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Mound Builder IPA | People's Brewing Company

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Mound Builder IPAMound Builder IPA

Brewed by:
People's Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by alleykatking on 10-05-2010

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 116
Reviews by biglobo8971:
Photo of biglobo8971
2/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

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Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of juicebox
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tilly
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of echo465
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
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 -7.3%
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 +17.3%

Photo of mlockman
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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 -25.5%
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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Photo of wrentmore
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ColtsPig
4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of Chris7482
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwood06
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of alleykatking
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +10%

Photo of Reds76
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Immortal6pack
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bkonk10
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of awdturboiv
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of enelson
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmarsh123
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
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 mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.67/5  rDev -21.7%
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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Photo of indy351
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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