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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

495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 17
Gots: 14 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2002

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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 +10.5%
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 +4.5%
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 +6.1%
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 +10.5%
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 -7.1%
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 +13.7%
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 +5.3%
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 +2.9%
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 +22.9%
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 +17.4%
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.

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.