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

3LB IPA India Pale Ale3LB IPA India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
66.7%
Liked This Beer
3.79 w/ 75 ratings
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
Ranking:
#18,839
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
75
Liked:
50
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
8.18%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of DrBier
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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 orangesol
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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 ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of CharlesK
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yourefragile
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of madelf66
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cosmicevan
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of GreenMind
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTJman
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Rizzy17
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3LB IPA India Pale Ale from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 66.7% out of 100 with 75 ratings
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