Poleeko Pale Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Poleeko Pale AlePoleeko Pale Ale

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 556 |  Reviews: 326
Reviews by AaronHomoya:
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a yellow-amber color, good and pale but not too pale. Good head with nice retention.

Smell is a good balance of hops and maltiness. Nice, but not an over-the-top aroma.

Taste is also good and balanced with a clean finish that is hoppy but not too overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good, decent body.

A very drinkable pale ale with not too terribly much strength. A nice, but not exceptional, beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StevenMilligan
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.

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Photo of monkist
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.

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Photo of ntanp91
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a nice subtle,soft beer.Nive golden color,with decent head retention.Soft hop flavor makes this beer very easy to drink.Impressive beer.Going to try many in the Anderson Valley line.

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Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Shakerman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Dmann
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting more from this beer and was a little let down. A nice copper color beer pours from the bottle with good lacing down the glass. The smell is quite subtle with light hints of hops and malted sweetness. The taste is kind of a let down with a very light hoppiness and light malt flavors combined to make a very balanced yet quite borring beer. When faced against Stone Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada or AleSmith, you could do much better than this beer.

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Photo of Todd
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this @ Bukowski's in Boston.

Slightly hazy golden, with a decent head and ample stick. Floral, citrus, light grain in the nose. Medium, malty body, smooth, lightly sweet that moves into a crisp, sharp, bitter, citric snap that's a bit rind-like too. Touch of yeast with a grain dryness and biscuit flavours run into the finish.

This is west coast all the way. Refreshing and very drinkable. My only beef with this beer is that you need to drink it immediately -- while it's still cold -- as some unpleasant tannins emerge as soon as the beer begins to warm.

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Jason
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label.

Appearance: Pale honey golden in colour with a well textured lace that tells me the beer is going to be smooth.

Smell: Fresh hop aroma, flowery and bitter. Mildy fruity.

Taste: Exceptionally smooth with a bitter sweet hop burst. Malt and lends a light biscuit grain flavour yet is laidback otherwise. More fruit character from the hop than the yeast but both are certainly noticeable. Hop flavour is long and drawn out but not alone, its paired up with a little grain to make for a dryish clean finish.

Notes: Prime example of what a West Coast American Pale Ale is. Head retention is close to perfection, hops are to die for and the malt and body are placed perfectly to keep everything in balance. Wow what a beer!

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12 ouncer, pours a mildly hazy light amber/straw. White head, tiny bubbles, expansive fine lacing and sheeting. Hoppy, grainy APA, nose is mildly hoppy with a hint of butter. Medium bodied, not much of a mouthfeel, abit prickly on the tongue, could use some more of a malt undercarraige . Grainy hops carry the weight here. Grapefruit and peppery. Bitter and dry in the finish. Workable ale, respectable sessioner.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle. No freshness dating. "Gold Medal Winner" appears on label (California State Fair Commercial Craft Brewing Competition -- 1997 Light Ale category). $9.99/6-pack locally.

Appearance: Immense billowing head initally appears atop a fairly light honey-colored beer. After several minutes, the head has all but disappeared. Large patches left on the glass.

Smell: Pleasing nose of hops, with floral aromas along with some citrusy aromas.

Taste: Compared to the Hop-Ottin' IPA, this is a much more subtle brew. There is a hoppy (though well-balanced) predominant flavor. Finish is on the dry side, with a slight metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: I would think this would be a great "hot summer day" beer. Not too big in the flavor or complexity department. Very refreshing, with little aftertaste. Another solid offering from the folks at Anderson Valley.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of magictrokini
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hearty APA is the only way I can describe this one. Pours and smells like any other pale ale; coppery and caramel malt with a touch of piney hops. The taste is strongly bitter with hops, pine, and grass flavors. Mellows into a smoother malt and caramel. Probably the most bitter APA I've ever had.

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Photo of Kraken
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 7/30/09

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an over sized wine goblet. Firm pour evokes a scant white head that falls very quickly. Little to no lace. Color is a wonderful pale cloudy golden yellow.

Nose- Nice mild pine & citrus. Tangerine and orange.

Palate- A bit thin at first, nice grassy straw quality about it. mild citrus hops. Orange rind and a bit of lemon zest. Some nice sweetness comes through. Tangerine in the finish, more then the nose would have you believe. Finish is short with a very slight bitterness in the close.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, moderately active, full.

Drinkability- This is a great pale ale, super drinkable.

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Photo of mattffrost
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into glass.

A-Beer is a hazy/unfiltered golden color. Head is whtie with some lacing.

s-Strongest smell is the hops with some citrus. I also get a bit of flower smell.

T-Very mild tasting to me. I don't get a bitter finish I was expecting. The taste is of hops, carmel, and slight citrus without a lively finish in my opinion.

M-Light to medium bodied. Very simplistic, a nice feel.

D-Simple, light, refreshing.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley's Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is a rather nice brew. It pours a golden color out of the bottle, with a nice foamy head. The smell is gentle, reflecting the nice balance of hops and malts within this beer. The taste is refreshingly NOT overly hopped. This is NOT a hopped up ale. Thank goodness. Enough with over hopping and the masking of flavor. Anderson Valley has made a nicely balanced ale, with a nice smooth taste. Search it out and enjoy!

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Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of thatothermitch
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a cognac glass.

It was clear and light pale gold in color. Medium carbonation and a surprisingly thick off-white head.

Floral and hop notes in the aroma. Dry start, then a delicious, but not overpowering hoppy bitterness and unpolluted floral and hop finish.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive gold with lots of clarity, soft white head, 1" in size. Aroma wasn't all that hoppy, smelled like Coors kinda in that high carbonation, barley and corn kinda thing.

Taste, soft hop touch again, but stands out more than the aroma, light body, light toasted crystal malt, faint sweetness. Delicate grassy hop touch.

Its a decent lawnmower beer, the hop aspect I've noticed over the years will fade within a matter of weeks on this beer.

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Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy sub orange color (almost exactly the color of 80 proof bourbon), bright white 1/4 inch head of little body. Slightly droopy ring laces. Hoppy aroma, leaning toward the tangerine. Compared to other Anderson Valley products, this strikes me as low key, a gentle amount of caramel and a softer sense of rind-like American hop. Overall, slightly astringent and on the hop end, the finish is somewhat peppery with a bit of balsam in the aftertaste. Refreshing but surprisingly middle-of-the-road to my tastes. Good sense of balance was acheived by the brewers.

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Poleeko Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 556 ratings