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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 79
Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
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 IpaBeerDrinkers
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
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 smakawhat
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Kadonny
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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 mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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 0%
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 StupidlyBrave
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of DIM
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

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Photo of Lucular
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of DwarfBrew
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Pour this from the can into a glass and with its wonderful golden color and nice frosty thick head this beer looks worthy of a beautiful Greek Goddess.


The Aroma has some biscuit malts and a nice pull of citrus with Clementine and nectarine notes and fruity hop from the Citra,


It’s not too sweet and still has a very tropical fruit flavor that reminds me of Clementine and peach with a balanced back of biscuit and English Malts and bittersweet finish.


It is a good medium, between American and English Pale Ale. This beer was sure to change. Its light to medium body with a nice amount of carbonation makes it very drinkable.

Overall Impression:

As the name Paideia denotes. It’s a well-rounded beer

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Photo of maximum12
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to cdunk11 for this can that arrived last week from the southeast. New brewery, new beer, new ear. 12 oz. can split with nobody.

The pour is pure pale ale…woah, woah, woah. Holy Nile flooding sediment, man. There’s enough solid waste suspended, & sunk, in the glass to create a small delta. It looks like I should have brought my floss with me. It’s, uh, orange. The nose is shockingly sweet & tropical mango, tangerine, peach. Very nice.

Paideia is a pale only in name: there’s enough hops in here to flay a Kreelan alive. Cyclonic bitterness surges out of the glass, veering dangerously close to crushed aspirin, quickly wrecking my taste buds (which were in none too good shape after a red-hot green curry dish last night). Some light pale malts…not much else. Where’s all that nice fruitiness in the nose go? Ridden over roughshod by the harsh hops, I’d wager. I’m going to power through this can, but have no urge for another.

It’s rare the hop-bomb that’s too much for me, but this is one. There appears to be something wonderful going on when you raise this to your schnozz, but once it hits the lips, its charm evaporates like a piss in the Sahara. Plus, the last two ounces are solids. Almost mediocre.

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Photo of Blaze5445
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This use to taste better than it does in the can. I was told they are not using as much Citra hops as they were because of cost.

Second time buying a can and this is much better than the first. Must have gotten an old one last time. This one was canned 4 days ago. Glad i went with the whole case.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on November 16th 2014 in Lancaster Pennsylvania at The Fridge. This is the first batch off of their new brewing system. I've had this again from the can and on-tap on a number of other occasions; most recently on 2016-06-03 from a 12oz can.

Very flavorful good balance of malt and bitter. Pineapple and dank aroma and flavor.

Pineapple sweetness middle tongue with some very mild plantain flavor as it warms. Tea. Lingering bitterness isn't excessive.

This is as satisfying as many higher ABV IPAs. Quite impressive and so very fresh since it's made in the county I live in.

Had this side-by-side with a Fat Head's Sunshine Daydream on 2016-06-03 and slightly preferred this because of the thicker mouthfeel, more pineapple, less cracker and a bit less dank.

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Photo of SeamusDoyle
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours translucent light amber with an off white head with beautiful lacing down the glass.
An aroma of English malt base with some hops with subtle hints of peach and tangerine. Taste is very clean and dry, slightly bitter with medium carbonation. Overall an excellent example of an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of BeerIsland
2.96/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on the handpump at the Bulls Head on Sep 24. While it looked fine in the pint taper glass -nice and gold with a generous head; the aroma was somewhat musty and I couldn't pick much else up. The taste was also musty like some other types of fermentables were used and I couldn't identify the hops which were somewhat muted. Mouthfeel was OK but not a very satisfying beer and unusual for this maker.

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Photo of JWU
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

REREVIEWED 10/16/2015, as they went with the citra-hopped version as the base "paideia" recipe. I'm leaving the original review below.

12oz can poured into a tumbler glass. Super fresh as I live a few miles from the brewery.

A- a nice translucent amber/orange, some chill haze. Fluffy off white head.

S- VERY bright tangerine. With just an ever so slight hint of dankness and crackery malt.

T- A quick flash of crackery malt transitions to a showcase of Citra. Orange, Tangerine, with a nice balancing bitterness on the backend.

M- Lighter side of medium, and rather dry, a little more so than I expect from a pale ale. Rather IPA like.

O- A fantastic pale ale. I'd rather have this over most "big" craft breweries attempt at the style.

growler fill, poured into my curved pint glass.

A- a perfectly translucent light amber/orange, with a very fluffy off-white head. Great lacing down the glass.

S- a biscuity/english malt base, with some hops that are really quite nice. Notes of hemp, peach, and a restrained tangerine note.

T- Taste is pretty good. Certainly an English Pale as the malts are a little drier and the hops a little more restrained than the American interpretations. A nice Biscuity malt base, not too sweet, leads into a hop bitterness, but the notes of peach, hemp and tangerine I get a bit of on the nose, are really harder to pickup on. (but they are there)

M- light to medium at best, and very drinkable. A nice medium carbonation as well.

O- A well done pale. If they could get the hops to transition a bit more flavor, it would be epic. As it is, it's still pretty darn good.

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Paideia Pale Ale from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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