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

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80
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: MacQ32 on 03-10-2014

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Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of mastodonj
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

See the review by 8stringfan. He nailed it.
I think people need to realize that this is an attempt to be a low abv session ale.
So, yeah, it's hard to do without a watery feel.
It's mostly real good but there's a bitter aftertaste that sort of jumps out, not in a good way.
At 4.2 % abv, I'm spoiled since Avery has a tap room-only beer that is 4.2% and is much better than this. It's called "4point2"

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Mikecap
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of kmos27
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dipso123
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of 8stringfan
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a large tulip. Dark gold (6) and clear with a frothy 3-4 finger head - yeah, this one is definitely highly carbonated. The head hangs around for several minutes before dissolving into a thick layer of foamy white froth with solid lacing. Nose is strong and hoppy with pine, lots of ganja, light citrus and grass laid out over a nice light malty backbone. It’s a classic west coast pale ale profile and I can almost taste this without even taking a sip. Up front it’s grassy hops and light bitterness. The midpalate sees a surprising amount of almost floral sweetness and sweet orange mixed in with a growing depth of flavor to the hops as the dank ganja and pine resin notes come out more strongly. The other surprise is a good deal of biscuity malt action, which I didn’t expect from the nose. Back of the tongue and swallow see tart citrus, dry fruit, and hop bitterness. The finish is a somewhat thin mix of biscuity malt, vague hints of Rainier cherries, and general hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation, as expected, is heavy. It’s a nice easy sipper but the malty notes aren’t right for me, which to some degree reflects my general dislike for biscuity malt profiles. Not bad, but not anything I’d want to try again.

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of QueerBeer
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of FHSPSU67
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LMH88
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of avalon07
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of Dchou
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ridgeline23
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev +10%
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!

Photo of Noonan425
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of demosixt
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Highway 128 Session Series: Keebarlin' Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.