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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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471 Ratings

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Ratings: 471
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 GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours out bright golden yellow and sits a hazy golden amber in the glass with decent sized bubbly white head, fading to a light skim, hugging the sides of the glass. Minor lacings.

Smells attractively fruity with notes of apricots, apples, oranges and lemon rind. Nice malt presence with good caramel notes. Light hints of golden raisins.

Tastes assertively fruity from the get-go. Pears, nectarines, oranges and ripe cantelope are all present. Caramel sweetness prevails in the background and balanced with a mild hop bitterness, some leafy flavors. Finish consists of fruit salad and an ever fading bitterness drawing on orange peel.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth, solid carbonation, about a medium body. Definately an easy drinking APA,. Kind of pricey in these parts, but worth it for a change of pace.

Skidz, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. A light pale ale. Nice balance, soft lychee and grapefruit, pretty swiggable, innofensive, if not overly interesting. A perfectly acceptable Pale Ale in the easy drinking style, obviously well made, soft, fruity and pleasant, one for an all night session. Fine.

rastaman, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of Dmann
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting more from this beer and was a little let down. A nice copper color beer pours from the bottle with good lacing down the glass. The smell is quite subtle with light hints of hops and malted sweetness. The taste is kind of a let down with a very light hoppiness and light malt flavors combined to make a very balanced yet quite borring beer. When faced against Stone Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada or AleSmith, you could do much better than this beer.

Dmann, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought this beer on tap was great, so I was pleased to see it at the store in bottles the other night. I wanted to see if this version was as good. It pours a clear gold color with a thick white head. The nose had floral and citrus character from the hops. The malt doesn’t seem to lend anything to the aroma. Flavor has a nice hoppy awakening in the front. More of the citrus and floral notes I detected on the nose. The malt does have a presence here, just a mild sweet accent to the rest of the flavors. Great smooth mouth feel and wonderful drinkability. I like the beer a little more on tap, but this is still a fine brew.

carln26, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed this on a whim and it ended up being quite enjoyable.

It pours a sligtly cloudy orange colour with a chunky and sticky off-white head.

The smell is slightly floral and sweet, a touch buttery and a bit spicy from the hops as well. There's a bit of a bread/cracker vibe here too.

The flavour here is creamy and quite smooth overall. The middle and finish get a bit sweet, floral and oily and finish up with a spicy hop bite. As with the smell, bread qualities are apparent throughout as well.

Overall, this is a fairly typical and basic West Coast pale ale. Its hopped up a bit more than pale ales from most anywhere else and has a bit more kick to it too. While I enjoyed this one, I wasn't overwhemled by its goodness. I'd sample it again, but am still partial to the likes of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale or Bear Republic's XP, to name a couple.

SixpointJMH, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of Ego
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.99 for a sixer @ Oak Tree Buy Rite, North Plainfield, NJ
no freshness data on the bottles

on the pour...
good head, carbonation really bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. golden clear color.. the head is sticking around on this one...

on the ole nose...
smells delicious..ok, that doesnt tell you anything does it? this is your typical (great) american western hop smell with a bit of citrus sharpness to it rather than just being bowled over by hop florals.

on the tongue...
you can taste the yeast right away but it doesnt kill the other flavors, it finishes quickly but leaves a nice citrus/hop note lingering. this is very refreshing. you take a sip and go "ahhh. nice!"

quality pale, lighter than some others but more interesting as it isnt just a hop festival (not that there's anything wrong with that...). I can't wait to break this one out in the summer.. definitely a good session beer or hell, damn good with barbeque I bet!

Ego, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful pale malt scent with floral hops hanging in the balance; very nice. The taste is good. It has a very light, pale malt flavor with a very bitter hop quality. It goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good Golden Ale. It has excellent hop characteristics, but I think the malt bill could be changed for the better.

WesWes, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange with a 2 cm white head. Light carbonation shows through in the glass with champagne like bubbles bounding upwards. The aroma is citrusy with a light floral hopiness. The is rich with pine and floral hops to open and a light base malt flavor to carry the rest of the beer. It has a slight bready quality with very light spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. This is definately a good California pale ale.

BrewMaster, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12 ouncer, pours a mildly hazy light amber/straw. White head, tiny bubbles, expansive fine lacing and sheeting. Hoppy, grainy APA, nose is mildly hoppy with a hint of butter. Medium bodied, not much of a mouthfeel, abit prickly on the tongue, could use some more of a malt undercarraige . Grainy hops carry the weight here. Grapefruit and peppery. Bitter and dry in the finish. Workable ale, respectable sessioner.

Billolick, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great overall beer. It poured from the bottle with very little head, but just enough to create slight, loopy lace tinges around the glass. The color is a great gold color. That taste has very sweet hops, with hints of citrus and honey that come through the finish. Maybe also some pine, thought it may have been the Christmas tree but drank a second in another room and still noticed the same flavor. The aroma is of honeydew melon. Definitely one of my new favorite beers and I will be looking for this on again in the future.

MuddyFeet, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This appeared a hazy golden color with a tall glass filling pillowy white head. Great lacing and head retention. Aroma was of citric hoppiness and an almost equal part sweet caramel malt. Taste starts off with a orange citric flavor before the sweetness balances it out nicely. Aftertaste is sweet and slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is about medium but a bit thin. Fairly good drinkability. This is a solid all around brew that I wouldn’t choose first but I wouldn’t turn it down either.

meathookjones, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a medium head that stays around for a while and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts and floral hops with a bit of spice - some citrus in there too. The main flavor is sweet and malty in this one, but the finish is dry and bitter. There are some hops in the main flavor, but they tend to show up better at the end. The body is very light and the drinkability is good.

clvand0, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow capped by a healthy ivory colored head. Mildly rocky and frothy. This pale ale is actually pale! Head recedes to a thick layer of foam and throws off rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lemony and grapefruity citric aromatic hops. Mildly peppery. Kiss of malt aromas. Overall, kinda one dimensional.

Taste: Bitter sprucy and lemony hoppiness giving way to some light and bready pale malt sweetness. Lingering hoppy aftertastes. Just a tad unbalanced, but appropo to the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and slightly astringent.

Drinkability: An aggressive and surprisingly hoppy APA. Very West Coast. Well put-together and tasty. Worth it if it's local, but otherwise too pricey for my region with Hop Devil and Hop Pocket Ale priced a few bucks cheaper per 6er.

ManekiNeko, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of MrNuggets
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An everlasting white head stares at me from a paled golden body muddied by a touch of haze. Flowers in full bloom on the nose. Bold sweetness rushes into a citrus blast. Like a life long tightrope walker, this brew has balance. The beer rests lightly in the mouth delivering a the bitterness that is demanded from a left coast pale ale.

MrNuggets, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from my fridge, previous location unknown. Oops.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy dark golden brew. Head is staying the same for quite some time, and lacing is great. Aroma is lightly of sweet malts, with notes of fruity hops character. Taste is has little malt character, mostly defined by various hops tastes, particularly pine and a touch of citrus, with bitterness dominant. Mouthfeel and drinability are both good as well. All around enjoyable pale ale.

ppoitras, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of focus saffron topped by a sticky ivory head that is some kind of impressive. The foam is pitting and pocking all over the place, is both sturdy and persistent, and ends up leaving blurred, interconnected rings of lace cemented to the glass. Lovely, citrus fruity nose bursting with candied grapefruit and orange peel.

Poleeko possesses a sweet, sugar cookie-like pale maltiness that allows the significant hop load to shine. The citrus zest zing is kept in check by the civilizing influence of the malt, thereby taking the edge off of the bitterness (and, to some extent, the flavor as well). Make no mistake though, this beer is as well-hopped as many pale ales and more than most.

In addition to the grapefruit and bitter orange that are present throughout, there are spruce-like notes that increase with warming. The body is supremely smooth and almost chewy with a well-hidden amount of carbonation. Because of the substantial body/mouthfeel and the extroverted hop flavor, the finish is a long and lingering affair with echoes that last until the next sip.

Anderson Valley brews great beer. I didn't really need more proof to convince myself of that assertion, but Poleeko Gold provided it anyway. Delicious.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a golden color with a nice sized bubbly off white head.
Sweet malt smells along with floral/perfumey hops and a little citrus fruit.
Tastes of rich malt, fruit and a honey like sweetness. The hops deliver a surprising amount of bitterness in the finish that really lingers. Nice overall bittersweet taste.
Light bodied with a tangy, crisp mouthfeel and good carbonation.
Solid, refreshing Pale Ale. Great drinkability.

rkhaze, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale

Purchased a 6er for $6.00. Rang up wrong, should of been $9.

Appearance- cloudy yellow with a frothy white head that held up nicely.
Smell- fruity and malty. Light citrusy peach.
Taste- very good. peachy/ floral hops with a sweet maltiness.
Mouthfeel- an ever so slight bitterness but goes down rather easy.

Overall- a delicious Pale Ale that can be consumed rather quickly if your not careful. Yet another good offering from Anderson Valley.

***side note- Anderson Valley's beers are vegan friendly.

NJpadreFan, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with half a finger of head. There is minimal lacing. The smell is fairly well balanced. Flowery hops overtake the sweet malt just by a little bit. The taste is also very well balanced. It starts with a good malt background and ends with a crisp hop bite. The Mouthfeel is just a little light and watery. The drinkability is very good. A decent brew.

SheepNutz, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At last, a pale that actually looks pale. In appearance, it is almost lager-yellow with a bright, clean, well-sustained head. Poleeko features a malty nose with good lace and a simple bitter flavor.

This is a nice casual brew though a bit indistinct and not especially malty. The hops have a flat, compressed quality.

RedDiamond, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a standard white head over attractively hazy light to medium amber liquid, it's eye candy to me. Very floral hoppiness with undercurrents of fruit such as apricots tied together with a lightly dough-like malty aroma. The taste is quite a blend of apricot, citrusy fresh hops and sweet malt beneath those tastes. The finish is a yeasty fruitiness and dry and bitter hoppiness. Excellent tasting, and very quaffable...as are most of this brewery's products. Recommended!

beerluvr, Jul 09, 2004
Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.