Paideia Pale Ale | St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

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Paideia Pale AlePaideia Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JWU on 08-17-2012

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Photo of Tarheel219
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bret717
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Notes via stream of consciousness: Opens with a crack and pours a hazy deep amber/copper body beneath a creamy head of white. Unusual aroma, I can't make out the hops. Citrusy, floral, a bit catty, lightly piney,... it works well with the sweetish, grainy, bready, and golden-caramel/honeyish malt. The maltiness is very nice. I liked this beer so much the first time I tried it that I immediately went to buy more because it has an unusual character. The same sweetish, grainy, bready, and almost cake-like malt remains in the flavor along with the same hops except that there's some grassiness and a light note of lemon and orange there as well. I even get what is almost like a lingering smokiness in the finish, although I know it's not an actually smokiness, just something with a similar textural/layering quality coming from the piney-ness of the hops and the malt or something else. A firm bitterness balances it and it finishes dry. The body is light-medium, and it's delicately crisp but also slightly effervescent. Unusual and charming! I wish I could describe it better but I'm somehow lost. What I can say is that it's very supple in terms of flavor and aroma, it's not a beer that grabs you, and yet it ultimately pulls you in. Subdued but rich. It reminds me of a craft beer I had in Germany where they were trying to duplicate an American pale ale but they maintained a richer malt profile.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

part of a mix a six picked up at good ta go in Chambersburg last night. no freshness dating that i could find.

pours somewhat syrupy, murky orange body with lots of floaties. small head with very faint lacing. just by the pour and appearance, this one might be past its best.

although...the aroma is a decent hops/malt mix. does taste like a pale ale, a hop/malt mix as on the nose. flavors are muted and don't hang around on the tongue.

mouth is a bit below medium, and the finish is oddly watery.

overall, this comes off as a below average pale ale. it might be age affected, but since St. Boniface clearly doesn't date their cans.........

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Photo of dsshuck
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Octoberist
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of curlybird
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Paideia Pale Ale by St.Boniface Brewing (Euphrata, Pennsylvania)

Artwork: Simple yet with enough subtle detail. What drew my attention to this beer was its name. As the can explains, Paideia (spelled in a direct transliteration from the Greek alphabet) means "the development of a well-rounded citizen" (even though in modern Greek it simply means "Education").

Appearance: Dark amber. One inch of foam with decent retention. Lovely lacing.

Nose: Perfect balance of malts and hops on the nose. Some caramel notes.

Taste: Super hoppy without being bitter. Lots of malts. Both hoppiness and maltiness are intense but they balance each other beautifully. Such an awesomely balanced pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: No idea how fresh this can was but it certainly tasted like it was canned within the last month. Superb pale ale. Reminds me somewhat of Pseudo Sue. I'll be buying more of this, as long as it's fresh (but I'm not sure how I could possibly tell).

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Photo of cdman56
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired via trade in a box that included psuedosue. Who would have thought this would be best pale in the box?

Smooth, great drinkability. Nonexistant abv. Citrus forward hop profile that drinks better than many ipas. Enjoyable mouthfeel.

This is a winner, that drinks better than its BA score indicates

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Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffwise
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass..

Super soapy head. Creating a big bubbled cacoon four fingers tall, thick bubbled swiss cheese and soap clings everywhere. Crazy dissolve to with a bathtub soap cling and very large bubbles in the head. Body color is a nice pale amber, almost glowing and fairly solid. Solid if sort of aggressive pale ale looking brew.

Light toasty malts of honey and caramel whaff on the first smell of the nose. A floral and pine trip seems to come as well on the hop angle but is simple and subtle just like a pale ale should be. Sweet smelling but not overbearing. Solid.

A nice solid palate. Mid palate washes real easily but supportively. Mild caramel at first but then a good lingering hop bitterness that comes in on the mid palate with a good pine sting. Lingering pine and woody aftertaste that really lingers, with oily hop mouthfeel and zesty citrus dryness. Slight sweet malts but more hop forward but luckily gets brought back without going overboard by a nice honeyed malt flavor.

Real good basic American pale ale. Could see myself pounding these on a good day.

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Photo of Risty
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kadonny
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass. Note, the can states this is a single citra hop beer. Canned on date of 4/7/16 was printed on a sticker on the six pack holder.

A: Amber orange color that is slightly hazy with a nice two finger white head. Not much glass lacing.

S: Citra bomb is right! Loads of citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine and deep bready malt. Nice smell.

T: The citra really is showcased. Flavors of huge grapefruit and tangerine mix with the prickly piney flavors and a hint of dank weed. The malt flavor is huge with bready, toasty and brown sugar flavors. The malt is really deep and linger through the finish when some prickly pine bitterness finishes dry. Surprising how much flavor is packed into this pale ale. Nice.

M: For a pale ale the MF is full and coating, lasting, nice carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall this was a really good beer. I almost liken it to a Weyerbacher Double Simcoe with less alcohol but similar in flavor profile. Double Simcoe "Light" and really, really drinkable. This was my first St. Boniface beer and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you like Double Simcoe, try this beer!

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Photo of Liberatiscioli
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small glass: color is amber, head is light tan with fine bubbles and presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring with some slow clinging head on the glass.

Smell is light toast, hints of bread and biscuits, maybe some fresh citrus rind.

Taste is crisp, clean with a nice lingering malt presence that continues the toast/biscuit/bread presence, touch of sweeter caramel/toffee; hops are bitter but not detracting and flavor is blend of citrus and grass.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh with nice carbonation, a little dry on the end.

Overall, a very solid beer with a few rough edges, but i would like to drink it again.

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Photo of deaddear
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured gently into a snifter

A: Very orange. Thin, short-lived, light tan head. Quite a bit of sand grain-sized sediment that stays fairly well suspended. Steady, somewhat lazy carbonation. Lacing started out slowly and remained moderate, but what was there became more intricate as the glass emptied.

S: Juicy pineapple/tangerine dominates. Some biscuity malt/graham cracker in the background.

T: Similar to the nose. Pineapple, tropical fruit. Malt is very present but plays well with the hops.

M: Nice and crisp/tingly, almost verges on a chile-like burn...and still pretty creamy/silky. Crazy good mouthfeel.

O: Really solid pale ale. Sediment might turn some folks off...but shouldn't, that's where the vitamins are. :)

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Photo of Barnsley
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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