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Poleeko Pale Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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3.78/5
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556 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,176
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
556
pDev:
12.7%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
49
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 556 |  Reviews: 326
Photo of beerhawk41
1/5  rDev -73.5%

Photo of Shellynix
1.62/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of maxwelldeux
1.75/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of lvbs
1.8/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Underwhelmed" just about sums up our tasters' feelings about this pale ale that tastes more like a weak golden, or maybe an English. It lacks the hop bite to make a pale ale crisp, or the malt smoothness to make it an easy drink. Only one of our twelve tasters gave this beer above a 2, and that person gave it a 3.

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Photo of Kiniey01
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of ElijahRivera
2/5  rDev -47.1%
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.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Totalpackage411
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

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Photo of Cresant
2.48/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into an IPA glass. Body was a cloudy orange/yellow color. Sediment remained in the bottle. Head was three fingers, white and lumpy. Splotchy globs of lace string down the glass until the end.

Smell was subdued. Earthy floral hops. Malts peek out very late after the beer had wrmed considerably.

Taste was mild citrus which was outweighed by mild bitterness. Both of those characteristics outweighed any malt flavor. Maybe this bottle was old but I found this beer rather bland.

Mouthfeel was thin and somewhat watery. Mild carbonation did not help. I will not revisit this one.

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Photo of bostonryan
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of GarthT
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of nloyless
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of srandycarter
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Murky honey, near white head, disappears quickly. Persistent sudsy lacing.

S - Some Malt and some citrus...

T - Malts start the ball rolling, overtaken by bitterness. Clean, although mineral, ending, but not much hop smell or taste. A little tin can like finish I didn't like.

M - Medium body, good carbonation and coating.

D - One is enough for me. Considering the other reviews, maybe I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden pale in color with sticky chunky head.

S- The hops smell skunky and funky. Sort of rotten too.

T- The taste even tastes off, the hops are crappy, this totally doesn't taste good. Weird.

M- Meh, seems ok.

D- The drinkability isn't too bad, but isn't something I would buy again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a nonical pint glass at L.A. Live's Yardhouse in Downtown Los Angeles, California. It was overpriced there (as are most beers). Reviewed from notes. Expectations were average.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream and thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a light nontransparent orange-copper.

Sm: Apple, heavy pine, citrus esters, and clean malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Some sourness and funk. Green apple tang sourness. Clean malts form the foundation. A bit too apple-y. No citrus comes through. No yeast or alcohol. Bretts. Badly balanced all around. Some hints of butterscotch/vanilla. Built decently but strangely.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit thin. Light on the palate. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Very drinkable. A bit boring. The bretts help, but there's nothing unique or special here. I wouldn't have it again.

C

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Photo of troybn
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I bought a six-pack of Poleeko Gold Pale Ale for a beer tasting get together with a few buddies. We had appetizers and dinner with five different ales, mostly from brewers in the North-West US. We started with Poleeko.

Upon opening, a nice hop smell comes forth. The color and smell match the light to medium color with light citrus overtones. This beer has a nice full aromatic head on it, perhaps just a little too carbonated and foamy for some tastes.

The scent of this ale matches the initial taste - green hops, dry grain, very light citrus and very slight fruit hints coming through as it rolls to the back of the tongue. Then something not so pleasant comes forth in the finish, a strong steel/metal flavor. The steel/metal flavor lingers on for a long unrewarding finish.

When first drinking this with my buddies, I kept my impressions to myself so that I could hear what everyone else thought as they were drinking it. It was unanimous, the group all came to the same conclusion about the finish and aftertaste. Everyone liked the initial flavor and body, but disliked the finish of this beer.

Through the evening we moved on through the other four beers with our meal and on my suggestion, we opened up another few bottles of the Poleeko, just to see if our impressions were the same. Yep, a lot of promise with a let-down for a long metallic finish.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a golden orange color, the head was decent and left some scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had some pilsner like aromas going on, kind of made me a disappointed. The flavor is slightly hoppy, some grassy flavors in there too. The mouthfeel was pretty light and drinakble. Overall I can see others enjoying this beer quite a bit but for me it just wasn't my thing.

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Photo of Naes
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a dark golden colored ale with a small white head that retains and laces well.
The aroma is of mild hops and not much else.
The flavor is grainy and has a malt base with mild bitterness near the finish.
Mouth feel is on the light side and is a bit low on the carbonation.

This one is just a little too malty for an APA in my opinion.

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Photo of Chinakalva
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Looks solid Gold with nice activity and a thin white head that dissipated fast.

The nose has a sweet and sour effect.

A slightly bitter hop effect that turns tart/sour, no "sweet" malt is present here. There's a seemingly unpleasant overall taste.

Feels crisp and has a good bite.

This one is easy drink, but flavor issues keeps me from having another. It's a strange, "chemy" sourish hit that seems a bit off.
I don't think freshness is an issue here.

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Photo of chadski
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Flat poor with no head and very little lacing. Crisp finish is the best attribute.

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Photo of stevoj
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange and banana mixtu with very little bubbling, no lacing, and very scant head. The aroma is a little tart with some very mild hops and even lighter malts. The taste is even more tart. Very light biscuits and some citrusy hints make this APA just ok. The mouthfeel is very quick and tart with some citrus notes. Probably wont buy again.

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