Poleeko Gold Pale Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Poleeko Gold Pale AlePoleeko Gold Pale Ale

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519 Ratings

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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | 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: 519 | Reviews: 319
Reviews by ralree:
Photo of ralree
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Gold with big bubbles. Good retention on head, and nice lacing.

S: Pretty skunky, flowery hops. Smells more like a lager than a pale ale.

T: Tastes quite a bit different than it smells. Hops are in the raw with no fruit flavoring to cover them up. Very grainy malt (barley?) backs it richly. A real hearty drink. Finishes clean, leaves the mouth happy. Almost no bitterness remains.

M: Dry, smooth, light-bodied. Carbonation is slightly high. Non-astringent.

D: Refreshing and light, this one goes down easier than soda. I real winner for drinkability.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow what a nice subtle,soft beer.Nive golden color,with decent head retention.Soft hop flavor makes this beer very easy to drink.Impressive beer.Going to try many in the Anderson Valley line.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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

I was expecting more from this beer and was a little let down. A nice copper color beer pours from the bottle with good lacing down the glass. The smell is quite subtle with light hints of hops and malted sweetness. The taste is kind of a let down with a very light hoppiness and light malt flavors combined to make a very balanced yet quite borring beer. When faced against Stone Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada or AleSmith, you could do much better than this beer.

Photo of Todd
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12 ouncer, pours a mildly hazy light amber/straw. White head, tiny bubbles, expansive fine lacing and sheeting. Hoppy, grainy APA, nose is mildly hoppy with a hint of butter. Medium bodied, not much of a mouthfeel, abit prickly on the tongue, could use some more of a malt undercarraige . Grainy hops carry the weight here. Grapefruit and peppery. Bitter and dry in the finish. Workable ale, respectable sessioner.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle. No freshness dating. "Gold Medal Winner" appears on label (California State Fair Commercial Craft Brewing Competition -- 1997 Light Ale category). $9.99/6-pack locally.

Appearance: Immense billowing head initally appears atop a fairly light honey-colored beer. After several minutes, the head has all but disappeared. Large patches left on the glass.

Smell: Pleasing nose of hops, with floral aromas along with some citrusy aromas.

Taste: Compared to the Hop-Ottin' IPA, this is a much more subtle brew. There is a hoppy (though well-balanced) predominant flavor. Finish is on the dry side, with a slight metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: I would think this would be a great "hot summer day" beer. Not too big in the flavor or complexity department. Very refreshing, with little aftertaste. Another solid offering from the folks at Anderson Valley.

Photo of magictrokini
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hearty APA is the only way I can describe this one. Pours and smells like any other pale ale; coppery and caramel malt with a touch of piney hops. The taste is strongly bitter with hops, pine, and grass flavors. Mellows into a smoother malt and caramel. Probably the most bitter APA I've ever had.

Photo of Kraken
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 7/30/09

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an over sized wine goblet. Firm pour evokes a scant white head that falls very quickly. Little to no lace. Color is a wonderful pale cloudy golden yellow.

Nose- Nice mild pine & citrus. Tangerine and orange.

Palate- A bit thin at first, nice grassy straw quality about it. mild citrus hops. Orange rind and a bit of lemon zest. Some nice sweetness comes through. Tangerine in the finish, more then the nose would have you believe. Finish is short with a very slight bitterness in the close.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, moderately active, full.

Drinkability- This is a great pale ale, super drinkable.

Photo of mattffrost
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into glass.

A-Beer is a hazy/unfiltered golden color. Head is whtie with some lacing.

s-Strongest smell is the hops with some citrus. I also get a bit of flower smell.

T-Very mild tasting to me. I don't get a bitter finish I was expecting. The taste is of hops, carmel, and slight citrus without a lively finish in my opinion.

M-Light to medium bodied. Very simplistic, a nice feel.

D-Simple, light, refreshing.

Photo of BadBadger
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley's Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is a rather nice brew. It pours a golden color out of the bottle, with a nice foamy head. The smell is gentle, reflecting the nice balance of hops and malts within this beer. The taste is refreshingly NOT overly hopped. This is NOT a hopped up ale. Thank goodness. Enough with over hopping and the masking of flavor. Anderson Valley has made a nicely balanced ale, with a nice smooth taste. Search it out and enjoy!

Photo of thatothermitch
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a cognac glass.

It was clear and light pale gold in color. Medium carbonation and a surprisingly thick off-white head.

Floral and hop notes in the aroma. Dry start, then a delicious, but not overpowering hoppy bitterness and unpolluted floral and hop finish.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive gold with lots of clarity, soft white head, 1" in size. Aroma wasn't all that hoppy, smelled like Coors kinda in that high carbonation, barley and corn kinda thing.

Taste, soft hop touch again, but stands out more than the aroma, light body, light toasted crystal malt, faint sweetness. Delicate grassy hop touch.

Its a decent lawnmower beer, the hop aspect I've noticed over the years will fade within a matter of weeks on this beer.

Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy sub orange color (almost exactly the color of 80 proof bourbon), bright white 1/4 inch head of little body. Slightly droopy ring laces. Hoppy aroma, leaning toward the tangerine. Compared to other Anderson Valley products, this strikes me as low key, a gentle amount of caramel and a softer sense of rind-like American hop. Overall, slightly astringent and on the hop end, the finish is somewhat peppery with a bit of balsam in the aftertaste. Refreshing but surprisingly middle-of-the-road to my tastes. Good sense of balance was acheived by the brewers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a treat I have overlooked this beer so many times please don't make the same mistake. Pours a slightly hazed copper orange with a nice bubbly foaming off-white head very nice appearance and the lacing is lies even around my pint. The aroma is a bouquet of floral west coast hops with a load of malt buttery notes of sweetness just amazing beer a benchmark for the style. The taste has traces of honey sweetness that run through it with honey glazed west coast hops and enough malt sweetness to balance it out just a great refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly syrupy very nice fluffiness to the texture, this beer is truly amazing. Drinkability is like whoa, I could go out in buy a case to have as my go to beer right now it's that good.

Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. A light pale ale. Nice balance, soft lychee and grapefruit, pretty swiggable, innofensive, if not overly interesting. A perfectly acceptable Pale Ale in the easy drinking style, obviously well made, soft, fruity and pleasant, one for an all night session. Fine.

Photo of gregb13
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(reviewed from notes; sampled mid-October '11)

Poured a typical APA. Nose also typical. Taste is where it started getting weird... it was all about dried apricot funk. Imagine you had some dried apricot sitting out in the sun for a few days; that's how this tasted. Mouthfeel medium, body a little thin and watery for my taste. Overall somewhat disappointed. Would not seek out.

Photo of sloejams
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of 2 Anderson Valley beers on-tap at Santa Anita Park's Brewfest

Pours a straw gold with a nice head into my crappy 6 oz. plastic cup. Nice smell, floral hops with a wee bit of sweetness. Hop character is balanced with a sweet maltiness that is quite pleasant. Light and crisp, with good carbonation.

Very drinkable, I liiike.

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 IntriqKen
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden yellow with a thick half finger head that melts to a very sticky lacing.
Aroma is malty and orange citrus hops.
Taste highlights the mildly orange rind citrus hops with little or no emphasis on the malt. Drys afterwards with only the memory of hops remaining on the tongue. Not bad, but not spectatular. Drink cold....sort of skunky when it warms up.

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 NJpadreFan
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale

Purchased a 6er for $6.00. Rang up wrong, should of been $9.

Appearance- cloudy yellow with a frothy white head that held up nicely.
Smell- fruity and malty. Light citrusy peach.
Taste- very good. peachy/ floral hops with a sweet maltiness.
Mouthfeel- an ever so slight bitterness but goes down rather easy.

Overall- a delicious Pale Ale that can be consumed rather quickly if your not careful. Yet another good offering from Anderson Valley.

***side note- Anderson Valley's beers are vegan friendly.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Looks solid Gold with nice activity and a thin white head that dissipated fast.

The nose has a sweet and sour effect.

A slightly bitter hop effect that turns tart/sour, no "sweet" malt is present here. There's a seemingly unpleasant overall taste.

Feels crisp and has a good bite.

This one is easy drink, but flavor issues keeps me from having another. It's a strange, "chemy" sourish hit that seems a bit off.
I don't think freshness is an issue here.

Photo of ITK4ever
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking for something different and I saw this at Stateline. Poured a golden color with a thin white head that diminished quickly into a pint glass. Light aroma, not as strong as a usual pale ale. Lighter taste, too. Refreshing and lighter than what I usually drink, but this was ok. Just ok. It really didn't wow me the way I expected it to. I like their Hop Ottin' offering and this was actually a bit disappointing for me.

I'll try it again, but there's several others I'd hit first.

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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.