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

Highway 128 Session Series: Keebarlin' Pale AleHighway 128 Session Series: Keebarlin' Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.48/5
127 Ratings
Highway 128 Session Series: Keebarlin' Pale AleHighway 128 Session Series: Keebarlin' Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MacQ32 on 03-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
127
pDev:
12.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of PPartlow
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of Jayhawk
2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz. can, bought after enjoying their session Gose, at the local liquor store.

Used a standard US pint glass.

A - It pours a straw color with about a two and a half to three fingers of fluffy foamy off-white head. Leaves behind lots of big fat sheets of lacing. Not sure if this looks nice or like a science experiment gone mad.

S - Piney hops dominate with a thin metallic smell. Also a bit of floral aroma.

T - The taste is grassy and piney. Very light citrus with no malt taste I could discern whatsoever. Lightly metallic finish. Pretty bland and clearly watered down...where's the malt, any malt at all, please. This is nearly hop water.

M - Thin and dry.

Truly not my cup of tea, and I'd not call this a pale ale at all. I like their stout, and loved their Gose, so I was disappointed by this beer. YMMV.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of avalon07
2.67/5  rDev -23.3%
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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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BWED
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a Willibecher.

A- Hazy pale gold. Thin white head holds densely. Good lacing.

S- Earthy hop aroma, slight fruit bittersweetness. Malt is a little toasty.

T- Light toasty malt. Earthy hop. A bit herbal and dry.

M- Body is light. Dry finish. A little stale, bitter.

O- Okay. Feel and finish aren't great.

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3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mastodonj
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
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"

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Photo of schoolboy
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%

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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Highway 128 Session Series: Keebarlin' Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 127 ratings
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