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

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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:
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(Beer added by: MacQ32 on 03-10-2014)
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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

metter98, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

jlindros, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of jds8411
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

jds8411, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

buckyp, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

thecheapies, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

jpd7374, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

baklo, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

ColForbinBC, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of Catracho5
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Catracho5, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of mlklein27
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

mlklein27, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of RobertColianni
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

RobertColianni, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

beertunes, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

FUwolfpacker, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Tony49er
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type- From a can poured into a Tulip glass

Appearance- Bright golden color, a true west coast pale ale, it almost glistens in the light, a bit to thick head foam when poured into the glass but goes away somewhat quickly

Smell- West coast hops, citrus, pineapple, dank hop aroma, garlic or chives, a solid malt backbone that gives this beer a well rounded aroma

Taste- Citrus notes, pineapple, garlic, chives, solid malt almost biscuit type malts, smooth taste put somewhat bitter in the front of the palate...just a solid beer

Mouthfeel- Medium body not to thick but solid mouthfeel from this beer

Overall- A solid beer from Anderson Valley I must admit I love all of the beers I have ever had from them they are in my opinion one of the most under appreciated Breweries in California with the likes of Stone, Firestone Walker and the like Anderson Valley keeps pumping out great beer after great beer and this is one of them its a MUST TRY....CHEERS

Tony49er, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of vkv822
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Clear, golden yellow with a thick, bubbly white head, and decent retention.

Earthy, spciy, citrus hops with a malty backbone.

Crackery, pale malts with a light spicy, earthy hop character. Faint citrus notes.

Medium body, mild foamy carbonation.

A well done low ABV pale ale. Simple, crackery flavor with just enough hop notes to keep it balanced.

vkv822, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -13.5%

enelson, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -13.5%

largadeer, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Modernrickk
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Modernrickk, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

2GOOFY, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Karibourgeois, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

SuperbikeShaun, Mar 16, 2014
Highway 128 Session Series: Keebarlin' Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.