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Libation - St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

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very good

18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 81
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Slatetank on 05-17-2011

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 81
Photo of flong116
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer deserves a lot of credit. I'm fortunate enough to live about 20 minutes from the brewery, so I drink it often. My favorite of it's kind from Pennsylvania, and although very different, I'd rank it up there (based on my taste) with HT and Pliny the Elder, but not quite on par. Excellent beer. Not as simple as the 'best' doubles, but unique and delicious, no doubt. (374 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Snifter. Draft. 08.22.15

A: No effervesce, no head over a darken-rustic orange colored body with a light haze factor. No lacing.

S: Aroma of sweet fruitiness, wet, with some breakfast fruit, finishing out with grapefruity-citrusy floral hops. Light backing of speciality grains adds a light toasted background.

T: Flavor followed the nose a bit, very smooth, sweetly toasted fruitiness, grapes, some semi-dry tropical fruit, as well grapefruit, finishing up with a dry hopping of grassy hops. Flashes of sweet fruitiness mingle with a nice toasty malts and grapefruit-citrus hops blending very well together.

M: Smooth, lightly dry toasted maltiness, lightly carbonated, and easy off the tongue with a decent lingering effect.

O: This is very well balanced, the alcohol (8.5%) not even being a factor here. Being a homebrewer this does have a nice homebrew, small scale quality to it, fresh, clean that i can relate to and reminds me a bit malt and hop wise of something close to Carton or Kane in NJ would make. Very drinkable, and at $4.50 a glass, $12 growlers, $10 crowlers its a wonder how they keep this in stock half the time, Sure to be a local favorite as it is very drinkable. This, as well their Paideia pale ale are the two must try for the hop heads. (1,275 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp 12 oz can into a snifter. The beer pours a clear copper hue with a fizzy eggshell white head foaming up about 1 cm and fades to a thin edge layer with one wispy island. A few lazy streams of carbonation rise to the surface.
aroma is a bit of pine sap and some grapefruit, maybe a bit of tropical fruit too. An interesting nose with a bit of booze buried, but otherwise hop forward scents.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine carbonation that gently rolls across my palate.
Texture is smooth and a little chewy adding to the experience of a bold robust beer.
Flavor is some caramel and toffee up front but this rolls to a bit of biscuit and then is all hops. I get tropical fruit and then some pine sap and a lingering bit of grapefruit rind. Finish is also dry and makes me thirsty for the next sip. I dont get any of the booze that i detected on the nose.
The beer does drink fairly easy and is enjoyable. A well crafted and slightly sneaky Double IPA.
Glad I have several more cans in the cellar. (1,038 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up this particular CAN during the release party at The Fridge. I rarely retain my spent CANs, giving the bulk of them to Jeff Lebo over in York County for his House of CANs collection. It's a CANQuest (tm) thing that not everyone will understand. In this case, it is signed by the brewers and will be going up on my kitchen shelf.

From the CAN: "Nicht Lang Schnacken, Kopf In Nacken! Stop Talking, Start Drinking!"; "Convert the Masses"; "In ancient times libations were drink offerings poured out to deities. This Double IPA combines a variety of hop flavors balanced by a malty sweetness. We offer you our Libation, a drink truly fit for the gods."

The Crack! seemed really loud and so it was time to celebrate with a Glug. This produced a finger of foamy, tawny head with minimal retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a definite tropical fruit bent with notes of mango and papaya at the forefront. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really sweet for the style with the tropical fruits really shining in the mouth. I mention this because I earlier reviewed a DIPA that wanted to challenge its CANsumer where this came off as more mellow. That is not to downplay its alcohol, which was barely masked by the hops. This combination of hops and alcohol made for a very dry finish that left me literally breathless. It was one of those no-playin'-around beers, but not an in-your-face ones. (1,432 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a beige color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, pine. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some pine, a hint of tangerine, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer, but not the hop bomb I usually associate with this style. (291 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned two weeks ago, nice and fresh.

Dark, coppery golden color; this poured with a thick, creamy head.

Abrasive aroma, in both good and bad ways. Plenty of pungent, pithy grapefruit balanced by some bracing caramel and a too strong solventy alcohol note.

Taste follows the smell except that the grapefruit is less prevalent and the alcohol more noticeable. Not bad overall, but I don't see a repeat purchase happening. (423 characters)

Photo of citizencane
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had in the can. Smelled like citrusy hops, and the first sip confirmed this. As I continued to sip, this turned into a very clear grapefruit flavor- it seemed as though I was drinking grapefruit juice with a slight hint of hops. Very good, and will likely drink again soon. (276 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a medium to medium dark copper hue with a generously thick layer of light toffee colored creamy, sticky foam. Very sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Juicy, fruity aroma with a touch of caramel at presence.

T - More balanced than anything, caramel malt base throughout with a hit of sweetness up front before getting buried with pink grapefruit and pine bitterness that lingers. The ending bitter bite packs a healthy punch, and has a slightly unrefined harshness on the back end. The 8+% ABV is well hidden.

M - Medium body with a dry finish.

O - Very balanced up front and very bitter on the back end. (624 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a tasty citrus zest hop presence in the flavor. (652 characters)

Photo of SeamusDoyle
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of hops, fruit, yeast, and slight alcohol. Poured amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, fruit, and some malt. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Hop and fruit finish. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout. (423 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
2.52/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery. Enjoyed my sample a lot more of draft than this instance.

Pours a sediment ridden dark golden amber with a creamy, retentive head. Nose is soapy, medicinal and slightly bitter. Flavor starts off like a nice DIPA actually, balance of backing caramel malt with strong citrus hops before a buttery, vanilla sweet finish. Eek. I'll rereview when I don't have a funky bottle. (411 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-copper color with two fingers of fluffy white head with decent retention.

The scent is of citrus and a light floral aroma.

The taste is of citrus, moderately bitter floral hops, some roated malt, some alcohol is present.

Medium body, smooth and a little dry, moderate carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer, nice flavor and easy to drink. (366 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-14 in Lititz, PA at the Bull's Head

A - Pretty clear orange with a 1-finger head and mild lace.

S - Pale malt, yeast, light citrus and mild hop floral.

T - Moderately roasted and moderately sweet, tart citrus and orange candy, herbal/medicinal, touch of pepper and astingent/lemony bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste balanced by a touch of caramel sweetness.

M - Light-Medium body and light carbonation. Oily and chewy.

O - Not a West Coast IPA. It's more earthy, lemony and astringent. (518 characters)

Photo of mcslain
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Gold w orange hints. Very nice head and spots of gobby lace like a big flake snowstorm.

S - Strong sweet malt aroma. Hops smell is floral and citrusy.

T - Sweet caramel malts. Lemony, astringent, herbal hops. Some orange and grapefruit as well. Slight alcohol taste is apparent. Very bright and flavorful beer.

M- Nice medium body, smooth and slightly syrupy. Resiny hops feel.

O - I prefer a less sweet double IPA w grapefruit pine flavors. However this is a very easy drinking beer w a strong malt back bone well that is balanced w vibrant lemony hop flavors. The beer has refreshing pop to it that makes it oddly sessionable for a high abv double. Later pours went down slower as the sweetness started to lose its initial appeal and become overwhelming. Overall though a very good beer that i will drink again. (825 characters)

Photo of mikes19522
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this is a classic case of the small unknown guy can't possibly make a better beer than some of the larger more well known guys. I am an IPA fanatic and this is one the best double IPA's I have ever tasted.
I had it on tap at Canal St pub and this beat several other highly ranked beers to my taste. I would place this right up there with Pliny the Elder in terms of quality and taste as well as memorable taste!

Call me crazy but this is one of the only other beers I have tasted and have a solid craving for days later.

It had an intense fruit aroma and was very well balanced. It had a solid hit all the way from first taste to full finish.

One very solid beer. (677 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler fill, poured into my trusty mug.

A- Deep gold with hints of orange. Fluffy off-white head that dissipates at an average rate. OK lacing down the glass.

S- Heavy on the malt for a DIPA, caramel based mostly. Grapefruit based hops are also there with a hint of what seems like peach. The hops are also slightly herbal and minty. I could sit and smell this over and over. Really complex.

T- Yummy. The malt is very, very heavy, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Caramel malts shine through and seem to almost overpower, but the grapefruit/peach/herbal hops come on at the end and give a pleasant bitter finish.

M- Rich, medium carbonation. Could be a bit slicker, but finishes nice and dry, but not overly so.

O- I really enjoy supporting my local nano brewery, especially when they brew some seriously good beer. Much better than some DIPA's I've had from well known craft brewers. Well done guys. (915 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dashirey shared a growler of this at Ffej of July

A - Poured a glowing copper-orange body with carbonation bubbles racing towards the top to form a rocky, white head that stood about two finger...nice retention and lacing

S - The aroma presents itself with caramel sweetness and some herbal, grassy hops

T - There is a nice balance here but the caramel flavor tends to stand out...the hops have a different flavor to them...there's an herbal tinge to them...but there is a big green, fresh, leafy flavor to them that is throwing me off...the finish is bittersweet

M - Medium bodied...carbonation level is spot on...finishes bittersweet...too much leafy hop presence

O - I was pleased to finally try something from these guys but I wasn't blown away...it really didn't stand out as a IIPA although the sweetness level was up there...I didn't care too much for the greenness of the hops (889 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draft served chilled and allowed to slowly warm.

The color is pale -golden with accents of amber with full thick crown of cream colored head with good retention. The smell is nice but not strong with more herbal aromas from the hops and mild floral sweetness in the scent. The feel is semi-dry with lots of resinous texture and moderate bitterness. I found it had a nice mellow sweetness level to anchor all the hop astringency and balance slightly -there is very mild alcohol which I only noticed when I took a larger gulp.

The flavor is very tangy with astringent hop leaning toward the lemony and herbal rather than citrus or pine, the malt gives a slight sugar tinge and coats the mouth as the resinous grassy hop flavor surround my taste buds, plenty of hop bitterness but not so much that it is a palate wrecking flavor, you are still able to get both malt and hops out of this Imperial IPA. I enjoyed this multiple times and found it needed a little time to open up as it seemed tame at first, but grew in complexity slightly toward the end. I prefer I dry west coast style Imperial IPA, but this one is a decent tasting and drinkable example I recommend giving it a shot. (1,203 characters)

Libation from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.