St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #4,502
Ranked #25,587
3.82 | pDev: 7.85%
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: 3LB IPA was originally named for the 3 pounds of cascade hops that we put in every barrel. This well balanced IPA gives the drinker a powerful hop experience while maintaining a malty sweetness which allows the uninitiated to appreciate its grapefruit characteristics. We trust you will find 3 lb. a pleasurable way to consume hops.
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TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is tasty. Better than I expected. nice rich golden color. Poured from a can it had a very thick foamy head that lasted through better than half the pour. Not meant as a derogatory comment but the head was disturbingly thick, it reminded my of the foam you see floating over the waves on certain days at the jersey shore. I know that doesn't sound real appealing but the beer was very good; i whole heartily recommend it and am looking forward to my next.

May 05, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It has a light color and is fairly clear. The head was far larger than expected, but not lots of lacing on the glass. Very strong citrus smell, almost overpowering anything else that comes through. Very inoffensive in taste however, very muted notes of damp earth and citrus are very forward, personally not finding the bitterness as present as others have described. Pretty decent IPA all things considered.

Mar 20, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned on 02/20/18.
A: Pours a hazy orange-amber color with dramatic head formation. Almost a full head of foam after perhaps the first one ounce pour, but ultimately leaves only a quarter inch, orange chiffon head with spotty lacing.
S: Aromas of orange chiffon, caramel, tangerine, and toffee predominate.
T: Semisweet and fruity. Palate largely follows the nose, but with the addition of a cocoa note. Moderate to strong bitterness very nicely complements the sweetness and fruitiness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate effervescence after decanting. Juicy.
O: Enjoyable and very drinkable. Could see it as a slightly boozier an alternate to summer shandies.

Aug 12, 2018
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Golden blonde. Good clarity with a hop oil haziness. Light carbonation. Short head.

Damp, earthy forest floor. Toffee and caramel. Grapefruit and pine.

Damp, earthy, leafy hops. Candied grapefruit, and subtle pine needle. Toffee and caramel maltiness working extremely well. Zesty florals finish.

Medium-plus bodied, silky, oily, crisp, off-dry, and moderately bitter.

Beautiful! I love it. A rebel against the New England IPA that's taking over. Kicking it old school.

May 11, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange color with a lotta hop haze and billowy off-white head. The can references grapefruit, and there’s a significant grapefruit component on the nose, and a subtle malt note as well.

The grapefruit flavor is very forward on the taste, but the malt is more pronounced as well in the form of a toffee note that I really like - a LOT. The mouthfeel is full, and fits what this is - an “old school” IPA that you could sit on your deck/patio/couch/bar stool and crush until you couldn’t see straight. Just a pleasure to drink, IMHO.

May 07, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a half pint glass: color gold, hazy in the middle a little clear on the edges, head is off white with fine to small bubbles presenting about 1/2 inch thick, good lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is blend of hop and light toasted and caramel malt, a bit muddled.

Taste is light toasted and caramel malt, hops are blend with lemon and herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness but not distracting.

Overall a beer that fits the ipa style but a bit muddled with hop blend and neutral to semi-sweet malt.

Feb 27, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-murky gliding sort of dark bronzed yellow to copper sort of color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. Not much lace.
The aroma had some hop spice (which seemed like white pepper) playing with some pine and super light citrusy content. Caramel/toffee malts pushed forward as it warmed.
The flavor was somewhat sweet with a decent bitter backing coming all up in there as it warmed. Mild aftertaste taking the malts and throwing against the piney and citrusy hops fairly nice.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Mild syrupy semi-sticky sort of feel.
Overall, pretty good AIPA that I could have again.

Aug 21, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to tick through a bunch of extras that I had received in recent trade/BIF boxes and this one was in that batch. No date on the can so not sure how young or old this is.

Almost an auburn brownish reddish orange kinda color, frothy head chunky lace. Nose is rich and syrupy. Taste is SUPER sweet candied hop and body is very watery. The taste has a very thick syrupy sweet hop, but the body just doesn't support it. Triple IPA flavor profile on a session IPA body. Could be an old can?

Mar 18, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours very clear golden color with thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring around the glass. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Slight citrus aroma, hint of pine and malts. Slightly bready with a touch of spice.

Taste - malt forward, hints of grapefruit and pine very light orange peel bitterness.

Feel - Medium body, not as dry or bitter as expected. Slightly slick.

Overall - A pretty solid malt forward IPA, the flavors blend well and the feel is very nice.

Mar 16, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another priceless can from Adamstown Beverage, Adamstown, PA.
Undated can at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – grapefruit, lasts.
Head large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive pour), off white, low density froth with average retention, diminishing to an irregular three to nine mm frothy ring with drag marks as the head recedes and a heaped frothy partial layer.
Lacing fair. No rings or partial rings, but random clumps of froth remain as the beer level drops.
Body – coppery orange, clear. A little sediment falls from the can with the last pour.
Flavor – Begins with a grapefruit malt, moderately bitter. Ends with just bitterness. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation.

A decent malt-forward IPA. If this was in my area, I could see it always being in my reefer.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.

Mar 03, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co. "3LB IPA"
12 fl. oz. can, no packaging or freshness dating
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Pours a hazy golden color - ugh! until I hit the yeast! - then it became a cloudy mess. Now it's a deep amber/copper in color beneath a rocky head of off-white. That's one of the problems with cans, you can't see sediment. Still, I prefer cans to bottles. All that yeast changes the flavor of the beer though. Does it say unfiltered anywhere on the can? No. Oh well. Yeasty caramelish malt and citrusy hops in the aroma. It's not bad but I'd imagine the hops would come through clearer without the yeast interfering. It says something about 3 pounds of Cascade hops per barrel on the label but that's really not that much. Moving forward, let's look at the flavor. Nice. Pleasant blend of caramelish malt and hops. Bready, and nutty, probably from the yeast. The caramel is right at the perfect point, just beyond golden caramel and not quite into dark caramel, what I think of when I'm looking at actual caramel as 'reddish'. The citrus is minor, and rather than finding the expected grapefruit I'm getting more of a hint of lemon amidst light dried apricot and very soft tangerine. It works, but I'm now wondering what this beer is really like, without all of the extra yeast. I might have to go out there. I've never seen it on tap. Let me check real quick. Wow, they're not even listed on Phillytapfinder.com so I guess I'm not wrong. No problem, they're between Adamstown and Lancaster so there's a good beer trip in that. Back to the beer, I'm about halfway through now and enjoying it. Very nice lacing left behind in the glass - I'll rate it as if it had been clearer, I should have poured it more carefully. It's got a good balance to it. It's bitter, but not too bitter, and not at all harsh. The sweetish malt and bitterness seem to slump into each other. The citrus lingers a bit in the finish. Although it's American I find it kind of English in nature, at least with the yeast included. It reminds me of a pint I had from a newish microbrewery in Liverpool a few years ago at the Lion before they closed. Haha! I just noticed that the can reads "NICHT LANG SCHNACKEN, KOPF IN NACKEN!" - "STOP TALKING, START DRINKING!" so I'll shut up.

Feb 21, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the reigning champion of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, malts. Taste is clean, well balanced hops and malts, citrus, some light pine and caramel. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Dec 10, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has been a nice Thanksgiving 2016, providing me the opportunity, albeit brief, to return to The CANQuest (tm). Tomorrow, it is back to work and back to the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but for today, it's CANs, man!

From the CAN: "Nicht Lang Schnacken, Kopf In Nacken! [(] Stop Talking, Start Drinking![)]"; "Convert the Masses"; "Originally named for the 3 pounds of [C]ascade hops in every barrel, this well-balanced IPA is a powerful hop experience that maintains a malty sweetness, highlighting its grapefruit characteristics. We trust that you'll find 3LB an enjoyable way to consume hops. [undersigned, the brewery team]"

I just love hearing the Crack! but my glass was too small to allow for an inverted Glug. Even so, I still managed to bring the head right up to the lip of the glass and then some. It became two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, French Vanilla-colored head with excellent retention. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with grapefruit underlain with a caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium, The taste reminded me to forget about malt and be thankful for grapefruit! Phew. This will get your attention. I am sure that some will complain that it is imbalanced, but I am not going to be among them. I am a self-avowed hophead & I enjoy this sort of thing. Finish was dry, bitter and I would have it no other way.

Nov 25, 2016
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two pints after a hot, dusty baseball practice hit the spot. This a well balanced IPA bursting with old-school cascade goodness. Brady malt backbone with light caramel and acrisply refreshing citrus rind.

Another solid, fresh as hell IPA from Boniface.

Sep 06, 2016
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is of grapefruit and caramel hops. Taste is grapefruit and faint sun tea fade into balanced faint caramel hops. Good balanced IPA with a refreshing finish and would be an excellent session. Dangerously drinkable.

May 27, 2016
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-Snifter. Draft. 08.22.15

A: Translucent orange with no visible signs of carbonation. Thin off white colored head is 0.5 inches high with a slight amount of hold. No visible signs of lacing on the vessel.

S: Aroma of fresh oranges, citrus of light awareness. Faint hints of wet tropical pineapple move in.

T: The flavor had a nice level of bitterness, grassy-orange peel flavored hops provided a good amount of bittering factor right off the bat with some wet grapefruit and tropical notes. Bittering orange peel and flowery hops, dry hopped with flashes of malt sweetness for balance. The beer finishes up with a fresh grassy hop finish.

M: Body was medium, smooth texture, no carbonation factor, slight bittering.

O: This had a nice clean hit of hop bittering right from the start, grassy-orange dry hopped with a somewhat lingering finish. Goes down really nice. One factor i will reveal, but holds no real barring on the score is the price, initial at $4, but recently upped a bit to $4.50 a glass, this comes in at a real bargain, especially for the quality and hop awareness level that you really can't turn down a second, or third glass. First beer of the day from here and it was a good start.

Aug 27, 2015
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rfoltz53 from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

St. Boniface is my most local brewery so after alot of ratings I think its fitting that my first review is my favorite beer from St. Boniface. On to the beer,
Pours a copper color with a thick soapy white head. The smell is my favorite part of this beer. It smells of fresh hops and a little of sweet malts. The taste is clean ipa, nothing fancy just exactly what you want from a good ipa. Overall the beer hits on all of my marks for a solid ipa and thats why im a often customer of the brew pub.

Jul 22, 2014
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SeamusDoyle from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a small off-white head that lasted a while. Nice lacing around the glass. A slight spiciness and some gentle floral notes. Hops are more on the piney side. Pleasant piney bitterness upfront, a little mango and pineapple, some maltiness, and a spicy finish with great carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Dec 03, 2012
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery. Served in a who cares (take that drabmuh).

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a soft golden hue against light. Retentive, finger thick cream colored head and some specks of lace. Malt forward nose, biscuity and bready with a light citrus hop finish and some lingering sweetness. Flavor is still malt forward, but has a stronger hop presence than the nose suggests. Bready malt dominates and a mild citrus sweetness tries to balance it out. Full body, with medium carbonation. Not a great AIPA, but if this was supposed to be a hoppy amber I'd be more satisfied.

May 19, 2012
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djmichaelk from Florida

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64oz growler into a snifter. A previously unknown beer and brewery, courtesy of dashirey (thanks Dain!) as part of the Growlin' at the Moon GIF for Apr 2012. Opened at a small tasting with a few beer geek friends.

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow, with a small off-white head that lasted a while. Nice lacing around the glass.

S - For an IPA it doesn't have a lot of nose. A slight spiciness, almost like a rye beer, and some gentle floral notes. Hops are more on the piney side.

T - Wow, this is a lot better than the aroma would lead you to believe. Pleasant piney bitterness upfront, a little mango and pineapple, some maltiness, and a spicy-ish finish.

M - Nice and full, with great carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

O - This was the surprise hit of a night full of outstanding beers. Everyone seemed to like it, and all of us were wondering where this brewery came from. I've got another growler of their DIPA, so can't wait to see how that one turns out. Will definitely be seeking out more of this in the future.

May 17, 2012
3LB IPA from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 92 ratings