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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.

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Reviews: 325 | Ratings: 552
Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The objective in crafting this beer was obviously to create a smooth and drinkable pale ale and Anderson Valley has done a masterful job. Very clean and fresh with light whole-grain bread flavors in the malt and well balanced west coast hops. Finishes quite clean. This is one of those beers that seems to evaporate out of the glass, and I had to make an effort to slow down and enjoy the beer. Would be an excellent pale ale to go with a meal, or as a session ale.

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

Pours a clear gold, with a beautiful light, fluffy head. Ample carbonation is provided and this brew has a wonderful cling down the side of the glass.

The initial smell is of a fruits, malt, and bread. This is followed by a nice note of grassy hops. The flavor is fairly represented by the smell, tasting of malt and honey with a subtle grapefruit bite. The hops bitterness is present and it finishes in a clean fashion. The mouthfeel is of a smooth richness, not too heavy, not too light.

Would be a wonderful compliment for marinated chicken.

Another good offering from the folks at Anderson Valley.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber, it's a nice gold with a fat white head that lingers. Hops dominate the smell with a bit of malt sweetness backing them up. The taste is also high in hops, but a nice sweetness works its way through after a few drinks. This one really grew on me, despite initial doubts after the first sips. This beer went down very well poolside on a hot July day.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
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 Mitchster
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light copper to orange in color, forming a very light beige head with excellent retention and great lacing. Aroma is of slightly skunked, green oily hops with deisel gas and burnt rubber, toasted pale and munich malts. Mouthfeel is moderately dry with a light to medium body and moderately-strong carbonation. Taste begins with potent, harsh herbal flavor hops, astringent isopropyl alcohol, followed by rather weak and lifeless pale malts, and a nice dry toastiness towards the somewhat dry and thin bitter finish. Great looking brew, but just too herbal and harsh, making it a little difficult to finish the 22oz. bomber.

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

My quest for the ultimate Pale Ale proceeded with this beer. Cloudy golden yellow, crisp pale taste, this beer is quite refreshing. A little bitter, but hey, isn't that the way we like them? Overall a clean beer, but not "Best in Class".

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, small head, hoppy aroma. A crisp tasting, somewhat bitter American Pale Ale. There is a touch of sweetness that balances the hop bitterness. Good hop/malt balance. Somewhat dry and slightly hoppy. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden/orange body. Fine carbonation. Fluffy three-finger-plus white head rises above the glass. Nice lacing. Very fruity nose: oranges, lemons, hint of apple. Taking a hefty swallow, the malt rides up the middle of the tongue, surrounded by flanks of hops. Some grapefruit joins the other fruits at this time. Finishes dry with a little lingering hop tingle. Exceptionally drinkable. A very well done brew.

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Photo of bditty187
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, honey-tawny in hue. There smallish white head, fair retention, little lace of note. Absolutely lovely nose, fresh, raw citrus hops dominate, some floral hops for support, distant hint of malt. Absolutely lovely palate, familiar Pale Ale characteristics… only better. Nicely bitter, acidic-citrus… moderate floral persuade, perfect dry finish… tasty oily hops… subtle malt influence. Overall the taste is straightforward, perfectly drinkable, and appetizing. Medium-light body, ideal for mass consumption. Exceptionally enjoyable and delicious, an awesome beer… I want more!

Yet another beer I wish I could buy in Nebraska, purchased in Iowa City.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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 GeoffRizzo
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden, borderline orange with a medium, patchy, white head. Aroma of hops, a bit of citrus, dominated by orange peel is quite pleasant. Initial taste of hops, but not overpowering is evident, seems to be a medium bodied pale ale, balanced quite well. The finish is a little bitter with the ever so slight malt taste dominating the ending. An awesome PA, could knock down many of these!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bubbly white head, fresh, and sparkling. Pale gold to orange in color. Aroma is fresh and sea-foaming, with loads of fruit, citrus. peach, apricot. Nice hops, adequate bitterness. Easily quaffable, a tasty and fully satisfactory session beer. Long finish, full of life and spark. I'll gladly turn to this one again and again!

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Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Riggo
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like several other beers that I've tried from Anderson Valley, the Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is definitely a beer for hopheads, though not of the hops-through-the-roof variety.

Pours a clear golden-honey color with a beautiful thick head that seemed to come screaming out of the bottle. So much so that I had to back of the pour for a second. A nice nose of leafy, minty, floral hops. On palate, an immediate crisp, sharp and spicy hop bite dances on the tongue. A high carbonation quality seemed too high for my tastes and distracted from the brew. The flavor profile includes notes of wheat, pineapple, and leafy hops. The wheat and pineapple elements reminded me of Sierra Wheat but the excellent balance of that brew outshines this one. I'm not averse to hoppy, dry beers (Sierra Nevada, Victory Prima Pils) but the forwardness of the astringency in this one combined with the carbonation factor seemed a little off-putting. Having said that, this is a pretty quaffable beer and clearly another high-level brew from a great brewery.

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

Nice pale- straw color with white head. You get a whiff of hops and some other grassy aromas as well. This beer is all about taste. It's almost like an IPA- an increadible amount of hops are present I think. There is a little more maltiness toward the end of the glass that distinguishes this from an IPA. Not that I mind since I love hops. I was just a little surprised. Goes well with spicey foods.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was told, as a Limey of 1 years standing in the USA who constantly bemoaned his predilection for golden hoppy beers, that this is a good APA and what I was looking for. So I got some - to finish with tonight. Man, I wish I had started with it. What an Excellent well-balanced Beer. Pours with a nice deep lacey head, very clear golden straw color, with an ever so slight milky hazy look. Shit loads of freshly-cut floral hoppy aromas in the nose, I just have to keep sticking my nose in this beer - marvellous. Very Hoppy start, lasting bitterness, but well-balanced with astringenty, and a slight sweetness towards the end for me. Smart Beer, and one I find very drinkable. More will be purchased imminently.

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Photo of doerickson
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with nice clarity; fine white head that accompanies the beer on the way down the glass. Nose is full of citric, floral, and almost soapy hops. Crisp carbonation. Very representative of the western APA style, with a strong hop presence and some maltiness for some semblance of balance, moreso as the beer warms. One of the better American Pale Ales to be had.

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

Poleeko Gold: I did not like the first Anderson product I tried (Belk’s?), but this one really turned it around. Gold/amber color, nice off white head that stuck around, and left an impressive case of Belgian lace. Very powerful taste, initial blast of malt sweetness, balanced with a bite of crisp hops. Clean, dry finish. Very nice, very easy to drink, and very flavorful.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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 oberon
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
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 Todd
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Jason
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Viking
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Nice golden-amber color with a thick rocky head. Floral hop aroma and bitter hop taste. Finishes with a metallic tang that soon fades from the palate. Not as hoppy as I expected, but certainly a good beer.

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Photo of Murph
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even better than I expected. I had heard good things about this brewery and it proved true with this beer at least. Poured a beautiful pale golden color with a great head that stayed all the way down to the bottom. Floral hop aroma. Tangy and bitter hop flavor right off the bat. Not much malt going on. Clean, crisp and surprisingly smooth in the mouth. Highly drinkable. This is a real good beer. Built in the left coast style.

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Photo of Mark
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
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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