Despite having visited the Mendocino coast many times, I’m always pressed to try all the great breweries in the area. Unfortunately, a full flight at North Coast brewing is enough to take a curious drinker out of the running for the day (only unfortunate in that it limits one’s ability to carry onward), so I haven’t had the opportunity to swing by the Anderson Valley Brewing Company. That said, my parents brought up a bottle of Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold Pale Ale for me to taste while I plan my next trip south.
Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold Pale Ale settled into the glass with barely visible carbonation trails streaming through the hazy, tawny ale and feeding its big, clumpy white head. Floral notes took center-stage in the nose, backed by dry barley.
Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold Pale Ale opened with a gripping hop front that quickly (and gracefully) mellowed into a dry, grainy malt center. The malt body was supported by enough flowery hops to never imply anything but a Northwest Pale, and the ale ended on a lingering, bitter note.
Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is a strong beer, with its slightly off-beat hop additions and light and dry taste making it a strong contender for a session beer.