Friday, April 23rd 2010
Poleeko Gold Pale Ale
(Anderson Valley Brewing Company)
Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is one of three brews that Anderson Valley is now putting in cans. The others being their Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema and most recently their Boont Amber Ale. I say the more the merrier! Keep 'em canning.
From the Anderson Valley site:
"When the phrase “California Style Ale” is used, Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is the one that comes to mind. The golden color and generous use of Pacific Northwest hops establish a distinct style, separate from any domestic or European beers. Our honey-gold pale ale is crisp and clear, with an unusual lightness and dryness for such a full-flavored ale. The arousing abundance of hops adds both a floral bouquet and a lively, citrusy finish. It is excellent alone, or with full-flavored meals and spicy dishes."
“Rudy nebs, heelch hops, and malted barley make Poleeko Gold plenty bahl with any gorms.”
Here we go...
Pour - light golden orange, amber in color. Sort of reminds me of a half iced tea, half lemonade combination. Lots of steady little streams of bubble driving upwards and forming a good inch of thick foamy white head.
Aroma - lemony citrus, confectioners sugar, orange peel, floral hops, sweet and sour malt and a bit of leather or sandalwood.
Taste - first sip delivers some nice citrus bitterness followed by some floral hop flavors and a decent malt backbone. As this one is not over the top hoppy the maltiness is relatively light and makes for a very easy drinking, not too heavy pale ale. Their is a bit of a spicy, earthy finish to this beer that is quite interesting and I really like it. Poleeko Gold has a crispness that makes this a great beer on a hot day or a warm night. Altogether I'd say you've got a very good American Pale Ale here. Cheers Anderson Valley!
Overall - Very refreshing. Its nice to take a break from "big" beers and enjoy something simple and delicious. Poleeko Gold is a very straightforward yet enjoyable Pale Ale. Plenty of hop flavor and the perfect ABV when you are having more than one.
Would I buy more of it? - yes, for sure. This would be perfect for camping or a round or two of disc golf (Did you know that Anderson Valley has a disc golf course at their brewery?). Definitely sessionable with plenty of flavor and hop profile!
Note - (From Wikipedia) Anderson Valley Brewing Company often uses words and phrases from the local "Boontling" lingo on their bottles and packaging, as well as in some of their beer names (e.g. Hop Ottin'). Their products can be recognized by their distinctive packaging featuring the company mascot, the "Boonville beer". This fictional Anderson Valley native is part bear, part deer and looks like a bear with antlers.
Posted by Russ
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