“Refined. Our Poleeko Pale Ale is an exceptionally flavorful and well balanced beer. With a bright, citrusy hop profile and mild maltiness reminiscent of English biscuits, the aromas of pink grapefruit and lemon zest compliment the brisk, balanced finish to create a truly one-of-a-kind American pale ale.” 5.0% ABV American Pale Ale
Purchased from BevMo in Fresno, California.
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic glass. The color is a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a hint of an orange hue. The head is slightly off-white and foamy. Light carbonation is visible.
Mild citrus hops, both grapefruit and lemon. I also get a light malt and honeyed sweetness, as well as a small bit of grassy earthiness. A sour aroma undertone is also present.
Medium thin bodied, but slightly thicker than I would have guessed at just 5% ABV. The initial flavors are a combination of the citrus hops and mild malt sweetness. Poleeko finishes with light hop bitterness, and a nominal lingering aftertaste of citrus and honey.
The different varieties of beer that I’ve tried from Anderson Valley have all been solidly made. Poleeko is a fine example of a sessionable, lightly flavored ale. It seems like a Firestone Walker 805 with some added citrus hops. There is a fine balance between the light hops and malts, and it is pretty easy to drink. That all said, its flavor profile is nothing particularly standout, and I’ve come to expect a little more from AVBC. To be fair, this particular style seems to be made for those just getting into beer, or those trying to ease off of the terrible American macro lagers that are so prevalent. There aren’t any negative aspects, but also aren’t enough positives for me to seek this brew out again. 6.5/10
Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Boonville, California