Poleeko Pale Ale
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #841
Ranked #21,942
3.78 | pDev: 12.7%
May 18, 2022
Feb 11, 2002
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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Rated: 4.03 by igl from Russian Federation

May 18, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by HipCzech from California

Jun 12, 2021
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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
Rated: 3.16 by DvdP from Netherlands

Sep 29, 2020
Rated: 2.75 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 3.73 by rorjets from Connecticut

Jan 24, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by KingStelle from California

Nov 12, 2019
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Rated: 3.75 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
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
Rated: 3.74 by dandy14 from Brazil

Oct 25, 2017
Rated: 3.44 by Driftpunx from California

Sep 09, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by emincems from Turkey

Feb 28, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by sjrider from California

Oct 10, 2016
Rated: 3.21 by JPadilla from Florida

Sep 30, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

2.91/5  rDev -23%
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
Rated: 3.83 by B_B from California

Jul 20, 2016
Rated: 3.22 by benfons from Belgium

Jun 21, 2016
Rated: 4.4 by Shanex from France

Jun 21, 2016
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Reviewed by ntanp91 from Thailand

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Reviewed by PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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
Rated: 4.12 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

Apr 10, 2016
Rated: 1.62 by Shellynix from Massachusetts

Mar 05, 2016
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Reviewed by StevenMilligan from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
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
Rated: 4 by marshrat63 from California

Jan 31, 2016
Rated: 2.86 by Chinakalva from Russian Federation

Jan 30, 2016
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Rated by Totalpackage411 from California

2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
Not that great of a pale ale
Jan 25, 2016
Rated: 3.23 by gnikola from Serbia

Jan 22, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by Kiro from Russian Federation

Jan 09, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
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
Rated: 3.5 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

Dec 14, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by Brandon632 from North Carolina

Nov 18, 2015
Rated: 4.32 by Momon from Philippines

Nov 14, 2015
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Reviewed by jesseejames from Montana

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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
Rated: 3.64 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Oct 16, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by EdTheEdge from California

Sep 26, 2015
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