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Kirkland Signature Amber Ale - Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Kirkland Signature Amber AleKirkland Signature Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
73
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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

This poured out as a decent looking amber color. The head was a light cream color and was a little sticky on the glass. The smell of the beer gives off the aromas of some hops and a good amount of caramel roast. The taste of the beer has a subtle roasted flavor also that has a decent hop bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium to light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Overall it's a pretty standard Amber Ale.

Knapp85, May 01, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

VDubb had his doubts about this one, but I figured I'd take a shot anyway. It pours a clear russet color topped by a quickly-dying finger of off-white foam. The nose is pretty dead, though I think I get some light toffee and even lighter florals. It could just be my imagination, though. The taste has some flavor to it, already indicating an improvement over the nose: Notes of burnt toffee, orange peel, and flowers work their way across the 'buds. The body is a heavy light, with a light carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, an average amber at best, but easily drinkable.

TMoney2591, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled grassy, floral and somewhat of biscuity notes.

T - It tasted fairly nutty for an amber ale. Good roasted malt flavor with a grassy, spiciness.

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

O - This is another nice ale from Costco. A little nuttier than most amber ales.

zeff80, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -4.5%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%

Best before June 15 2010 stamped on neck:

Pours dark amber - towards brown, with some red hues when held up to the light. A thin creamy tan head has pretty good retention. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted caramel, slightly nutty with an earthy touch.

The taste is of roasted caramel with some roasted nuts. Not overly roasty, though. Some sweetness is balanced by the mild roast and an earthy tone in the finish.

It is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with medium to medium high carbonation. Flavor lingers for a reasonable time.

An easy-drinking darker amber - has some "brown ale" characteristics. Easy-drinking and very well-priced. A good value for the dollar!

jwc215, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -18.8%

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 Billolick
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...

Billolick, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of chinchill
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.

chinchill, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

dmorgan310, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev +18.8%

Part of the Kirkland mixed case available only @ Costco!

Pretty quick head and no residual foam. Nice caramel and deep copper colored brew with decent bubbling.

The aroma is a bread crust with a soft bitterness that makes me think of licking a dandelion.

The taste is a nice and malty with a great hop balance that gives this beer a smooth and slight dry palate. Pretty simple taste and palate, but worth drinking again.

scruffwhor, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

GraduatedCashew, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. 5.7% ABV, 25 IBUs, Best Before Jun. 15, 2010.

A - A vigorous pour shows that this beer has no problem forming a large head. A full three-fingers tall, the cream-colored, soft head was retained well and left thick lace all the way down and around the glass. The completely clear amber-ish wood brown beer that the head sits on top of is also attractive.

S - Toasted amber malts give off hints of toffee and nuts while grassy hops help in the earthy tone of the nose. Hints of caramel sweetness keep it from falling completely into a dry earthy nose. While the aroma has a bit of depth to it, it's still a little uninspired.

T - The flavor opens with a strong toasted amber malt kick that lasts the duration of the time on the palate. Notes of wood, nuts, caramel, and toffee add depth, but little comes across in the way of hops. The little bit of grassiness in the finish could use some bringing up for balance.

M - This amber ale is certainly malty and smooth to boot. An unusually low carbonation spritz comes out slightly in the finish but its mainly dry and dusty in texture. Some additional hops would help the mouthfeel too.

D - It's really not a bad amber for being slapped under the Kirkland label. It could use some tweaks to better balance the beer but aside from it's good looks, it's a relatively average amber.

BeerFMAndy, May 12, 2010
Photo of vfgccp
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%

A - nice head, moderate lace. Color is a little less intense than i like from an amber, i wish the color was a little more red/cranbury color to make it a true amber color.

S - a nutty maltyness. Not much sweetness, and a touch of a wattery light finish.

T - light with a touch of bitterness. Not very sweet, and little matyness.

M - smooth and bright. Finishes slightly wattery and light.

O - In a blind taste i would not think this is an amber, however it is drinkable and pretty refreshing and the added touch of bitterness is not unwelcome.

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vfgccp, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Clear mahogany amber colour with a small, tan head. Poor head retention.

Slightly nutty, sweet malt. Simple with some bread notes. Inoffensive but lacking.

Medium malt character with a dry finish. Slight breadiness and a touch of fruit. Nothing special.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is an okay, easy drinking beer. It isn't going to win any prizes but it isn't bad by any means.

dgilks, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle brewed in Utica, N.Y. with an expiration date of Apr 04 2010. Sampled on April 16, 2010. The pour is a decent looking brown with a lingering foamy beige head and lively carbonation. The aroma is well malted and sweet in nature with a kind of light hoppiness in the background. The taste is about the same with a slightly dry hoppy finish. It leaves a slight aftertaste but it is actually fairly drinkable.

puboflyons, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of illidurit
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%

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
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -4.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best before June 15th, 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

(A)- Pours a chestnut brown color that produced a fluffy eggshell colored head. Has some decent retention.

(S)- An almond nuttiness with sweet corn meal.

(T)- Same as the smell, only has a touch of vanilla in there.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. A decent maltiness & creaminess. A tad overly sweet though; almost sugary.

(D)- A decent amber with good malts. Its more like a brown ale in most respects, but not bad.

sweemzander, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%

44th review on BA
Bottle to Pint

I reviewed the Hefe then the pale ale after my father in law happened to get me a 24 pack on his most recent jaunt to Costco. Here try these he says. Thanks! It took me a while to get the nerve for round 2,3,4 but here goes.

App- This by far had the best color and head of the four. I was pleasantly suprised. Nice lacing as well.

Smell- Very light to the nose. Not much there.

Taste- I had high hopes for this one but it was not meant to be. Something just got lost in translation from bottle to mouth. It was a decent effort with sub par results.

Mouth- Watery and a bit of a let down

Drink- Since I only have some REALLY special things at the house. Pretty hight at the moment.

FosterJM, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Gmann
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

Gmann, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a small white head. The head fades rather fast to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall with some light breadiness, caramel sweetness, and a tiny amount of nut.

Taste – The taste begins a little on the sweeter caramel side with a nice bready backbone. As the flavor advances more some of the sweeter flavors fade as a light nutty and toasted malt flavor comes to the end. At the finish of the taste, the sweetness comes back with a light citrus hop joining the rest to leave a lightly sweetened and moderately roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was average in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that was rather average. Both are appropriate for the style. But nothing too extraordinary.

Overall – Not too complex in flavors, but it is a fairly easy drinking and slightly sweeter brew. For ~ 80 cents per bottle it is well worth it.

Darkmagus82, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Suds
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%

From a 12 ounce bottle, this beer is a transparent brownish-amber color. Slight head - just some wisps and a faint foam ring. The aroma is malt forward, with a nutty, slightly woody, roasted character. Some caramel. Decent smell. There is a little hop in the background as well. The taste is well balanced. This is a flavorful, and well rounded beer. Nothing really outstanding, though, and a little light in mouthfeel. Still, much better than I expected.

Suds, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of harrymel
2.05/5  rDev -34.7%

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
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Kirkland Signature Amber Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
73 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.