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Kirkland Signature Amber Ale - Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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73
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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Troyone on 03-19-2009)
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1.25/5  rDev -60.3%

GMB, Mar 16, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -60.3%

SlaughteredWolf, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of cpolking
1.98/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours medium brown, translucent when held to the light with a bit of orange around the edges and a slight head that leaves some lacing down the glass.

The aroma is burnt caramel, cooked broccoli and a touch of manure. I hope it tastes better than it smells.

The taste is watery burnt caramel with a touch of sharp rye. This is the bum steer of the Kirkland Signature lot.

cpolking, May 14, 2011
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2/5  rDev -36.5%

apasternak, Jul 25, 2013
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2/5  rDev -36.5%

lexpoot, Oct 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev -36.5%

crobinso, May 31, 2012
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2/5  rDev -36.5%

TroyFarrar, Nov 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -36.5%

MichaelBigbone, Dec 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -36.5%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of harrymel
2.05/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by: 10/27/11

A: pours amber with brilliant clarity and a single finger of creamy head which falls to a broken sheet of the same. No lacing.

S: Sweet malts. A hint of bitter hops. Really syrupy smell. A small amount of chemical astringency.

T: Sweet, malty. Really no character to this beer. Tastes like the Pale Ale, which tastes like the IPA, which tastes like the Amber.

M: Medium body with moderate carb.

O: whatever. Great to have around the house for people you don't respect (in-laws).

harrymel, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
2.13/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Final bottle in this series of four. It started to lose steam towards the end of this flight, but lets hope it picks itself up for the finale.

Vision
Little bit greater than one finger worth of real teeth whiteness rises above the ruby red darkness of the craft beverage. It is what I would imagine thinned blood would look like. No carbonation at all can be seen from within its depths. That is probably why it died away way too fast. Left me with a moderate collar and no skin.

Bouquet
Enjoyable. I wish it was stronger, but you get what you pay for maybe. Caramel and apple notes come out of this one. A tad bit of lager-like malt presence blends in.

Flavor Profile
Something about this is off. There is this eruption of metals in the middle of this that make me cringe. It is almost as if I poured my beer into my coin jar and just started enjoying away without a care at all. The front is moderately sweet and flavorful, but quickly gives way to the coin purse. The finish has a finish that reminds me of sinus infections. I hack up some awful bit of phlegm that lands on my tongue. This aftertaste is almost comparable to that.

Oral Sensations
For a beer that has almost no visible carbonation, this one has an acceptable amount. There is a pleasurable amount of tingle that distracts from the let-down of a flavor collection. It has an average body for the 'style' and doesn't let itself linger anywhere but the finish on the back of my tongue.

Drinkability
If you burn your tongue on coffee or ruin your sense of taste for an evening this would be perfect. It is smooth enough and has what you'd want for carbonation. I would only fail to drink this free beer again for fear of the taste. Too bad that is the biggest reason to consume beverages other than water.

Khazadum, Sep 08, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

Jaguarkmd, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of MikeBrandman
2.33/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - Surprisingly deep amber. Brown through and through. Completely transparent. Very visible carbonation and no haze. 2 fingers of bright white head that forms a nice crown. No lacing.

S - Very light smell. Slight cereal grain, but not much of anything. No alcohol, which is good.

T - Thick malty taste. Slight grains and cereal. By far the lightest of the 4 in the variety pack. I really want to say more but I'm struggling. I can tell you there's no alcohol and very little hop bitterness in here.

MF - Very watery.

D - High, just because there's nothing here.

MikeBrandman, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Kemmerlin
2.42/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: amber colored with a very thin hard poured head quickly dissipating to nothing.
S: overall biscuit and sharp yeast smelling with sweet caramel barely approaching the back of the nose.
T: lacks the level of hoppiness expected in an amber tastes more like a brown to me. Biscuit maltiness is the primary character not much else. Aftertaste is non existent.
M/D: light bodied easily drinkable not very beerfreshing for the avid taster.

Kemmerlin, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of HUXC
2.48/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

Appearance- Mild amber color with shades of copper. somewhat transparent, almost watery appearance. When poured it had almost a fingers worth of white head with a brown/tan undertone. The lacing left on the brim of the glass quickly dissipates leaving nothing but condensation in its place.

Smell- Faint roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and a slight notion of hops.

Taste- At first taste there isn't much flavor to speak of. After a few moments a mild roasted malt flavor comes into play followed by a coffee undertone. Leaves the mouth with a mildly bitter coffee tinge.

Mouthfeel- Not very carbonated. Watery at first followed by a very mild bitter bite.

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 Amber Ales however, it wasn't all that impressive.

HUXC, Apr 13, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

danfix99, May 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

rickjane, Jun 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Ecxeeder616, Jan 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Hobby, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | 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 third Kirkland Signature beer and the two before it varied between poor and 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 light khaki colour head of some limited cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Body colour is a dark clear copper-auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is sparse and unimpressive.

Sm: Amber malts - with some light toasted character, vague nuts, and biscuit malt. A below average strength aroma. Little sticks out.

T: Malty, yes. Limited roast, some biscuit, the usual amber sweet malts. Sure, there's some middling floral hop character. It's too sweet, all around, which seems a ploy to disguise its extract feel. Some understated nut notes are a highlight; hazelnut, maybe chestnut too. Underwhelming balance and build. A pretty simple beer, even for an amber. No alcohol or yeast comes through. I'm far from impressed.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thickness is average. Overcarbonated. Not at all well executed or tailored to the flavour profile. Meh.

Dr: Drinkable but pedestrian. Not a bad option for the price, but there are far better Ambers for not much more than this. I wouldn't bother with this again. Hides its modest ABV well.

C-

kojevergas, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

HalfFull, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of illidurit
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber color with an ecru head and a little lace. Aroma is toasted wheat bread with some nuttiness and diacetyl. Flavor is not much different except for vague notes of caramel, iced tea, and metal. Thin and watery mouthfeel, drinkable but not very good. Not exactly a big surprise.

illidurit, May 09, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

TheBishopco, Dec 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

zestd, Jun 27, 2013
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Kirkland Signature Amber Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
73 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.