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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2002

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Ratings: 556 |  Reviews: 326
Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops up front with a good sweet malt background. The blend is well done, so that the hops are not overpowering, but still full on the palate. Overall, a pretty good APA.

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Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber and poured this in a big Stein Glass (from BevMo).
Pours a light gold color with a copper hue and has a solid inch of bone white head with some lacing from the pour. Definite carb action with some suspended sediment.

Has a slight caramel malt smell with some citrus esters in the background.

Has an eyewater tea flavor with a hint of caramel and a crisp grapefruit finish.

Light bodied and resinous with lively and soft carbonation.

Would diffently be a good session beer or session starter.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured the color was a pale golden yellow, that was slightly hazed. There was very little foam, but, some lace on the side of the glass.
The smell of mild hop's and herb's brought a sort of weak aroma. The taste of mild dry hops with a hint of herbs was evident. The balance of dryness and bitterness was very pleasant along with the hop and herb taste.

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Photo of colts9016
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A nice pale golden color with a one finger head. The head is a white foamy head with some lacing. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear with a slight haziness. The head has some retention to it.

Nose: A moderately strong citrus aroma, with yeast, and a subtle malt character.

Taste: A moderate amount of citrus/grapefruit, there is a kinda biscuit character. There taste a little bit of corn and floral esters.

Overall: I think that this a good pale ale but I swear there is note of uncooked corn. The mouth feel is carbonated with an astringent biting on the end. The finish is dry, and slightly grassy. The beer is slightly watery.

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Photo of olmatty
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a sudsy white four finger head and a good lacing and retention. A hazy deep golden colored beer

Smell- Initial pour produces an unpleasant chemical odor of fresh wet paint and fruity flowers. Thankfully the unpleasantness fades to something less acrid, but still not good.

Taste- Good balance of light maltiness and citrusy and bitter hops. Somewhat dry finish Quite well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied crisp and clean with a mouthcoating bitter aftertaste

Drinkability- Goes down quite easily. Smooth, refreshing and and unusually enjoyable. Excellent warm weather beer. A very light pale ale. Once past the pour smell the weird odor went away.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden with a puffy white head that goes down with some lacing.

Smell seems to be a little fruity, maybe like a wheat beer.

Taste has the same slight fruit flavor as the smell, and a little breadiness. Mouthfeel is little fuller than I expected. Drinkability is great and would make a terrific warm weather beer.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a willy

A-Light amber with a big nice head and great lace.

S-Grassy/floral hops, small notes of alcohol.

T-This is a big APA, alot of hops all the way through, very earthy and bitter extremly good for the style probably one of the best I've had.

M-Maybe a tad overcarbonated very complex with a great finish.

D-I rank this up there with SN pale which for me is saying alot SN is one of my staples.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hearty APA is the only way I can describe this one. Pours and smells like any other pale ale; coppery and caramel malt with a touch of piney hops. The taste is strongly bitter with hops, pine, and grass flavors. Mellows into a smoother malt and caramel. Probably the most bitter APA I've ever had.

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

Poured amber color with a huge creamy white head that was lasting with good lacing. Well balanced hoppy aroma. Medium body with a watery texture. Light to medium bitter hoppy flavor with a light bitter finish of short duration.

Average drinkable beer.

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Photo of abrand
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

This beer pours a very hazy orange color. Fairly thick white head and very good carbonation. Aroma is floral and citrus and quite pleasant. Hops are also present on the nose. Taste is very smooth and malty. The beer finishes with a slight bitter ending. Good lacing along glass while drinking. Mouthfeel is fairly thin but overall a good, drinkable beer from one of my personal favorite breweries.

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Photo of thatothermitch
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a cognac glass.

It was clear and light pale gold in color. Medium carbonation and a surprisingly thick off-white head.

Floral and hop notes in the aroma. Dry start, then a delicious, but not overpowering hoppy bitterness and unpolluted floral and hop finish.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Poleeko Gold pale ale poured a clear orange color with a 1-2 finger foam head and tight bubble pattern with the lacing.

The aroma was bready malts with slight hop smell. The taste was super malty for what I am used to with my apa's. On the finish you got a semi bittern back end of the drink. It was too thin in the mouth for my liking. Overall I found it to be pretty average in the American Pale Ale category.

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Photo of popery
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit disappointed by this beer. I'll try to buy a bottle some time for a little comparison. It's a golden beer with a big head that dissipated. The nose is fairly average and heavier on the malt than hops. The flavor is a bit better with some subtlety but ultimately not enough going on. It's well-balanced and enjoyable, just not terribly interesting. I've been having a lot of big hoppy pale ales, and I guess it's just hard to go back to a more understated beer. If you're in the mood for something easy and drinkable, it's a fine choice.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy peach colored beer topped with a half-finger of white foam. Some nice fluffy lace sticks sporadically around the glass. Head retention is decent, as the little cap does make up for it's diminutive size with long lasting resilience.

S - Pine sap and cones. This is definitely a west coast pale ale! It's a bit underpowered IMO, but it smells pleasant enough though it's a bit lacking in complexity.

T - Tastes MUCH better than it smells! This has a lot more power than the nose suggests, and it's ripe with tart grapefruit and alpine sap. Extremely well balanced and fresh as can be....makes me want to visit the pine tree studded hills of northern California!

M - Fresh, clean, and medium bodied with a dry hoppy finish and moderate carbonation.

D - Clean and refreshing, but dense and complex enough to hold my interest. Needs more oomph in the nose department, but it tastes wonderful and goes down like nobody's bid-ness.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice 2 finger head, with positive retention and good lacing. The color is a transparent gold.

S - Somewhat hoppy nose with a few caramel malts.

T - Caramel malt and a nice honey flavor. Maybe some orange peel in there. Good floral hops.

M - A little watery and a kind of light body. Pretty clean and crisp tasting though.

D - Solid beer by these guys.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a 2 finger head.

S: Spicy with a nice sweet aroma.

T: A nice bitterness and sweetness. Very balanced, but could be a lot more hoppy. Pretty balanced flavour, with nothing really too strong.

M: Solid. Creamy.

D: Yes and really easy to drink.

EDIT: after finishing off the six pack, I found the hop flavour to be more pronounced, and the beer just all around grew on me.

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Photo of mattffrost
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into glass.

A-Beer is a hazy/unfiltered golden color. Head is whtie with some lacing.

s-Strongest smell is the hops with some citrus. I also get a bit of flower smell.

T-Very mild tasting to me. I don't get a bitter finish I was expecting. The taste is of hops, carmel, and slight citrus without a lively finish in my opinion.

M-Light to medium bodied. Very simplistic, a nice feel.

D-Simple, light, refreshing.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another yawner of a label. I swear my eyes pass over this Anderson Valley stuff on the shelves so easily. I have to be thinking about it to actually avoid ignoring it.

Light golden and a nice thick fluffy head.

Aroma is light florals and a bitter peach tea fruitiness.

Good balanced taste of hops with a light caramel malt. Hops are like the aroma, lightly floral and sweet. Not getting any of the big over the top hops that im used to here in oregon, just a nice smooth and well balanced apa with a good sweet floral hop-forward flavor.

Another great brew from AV.

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

Very nice pale ale!

Pours a golden orange, with a big, big white foam head. Smells earthy with citrus and grapefruit. Taste is very nice, tart orange, grapefruit, and a nice bitter hop twang.

One of my new fave pale ales Even has a decently thick body to it!

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Photo of EStreet20
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce "tulip" shaped pint glass.

A - Hazy pale golden color. Slightly cloudy, with about a finger of white head.

S - Earthy hops. Smells like some bitterness is on the way. Also has some citrus notes.

T - Taste leads with a nice citrusy (grapefruit) hop fading into some bitterness. Some sweet malt notes come up along with grassy, earthy tones and a little tea like character. Finishes nice and crisp.

M - Fairly light bodied. Suits this brew well.

D - A nice pale. Fairly simple and straightforward with a good taste.

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

Nice deep golden honey color. Grandeos capping of off-white foam that doesn't last, unfortunately as it looked awesome for about a minute before fading to an always presnt light skim and collar. Small sheets of dripping lacing sticks well across the glass.

Aroma is kinda light and paled too much but very interesting with a crispy yet dulled limey, piney, grapefruitified, lemon hinted resin quality thats quite nice. Too bad it didn't quite pop as much as it could. Complexingly nice, but just a bit too flat.

Same goes for the taste. It has complexity in its hoppyness but it comes across flat and quick. A little more crispness and length to its nature and this would be very impressionable on the palate and the taste buds. It has a very rounded nature to its overall taste. Beefy at the front, paled, dulled, citrusy stuff of grapefruit, lime, and lemon are quickly backed by a semi sweet caramel malt that kinda fills in but leaves in some empty areas as it finishes. Resinous notes and sweet, light honey sweetness slide in and ends soft with just a nudge of snap.

Feel is about medium. Creamy, simple, smooth, and soft with a bit of snap and crispness to it. Its a nice mix of West Coast hopped up complexity with English styled maltyness.

Drinkable by a good amount of downability. Its overall rounded tone and crisp grab and slight snap make for a nice drinkin' Pale Ale.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Orangish brown color with thick off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Mixed aroma of floral hops and sweet malt. It smells good but the aromas just dont quite lineup with each other.

T - Very sweet and earthy up front. A piney and floral hop bite comes through but is not overpowering. Finishes clean and sweet. A well balanced Pale Ale but the sweetness has a mild off taste that I cant quite place.

M/D - A little on the thin side but very crisp and properly carbonated. A very drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of their bomber into my Green Flash pint glass. Clear "honey" golden color. Very respectable lacing throughout session.

Little bit of citrus and hops on the nose. Subdued.

Continuation of the nose.. bit of hops and citrus on the mouth, but again pretty dang light. I've been drinking some pretty heavy beers lately. Seanibus mentioned that it tastes like a "robust pilsener" and I have to say that is a pretty perfect description. Or even a Light Pale Ale, should that actually exist.

Light and cripsy mouth feel.

Drinkable? I have trouble defining this. Its easy to drink.. but I prefer something with more flavor. This would perhaps be a good beer to introduce someone into craft beer without absolutely dropping a hop bomb on their palate.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Pale Ale poured from the bottle with a 2 finger creamy head. The beer was a light copper/dark gold color that did resemble honey (mentioned on the label) the head did fade rather quickly and there were small patches of lacing that remained after the beer was consumed.

Aroma was rather floral and also had some pine notes. It was very fresh and pleasing. I also sensed some toasted Malt notes hanging around as well.

The flavor was rather smooth and seemed to focus more on the citrus like hop flavor. There was some malt backbone, but this was definitely about showcasing the fresh hop flavor. Towards the end there certainly was a lingering hop finish and I was picking up some herbal notes, although I couldn't specifically identify a single herb. Crazy for me to say this as a certified hope head, but I would have like a bit more balance.

Mouth feel was rather light and slightly thin for this hoppy brew. I'd prefer a touch more body.

Beer is rather drinkable and almost session like.

Good beer, some more body and malt backbone would make it better.

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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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