St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #254
Ranked #7,636
4.03 | pDev: 8.68%
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: Paideia for the Greeks meant the development of the perfectly well-rounded citizen. This single-hopped pale ale uses Citra hops and a blend of malts to create a bright aroma and flavor with little bitterness. We think you’ll find our Paideia to be a perfectly well-rounded beer capturing the essence of the Greek ideal.
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $1.99. Canned on 9/8/2020, so this is almost 7 weeks old.

Look: Pours a nice deep golden color. It was very clear until the bottom of the can, which resulted in a soft haze with some tiny particulate floating in suspension and ultimately settling to the bottom of the glass. A very thin off-white head with good retention and lacing remained after an initially rocky head off the pour.

Smell: Lemon iced tea flavors with lemon zest and a crackery malt base underneath. Some perfumy notes also - picking up floral notes like rose petals. Smells like a balanced citra pale ale.

Taste: Up front, light and lemony with spritzy carbonation and some crackery malt. Then, the flavor profile finishes with a higher than expected bitter finish which lingers long and is quite nice and refreshing. The bitterness tastes a bit generic, almost tannic; it follows that theme of the "lemon iced tea" note present in the nose and on the palate. This beer is somewhat unique and somewhat typical at the same time. It's very refreshing and crushable.

Feel: Medium plus carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: My first St. Boniface beer. This beer almost comes across to me as an English bitter-inspired American Pale Ale, and I like what they did with it. Also impressive that this beer is only using citra hops, and it offers quite a bit of complexity. I wonder what blend of malts they used. I like it and think that it's a great session beer at just 5% ABV. Cheers!

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can't remember how I obtained this but it was probably via a gift or a trade. This was the first beer from St. Boniface that I had and for being an American Pale Ale, it wasn't bad. Not on the level of Sierra Nevada, this had a clean, crisp taste and a smooth slickness to it as it was about as easygoing a beer that I've had in quite some time!

Golden, nearly clear, and full of dark particles suspended in the liquid, this had a lot of head topping it off but that had to be because of it's age. Canned on 6/26/19, this didn't feel skunked but it took a bit longer to get around to than I would have liked! Lots of bread, grain, and tangy citrus in the nose as the taste was just as malty, tangy, and pithy as the aroma indicated. Some dry lime, cracker, and caramel stickiness in the aftertaste rounded things out as there was a lot going on here, with a lively carbonation keeping this fun from first sip to last.

The amount of alcohol was perfect as this was a true session beer that didn't lean too heavy towards fruit or hops, like so many other American Pale Ales that I've had. Lots of grain and orange pith lingered once I finished this off as this was a nice beer that I'd reach for again, had there been another can here...

Mar 28, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark golden body with bubbly white head that dissipates. Aroma of lemon, citrus, mango, grass, pine. Tastes of mango, lemon, citrus, slight rind, grass, light bitterness and pine finishes. Light bodied.

Sep 01, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The mostly clear dark golden amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2” fluffy, light ivory head that recedes slowly to a cap of foam and then to a thin irregular island of foam and a ring around the glass while leaving an open web of strings, large patches and skinny legs of lacing on the sides. Sipping creates a few strands and legs of lacing.

The aromas are filled with both a nice rich caramel and bready malt backbone along with lots of fruits from hops. The hops bring some lime, some light orange, some lycée and some mango to the show.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the rich bready caramel malt establishing a solid backbone and base that supports a range of fruity hop flavors that includes lime, orange, mango and lychee. The malt sweetness and some light citric zest bitterness are well balanced so that each is noticeably present but neither dominates the show or becomes unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with some very light carbonation. The nicely balanced finish begins as the malt flavors, the hop flavors and the sweetness all begin to fade away together to finally leave some light dry citric zest bitterness to close out the show in the back of the palate.

Overall I think this beer lives up to its name and the goals/intent of the brewer, i.e., the beer is a well-rounded and nicely balanced APA. While it’s probably not for everyone I personally find it enjoyable, drinkable and I’ll probably be having more, a lot more, of this one. (Note: this beer is fairly temperature sensitive in that when it is fresh from the fridge the bitterness does hide some of the malt flavors.)

Jan 27, 2019
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StanleysCup from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: dark maize color, massively thick and lasting head (probably my bad pour).
S: fresh cut grass, zesty citrusy hop aromas. Very enticing.
T: great hop-malt balance; bitter but not overly so.
F: perfectly carbonated, with some lingering hip bitterness. Very sessionable.

Sep 16, 2018
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into snifter glass. 5% abv

Appearance- Orange with lofty head face to dissipate. Light haze with decent clarity.

Smell- Orange peel, grains.

Taste- Lightly toasted bread, crackery grain flavor. Orange forward citrus punch arrives next. Peeled orange. Turns sweet before a bitter hop blast. The citra hops this beer states it uses is ample. Ends in a bitter, citric finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-light in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A solid pale ale showcasing fresh orange flavor and a bitter finish. Easy drinking.

Jul 11, 2018
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mynie from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't know nothing about this brewer or this beer.

Pours like a standard-issue APA: darkish yellow, medium haze, decent white head.

Smells more beer-like and less fruit juice-like than most recent citra APAs, and that's a good thing. Firm citra hops give off a citrusy aroma with node of grapefruit, and this is balanced very well against caramel and biscuit malt nodes.

It doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but it's still very solid (and, thankfully, very beer-like). Citra up front, and modesty bitter middle, and then an end that's got some older school malt qualities, with nodes of peat and biscuit dough.

May 30, 2018
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Golden amber. Slight haze and oils. 1 finger of fluffy head.

Mango, guava, papaya, caramel, and candy sugar.

Guava, mango, and papaya balanced beautifully over a caramel and candy sugar maltiness. Tropical sweetness lingers along with pine sap and grapefruit zest.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, semi-dry, and lightly bitter.

Very tasty Pale Ale. I feel like a lot of St. Boniface's beers are underrated.

May 11, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can to becher pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-clear sort of bronzed amber color with a thin white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Lace seemed to speckle here and there.
The aroma had some biscuit to cake-like malt sweetness up front stiffening up some piney hop bitterness. Light lemon briskly subsided underneath.
The flavor leaned into the sweet side of the blend of the biscuit/cake-like sweetness running over some bitterness of the piney to subtle lemon sort of blend. Mild aftertaste of the malts and some pine.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Nice malts to hops smooth sort of sweet ratio flowing nicely along my tongue.
Overall, as an APA, it's nice and I'd have again.

Aug 21, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a one finger head; decent stickage and a splashing of lace

Smell: The malt comes through in a bigger way than is typical for the style; cake and caramel tones emerge; the piney hop tones balance out the aromatics

Taste: Malt forward, with the cake and the caramel laying down the backbone with a hint of banana, in the mix; plenty of piney hops emerge, with a dank and pithy character; the finish is a balancing act between the malts and the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Maltier than is typical, these days, but there is real craftsmanship in this brew

Aug 21, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Feb 21, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.........

Jan 08, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
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).

Aug 10, 2016
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IpaBeerDrinkers from California

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Jul 10, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Jun 05, 2016
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

May 16, 2016
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

May 04, 2016
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deaddear from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2%
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. :)

Mar 13, 2016
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StupidlyBrave from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is terrific. Citrus
Taste is a bit bitter and crisp. A little grapefruit flavor, maybe
Looks like a standard pale Ale. Light amber color, light head and laces the glass.

Jan 30, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Although I am far from home, the legacy of woodychandler lives on in the trunk of my car. This beer is one of them. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits. Taste is tropical fruits, solid hop bitterness, some malts are present. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Nov 22, 2015
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5 days ago. Hell yeah, I'm lovin all the fresh Boniface in the area!

This was crisp, dry, and had a nice, lingering fruity citra hop bite. Minimal sugar cookie sweetness for balance. This is one of the APAs I've had for some time. Camping with a 12 pack next week, can't wait!

Sep 09, 2015
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-Growler. 08.22.15. Consumed/reviewed 1 hour after pour.

A: Bready textured off white head is thin on the pour from the growler. Bubbly covering, light spacious CO2 rise is slow and lazy making its way to the top. Rustic tangerine orange coloring, good clarity.

S: The nose is sweet and fruity, tropical semi-dry pineapple and citrus. Fresh apple sauce, hints of citrus and pear juice. Smells like citra hops with a clean belgian yeast strain. Mangos, sweet orange, and apricot rounds things out here.

T: Flavor is fruity, lightly dry tropical hints as first impression. Filled with dry citrus-apple hopping, grapefruit, and, citrusy hops come alive mid-palate. Dry tropical orange-pineapple notes, papaya, and citrusy-peach add a tropical punch against a crisp pale malt backing.

M: Had a decent amount of carbonation, not particularly sharp, but faired much better then their others in terms of crispness. Mid body fullness, warming of piney-citrus afterglow on inner cheeks, dry hopping flowery presence off the tongue.

O: This is very crushable, and available in crowlers. Maybe just as bittering as thier libation, this is an easy drinkable, growler worthy beer, that was very well balanced with a good smack of hoppiness per style. This as well thier libation, an easy must try when in town. Citra hops are well represented here.

Aug 27, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz can poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Pale yellow bodied beer with large 2 fingers of bone white head. Head has good staying power and lasts longer than your average hoppy beer head. Moderate lacing left on the side of the glass.

Smell: Citrus forward nose; grapefruit and oranges mostly. Hints of grass, watermelon rind, light floral and fruity note. Bready malts that are barely there.

Taste: Tons of pink grapefruit and a light orange sweetness. Fruity and grassy hops also seem to compliment the big citrus profile. Little bit of resin and hop oil in the finish. Mild bitterness, the beer really is loaded with hop flavor without a lot of bitterness. Mild biscuit and bready malts; the malt profile adds a light backbone for all the hop flavor to come forward in all its glory.

Mouthfeel: light body with moderate carbonation. The beer is an outstandingly drinkable beer and carbonation is bordering on creamy.

Overall: This is a really nice American Pale Ale that gives Zombie Dust a run for the money. Very well done APA from a not so well know Pennsylvania brewery.

Jul 19, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have tried this on several occasions from the can, why not give it a review? poured chilled from the can into a tulip on this occasion.

The color is a medium amber with thick hazed clarity and 2 finger rocky white head with varying sized bead with lace that is web like while retention is very good.The smell is saturated with hop aroma lots of fresh citrus type hop smells with dank and slight lush herbal quality with a light tropical accent with mild malt in the nose augmenting the hop odors. The feel is hefty with tangy and lightly astringent element with bitter hops up front with mild sweet texture and moderate carbonation with slight spice in the hop profile. The balance is toward the hops almost IPA bitterness is semi-high with a mostly dry resinous finish.

The taste is citrus from the hops with hints of grapefruit and lime with slight malt sweetness adding to the mild zesty tangerine flavor with slight grassy accent and lemongrass spice quality as it finishes on the dry side -long and semi-bitter. Overall this could fit an American Pale as listed although it is bitter enough to be classified as an IPA - I found the Citra used in this single hop ale to be juicy and flavorful. Well done St Boniface!

Jul 05, 2015
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Lucular from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best pale ales I've had to date. Didn't hurt that I was drinking it with the head brewer but I wish this were available in my area. Looking forward to trying it again at some point - so juicy, fresh, and flavorful.

Jun 22, 2015
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