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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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495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 17
Gots: 14 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2002

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Photo of teejay76
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy gold with off-white head.

Smell - Citrusy grapefruit hops

Taste - Surprising good. Definite malt overtones with great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with decent carbonation. Very smooth.

D- Very refreshing pale ale. Keep in mind I will be grading this against other pales, not against other styles. As a Pale Ale, this is easily a B+ to A-.

Photo of troybn
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I bought a six-pack of Poleeko Gold Pale Ale for a beer tasting get together with a few buddies. We had appetizers and dinner with five different ales, mostly from brewers in the North-West US. We started with Poleeko.

Upon opening, a nice hop smell comes forth. The color and smell match the light to medium color with light citrus overtones. This beer has a nice full aromatic head on it, perhaps just a little too carbonated and foamy for some tastes.

The scent of this ale matches the initial taste - green hops, dry grain, very light citrus and very slight fruit hints coming through as it rolls to the back of the tongue. Then something not so pleasant comes forth in the finish, a strong steel/metal flavor. The steel/metal flavor lingers on for a long unrewarding finish.

When first drinking this with my buddies, I kept my impressions to myself so that I could hear what everyone else thought as they were drinking it. It was unanimous, the group all came to the same conclusion about the finish and aftertaste. Everyone liked the initial flavor and body, but disliked the finish of this beer.

Through the evening we moved on through the other four beers with our meal and on my suggestion, we opened up another few bottles of the Poleeko, just to see if our impressions were the same. Yep, a lot of promise with a let-down for a long metallic finish.

Photo of gobias
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer when poured is a golden color with a decent head on it. The scent was slightly floral and a hint of citrus.

Overall this was not a bad beer though it did not taste like most APAs. I went from enjoying this to being tired of the flavor very quickly. It was leaving me with a bitter aftertaste that seemed overwhelming after a couple.

I give it a slight recommendation if you want one or two.

Photo of jbertsch
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at RedBones in Somerville MA yesterday. Here's what I remember of it...

Appearance was gold albeit a bit washed out. I was not given much of a head (gigiddy).

In terms of aromas, it was tough to smell what was going on....I had this in a BBQ joint with plenty of aromas already in the air.

I noticed substantial carbonation. It's bubbly fizz added to the summery feel it gave off.

Hoppy, slightly citrusy, and refreshingly crisp. It called summer to me more than anything, and it went very well with my BBQ ribs dinner.

Drinkability was very high. Overall, this is a well-balanced beer. Yes it was hoppy, but there were malts that complimented well. I'd have this again.

Photo of kels
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a huge 3 finger white, rocky head that fades and retains at a 1/2 finger skim. Tremendous sticky lacing clings all over the glass.

Smell: Not much to speak of. Slightest citrus hops and a hint of dry malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is pleasing and refreshing with light citrus bitterness paired with a weakly malty toastiness. Feel is light and slightly watery - less full than expected based on the head retention. Nothing terribly special, but enjoyable overall.

Drinkability: High - goes down really easily and is pretty well balanced.

Photo of jmz62565
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw/gold with a large foamy tan head that leaves good lacing. The smell is pungent with a strong bread yeast aroma. The taste is crisp with a slight hop bitter bite with citrus hops,bread yeast, and a creamy milk like feel. The m/f is light and all flavors mix very well. A very good hearty flavor filled pale ale that will not disappoint.

Photo of Magpie14
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: in the simplest description the body is a clouded golden yellow. Upon further inspection I can see hazed orange and lemon peel hues. What caught my attention the most is the foamy blob that sat atop. Retention was worthy of noting and left nice rings and chunks of intertwined bright white lace

S: a good placed citrus fruit nose with some candied crusted malts. By a few whiffs I was gathering, and hoping for a well balanced Pale Ale

T: I am not disappointed. Fruity hops are of oranges, a squeeze of grapefruit, and just a light bitter herbal character. This is augmented by a pale malt doughy sugar cookie that is drizzled with caramel. It has a good amount of sweetness and more than enough bitterness at times. Malt base seems to get lost in the mix after a while. It has good flavors but seems a bit unbalanced at times. Another note, it does seems dry, clean, and crisp

M: mouthfeel is mild and on the lighter side. The body has plenty of fizz and is far from creamy but not rough by any means. Hop flavor lingers at the back in adequate fashion

D: not bad...to say the least, I would have it again

Photo of cerveza5150
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly yellowish/brown with a soapy head that slowly dissipates. Not bad, but not the best I've seen, either.

S: Smells sweet and syrupy with a slight orange/caramel tinge on the nose. The smell surprised me after a lackluster showing on the appearance.

T: The sweet maltiness that I observed on the smell was pretty much obliterated by the bitter hops. I love IPA's and am even known to enjoy fresh hop tea from time to time, but for a Pale Ale, this seems a little unbalanced. The hops come off as very astringent and hit your taste buds almost immediately. Not a bad taste, mind you, but not 100% in line with what I think this style should be.

M: A little thin and watery; decent for a pale ale. The carbonation seems to explode on the palette, which isn't exactly all that inviting. Seems very typical and not outstanding.

D: I might have been a little generous in this category. I always try to judge my drinkability by asking what situation I could see myself enjoying a particular beer in. This ale would fit on a warm spring afternoon working the yard, but to be honest, with so many other pale ale's out there (Alesmith's X, Dale's Pale Ale, Firestone Pale), this doesn't come off as anything special. Very average with a few interesting high notes.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear muted yellow color with about a finger of fluffy off white foam. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of bread, lightly toasted grain, floral, sweet malts, touch of citrus such as orange and grapefruit. This ale is medium bodied with ample carbonation. Crisp and clean tasting. Check this one out if you happen upon it.

Photo of originalsin
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Anderson Valley is really starting to grow on me...

Poured this Pale Ale just now..it's closing in on midnight. I may or not be drunk. Let's not worry about that.

A- A crisp, light honey gold color. It looks refreshing, honestly. Not all that much head on the pour, but retention is good as is lacing.

S- Wow. This smells like a West Coast Pale Ale. No doubt about it. Some floral notes that are a bit subdued, but above all else there's a really great hop aroma that makes this beer.

T- Some citrus and pine up front right before the delicious hops kick in....and let me tell you, they don't let go of your taste buds for a while. It's a great hop taste, with some grain behind it as well.

M- Light, and almost a little boring. But it's a tasty and balanced beer.

D- I've yet to come across a pale ale I couldn't rate high on drinkability, to be perfectly honest. The thing is, though, when I compare this to other beers of the style, that might be the one thing that it lacks.

Nonetheless, this is a well rounded great hoppy beer from Anderson Valley, a brewco that really aptly represents the west coast.

Photo of FallinDeck
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden hazzy body with a white head and no lacying. Not much on taste or smell but has a very slight bitter finish. While I was drinking all I could think of was it tastes like a Corona. Not your tipical pale ale. It realy didn't impress me that much I really expected more from a Pale Ale.

Photo of stewart124
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought that I reviewed this one awhile ago but I don't mind drinking another.

Nice straw color with a bubbly white head. Leaves a nice lacing along the glass.

The smell is of citrus and floral hops.

Tastes of grain and a slight bready character come to mind along with a touch of pear sweetness. The hops balance this out well with a nice citrus slap and a great floral note.

A nice solid APA and a slightly different take wihtout the caramel. It's a very nice one to keep in the fridge.

A great APA to introduce to macro beer drinkers. It is very easy to approach and even easier to drink.

Photo of smcolw
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dark gold color. Modest head but it leaves some ring lace after each sip.

Golden pale ale malt aroma--slightly raw. Delicate hop in the background. Reminds me of the Czech pilseners I had in Prague.

Nice hop up front; it sticks around but never overpowers. The malt base is excellent--very natural roundness without any flaws. The mouthfeel is of skim milk with just the perfect amount of carbonation.

This may be one of the easiest beers to drink--it's full of flavor without being extreme.

Photo of ralree
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops up front with a good sweet malt background. The blend is well done, so that the hops are not overpowering, but still full on the palate. Overall, a pretty good APA.

Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber and poured this in a big Stein Glass (from BevMo).
Pours a light gold color with a copper hue and has a solid inch of bone white head with some lacing from the pour. Definite carb action with some suspended sediment.

Has a slight caramel malt smell with some citrus esters in the background.

Has an eyewater tea flavor with a hint of caramel and a crisp grapefruit finish.

Light bodied and resinous with lively and soft carbonation.

Would diffently be a good session beer or session starter.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured the color was a pale golden yellow, that was slightly hazed. There was very little foam, but, some lace on the side of the glass.
The smell of mild hop's and herb's brought a sort of weak aroma. The taste of mild dry hops with a hint of herbs was evident. The balance of dryness and bitterness was very pleasant along with the hop and herb taste.

Photo of colts9016
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A nice pale golden color with a one finger head. The head is a white foamy head with some lacing. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear with a slight haziness. The head has some retention to it.

Nose: A moderately strong citrus aroma, with yeast, and a subtle malt character.

Taste: A moderate amount of citrus/grapefruit, there is a kinda biscuit character. There taste a little bit of corn and floral esters.

Overall: I think that this a good pale ale but I swear there is note of uncooked corn. The mouth feel is carbonated with an astringent biting on the end. The finish is dry, and slightly grassy. The beer is slightly watery.

Photo of olmatty
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a sudsy white four finger head and a good lacing and retention. A hazy deep golden colored beer

Smell- Initial pour produces an unpleasant chemical odor of fresh wet paint and fruity flowers. Thankfully the unpleasantness fades to something less acrid, but still not good.

Taste- Good balance of light maltiness and citrusy and bitter hops. Somewhat dry finish Quite well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied crisp and clean with a mouthcoating bitter aftertaste

Drinkability- Goes down quite easily. Smooth, refreshing and and unusually enjoyable. Excellent warm weather beer. A very light pale ale. Once past the pour smell the weird odor went away.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden with a puffy white head that goes down with some lacing.

Smell seems to be a little fruity, maybe like a wheat beer.

Taste has the same slight fruit flavor as the smell, and a little breadiness. Mouthfeel is little fuller than I expected. Drinkability is great and would make a terrific warm weather beer.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a willy

A-Light amber with a big nice head and great lace.

S-Grassy/floral hops, small notes of alcohol.

T-This is a big APA, alot of hops all the way through, very earthy and bitter extremly good for the style probably one of the best I've had.

M-Maybe a tad overcarbonated very complex with a great finish.

D-I rank this up there with SN pale which for me is saying alot SN is one of my staples.

Photo of magictrokini
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber color with a huge creamy white head that was lasting with good lacing. Well balanced hoppy aroma. Medium body with a watery texture. Light to medium bitter hoppy flavor with a light bitter finish of short duration.

Average drinkable beer.

Photo of abrand
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

This beer pours a very hazy orange color. Fairly thick white head and very good carbonation. Aroma is floral and citrus and quite pleasant. Hops are also present on the nose. Taste is very smooth and malty. The beer finishes with a slight bitter ending. Good lacing along glass while drinking. Mouthfeel is fairly thin but overall a good, drinkable beer from one of my personal favorite breweries.

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.