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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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474 Ratings

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
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 magictrokini
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 tmoneyba
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

tmoneyba, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of abrand
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

abrand, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of thatothermitch
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a cognac glass.

It was clear and light pale gold in color. Medium carbonation and a surprisingly thick off-white head.

Floral and hop notes in the aroma. Dry start, then a delicious, but not overpowering hoppy bitterness and unpolluted floral and hop finish.

thatothermitch, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Poleeko Gold pale ale poured a clear orange color with a 1-2 finger foam head and tight bubble pattern with the lacing.

The aroma was bready malts with slight hop smell. The taste was super malty for what I am used to with my apa's. On the finish you got a semi bittern back end of the drink. It was too thin in the mouth for my liking. Overall I found it to be pretty average in the American Pale Ale category.

cswhitehorse, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of popery
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit disappointed by this beer. I'll try to buy a bottle some time for a little comparison. It's a golden beer with a big head that dissipated. The nose is fairly average and heavier on the malt than hops. The flavor is a bit better with some subtlety but ultimately not enough going on. It's well-balanced and enjoyable, just not terribly interesting. I've been having a lot of big hoppy pale ales, and I guess it's just hard to go back to a more understated beer. If you're in the mood for something easy and drinkable, it's a fine choice.

popery, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy peach colored beer topped with a half-finger of white foam. Some nice fluffy lace sticks sporadically around the glass. Head retention is decent, as the little cap does make up for it's diminutive size with long lasting resilience.

S - Pine sap and cones. This is definitely a west coast pale ale! It's a bit underpowered IMO, but it smells pleasant enough though it's a bit lacking in complexity.

T - Tastes MUCH better than it smells! This has a lot more power than the nose suggests, and it's ripe with tart grapefruit and alpine sap. Extremely well balanced and fresh as can be....makes me want to visit the pine tree studded hills of northern California!

M - Fresh, clean, and medium bodied with a dry hoppy finish and moderate carbonation.

D - Clean and refreshing, but dense and complex enough to hold my interest. Needs more oomph in the nose department, but it tastes wonderful and goes down like nobody's bid-ness.

pmcadamis, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of BeenJammin
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice 2 finger head, with positive retention and good lacing. The color is a transparent gold.

S - Somewhat hoppy nose with a few caramel malts.

T - Caramel malt and a nice honey flavor. Maybe some orange peel in there. Good floral hops.

M - A little watery and a kind of light body. Pretty clean and crisp tasting though.

D - Solid beer by these guys.

BeenJammin, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a 2 finger head.

S: Spicy with a nice sweet aroma.

T: A nice bitterness and sweetness. Very balanced, but could be a lot more hoppy. Pretty balanced flavour, with nothing really too strong.

M: Solid. Creamy.

D: Yes and really easy to drink.

EDIT: after finishing off the six pack, I found the hop flavour to be more pronounced, and the beer just all around grew on me.

swizzlenuts, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of mattffrost
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into glass.

A-Beer is a hazy/unfiltered golden color. Head is whtie with some lacing.

s-Strongest smell is the hops with some citrus. I also get a bit of flower smell.

T-Very mild tasting to me. I don't get a bitter finish I was expecting. The taste is of hops, carmel, and slight citrus without a lively finish in my opinion.

M-Light to medium bodied. Very simplistic, a nice feel.

D-Simple, light, refreshing.

mattffrost, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another yawner of a label. I swear my eyes pass over this Anderson Valley stuff on the shelves so easily. I have to be thinking about it to actually avoid ignoring it.

Light golden and a nice thick fluffy head.

Aroma is light florals and a bitter peach tea fruitiness.

Good balanced taste of hops with a light caramel malt. Hops are like the aroma, lightly floral and sweet. Not getting any of the big over the top hops that im used to here in oregon, just a nice smooth and well balanced apa with a good sweet floral hop-forward flavor.

Another great brew from AV.

SurlyDuff, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Overlord, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of EStreet20
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

EStreet20, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tavernjef, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ckeegan04, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Reagan1984, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of oelergud
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Seanibus, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DoubleJ, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of albern
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

albern, May 18, 2008
Photo of Offa
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Offa, May 15, 2008
Photo of woemad
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

woemad, May 05, 2008
Photo of lvbs
1.78/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"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.

lvbs, Apr 29, 2008
Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.