Kirkland Signature Amber Ale - Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
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Reviews by BEERME528:
3.23/5 rDev +2.9%
I was very hesitant to drink this based on the label and my experience with other Kirkland brews. I truly did enjoy this beer though. After being poured into a glass, the head disappeared fairly quickly. The color was nice and dark and there were slight carmel scents emitting. It tasted like a basic sweet Amber Ale and nothing too special. But for the price, this is not a terrible option.
08-01-2011 15:27:18 | More by BEERME528
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3.1/5 rDev -1.3%
12 ounce bottle, with "Best Before" dating etched onto the bottle. Pours clear lighter brownish amber, the head is fairly typical, medium knaki, moderate height and retention, then a low collar, some light sheeting and bits of lace. The nose is where things start to go downhill, with a hint of vegatal off flavors beginning to become noticable. Malty brew, with the same mild but still off putting bit of vegitation present. Caramel, bread, light cabbadge...oh my..pass this one by...
02-10-2010 22:20:17 | More by Billolick
3.5/5 rDev +11.5%
Kirkland's Amber Ale opens with a yeasty, malty aroma, smelling much like the interior of a breadshop which has just finished baking a load of floury wheat rolls. These grain aromas overlay a layer of fruits, including orange and apricot, and a very light touch of grapefruit spritzer lingers in the distance, along with a slight touch of dark brown sugar. The aromas as a whole are quite light, and the breads outweigh the fruits to a fairly large extent. It is largely the delicate nature of the aromas that results in deductions.
On the tongue, the beer opens with earthy, bready notes, the floury wheat rolls coming through strongly in the opening moments. These are quickly joined by a brown sugar and molasses combo, as well as apricot and black cherry fruit esters. Some cola-like notes linger at the edges. A slight buzz on the tongue notes the presence of hops (25 IBUs), though there are only faint hints of citrus or pine in the flavor profile. The aftertaste is mainly floury breads, with lingering bitterness and touches of apricot, and lasts for a little while, becoming more yeasty near the end. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.
Overall, this is decent fare, but could have used a better variety of malts to further nuance the flavor profile, and the slight touches of cola in the main mouthful are mildly offputting. The fruit flavors in here are nice, as are the floury bread rolls, and there is just enough of a hop presence to help balance the sugars.
12-27-2011 17:12:34 | More by jondeelee
3.53/5 rDev +12.4%
Fresh 12 0z bottle, "best by" dated June 18, 2011. Served in pint glass. Brewed by "New Yorker Brewing Co., Utica, NY". Also from bottle: brewed with "dark-roasted crystal malt ... from England". IBU = 25
Pours a clear reddish mahogany color with medium bubbling and a limited amount of tan head. Head has moderate retention and leaves little lacing.
A - unusual floral malty aroma. Vanilla; toffee? Subtle
T - Resembles brown ale. Rather sweet, especially on initial portion of tasting. Less sweet, hop-tinged toasted malt dominates thereafter. Primary flavor component: a roasted chocolate malt, which lingers into the finish. Much as I love chocolate, I'm not a big fan of 'chocolate' flavor in beer; if you are you'll probably like this one more than I do. More flavor, even if unchanged, would be welcome.
M - medium/light body with medium carbonation; smooth. Carbonation looks higher than it feels.
D - not bad, but particularly appealing either.
At $19 a case, this is a good buy ... I think it is only available in mix packs with 3 other varieties - PA, IPA, Belgian White -- all of which I prefer.
02-26-2011 00:01:59 | More by chinchill
3.58/5 rDev +14%
354ml bottle, one of many, many, (did I say many?) in the Costco mixed pack.
This beer pours a clear, brassy amber hue, with two fingers of tight, puffy pale beige head, which leaves a few instances of broad spectral lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.
It smells of sweet bready caramel malt, some indistinct orchard fruitiness, a mild oily nuttiness, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is quite upfront with the caramel malt, tinged with toffee and a waning biscuity breadiness, some still indecipherable nuttiness, a slight orange and pear fleshy fruit character, and more soft earthy, musty leaf hops.
The bubbles are pretty laid back, to the point of me wanting to shout a hearty "Get a damned job, ya hippie", but I'll hold back for now, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually rather smooth, the caramel candy nature having strong pull here. It finishes fairly off-dry, the malt still redolent with caramel and thin toffee notes, and little beyond some weak drupe fruit and earthy hop posturing to form any kind of a counterargument.
While not the strongest offering in this gargantuan value pack, in amongst its own class, this punches well above average, as said mid-range is usually quite lacking - amber ales are as common as water, but normally not much more interesting, and often less so. Therefore the unexpected gravitas of this offering speaks with more oomph that I would have initially expected. Good, I guess.
11-08-2012 05:36:13 | More by biboergosum
4.15/5 rDev +32.2%
Pure amber in color with a full-smooth slightly off-white head, good looks overall.
Very nice roastie malts up-front, dark wheat, black licorice, brown sugar...really complex malty aroma. Nice earthy hop scent underneath.
This has a really great malt flavor with goo complexity for this style. dark and slightly roast crystal malts, dark wheat and very crisp effect. Hops add a peppery, dry, earthy tone that is in just the right place. Subtle brown sugar to the malt adds a bit of sweet.
The feels is also really nice, mega-crispy medium bodied that just keeps going.
This one was a really nice surprise with great complexity and easily one of my favorites of this style.
06-23-2011 21:47:09 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.43/5 rDev +9.2%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber
Head: Light tan head, nice lace on the sides of my glass
Smell: Carmel with a light toasted malt
Taste: Sweet caramel with some brown sugar and a hint of grassiness
Weight: Medium to light body with a medium
amount of carbonation
Finish: Subtle hops in the cheeks with aroma of toasted sweet malts left on the palate
05-26-2011 02:53:31 | More by Snow81
2.63/5 rDev -16.2%
Final (of the) Four, and poured into a pint glass. This Kirkland brew from Hopfen Und Malz Brewing Co. pours a somewhat light amber gold in color. Quite clear and bright on the pour whilst topped with a thin nearly white cap which offers a somewhat brief retention.
Aroma is light and along the vein of the brewery. A background hint of hops and a remote sense of caramel malt.
Flavor is right up the same alley with a hint of caramel followed by a rather dry and biscuity finish and with a touch of almond and hazelnut. Feel is quite thin for the style and without a whole lot of character either, more along the lines of a Vienna Lager.
Interestingly the entire set of Kirkland beers offers a very thin approach to ales in general. And while each of the four seem to have the same genes, two bottles of the same style are often quite different from each other. And while none are unpalatable, they are universally mediocre at best.
03-22-2011 06:47:51 | More by HalfFull
3.78/5 rDev +20.4%
Pours an amber color with minimal off white head, moderate action, and didn't see any sediment.
Rich caramel and barley grain aroma with a hint of florals.
Has a grainy taste of toasted barley malt and a hint of caramel with a hint of mild grapefruit and butter.
Medium bodied, resinous and slight butter feel, with lively comfortable carbonation.
Another session type of amber with a craft grainy taste of toasted barley, not too sweet.
03-19-2009 00:54:04 | More by Troyone
3.5/5 rDev +11.5%
Pours a clear amber color, more towards the brown side. The beer has a small tight creamy head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of brown bread, a bit nutty, and mineral water. A touch of brown sugar as well. The taste is of a solid bready malt with caramel sweetness. Again there is some mineral notes to go along with a lemony tea like bitterness. Almost seems to be more of a brown ale than an amber but whatever. The amber has a moderate body with fizzy carbonation with some light grassy bitterness in the end. A bit dry and astringent. Probably the best out of the 4 CostCo brews, this is solid all around
07-16-2010 19:11:01 | More by Gmann
3.48/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured In: Tulip Glass
Appearance: The pour is an amber and dark copper color. The beer is crystal clear, and quite effervescent as well. I'm sitting here with 3 fingers of foamy head that last for a handful of minutes. There is a good amount of lace is on the side of my glass as well.
Smell: The nose is a mixture of hops and malt, leaning more on the malt side. The malt profile is sweet caramel, walnut and brown sugar. There's just a dash of earthy hops that are in the mix as well to balance the malts out.
Taste: The palate is very similar to the nose. It's a well rounded amber, although the watery aspect takes away from it a bit. I'm sure this beer is probably better for me from a nutritional aspect given it's watery flavor. Probably something Costco is after given their enormous customer base. Anyways, the malt flavors are similar to the ones listed in the aroma. It's a blend of caramel, brown sugar and some nuts. There is also a little bit of hop flavor that lingers during the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: I thought the beer was too highly carbonated from the pour, but the carbonation actually was about right from the start. The beer has a medium body, although a little on the thin side of medium since it seems like it's been watered down.
Drinkability: For a weeknight, I must say this was an enjoyable beer to have. The ABV is low, and it's an easy beer to sip on after a long day at work.
01-12-2010 02:37:59 | More by Ek0nomik
Kirkland Signature Amber Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
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