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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Poleeko Gold Pale AlePoleeko Gold Pale Ale

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very good

442 Ratings

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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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Photo of tbraun1


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

04-14-2014 02:18:47 | More by tbraun1
Photo of Fatehunter


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
Photo of heyhoser


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

01-31-2014 06:06:56 | More by heyhoser
Photo of 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

01-02-2014 20:20:35 | More by ElijahRivera
Photo of mfnmbvp


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

11-30-2013 17:58:51 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 05:25:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of vkv822


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 08:30:51 | More by vkv822
Photo of pkalix


4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 01:04:20 | More by pkalix
Photo of TMoney2591


3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 08:13:49 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of patre_tim


4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 14:27:45 | More by patre_tim
Photo of FLima


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 23:13:32 | More by FLima
Photo of dennarb


4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 14:52:38 | More by dennarb
Photo of mastodonj


4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 23:55:37 | More by mastodonj
Photo of DrDemento456


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 01:51:25 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:45:11 | More by biboergosum
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:45:12 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of mooseo


3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 00:51:36 | More by mooseo
Photo of SerialHiker


3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Classic deep golden color…just off white head that forms thick then settles in nicely…(3.5/5)

Smell: Nice pale malt aroma…sweet and crisp with some citrus hop finish…(3/5)

Taste: Light with a nice balance of malt and citrus hops…definitely some lemon in there…classic pale ale feel with a slight citrus kick…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp…very little carbonation…malty in the middle, lemony bitterness in the end…(3.25/5)

Overall: There’s nothing flashy here, but what they did, they did well…a nice balance of malt, citrus hops and piney hops…additional lemon zest separates this ale from others and really does make it very drinkable…(3.25/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 03:56:26 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some bits of lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of floral hops and has some hints of honey and citrus. It has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly, clean crisp and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very unique beer that seems like a hybrid between an APA and a blonde ale, but in a good way. It is extremely drinkable and packed with an interesting blend of hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:13:55 | More by metter98
Photo of BOSMECH


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a bottle and poured into a glass.

A Is a golden hay straw color with a small head.

S The smell is great for a IPA hoppy and a light citrus smell.

T Taste is hoppy but not over bearing like some IPA's.

M Overall very smooth for a IPA and the hop after taste is great.

O This is a good American IPA that I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 21:53:58 | More by BOSMECH
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley continues to excel in craft brewing. Poleeko pours a "brilliant golden" color as the bottle describes, with excellent head retention. There is a big hop character that last all the way down with a grainy character to the taste and smell too. Finishes nice and clean with a hopped out residue lingering. Not the biggest stand-out beer in the AV line, but a solid work nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 17:45:24 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of Drinkerofales


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

The Poleeko pours clear, very light golden straw. A large head leaves huge amounts of very tight lacing and dissipates slowly.

Smell is crisp, clean malts, with a hint of lemony hops.

Taste follows nicely, but the flavors come out very clean, with light malts, and citrussy hops, which are there enough to taste, but light enough to not be too bitter.

Feel is extremely light, like a cloud, and gladly not fizzy. Very drinkable.

Nice delicious brew, a nice clean pale ale, flavors are well balanced. A nice alternative to drinking something big, especially during summer.


Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 19:11:09 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of mdcrouser


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I carried this upstairs from the basement beer fridge and popped the cap, only to find it overflowing with pent up carbonation.

Rolled gold with fluffy white head, leaving lots of lace behind.

Malts and some muted sweetness on the nose - not much that I'm finding that stands out though.

Bitter florals and greenery - almost like the green sweetness that accomopanies fresh spinach. That's followed by malt sweetness that pops on the tongue, more than expected.

The mouth is good, carrying the malts and carbonation through.

Take it or leave it - there's likely a good reason why this beer was on discount for $1.99 for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:28:54 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Translucent golden straw with a big craggy creamy head. Looks unfiltered.

SMELL: Malt & raw honey.

TASTE: Raw honey and malt with some spiciness. Bitter but enough sweetness to even it off. Lucozade barley type flavour with citrus and tea leaves. Soft, light and summery. Citrusy, flowery hops and bitterness in the afteraste.

OVERALL: Has a delicate quality for a 5% ABV beer, so ideal for summer. Initially not very complex, but opens up further down. Beer gets better than this but I think it would be a crime to rate it any lower than 3.85.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 05:34:51 | More by Hoppsbabo
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured a clear, tangerine color, with a one finger nearly solid white head that stuck around for a while.

S: Very understated, with a slight citrus and more than slight yeast component. Candy sugar made an appearance as well.

T: Fresh, not too hoppy, somewhat biscuity, and a bit spicy and bitter on the end. Good, but a bit bland.

M: I got a bit of creaminess, but not too much, no booze detected, and lots of lacing left on the glass.

O: This was drinkable, and I polished off a bottle in no time, however, this was infinitely forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 01:12:51 | More by Chaney
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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.