St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,695
Ranked #16,587
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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.
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peepicheep from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ St. Boniface. Man. I really wanted to like this beer. DIPA. Bring them on. Libation. I keep sniffing and tasting and it's not coming through. Best beer color I've ever seen. I'm ready to design a logo around it. But as for taste, it's a miss for me. Smell. Neither the traditional grapefruit or anything citrusy. Nothing bad, but nothing that makes me want another. Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.

Apr 29, 2019
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Luca in Lancaster, PA. Pours a fairly clear golden amber with a thin off white head. Initial impression favors the caramel malts, with grapefruit and orange taking a back seat. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly clean; carbonation is perfect. Finish is malty and predominantly sweet, although with citrus notes. Overall, enjoyable and very drinkable, but not memorable.

Apr 24, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned on 02/13/18.
A: Pours a hazy orange-amber color with dramatic head formation, ultimately leaving little more than a quarter inch, orange chiffon head which resolves leaving spotty lacing. Big bubble formation leaves little remnant.
S: Aromas of lemon chiffon, caramel, orange, and toffee predominate.
T: Semisweet and fruity. Palate largely follows the nose with a nicely blended melange. Moderate to strong bitterness very nicely complements the sweetness and fruitiness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate effervescence after decanting. Very smooth.
O: Enjoyable and very drinkable. Could see it as an alternate to summer shandies.

Aug 11, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-cloudy/muddled dirty orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Lace, seemed well, somewhat stringy but messy.
The aroma had some orange peel, pine and a balancing malty (somewhat like caramel/toffee) sort of blend going on.
The flavor was moderately sweet blending all of those prior notes in somewhat nicely. Mild aftertaste of the malts, pine and the orange peel.
The mouthfeel was just a touch under medium bodied with a somewhat sessionable sort of feel about it. Carbonation did feel fine. ABV felt appropriate. Nice mild escaping sort of malty smoothness gliding along my tongue.
Overall, as an old school DIPA, I'd say this one works, but don't expect this to be one of those New England/non-carbonated hop bombs. I'd have this again.

Aug 21, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - pours a slightly cloudy orange color with thin white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

Aroma - A nice mixture of malts and citrus. Orange peel, grapefruit and pine.

Taste - Pretty malt forward, not quite as much citrus as was in the aroma but still present. Grapefruit, orange peel, and hints of pine. There also seems to be a green tea like flavor.

Feel - Medium bodied, slightly slick.

Overall - A pretty malty IPA, I will say it is very drinkable for an 8.5% ABV, I think the malts work well with the alcohol. A pretty solid IPA.

Mar 16, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unpriced shelf can from Adamstown Beverage, Adamstown, PA.
Undated can at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – initially weak citrus which rapidly fades leaving malt and a little grass.
Head – large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive pour), off white, low density froth, under average retention leading to an irregular four to ten mm frothy ring and multiple rocky islands.
Lacing – a few drag marks of small to medium bubbles as the surface ring drops, but no actual rings of lacing remain behind.
Body – light orange, clear.
Flavor – Starts somewhat aromatic, kind of like a Belgian IPA but without the yeast. This quickly fades into a slight citrus/malt dance, with first the citrus leading, then the malt. The aftertaste leaves a little alcohol heat. No diacetyl.
Palate – medium, starting to get oily, soft carbonation.

I don’t mind a little malt pushing to the forefront in my IPAs, fortunately. This one has a definite malty character yet the citrus is still present. The malt makes me thing that this DIPA is long in the tooth but since the brewer can’t be bothered dating the containers, the review is what it is.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.

Feb 28, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saint Boniface Craft Brewing Co. "Libation"
12 fl. oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Appearance: Hazy deep-gold/amber body beneath a creamy head of white. Decent enough head retention and OK lacing until it drops, then nothing.

Aroma: Grainy malt with grassy/leafy and fruity/citrusy hops.

Flavor: As the aroma suggests. Lots of orange in the mix, but also apple and a bit of grapefruit. Tea-like and leafy/grassy but also a touch spruce-like. Some clear alcohol lends a bite - it's a touch harsh. It has a balanced, solid bitterness given the malt component, and it finishes dry with a spritz of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body and crisp.

Overall: There are better made and better balanced double IPAs out there, as well as ones that move away from "formulaic" or "cookie-cutter", but this is by no means bad in any way. It lets you know it's a double IPA from start to finish, and it delivers the goods. The word serviceable comes to mind but I think it may be even better than that.

Aug 05, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

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

Pours a peach-tinted light amber-orange color, with a nice vibrant glow, and two fingers of tan head that leave decent lacing. Fresh, pre-brew hops stand out in the aroma, even at over a month old, with a mix of oranges, peach and pineapple behind. One of the more interesting DIPA aromas I've come across. It's medium bodied, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. The taste largely follows the nose, with some caramel malt sweetness up front, and fresh hops powering through in the aftertaste. It's not overly bitter, just extremely hoppy. Some might call it dank; a little pine, a little resin, with a definite orange citrus element. There's also just a kiss of alcohol on the backend. I'm guessing they dry-hopped the hell out of this. I don't really know hops varieties that well, but maybe cascade? I'm surprised this isn't rated a lot higher. It's delicious and pretty unique. Definitely not East Coast, and it avoids the bitterness of classic West Coast hop bombs, too. I'll be drinking a lot more of it.

Jun 24, 2016
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

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

L - An active swirling pour yields a voluminous whipped light khaki colored froth comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles... Rock solid retention... Turns a bit creamier and a bit denser as it settles a bit... The color is a deep dark inviting amber... A light bit of slightly sluggish carbonation rises throughout, but a massive amount of carbonation bubbles are content just to cling to the sides of the glass... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A rich inviting malt base shines through... Loads of graham cracker crust... Caramel... Biscuit... I'm also picking up notes of home brewing wort... A subtle candied sweetness shines through as well... The hops take a distant back seat in terms of aroma and have a muted earthy character about them...

T - The nose provided a wonderful map of what to expect in terms of palate... A bit of malt bomb to start... Pizza crust... Biscuit... Caramel... Graham crackers... Next come some overly ripened fruit notes... Finally emerges some subtle hop bitterness (the hop profile intensifies a bit as this one warms)... The finish produces an ever slight kick of alcohol burn...

F - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Dense... Creamy... Lush... A bit of juiciness... Limited carbonation... The deep finish has a slightly chalky character... Each sip is even and consistent...

O - Outstanding... I love me a solid DIPA that leans towards being a malt bomb of sorts and this one certainly fits the bill... A terrific introduction to St. Boniface... A very well crafted and well round DIPA... Dangerously quaffable hiding its 8.5% ABV rather remarkably...

Jun 09, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious dating that I can see.

Dark amber body, bronze and rusted color looking, with some good amount of carbonation, much rising quickly up through the body. Head creation is off yellow an easy controlled three finger head, with a small swiss cheese bubble and good retention.

Neat aroma. Mix of good balance, as the hops while very present don't totally dominate. Brown sugar malt sweetness, treacle, slight molasses but with a lighter touch. Complimenting hops take some unexpected angles, hints of sweet teas, grape, and quite a bit of perfume like florals as well. Very different, but a bit jarring and also unexpected.

Palate manages some solid basics. Light touching faint honey and brown sugar malts, with a nice oily compliment hop almost juiced tea in the mid palate. Finishes with lots of leafy green tea aromas on the swallow. Nice mellow aromatic hop angle, going for simple classics instead of citrus bombing with real good compliment to the malt.

A real good simple DIPA and well made.

Jun 07, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass. Pours a very attractive orange red with a sticky 2 inch off white head that leaves behind bountiful lace, not sure when it was canned, but I trust my source that it is fresh.

Smell is fresh cut grass, pine, biscuit, lemon rind, and grapefruit.

Taste follows lots of pine, biscuit, lemon, and grapefruit a fairly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, the right amount of carbonation, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability if you like aggressive West Coast IPAs.

Overall a very solid DIPA, thanks @jzeilinger for another nice beer.

May 11, 2016
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pkalix from California

3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

super light, opaque, frothy head... sticky and lace-y on the sides.... drinkable but not entirely desirable. heavy malt on the back. barely able to get one of these down.

May 08, 2016
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small, narrow glass: color is copper, head is light tan presents about 1 inch thick with mixture of bubble sizes; leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is fairly malty, then resinous with a blend of mango and pine. Malt aromas are caramel like with some toast.

Taste is a little sweet for the DIPA style, but not cloying just more toasted malt sweetness; hops are blend of resinous pine and mangos.

Mouthfeel is bitter with some of the sweet malt flavor lingering, very dry bitterness but not balanced/complimentary for the beer.

Overall a good hoppy/malty beer that may be better enjoyed fresh from the tap.

May 03, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared crowler at ASMF.
West Coast style DIPA with a fruity and floral aroma.
Smooth body with a bit of hop bite from the extravagant hop load.
Strong floral hop flavor in the aftertaste.

Apr 08, 2016
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deaddear from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into snifter

A: Copper orange color, hazy, quite a bit of small sediment that stays well suspended, not quite a finger of white head with large bubbles, settles quickly into a thin layer of foam. Small amount of slow carbonation. Low-to-moderate lacing, s,all amount of it persists.

S: Grapefruit and honey, orange and grapefruit peel

T: Very similar to the aroma, huge grapefruit tartness and heavy honey-like sweetness. Pine resin and biscuity malt behind those.

M: Plenty of bubbles on the tongue despite low/slow carbonation. Mouthfeel about average for DIPA style.

O: Tasty beer, but a bit unbalanced? Imagine grapefruit and grapefruit rind slathered in honey on top of a pine cone. The tartness, sweetness, and bitterness are really turned up. Seems like it would appeal to most DIPA fans though.

Mar 13, 2016
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Bwise73 from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer because it's a local craft brew. I drank a can that was in the fridge for 4 hours and thought it was nasty. I drank this beer at cold cellar temp, about 48 degrees and loved it. I had it at room temp about 60degrees. And liked. I would recommend drinking this beer at 45-55 degrees. Poring it into a Pilsner glass, it has a big head, takes a little time to go down then I pour the rest in. By the time I get to the bottom of the glass there appears to be a whitish settlement which I don't drink, not sure what it is.

Mar 13, 2016
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StupidlyBrave from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can of unknown vintage

Smell is a bit muted, yet complex - I'm having difficulty separating the notes
Taste is a little on the malty side, but not sweet. I find it enjoyable. There is a bit of lingering of mild bitterness on the tongue.
Seems like there is a lot of solids floating in the beer. Is this can conditioned? Carbonation was fine

Jan 29, 2016
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mbender92 from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer goes down real easy considering the relatively high alcohol content. Not typically a fan of heavy beers but this is one I will definitely be drinking again.

Oct 11, 2015
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flong116 from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 03, 2015
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

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.

Aug 27, 2015
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

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.

Jul 15, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 07, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 01, 2015
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Canned 9-29

re-review because this tasted a good bit better than I recall. Still plenty of raw bitterness and heat, but with the addition of more citrus and a hint of tropical fruit. Very good local option, generally available very fresh.


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.

May 26, 2015
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 24, 2015
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