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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
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:
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
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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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +0.9%
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.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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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3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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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3.51/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
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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3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
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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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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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  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.

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3.62/5  rDev +4%
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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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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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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