Brew Review: Anderson Valley Poleeko

by Kelli H. on September 25, 2013

Beer: Anderson Valley Poleeko
Date: 9-15-13
Type: Pale Ale
Alcohol: 5%
Location: Boonville, CA
Price: $7.99 @ Whole Foods
IBU: 28

 Appearance: Golden, pretty clear, white frothy head

Aroma: Citrus, pine, hops

Body & Texture: Medium bodied. Balanced well between hops & malts.

Aftertaste: A blend between hops and malt, neither is more over powering than the other.

Overall Impression:
I should probably start by saying that for some reason for years I’ve been turned off by Anderson Valley. I think a few years back I drank one of their beers that was like 2 years too old. Of course it wasn’t their fault, but it put a negative taste into my head about Anderson Valley. Last March I was out to dinner with David in Sebastopol and the IPA they had on tap was Anderson Valley’s Hop Ottin. I decided to give them another chance, and I’m so glad I did because I loved it! For some reason I then waited until September to buy a six pack of their beer. I saw the good price and decided to purchase my first sixer or Anderson Valley! What a great story, right? Not really…sorry for all that.

As for Poleeko…
I had my first bottle two Saturday’s ago with my friend Ali. I wasn’t that impressed, but it was definitely drinkable. Then, on Sunday while the Niners game was on hold because of the crazy storm happening in Seattle, we had time to do a brew review. I think I came around to Poleeko more the second time around drinking it. It’s a really easy drinking pale ale with a semi-low alcohol percentage. I think it makes a great football beer during the game. I will definitely buy Poleeko again. I really enjoyed that it was so balanced between the malt and hops. Neither one really over powered the other. I recommend it and if you see it priced for $7.99 too then that’s a steal!

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sonia the mexigarian September 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I have a likish dislikish relationship. I like some of their beers, being “okay” and I think there was one or two where I just made a face after tasting and said “no”. I think it’s because some of the lighter beers throw me off (I’m big time IPA fan) To me it’s hit or miss, but I am always willing to give a beer another chance 🙂


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