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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Reviews by JWU:
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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of Kadonny
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Troegsfan
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, nice citrus aroma, some tropical fruit in the taste. This will be a great summertime "session" beer

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Photo of therealJAYZ
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Drhall36
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Adam7m
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerIsland
2.96/5  rDev -26.2%
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 StupidlyBrave
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
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 ryser2k
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zachthelaxer93
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Bierleichen
2.74/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

this is an extremely hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of Tarheel219
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bdel34
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Zottens1
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of cdman56
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -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 beerthulhu
3.89/5  rDev -3%
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 philbe311
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lurkerson
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Paideia Pale Ale from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
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