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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: 35
Hads: 126
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 1
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and onion and garlic hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and onion and garlic hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a tolerable onion and garlic presence, but the mouthfeel is a bit off in my opinion.

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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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No matter how many Anderson Valley beers that I drink, I'll never quite understand their "Boontling" jargon. However after a six-pack of Keebarlin', I feel that I'm getting close.

Their new American Pale Ale kicks off with a bright golden color that glows elegantly in the glass. Releasing a voluminous column of foam, its head slowly trickles with intricate lacing on the glass, en route to a long and sturdy retention of cottony-white froth.

Its juicy aromas come alive with a caramel malt backbone and a wrap of citrus- grapefruit, orange peels and apricot. Somewhat honey-like, its sweeter scents are met with a calm butterscotch note that marries up seamlessly with a marmalade character as that first sip draws near.

With hints of shortbread, caramel and honey at its core, the beer's malt character greets the palate with biscuit and creamy starch. But its middle rises with those citrusy tones in balance- grapefruit, oranges and a supple tropical fruit tone takes hole. Yet diving into the finish, a playful grassiness, herbalness and slight sprucy taste captures the bitterness that closes the beer and outlasts its malt sweetness and fermented fruitiness, but only ever so slightly.

In body, the starchy malt sweetness holds on like biscotti, caramel and butter- coating the mouth pleasantly with fullness, richness and roundness. Yet its slow and steady procession across the palate becomes patient and crisp with a linger of bitterness and butterscotch.

It seems that the unique character of the Anderson Valley community is met with unique taste- the hop tilt over malt sweetness isn't anything new to American Pale Ale, but its gently rolling fruitiness and its richer butter tone gives a favorable fullness to the ale that brings it more in line with English Pale Ales- a far cry from the dry and hop dominant taste that's normally associated with California brewers.

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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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Photo of jlindros
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yay craft cans!

Pours a nice foamy slight creamy head hits 1+ finger then fades at a med pace, with lots of whispy messy lacing all over, quite clear golden tan color with slightest hint of sediment.

Nose brings more of an English pale, U.K. bittering hops, grainy malts, etc. Malts are first with a husky grass and toasted grain, etc. Then overpowered by the hops, very earthy and herbal hops, tea, leafy little vegetal, etc. very much like an English bitter.

Taste is more of the same, English bittering hops, herbal and earthy, little leafy vegetal and herbal tea, very bitter right out of the gate, with almost a chewy hop leafy feel to it, little gritty, and eventually becoming very leafy, touch of a medicinal hop note. Then grainy malts, lighter malts overall, toasty and husky grassy malts, but a lot of that seems to be stemming from the hops. Finish is very bitter, almost astringent bitterness, herbal earthy and spicy hops even, more grassy and leafy as well, for a long finish.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, little soft, lighter but decent carb.

Overall OK, not quite the pale I was expecting as its more of an English bitter, lots of U.K. bitter hops, etc, OK for the style if that's what they were going for, but not my fav style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler.

One day, I'm gonna learn me some Boontling... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear amber-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose is replete with pine needles, sap, and resin, with some very mild biscuit hanging out in the background trying not to be noticed lighting up their new e-cigs. The taste brings in more of the same, the abundance of straight and uncontested pine accounting for a slight minty flavor creeping in from the edges. A bit of sweetness also seeps into the biscuit, but this is drowned out by the hefty amount of conifer. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice enough pale ale, but it's too piney for me to drink much more of in the future.

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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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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 smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a large head that settles with a dome in the center. Large, chunky spots for lace on the glass. The liquid is cloudy with a light amber/dark gold color.

Nice floral hop aroma comes up first. There's also a nice pale malt base. Balanced.

The flavor leans more to the bitter than the smell suggests. Rich body for the style but with plenty of carbonation. The taste starts with a good pale malt but quickly succumbs to the earthy, bitter (read: biting) hop. Moderate aftertaste of bitterness.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with very significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy/pillowy off-white head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of herbal, citrus/grapefruit pith, and dank hops over the top of a light aroma of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet biscuit malts with just a hint of caramel. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal, citrus/grapefruit pith, and floral hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness that slowly fades away after each sip.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable with the light body, low ABV, and refreshing flavors. Nice combinations of flavors and aromas from the hops which are a little different from those that are more commonly used in APAs. I would definitely grab this one again and it is outdoor activity friendly since it is available in a can.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

This came out of the cooler at The Fridge and then got set aside as the bottles built up to the point that I held a CANcerted purge over the summer to be able to get The CANQuest ™ back on track. It’s good to be back!

From the CAN: “Bahl Hornin’ since 1987”; “Brewed with 100% Columbus hops and loaded with hop flavor and aroma, Keebarlin’ Plae Ale takes aim at what a session ale should be. No matter where you’re headed, our Highway 128 Series paves the way for a ‘slow lope’n beeson tree.’* *(That’s Boontling for ‘smooth ride’)”.; “Highway 128 Boonville Session Series”; “Solar Powered Brewery”.

The Crack! was another explosive affair with regard to their Hwy. 128 session series. Not only was it filled to the tippy-top, but once it was opened, it would not stop foaming through the opening. This, of course, put the kibosh to any thought of an inverted Glug and I went with a gentle pour, instead. This still created two fingers of dense, puffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 – 5). Nose was slightly piney, kind of dank and definitely earthy. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite earthy, like fresh herbs right out of the garden. Dank, slightly minty, a little bit of garlic, all present in the mouth. Finish was dry and left a very earthy taste behind and my first belch really intensified the garlic flavor, although not as sharp as in Gubna. As a non-brewing hophead, I am always interested in trying these varietal IPAs to get a better sense of what each hop strain brings to the beer. Loads of sticky lacing were left in the glass in its wake. This was an interesting beer, but although it qualifies as “Sessionable”, one would probably be enough for me.

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

Pours a light orange ish color with a white head and plenty of lace. The aroma is very citrusy and just a hint of sweetness. In the taste, grapefruit pith, herb and dusty pine work well to bridge the gap between pale ale and ipa territory. Light pale malts do a decent job at balancing, but make no mistake this is a hop forward ale. Light to medium bodied with a small hop bite. Overall, this is a very good pale.

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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 DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at my house of 1,000 beers in the 10 dollar mix six section. Yes please!

A - Damn can you say over carbonated? I crack the can not shook in the slightest and get a foam party! In the glass I see equal of that with two solid inches of the white head atop of a typical pale ale yellow light tint orange.
S - Well its mellow with nothing standing out and no skunk. Just biscuit malts and mild hop bitterness with some saltine cracker.
T +M - A very smooth pale not as watery as some have said. Pale malts, biscuit flavors, and a twang of hop bitterness just to remind you its a beer. Light and slam able.

Overall it's a very good session pale from a brewery I know and love. And... it's gone! Very chugable beer! Much more hops when you slam it!

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Photo of avalon07
2.67/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A hoppy aroma with some traces of fruit as well. A bit thin in this department.

T: Tasted of light fruit, malt, grassy hops, and a medicinal quality (like aspirin). A shockingly harsh, grating flavor. The hops and the medicinal quality tend to overwhelm the flavor, making it very off-putting.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a very abrasive finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Not a great beer. This is a relatively simple style, but this is not a good example of an APA. One expects better from Anderson Valley.

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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 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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Photo of MacQ32
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very clear and very light blonde/golden color with 2 fingures of fluffy off white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Light citrus hops, slightly spicy, light caramel notes. Simple but nice light fresh hop aromas.

T - initially mild citrus notes, spiced hops, rather biscuity and dry. Minimal caramel sweetness. Aftertaste is dry, minimally bitter, not overpowering and doesnt overstay its welcome. Really just enough to keep me picking up the glass and constantly wanting more. Kind of leaves the impression of an english ipa with a much lighter malt character. I dig it

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, well carbed, smooth drinking and definitely begs to be in my mouth. I shall grant it its wish... definitely a solid session brew

O -

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Photo of thecheapies
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 Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden yellow pour with a frothy two finger head. Big citrus hop aroma. Taste follows the smell. Very hop forward with flavors of grapefruit and pine. Body also has a bit of biscuit flavor as well but it very much dominated by the hops. Bitterness lingers to a nice piney finish.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with maybe some kind of canned on date printed on the bottom, but I can't read it. Another new canned beer to me from Anderson Valley, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a lemony orange colored body with about a finger and a half of fluffy foamy off-white head. Leaves behind lots of big fat sheets of lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is pleasant - fresh piney hop presence, earthy & herbal, some lemony citrus presence, and just a hint of malt backbone. Some leafy herbal spice rack notes are mildly present.

T - The taste is dry, herbal, grassy, & piney. Very light citrus & malt characteristics. Lightly metallic finish. Simple.

M - The feel is bitter & resinous, but the finish is far too dry for any 'session' beer. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation, however.

Overall, an average pale ale at best. Simple, not unique, but pleasant and drinkable. Worth trying, but I won't miss it.

Anderson Valley Keebarlin' Pale Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of schoolboy
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%

Up front I have to say that this is the worst product yet from Anderson valley. It looks like an IPA but the head is foamy with big bubbles. The aroma is mild and subdued.

The taste is dry and boring like many of the new breed of sessionable things that are sometimes called APA. They really should be called lapa for light. This thing is firing on two cylinders.

The aftertaste is that dry hoppy finish with not enough malt. All the hops used in this are just kind of wrong anyway. I do not recommend this. If someone were new to craft beers this would be a bad way to go, you'd be better off with something more substantial. If you love craft beers I don't know how you could like this.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very well done pale ale, clean, crisp and tangy. Pale golden with creamy head, nice citrusy aroma, sharp bitterness and slight lingering finish. Easy drinker.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Light clear rusty tangerine color with a soapy eggshell colored head. Good sudsy retention, big splotches of foamy lacing.

Aroma: A sharp caramel candy sweetness cuts through the hops, but otherwise notes of sharp cheddar cheese, pine, grapefruit.

Taste: Much like the aroma, there's a sweet malt note that balances the hops. There's some sharpness in here that carries a sharp cheddar cheese notion with plenty of grapefruit and pine for a very hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body, crisp finish.

Overall: Really loaded with flavor, and it looks great in my IPA glass. Pretty decent session beer.

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