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Kirkland Signature Pale Ale - Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Kirkland Signature Pale AleKirkland Signature Pale Ale

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Troyone on 03-19-2009)
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Reviews by BEERME528:
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2.35/5  rDev -23.9%

After seeing the label, I was expecting the worst of the worst. However what I experienced was not extremely terrible. The head disappered quite quickly and the smell was not very noticeable. The taste was pretty generic/bland and not very good. But for the price, this is not a value brand to pass up.

08-01-2011 15:34:13 | More by BEERME528
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Photo of Billolick

New York

3.28/5  rDev +6.1%

Poached a few bottles from a mixed case at a super bowl party to bring home and sample/review. 12 ounce bottle, with best before dating (May 09,2010) etched onto the bottle. Pours typical amber, clear, moderate light tan head, that leaves respectable strands of lace. Light tropical fruit nose. Bland, middle of the road pale, lacks even a moderate hop punch, thin on the tongue. Not much of interest here.

02-09-2010 00:13:01 | More by Billolick
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

09-12-2012 14:22:32 | More by wattoclone
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3.73/5  rDev +20.7%

Pouring a pale straw yellow, Kirkland's Pale Ale opens with a fruity whiff, with bananas, apricots, and berries intermingling with citrusy threads of grapefruit and touches of pine. Biscuit and toast linger in the background, as well as hints of wet wheat fields. The aromas are quite light, and seem to vanish rather quickly from an open bottle, such that after only thirty seconds or so they've diminished by half. But the aromas that are present are decent, and evidence a good malt and hop selection, as well as quality ingredients (even if delivered in light quantities).

On the tongue, the beer is heavy on grain flavors, with biscuit, wheat toast, and wheat stalks up front, giving the beer a good Grape Nuts cereal, or Shredded Wheat-like base. Add to this a handful of berry, apricot, and orange flavors, as well as light grapefruit bitterness from the hops, and the beer becomes quite drinkable, the flavors mingling well and proving refreshing. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the bitter hops move closer to the front, accompanied by an increasing pure grain presence. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter flavors, with touches of berry remaining, and fades with medium quickness--except for the bitter grapefruit hops, which linger for some time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, I admit surprise at the flavors and drinkability of this beer, and while I do find the malt flavors light, I recognize that they are still much more finely nuanced and catalytic that I normally expect from a cheap pale ale (the entire 24-pack was only $19 at Costco). Also surprising was the decent accompaniment of hops, lightly tingling the tongue with their 35 IBUs. The 5.4% ABV makes this great summer fare, or lunch-worthy material after a morning of hard labor. For the price, most beer drinkers would have a hard time going wrong with this one.

12-22-2011 16:04:11 | More by jondeelee
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4/5  rDev +29.4%

10-27-2012 13:56:01 | More by hadlance
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

12-16-2011 01:02:11 | More by tyleeis
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2.75/5  rDev -11%

01-06-2013 01:01:23 | More by CmBanaszak
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South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +11.7%

Undated but very recently purchased bottle served in pint glass. Brewed by "New Yorker Brewing Co., Utica, NY"

Pours a clear copper/amber color with medium bubbling and about one finger of whitish. Most of the head dissolves quickly but thin partial head remain and leaves a little lacing.

A - faint toasted grain and light hop aroma.

T - Starts crisp with a nice and substantial citrus hop flavor. The malt comes thru next, so the flavor sweetens nicely, with some caramel, herbal and toasted grain notes. Well balanced pale ale with a decent finish; a bit of burnt off-flavor in the aftertaste.

M - medium/light body with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Drink- good; certainly higher than most beers that do not cost more.

At $19 a case, this is a very good buy ... except: only available in mix packs with 3 other varieties, some of which may be less palatable.

02-23-2011 00:10:27 | More by chinchill
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

354ml bottle, the next in a rather large (duh) serving of beer from the local Alberta Costcos, courtesy of the Gordon Biersch brewery in California, even if it doesn't say so anywhere on the packaging.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium amber hue, with one finger of somehow puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves low-lying island atoll landform lace around the glass as it gradually abates.

It smells of bready, doughy malt, a touch of caramel, soft aged lemon, a bit of cooked apple, and mild earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more bready, pastry-like malt, very much on the pale side, natch, with a weakly innocuous orchard fruitiness, and subtly functional, yet sweepingly unimpressive dry earthy hop offset.

The carbonation is pretty laid back, though supportive in its own special way, the body a just south of heaven medium weight, and generally smooth, with a mild clammy adjunct. It finishes on the sweet side, the pale malt puffing its chest, in the face of little hop, spice or booze rejoinder.

A drinkable, if not overly impressionable Yankee pale ale, one that I could at least pawn off on the aspirational beerophiles I might encounter (just kidding, sort of), or granted, even myself, in a particularly weak moment. My wankery aside though, worth a healthy go, given the average competition these days for this style.

10-28-2012 03:12:22 | More by biboergosum
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3.23/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance: Light orange haze

Head: Very light tan head

Smell: Right upfront is grassy with a little hope note

Taste: Grass with a subtle bitter hop

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Grassy with a very little hop note in the background

04-06-2011 02:55:40 | More by Snow81
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

06-04-2012 23:07:07 | More by steelreserve69
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

02-14-2013 05:39:40 | More by cliff1066
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

05-13-2013 01:52:48 | More by trocketsauced
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3.1/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle thanks to my roommate. When Costco stamps their brand on a beer, you know it's got to be a quality product. To be honest, this really isn't an awful beer.

Pours clear golden with a medium-sized white head.

Aroma is grainy and malty with some slight floral and herbal hop notes.

Flavor is pale and caramel malt, grains, and just a bit of hop bitterness, mostly herbal.

Medium-light body with average carbonation and nothing particularly exciting on the mouthfeel.

Drinkability is decent. Overall...meh, but hey, at least this beer is cheap and better than BMC.

02-17-2010 21:42:21 | More by nickd717
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +29.4%

08-03-2013 23:52:55 | More by Druid
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2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

An interesting pour from my brown bottle. This beer has historically, from notes that is, poured an orange amber in color. Now, from this new mixed case which includes a Wit and an IPA, the Pale Ale pours quite pale. Downright golden in color, perhaps a deep straw, and quite clear. A different beer indeed which lacks any true carbonation and offers only a fleeting cap of foam before surrendering to a thin ring.

Nose is ultra pale in nature. Bit of malt in the background and with a very light hint of citric hops. Quite 'Blonde Ale' in nature at best, and thin at that.

Flavor follows suit. All malt perhaps and slightly bready with a minimal hop profile. Offers a moderate amount of coarse spice on the feel. A decent Blonde Ale to a point but somewhat of a fail for a Pale Ale.

Offers a hollow and over filtered yeast lameness which is somewhat reminiscent of a Sam Adams beer. In fact, I think that's what it is...Oops, I'm sorry, did I say that out loud?

03-20-2011 02:39:10 | More by HalfFull
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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-28-2014 21:25:54 | More by PaBeerLover
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3.73/5  rDev +20.7%

Pours a clear amber color with an apple juice hue and minimal white head with moderate action and a hint of sediment.

Caramel and barley grain malt aroma with florals.

Has a grainy barley malt taste with a hint of grapefruit and butter.

Light bodied, resinous and slight butter feel, with lively crisp carbonation.

Definite session beer and the grainy barley taste is not to sweet.

03-19-2009 00:11:10 | More by Troyone
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New York

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a dense off-white head that dissipates into a light cap. Pretty much spot on for an APA. The aroma is of light floral hops and some fruit notes as well. Some cereal sweetness picked up towards the end. The taste is mostly of bitter grassy hops, not too strong. There is also a bit of a tin flavor with some rust. Some caramel malt gives the brew a touch of sweetness and a light bready character. The feel is light to moderate with some airy carbonation. The APA is dry and astringent and leaves a tea like bitterness on the palate. All of these CostCo brews has this astrigent character to it. It needs to go. An average APA, would like to see more hop flavor and more of a crispness to it.

07-11-2010 19:39:29 | More by Gmann
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1.5/5  rDev -51.5%

03-24-2012 13:08:36 | More by Sailracer
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3.2/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured In: Tulip Glass

My dad went to Costco and gave me a bottle of each of their beers. Let's see what they have to offer...

Appearance: Pours a very attractive amber and brassy color with three fingers of head. The gentle pour still produced that much head. When held up to the light you can see that the beer is quite effervescent; it's also extremely clear. It doesn't look like it was bottle conditioned as the bottom of the bottle has zero yeast resting. The amount of lace on the side of my snifter is actually quite impressive. Thick sheets are completely surrounding my glass.

Smell: The nose isn't particularly exciting. A little bit of malt sweetness in the form of caramel, but not a whole lot. There's also a little bit of citrus hop in the nose, but, again, very little.

Taste: The palate isn't too far off from the nose. Some malt sweetness leads the tasting off, and then the bittering hops and flavor hops kick in. A little bit of pine and orange peel contribute to the hop character. I'd actually say this beer isn't too far off from being a decent pale ale, except that in the middle of the tasting I found the beer to be rather watery. It just needs a little more malt in the background to throw away some of that watery flavor. Personally, I'd also bump up the hops if I was adding more malt. However, I think they could get away with a well rounded pale ale by just adding more malt so long as the taster had a fresh bottle.

Mouthfeel: This has a rather thin body. I think this needs a little more malt backbone to up the body a bit. I also think upping the body would hopefully get rid of that slightly watery characteristic on the palate. Average carbonation for a pale ale.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer to be honest, although it won't end up in my crate again in the future. I have no idea how much this cost since it was given to me, but if the price for one of these large 12/24 tasting packs isn't too high I could see this being a session beer for some people.

01-04-2010 00:11:05 | More by Ek0nomik
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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-02-2014 03:24:20 | More by Ajlvt
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New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +9.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle brewed in Utica, N.Y. with an expiration date of Apr 04, 2010. Sampled on April 17, 2010. It pours a golden yellow with nice clarity with a decent fizzy white head. The aroma is balanced way. A good malty sensation as well. There is a sharpness and a bitterness to the taste with a moderately hopped finish.

04-17-2010 23:33:50 | More by puboflyons
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2.45/5  rDev -20.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.4% ABV, 35 IBUs, Best before Jun 21, 2010 printed on the neck.

A - Completely clear golden amber with moderate carbonation going up to a off-white head. Three-fingers tall with solid retention and patchy lace coating most of the glass.

S - Faint aroma in general that has the majority of the nose coming from lightly citrusy and floral hops. A drop of lemon livens what's there up. A background of pale malts isn't all too supportive.

T - A protein-tannin thing seems to overshadow what little flavor is there. Lemony citrus hop and an herbal touch. Low malt presence. It gets really metallic on the finish.

M - Medium-light bodied with a really dry metallic finish that kills the good hop bitterness at the start.

D - Blah. I can finish it but the metallic flavor and feel gets worse sip by sip. Not something I'd like to have again. Giving the last half to my brother.

04-02-2010 03:05:39 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.45/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours dark yellow with a frothy head that fades fast. Leaves some lacing as you drink. The smell is subtle with hop notes and some sweetness with some citrus background. The taste starts with the subtle hop flavor and moves into some sweetness and ends with slight hints of malt. The mouthfeel is medium, nice and full bodied, and enjoyable. This one is has decent drinkability, the flavor isn't the most exciting, nothing different, but a solid beer that is refreshing.

08-26-2010 03:09:38 | More by wingman14
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Kirkland Signature Pale Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
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