Poleeko Pale Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
325 Reviews
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive gold with lots of clarity, soft white head, 1" in size. Aroma wasn't all that hoppy, smelled like Coors kinda in that high carbonation, barley and corn kinda thing.

Taste, soft hop touch again, but stands out more than the aroma, light body, light toasted crystal malt, faint sweetness. Delicate grassy hop touch.

Its a decent lawnmower beer, the hop aspect I've noticed over the years will fade within a matter of weeks on this beer.

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Photo of brown2cu
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold under a disk of unbroken foam. A lot of lacing. Not like most pale ales, but impressive.

S: A lot of grainy sweetness an unusual hop aroma is also present. This hop aroma can best be described as oniony or garlicy, not altogether unpleasant just unusual.

T: There is a nice malt body on this but nothing overpowering, in fact quite the opposite. This is one of the most refreshing beers I have had in awhile. The hop characteristics are also in the taste. Again, it is slightly oniony; however, this is interesting. Not quite sure if this fits in the pale ale category.

M: Heavily carbonated, and refreshing.

O: A wonderful beer and one that I am sure will be stocked in my fridge come summer.

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

Pours a clear copper into a pint glass. 2 inch head fades into a 1/2 inch lacing afterwards.
Citrus / piney hops on the nose.
Nice hops on the tongue, bitter american hops, just great. Nice malts to balance. Low ABV makes it a great session brew.
Highly drinkable.
Nice APA.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I used to get this beer from a local establishment and loved it; tried it again recently (3 years later) and something seems different. Maybe my tastes are more refined now, but this just tastes weird. Not necessarily hoppy, just kind of metallic and off. It's rare to find an APA that is too malty, but this one qualifies. It is possible that by the time this gets to WI, it's past its prime. However, a lot of west coast breweries (Ballast Point, Sierra Nevada, Deschutes) import here and don't seem to have the same issue.

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Photo of gregb13
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(reviewed from notes; sampled mid-October '11)

Poured a typical APA. Nose also typical. Taste is where it started getting weird... it was all about dried apricot funk. Imagine you had some dried apricot sitting out in the sun for a few days; that's how this tasted. Mouthfeel medium, body a little thin and watery for my taste. Overall somewhat disappointed. Would not seek out.

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

Appearance - yellow clear 1 finger head. Nice lacing

Smell - Nice piney hop scent of a well made APA

Taste - A taste and easy to drink APA. Pine hop notes in flavor yet well balanced and not overly bitter at all. Relatively mild APA and good intro into the style for the non-hop-head.

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - A nice APA. Nothing spectacular but a nice drinker that is satisfying across the board.

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Photo of mazstar
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clearer and less cloudy than usual APA, retains head and leave foam around glass after quite a while.

S: lot of malt - I quite like this malt, its sweet reminds me of the malt beer I used to drink as a child in Germany - there is citrus notes and ever so slight fruit

T: this doesn't taste like your average APA - much sweeter in smell and doesn't have the bite and lingering of bitter hops - I quite like this variation - not really like other APAs I have tasted

I would definitely buy this again even if it doesn't remind me of the APA style

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Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with some fruit and fresh grain.

T: Mild malt flavor with a bit of sweetness and citrus. Has a nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Mdeium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. very well balanced.

O: Goes down way to easy. Very good APA.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright amber color with a thin frothy lacing.

Smell: Light balance of both hops and malts, with a floral hint.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very light. Slight amount of hops makes their appearance in the beginning and at the end with a dryness. Some sweetness in the middle part, almost like honey.

Overall: Nice bottled version of it's style. Was looking for a bit more from this one. Maybe a second offering is in the works or to find it on draft would be more useful.

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

A rather hazy golden on the pour. Small head and lacing wasnt abundant.
Smelled of mild hoppiness and mixture of malt. Seemed like the malts were grainy and hoppy rather subdued.
Taste was a bit disapointing. Very average at best. A it thinner that expected and overall weak.
Good balance between the hops and malt but both subdued. Some citrus notes and some grainyness but not great by no means

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with a moderate amount of carbonation. It has a small white head that has little retention.

S: There is some light malts present to go along with the scent of some hop. A light floral and buttery aroma is also noticeable.

T: It has a medium hop character and finishes kind of buttery. There is a little bite from the hops, but it doesn't stick around long.

M: It has a medium body with minimal carbonation and a slightly crisp finish.

O: Overall, this wasn't a bad pale ale, but it certainly wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a golden orange color, the head was decent and left some scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had some pilsner like aromas going on, kind of made me a disappointed. The flavor is slightly hoppy, some grassy flavors in there too. The mouthfeel was pretty light and drinakble. Overall I can see others enjoying this beer quite a bit but for me it just wasn't my thing.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, bold yellow with 1/8 inch white head and lace until the end. The aroma is of cirus and dough. The flavor is a blend of lemon and vanilla followed by a mildly bitter finish. It has a creamy, medium mouthfeel. Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is a good beer, crisp, dry, and refreshing. Recommended.

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Photo of Brittmb29
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold
On-tap at World of Beer coconut Creek, FL

A- Best head i've ever seen on a beer. Golden hazy color gradient in pint glass, white head 1.25''.

S- Sudued light malts w/ slight citrus peaks, not much smell penetration in the fluffy foam at start.

T- Taste does not disappoint after the lacking nose! Totally balanced caramel malt and hop flavors, no harsh bitter flavors like some American Pale Ale's exhibit because of great balance w/good hops. Finishes smooth on malty mouth feel note w/some citrus hop flavor, not bitter at all.

M- WOW, so creamy a smooth with the great head medium-to-light body ale.

D- Very drinkable and only 5.5% ABV i really could have had a couple more that night. Living in Florida I haven't seen this beer on draft or bottle since then but i would definitely get it the next chance I get.

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

Poleeko pours into my Perfect Pint glass with a hazy deep gold hue and moderate carbonation. A dense bone cap slowly falls to a patchy quilt of foam and leaves behind a fair amount of lace.

The rest of the beer doesn't quite live up to the look. Citrus and toasted biscuits make up the nose. Flavors follow suit with biscuity malts backed by a moderate citrus and pepper bitterness. Toward the end, the pepper cuts through and things get a bit astringent. The body is relatively light and somewhat oily. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

Overall, not a bad APA, but not quite a match for the benchmarks of this style.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Poleeko Gold pours a hazy golden color, with a thick white head that retains very well. Lacing is decent, although not very sticky.

S: Very balanced on the nose. Spicy, floral hop aromas blend with some toasty, bready malt characters. Also a slight fruity presence in the backround.

T: Starts off fruity, but honey and biscuity malt soon takes over. Alcohol is slightly present as well. Finish is all hops, with some citrus and floral notes, and a crisp bitterness at the end.

Notes: Overall, this is a light to moderate-bodied pale, and has plenty of flavor. Soft carbonation and resinous texture make for a very nice mouthfeel. Tasty as can be, this is a rock-solid brew, and very easy to drink. One that I will be enjoying many times in the future.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a delicate white head (which soon fades to nothing). The body is curiously carrot-colored in the center, with hazy maize highlights on the sides. Fair enough.

Aroma is fairly neutral and a little sour; the hops here are floral and vegetal; marigolds, grass and just a whiff of papaya-funk underneath. Not great.

Taste, however, is something else; lovely waves of clean, unencumbered, bready malt wash over the palate; there are tones of the original unfermented wort in here. At the finish, the hops arrive but don't take over -- they stop the sweetness short, and disappear as quickly as they arrived. The palate is left refreshed, pleased, and wanting (but not needing) the next sip.

Mouthfeel is lovely -- crisp, with just enough of a prickle to keep the whole thing light on its feet.

Overall, this is a very solid brew, and I bet it would be even better on tap. It has the makings of a great sessioner, and I bet it would be killer with a BLAT (BLT with avocado). A six pack bold enough to satisfy your beer snob friends and mild enough to open the eyes of those who haven't yet seen the light. Pick it up.

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Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of head that doesn't retain for long, but leaves some nice lacing. The smell is alright, it's a bit of a mish-mash of malts, hops, and citrus that doesn't really ever achieve any harmony. The taste is quite good though. Very well-balanced sharp, bitter hops and smooth bready malts with citrus overtones. Very nice, if not groundbreaking.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, it goes down smooth and wholly unremarkable, a little bit of prickly carbonation on the back of the throat, you know the deal. This exceeds though on drinkability. This is a superbly drinkable beer that disappeared right before my very eyes! A good, drinkable choice that I hope to have around over the summer.

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Photo of mjyoung
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank 3/10/11

A: A hazy copper color with a very pleasing, off-white head that's pretty sticky and has GREAT retention. The head lasted almost the entire glass.

S: Pretty citrusy, with not a lot of hop coming through the nose. A solid smell, but nothing absolutely amazing.

T: Excellent balance of hops and malt. A slight hint of the citrus comes through, but overall a well-crafted mix of the tastes you would want in a pale ale.

M: A little bit on the thin side, but the taste is enough to make up for the mediocre mouth.

D: Great, and it comes in a can! I'll take this one rafting for sure.

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

I had this one while spending some time at the Front Door is downtown Boise. It was served in a mug and it was a very hazy copper with a sticky off-white head.

It has an aroma of light citrus notes and raw grains.

The taste is a nice balance of pine from the hops and caramel malt in the rear. There are also some Pear and apple notes.

The mouth is crisp, medium heft and a touch oily. Easy drinking session beer, I had had a couple.

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Photo of BaronRogue
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into my chalice, light golden color with a great head with above average lacing.

Could smell the hops outright and even more upon the pour, wonderful oily piney citrusy aroma.

Taste is simply marvelous. Strong citrus upfront, with piney notes after awhile, and it wasn't until about halfway through the bottle that i noticed the malts kicking about in the background. Slight raisin overtones, mild and wild. Really really good.

Mouthfeel is creamy, and full, yet so nice and dry/crisp upon swallowing. Really something to be admired.

If i could only drink one beer for the rest of forever, i wouldn't complain if it was this one. Tastes so good and it has such a nice dry finish that it will keep me coming back for years to come. Such a wonderful example of an APA.

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Photo of jj311
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy, pale golden color with a decent, somewhat 'creamy' one finger foam head. Retention is good.

Smell: Flowery, hoppy, and fruity, with a subtle hint of grain. A little light in the nose.

Taste: Very smooth. A hoppy sweetness up front followed by an immediate bitterness. Fruity and citrus characteristics with a dry, grainy, biscuit-like finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere in between light to medium bodied. Dry and crisp. Carbonation is light but noticeable.

Drinkability: Above average.

Overall: This is a good beer. It's not my top choice in beer styles, but it was well worth the money spent.

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