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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: 15 | 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

Poleeko Pale Ale is an exceptionally flavorful and well-balanced beer. With a bright, citrus hop profile and mild malt flavors reminiscent of English biscuits, the aromas of pink grapefruit and lemon zest compliment the brisk, balanced finish to create a truly refined American Pale Ale.
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Ratings: 504 | Reviews: 316
Photo of MrNuggets
4.85/5  rDev +28%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of rkhaze
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
4.2/5  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!

Photo of wyllder
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a midrange, cloudy amber. Very slight lacing but otherwise not much head to speak of.

Smell is fruity with apricot and wheat scents.

Taste is a mix of hops, with hints of an apricot or bruised apple taste on the palate. Malt balance is good but favors the hops slightly.

Aftertaste is sweet with some slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery.


Photo of gentlebubbles
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones

A hazey orangey amber, with a finger's width of white head that hangs in there about halfway down the glass and releases a sweet citrusy hops scent. The teeny tiny bubbles fill the mouth with easy-drinking mellowness. Above the muted malt, like very lightly toasted white bread, arches a high floral hoppiness. Pure bitterness emerges in the finish, followed by a rebound into a memory of sweetness.

Photo of Tballz420
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew is a darker gold colored brew, clear body. Small cream head. The scent is sticky sap, hops, oily. The taste has a citrus undertone, nice hops. Nice full mouthfeel. Its basically their IPA with the hops divided by 4 id say, but for a PA very well done. Think west coast PA and you got this one.

Photo of Gasp100
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another nice offering from Anderson Valley. Although each brew is starting to seem very similar to one another where I can't even tell the difference anymore.... who cares, they are all really good. Poured a light amber with a big frothy head. This smelled like it was going to be a big IPA, but it wasn't too much to handle. Once again, totally west coast but not too much citrus twang to make you tire easily. The malt base was complex with caramel and a sweetness that I really enjoyed. This is a nice, balanced brew that has a lot of IPA characteristics but still classifies as a Pale Ale. Add this to the list of top notch west cost Pale Ales... hmmmm, a lot of great Pale Ales from the west, where are the east cost ones?

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

Appearance: Hazy honey colored beer. Head is a big frothy off white wonder. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nice hoppy aroma without smelling like a grapefruit. Smells are a bit more subdued at first but get much better as the beer is allowed to warm slightly.

Taste: Initial taste is a flash of hops that isn't too strong, followed by a sort of yeasty malt flavor. Finishes a nice balance of the two.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, medium dry. Carbonation could have been a bit higher, but that might have been this bottle. Alcohol is pleasantly warming on the way down.

D&N: At first, I thought that this would be similar to an IPA, I'm glad I poured one to find out that it's not. This is a very well crafted beer, and would make a darned fine session beer. I'd recommend it.

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy true golden colored brew.

Smell is mild sweetness and very pleasant pine and floral hop scent. Hoppy without just going overboard with a lot of hops.

Taste is light sweetness and a complex hop flavor. Lots of pine and perfume flavors with a nice bitterness in the end. There is a sweetish aftertaste to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable brew, I will buy again.

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange color with some yellow tones. 1/2" head didn't last too long. Few pieces of sediment at the bottom of the glass. The aroma is average, as some citrus and sweet tones are detectable but not powerful enough. The flavor is sweet with some citrus tones rounding it out. The bitterness is light, and it seems to fit this just fine. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a clean finish. Medium bodied and nicely drinkable.

Photo of mschofield
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy well carbonated orange-amber with a two finger creamy tan head. Laces in sticky rings.
Aroma notes of honey, wood, very floral.
Sweet, toasty malt, some citrus hop, piney.
Medium feel, smooth and coats the mouth, dry finish, very good bitterness level for a Pale Ale, hoppy for the style.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 22oz bomber, this APA had a clear golden honey color and a big ol' fluffy white head that towered over the glass and left beautiful rings of lace down the walls.
The nose had an enticing floral hops aroma with some nice fruity scents also wafting from the glass. A modest amount of grains can be picked up also. The taste started with some sweet malts and a touch of caramel. This transitioned to a clean hoppy, slightly bitter, flavor that lasted through to a long dry finish. Ample carbonation bolstered the feel of this brew and gave it a nice rounded, medium body.
All in all, a tasty pale ale that has a healthy dose of hops countered by a solid malt base. Quite enjoyable, no matter what the season.

Photo of granger10
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly darker than pale golden color. The head was a fluffy, white head that lasted throughout the entire drink. Lots of lacing along the sides of the glass. Great appearance. The smell was citrusy and floral which was nice, but it was a little weak. The flavor was very refreshing. A bready base held the malt qualities of the beer for the most part. There was also a slight caramel sweetness to it. But the hops were definitely more dominant in this beer. They were more bitter than any other flavor and at times, esp the finish, this beer seemed to reach ipa proportions. Quite crisp and dry in the finish as well. Well done.

Photo of RootedFool
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Loved, and loving as I type, this pale ale by the folks at Anderson Valley.

6 pack of 12 ounce bottles purchased at Arcata, California Co-op.

Pours deep yellow with fluffy head that lasted long enough, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell is gorgeous -- cirtrus (lemon, grapefruit) and hops.

Taste is a rich yet not too heavy hoppiness encompassed by refreshing citrus so detectable in the nose.

Mouthfeel feels balanced according to the smell and taste, not too heavy and not too light. Works well.

I will definitely buy this again, along with Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, as my new favorite session brew.

Photo of pezoids
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
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 +4%
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 +13.5%
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 +10%
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 +1.6%
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 +4.7%
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.

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