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Poleeko Gold Pale Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Poleeko Gold Pale AlePoleeko Gold Pale Ale

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very good

442 Ratings

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%

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 WYVYRN527


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Poleeko Gold pours a hazy golden color, with a thick white head that retains very well. Lacing is decent, although not very sticky.

S: Very balanced on the nose. Spicy, floral hop aromas blend with some toasty, bready malt characters. Also a slight fruity presence in the backround.

T: Starts off fruity, but honey and biscuity malt soon takes over. Alcohol is slightly present as well. Finish is all hops, with some citrus and floral notes, and a crisp bitterness at the end.

Notes: Overall, this is a light to moderate-bodied pale, and has plenty of flavor. Soft carbonation and resinous texture make for a very nice mouthfeel. Tasty as can be, this is a rock-solid brew, and very easy to drink. One that I will be enjoying many times in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 02:38:44 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of ithacabaron


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a delicate white head (which soon fades to nothing). The body is curiously carrot-colored in the center, with hazy maize highlights on the sides. Fair enough.

Aroma is fairly neutral and a little sour; the hops here are floral and vegetal; marigolds, grass and just a whiff of papaya-funk underneath. Not great.

Taste, however, is something else; lovely waves of clean, unencumbered, bready malt wash over the palate; there are tones of the original unfermented wort in here. At the finish, the hops arrive but don't take over -- they stop the sweetness short, and disappear as quickly as they arrived. The palate is left refreshed, pleased, and wanting (but not needing) the next sip.

Mouthfeel is lovely -- crisp, with just enough of a prickle to keep the whole thing light on its feet.

Overall, this is a very solid brew, and I bet it would be even better on tap. It has the makings of a great sessioner, and I bet it would be killer with a BLAT (BLT with avocado). A six pack bold enough to satisfy your beer snob friends and mild enough to open the eyes of those who haven't yet seen the light. Pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 07:21:12 | More by ithacabaron
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of head that doesn't retain for long, but leaves some nice lacing. The smell is alright, it's a bit of a mish-mash of malts, hops, and citrus that doesn't really ever achieve any harmony. The taste is quite good though. Very well-balanced sharp, bitter hops and smooth bready malts with citrus overtones. Very nice, if not groundbreaking.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, it goes down smooth and wholly unremarkable, a little bit of prickly carbonation on the back of the throat, you know the deal. This exceeds though on drinkability. This is a superbly drinkable beer that disappeared right before my very eyes! A good, drinkable choice that I hope to have around over the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 03:43:18 | More by shand
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank 3/10/11

A: A hazy copper color with a very pleasing, off-white head that's pretty sticky and has GREAT retention. The head lasted almost the entire glass.

S: Pretty citrusy, with not a lot of hop coming through the nose. A solid smell, but nothing absolutely amazing.

T: Excellent balance of hops and malt. A slight hint of the citrus comes through, but overall a well-crafted mix of the tastes you would want in a pale ale.

M: A little bit on the thin side, but the taste is enough to make up for the mediocre mouth.

D: Great, and it comes in a can! I'll take this one rafting for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 05:02:25 | More by mjyoung
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one while spending some time at the Front Door is downtown Boise. It was served in a mug and it was a very hazy copper with a sticky off-white head.

It has an aroma of light citrus notes and raw grains.

The taste is a nice balance of pine from the hops and caramel malt in the rear. There are also some Pear and apple notes.

The mouth is crisp, medium heft and a touch oily. Easy drinking session beer, I had had a couple.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 19:16:16 | More by Redrover
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4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into my chalice, light golden color with a great head with above average lacing.

Could smell the hops outright and even more upon the pour, wonderful oily piney citrusy aroma.

Taste is simply marvelous. Strong citrus upfront, with piney notes after awhile, and it wasn't until about halfway through the bottle that i noticed the malts kicking about in the background. Slight raisin overtones, mild and wild. Really really good.

Mouthfeel is creamy, and full, yet so nice and dry/crisp upon swallowing. Really something to be admired.

If i could only drink one beer for the rest of forever, i wouldn't complain if it was this one. Tastes so good and it has such a nice dry finish that it will keep me coming back for years to come. Such a wonderful example of an APA.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 04:18:27 | More by BaronRogue
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy, pale golden color with a decent, somewhat 'creamy' one finger foam head. Retention is good.

Smell: Flowery, hoppy, and fruity, with a subtle hint of grain. A little light in the nose.

Taste: Very smooth. A hoppy sweetness up front followed by an immediate bitterness. Fruity and citrus characteristics with a dry, grainy, biscuit-like finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere in between light to medium bodied. Dry and crisp. Carbonation is light but noticeable.

Drinkability: Above average.

Overall: This is a good beer. It's not my top choice in beer styles, but it was well worth the money spent.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 08:08:59 | More by jj311
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a can to a pint glass.

Appearance: A very pale golden color, head is very light and disappears quickly. Very translucent, can almost see through the glass.

Smell: Citrus-y hop presence.

Taste: The hops are strong up front with a citrusy balanced finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and effervescent. Very light-bodied.

Drinkability: Could easily make a night out of a 6-pack of these. Great taste with a moderate ABV; possibly a session brew.

Serving type: can

02-03-2011 02:05:16 | More by joshrosborne
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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Strangely this beer is gold, with a fluffy white head. Aroma is rather grainy and uninspired, almost adjunct lager-esque. Flavor is much better, with an early piney hop bite that fades towards a dry bitterness atop a no-frills pale malt base. The malt is perfect for a pale ale -- crisp, clean, unsweet -- but the hops, while pleasant, are lacking in depth. Essentially a SNPA clone, but a little better.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 08:05:57 | More by illidurit
Photo of bingraham6


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden, straw color with a moderate head in my imperial pint glass. Immediately the piney scent reaches the nostrils.

On the nose, this beer has a great complexity. Hints of subtle sage, juniper, and reminds me of the sweetness of fresh lavender. The hops sort of step to the side in the aroma of this beer to really let the floral boutique just bloom.

The taste reminds you immediately that you are drinking a pale ale, not too dry, just that nice hops, lemony zesty taste you expect from a pale ale. But I will say, the aroma of this beer is almost as wonderful as the taste, funtunately I am blessed to experience both! Overal 9/ 10

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 23:49:30 | More by bingraham6
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Straw yellow translucent body with a bit foamy white head

S- Citrusy hops, hay

T- Cirtusy hops bite up front, some bready malts and finishes crisp

M- Light-bodied, clean, crisp, good carbonation

D- Very easy to drink, easy to have more than one and memorable enough to return to

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 18:27:09 | More by aepb1
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review so I'll be brief. I haven't had a lot of Pale Ale's before, and this is better than the average in that category

Appearance: The Beer is slightly lighter than amber .It's solid in tone and very nice to look at. There is a good medium bodied head and it lasts for a short time. The beer is filtered and very clear.

Smell: Malts: Sweet malty finish. Hops: Robust and floral.

Taste: Good very balanced taste. It has a great transition from the bitterness of the hops. The Ale is very clean. It's Very good in the category of Pale Ales.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouth-feel. It's Smooth and not overly carbonated. It retains its character for a while.

Drinkability: This was a nice relaxing drink. It was tasteful the whole way through. I'd uncap another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 08:08:37 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy Pale Yellow Orange color. Relatively thick 1/4" head. Large bubbly ring around edge of glass. Light malt character, almost wheaty. Light citrus in aroma, almost a gummy bear aroma. Not a ton of hop in aroma, slight grassy and pinyness to aroma. Same grassy and piny flavors in flavor and very evident in mouthfeel. Very light and crisp mouthfeel. Dry grassy clean finish. Moderate to high carbonation. Light sweetness in beginning, big orange peel in middle, citrus in end, almost a little bit of banana in end, very very faint though, like the peel. Refreshing and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 02:46:29 | More by despainmakesbeer
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden, burnt orange color that was somewhat cloudy with a huge white fluffy head with great retention and very nice lacing. The head stayed with the beer most of the way down the glass.

Smell - Nice fresh, floral hops in the nose. Picking up hints of the grapefruit/citrus and also getting a pleasant "toasty", "biscuity" aroma. Very well balanced. Nothing overpowering, but nice enough to temp me.

Taste - In the taste, I picked up the grapefruit/citrus, but it was mild. Breadiness was there with an unmistakable bitterness. The hops were not over the top and balanced well with the remaining flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light, dry, crisp mouthfeel. Coates the palate nicely. Doesn't really hang around as long as some others, but does stay around long enough for me to savor it. As the beer warmed the mouthfeel became ever so slightly watered.

Drinkability - Nice little brew here. Very solid. Easy drinking and worth a try in my opinion. Another beer that would pair well with a fresh Spring or early Summer day. It goes down way easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 20:22:39 | More by Shrews629
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw colored beer that's slightly hazy.Nice carbo's with a average size head.

malty aroma with herbal hops.
Dry malt taste with a low hop presence.
Smooth and balanced.
Drinkability is high for you can drink well over a nightly session with this brew.
Drink well my friends

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 20:26:10 | More by micromaniac129
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

Anderson Valley Brewing Co. has gone right to the can, literally. Two in the can now, more soon, hopefully. Long live the craft can!

Nope, not drinking this one out of the can. Thick crowning of lace as the head subsides; deep golden color shows off its clarity. Aroma of fresh-cut hay and orange zest from the malt and hops respectively. Some smoothness yields to the medium body, a little slick as well. It has those West Coast moves of a very clean palate, hop bitterness on the up and up, with a citric flare and a light biscuity malt that provides a solid base. Ends on a nutty, earthy, grassy malt note, with a thick lather of citric flavor from the hops.

This is a good utility beer. It works as a session ale, with enough hops to quell a hop- head's desire for at least a round.

Serving type: can

11-12-2010 19:03:13 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light gold color with a white head. Nose brings forward some citrus and floral his along with some bready malt. Taste brigs on some bitterness at a pretty high rate for the style. Feel is nice with good bitterness and carbonation. Drinks quite well and is one of my favorites from them.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 22:47:10 | More by Thorpe429
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Sam's in Durham, as this one isn't available yet in the Palmetto State. Poured from the bottle into a standard shaker pint...

A: This pale ale pours a dusty straw color, with a massive white head that leaves sheets of sticky lace as it recedes down to a half-finger of white foam; excellent retention on this one.

S: Some sweet bready malts, caramel, floral hops and lemon flesh.

T: Sweet caramel malts and zesty citrus hop profile; a little bit of biscuit in there, too; maybe a touch of pine towards the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Nothing too crazy going on here.

D: A unique pale ale that is very drinkable... definitely not what I was expecting, but I like it.

A flavorful and surprisingly different pale ale that's refreshing, has a little bit of complexity and finishes clean.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 04:56:05 | More by jpro
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley Pale Ale has a straw, hay like color. It is very clear with a big white head that has stayed two fingers thick for more than two minutes. NICE! The nose has a lot of citrus and a lemon grass smell. All the citrus jumps on the tongue on the first sip and then is followed up with pine, an odd grass and floral notes that kind of hang out for a just a little while. It is weird how the beer fills your mouth with such lingering notes but once you drink it goes away and is very inviting to have another sip. This beer is odd for a pale ale but very drinkable. It is a different style of pale then I expected. If I was in the mood for a pale ale I'm not sure I would reach for this one but it is very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 15:34:04 | More by claybeer
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden amber with a foamy 2-3 finger white head. Nice head retention. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt and sweet floral hops.

Taste: Much like the aroma, caramel malt is dominant up front followed by sweet citrus in the middle and bitter lemon zest and grapefruit at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could knock back several of these with no problem. Perfect summer beer.

Overall: Very solid pale ale. I thoroughly enjoyed this. The unique balance of hops and malt make this a great beer. Highly recommend trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 00:33:29 | More by adam42381
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prototypical pale ale can't comment on the look or pour as I'm sitting around a fire drinking from the can slightly pine and citrusy hope feel perfectly balanced with a nice biscuit undertone this one is definitely cooler worthy thanks to woody ...

Serving type: can

09-04-2010 02:20:33 | More by sliverX
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is malty and not strong, but still invites a taste. Pours a clear orange-amber with a typical white head. Flavor is crisp and malty, more like a lager than an ale, with a nice bitter hoppy undertone. Texture is smooth and just a little fizzy. Overall, not great, but worthy of at least a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 01:48:31 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a hint of orange. Medium white head. Smells of freshly squeezed lemon and sourdough bread. Taste is light sweetness up front, followed by a big grapefruit rind presence, and a earthy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, low carbonation. Drinkability is good, a nice beer, simple and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 21:49:52 | More by tronester
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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Slightly hazy gold/yellow color with a 2-finger head, retention is pretty good. It's got lite-moderate carbonation, it left a nice incomplete ring & splashy lace around the glass. Very nice appearance.

S - A very refreshing aroma of grapefruit & orange fruits, mild pine & floral notes in there. Soft grainy malts & honey underneath the fresh hop aroma.

T - Dry bitter hops upfront & throughout, a bit of semi bright citrus fruits like orange & grapefruit peek out through the dry, bitter floral hops. It finishes with mild husk & grain flavors with that dry bitter, floral hop lingering just a bit.

M - Soft-moderate crispness & an extremely smooth feel. Medium bodied.

D - Wow I haven't had an outstanding APA like this one in a long while. I loved the hop combination they used in this one, so damn refreshing & drinkable! I'd love to quaff a 6-pack of this on a warm day, or any day really. An outstanding brew that I would definitely buy again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 22:40:47 | More by PintOHops
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

g: English Pint

a: Pale gold color, makes perfect sense based on the style. An aggressive pour yielded a pretty nice 2-3 finger soapy and clingy head. Moderate bubbles escaping. Splashy lacing after some swirling.

s: Light citrus hops up front. Faint caramel malt underneath. A little yeast. Overall, light, bright and very inviting.

t: Ah, super refreshing. Citrus grapefruit and orange rind up front, falling away to light caramel malt and ending with just a bit of hop bitterness and a really nice doughy malt character. Flavors are not overpowering, everything is in place.

m: Light and easy on the pallate with a good zip to keep it lively.

d: Great beer, highly session-able. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 22:37:06 | More by JosiahS
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86 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.