Poleeko Pale Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Poleeko Pale AlePoleeko Pale Ale

Brewed by:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2002

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Ratings: 556 |  Reviews: 326
Photo of roywilliams
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of MrNuggets
4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An everlasting white head stares at me from a paled golden body muddied by a touch of haze. Flowers in full bloom on the nose. Bold sweetness rushes into a citrus blast. Like a life long tightrope walker, this brew has balance. The beer rests lightly in the mouth delivering a the bitterness that is demanded from a left coast pale ale.

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Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.8/5  rDev +27%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a treat I have overlooked this beer so many times please don't make the same mistake. Pours a slightly hazed copper orange with a nice bubbly foaming off-white head very nice appearance and the lacing is lies even around my pint. The aroma is a bouquet of floral west coast hops with a load of malt buttery notes of sweetness just amazing beer a benchmark for the style. The taste has traces of honey sweetness that run through it with honey glazed west coast hops and enough malt sweetness to balance it out just a great refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly syrupy very nice fluffiness to the texture, this beer is truly amazing. Drinkability is like whoa, I could go out in buy a case to have as my go to beer right now it's that good.

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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 RootedFool
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 gmfessen
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, golden-yellow color with a huge, creamy looking head. Leaves huge webs of lacing as you work your way down the glass. The smell is all west coast, floral hops that you could sniff all day! The taste really isn't as hoppy as I was expecting from the nose, excellently balanced with a biscuity, lightly toasted maltyness. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation and fairly dry finish. Drinks like a light beer, but tastes much better. I think this is my favorite AV brew that I've had yet.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip for shits and giggles. Big perfect textured head that laces repeatadly all the way down. foggy but mostly filtered light copper. Floral and hops aroma.

This is a finely crafted brew. I can taste every bit of the hops and they aren't the cheap ones with all the off tastes. These are smooth. Fruit taste jumped out a bit and came off as a peach/grapefruit hushed by a small but nicely balanced grain and bitterness.

This is the best offering I've had from Anderson Valley and its a nice example of a west coast Pale Ale. It has me looking up directions to the brewery. I've got to try this on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy summer morning. The morning before a really good day. Great head retention, fabulous lacing.

Smell: Smells rich, hoppier than hell, and heavy on the citrus. The scent by itself is refreshing.

Taste: Kerplow! An explosion of hops, brilliantly balanced by a robust malt character. One of the Alstrom brothers suggested that this beer takes on slightly funky characteristics when it warms. I don't know about his place, but at my house a beer this good stands no chance of reaching room temperature.

Mouthfeel: A winner from start to finish. Starts bold & creamy and ends tight & dry leaving you thirsty as hell for the next quaff.

Drinkability: Could not be more drinkable. See... here I go... ahh! For my money there is not a better brewery in the United States than Anderson Valley, and this beer is a great ambassador. Your friends that drink shitty beer couldn't ask for a better initiation into real-beerdom than this, and any beer geek should salivate.

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Photo of mastodonj
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never been disappointed by anything from Anderson Valley so I bought a six of this although I'd never had it.
They came through again.

Nice light amber slightly cloudy, loads of lacing.

Smell is exceptional at first, some malt, vanilla and biscuit but the entire aroma is way better than that sounds. Lots of reviewers think this is choppy and citrus. I'm used to extremely hoppy Colorado and California ales with lots of citrus hop flavors so this does not seem that hoppy to me.

Flavor follows the smell but with a nearly perfect bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel is excellent and has the creaminess I've come to expect from AV.

Immensely drinkable.

You won't be disappointed with this fine pale ale.

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Photo of Mark
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A golden light ale, is very hoppy in the northwest tradition. One of my favorites domestic wise. I prefer to have this during the warmer months of the year. A good solid ale from a fine brewery

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Photo of theopholis
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Slightly light amber-straw combo. Nice and clear. Nice white head with a little staying power. Decent lace.

Aroma- Initial smell is quite sour. But as that volitizes off. You get a nice mixture of rich, hoppy aroma that has overtones of citrus. Very nice and refreshing.

Taste- Not as hoppy as it smells, but very nice all the same. Good balance of bittering and flavor hops with a nice malt character. Very nice bittering hops finish. I'm impressed. The longer this after-taste last in my mouth, the higher this score goes up. LOL

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel. Starts out kind of bold and ends tight & dry. I should have tried this stuff years ago.

Drinkability- Very good. I've tried Anderson Valley products before. Some are okay. This one is great.

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Photo of lester619
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another excelent example of a great style. Clear golden to reddish brown with a beautiful tan head with great lacing. Trademark grapefruit pine juicy hop smell. Taste is textbook for a west coast pale ale. Maybe a little more balanced, a little less hoppy than some of the other examples, but nothing I'm complaining about. It begins with some nice smooth sweet malty flavors then a big dose of citrus and pine. There is a very rspectable bite from the hops in the finish that makes you pucker just enough. That is what I expected from a good pale ale. This is a damn good pale ale. Almost too drinkable.

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Photo of Jerico2100
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew was sent to me during a BIF and i was absolutly blown away by it.

A- Poured a wonderfull amber with a pillowy white head that stuck around well after i started drinking.

S- Odd yet outstanding. The usuall floral notes from hops were there, but what struck me as odd for an APA were the citrus and bannana scents that came through as well while leaving a slight residual bitternes and citrus taste.

T- Lite and fruity, very well balanced beer with just a touch of biternes for the style.

M- Very light feeling, just a slight residual mouth feel.

D- Very drinkable.

This brew was outstanding and really blew me away with what i'm used to drinking in an APA. Lets just say that this APA actually drove me to make my first review. I could drink these all day during the heat of summer.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of vhmf1978
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of KevMo84
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of TrojanWheels
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Antonius08
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JoelClark
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of beercca
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Brittmb29
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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