St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #253
Ranked #7,662
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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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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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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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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PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 29, 2015
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 01, 2017
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SharkNado from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 13, 2014
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Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 10, 2018
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Yellolab2010 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 01, 2015
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AMarkle6524 from Pennsylvania

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

Jan 12, 2015
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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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Tarheel219 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 09, 2017
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hozersr from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 10, 2017
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 24, 2015
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Vogt52 from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Aug 03, 2014
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Jeffwise from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 24, 2016
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JHop from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 17, 2014
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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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Stihlsaw from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Aug 01, 2014
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Octoberist from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nov 06, 2016
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zachthelaxer93 from South Carolina

3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oct 28, 2015
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rfoltz53 from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 27, 2014
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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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4.6/5  rDev +14.1%

Sep 03, 2014
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madelf66 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oct 10, 2015
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TomT2 from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 25, 2018
Paideia from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 129 ratings