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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

509 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 16
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2002

Poleeko Pale Ale is an exceptionally flavorful and well-balanced beer. With a bright, citrus hop profile and mild malt flavors reminiscent of English biscuits, the aromas of pink grapefruit and lemon zest compliment the brisk, balanced finish to create a truly refined American Pale Ale.
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Ratings: 509 | Reviews: 319
Photo of wLcz0rz
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crisp gold straw color. Clean aroma with citrus notes, hints of hops and malts. Prominent citrus notes maybe lemon peels and grapefruit. Malty bready feel but citrus hops are definitely stronger. Super clean finish. Lacing only at the top of glass

Photo of RyanK252
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Anderson Valley

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy white head that settles and laces well.

S: Floral and herbal notes, a little citrus, and some light malt.

T: Citrus, lemon, orange, and grapefruit, some herbal and faint dank notes, and light bread malt.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty crisp.

O: Light and drinkable, but just ok.

Photo of chadski
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Flat poor with no head and very little lacing. Crisp finish is the best attribute.

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite pale ale. No wonder it's won gold medals. Top notch beer, though I am not a fan of too much hoppiness - so if that is what you are looking for, the Poleeko may not fit that bill.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer appeared a hazy orange with a light white head that faded to a thin cap and left a little lacing. Citrus hops, nothing more, nothing less. That pretty well covers the taste as well. Certainly expected more balance from an APA. The beer was easy to drink, smooth and finished with a nice bitter aftertaste.

Photo of samtrillo
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted and acted more like a lager to me. Not much of a hop presence at all. Some sweet malt. But it really tasted like a lager not an ale to me.

Photo of MarkQ617
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Had this out of the bottle at Silver Dollar in Louisville. I thought this was a surprisingly average pale. Not a tone of hops or malt - I don't know if the idea here is that it's supposed to be more like a golden, a bit milder, but wasn't what I was looking for. It's fine, but maybe go elsewhere for a pale ale.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a white fizzy fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, hazy honey orange color.

Nose brings nice grassy noble hops, with a little spicy American touch to them, a bit floral, very touch fruity notes, faint malt base.

Taste starts with juicy malts out front, not a lot just enough for a nice base, followed quickly by grassy spicy hops, a bit earthy and leafy and even floral, again a mix of noble and American it seems, with a touch of fruity notes and very light citrus rind. Finish dries off as the juicy malt fades, gets pretty bitter but not a ton, with more lingering grassy leafy hops, that bring a bit more citrus peel notes and floral characters.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, about what a typical APA should be, nice base malt balanced with good fresh hops, nice noble American blend, good bitter lingering finish, sessionable and tasty. Very enjoyable.

Photo of tbraun1
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber with two finger head and nice lacing on the glass. Smells bready. Not much hop/citrus coming out in the nose. Tastes well balanced. Not too hoppy, and I love the my hoppy APA's. This would be a great session beer. Mouthfeel is pleasant and rich with just enough carbonation. Overall, would make a great session APA and would be a great beer to turn others onto pale ales.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy straw colored body.
The aroma is mild pine and honey.
The taste is strong grapefruit bitterness with a short finish. It's straight to the point.
The texture is crisp with soft edges and moderate carbonation.
It has a bold bitterness for a pale ale... but it's still good.

Photo of heyhoser
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

so where does this fall in the pale ale spectrum...

its on the opposite end of the malty/sweet/honey taste of a sierra nevada pale ale

its much more on the hoppy/bitter end similar to a dales pale ale

but its got a bit more citrus than dales, closer to a citra pale ale

for the hop heads out there -think more cascade and less nugget

also like dales pale ale, this beer has a really thick head for a pale ale and gives that creamy mouthful

so when should you drink this beer: anytime really, at 5% abv and with a clean but not overpowering citrus/hop feel, this beer would really go nice at that summer time party or a great beach day, sure your best friend might have worked hand grind, stuff, and grill those sausages, but show up with a 6 pack of this and you win best contribution of the night

Photo of ElijahRivera
2/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Exploded when opened with a soapy foam clinging to the inside of the bottleneck. Hazy amber when poured.

S- Funky and slightly skunky in a bad way.

T- Off flavors abound with a vinegar bitterness in the finish.

M- I didn't make any notes on mouthfeel.

O- Almost certainly infected. I will definitely give this brew another try.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Anderson Valley Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. My label is slightly different than the one pictured and claims a 5.00% abv instead of a 5.50% abv. Expectations are in the average range.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy bright lemon orange with just over two fingers of soft sudsy white head. Some sudsy lace, but none sticks. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is light but nice. Lemon zest, grass, pine, grapefruit, grainy wheat, musty yeast, and some honeyed graham cracker malts.

T - Taste follows the nose: dry honeyed bread malts, lemon, grass, herbal pine and grapefruit bitterness, & some mineral water.

M - Feel is clean, bready, bitter, and dry. A simple, fitting end. Light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a simple, but pleasant beer. Probably one of the better year-round offerings from these guys, and I'm glad that I gave it a try. Light and sessionable, I would definitely have this again.

Anderson Valley Poleeko Pale Ale ---3.5/5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and floral perfume aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice floral-like presence in both the aroma and flavor.

Photo of vkv822
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Lightly hazy golden orange with a thick, foamy white head that leaves great lacing.

CItrus, spicy, herbal hop notes, with a biscuity, malt backbone.

Medium+ body, mild foamy carbonation.

A decent pale ale. Nothing too exciting, but a pleasant hop profile, balanced with a pleasant malt backing.

Photo of pkalix
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

beautiful look. beautiful color. brilliant yellow with a thickening core in the middle of the tulip glass. tight white foam sits on top.
smell is kind of grassy, but not like a saison. floral, hoppy. citric. dry.
taste is dry, hoppy. bitterness at the end. nice balance. hint of the grapefruit.
well put together, easily enjoyable, semi-sessionable. thirst quenching on a warm afternoon and the dryness of it reminds me a bit of a pils. most everything they do is above average, it seems.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I almost thought this beer was calling me a palooka... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild grapefruit zest, light grass, and firm biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, the balance favoring the hops slightly, but not enough to drown out the biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a solid, if undistinguished, pale ale, something I could easily see drinking many times in the future.

Photo of patre_tim
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden with almost no carbonation, thin white foam, slight cloudiness.

S: Piney, heated hops, west coast hops, slight sweet caramel malts.

T: Hoppy, piney heated hops in west coast style, sweet fruity notes, fruity pebbles, light caramel maltiness.

M: Medium light body, low foamy carbonation. Smooth and well balanced.

O: This was an amazing pale ale that surpassed my expectations. Almost approaching an American IPA in style. Really flavourful and delicious.

Photo of FLima
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces, actually painting them on the glass walls.
Delicious citric aroma of grapefruits and tangerines.
Equally superb flavor, very citric with the same suspect, grapefruit and green oranges, lemon and lots of pine. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with mild carbonation and tiny bubbles.
Balanced, flavorful, refreshing, citrusy and bitter, this is what a good beer should taste like. Highly recommendable, you won’t be disappointed. Later, take this to another level, try their double IPA.

Photo of dennarb
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great session beer! It pours with a nice golden yellow color with a half inch white lacy head. It retains the head for the next 20 minutes or half hour, however long it takes you to enjoy this little guy. The aroma is bright and spicy with a little touch of Evergreen forest. Initial taste is exceptionally clean and bright. The hops come forward quickly. But the balance Created by the malts prevents the hops from getting too aggressive. The taste remains bright and cheerful An exceptionally thirst quenching.
Overall this is a beautifully balanced beer. I recommended Poleeko Gold Ale very highly, especially as a summer beer.

Photo of mastodonj
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never been disappointed by anything from Anderson Valley so I bought a six of this although I'd never had it.
They came through again.

Nice light amber slightly cloudy, loads of lacing.

Smell is exceptional at first, some malt, vanilla and biscuit but the entire aroma is way better than that sounds. Lots of reviewers think this is choppy and citrus. I'm used to extremely hoppy Colorado and California ales with lots of citrus hop flavors so this does not seem that hoppy to me.

Flavor follows the smell but with a nearly perfect bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel is excellent and has the creaminess I've come to expect from AV.

Immensely drinkable.

You won't be disappointed with this fine pale ale.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks of a clear bright yellow somewhat hazy with a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a thick lace ring. Smells of biscuit malts, some pale malts, and a touch of herbal hops. Taste is pretty hoppy with a mild bit of piney hops, biscuit malts, and a bit of sweeter malts in the finish. Mouth feel is very light to medium bodied but not as crisp as I expected it to be.

Overall I have a good feeling the bottle I got was pretty old at least six months but as it is it's a fairly decent pale ale. Still worth trying if you never had it.

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Apparently, 'Poleeko', in Boontling, just refers to the town of Philo, California. Meh.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of aggressively foamy, puffy, and somewhat rocky eggshell white head, which leaves some decent broken spider web lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of existence.

It smells of biscuity, grainy pale malt, lemon, orange and sweet Texas grapefruit, a slight field honey sweetness, some mild leafy herbs, and a strong grassy hoppiness. The taste is bready, almost pastry-like grainy malt, orange cream, lemon/honey dressing, and a complex grassy, herbal, and leafy hop bitterness.

The carbonation swirls about to a certain extent, but is generally unobtrusive, the body a sugary medium weight, and fairly smooth by the same measure. It finishes well off-dry, the honey, pale malt, and fruitiness blending splendidly with the biscuit and latent hop edginess.

Now this, this is an APA - hoppy, you bet your ass - but incredibly well complemented by a robust maltiness. Lots going on, and it all works - boy could I go for another one of these at the moment.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden hue with a white finger width head. Sub-par retention, leaving a firm film of microbubbles on the surface. Fair lacing with good stick.

Smell - Powerful whiffs of honey hit the nostrils right off the bat. Slight lemon.Touches on bread.

Taste - Follows the nose. Predominant honey flavors throughout. Malts come across as grainy. Hearty bread. Hints of floral hop. Slight berry fruitiness. Moderate grassy and lemon zest bitterness, hitting mid-taste and riding out into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Almost silky going down, before a dry finish.

Overall - An amazing display of honey in this brew. Why every reviewer doesn't mention this (or why this isn't a descriptor on the label) is beyond me. This doesn't drink like any pale ale I've ever had, in fact I'd liken it closer to an Oktoberfest in terms of flavor. Yeah, definitely.

Photo of mooseo
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Slightly murky yellow gold with a large creamy white head.

S - Grassy and floral, sweet bready malt, and a touch of herbal spice.

T - Bready malt, grassy hops, lemon citrus, and sweet honey. Has a nice hop bite. Finishes earthy and spicy with lots of toasted grains.

M - Light-medium body, smooth and crisp. Clean, somewhat dry finish.

O - A very drinkable, satisfying pale ale. Good balance. Nice blend of grassy hops and toasted malt. There is also a distinct, soft mineral-like flavor that tends to linger, and I've noticed it in several Anderson Valley brews. Pretty good.

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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.