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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Photo of joshrosborne
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a can to a pint glass.

Appearance: A very pale golden color, head is very light and disappears quickly. Very translucent, can almost see through the glass.

Smell: Citrus-y hop presence.

Taste: The hops are strong up front with a citrusy balanced finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and effervescent. Very light-bodied.

Drinkability: Could easily make a night out of a 6-pack of these. Great taste with a moderate ABV; possibly a session brew.

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Photo of illidurit
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Strangely this beer is gold, with a fluffy white head. Aroma is rather grainy and uninspired, almost adjunct lager-esque. Flavor is much better, with an early piney hop bite that fades towards a dry bitterness atop a no-frills pale malt base. The malt is perfect for a pale ale -- crisp, clean, unsweet -- but the hops, while pleasant, are lacking in depth. Essentially a SNPA clone, but a little better.

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Photo of bingraham6
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden, straw color with a moderate head in my imperial pint glass. Immediately the piney scent reaches the nostrils.

On the nose, this beer has a great complexity. Hints of subtle sage, juniper, and reminds me of the sweetness of fresh lavender. The hops sort of step to the side in the aroma of this beer to really let the floral boutique just bloom.

The taste reminds you immediately that you are drinking a pale ale, not too dry, just that nice hops, lemony zesty taste you expect from a pale ale. But I will say, the aroma of this beer is almost as wonderful as the taste, funtunately I am blessed to experience both! Overal 9/ 10

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Photo of aepb1
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Straw yellow translucent body with a bit foamy white head

S- Citrusy hops, hay

T- Cirtusy hops bite up front, some bready malts and finishes crisp

M- Light-bodied, clean, crisp, good carbonation

D- Very easy to drink, easy to have more than one and memorable enough to return to

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

This is my first beer review so I'll be brief. I haven't had a lot of Pale Ale's before, and this is better than the average in that category

Appearance: The Beer is slightly lighter than amber .It's solid in tone and very nice to look at. There is a good medium bodied head and it lasts for a short time. The beer is filtered and very clear.

Smell: Malts: Sweet malty finish. Hops: Robust and floral.

Taste: Good very balanced taste. It has a great transition from the bitterness of the hops. The Ale is very clean. It's Very good in the category of Pale Ales.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouth-feel. It's Smooth and not overly carbonated. It retains its character for a while.

Drinkability: This was a nice relaxing drink. It was tasteful the whole way through. I'd uncap another one.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy Pale Yellow Orange color. Relatively thick 1/4" head. Large bubbly ring around edge of glass. Light malt character, almost wheaty. Light citrus in aroma, almost a gummy bear aroma. Not a ton of hop in aroma, slight grassy and pinyness to aroma. Same grassy and piny flavors in flavor and very evident in mouthfeel. Very light and crisp mouthfeel. Dry grassy clean finish. Moderate to high carbonation. Light sweetness in beginning, big orange peel in middle, citrus in end, almost a little bit of banana in end, very very faint though, like the peel. Refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of Shrews629
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw colored beer that's slightly hazy.Nice carbo's with a average size head.

malty aroma with herbal hops.
Dry malt taste with a low hop presence.
Smooth and balanced.
Drinkability is high for you can drink well over a nightly session with this brew.
Drink well my friends

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

Anderson Valley Brewing Co. has gone right to the can, literally. Two in the can now, more soon, hopefully. Long live the craft can!

Nope, not drinking this one out of the can. Thick crowning of lace as the head subsides; deep golden color shows off its clarity. Aroma of fresh-cut hay and orange zest from the malt and hops respectively. Some smoothness yields to the medium body, a little slick as well. It has those West Coast moves of a very clean palate, hop bitterness on the up and up, with a citric flare and a light biscuity malt that provides a solid base. Ends on a nutty, earthy, grassy malt note, with a thick lather of citric flavor from the hops.

This is a good utility beer. It works as a session ale, with enough hops to quell a hop- head's desire for at least a round.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 jpro
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Sam's in Durham, as this one isn't available yet in the Palmetto State. Poured from the bottle into a standard shaker pint...

A: This pale ale pours a dusty straw color, with a massive white head that leaves sheets of sticky lace as it recedes down to a half-finger of white foam; excellent retention on this one.

S: Some sweet bready malts, caramel, floral hops and lemon flesh.

T: Sweet caramel malts and zesty citrus hop profile; a little bit of biscuit in there, too; maybe a touch of pine towards the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Nothing too crazy going on here.

D: A unique pale ale that is very drinkable... definitely not what I was expecting, but I like it.

A flavorful and surprisingly different pale ale that's refreshing, has a little bit of complexity and finishes clean.

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Photo of claybeer
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley Pale Ale has a straw, hay like color. It is very clear with a big white head that has stayed two fingers thick for more than two minutes. NICE! The nose has a lot of citrus and a lemon grass smell. All the citrus jumps on the tongue on the first sip and then is followed up with pine, an odd grass and floral notes that kind of hang out for a just a little while. It is weird how the beer fills your mouth with such lingering notes but once you drink it goes away and is very inviting to have another sip. This beer is odd for a pale ale but very drinkable. It is a different style of pale then I expected. If I was in the mood for a pale ale I'm not sure I would reach for this one but it is very good.

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Photo of adam42381
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden amber with a foamy 2-3 finger white head. Nice head retention. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt and sweet floral hops.

Taste: Much like the aroma, caramel malt is dominant up front followed by sweet citrus in the middle and bitter lemon zest and grapefruit at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could knock back several of these with no problem. Perfect summer beer.

Overall: Very solid pale ale. I thoroughly enjoyed this. The unique balance of hops and malt make this a great beer. Highly recommend trying this one.

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Photo of sliverX
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prototypical pale ale can't comment on the look or pour as I'm sitting around a fire drinking from the can slightly pine and citrusy hope feel perfectly balanced with a nice biscuit undertone this one is definitely cooler worthy thanks to woody ...

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is malty and not strong, but still invites a taste. Pours a clear orange-amber with a typical white head. Flavor is crisp and malty, more like a lager than an ale, with a nice bitter hoppy undertone. Texture is smooth and just a little fizzy. Overall, not great, but worthy of at least a try.

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Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a hint of orange. Medium white head. Smells of freshly squeezed lemon and sourdough bread. Taste is light sweetness up front, followed by a big grapefruit rind presence, and a earthy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, low carbonation. Drinkability is good, a nice beer, simple and flavorful.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Slightly hazy gold/yellow color with a 2-finger head, retention is pretty good. It's got lite-moderate carbonation, it left a nice incomplete ring & splashy lace around the glass. Very nice appearance.

S - A very refreshing aroma of grapefruit & orange fruits, mild pine & floral notes in there. Soft grainy malts & honey underneath the fresh hop aroma.

T - Dry bitter hops upfront & throughout, a bit of semi bright citrus fruits like orange & grapefruit peek out through the dry, bitter floral hops. It finishes with mild husk & grain flavors with that dry bitter, floral hop lingering just a bit.

M - Soft-moderate crispness & an extremely smooth feel. Medium bodied.

D - Wow I haven't had an outstanding APA like this one in a long while. I loved the hop combination they used in this one, so damn refreshing & drinkable! I'd love to quaff a 6-pack of this on a warm day, or any day really. An outstanding brew that I would definitely buy again. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
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.

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

Reviewed from notes.

A: Over one finger off-white froth. The body is a hazy dark orange, and there are plenty of yeast chunks.
S: Hops are first to hit my nostrils. Orange citrus and a toasted doughy biscuit to balance.
T: Definitely get the same on the palate as I do from aromas. Nice balance between the hops and malts, with the latter slightly dominating. Lots of zesty bitters lingering.
M: Mouthfeel is medium body with high carbonation. A little too high, but I'm enjoying the lingering bitterness.
D: I first had this on tap at the brewery and was really looking forward to the canned version. More beers in cans, please! Keep it up, ABVC. You'll always be a favorite.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange with a decent off-white frothy head. The head disappears to a skim but somehow leaves gobs of foam on the sides of the glass. If the color of this was better, I'd kick this up another rating level.

Wild scents. Citric hops, but a good whiff of peach-like scents. Some malt and grain, but it is really the other 2.

Hop forward, with some malt sweetness -- wait, get out of here-- the hops have arrived and kick everything else to the curb. Some grain and husk get thru, but this seems really dry and bitter. Hops finish with aspirin-like bitterness.

Good body and appropriate carbonation. Not too dense or cloying.

Good solid brew, but really too hop heavy to make you wish for another. The brew is clean and rich in flavor, but only certain flavors. Good beer, by far, but not the best from these guys. Still, worth the try.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color with a frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of sugary pale malt and citrus hops.

Tastes of the sugary malts with citrus hops in the background. Malts have some biscuity notes as well which gives a sugar cookie feel. Hops give lemon zest and some grapefruit notes. Bitterness and sweetness are well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: From a 12 oz. can into a nonic.

A- Slightly hazy gold. Pours with ~1 1/2 fingers of off-white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving fair amount of lacing as consumed.

S- A sweet, fruitiness dominates. Pleasant, but very simple and faint.

T- Floral, tea-flavored hoppiness provides a solid yet smooth bitterness. Some light fruity sweetness gives a bit of counter punch.

M- Fairly crisp, with moderately high carbonation and a medium-light feel. Goes down smooth.

D- Very good. Pleasant across the board, moderately low ABV, and easy drinking....highly sessionable brew.

Future outlook: Picked up in Seattle....not sure if this gets here in cans....no matter. This was a nice drink, but not one to seek out for a repeat.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice, heavily carbonated gold with a nice thick head. The head leaves real nice rings of lacing. The smell is floral with a bit of butter or biscuit. A tiny bit of lemony citrus floats in the background. The citrus seems to hit first on the taste but is quickly replaced by something a little dusty and metallic. Not sure how I felt about this beer. I have the rest of a six pack to figure it out though. Don't think I'd really get it again. I enjoy a few of Anderson Valley's other beers but was a little disappointed with this one.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours pale gold in color, leaving just a half ounce in the bottle leaves the glass pretty clear. White head lasts well and the lacing is freaking fantastic.

Aroma seems extremely floral, perhaps a bit fruity. Pale malt; no sense of caramel here. I am actually getting a bit of similarity to a well-hopped German Pils. I am not getting a bit of citrus here.

Again, pale malt abounds. Surprising bitterness for 28 IBU. More floral, perhaps a bit more fruit than in the aroma. Citrus - meh, I guess I could call a bit of the finish that, but I'd call it something else. I'd be very interested in knowing the hops/schedule for this beer so I can recreate it myself!

Lighter in body, goes down extremely easy. A definite departure from standard cascade-hopped west coast pale ales in other respects, it loses none of the insane drinkability of the best of the style.
Two thumbs up, but then I never expected anything else from this excellent brewery.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber in an oversized wine glass.

The beer was a beautiful yellow orange which faded into a nice copper hue. Light tan headed faded slightly from 1" to 1/2" after a minute or so.

Taste was clean, malty, citrusy hops, with slightly hopped finish.

Mouthfeel was medium, nothing to intense but a nice thickness over all.

Although a very solid beer, I found it to be slightly over-hopped (granted this is what they were going for) but it wasn't the session beer that I was hoping for.

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Poleeko Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 553 ratings.
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