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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Poleeko Gold Pale AlePoleeko Gold Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

479 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 17
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good American style pale. Golden body,white foam, with pleasant citrus aroma. Taste is some citrus and a good bitterness, good malting for drinkability. Bit above average mouthfeel. A hint of acid in the aftertaste, but that is tolerable.Nice balance.

Sammy, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This came in a 22 oz bottle bought at Bevmo. It poured a nice clear golden color, somewhere in the middle of the pale ale color range. It had a decent 2 finger head that faded over the course of a minute or two. There were some moderate hop smells coming out without a trace of any malt. The taste was also dominated by the hops. That is not to say that any part of this beer was too hoppy, just that the malt did very little for this beer aside from color and alcohol content. In any case, the taste is refreshing and quite crisp with a thin body. Very drinkable but not overly impressive. Good summer time beer.

t0rin0, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light gold color with a white head. Nose brings forward some citrus and floral his along with some bready malt. Taste brigs on some bitterness at a pretty high rate for the style. Feel is nice with good bitterness and carbonation. Drinks quite well and is one of my favorites from them.

Thorpe429, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.3%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

metter98, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an impressive head that leaves strands of lacing behind

Smell: Piney hops aroma with a fair bit of biscuity malt underneath

Taste: Starts out with a sweet, soft biscuity malt flavor which manages to linger throughout despite an assault from the hops that occurs mid-palate; the sweet malt adds a really nice touch to the citrusy/piney hops flavor that persists into the finish in a well-balanced fashion; a bit of the yeast comes through as well and adds a nice flavor, too

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice west coast APA; would find a place in my regular rotation if I ever created one

brentk56, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Second drinking at USBTC Tasting at Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati. This beer was described as a winner of the Golden ale / Kolsch catagory, although labled as a Pale Ale. It does fall short of Pale Ale in the body and malt character/sweetness. But it cleans up nicely in the body and finish. Very drinkable and extra pale. Quite dry and lightly grainy. Hops remain lightly citrusy. Good beer.

A very solid brew for any occation at any time. A basic copper color, white head that faded and laced well. Smells hoppy: other tones of floral and citrus. Moderately sweet malt extends from the nose to the flavor. Obvious flavors from late addition of chico hops and other American variety. Flavors of grapefruit, oranges, pears and a mild cider flavor decorate the lightly malt body. A tad spicy from complex hopping adds to the complexity and bittering into the aftertaste. Lingers bitter and slightly sweet. Might finish a bit water, metalic, and harsh from hops and grain. A crisp and refreshing beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep yellow color ale with a huge bubbly white head with better then average retention. Aroma of grassy floral hops is clearly detectable and really enjoyable. Taste is incredibly grassy with nice floral undertone and a medium bitter finish. I thought this was a well balance mix between the grassy, sweet malt and light bitter finish. Definitely something I would track down again.

Phyl21ca, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of focus saffron topped by a sticky ivory head that is some kind of impressive. The foam is pitting and pocking all over the place, is both sturdy and persistent, and ends up leaving blurred, interconnected rings of lace cemented to the glass. Lovely, citrus fruity nose bursting with candied grapefruit and orange peel.

Poleeko possesses a sweet, sugar cookie-like pale maltiness that allows the significant hop load to shine. The citrus zest zing is kept in check by the civilizing influence of the malt, thereby taking the edge off of the bitterness (and, to some extent, the flavor as well). Make no mistake though, this beer is as well-hopped as many pale ales and more than most.

In addition to the grapefruit and bitter orange that are present throughout, there are spruce-like notes that increase with warming. The body is supremely smooth and almost chewy with a well-hidden amount of carbonation. Because of the substantial body/mouthfeel and the extroverted hop flavor, the finish is a long and lingering affair with echoes that last until the next sip.

Anderson Valley brews great beer. I didn't really need more proof to convince myself of that assertion, but Poleeko Gold provided it anyway. Delicious.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazed orange color with a thin white head on top which leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S: There is a fair bit of sweetness to the nose of this beer. The hops are sweet and fruity (primarily oranges), but a bit grassy at the same time. There is quite a bit of caramel malt as well.

T: The flavor follows along much of the same line as the nose. The beer is quite sweet and malty, especially for an American pale ale. The finish has a touch of lemon, orange and bitter hops, but not much.

M: The body is medium with moderate carbonation.

D: I was expecting more from this beer to say the least. Anderson Valley usually does some nice beers, especially Hop Ottin and the oatmeal stout. This one is a beer not quite on the same level.

womencantsail, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a golden orange color, the head was decent and left some scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had some pilsner like aromas going on, kind of made me a disappointed. The flavor is slightly hoppy, some grassy flavors in there too. The mouthfeel was pretty light and drinakble. Overall I can see others enjoying this beer quite a bit but for me it just wasn't my thing.

Knapp85, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

oberon, Aug 07, 2002
Photo of largadeer
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold with a thick frothy head that lasts and lasts.

Smell: Biscuity malts and floral hops. Metallic undertones bring to mind hard water.

Taste: Floral hops, bittersweet grapefruit and cereal grains. On the hoppy side for the style but nicely balanced by a dry and crisp malt flavor. Assertive hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and semi-dry.

Drinkability: A good session brew, but certainly not my favorite example of the style.

largadeer, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a foamy, tan, three-finger head. Even the second pour brought a big head. It left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, grasses and floral notes. There was a slight burnt toast aroma, too.

T - It tasted very grassy with a sharp hop bitterness. It had a crisp roasted malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very solid APA. pretty easy drinking and flavorful.

zeff80, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with deep amber highlights and a dense 1/4" head that falls quickly to 1/8", then to 1/16" but holds! The aroma is quite floral (Goldings?), citrusy (Cascade?) with a light malt backing. The body is medium with a good mouthfeel.
The flavor starts with a touch of light sweet malt on the tip of the tongue - somewhat fruity - followed by hops supported upon a clean, basic maltiness with a touch of biscuit-like width, and then finishing with more hops - a long, dry, bitter and herbal finish. But extremely well balanced! Clean, crisp and surprisingly smooth in the mouth. I'm guessing there may be some Fuggles in here as well, as there's a touch of a "mettallic" note at the end. A really amazing beer considering how light it actually is... where not talking I.P.A. here! Extremely complex yet simple. Clean and continually enjoyable. Not so much a solid punch to the gut, more of a swift hit to the face. And here's the best part, probably not their best beer!

NeroFiddled, Aug 07, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

Jason, Apr 10, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with several foamy fingers of poofy bright-white head. The retention consists of a rock solid dollop of froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma is floral and spicy, with notes of fruity citrus rind, and a silky layer of toasted sweetness underneath.

The taste is bit more mellow with the bitterness. Spice and bitter rinds lightly prickles the tongue, while some sweeter citrus and toasted malts offer up a touch of balance. Spice and dryness lingers on the lips. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied (I was surprised to find that this was over 5%), with a super easy, creamy, and smooth feel to it. Maybe a little too easy in spots, with it bordering on watery at times.

This was a bit too average at times for my taste, with the body in particular not giving up a whole lot. Still some easy drinking stuff though and I dig that the fact that Anderson Valley is getting down with the whole can phenomenon.

Kegatron, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber/brown with a good amount of off white head. Nose is orange piney hops. Flavor is a kind of odd mix of bitter, orange-ish citrus, and hops. I can't say it seems really balanced. Full bodied, sure. But balanced? No. Too much bite. Feel is kind of thick and doughy. Nice enough carbonation. Overall, the odd flavor profile here kind of drops the drinkability in my opinion. I mean, hey, there's no balance here where there should be. Ya know? Just seems to be lacking.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.