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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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80
good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MacQ32 on 03-10-2014)
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3/5  rDev -14%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Tucquan
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of swimfire
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  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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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.91/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Catracho5
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Highway 128 Session Series: Keebarlin' Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.