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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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467 Ratings

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 312
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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Photo of bgraney
3.43/5  rDev -10%

Pale gold/honey color with a full rich head
Mild hoppy aroma, searched for more but came up empty
Tasted as one might expect based on the smell. A mild, enjoyable flavor with a surprising little tang. Second sip seemed more flavorful but I couldn't identify the flavors.
Certainly an enjoyable pale ale but I didn't experience a "wow." I gave it an extra .5 on taste because of the nice after taste.
This is one you could drink a lot of and would be good to lure someone from the macro dark side with.

bgraney, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of sloejams
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

one of 2 Anderson Valley beers on-tap at Santa Anita Park's Brewfest

Pours a straw gold with a nice head into my crappy 6 oz. plastic cup. Nice smell, floral hops with a wee bit of sweetness. Hop character is balanced with a sweet maltiness that is quite pleasant. Light and crisp, with good carbonation.

Very drinkable, I liiike.

sloejams, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of electrified
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours from a bottle slightly hazy and honey in color, with a good size head with some retention and lacing. Smells floral, sweet, with a hint of banana. Light to medium in body and moderately dry. Well-balanced hoppiness and malty sweetness. Very drinkable, a very enjoyable pale ale.

electrified, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a hazy honey color with a frothy white head and a generous, well-retained lace. Hops, mildly sweet malt, and honey in the aroma. The flavor features a fairly assertive citrus hop bitterness with a distinct grapefruit quality. There is also some grain and a touch of honey in there as well, though it doesn’t really balance the hop bite. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with active carbonation.

Not bad, featuring a very crisp and very clean grapefruit hop bitterness. Recommended.

arguemaniac, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of IceAce
3.58/5  rDev -6%

Medium / dark gold body capped with a full finger of tan foam. Nose is lightly scented with pine.

Entry is smooth with just a touch of carbonation brushing the underside of the tongue. Midtaste shows a solid malt backbone with a palate-pleasing mouthfeel.

Finish is a clap of piney hoppiness with a long, slow dry Cascade-style fade. A good sessionable Pale...pair it with a chicken wing appetizer.

IceAce, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: Golden honey in shade. Small white head of short duration. Moderately carbonated with some fat movers and shakers. Some spitty lace left behind in the wake of the head.

Smell: Quite lemony. I have never smelled such distinct lemon character in any brew. Classic orange peel aromas stand out as well. This one is mostly citrus. Malty impressions seem less than pronounced.

Taste: Highly citrus as implied by the nose. Lemon, orange, some grassy notes. The malt aspect nearly manages to hold its own, as there is really not a whole bunch of bitter bite here. It is surely citrus flavoured, but apart from the huge citrus hop inflections there is only a modicum of the ordinary bitter and dry character. It is impoverished in the malt department though. This is a strange one. A unique flavour profile without a doubt.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly. Refreshing to match the tastes.

Drinkability: No problems with drinking this. There is just something that is a little off here. A mouthwatering malt sweetness is probably what I am feeling deprived of. There just is not enough base to hold all of the citrus power. It comes close to a stellar make, but is just a hair short.

SupaCelt, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Golden in color and has a near perfect white head. The head is sticky and retention is perfect. The aroma is very hoppy but not over done. Floral and spicy. Paired nice with a light malt. The flavor is classic west coast pale ale. Spicy floral hops, biscuit like malts, and a dry hoppy aftertaste. Easy to drink but harsh on the wallet.

Luigi, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of maxpower
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%

12 oz bottle pours a hazy light copper color, decent size white foamy head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Light bready and citrus aromas, balanced malt and hop flavors. Light to medium body with a watery and somewhat thin mouthfeel, finishes with a mild bitterness, a middle of the road pale ale.

maxpower, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a cloudy yellow/golden color, nice carbonation, small head, there is some nice lacing going on as well. Scents of hops, malts, maybe citrus. Very nice taste with a little bite at the end, very hoppy/malty. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable at 5.5% ABV, another excellent brew from Anderson Valley, would recommend for sure.

Wasatch, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of SteveO1231
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Picked up a 22oz. bomber.

Poured a light honey color yellow. Thin white bubbly head. Nice fizzy lacing.

Nice balanced aroma of malts and hops. Sweet citrus smell to it.

Very crisp and refreshing. Nice balanced malt flavor. Light bitter hop finish. Kind of a grassy taste sticks to my palate.

Very nice pale ale.


SteveO1231, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of pjwilson
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Props must be given to Anderson Valley for making a pale ale that is not just a light version of thier IPA like many breweries. This is an entirely different beast, albiet one not as successful as Hop Ottin'. This beer has it's time and however, andi do get it often. cuz this one damn fine brewery that's why....i like all thier beers...when i see all five kinds at the liquor store I am drawn like to moth to flame and must get one)
appearance: something about it is just a little too pale to me. Yes it's a pale ale but it just doesn't look as appealing as it could. too watery head and lacing is ok..
smell: you have work at this one...hop ottin' beats you down with a bat. you find get mild malt base and some nice floral hop smell...it's good but too mild.
taste: first taste is the sweet malt base, followed up by a nice hop tang. there is also a mildly unpleasant aftertaste however...an unwelcome bitterness.... like hard water. still it is good
mouthfeel: watery...too
drinkability: it's good. i get this beer when i want a lighter beer and the drinkability is pretty high. restraight must be used to not pound these.
In my my review of Scape Goat Pale ale I wrote that the only APA i liked more was Poleeko Gold. Well I'm drinking the Gold right now and I have to say i like Scape Goat more. So go figure. anderson valley is a great brewery; a beer like this isn't try to be what it's not. My score doesn't really reflect how much i like this beer, because i get it quite often.

pjwilson, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%

22oz bottle poured into a tulip for shits and giggles. Big perfect textured head that laces repeatadly all the way down. foggy but mostly filtered light copper. Floral and hops aroma.

This is a finely crafted brew. I can taste every bit of the hops and they aren't the cheap ones with all the off tastes. These are smooth. Fruit taste jumped out a bit and came off as a peach/grapefruit hushed by a small but nicely balanced grain and bitterness.

This is the best offering I've had from Anderson Valley and its a nice example of a west coast Pale Ale. It has me looking up directions to the brewery. I've got to try this on tap at the brewery.

DogFood11, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an impressive head that leaves strands of lacing behind

Smell: Piney hops aroma with a fair bit of biscuity malt underneath

Taste: Starts out with a sweet, soft biscuity malt flavor which manages to linger throughout despite an assault from the hops that occurs mid-palate; the sweet malt adds a really nice touch to the citrusy/piney hops flavor that persists into the finish in a well-balanced fashion; a bit of the yeast comes through as well and adds a nice flavor, too

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice west coast APA; would find a place in my regular rotation if I ever created one

brentk56, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

This is a good pale. Maybe not one of the best I've had, but it's up there; in a genre that's more or less full of "eh..." beers.

Pours to a very clear pale golden color with a thick frothy white foam that leaves an excellent lace pattern. Has a decent carbonation to it, but the head doesn't stick around for too many tips of the glass.

The smell is nice and floral hoppy. Very light and pleasant. A bit of a light malt character shows through in the background, but the nose of this beer is mostly hops.

The taste is quite good. A floral and spicy hop dominates the flavor, but the bitterness is quite mild, making for a hell of a refreshing pale ale. Also a bit of sweetness on the initial taste from the malt. It all works very well together.

The mouthfeel is light with a bit of a carbonation sting. Could use more body and less bite, though it doesn't detract from the drinkability, which is quite high. I will probably drink this again sometime when I can't decide what beer I am in the mood for (as SNPA gets too much play when I'm in that mood, and this is a good subsitution).

neonbrown82, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

12oz bottle

appearance: clear, orangey-gold. nice big thick foamy head.. consistently flat except for one huge gas bubble. creamy. leaves a weak lacing.

aroma: holy wow. light, spritzy hops. tangerines. pineapples. big peach schnapps. sliced apple. fresh lemon. wondrous in its fruity expansiveness... most of which im sure comes from hops, but lacks any astringent botanical character.

taste: fruit burst gives way to a nice buttery finish of underlying cereal like maltiness. smooth. somewhat nutty as well in the aftertaste. starts out almost champagne like with some vinousness in the fruit and a dry, refreshing mouthfeel. expertly balanced.. like the 5-course bubblegum in the willy wonka movie.

overall: really, one of my favorite new discoveries of summer 2005. shame i didnt have the chance to get more of this (hard to find locally). next summer, i plan to abuse this heat-busting flavor bomb like i did matt & phin's extraordinary ale this past summer. thanks to anderson valley for a big winner.

goodbyeohio, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

Second drinking at USBTC Tasting at Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati. This beer was described as a winner of the Golden ale / Kolsch catagory, although labled as a Pale Ale. It does fall short of Pale Ale in the body and malt character/sweetness. But it cleans up nicely in the body and finish. Very drinkable and extra pale. Quite dry and lightly grainy. Hops remain lightly citrusy. Good beer.

A very solid brew for any occation at any time. A basic copper color, white head that faded and laced well. Smells hoppy: other tones of floral and citrus. Moderately sweet malt extends from the nose to the flavor. Obvious flavors from late addition of chico hops and other American variety. Flavors of grapefruit, oranges, pears and a mild cider flavor decorate the lightly malt body. A tad spicy from complex hopping adds to the complexity and bittering into the aftertaste. Lingers bitter and slightly sweet. Might finish a bit water, metalic, and harsh from hops and grain. A crisp and refreshing beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Anderson Valley, thy can do no wrong. After overlooking this for the past 10 months, I finally decided to give it a whirl. A standout in the world of APA's.

Clear golden amber with a proud and fluffy head of off-white. Nice lace too.

Aroma is bready malts, a touch a caramel sweetness, citrus, floral hops, and grapefruit.

Flavor is initially honey and caramel malts, light notes of fruit, light minerality, citrus and floral hops with a notion of pine. Well hopped for an APA, hoppier even than some IPA's. Well balanced to boot.

Medium bodied, smooth, and totally sessionable. A very good APA.

AlexJ, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a golden orangish-yellow with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is a healthy dose of floral and mineraly hops and some lightly toasted bread and caramel in the malt department. Taste begins with some bready and carmel malt flavors followed by a good helping of floral and mineral hops for a bitter, clean finish...exceedingly well balanced especially for an APA; hoppy but not overwhelming and very drinkable.

silver0rlead, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Semi-hazed golden color....nose is citrus hops...grapefruit...also some real nice peach/nectarine aroma...body is on the light side of medium...perhaps a bit too thin for my liking...taste is nicely balanced...the malt flavor seems more English to me....hops are tasty and flavorfull but not overpowering....again it's the peaches and nectarines leading the way..crisp finish...

Nice solid pale ale....I won't rush to buy it again but wouldn't pass it up...

ZAP, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of Southernbrew
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours a nice honey colored gold with a healthy white head.

Aroma shows off some nice hop aromas, a bit more bitter than other pale ales, as well as some fruitiness.

Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. The hops provide a nice bitter-sweetness that blends with a bit of a biscuity malt flavor. Some fruity flavors come out midway through and then the bitterness returns in the finish.

A delicious pale ale, I could drink this all day.

Southernbrew, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
3.2/5  rDev -16%

Pours a little light for an APA. Mostly clear pale golden color with a thin head. Aroma of sweet malt with some grassy and citric hops. Bready malts are there in the flavor with some toastiness, some herbal hops are there, also presenting a bit of citrous. A little sourness is also noted. Finish is slightly dry with bitter citrous. Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, but the creamy malts are noticed.

BeerFink, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

05/29/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour with a moderate medium bubbled head which stays a bit. Above average lacing as well.

Smell- Very nice amount of citrus and pine hops as well as a small whiff of malty goodness.

Taste- Yum! Maybe a tad unbalanced towards the hops, but still a damn tasty beer. Very fruity hops and a nice flow of malts as well.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation level. Hops leave the buds a bit burnt.

Drinkability- Well, this brew just moved up onto my best pale ale list. I think it even moved past SN. Mmmm Mmmm good!

GClarkage, May 31, 2005
Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Picked up a bottle at Papago BC in early March for $1.75.

Poured a nice golden color with a generous head that is leaving a nice lacing behind. Nose is of a slight floral hop. Taste is a malted barley start with a generous blast of hops to finish. Mouthfeel is good, full and lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is good. Unfortunately this is the only one I have!

arizcards, May 01, 2005
Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Golden bronze body with a hint of copper, topped by a soft cushion of dirty off-white head. Nice lacing. Fruity aromas mix with light biscuity, buttery malt against a very floral, citrusy, and pineapple hop nose. Lean malt flavors up front, lightly toasted caramel notes and a little fruit. Hops come on strong. Big perfumey floral hops with pineapple and grapefruit bitterness. Very nice. Finish is citrusy, acidic, and bitter, with traces of minerally malt. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel and a dry finish. A fine APA.

alexgash, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a deep orangy-golden color with a fluffy off-white head. Some bready, malty aromas mixed with a healthy dosage of leafy hops and a touch of fruitiness. Soft flavors of pale malts and hops, with a light fruitiness nearer the finish. Carbonation is a little too spritzy, but not horribly off. A pale ale swayed more towards the hoppier side. Pretty good.

crookedhalo, Mar 24, 2005
Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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