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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Ratings: 553 |  Reviews: 325
Photo of orfeu
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden peach with thin white cap. Fruity aromas of apricot and lemon verbena. Peppery and bitter citrus zest of hops yield to a biscuity caramel malt middle and an earthy bitter return of hops for the finish. Medium body and smooth but lively mouthfeel. Absoultely drinkable. Very nice APA.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley's Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is a rather nice brew. It pours a golden color out of the bottle, with a nice foamy head. The smell is gentle, reflecting the nice balance of hops and malts within this beer. The taste is refreshingly NOT overly hopped. This is NOT a hopped up ale. Thank goodness. Enough with over hopping and the masking of flavor. Anderson Valley has made a nicely balanced ale, with a nice smooth taste. Search it out and enjoy!

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

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany. . . .

A: Poured a slightly cloudy golden, with a small white head that didn't stay around for long. Not much in the way of lacing, either. . . .

S: Scent leaned more towards the fruity, maybe florally kind of hops smell. . . .

Taste: nice balance between malt and hops. I thought given the color and the scent that a hoppy bitterness would prevail, but there was more balance than I expected. Finished at first with a piney, citrusy, almost metallic bitterness on the back of the tongue, but as I drank my way down the glass, even this bitterness became muted and a tad sweeter. . . .

Mouthfeel was about what I expected -- somewhat light and the carbonation was fine. . . .

As for drinkability, I would call this a good session ale, light in body but not flavorless, though not overwhelming on the hops as you find with some American Pale Ales. All in all a very good beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear deep amber color with impressive white craemy head. Extremely attractive lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is very strong on piney hops with a light malt sweetness in the background. Some citrus also present. Initial taste is formly malt with a nice strong hop bitterness coming through. A slight metallic taste presents itself at first but then subsides and finally disappears. Not very enjoyable while it lasts. Finishes with a nice dryness that is somewhat attenuated by the malt. Godd solid beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of ITK4ever
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking for something different and I saw this at Stateline. Poured a golden color with a thin white head that diminished quickly into a pint glass. Light aroma, not as strong as a usual pale ale. Lighter taste, too. Refreshing and lighter than what I usually drink, but this was ok. Just ok. It really didn't wow me the way I expected it to. I like their Hop Ottin' offering and this was actually a bit disappointing for me.

I'll try it again, but there's several others I'd hit first.

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Photo of Naes
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a dark golden colored ale with a small white head that retains and laces well.
The aroma is of mild hops and not much else.
The flavor is grainy and has a malt base with mild bitterness near the finish.
Mouth feel is on the light side and is a bit low on the carbonation.

This one is just a little too malty for an APA in my opinion.

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Photo of riversider76
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden. One finger head. Not much lacing. Smell is strong,and is of fruit and spice. Mouthfeel is medium,with just a hint of carbination. Taste is smooth. Starts with a citrus, piney taste and ends with a nice hop kick. I recommend this beer!

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw with about a one finger head.

Smell: Hops, malt sweetness, and grapefruit. Also a slight bread/yeast smell.

Taste: Starts with a piney/grapefruit taste and then moves on to malt sweetness. Ends with bread and then hops. Very balanced. Somewhat sweet but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

A good example of this style. This is my first Anderson valley beer and look forward to trying their other brews.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid lightly hazy orange color with a finger of head that slowly falls to a full coat over the brew. Nose is nice. Good caramel backbone, but not overly sweet, with beautiful lightly peppery, moderately citrusy, almost orangey American hop. The hop works really well with the malt backbone. Good harmony. Flavor is also balanced very well. Initial flavor is a spicey to peppery hop, with a light caramel and a touch of toastyness behind it. This fades to a more full caramel and light-moderate bitterness on the finish, with just a hint of orange citrus after the finish. I like it. Very clean lines and good balance. No flaws that I see. Feel is at the lighter end of moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. I am enjoying this brew a lot. Its very flavorful and good balanced. Another nice session brew.

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Photo of scottoale
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the 750ml bottle pours a light gold, somewhat cloudy pale ale with a thick three finger white head. Loads of carbonation keep the head rising for a while after which a nice lacing left after each tip of the mug.

First smell is of resiny, piney hops that fade to lightly malted, bread like yeasty aroma, very pleasant. Taste is a well balanced blend of fairly bitter hops eased by floral malted barley with a crispy light finish.

Fairly light in body, it has a smooth dry feel in the mouth. This is a very drinkable beer thats on par with it's style, but nuthin' to write home about.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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 bgraney
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale gold/honey color with a full rich head
Mild hoppy aroma, searched for more but came up empty
Tasted as one might expect based on the smell. A mild, enjoyable flavor with a surprising little tang. Second sip seemed more flavorful but I couldn't identify the flavors.
Certainly an enjoyable pale ale but I didn't experience a "wow." I gave it an extra .5 on taste because of the nice after taste.
This is one you could drink a lot of and would be good to lure someone from the macro dark side with.

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

one of 2 Anderson Valley beers on-tap at Santa Anita Park's Brewfest

Pours a straw gold with a nice head into my crappy 6 oz. plastic cup. Nice smell, floral hops with a wee bit of sweetness. Hop character is balanced with a sweet maltiness that is quite pleasant. Light and crisp, with good carbonation.

Very drinkable, I liiike.

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Photo of electrified
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a bottle slightly hazy and honey in color, with a good size head with some retention and lacing. Smells floral, sweet, with a hint of banana. Light to medium in body and moderately dry. Well-balanced hoppiness and malty sweetness. Very drinkable, a very enjoyable pale ale.

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

Pours a hazy honey color with a frothy white head and a generous, well-retained lace. Hops, mildly sweet malt, and honey in the aroma. The flavor features a fairly assertive citrus hop bitterness with a distinct grapefruit quality. There is also some grain and a touch of honey in there as well, though it doesn’t really balance the hop bite. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with active carbonation.

Not bad, featuring a very crisp and very clean grapefruit hop bitterness. Recommended.

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Photo of IceAce
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium / dark gold body capped with a full finger of tan foam. Nose is lightly scented with pine.

Entry is smooth with just a touch of carbonation brushing the underside of the tongue. Midtaste shows a solid malt backbone with a palate-pleasing mouthfeel.

Finish is a clap of piney hoppiness with a long, slow dry Cascade-style fade. A good sessionable Pale...pair it with a chicken wing appetizer.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden honey in shade. Small white head of short duration. Moderately carbonated with some fat movers and shakers. Some spitty lace left behind in the wake of the head.

Smell: Quite lemony. I have never smelled such distinct lemon character in any brew. Classic orange peel aromas stand out as well. This one is mostly citrus. Malty impressions seem less than pronounced.

Taste: Highly citrus as implied by the nose. Lemon, orange, some grassy notes. The malt aspect nearly manages to hold its own, as there is really not a whole bunch of bitter bite here. It is surely citrus flavoured, but apart from the huge citrus hop inflections there is only a modicum of the ordinary bitter and dry character. It is impoverished in the malt department though. This is a strange one. A unique flavour profile without a doubt.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly. Refreshing to match the tastes.

Drinkability: No problems with drinking this. There is just something that is a little off here. A mouthwatering malt sweetness is probably what I am feeling deprived of. There just is not enough base to hold all of the citrus power. It comes close to a stellar make, but is just a hair short.

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Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color and has a near perfect white head. The head is sticky and retention is perfect. The aroma is very hoppy but not over done. Floral and spicy. Paired nice with a light malt. The flavor is classic west coast pale ale. Spicy floral hops, biscuit like malts, and a dry hoppy aftertaste. Easy to drink but harsh on the wallet.

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Photo of maxpower
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy light copper color, decent size white foamy head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Light bready and citrus aromas, balanced malt and hop flavors. Light to medium body with a watery and somewhat thin mouthfeel, finishes with a mild bitterness, a middle of the road pale ale.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow/golden color, nice carbonation, small head, there is some nice lacing going on as well. Scents of hops, malts, maybe citrus. Very nice taste with a little bite at the end, very hoppy/malty. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable at 5.5% ABV, another excellent brew from Anderson Valley, would recommend for sure.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz. bomber.

Poured a light honey color yellow. Thin white bubbly head. Nice fizzy lacing.

Nice balanced aroma of malts and hops. Sweet citrus smell to it.

Very crisp and refreshing. Nice balanced malt flavor. Light bitter hop finish. Kind of a grassy taste sticks to my palate.

Very nice pale ale.


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Photo of pjwilson
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Props must be given to Anderson Valley for making a pale ale that is not just a light version of thier IPA like many breweries. This is an entirely different beast, albiet one not as successful as Hop Ottin'. This beer has it's time and however, andi do get it often. cuz this one damn fine brewery that's why....i like all thier beers...when i see all five kinds at the liquor store I am drawn like to moth to flame and must get one)
appearance: something about it is just a little too pale to me. Yes it's a pale ale but it just doesn't look as appealing as it could. too watery head and lacing is ok..
smell: you have work at this one...hop ottin' beats you down with a bat. you find get mild malt base and some nice floral hop smell...it's good but too mild.
taste: first taste is the sweet malt base, followed up by a nice hop tang. there is also a mildly unpleasant aftertaste however...an unwelcome bitterness.... like hard water. still it is good
mouthfeel: watery...too
drinkability: it's good. i get this beer when i want a lighter beer and the drinkability is pretty high. restraight must be used to not pound these.
In my my review of Scape Goat Pale ale I wrote that the only APA i liked more was Poleeko Gold. Well I'm drinking the Gold right now and I have to say i like Scape Goat more. So go figure. anderson valley is a great brewery; a beer like this isn't try to be what it's not. My score doesn't really reflect how much i like this beer, because i get it quite often.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip for shits and giggles. Big perfect textured head that laces repeatadly all the way down. foggy but mostly filtered light copper. Floral and hops aroma.

This is a finely crafted brew. I can taste every bit of the hops and they aren't the cheap ones with all the off tastes. These are smooth. Fruit taste jumped out a bit and came off as a peach/grapefruit hushed by a small but nicely balanced grain and bitterness.

This is the best offering I've had from Anderson Valley and its a nice example of a west coast Pale Ale. It has me looking up directions to the brewery. I've got to try this on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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 neonbrown82
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good pale. Maybe not one of the best I've had, but it's up there; in a genre that's more or less full of "eh..." beers.

Pours to a very clear pale golden color with a thick frothy white foam that leaves an excellent lace pattern. Has a decent carbonation to it, but the head doesn't stick around for too many tips of the glass.

The smell is nice and floral hoppy. Very light and pleasant. A bit of a light malt character shows through in the background, but the nose of this beer is mostly hops.

The taste is quite good. A floral and spicy hop dominates the flavor, but the bitterness is quite mild, making for a hell of a refreshing pale ale. Also a bit of sweetness on the initial taste from the malt. It all works very well together.

The mouthfeel is light with a bit of a carbonation sting. Could use more body and less bite, though it doesn't detract from the drinkability, which is quite high. I will probably drink this again sometime when I can't decide what beer I am in the mood for (as SNPA gets too much play when I'm in that mood, and this is a good subsitution).

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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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