3LB IPA India Pale Ale | St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

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3LB IPA India Pale Ale3LB IPA India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
stbonifacebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by djmichaelk on 05-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by djmichaelk:
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4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of tuowl74a
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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Photo of Tarheel219
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of citizencane
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Rizzy17
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of bret717
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Genx
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Typical east coast IPA, a good pint but would not seek it out.

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Photo of DrBier
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ghershey
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tery_Noseworthy
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of gopens44
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pugs78
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of richardwood76
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Octoberist
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3LB IPA India Pale Ale from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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