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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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very good

504 Ratings

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2002

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Ratings: 504 | Reviews: 316
Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No clear freshness date. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.89.

A: Luminescent golden with orange edges capped by a 1-2 finger pitted, rocky off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Great blend of pale malts with interesting hops aromas that include citrus, floral, and spicy with a light mineral edge.

T: The flavor belies an excellently crafted beer with huge, sweetbread maltiness coupled with a hoppiness that wins the tug-of-war with the malts by a nose with big lemon, orange, floral, and spicy characteristics.

M: Feel is also excellent and represents all that is good about APAs with a low carbonation, smooth, silky feel with a firm hoppy finish that doesn't drown out the malt but allows it strongest sweetness come through.

D: A really exceptional, West coast style APA that has a welcome, unique spicy tang that really sets it apart. Another Anderson Valley brew that really delivers.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden pale in color with sticky chunky head.

S- The hops smell skunky and funky. Sort of rotten too.

T- The taste even tastes off, the hops are crappy, this totally doesn't taste good. Weird.

M- Meh, seems ok.

D- The drinkability isn't too bad, but isn't something I would buy again.

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice golden color, not too much head in my pour and what was there dissipated quickly.

S - Citrus, hops, and some hints of banana. Smells like a cross between a Hefeweizen and a pale ale, interesting.

T - A lighter pale ale, not as hoppy as other versions I have had. A little fruity tasting. Very refreshing on a hot day.

M - Again very light feeling. Even a bit watery for the style.

D - I could session these all day in the summertime.

This may not be an average pale ale, and is even a bit odd for a micro attempt at the style, but I still really liked it overall. Solid, but not worth paying the price that Anderson Valley costs here in Upstate NY. If you see it on sale and want to try a refreshing and light pale ale, it's worth a try. Good summer beer.

Photo of Drew966
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale pours a hazy gold color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty but there is also a nice floral hop thing going on too. The mouthfeel is on the medium side. Biscuit like malt and pine like hops intermingle in the flavor. A touch of butterscotch also makes an appearance. The finish is on the dry side. Not bad overall, worth a try.

Photo of Jerico2100
4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew was sent to me during a BIF and i was absolutly blown away by it.

A- Poured a wonderfull amber with a pillowy white head that stuck around well after i started drinking.

S- Odd yet outstanding. The usuall floral notes from hops were there, but what struck me as odd for an APA were the citrus and bannana scents that came through as well while leaving a slight residual bitternes and citrus taste.

T- Lite and fruity, very well balanced beer with just a touch of biternes for the style.

M- Very light feeling, just a slight residual mouth feel.

D- Very drinkable.

This brew was outstanding and really blew me away with what i'm used to drinking in an APA. Lets just say that this APA actually drove me to make my first review. I could drink these all day during the heat of summer.

Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice golden amber color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass with good retention as well.

S- The aroma features some malt, hints of fruit and citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with sweet pale malt and citrus flavors from the hops

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is a solid brew that is definitely worth picking up. Recommended!

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into nice lacing. The aroma is pine resin, herbs, flowers, and pale malt. This is a very nice aroma for a pale ale. The taste is has some nice citrus notes that I didn't detect in the aroma. There is also more malt with nice floral and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a winner APA. I like the complexity in both aroma and taste. I will certainly drink this beer again.

Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is whipped like fresh cream into a delicate consistency, close to three fingers on the pour but settles swiftly to a steady half finger, in spite of good head persistence not a lot of lacing. Very deep haze to it, brings the amber orange color closer to red than yellow, near to full opacity. Very dense nose while at the same time mellow about it, sweet pink grapefruit and orange welcome notes of honey, brown sugar glaze and maple syrup, offers fig, apricot, peach, yellow apple fruit scents and a boozy perfume, sneaks in some cocoa powder at the very end. Full-bodied and slowly paced, tends to expand outwards in the mouth even at the risk of seeming hollow. Retains that candied or glazed quality to the apricot, peach fruit, conjuring fig and date accents. More orange to tangerine citrus here. Any floral swipes weighted down by the whole. The carbonation seems irregular, cresting and falling. Cereal, corn and straw most evident through the finish. There's a bunch of things going on in there, still, probably wouldn't want more than two in a sitting.

Photo of Aenema
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale amber/straw with a soapy, two-finger white head. Nice rings of lacing along the glass.
Smell - Citrus/grapefruit and a sweetness/honey note.
Taste - Grapefruit, bready malt and a nice transition to a smooth hop finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a moderate, scrubby carbonation and a dry finish.
Drinkability - Very easy drinking.

Photo of teejay76
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -26.1%
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 -15.6%
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 +2.4%
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 -4.5%
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 +8.2%
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 -6.9%
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 -19.8%
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 +3.4%
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 +2.1%
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 -22.7%
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 +14.2%
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 +14%
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 +7.9%
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 +3.4%
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 +6.3%
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.

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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.