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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

317 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 317
Hads: 525
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | 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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Reviews: 317 | Hads: 525
Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of BOSMECH
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

DOA (580 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of benclimbs
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, as I read my previous review for the in-bottle form of this brew I feel like I'm drinking a totally different beer.

look and smell are the same - solid for a pale ale, very dry and grassy nose but good none the less

taste is overly mineraly and metallic - not sure if it's from the can (I was told this is impossible) or if it's just an off batch.

The mouthfeel and carbonation taste off as well, very watery and just not as nice as I would have hoped for...just a so/so pale in a can. (495 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a nonical pint glass at L.A. Live's Yardhouse in Downtown Los Angeles, California. It was overpriced there (as are most beers). Reviewed from notes. Expectations were average.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream and thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a light nontransparent orange-copper.

Sm: Apple, heavy pine, citrus esters, and clean malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Some sourness and funk. Green apple tang sourness. Clean malts form the foundation. A bit too apple-y. No citrus comes through. No yeast or alcohol. Bretts. Badly balanced all around. Some hints of butterscotch/vanilla. Built decently but strangely.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit thin. Light on the palate. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Very drinkable. A bit boring. The bretts help, but there's nothing unique or special here. I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours golden-orange with a nice fluffy white head holds good retention and leaves good lacing on the glass. Aromas are fresh, crisp, grassy, and smells much like a pilsner. Tastes are similar to aromas: crisp, biscuity, pilsner-like, grassy, sweet & fruity towards the finish, zesty, then intensely dry. Mouth is thin-to-medium and overly carbonated. Overall, I did enjoy this offering, but it seemed more like a pilsner than an APA to me. Still not bad though. (474 characters)

Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A:
One and a half finger white crown with good retention, it stands awhile before gradually fading to some long lasting foamy film and patch on the top along with plenty of lacing sticks on the glass-side. The showcase is slight hazy under a shade of orange copper.

S:
The nose senses floral, pine, orange citrusy yet lemony hop, fresh hay and some earthy note.

T:
Biscuity malt acts as a backer and pathfinder pioneering the passage for hop to shine a sparkle of bitterness and citrus that continually develops sip by sip. Beneath that biscuity malt flavor, there is a grain residing inside assisting in drying up the palate. Also beneath all that mix up, there is a hint of grass and mineral water.

M:
Medium-bodied, smooth and refreshing with lively crisp from active carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O:
The drinkability is high by the well balance hop character between a note of bitterness and zesty citrus fruit yet with a gleam of malt ranging by biscuity, grassy and grainy. (1,034 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an ever so slightly hazed golden honeyed hue. Near three fingers of slight off white head. Lacing is moderate. Carbonation is also moderated. Fairly large bubbles.

S: Clean, slightly toasted malt bill. Some stone fruit notes and a touch of floral essence on the nose. Mild..almost noble hop like spiciness.

T: Clean, crackery and fresh malts in the forefront. Fruity mid palate, with a bit of soapiness(?) and good balance of bitter on the finish. The hops seem to favor fruit (citrus, grapefruit, apricot) and grass or straw like notes. Hops are present without being the star of the show. A fine balancing act between the hops and malt.

M: Slightly more carbonated than many of the APA's I've had. Maybe a touch lean in the mouthfeel. But, not necessarily a bad thing.

O: I'm a fan. Beer has a lot of flavor for as refreshing as it is. Could hit this one up equally on the beach or the slopes. (912 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber brew with an off-white head leaving good lacing and some curtains.

Smelling citric, lemon and lime. Some malt.

Starting with white bread, lemon juice, and some peel.

Medium low carbonation, soft, medium body and a dry finish.

A good solid APA. (260 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow color with one-and-a-half finger white, foamy/frothy head that lasted several minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Fruity and floral hops. Toasted malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate to high bitterness. Floral and fruity hops like the nose. Sort of a bitter bite. Nice toasted malt flavor.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Pretty good pale ale. It looks really good, and the nose and taste are unique. (490 characters)

Photo of tony223366
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light coppery color. Tan/yellow orange. Huge head with fantastic retention. Huge and rocky. Head is white. Clarity is fantastic. Not much action from the carbonation.

S: Aroma is mostly hops. Not too bright but solid. Hops are mostly piney. Malts show up as grains and bready. Very average.

T: Glad to see that the flavors are much better than the nose. I'm actually getting mostly citrus up front. THat turns into the bready, grainy malts. The finish is clean and fruity. Just lightly bitter flavors aren't stunning but well balanced.

M: Just shy of medium body. Very lightly astringent. Medium carbonation.

O: A solid pale ale, but far from my favorite. Just slightly above average. (696 characters)

Photo of Blueribbon666
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.
Pours a hazy light orange color into dimpled mug with a good finger's worth of head that dissipates quickly but carbonation appears good. Smells of crisp hops and a bit of citrus.
Taste/Mouthfeel, good balance in the mouthfeel, carbonation is good keeping it from being flat or heavy. Good crisp hop balance without being over the top with a clean orange rind like citrusy bitter finish.
Overall another solid entry from Anderson and one of the better more balanced APA's I have head. Would recommend and get again when I have a taste for APA. (565 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is a decent american style pale ale. The color was a clear yeloow with foamy white head that laced. The smell includes some tart citrus like tangerine. The taste was powered with decent bittering hops that came with some citrus tones. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall a sessionable beer that was good. (375 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of brown2cu
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold under a disk of unbroken foam. A lot of lacing. Not like most pale ales, but impressive.

S: A lot of grainy sweetness an unusual hop aroma is also present. This hop aroma can best be described as oniony or garlicy, not altogether unpleasant just unusual.

T: There is a nice malt body on this but nothing overpowering, in fact quite the opposite. This is one of the most refreshing beers I have had in awhile. The hop characteristics are also in the taste. Again, it is slightly oniony; however, this is interesting. Not quite sure if this fits in the pale ale category.

M: Heavily carbonated, and refreshing.

O: A wonderful beer and one that I am sure will be stocked in my fridge come summer. (718 characters)

Photo of leokbelo
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper into a pint glass. 2 inch head fades into a 1/2 inch lacing afterwards.
Citrus / piney hops on the nose.
Nice hops on the tongue, bitter american hops, just great. Nice malts to balance. Low ABV makes it a great session brew.
Highly drinkable.
Nice APA. (274 characters)

Photo of milwaukee512
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I used to get this beer from a local establishment and loved it; tried it again recently (3 years later) and something seems different. Maybe my tastes are more refined now, but this just tastes weird. Not necessarily hoppy, just kind of metallic and off. It's rare to find an APA that is too malty, but this one qualifies. It is possible that by the time this gets to WI, it's past its prime. However, a lot of west coast breweries (Ballast Point, Sierra Nevada, Deschutes) import here and don't seem to have the same issue. (530 characters)

Photo of gregb13
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - yellow clear 1 finger head. Nice lacing

Smell - Nice piney hop scent of a well made APA

Taste - A taste and easy to drink APA. Pine hop notes in flavor yet well balanced and not overly bitter at all. Relatively mild APA and good intro into the style for the non-hop-head.

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - A nice APA. Nothing spectacular but a nice drinker that is satisfying across the board. (403 characters)

Photo of mazstar
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clearer and less cloudy than usual APA, retains head and leave foam around glass after quite a while.

S: lot of malt - I quite like this malt, its sweet reminds me of the malt beer I used to drink as a child in Germany - there is citrus notes and ever so slight fruit

T: this doesn't taste like your average APA - much sweeter in smell and doesn't have the bite and lingering of bitter hops - I quite like this variation - not really like other APAs I have tasted

I would definitely buy this again even if it doesn't remind me of the APA style (550 characters)

Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with some fruit and fresh grain.

T: Mild malt flavor with a bit of sweetness and citrus. Has a nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Mdeium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. very well balanced.

O: Goes down way to easy. Very good APA. (324 characters)

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.