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

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3LB IPA India Pale Ale3LB IPA India Pale Ale

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

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

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Photo of rfoltz53
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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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 DIM
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of SeamusDoyle
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of djmichaelk
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 Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 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 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 cosmicevan
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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?

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Photo of yourefragile
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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3LB IPA India Pale Ale from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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