Poleeko Gold Pale Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Poleeko Gold Pale AlePoleeko Gold Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

317 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 317
Hads: 524
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | 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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Reviews: 317 | Hads: 524
Photo of July2Nov
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright amber color with a thin frothy lacing.

Smell: Light balance of both hops and malts, with a floral hint.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very light. Slight amount of hops makes their appearance in the beginning and at the end with a dryness. Some sweetness in the middle part, almost like honey.

Overall: Nice bottled version of it's style. Was looking for a bit more from this one. Maybe a second offering is in the works or to find it on draft would be more useful. (475 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rather hazy golden on the pour. Small head and lacing wasnt abundant.
Smelled of mild hoppiness and mixture of malt. Seemed like the malts were grainy and hoppy rather subdued.
Taste was a bit disapointing. Very average at best. A it thinner that expected and overall weak.
Good balance between the hops and malt but both subdued. Some citrus notes and some grainyness but not great by no means (396 characters)

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with a moderate amount of carbonation. It has a small white head that has little retention.

S: There is some light malts present to go along with the scent of some hop. A light floral and buttery aroma is also noticeable.

T: It has a medium hop character and finishes kind of buttery. There is a little bite from the hops, but it doesn't stick around long.

M: It has a medium body with minimal carbonation and a slightly crisp finish.

O: Overall, this wasn't a bad pale ale, but it certainly wouldn't be my first choice. (600 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a golden orange color, the head was decent and left some scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had some pilsner like aromas going on, kind of made me a disappointed. The flavor is slightly hoppy, some grassy flavors in there too. The mouthfeel was pretty light and drinakble. Overall I can see others enjoying this beer quite a bit but for me it just wasn't my thing. (406 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, bold yellow with 1/8 inch white head and lace until the end. The aroma is of cirus and dough. The flavor is a blend of lemon and vanilla followed by a mildly bitter finish. It has a creamy, medium mouthfeel. Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is a good beer, crisp, dry, and refreshing. Recommended. (327 characters)

Photo of Brittmb29
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold
On-tap at World of Beer coconut Creek, FL

A- Best head i've ever seen on a beer. Golden hazy color gradient in pint glass, white head 1.25''.

S- Sudued light malts w/ slight citrus peaks, not much smell penetration in the fluffy foam at start.

T- Taste does not disappoint after the lacking nose! Totally balanced caramel malt and hop flavors, no harsh bitter flavors like some American Pale Ale's exhibit because of great balance w/good hops. Finishes smooth on malty mouth feel note w/some citrus hop flavor, not bitter at all.

M- WOW, so creamy a smooth with the great head medium-to-light body ale.

D- Very drinkable and only 5.5% ABV i really could have had a couple more that night. Living in Florida I haven't seen this beer on draft or bottle since then but i would definitely get it the next chance I get. (849 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poleeko pours into my Perfect Pint glass with a hazy deep gold hue and moderate carbonation. A dense bone cap slowly falls to a patchy quilt of foam and leaves behind a fair amount of lace.

The rest of the beer doesn't quite live up to the look. Citrus and toasted biscuits make up the nose. Flavors follow suit with biscuity malts backed by a moderate citrus and pepper bitterness. Toward the end, the pepper cuts through and things get a bit astringent. The body is relatively light and somewhat oily. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

Overall, not a bad APA, but not quite a match for the benchmarks of this style. (624 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,126 characters)

Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of mjyoung
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of BaronRogue
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of jj311
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of joshrosborne
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of bingraham6
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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 (656 characters)

Photo of aepb1
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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 (285 characters)

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of Shrews629
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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 (283 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (837 characters)

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.