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:
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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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by Tarheel219:
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4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of drtth
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The mostly clear dark 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 an 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 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.)

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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 curleyqlink78
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 StanleysCup
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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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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Paideia Pale Ale from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 125 ratings