whereas many pale ales heavily rely on pine resin, grapefruit, or citrus peel, this pale ale balances the three and allows each to stand out and have its moment in the sun. Light enough to be sessionable but heavy enough to be paired with spicy food. 3.75/5

Feb 20, 2016
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Tilly from Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Golden amber, thick white frothy head that sticks around a long time.
A: Hops and malt.
T: Plenty of hops, lemon citrus, earth, resin with a good bit of bitterness.
M: It hits the pallet like cream. Good balance, medium bodied. Tonnes of tiny carbonation. The nitro gives it the creaminess I've been told.
O: Although, not your typical new style IPA, this is well worth trying. Skol Peoples!

Feb 04, 2016
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

2.09/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.25

NYD, just do yourself a favor and stay away from people’s stuff. Taste is just very sub par on this one. You like so many IPAs better than this one. Get those instead at the store or restaurant. If at a restaurant and no other micros are available... Get water. It’s healthy and won’t disappoint you.

Oct 10, 2015
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mlockman from Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

May 22, 2015
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echo465 from Indiana

2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Mar 09, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.4/5  rDev +25.4%

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!

Aug 27, 2014
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Bis4beer70 from Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +34.5%
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.

Apr 07, 2014
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dmgeng from Indiana

3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Jun 13, 2013
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maxwelldeux from Washington

2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
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...

Jun 07, 2013
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ThickNStout from Georgia

2.67/5  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.

Mar 02, 2013
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litheum94 from California

3.23/5  rDev -8%
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.

Jul 09, 2012
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mdcrouser from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Jul 04, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Mar 01, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Feb 27, 2012
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RunForYourBeer from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Dec 14, 2011
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nhindian from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Nov 20, 2011
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.16/5  rDev -10%
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...

Nov 13, 2011
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biglobo8971 from Minnesota

2/5  rDev -43%
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.

Oct 31, 2011
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mdvatab from Indiana

2.54/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Oct 29, 2011
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BarryMFBurton from Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Aug 14, 2011
Mound Builder IPA from People's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 123 ratings