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:
69
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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Photo of Abe_Froman
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bret717
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 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 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 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 PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 CharlesK
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 rolltide8425
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Chinaskifan1
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3LB IPA India Pale Ale from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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