Poleeko Pale Ale
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Poleeko Pale AlePoleeko Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,199
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3.81 | pDev: 12.6%
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Poleeko Pale AlePoleeko Pale Ale
Notes: 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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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Slightly opaque copper in color with a nice, frothy head that builds and settles to a lid, leaving great lacing on the glass
Aroma: Lemon, orange, floral notes, fresh baked bread, slightly toasted cereal grains, and raw dough
Taste: Dough, citrus fruits, and slightly sweet bready malt kick it off, followed by some nice floral notes that fade in and out. Orange-led citrus fruit regains control and along with bread dough are duo that close it out
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, fairly clean throughout, and minimal if any dryness on the finish – leans soft of anything
Overall: I dig it. I can’t remember the last time I’d had this beer and so was glad to get a chance to tango again. A tasty and solid APA with old-school hop flavors/aromas and a very nice and tasty malt backbone. A great no-nonsense beer that is tasty and refreshing in any situation

Jun 01, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, at the GBBF 2008. Golden colour, moderate head. Very nice hoppy aroma, notes of citrus and tropical fruits. Pleasant hoppy flavour but not overdone, well balanced.

May 03, 2021
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

this is money, the kind of pale ale i like both ways, icy cold slugged right from the can, and also poured into a pint glass and sipped slowly as it warms, its just beer for drinking, really well made, light in body for how flavorful it is, and to me simultaneously classic and original. it doesnt have the grain weight of a lot of pale ales from its era, golden in color, nice and clear, and although balanced with plenty of grain character, does not have the sweetness, the richness, the color, nor the body that a lot of these incorporate, and i appreciate it immediately for what it isnt. the hops come through really fresh to me, classically northwestern but not super bitter or anything, light pine but also an herbal tea thing and a clean citrus rush too, very nicely dosed in here, the beer is bold but remains light to drink, i love that. this is clean on the fermentation side, nothing really from the yeast at all, and its very crisp to drink, even refreshing for the style, minimal in a good way in terms of the texture, good and dry. not enough classic pales anymore out there, everyone wants do double dry hop everything, make it hazy, use cryo hops, whatever, i love how timeless and well build and no frills this is, will definitely be buying again, nice to see a little more beer from these guys on the shelves here of late...

May 03, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Out of the bottle at The Getty, Los Angeles, CA.

Like a drunken night at Chuck E Cheese’s this one actually isn’t all that bad. Floral like the Rose Parade with subtle hop essence like Bugs Bunny on a Xanax.

It’s just aite, and Raul is ok with that.

Jun 07, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a 20oz. wiezen. There is 3" of pure white foam that lasted several minutes, now it has settled to a thick covering with lacing left up the glass. The color leans toward a hazy orange, with lots of fine carbonation.
The aroma is a sweet citrus smell, not strong but more than light. I like it.
The taste is good, citrus , a bit bready, crisp, dry. Very drinkable.
The feel is medium, almost creamy. I think the little bitter dryness hides some of the feel.
This beer is good, not offensive at all, but truly not special. I would never say no to a Poleeko Pale Ale!

Mar 16, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been wanting to drink this for long but has been sold out for quite a while. Anderson Valley is one of my favorite breweries in CA so it was a must to try.
It is really refreshing to drink it, kind of like Sierra Nevada but more bitterness at the rear end. Welcoming, pleasant, rich but still subtle. Dry mouthfeel balanced with a somewhat sweet smell. Reminds you of the depths of the forests around Boontsville with a gentle summer breeze blowing between the trees.
Anderson Valley's greatness lies in its naturality, in the way they can grasp the flavors of nature - when you drink their beers, it is as if you were breathing the air, sipping their stream water and biting into the warm rays of the Californian sun.
This is North California in a bottle. Classic like Sierra Nevada.

Nov 10, 2017
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stevoj from Idaho

2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Looks good with thick fluffy head, but aroma and taste are just average at best. Malt and mild hops, but not remarkable. One of the few disappointments I've had from these guys.

Jul 21, 2016
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ntanp91 from Thailand

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz. bottle. Pours into a clear honey color with fluffy head that quickly disperses. Light carbonation with tiny bubbles. Fruity aroma, almost tropical. Some zest taste combining well with malt. Pleasant dry mouthfeel. Overall a crisp and gently offering that can be continually enjoyed.

May 18, 2016
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold color, slightly cloudy. Head slightly yellowish in color, fine bubble, sizable, unfortunately, it did not last.
Aroma: sweet malt and fruity aroma is very pleasant not cloying.
Taste: clear freshness, sweet and slightly sour fruit.
Gentian delicate, slightly dry on the finish. The loading medium toward high.

Apr 23, 2016
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StevenMilligan from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pale golden McDonald's arch! Clarity is decent and it was just cold enough to frost over my heine mug. Lacing is on point and the big 1" inch fluffy head isn't bad either.

S: Orange peel stands out, as well as grapefruit notes.

T: Not overly hoppy. Orange zest and grapefruit peel hold up the nose, with big biscuity malts really showing there stuff after. Very bready. There is a little herbal/citrusy hops that help keep the finish on the dry side. Well balanced and just enough complexity to keep you coming back for more.

F: Light to medium body with carbonation on the lower end of medium. Finish is crisp, but short

O: This isn't your average hop forward APA, but that does not mean this isn't a great beer. It's refreshing and drinkable with just enough hops to keep it interesting. I think this is a very well-balanced beer and I love a good hop-bomb as much as the next guy, but this is just a solid APA.

Feb 03, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bright gold with plenty of clarity to stand out. Full inch of white heat, muted hop notes and toasted Cheerios.

Taste was the same as the aroma. Mildly grassy. Decent lawnmower stuff.

Dec 25, 2015
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle as a gift:
Underwhelming really, if it didn't look so good when I poured it then it would probably have been the worst beer of the four I've tried from the brewery. There was nice biscuit malts with a sweet backing & a few earthy flavours beside all the bitterness that helped the beer down. On its own this would have been a nice enough offering but I was expecting a little more from the brewery based on a couple of others I've had from them in the past; enjoyable but not great.

Nov 09, 2015
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jesseejames from Montana

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark honey color with a large bubble head that quickly dissipates. Smells of fruits almost lemon full of citrus. Tastes quite nice with a touch of fine malts and a bit of hops bitterness. It has a light mouth with a slightly sour aftertaste. An average American micro brew.

Nov 06, 2015
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Beer4Baltimore from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bright clear fizzy ale with mild bittering and mild citric aftertaste. Hopping is moderate and malts are subdued. Easy drinking and smooth. A non offensive everyday kind of beer.

Sep 19, 2015
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3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crisp gold straw color. Clean aroma with citrus notes, hints of hops and malts. Prominent citrus notes maybe lemon peels and grapefruit. Malty bready feel but citrus hops are definitely stronger. Super clean finish. Lacing only at the top of glass

Apr 06, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Anderson Valley

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy white head that settles and laces well.

S: Floral and herbal notes, a little citrus, and some light malt.

T: Citrus, lemon, orange, and grapefruit, some herbal and faint dank notes, and light bread malt.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty crisp.

O: Light and drinkable, but just ok.

Apr 05, 2015
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Timmmmaaayyy from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite pale ale. No wonder it's won gold medals. Top notch beer, though I am not a fan of too much hoppiness - so if that is what you are looking for, the Poleeko may not fit that bill.

Feb 14, 2015
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer appeared a hazy orange with a light white head that faded to a thin cap and left a little lacing. Citrus hops, nothing more, nothing less. That pretty well covers the taste as well. Certainly expected more balance from an APA. The beer was easy to drink, smooth and finished with a nice bitter aftertaste.

Feb 06, 2015
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MarkQ617 from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.3%

Had this out of the bottle at Silver Dollar in Louisville. I thought this was a surprisingly average pale. Not a tone of hops or malt - I don't know if the idea here is that it's supposed to be more like a golden, a bit milder, but wasn't what I was looking for. It's fine, but maybe go elsewhere for a pale ale.

Sep 13, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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

Pours a white fizzy fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, hazy honey orange color.

Nose brings nice grassy noble hops, with a little spicy American touch to them, a bit floral, very touch fruity notes, faint malt base.

Taste starts with juicy malts out front, not a lot just enough for a nice base, followed quickly by grassy spicy hops, a bit earthy and leafy and even floral, again a mix of noble and American it seems, with a touch of fruity notes and very light citrus rind. Finish dries off as the juicy malt fades, gets pretty bitter but not a ton, with more lingering grassy leafy hops, that bring a bit more citrus peel notes and floral characters.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, about what a typical APA should be, nice base malt balanced with good fresh hops, nice noble American blend, good bitter lingering finish, sessionable and tasty. Very enjoyable.

Jul 13, 2014
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tbraun1 from Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber with two finger head and nice lacing on the glass. Smells bready. Not much hop/citrus coming out in the nose. Tastes well balanced. Not too hoppy, and I love the my hoppy APA's. This would be a great session beer. Mouthfeel is pleasant and rich with just enough carbonation. Overall, would make a great session APA and would be a great beer to turn others onto pale ales.

Apr 14, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy straw colored body.
The aroma is mild pine and honey.
The taste is strong grapefruit bitterness with a short finish. It's straight to the point.
The texture is crisp with soft edges and moderate carbonation.
It has a bold bitterness for a pale ale... but it's still good.

Mar 14, 2014
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heyhoser from California

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

so where does this fall in the pale ale spectrum...

its on the opposite end of the malty/sweet/honey taste of a sierra nevada pale ale

its much more on the hoppy/bitter end similar to a dales pale ale

but its got a bit more citrus than dales, closer to a citra pale ale

for the hop heads out there -think more cascade and less nugget

also like dales pale ale, this beer has a really thick head for a pale ale and gives that creamy mouthful

so when should you drink this beer: anytime really, at 5% abv and with a clean but not overpowering citrus/hop feel, this beer would really go nice at that summer time party or a great beach day, sure your best friend might have worked hand grind, stuff, and grill those sausages, but show up with a 6 pack of this and you win best contribution of the night

Jan 31, 2014
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ElijahRivera from New York

2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Exploded when opened with a soapy foam clinging to the inside of the bottleneck. Hazy amber when poured.

S- Funky and slightly skunky in a bad way.

T- Off flavors abound with a vinegar bitterness in the finish.

M- I didn't make any notes on mouthfeel.

O- Almost certainly infected. I will definitely give this brew another try.

Jan 02, 2014
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Anderson Valley Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. My label is slightly different than the one pictured and claims a 5.00% abv instead of a 5.50% abv. Expectations are in the average range.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy bright lemon orange with just over two fingers of soft sudsy white head. Some sudsy lace, but none sticks. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is light but nice. Lemon zest, grass, pine, grapefruit, grainy wheat, musty yeast, and some honeyed graham cracker malts.

T - Taste follows the nose: dry honeyed bread malts, lemon, grass, herbal pine and grapefruit bitterness, & some mineral water.

M - Feel is clean, bready, bitter, and dry. A simple, fitting end. Light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a simple, but pleasant beer. Probably one of the better year-round offerings from these guys, and I'm glad that I gave it a try. Light and sessionable, I would definitely have this again.

Anderson Valley Poleeko Pale Ale ---3.5/5

Nov 30, 2013
Poleeko Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 567 ratings