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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

485 Ratings

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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 17
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of pezoids
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an enjoyable pale ale. Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a thin head of foam. There’s a wonderful aroma of sweet grapefruit. When you get your nose down into it – the citrus sweetness of the hops really hits you. The flavor is of sweet grains, orange and lemon peel. Overall, this is an excellent and extremely enjoyable pale ale, with its low hop bitterness and strong citrus hop aroma. I had brewed a beer similar to this and dry hopped it heavily with Chinook whole leaf hops. Maybe that’s what I am detecting here. I love it. I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of saskguy
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a nice ivory head that hung around for most of the drinking time.

The beer was slightly cloudy and had a light golden colour.

There was a light hop aroma to the beer.

More bitter than floral with a dry feel on the tounge.

I would pick this up again.

Not sure if I would call this a golden ale, more a pale.

Photo of DESTRO
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dumps out a pale golden with a small white head that leaves a nice lace. out of the pour comes mouthwatering scents of floral/citrus hops and you just know its gonna be good. the malt is very light and the beer is lighty fruity with tart hop bite thats just keep comming with every sip. extremely smooth and clean and just so refreshing. a perfect beer for a quick hop fix/refresher without over doing anything. very well balanced.

paid $3.49 for a bomber.

Photo of dmarch
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a minimal head. Very clean tasting with a slightly sweet malty character. Finishes with a bit of hops. Very light and refreshing. Something the average macro drinkers could enjoy and the beer enthusiasts can appreciate.

Photo of mydeadguy
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with hints of orange and an absolutely perfect sticky, bubbly head. Perfect head retention with lots of lace. Sweet and fruity floral hops with just slight bitterness in the nose. Smooth flavor, hoppy and well balanced malt flavors. Bitter bite at the finish, that sticks with you. Mouthfeel is smooth, slighty heavy for a pale ale. Drinkability is good, I'd be more likely to have a bunch of these if it were the middle of July, rather than September.

Overall, I have come to expect good things coming my way when I see the Anderson Valley name. A fine brew...

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

Ok number 3 from the brewery..and probably one of my least favourite 'styles" so lets get to it..
Again comes in the 12 oz brown bottle..again the intresting local slang on the back"Ruby nebs, heelch hops and malted barley make Poleeko Gold plenty bahl with any gorms"!!!
Just above typical bonmde ale colour..seems slighly darker than most i have encountered and the head is good sized and long lasting.
wow a pretty strong hoppy aroma with the malts..this is unusual in most Blondes i have had.
mm very flavourful too for a blonde with malts to the fore yet strongish hopping at the end..again slightly floral.
Nice flavourful Blonde..best so far of this style i have tasted.

Photo of nomad
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly pale but very alluring gold color. Had a big cavernous and rocky head that immediately started to leave lots of stain. Settled to an intriguing clumpy mess with irregular shaped but thick lace. Smelled of roses, gardenia, Northwest hops oil, faint peaches and pine - wow. Taste was lemony and surprisingly light on the tongue accompanied by the typical Anderson Valley hops. Could taste the hop oil in a good way. Great malt though – thin and very pale but flavorful. Good bitter finish is a rough flavor covered in lemon tones. Hada moderate mouthfeel that is just a tiny bit thin. Looked and tasted quite ‘blond’ and balanced in character. A damn good beer, second to Steelhead Extra Pale in the pale-ish ale categories.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the pour a transparent golden color, the head prodigious in size, spumescent in texture and bright white in color, as it erodes a fine coating of lace is left behind to seal off the glass. Malt dominates the crisp and fresh nose, a tad citrus like, quite pleasing to the senses. Start is malt sweet, the top middling in its feel, with the finish moderately carbonated the hops spiteful in their bite, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, a quite decent Pale Ale for a desert afternoon

Photo of hotstuff
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an invigorating white glass full of foam that mostly diminished. The head consisted of fine-large sized bubbles. The body was hazy and there was carbonation observed. The hue was yellow-gold and there was very little lacing with this beer. The nose was hoppy and sweet and the flavor was bitter, hoppy and it had an aftertaste that lingered. The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth, thin, watery and light-medium bodied.

Photo of Rumrunner
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

A wonderful ale for any time and especially with a meal.

It pous a lightly hazy golden honey color. Huge head which shrinks but does not disappear. Nice lacing. Open bottle slowly. Sometimes it foams right out upon opening. tons of carbonation. The bubbles never stop. Scents are floral hops and some mild fruit. A bit of malt and dry grass.

Flavors change as beer warms. Floral hops which give this ale a mild bitterness. Grain some malt and a bit of biscuit. Even a very smooth light caramel flavor.

A really great drinker. Easy smooth and a treat to drink. Be careful they go down quickly. I really enjoy this ale. Anderson Valley is one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The objective in crafting this beer was obviously to create a smooth and drinkable pale ale and Anderson Valley has done a masterful job. Very clean and fresh with light whole-grain bread flavors in the malt and well balanced west coast hops. Finishes quite clean. This is one of those beers that seems to evaporate out of the glass, and I had to make an effort to slow down and enjoy the beer. Would be an excellent pale ale to go with a meal, or as a session ale.

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

Pours a clear gold, with a beautiful light, fluffy head. Ample carbonation is provided and this brew has a wonderful cling down the side of the glass.

The initial smell is of a fruits, malt, and bread. This is followed by a nice note of grassy hops. The flavor is fairly represented by the smell, tasting of malt and honey with a subtle grapefruit bite. The hops bitterness is present and it finishes in a clean fashion. The mouthfeel is of a smooth richness, not too heavy, not too light.

Would be a wonderful compliment for marinated chicken.

Another good offering from the folks at Anderson Valley.

Photo of mickeymac
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber, it's a nice gold with a fat white head that lingers. Hops dominate the smell with a bit of malt sweetness backing them up. The taste is also high in hops, but a nice sweetness works its way through after a few drinks. This one really grew on me, despite initial doubts after the first sips. This beer went down very well poolside on a hot July day.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a treat I have overlooked this beer so many times please don't make the same mistake. Pours a slightly hazed copper orange with a nice bubbly foaming off-white head very nice appearance and the lacing is lies even around my pint. The aroma is a bouquet of floral west coast hops with a load of malt buttery notes of sweetness just amazing beer a benchmark for the style. The taste has traces of honey sweetness that run through it with honey glazed west coast hops and enough malt sweetness to balance it out just a great refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly syrupy very nice fluffiness to the texture, this beer is truly amazing. Drinkability is like whoa, I could go out in buy a case to have as my go to beer right now it's that good.

Photo of Mitchster
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light copper to orange in color, forming a very light beige head with excellent retention and great lacing. Aroma is of slightly skunked, green oily hops with deisel gas and burnt rubber, toasted pale and munich malts. Mouthfeel is moderately dry with a light to medium body and moderately-strong carbonation. Taste begins with potent, harsh herbal flavor hops, astringent isopropyl alcohol, followed by rather weak and lifeless pale malts, and a nice dry toastiness towards the somewhat dry and thin bitter finish. Great looking brew, but just too herbal and harsh, making it a little difficult to finish the 22oz. bomber.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My quest for the ultimate Pale Ale proceeded with this beer. Cloudy golden yellow, crisp pale taste, this beer is quite refreshing. A little bitter, but hey, isn't that the way we like them? Overall a clean beer, but not "Best in Class".

Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, small head, hoppy aroma. A crisp tasting, somewhat bitter American Pale Ale. There is a touch of sweetness that balances the hop bitterness. Good hop/malt balance. Somewhat dry and slightly hoppy. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden/orange body. Fine carbonation. Fluffy three-finger-plus white head rises above the glass. Nice lacing. Very fruity nose: oranges, lemons, hint of apple. Taking a hefty swallow, the malt rides up the middle of the tongue, surrounded by flanks of hops. Some grapefruit joins the other fruits at this time. Finishes dry with a little lingering hop tingle. Exceptionally drinkable. A very well done brew.

Photo of bditty187
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, honey-tawny in hue. There smallish white head, fair retention, little lace of note. Absolutely lovely nose, fresh, raw citrus hops dominate, some floral hops for support, distant hint of malt. Absolutely lovely palate, familiar Pale Ale characteristics… only better. Nicely bitter, acidic-citrus… moderate floral persuade, perfect dry finish… tasty oily hops… subtle malt influence. Overall the taste is straightforward, perfectly drinkable, and appetizing. Medium-light body, ideal for mass consumption. Exceptionally enjoyable and delicious, an awesome beer… I want more!

Yet another beer I wish I could buy in Nebraska, purchased in Iowa City.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle. No freshness dating. "Gold Medal Winner" appears on label (California State Fair Commercial Craft Brewing Competition -- 1997 Light Ale category). $9.99/6-pack locally.

Appearance: Immense billowing head initally appears atop a fairly light honey-colored beer. After several minutes, the head has all but disappeared. Large patches left on the glass.

Smell: Pleasing nose of hops, with floral aromas along with some citrusy aromas.

Taste: Compared to the Hop-Ottin' IPA, this is a much more subtle brew. There is a hoppy (though well-balanced) predominant flavor. Finish is on the dry side, with a slight metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: I would think this would be a great "hot summer day" beer. Not too big in the flavor or complexity department. Very refreshing, with little aftertaste. Another solid offering from the folks at Anderson Valley.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden, borderline orange with a medium, patchy, white head. Aroma of hops, a bit of citrus, dominated by orange peel is quite pleasant. Initial taste of hops, but not overpowering is evident, seems to be a medium bodied pale ale, balanced quite well. The finish is a little bitter with the ever so slight malt taste dominating the ending. An awesome PA, could knock down many of these!

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bubbly white head, fresh, and sparkling. Pale gold to orange in color. Aroma is fresh and sea-foaming, with loads of fruit, citrus. peach, apricot. Nice hops, adequate bitterness. Easily quaffable, a tasty and fully satisfactory session beer. Long finish, full of life and spark. I'll gladly turn to this one again and again!

Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy sub orange color (almost exactly the color of 80 proof bourbon), bright white 1/4 inch head of little body. Slightly droopy ring laces. Hoppy aroma, leaning toward the tangerine. Compared to other Anderson Valley products, this strikes me as low key, a gentle amount of caramel and a softer sense of rind-like American hop. Overall, slightly astringent and on the hop end, the finish is somewhat peppery with a bit of balsam in the aftertaste. Refreshing but surprisingly middle-of-the-road to my tastes. Good sense of balance was acheived by the brewers.

Photo of Riggo
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like several other beers that I've tried from Anderson Valley, the Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is definitely a beer for hopheads, though not of the hops-through-the-roof variety.

Pours a clear golden-honey color with a beautiful thick head that seemed to come screaming out of the bottle. So much so that I had to back of the pour for a second. A nice nose of leafy, minty, floral hops. On palate, an immediate crisp, sharp and spicy hop bite dances on the tongue. A high carbonation quality seemed too high for my tastes and distracted from the brew. The flavor profile includes notes of wheat, pineapple, and leafy hops. The wheat and pineapple elements reminded me of Sierra Wheat but the excellent balance of that brew outshines this one. I'm not averse to hoppy, dry beers (Sierra Nevada, Victory Prima Pils) but the forwardness of the astringency in this one combined with the carbonation factor seemed a little off-putting. Having said that, this is a pretty quaffable beer and clearly another high-level brew from a great brewery.

Photo of AaronRed
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale- straw color with white head. You get a whiff of hops and some other grassy aromas as well. This beer is all about taste. It's almost like an IPA- an increadible amount of hops are present I think. There is a little more maltiness toward the end of the glass that distinguishes this from an IPA. Not that I mind since I love hops. I was just a little surprised. Goes well with spicey foods.

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.