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
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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 jaswilson2
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of woodychandler
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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Photo of hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Rmbuns
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JimGlonke
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of LutherBrau
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of BigTrubble
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of PPartlow
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of russpowell
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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Photo of KlayWey
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of SampsonOfRaleigh
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of JSuperman
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of brotherloco
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with maybe some kind of canned on date printed on the bottom, but I can't read it. Another new canned beer to me from Anderson Valley, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a lemony orange colored body with about a finger and a half of fluffy foamy off-white head. Leaves behind lots of big fat sheets of lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is pleasant - fresh piney hop presence, earthy & herbal, some lemony citrus presence, and just a hint of malt backbone. Some leafy herbal spice rack notes are mildly present.

T - The taste is dry, herbal, grassy, & piney. Very light citrus & malt characteristics. Lightly metallic finish. Simple.

M - The feel is bitter & resinous, but the finish is far too dry for any 'session' beer. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation, however.

Overall, an average pale ale at best. Simple, not unique, but pleasant and drinkable. Worth trying, but I won't miss it.

Anderson Valley Keebarlin' Pale Ale ---3.5/5

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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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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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