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Poleeko Pale Ale

Rating: 3.6

My fourth beer from the Anderson Valley brewery here, this ons is an American style pale ale from the brewery and will be the first from them that I’ve reviewed since I tried their Boont Amber Ale last July and their Heelch O’ Hops double IPA from a couple of months before that, hopefully this one will be of a similar quality to the later of the two which was a fantastic beer. I believe this is one of the first beers that the brewery produced when it started (don’t quote me on that though) and was one of only around twenty craft breweries in the United State. This one is part of their main, core range of beers and I managed to get hold of a bottle as a gift at the end of last month so I thought I’d better drink it as fresh as I possibly could.

Poleeko Pale Ale

Appearance (5/5): This one pours a medium amber colour with touches of orange and some hazy patches through the body. The head is quite a large one that is about two and a half centimetres tall once it’s poured and doesn’t really budge much from that, sitting quite a creamy and thick looking white in the glass with good lacing on the sides as well; an excellent looking beer and much better than I’d expected from the style.
Aroma (7/10): The nose kicks off with some sweet malts with a hop backing that has some pine and citrus in it with some grapefruit sneaking in as well. There was a nice biscuit malt aroma forming the base of the beer with a few nice juices and tropical fruits making themselves known as we got to about the middle; there was a touch of bitterness and grassy notes towards the end as well.
Taste (6/10): This one comes through slightly more bitter than the nose but features the same sweet malt and biscuit base with a few hops thrown on top for good measure. There was some slightly resinous pine and a hint of grapefruit with some floral touches and earthy flavours towards the end.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and quite smooth with plenty of bitterness, particularly with the taste and towards the end of the beer. The carbonation levels were about moderate for the style and the beer had quite a dry well but it wasn’t exactly crisp, it almost seemed flat to be honest.

Overall (14/20): This one was somewhat underwhelming from Anderson Valley, if it didn’t look so good when I poured it then it would probably have been the worst beer of the four I’ve tried from them but as it stands it comes out slightly better than their Boont Amber Ale that I tried last summer. There was some nice biscuit malts with a sweet backing and a few earthy flavours beside the bitterness that helped the beer down. On its own this would have been a nice enough offering but I was expecting a little more from the brewery based on a couple of others I’ve had from them in the past; enjoyable but not a classic.

Brewed In: Boonville, California, United States of America
Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company
First Brewed: Brewery since 1987
Previously Known As: Poleeko Gold Pale Ale
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Gift
Price: Gift

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