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Poleeko Pale Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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3.78/5
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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:
#18,111
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
556
pDev:
12.7%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
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Ratings: 556 |  Reviews: 326
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This came in a 22 oz bottle bought at Bevmo. It poured a nice clear golden color, somewhere in the middle of the pale ale color range. It had a decent 2 finger head that faded over the course of a minute or two. There were some moderate hop smells coming out without a trace of any malt. The taste was also dominated by the hops. That is not to say that any part of this beer was too hoppy, just that the malt did very little for this beer aside from color and alcohol content. In any case, the taste is refreshing and quite crisp with a thin body. Very drinkable but not overly impressive. Good summer time beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some bits of lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some hints of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of floral hops and has some hints of honey and citrus. It has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly, clean crisp and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very unique beer that seems like a hybrid between an APA and a blonde ale, but in a good way. It is extremely drinkable and packed with an interesting blend of hops.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Second drinking at USBTC Tasting at Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati. This beer was described as a winner of the Golden ale / Kolsch catagory, although labled as a Pale Ale. It does fall short of Pale Ale in the body and malt character/sweetness. But it cleans up nicely in the body and finish. Very drinkable and extra pale. Quite dry and lightly grainy. Hops remain lightly citrusy. Good beer.

A very solid brew for any occation at any time. A basic copper color, white head that faded and laced well. Smells hoppy: other tones of floral and citrus. Moderately sweet malt extends from the nose to the flavor. Obvious flavors from late addition of chico hops and other American variety. Flavors of grapefruit, oranges, pears and a mild cider flavor decorate the lightly malt body. A tad spicy from complex hopping adds to the complexity and bittering into the aftertaste. Lingers bitter and slightly sweet. Might finish a bit water, metalic, and harsh from hops and grain. A crisp and refreshing beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Apparently, 'Poleeko', in Boontling, just refers to the town of Philo, California. Meh.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of aggressively foamy, puffy, and somewhat rocky eggshell white head, which leaves some decent broken spider web lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of existence.

It smells of biscuity, grainy pale malt, lemon, orange and sweet Texas grapefruit, a slight field honey sweetness, some mild leafy herbs, and a strong grassy hoppiness. The taste is bready, almost pastry-like grainy malt, orange cream, lemon/honey dressing, and a complex grassy, herbal, and leafy hop bitterness.

The carbonation swirls about to a certain extent, but is generally unobtrusive, the body a sugary medium weight, and fairly smooth by the same measure. It finishes well off-dry, the honey, pale malt, and fruitiness blending splendidly with the biscuit and latent hop edginess.

Now this, this is an APA - hoppy, you bet your ass - but incredibly well complemented by a robust maltiness. Lots going on, and it all works - boy could I go for another one of these at the moment.

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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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an impressive head that leaves strands of lacing behind

Smell: Piney hops aroma with a fair bit of biscuity malt underneath

Taste: Starts out with a sweet, soft biscuity malt flavor which manages to linger throughout despite an assault from the hops that occurs mid-palate; the sweet malt adds a really nice touch to the citrusy/piney hops flavor that persists into the finish in a well-balanced fashion; a bit of the yeast comes through as well and adds a nice flavor, too

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice west coast APA; would find a place in my regular rotation if I ever created one

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep yellow color ale with a huge bubbly white head with better then average retention. Aroma of grassy floral hops is clearly detectable and really enjoyable. Taste is incredibly grassy with nice floral undertone and a medium bitter finish. I thought this was a well balance mix between the grassy, sweet malt and light bitter finish. Definitely something I would track down again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a foamy, tan, three-finger head. Even the second pour brought a big head. It left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, grasses and floral notes. There was a slight burnt toast aroma, too.

T - It tasted very grassy with a sharp hop bitterness. It had a crisp roasted malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very solid APA. pretty easy drinking and flavorful.

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Photo of largadeer
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold with a thick frothy head that lasts and lasts.

Smell: Biscuity malts and floral hops. Metallic undertones bring to mind hard water.

Taste: Floral hops, bittersweet grapefruit and cereal grains. On the hoppy side for the style but nicely balanced by a dry and crisp malt flavor. Assertive hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and semi-dry.

Drinkability: A good session brew, but certainly not my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with deep amber highlights and a dense 1/4" head that falls quickly to 1/8", then to 1/16" but holds! The aroma is quite floral (Goldings?), citrusy (Cascade?) with a light malt backing. The body is medium with a good mouthfeel.
The flavor starts with a touch of light sweet malt on the tip of the tongue - somewhat fruity - followed by hops supported upon a clean, basic maltiness with a touch of biscuit-like width, and then finishing with more hops - a long, dry, bitter and herbal finish. But extremely well balanced! Clean, crisp and surprisingly smooth in the mouth. I'm guessing there may be some Fuggles in here as well, as there's a touch of a "mettallic" note at the end. A really amazing beer considering how light it actually is... where not talking I.P.A. here! Extremely complex yet simple. Clean and continually enjoyable. Not so much a solid punch to the gut, more of a swift hit to the face. And here's the best part, probably not their best beer!

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a white fizzy fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, hazy honey orange color.

Nose brings nice grassy noble hops, with a little spicy American touch to them, a bit floral, very touch fruity notes, faint malt base.

Taste starts with juicy malts out front, not a lot just enough for a nice base, followed quickly by grassy spicy hops, a bit earthy and leafy and even floral, again a mix of noble and American it seems, with a touch of fruity notes and very light citrus rind. Finish dries off as the juicy malt fades, gets pretty bitter but not a ton, with more lingering grassy leafy hops, that bring a bit more citrus peel notes and floral characters.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, about what a typical APA should be, nice base malt balanced with good fresh hops, nice noble American blend, good bitter lingering finish, sessionable and tasty. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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 Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light gold color with a white head. Nose brings forward some citrus and floral his along with some bready malt. Taste brigs on some bitterness at a pretty high rate for the style. Feel is nice with good bitterness and carbonation. Drinks quite well and is one of my favorites from them.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with several foamy fingers of poofy bright-white head. The retention consists of a rock solid dollop of froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma is floral and spicy, with notes of fruity citrus rind, and a silky layer of toasted sweetness underneath.

The taste is bit more mellow with the bitterness. Spice and bitter rinds lightly prickles the tongue, while some sweeter citrus and toasted malts offer up a touch of balance. Spice and dryness lingers on the lips. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied (I was surprised to find that this was over 5%), with a super easy, creamy, and smooth feel to it. Maybe a little too easy in spots, with it bordering on watery at times.

This was a bit too average at times for my taste, with the body in particular not giving up a whole lot. Still some easy drinking stuff though and I dig that the fact that Anderson Valley is getting down with the whole can phenomenon.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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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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