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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Poleeko Gold Pale AlePoleeko Gold Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

442 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 442
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2002)
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

Anderson Valley Brewing Co. has gone right to the can, literally. Two in the can now, more soon, hopefully. Long live the craft can!

Nope, not drinking this one out of the can. Thick crowning of lace as the head subsides; deep golden color shows off its clarity. Aroma of fresh-cut hay and orange zest from the malt and hops respectively. Some smoothness yields to the medium body, a little slick as well. It has those West Coast moves of a very clean palate, hop bitterness on the up and up, with a citric flare and a light biscuity malt that provides a solid base. Ends on a nutty, earthy, grassy malt note, with a thick lather of citric flavor from the hops.

This is a good utility beer. It works as a session ale, with enough hops to quell a hop- head's desire for at least a round.

Serving type: can

11-12-2010 19:03:13 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Todd

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this @ Bukowski's in Boston.

Slightly hazy golden, with a decent head and ample stick. Floral, citrus, light grain in the nose. Medium, malty body, smooth, lightly sweet that moves into a crisp, sharp, bitter, citric snap that's a bit rind-like too. Touch of yeast with a grain dryness and biscuit flavours run into the finish.

This is west coast all the way. Refreshing and very drinkable. My only beef with this beer is that you need to drink it immediately -- while it's still cold -- as some unpleasant tannins emerge as soon as the beer begins to warm.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2002 06:58:39 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label.

Appearance: Pale honey golden in colour with a well textured lace that tells me the beer is going to be smooth.

Smell: Fresh hop aroma, flowery and bitter. Mildy fruity.

Taste: Exceptionally smooth with a bitter sweet hop burst. Malt and lends a light biscuit grain flavour yet is laidback otherwise. More fruit character from the hop than the yeast but both are certainly noticeable. Hop flavour is long and drawn out but not alone, its paired up with a little grain to make for a dryish clean finish.

Notes: Prime example of what a West Coast American Pale Ale is. Head retention is close to perfection, hops are to die for and the malt and body are placed perfectly to keep everything in balance. Wow what a beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2002 19:07:52 | More by Jason
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tbraun1

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 13:25:16 | More by Fatehunter
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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heyhoser

California

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

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ninaturner

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-25-2014 19:41:55 | More by ninaturner
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mpenske

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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ElijahRivera

New York

2/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-28-2013 18:54:15 | More by OKCNittany
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rapayn01

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-12-2013 01:13:02 | More by rapayn01
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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Serving type: bottle

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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.