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Highway 128 Session Series: Keebarlin' Pale Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Highway 128 Session Series: Keebarlin' Pale AleHighway 128 Session Series: Keebarlin' Pale Ale

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 124
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MacQ32 on 03-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with 100% Columbus hops and loaded with hop flavor and aroma, Keebarlin’ Pale Ale takes aim at what a session beer should be. The use of Caracrystal® Wheat malt imparts subtle caramel and smooth dark toast flavors to perfectly balance the earthy, herbal hop profile.
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Reviews by thecheapies:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half-sunny amber color with a head that's all tucked in. Laces okay.

Lots of malty grain with a musty barley scent. Some backing citrus hop with leafy aromas and a touch of floral flair.

Cedary grain with dry beery malt and floral and earthy notes from the hops. Pale and amber grains flip through ale must and thin toast while the hops create balance and a wistful citrus element that almost seems out of place. Good finish, although mucky, with lingering soda bubbles. Has a seltzer flavor, which is to say that is a bit bland. The body is quite sturdy, however.

A half-decent pale of averages. If you like cedar and barley with a kiss of balancing hops, and not much bitterness, to boot; then, you will appreciate this brew.

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Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can. Pours lightly hazed lighter near golden. Looser off white head, leaving a thicker film, collar and minor lacing.

Dusty hop nose. Hoppy, but not real fresh smelling.

Middle of the road pale ale. Moderate hops, again kinda stale tasting, and an undercoating of malt. Meh, not really impressed with this one. So-so sessioner.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this at an Anderson Valley tasting. Was thoroughly blow away by this beer. Upfront you get a massive amount of hops, not overwhelming and extremely pleasant. It gives way to subtle biscuity malt flavors, finishes dry. This is currently one of my favorite pale ales, and I'll write a more in depth review when I get my hands on some cans of my own.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with an incomprehensible code stamp on the bottom.

A fine session pale ale, with less hoppy bitterness and earthiness than usually found in APAs. Fruity aroma and flavor with hints of lemons, oranges and tropical fruit punch. Pretty flavorful for a 4.2% PA.

Mouthfeel: ight body with medium+ carbonation that is notably soft.

O: a good, but not great, example of the style.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ryanjtravis
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

For a session pale ale, this thing packs a ton of flavor. This stands right up there with Founders All Day IPA.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light gold beer under a nice sized head that fades to leave sticky lace patches all over the glass. Aroma is freshly grainy with brisk spicy/grassy hops. Bread dough, toffee, cereal grain, a touch of butter. Taste is evenly dry, refreshing, peppery spice, nice crisp crackery grains and a little bit of light caramel. Texture is smooth with fine carbonation and a softy gritty effect. Pretty good beer. Refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a finger of foamy head on a hazy straw colored body.
The aroma is bright orange, lemon and grapefruit.
The taste is mild lemon bitterness at first, slight honey sweet in the middle, finishes with a mild dry bitterness. Nice and easy.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
Tasty for a "session" or otherwise.

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Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Light breadyness.

T: Grassyness, breadyness, some grainy notes up front., plus leafy hops. Astringency as this warms, grassiness & more leafy hops, dryness too. Finishes with a little pear, leafy & woody hops, plus dryness, plus more astrigency

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation, not a fan of the balance

This a disappointment, was hoping for far more, hops are just not in my happy place at all. Great, I have 5 more of these to drink...

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, you guessed it. Another beer from the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of citrus, hops. Taste is hoppy and bitter up front, giving way to some citrus and malts. feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a satisfying beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Thanks to Joe for this one!
Served in a mason jar glass at Bottles in Lemont.

As an amateur Columbus hop grower, I wondered how a commercial 100% Columbus hop beer would taste. Turns out it was fairly average, but if this was released in the spring, it was probably a good 6 months old at this point.

Poured a brilliantly clear gold orange. Fluffy foam that formed crags and irregular peaks that rose above the rim of the glass, leaving behind lots of soapy lacing.

Aroma was of a pretty typical pale ale. Mild malt sweetness and a light green floral hop note. Pretty removed from what Columbus smell like, likely due to the age.

Taste was pleasant and fairly simple, pale malt and a floral green hop bitterness that was moderate, and lingered into the dry finish. Light bodied and easily drinkable. Hope to catch this one next year when fresh.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Catracho5
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: Served from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light orange color, less than a finger head on a semi aggressive pour. Lots of carbonation and lots of lacing.

Smell: A small hop aroma, really pleasant, the smell is there, not overwhelming, it doesn't hit hard, but it's a nice hop aroma.

Taste: Taste is bitter, less than some pale ales I have tried, a little hop flavor up front, malt on the backside. This is a 4.2% session pale ale, so the flavors are not as prevalent as an APA that is 5% or above.

Mouthfeel: LIght, easy mouthfeel.

Overall: For what it is a session pale ale, this is outstanding. I hope this remains a year round that is great to keep in the fridge. I would consider this a pale ale that would be a bridge between craft and BMC. A great introduction to craft, something lighter than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Great beer for what it is.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of wedge
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold with a little bit of haze and a lumpy head of off-white foam. Mild aroma of resinous, somewhat dank hops, orange, and a quality toasted, biscuity malt base. Green herbal and citrus hops, black tea, and floral notes with some cakey malts. Light bodied and bitter. Seems a bit flat to me, which makes things feel more watery than they should. A tasty little pale ale overall though. Highly crushable, as expected.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering both the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of herbal hops are present in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except the floral hops seem a bit stronger. There is a light amount of carbonation.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer smells and tastes like it has very fresh hops; I found it to be interesting because the herbal hops were different than you are normally accustomed to seeing in pale ales. The light-bodied nature of this beer makes it very easy to drink.

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Highway 128 Session Series: Keebarlin' Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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