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Kirkland Signature Pale Ale - Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 176
Avg: 3.15
pDev: 23.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Troyone on 03-19-2009

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Photo of Onenote81
3.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend of mine bought a case of these mixed Kirklands, so he gave me a couple bottles. I'd had their IPA before, which wasn't in any way terrible, so I'm having some pleasant anticipation on these.

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear pale orange with a good amount of bubbles rising throughout the drink feeding the bone-white head. The nose was basic with mild grains, vegetal hops, greens. Seems to be a standard PA aroma. The mouth is crisp, unsurprisingly with the vast amount of visible bubbles. Medium depth. Good clean finish.

Smooth creamy flavors. Mild to moderate bitterness of leafy greens, crackers, some mildly bitter pithy citrus rind. Easy finish. This is in no way offensive. I've had some bad Pales that just taste "off," but this was mild and pleasant. I'd have it again. It's not earth shattering, but it is easy to drink.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a clear light amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a tiny level of lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma is malty with lighter hop notes of a citrus and grassy. Mixed with these aromas is a light caramel sweetness as well as a small amount of a musty grain smell.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a lighter caramel sweetness and a bready and slightly grassy hop flavor. As the flavors advance from the initial tastes the sweetness gets a bit stronger with a light citrus hop flavor entering the taste as well. These flavors largely take the taste to its end where there is a bit of an increase h the grassy hop flavors as well as a metallic flavor to leave a moderate hop bite on a brew with a bready and lightly sweetened flavor.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both the carbonation and medium body are quite appropriate for the more subdued and mix flavors of the brew as well as provide for a higher drinkability of the brew.

Overall – Well not really the best out there. The odd grassy and metallic flavor at the end of the tongue are rather off putting, even while most of the other flavors and attributes of the beer are not.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.33/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was one bottle of 24 in a pack acquired at Costco today for $19.00. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is my second Kirkland Signature beer and the IPA I had before this was average. I certainly like the price. 5.4% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger thin white head of no real cream. Retention is above average, though the ABV is merely 5.4%. Body colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks like a typical pale ale; standard fare.

Sm: Buttery. Pale malts, biscuit malt. Generic floral hops. Very little character. Bland and boring. An average strength aroma.

T: Pale malts, floral hops, straw, barley, light nectary hops. Very grainy foundation mixed with an artificial sweetness. Bland, boring, and uninspired. Strangely sweet, to its detriment. A pretty mundane pale ale. Not real well balanced either. This is about as dull as a pale ale gets. Why brew this? Tastes like an extract homebrew.

Mf: Smooth and wet, and also unnaturally thin. Carbonation is overdone. Meh. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable but beyond mediocre. If you like a novice homebrewer's extract concoction, this may be for you. If you like a tasty refreshing pale ale, I'd steer clear of this one. Hides its ABV well. I'd even sooner take Simpler Times from Trader Joe's over this at this price point. In fact, I'm pretty sure Simpler Times is half the price of this.

Low D+

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My house on July 13, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. About one finger of head, which stayed for a decent amount of time. Honey caramel color. Pillowy white lacing on the sides. Decent amount retention.

Smelled a healthy whiff of caramel, light lemon citrus hops, peach and plum.

Tasted fairly close to the smell. Got some caramel, bread, wheat, lemon, plum, apple, pear, rye and iced tea.

Medium body. Oily creamy texture. Above average-to-good carbonation. Long bitter finish.

Was my second beer of the 4-beer, variety case from Costco. Started out nice, but the taste and feel were fairly average.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a decent looking yellowish gold color with a white head on top. The smell of pale malts and hops fill the nose. The taste of some crisp hops balance out the sweetness of the malts. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, pretty easy going, nothing overly complex happening here. Overall it's a standard Pale Ale. I would drink it again but I wouldn't have to pay for it.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - amber ale with a half finger of fizzy head and bubbly looking character.
S - fairly subdued hops and touch of citrus fruits if I dig deep.
T - surprisingly hoppy despite the lack of telltale smell, but that's not to say it's very hoppy. Biscuit maltiness followed by a long lasting bitterness that borders on astringent.
M - medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - would be a good cheap drinker for a crab feast.
Better than anticipated.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce PRY-OFF bottle into a Common Ground pint glass.

A: Clean, pale amber color with a two-finger head of clingy off-white carbonation that leaves some weak trails of lacing.

S: Buttery, toasted biscuit, somewhat musty, fruity ale and hop aromas coupled with a slightly metallic grain mill smell.

T: Sweet, toasted pale malts up front that have some fruity ale esters kicking around the palate. Flavors of citrus, apple and pear permeate the tongue before a weak dose of herbal hops washes the palate out, leaving a little cloying, buttery and bitter taste in the finish.

M: Fairly clean, medium-bodied and a little metallic with some pulling bitterness in the aftertaste.

O: Surprisingly fine for what it is, that said, it's still a mediocre 5.4% ABV APA. Cost-effective and fairly inoffensive to serve the non-craft drinker? Sure thing. Think of it as a Saranac (It probably is) and you'll be fine.

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Photo of dgilks
2.96/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear, amber colour with a foamy, small, light tan head. Some head retention but it's not great.

Lightly citrussy aroma with some metallic malt notes. A touch grassy but overall it just falls a bit flat.

Nutty, metallic, caramelised malt with some earthy, mildly citrussy American hops. Dull.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Okay.

It's a cheap beer. Certainly nothing special but if you've already had a few it probably isn't a bad option.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a slight orange tint and a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of grassy hop and sweet caramel malt. Bit of biscuit as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of herbal hops and some sweet buttery biscuit malt. Through the middle, the caramel comes through a bit and the hops start to fade. Touch of bitterness comes through. Finish is a mix of sweet caramel and some buttery biscuit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels fairly smooth though a bit watery and muddled.

D - Very drinkable. Could have used a bit more hops and a less strong malt presence. Not a very good balance here.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.66/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured caramel-gold, a half finger of foam that disappeared quickly, leaving a thin skein. Some lacing was noticeable.

The smell was almost completely absent. This is becoming a theme with these Kirkland beers.

Taste was crisp from the carbonation, some grain and malt was apparent. Bitterness came in about midway through, hops, grassy and floral at the edges of the palate. Bitterness lingers modestly into the finish in the light to medium bodied beer.

Overall, non-descript. Perhaps it's worth drinking st it's price point, or not. There are way too many beers and not enough time..but now I'm rambling on...

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, caramel color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left little no no lacing.

S - It smelled malty and floral. Not much else, maybe some faint caramel.

T - It tasted somewhat spicy with biscuity malt and sweet caramel. There was a mild bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay pale ale. An easy drinking beer at an affordable price.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloud amber with about an inch of head initially that recedes fairly quickly, but does leave liberal lacing.

Aroma dominated by hops with a hint of malt.

Tastes good, with the malt overtaking the hops in terms of taste.

Feels good in the mouth, ending with just a slight bitterness.

Nothing bad, but nothing great, an average beer for a lower than average price.

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Photo of BEERME528
2.38/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of harrymel
2.19/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best by: Oct 22, 2011

A: pours an amber ale with two fingers of peanut head which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. No lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Sweet malts, herbal hops. More sweet malts. Some chemical smells here. Some butter, some corn.

T: Tastes like cheap, oxidized malts, tea, herbal hops and sugar.

M: Medium body with hi carb. Dry finish

O: Not a good beer, and not much different than the IPA IMO.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.59/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent copper with a one finger, white head. Moderate amounts of carbonation form streams to the surface. Head is gone a quarter of the way down the glass. Lacing isn't too sticky, and only a few splotches are left behind.

S - Piney smell with a bit of citrus zest from the cascade hops on a biscuity malt backdrop.

T - Piney upfront. Cascade hops provide bitterness in the body and not much else, making them conflict a bit with the biscuity malt background. Dry finish to leave a slightly piney aftertaste.

M - Substantial carbonation with a body that is on the weaker side of medium. Could use more heft.

About as I expected from Costco brand beer - Textbook, and decent, but nothing to get excited about. My dad picked up a case of the variety pack while I was in town. I imagine the pack will make a good introduction to him of different beer styles.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden amber, with a thick, long lasting white head, that does a good job of staying strong and leaving lacing.
S- Smell is lightly citrusy, but mostly floral with some earthy, bready notes. Well balanced on the nose.
T- There are floral notes up front, with some bready flavors as well. Finish is bitter, but doesn't provide much in terms of flavor.
M- Light bodied, a bit too much so. Carbonation is high, but only a little bit too much so.
O- On the positive, this beer goes down pretty easy. With my pizza, it was a decent enough mindless beer. But I can't say it ventures beyond the average for the style.

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Photo of BeerMark
3.59/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got my Kirkland Signature Pale Ale from a mixed case of ales available at Costco. Visited store as a guest of a paying member. I don't pay to shop anywhere. This beer has a very nice caramel color which may be it's best attribute. It's taste is malty and bready but lacking a good hop presence. Non offending but unremarkable. Not worth seeking out but for the money - not bad.

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Photo of gpogo
3.19/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear amber body with a course soda bubble head that instantly disappeared. No lacing.

A- Bready malt aroma and just a hint of bitterness. Some caramel sweetness.

T- Nice bitter taste with some bready malt flavors. Leaves a bittered malt flavor as an aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body with moderate-light carbonation.

D- Taste and smell aren't too bad. I would drink this, but probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light beige head that was slow to disipate & clung somewhat. Color is golden orange. Great fresh smell, bordering on an IPA but with a bit more malt. Taste is very well balanced. The mild malt sweetness reminds me of an English brown only it finishes w/ a pleasant semi-sweet slightly bitter hop finish that lingers just enough. A little thin but w/ adequate carbination. It's not really complex but I don't think beers always need to be. This really is a great simple solid beer and under a buck a bottle at that. I'm definitely gonna get this one again.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There isn't anything wrong with this ale. It is well crafted and has good balance. It has a taste that reminds me of Sam Adams Boston Lager, even though they are different styles. It's not an over the top brew, it's very reserved.

I will try to get more of this, but I will need to count on my sister and her Costco membership. There isn't one close to me.

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Photo of cpolking
3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a medium copper and amber in color with a small head of white foam. The aroma is light biscuit to scone with red plum jelly. The taste is somewhat malty and fruity with a slightly bitter and dry finish. As like the IPA, there is a bit of tea with honey and lemon in the aftertaste. For a store brand, this is a good approximation of an English-style pale ale.

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Photo of HUXC
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- An amber/copper color with golden reddish undertones and highlights. About a fingers worth of tan head that dissipates quickly leaving condensation in its place.

Smell- No real aromatic notions to speak of. Hints of bittering hops and light caramel malted grains.

Taste- Not an off putting flavor, a little on the watery side though. It has a slight bitter flavor combined with malted grains which gives it a slightly sweet foretaste with a very weak bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Mildly carbonated, medium bodied American pale ale with a smooth and crisp finish.

Overall- I bought a variety pack from Costco because it looked interesting and, well, I was curious to see what kind of beer Kirkland Signature produced. Considering that it just might be the most inexpensive beer that I purchased in a long time, it led up to my expectations. Compared to most American pale ales however, it wasn't all that impressive.

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Photo of Snow81
3.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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

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Kirkland Signature Pale Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
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