Mound Builder IPA | People's Brewing Company

Mound Builder IPAMound Builder IPA
BA SCORE
3.5/5
120 Ratings
Mound Builder IPAMound Builder IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by alleykatking on 10-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,245
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
120
pDev:
15.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of kylehay2004
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of aasher
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of enelson
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%

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!

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Photo of ovaltine
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of skaboom420
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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 shirtless_mike
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of chrismattlin
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of schoolboy
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My son is in his second year of grad school at Purdue and he just got himself an apartment about 4 blocks from the Peoples tap room. It was not open when we were there (and we were very busy) so I picked up some bottles. I also got the Pilsener.

Moundbuilder is relatively flat, but as I recall, the first bottle was less so, so maybe it didn't transport well (in my cooler). The taste is a nice balance of hops. Just barely over the top and exceedingly drinkable. Very appropriate for the style.

Like the pils, this has a bit of a creamy mouth feel, which seems like Wabash water to me (that's neither good nor bad). Overall, I hope to have more and maybe to visit the tap room when I get a chance.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThickNStout
2.67/5  rDev -23.7%
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 BarryMFBurton
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
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 juicebox
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lanciloti
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half pint at Black Swan Brew Pub, Plainfield, IN. Poured a decent light golden copper color with a bit of nice head and lacing. Very nice scent, with a bit of sweetness very much overladen with semi-citrus aroma. Nice flavors, with a good sweet malt backing to a very nice mostly-citrus hop hit at the end that leaves a nice aftertaste on the tongue. Goes down quite well.

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Photo of CPAles
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Mound Builder IPA from People's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 120 ratings
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