Poleeko Pale Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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553 Ratings
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 albern
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a pleasant surprise. I'm not all that convinced it is a Pacific Northwest style pale, but so be it. The beer pours a nice slighly cloudy orange amber with a nice white frothy head with a good retention and plenty of lacing. The aroma is very nice in that you'll get a nice blast of floral hop and buscuity malts. The beer is light to medium bodied, some carbonation, and a nice imparting of dryness towards the finish. The taste is predominately grapefruity tart hop, perhaps some tea like hop too, nice buscuity malts with a nice creamy mouthfeel. I only wish there were a slightly heavier and creamier quality to this beer and then it would have really been outstanding. There is also a tad bit of butteryness to this beer in the mouthfeel that I particularly like. The beer hits all the right notes, and the grapefruit tartness does not linger longer than in should into the aftertaste. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Offa
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a basic, but fairly good, drinkable light American ale.

Lightly hazy pale golden amber, it has a medium, creamy white head that slowly shrinks to a wispy top and ring, leaving decent lace.

The aroma is light, mostly pear, grapefruit, and crackers.

The taste is pleasant, easy to drink, fairly crisp, smooth, and light, but retains its taste and body until the end. The grapefruit just barely dominates the drink, with light crackers, aromatic grain, pear, and a hint of apple, with a slightly bitter, grapefruit finish followed by light grain aftertaste. It has the basic grapefruit-cracker character that I don't like much, find boring, and encounter all too often, but it has enough other stuff going on, plus a good blanace and enough body, that this makes up for it somewhat.

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. No freshness date.

Poured a hazy, golden color, with an inch of white foam that dropped fairly quickly.

A fairly subdued nose, featuring mild floral hops and a biscuity maltiness. As others have noted, this has a more English pale ale scent to it.

The flavor was mild like the nose. The malts stand out more than the restrained hoppiness, but not to a greater degree.

The body straddles the area between light and medium. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, but not very memorable. Could make a decent bbq/lawnmower beer, but that's an overcrowded field already.

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Photo of lvbs
1.8/5  rDev -52.8%
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 gpogo
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy gold with off-white head that has a very nice head retention. Leaves a nice lacing

A- Grapefruit citrus hops

T- I can really taste malt, specifically the biscuit malt. Seems more like an English Pale Ale than a hoppy APA.

M- Medium body moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D- Very refreshing pale ale. Wasn't a hop bomb and seems more like an English Pale Ale than an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of largadeer
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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 dsa7783
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison for $1.99...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, murky, light-copper, amber, golden appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated and left hardly any lacing at all...
Grainy, wheat, and corn-filled aroma with fresh florals in the mix...
Fresh, clean, taste, bursting with an attractive, have-another type of flavor with citrus and floral notes evident... Slight caramel along with vanilla also noticeable on the tongue...
Good mouthfeel and an equally decent level of drinkability make this another winner from Anderson Valley...
Good stuff...

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper-gold color. Frothy, creamy, & thick white head has good retention and laces the glass.

Smell: Has some sweeter citrus and floral aromas. Not too sweet; seems balanced.

Taste: Really enjoyable and refreshing taste. Great florals, malts, hoppy citrus. Nicely balanced too. Perfect degree of bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost creamy, but with a bit of grainyness towards the finish. Light- to medium-bodied with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Perfect ABV goes along with great flavor.

A really enjoyable pale ale -- it's very refreshing and drinkable. They did a great job at making a solid beer with it's own unique taste but without making it extreme.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, golden-yellow color with a huge, creamy looking head. Leaves huge webs of lacing as you work your way down the glass. The smell is all west coast, floral hops that you could sniff all day! The taste really isn't as hoppy as I was expecting from the nose, excellently balanced with a biscuity, lightly toasted maltyness. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation and fairly dry finish. Drinks like a light beer, but tastes much better. I think this is my favorite AV brew that I've had yet.

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Photo of charlzm
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 10/18/07. Pours a clear, pale gold. Head is white and made up of fine white bubbles. Fades rapidly to a ring around the edges and a thin skin on the center.

Sweet citrus hops in the nose with a hint of malt and resin underneath. Thin but smooth, it slides into the mouth easily. Maltier than I expected, almost like a red or amber ale, with sweet honey notes. Astringent with mild bitterness as it goes down, the aftertaste lives on in a tingly patch in the center of the tongue. Very mild grapefruit hop note lingers as well.

After beer warms, I would be fooled if someone handed me a glass of this and said it was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I might not buy another bottle, but it's a fine drinking beer.

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Photo of tapman
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden apricot in body, an eggshell, 1.5 finger head is foamy and retains for a good while per the style. A little unfiltered looking. It's clear and see through, yet there is a very slight haze which makes me feel pretty good. This is perhaps the golden ale I've seen that actually resembles more of a golden color than yellow/orange corn. Could be a little more unfiltered for me.

Woo, smells like a I just opened a jar of honey. Hops smell a little tangy, but are overpowered by the honey scent. A little disappointing. Malts are biscuit, caramel, and also very sweet. I would have liked a lot more hops.

Ah, here are the hops. Grassy, tart, and bitter, that's more like it. Still very sweet, hops are not that balanced with the honey. Malts are the strongest in the aftertaste, and are thin and biscuity.

I know, but its a Pale...how is the mouth supposed to be better. Its refreshing, yet has a decent consistency so it's not watery at all. Perfect for a summer day while still feeling like a good brew. So there.

Not my idea of a great pale, too sweet for my taste, especially if it gets a little warm. Then it's like liquid honey. Wouldn't turn one down, though.

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Photo of JDV
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clearish honey gold pour to it, with a medium white head. Smell is of fruity hops, with a sweet piney touch to it as well. Smell turns somewhat towards honey soaked graininess as it warms. Taste included a nice amount of sweetness initially with a perfectly carbonated good crisp bit to it. Refreshing, and has a good sweet backing with a perfect amount of hops in the finish for a pale, I think. Definitely better than average, but not the most robust flavor. Still, quite better than average for the style, and one I wish were available locally.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a orange-gold color with a nice whitehead. Smelled of some nice malt, hops and some citrus. The taste was floral, citrus and slightly hoppy, not bitter but very dry and smooth. Finishes great!! Good Pale and I would drink again for sure. ANother solid beer from Anderson Valley.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
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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Photo of Murchmac
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

California dreamin, on such a winters day. Makes me pour out a Poleeko Gold Pale Ale. Named after a town near boontville this beer is a destination.

When you arrive at this golden pale ale that pours a one finger head with lacing like a four post bed, you want to mine it for all it's worth.

Smells like a snickers bar with oranges, minus the chocolate. Caramel gold, citrus notes. Smells really good.

Tastes like a preacher that likes the cold. Warming hops, sweet fruit (apricot), bitterness, some cut grass miller taste, but still worth the effort.

If I didnt tell this beer, I could drink it today. California dreaming.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber/brown with a good amount of off white head. Nose is orange piney hops. Flavor is a kind of odd mix of bitter, orange-ish citrus, and hops. I can't say it seems really balanced. Full bodied, sure. But balanced? No. Too much bite. Feel is kind of thick and doughy. Nice enough carbonation. Overall, the odd flavor profile here kind of drops the drinkability in my opinion. I mean, hey, there's no balance here where there should be. Ya know? Just seems to be lacking.

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Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy dark straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light grassy hop coupled with a solid yet soft grainy malt.

The taste was very well balanced with an earthy and slightly orangey hop. The malt profile was toward the lighter side with a clean sweetness. Good doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit lighter for the style, but well carbonated.

Overall a tasty and extremely drinkable APA. I have literally finished it in the time it took (with one finger) to write this review. Thanks to Wasatch for this treat.

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Photo of srandycarter
2.78/5  rDev -27%
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 JohnGalt1
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop... for about $1.55... poured into my red wine glass... listening to the Boise RIS Party mix.. MIA "Paper Planes".

3/4" eggshell sitting atop an only slightly chill hazed orange brew... lacing that coats then entire glass from start to finish.

This is the nose I've been waiting for all night tonight... American Pale Ale... Great citrus/fruity/floral hops... smells very nice. Lite malt enough to make sure I am enjoying an APA.

Flavor is ALL AMERICAN! Finally tonight, I get a real West Coast APA. Bracing bitterness on the big end that covers the malts every step of the way. Pineapple and pine hop flavors are abundant... American pale malts cover the flavor enough to make me want another sip. Malts are toasted sugar followed by lemon zest. Bready as it warms up but more complex hop aromas raise their heads... I don't know why I saved this beer for the last... but I am glad I did... smooth....

Anderson Valley is a great brewery... a great WEST COAST brewery that is still approachable for the not so sure Micro drinker. Most beers are drinkable and then some... just very good... very very good. Looking at old notes, I've enjoyed this beer with everything from hummus, bruschetta, pot roast, to Thai curry. Cheers.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Average clean, copper color with some slow moving bubbles. Head is low an fine, simple off white color.

S: Really minor grapefruit, lemon and wheat. Not a lot going on.

T: Starts off mildly fruity with notes of pear, yellow apple and honey. Little bit of graininess come next with an unattractive soapiness latching on. Finishes dry and mineraly with subtle citrus prickling the tongue.

M: Medium body, soft and smooth.

D: Not bad, goes well with food. Nothing special though.

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Photo of fitzy84
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured out with a light, murky gold appearance that was quite tantalizing. Its aromas of a tangy-citrus smell were also attractive to the senses. With its almost grapefruit/oak-like taste and a good balance of hops, this definitely became a favorite of the evening. There was a great carbonation to it, as well, making it deliciously refreshing. Overall, this was a darn good pale ale from Anderson Valley.

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Photo of Lambstrong
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is light golden in color with a white creamy head. Very good head retention. There is a slight hop presence in the aroma and one can smell the malts. I was really impressed with the well balanced hop to malt flavor. Great mouthfeel with a dry finish.

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Photo of praufs01
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance –Cloudy amber color with a creamy head and decent lacing.

Aroma – Piney citrus hop smell.

Palate – Light carbonation, very smooth.

Flavor –Light orange taste moving to a nice grapefruit hop finish.

Final thoughts – Very clean and refreshing that makes a great session beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden with a thin bubbly head that becomes patchy.

The smell is citric with biscuity maltiness. Robust.

The taste follows the nose very well. It is citric with some resiny pine that is appropriately balanced by biscuity, sweet malt flavors. A balanced, bittersweet flavor lasts well into the finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation, this one is a very "sessionable" pale ale. Certainly American/West Coast in style, this one stands out in its style category!

Thanks to Wasatch for including this one in our trade!

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Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass, after drinking straight from the bottle first and not being overly impressed.

A: Golden, honey colored, with a slightly off-white, fluffy head. Head was about an inch and a half. Fair amount of lacing, which stuck around and didn't slide down the sides.
S: Very fresh smell to the hops, almost a citrusy aroma.
T: Hops upfront, then a slight bit of malt, with a fairly mild hop finish. This pale comes across less hoppy than others, but fresher tasting and smelling than most.
M: Light mouthfeel, but slightly heavier than a typical pale.
D: 4.5 Here's why:
1) Less hoppy/a little more malty than most pale ales=better balance.
2) Still has a light mouthfeel, which makes it go down easy.

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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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