Poleeko Pale Ale
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,202
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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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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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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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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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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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RootedFool from California

4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Loved, and loving as I type, this pale ale by the folks at Anderson Valley.

6 pack of 12 ounce bottles purchased at Arcata, California Co-op.

Pours deep yellow with fluffy head that lasted long enough, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell is gorgeous -- cirtrus (lemon, grapefruit) and hops.

Taste is a rich yet not too heavy hoppiness encompassed by refreshing citrus so detectable in the nose.

Mouthfeel feels balanced according to the smell and taste, not too heavy and not too light. Works well.

I will definitely buy this again, along with Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, as my new favorite session brew.

Jan 20, 2004
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TrojanWheels from California

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Jan 20, 2012
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Gasp100 from Delaware

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another nice offering from Anderson Valley. Although each brew is starting to seem very similar to one another where I can't even tell the difference anymore.... who cares, they are all really good. Poured a light amber with a big frothy head. This smelled like it was going to be a big IPA, but it wasn't too much to handle. Once again, totally west coast but not too much citrus twang to make you tire easily. The malt base was complex with caramel and a sweetness that I really enjoyed. This is a nice, balanced brew that has a lot of IPA characteristics but still classifies as a Pale Ale. Add this to the list of top notch west cost Pale Ales... hmmmm, a lot of great Pale Ales from the west, where are the east cost ones?

Apr 02, 2004
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visionaries from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

May 23, 2013
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Skidz from Wisconsin

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

Pours out bright golden yellow and sits a hazy golden amber in the glass with decent sized bubbly white head, fading to a light skim, hugging the sides of the glass. Minor lacings.

Smells attractively fruity with notes of apricots, apples, oranges and lemon rind. Nice malt presence with good caramel notes. Light hints of golden raisins.

Tastes assertively fruity from the get-go. Pears, nectarines, oranges and ripe cantelope are all present. Caramel sweetness prevails in the background and balanced with a mild hop bitterness, some leafy flavors. Finish consists of fruit salad and an ever fading bitterness drawing on orange peel.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth, solid carbonation, about a medium body. Definately an easy drinking APA,. Kind of pricey in these parts, but worth it for a change of pace.

Feb 23, 2005
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soju6 from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with some fruit and fresh grain.

T: Mild malt flavor with a bit of sweetness and citrus. Has a nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Mdeium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. very well balanced.

O: Goes down way to easy. Very good APA.

Sep 21, 2011
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NJpadreFan from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale

Purchased a 6er for $6.00. Rang up wrong, should of been $9.

Appearance- cloudy yellow with a frothy white head that held up nicely.
Smell- fruity and malty. Light citrusy peach.
Taste- very good. peachy/ floral hops with a sweet maltiness.
Mouthfeel- an ever so slight bitterness but goes down rather easy.

Overall- a delicious Pale Ale that can be consumed rather quickly if your not careful. Yet another good offering from Anderson Valley.

***side note- Anderson Valley's beers are vegan friendly.

Aug 28, 2004
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and floral perfume aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice floral-like presence in both the aroma and flavor.

Nov 16, 2013
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of focus saffron topped by a sticky ivory head that is some kind of impressive. The foam is pitting and pocking all over the place, is both sturdy and persistent, and ends up leaving blurred, interconnected rings of lace cemented to the glass. Lovely, citrus fruity nose bursting with candied grapefruit and orange peel.

Poleeko possesses a sweet, sugar cookie-like pale maltiness that allows the significant hop load to shine. The citrus zest zing is kept in check by the civilizing influence of the malt, thereby taking the edge off of the bitterness (and, to some extent, the flavor as well). Make no mistake though, this beer is as well-hopped as many pale ales and more than most.

In addition to the grapefruit and bitter orange that are present throughout, there are spruce-like notes that increase with warming. The body is supremely smooth and almost chewy with a well-hidden amount of carbonation. Because of the substantial body/mouthfeel and the extroverted hop flavor, the finish is a long and lingering affair with echoes that last until the next sip.

Anderson Valley brews great beer. I didn't really need more proof to convince myself of that assertion, but Poleeko Gold provided it anyway. Delicious.

Sep 09, 2004
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Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Sep 20, 2012
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good American style pale. Golden body,white foam, with pleasant citrus aroma. Taste is some citrus and a good bitterness, good malting for drinkability. Bit above average mouthfeel. A hint of acid in the aftertaste, but that is tolerable.Nice balance.

Dec 13, 2009
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ovaltine from Indiana

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

Feb 02, 2015
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stewart124 from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought that I reviewed this one awhile ago but I don't mind drinking another.

Nice straw color with a bubbly white head. Leaves a nice lacing along the glass.

The smell is of citrus and floral hops.

Tastes of grain and a slight bready character come to mind along with a touch of pear sweetness. The hops balance this out well with a nice citrus slap and a great floral note.

A nice solid APA and a slightly different take wihtout the caramel. It's a very nice one to keep in the fridge.

A great APA to introduce to macro beer drinkers. It is very easy to approach and even easier to drink.

Mar 25, 2009
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iemailjack from Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

Dec 04, 2011
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palma from New York

4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievable lacing. Thick froth on side of the glass.

Aroma is west coast hops. Hay. Grassy weeds.

Taste is excellent. Bready. Light bright bitterness. Toast in the aftertaste. Light and crisp with a nice oily lingering finish.

Good mouth feel. Slick. Enjoyable.

An excellent pale ale. Seek this one out.

Nov 06, 2012
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JosiahS from California

4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Jul 30, 2010
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Luigi from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color and has a near perfect white head. The head is sticky and retention is perfect. The aroma is very hoppy but not over done. Floral and spicy. Paired nice with a light malt. The flavor is classic west coast pale ale. Spicy floral hops, biscuit like malts, and a dry hoppy aftertaste. Easy to drink but harsh on the wallet.

Nov 28, 2005
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Shrews629 from Kentucky

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.

Nov 23, 2010
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Billolick from New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Dec 12, 2004
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MikeDre from California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

Mar 19, 2012
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Troyone from California

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber and poured this in a big Stein Glass (from BevMo).
Pours a light gold color with a copper hue and has a solid inch of bone white head with some lacing from the pour. Definite carb action with some suspended sediment.

Has a slight caramel malt smell with some citrus esters in the background.

Has an eyewater tea flavor with a hint of caramel and a crisp grapefruit finish.

Light bodied and resinous with lively and soft carbonation.

Would diffently be a good session beer or session starter.

Feb 15, 2009
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