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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

462 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 17
Gots: 8 | 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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Overlord

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Very nice pale ale!

Pours a golden orange, with a big, big white foam head. Smells earthy with citrus and grapefruit. Taste is very nice, tart orange, grapefruit, and a nice bitter hop twang.

One of my new fave pale ales Even has a decently thick body to it!

08-16-2008 06:50:59 | More by Overlord
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce "tulip" shaped pint glass.

A - Hazy pale golden color. Slightly cloudy, with about a finger of white head.

S - Earthy hops. Smells like some bitterness is on the way. Also has some citrus notes.

T - Taste leads with a nice citrusy (grapefruit) hop fading into some bitterness. Some sweet malt notes come up along with grassy, earthy tones and a little tea like character. Finishes nice and crisp.

M - Fairly light bodied. Suits this brew well.

D - A nice pale. Fairly simple and straightforward with a good taste.

08-15-2008 02:55:43 | More by EStreet20
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%

Nice deep golden honey color. Grandeos capping of off-white foam that doesn't last, unfortunately as it looked awesome for about a minute before fading to an always presnt light skim and collar. Small sheets of dripping lacing sticks well across the glass.

Aroma is kinda light and paled too much but very interesting with a crispy yet dulled limey, piney, grapefruitified, lemon hinted resin quality thats quite nice. Too bad it didn't quite pop as much as it could. Complexingly nice, but just a bit too flat.

Same goes for the taste. It has complexity in its hoppyness but it comes across flat and quick. A little more crispness and length to its nature and this would be very impressionable on the palate and the taste buds. It has a very rounded nature to its overall taste. Beefy at the front, paled, dulled, citrusy stuff of grapefruit, lime, and lemon are quickly backed by a semi sweet caramel malt that kinda fills in but leaves in some empty areas as it finishes. Resinous notes and sweet, light honey sweetness slide in and ends soft with just a nudge of snap.

Feel is about medium. Creamy, simple, smooth, and soft with a bit of snap and crispness to it. Its a nice mix of West Coast hopped up complexity with English styled maltyness.

Drinkable by a good amount of downability. Its overall rounded tone and crisp grab and slight snap make for a nice drinkin' Pale Ale.

08-12-2008 02:10:57 | More by tavernjef
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

A - Orangish brown color with thick off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Mixed aroma of floral hops and sweet malt. It smells good but the aromas just dont quite lineup with each other.

T - Very sweet and earthy up front. A piney and floral hop bite comes through but is not overpowering. Finishes clean and sweet. A well balanced Pale Ale but the sweetness has a mild off taste that I cant quite place.

M/D - A little on the thin side but very crisp and properly carbonated. A very drinkable pale ale.

08-03-2008 15:23:41 | More by ckeegan04
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

Poured out of their bomber into my Green Flash pint glass. Clear "honey" golden color. Very respectable lacing throughout session.

Little bit of citrus and hops on the nose. Subdued.

Continuation of the nose.. bit of hops and citrus on the mouth, but again pretty dang light. I've been drinking some pretty heavy beers lately. Seanibus mentioned that it tastes like a "robust pilsener" and I have to say that is a pretty perfect description. Or even a Light Pale Ale, should that actually exist.

Light and cripsy mouth feel.

Drinkable? I have trouble defining this. Its easy to drink.. but I prefer something with more flavor. This would perhaps be a good beer to introduce someone into craft beer without absolutely dropping a hop bomb on their palate.

07-24-2008 03:23:37 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

This Pale Ale poured from the bottle with a 2 finger creamy head. The beer was a light copper/dark gold color that did resemble honey (mentioned on the label) the head did fade rather quickly and there were small patches of lacing that remained after the beer was consumed.

Aroma was rather floral and also had some pine notes. It was very fresh and pleasing. I also sensed some toasted Malt notes hanging around as well.

The flavor was rather smooth and seemed to focus more on the citrus like hop flavor. There was some malt backbone, but this was definitely about showcasing the fresh hop flavor. Towards the end there certainly was a lingering hop finish and I was picking up some herbal notes, although I couldn't specifically identify a single herb. Crazy for me to say this as a certified hope head, but I would have like a bit more balance.

Mouth feel was rather light and slightly thin for this hoppy brew. I'd prefer a touch more body.

Beer is rather drinkable and almost session like.

Good beer, some more body and malt backbone would make it better.

07-23-2008 11:25:24 | More by Reagan1984
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oelergud

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Classic brown 12oz glass bottle. Pry-off cap. Standard Anderson Valley label.
Slightly hazy light copper body with low carbonation. Creamy pillowy off-white head. Great retention and decent lace.
Light hoppy and grassy scent with a bit of pepper and vegetable.
Hoppy sweet grassy and vegetable taste. Pepper and an aftertaste with a bit of butter and biscuit quickly overpowered by harsh strong hops.
Medium body with some coating and dry finish.
Good drinkability. A solid offering.

-Oelergud

06-18-2008 00:54:01 | More by oelergud
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Seanibus

California

3.85/5  rDev +1%

This is an unusual pale ale - it feels more like a robust pilsner than an American Pale Ale.

It pours a dusky gold with a lively head. The odor is slight, with a whiff of malt. The flavor is malty with the slightest bitterness on the back end. The best part of the beer is the mouthfeel, which is more like a fine pilsner, like Victory's Prima Pils. The beer overall is surprisingly smooth and mild and an interesting detour from the usual APA.

06-17-2008 20:05:43 | More by Seanibus
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DoubleJ

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Bomber from Wayne's Liquor, on to the beer:

Into an Imperial Pint glass it goes, the beer shines like golden yellow sunshine with a big rocky head. Very magnificent looking. The nose leads to mild grassy hops and buttery diacetyl. I'm lead to more of my share of the latter in the taste, there a bit of it. Up front, the hop bitterness is sharp and piney. As it builds up to its zenith, in comes the diacetyl. That takes some getting used to if you're into clean hoppy ales. Hint of popcorn in here. Oily mouthfeel, leaving some tannins in the aftertaste.

Personally, I'm not as wild on beers that are both buttery and hoppy. This one is, but it doesn't turn me off completely.

06-05-2008 02:52:29 | More by DoubleJ
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albern

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

This is a pleasant surprise. I'm not all that convinced it is a Pacific Northwest style pale, but so be it. The beer pours a nice slighly cloudy orange amber with a nice white frothy head with a good retention and plenty of lacing. The aroma is very nice in that you'll get a nice blast of floral hop and buscuity malts. The beer is light to medium bodied, some carbonation, and a nice imparting of dryness towards the finish. The taste is predominately grapefruity tart hop, perhaps some tea like hop too, nice buscuity malts with a nice creamy mouthfeel. I only wish there were a slightly heavier and creamier quality to this beer and then it would have really been outstanding. There is also a tad bit of butteryness to this beer in the mouthfeel that I particularly like. The beer hits all the right notes, and the grapefruit tartness does not linger longer than in should into the aftertaste. L'Chaim.

05-17-2008 23:23:18 | More by albern
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Offa

California

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

This is a basic, but fairly good, drinkable light American ale.

Lightly hazy pale golden amber, it has a medium, creamy white head that slowly shrinks to a wispy top and ring, leaving decent lace.

The aroma is light, mostly pear, grapefruit, and crackers.

The taste is pleasant, easy to drink, fairly crisp, smooth, and light, but retains its taste and body until the end. The grapefruit just barely dominates the drink, with light crackers, aromatic grain, pear, and a hint of apple, with a slightly bitter, grapefruit finish followed by light grain aftertaste. It has the basic grapefruit-cracker character that I don't like much, find boring, and encounter all too often, but it has enough other stuff going on, plus a good blanace and enough body, that this makes up for it somewhat.

05-15-2008 21:43:12 | More by Offa
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woemad

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. No freshness date.

Poured a hazy, golden color, with an inch of white foam that dropped fairly quickly.

A fairly subdued nose, featuring mild floral hops and a biscuity maltiness. As others have noted, this has a more English pale ale scent to it.

The flavor was mild like the nose. The malts stand out more than the restrained hoppiness, but not to a greater degree.

The body straddles the area between light and medium. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, but not very memorable. Could make a decent bbq/lawnmower beer, but that's an overcrowded field already.

05-05-2008 05:47:54 | More by woemad
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lvbs

Pennsylvania

1.78/5  rDev -53.3%

"Underwhelmed" just about sums up our tasters' feelings about this pale ale that tastes more like a weak golden, or maybe an English. It lacks the hop bite to make a pale ale crisp, or the malt smoothness to make it an easy drink. Only one of our twelve tasters gave this beer above a 2, and that person gave it a 3.

04-29-2008 21:54:14 | More by lvbs
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gpogo

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

A- Hazy gold with off-white head that has a very nice head retention. Leaves a nice lacing

A- Grapefruit citrus hops

T- I can really taste malt, specifically the biscuit malt. Seems more like an English Pale Ale than a hoppy APA.

M- Medium body moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D- Very refreshing pale ale. Wasn't a hop bomb and seems more like an English Pale Ale than an American Pale Ale.

04-27-2008 16:18:29 | More by gpogo
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largadeer

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

04-24-2008 00:09:16 | More by largadeer
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison for $1.99...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, murky, light-copper, amber, golden appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated and left hardly any lacing at all...
Grainy, wheat, and corn-filled aroma with fresh florals in the mix...
Fresh, clean, taste, bursting with an attractive, have-another type of flavor with citrus and floral notes evident... Slight caramel along with vanilla also noticeable on the tongue...
Good mouthfeel and an equally decent level of drinkability make this another winner from Anderson Valley...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

03-27-2008 00:07:13 | More by dsa7783
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mithrascruor

California

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper-gold color. Frothy, creamy, & thick white head has good retention and laces the glass.

Smell: Has some sweeter citrus and floral aromas. Not too sweet; seems balanced.

Taste: Really enjoyable and refreshing taste. Great florals, malts, hoppy citrus. Nicely balanced too. Perfect degree of bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost creamy, but with a bit of grainyness towards the finish. Light- to medium-bodied with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Perfect ABV goes along with great flavor.

A really enjoyable pale ale -- it's very refreshing and drinkable. They did a great job at making a solid beer with it's own unique taste but without making it extreme.

03-19-2008 03:53:11 | More by mithrascruor
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +22%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, golden-yellow color with a huge, creamy looking head. Leaves huge webs of lacing as you work your way down the glass. The smell is all west coast, floral hops that you could sniff all day! The taste really isn't as hoppy as I was expecting from the nose, excellently balanced with a biscuity, lightly toasted maltyness. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation and fairly dry finish. Drinks like a light beer, but tastes much better. I think this is my favorite AV brew that I've had yet.

03-02-2008 19:21:35 | More by gmfessen
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charlzm

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Consumed on 10/18/07. Pours a clear, pale gold. Head is white and made up of fine white bubbles. Fades rapidly to a ring around the edges and a thin skin on the center.

Sweet citrus hops in the nose with a hint of malt and resin underneath. Thin but smooth, it slides into the mouth easily. Maltier than I expected, almost like a red or amber ale, with sweet honey notes. Astringent with mild bitterness as it goes down, the aftertaste lives on in a tingly patch in the center of the tongue. Very mild grapefruit hop note lingers as well.

After beer warms, I would be fooled if someone handed me a glass of this and said it was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I might not buy another bottle, but it's a fine drinking beer.

02-29-2008 18:59:57 | More by charlzm
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tapman

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Golden apricot in body, an eggshell, 1.5 finger head is foamy and retains for a good while per the style. A little unfiltered looking. It's clear and see through, yet there is a very slight haze which makes me feel pretty good. This is perhaps the golden ale I've seen that actually resembles more of a golden color than yellow/orange corn. Could be a little more unfiltered for me.

Woo, smells like a I just opened a jar of honey. Hops smell a little tangy, but are overpowered by the honey scent. A little disappointing. Malts are biscuit, caramel, and also very sweet. I would have liked a lot more hops.

Ah, here are the hops. Grassy, tart, and bitter, that's more like it. Still very sweet, hops are not that balanced with the honey. Malts are the strongest in the aftertaste, and are thin and biscuity.

I know, but its a Pale...how is the mouth supposed to be better. Its refreshing, yet has a decent consistency so it's not watery at all. Perfect for a summer day while still feeling like a good brew. So there.

Not my idea of a great pale, too sweet for my taste, especially if it gets a little warm. Then it's like liquid honey. Wouldn't turn one down, though.

02-27-2008 22:52:06 | More by tapman
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JDV

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Nice clearish honey gold pour to it, with a medium white head. Smell is of fruity hops, with a sweet piney touch to it as well. Smell turns somewhat towards honey soaked graininess as it warms. Taste included a nice amount of sweetness initially with a perfectly carbonated good crisp bit to it. Refreshing, and has a good sweet backing with a perfect amount of hops in the finish for a pale, I think. Definitely better than average, but not the most robust flavor. Still, quite better than average for the style, and one I wish were available locally.

02-22-2008 05:49:44 | More by JDV
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured a orange-gold color with a nice whitehead. Smelled of some nice malt, hops and some citrus. The taste was floral, citrus and slightly hoppy, not bitter but very dry and smooth. Finishes great!! Good Pale and I would drink again for sure. ANother solid beer from Anderson Valley.

02-14-2008 00:28:46 | More by barleywinefiend
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -23.1%

Pours a pale orange and banana mixtu with very little bubbling, no lacing, and very scant head. The aroma is a little tart with some very mild hops and even lighter malts. The taste is even more tart. Very light biscuits and some citrusy hints make this APA just ok. The mouthfeel is very quick and tart with some citrus notes. Probably wont buy again.

01-20-2008 21:09:13 | More by scruffwhor
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Murchmac

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

California dreamin, on such a winters day. Makes me pour out a Poleeko Gold Pale Ale. Named after a town near boontville this beer is a destination.

When you arrive at this golden pale ale that pours a one finger head with lacing like a four post bed, you want to mine it for all it's worth.

Smells like a snickers bar with oranges, minus the chocolate. Caramel gold, citrus notes. Smells really good.

Tastes like a preacher that likes the cold. Warming hops, sweet fruit (apricot), bitterness, some cut grass miller taste, but still worth the effort.

If I didnt tell this beer, I could drink it today. California dreaming.

01-13-2008 22:24:54 | More by Murchmac
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

12-31-2007 17:50:26 | More by RblWthACoz
Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.