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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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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 melonpocky
3/5  rDev -4.5%

melonpocky, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -4.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of hmk22
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Maybe the least interesting of the Costco / Kirkland offerings -- way too malty and too few hops. So it seems out of place in their mix-and-match case, which has a Belgian White, in IPA, and a pale ale. I guess that happens a lot with multi-packs -- they sneak a loss-leader in with the better stuff to move it. That acknowledged, this feels like a heavy, uninspired filler product.

hmk22, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of MikeDre
4/5  rDev +27.4%

MikeDre, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
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.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

vfgccp, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

A - Pours a clear amber copper color with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a bit of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet bready malts with some caramel. A tiny bit of noticeably floral hop is there somewhere.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and a bit of biscuit. A bit nutty as well. Through the middle, a bit more caramel comes in a takes over the bready flavor. Bit more nuttiness as well. The finish is a mix of sweet biscuit and just a hint of nuttiness.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bit of a thin mouthfeel and an sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Decent Amber with enough flavor to keep it interesting. It could have used a bit of balance to clean things up though.

ngeunit1, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Kemmerlin
2.42/5  rDev -22.9%

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 JackieTH
2.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured as per the namesake, a brownish amber, smallish head that faded quickly leaving minimal lacing. Smell was so mild as to be nearly undetectable. Trace caramels and malt but absolutely watery. Taste was just ho hum. Somewhere east or west of Newcastle Brown, light caramel malt and an ever so faint nuttiness, and a flare-up of hops for balance.

Being almost totally average in every respect doesn't make an offensive or bad beer, but quite the contrary, at the price point Kirkland sets, it's a fair offering.

JackieTH, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of iSip
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%

This beer pours with a brown body, and thin off-white head. The aroma is faint but pleasant.

There is some good malt flavor and a bit of bitter comes through, but the finish is weak.

Overall an OK beer. Great price considering what a six from a craft brewer will cost.

Try the Hefewiesen, Costco does a good job with that one.

iSip, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of SmokinSmyth
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a light brown/amber with a small head, although the bottle foamed over upon opening. Head doesn't last long, and no real lacing.

Slight smell of malt, but not a strong sense of anything in particular.

Taste is of a slightly roasted malt, with a slightly nutty finish. A very mild amber.

Feels OK in the mouth, a little weak, especially for an amber. Easy drinking, though. A mild amber beer, good for a warm summer day when you don't want something too light.

SmokinSmyth, Aug 22, 2011
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 Justin23060
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%

Dark amber approaching brown. Head is off white and despite diminishing, lasted until the end. Smell is malt with some hop that reminds me of Goldings. Taste is a safe malt, again with the same hop from the smell. It is semi sweet but finishes dry with a mild linger. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery but not disappointing. Kinda reminds me of an English Brown light. I'll say it once again... this is about as good as it gets for 79 cents a bottle. I do plan on getting another Costco mixed pack.

Justin23060, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of brokennedy120
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%

I can't quite understand why other reviewers tend to bag on Costco beer. True, this is not a stunning beer, but try to overlook the "Kirkland" brand name and I'm sure this beer would do fine in a blind taste test. At least the sampler pack I got was enjoyable for the price.

That said, this is a classic amber that does not set any new standards. Enjoyably hoppy from start to finish but not at all overwhelming. Small head, very little lacing, and a warm caramely aftertaste. However it sits a little too heavy in the stomach.

Not bad for a wholesale.

brokennedy120, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of 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.

BEERME528, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Bockrules
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%

poured from the bottle into my new slightly bowed pint glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent amber with plenty of small bubbles of carbonation rushing to a two-finger tannish head. Head begins falling apart about halfway down the glass. Leaves behind hints of lacing here and there.

S - Large caramel and malt smell with tiny hint of earthy hops.

T - Malty upfront. The body is malt driven, but there seems to be a conflict between the caramel tones and the Cascade (?) hops causing the beer to feel unbalanced and weak. A little bit more hops presence as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, which transitions into a bitter caramel aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Maybe too creamy as opposed to chewy for the style.

A simply average brew that my dad picked up at Cosco in the northwest (which is filled with extraordinary brews), that will be easily forgotten. Not horrible, but I think the crafters of this beer might want to go back to the drawing board as it and the belgian white are significantly worse than the pale ales.

Bockrules, Jul 21, 2011
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
Photo of jsprain1
4/5  rDev +27.4%

A- Pours a definite amber, maybe a shade on the dark side of the amber spectrum. Head retention is decent.
S- Smell is of toasted wheat bread. There is a bit of sweetness on the nose too. Almost like a brown sugar/caramel type.
T- Here again toasted bread is the first thing I think of. A bit sweet, it's actually just a little bit honey like in there, but it's just barely noticable. It's relatively straightforward, but it's a pretty tasty beer.
M- Eh, maybe a touch light, but barely so, style considered. Initially crisp carbonation smoothes out in the finish.
O- Probably the best in the Costco box. Simple, but a generally well done amber.

jsprain1, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of gpogo
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%

A- Wonderfully clear amber red body with a nicely sized cream coloured head. Very lively carbonation.

A- Sweet caramel malt aroma. Some faint floral hop aromas as well.

T- Sweet caramel with a bit of a carbonation bite. When it was cooler I got some phenolic notes.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D- One of the better Kirkland beers. The flavor seems slightly off, but this I would almost consider paying for.

gpogo, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Snow81
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

Snow81, May 26, 2011
Photo of cpolking
1.98/5  rDev -36.9%

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 13, 2011
Photo of velosuds
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

From notes: 4/22/2011 from the guest refrigerator at my favorite B&B. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by 6/20/2011.

A-Pours a medium amber with about a two finger head and decent lacing.

S-Very faint floral hops and a mild caramel malt aroma.

T-Fruity with some hop bitterness and malt sweetness but kind of nondescript. Just ordinary.

M-Smooth with good carbonation level.

O-A decent offering form Costco. At $18 a case for 4 different, not quite, craft beers, this is a good value. However, I would much rather, and will, pay $24 for a full case of Mirror Pond, or Jubelale when released.

velosuds, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of hoppyhound
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%

The thing about this beer is that its not brewed in one place. Costco contracts out to breweries around the country and even though they use the same recipe in theory they can have dramatically different results. On the East Coast this beer tends to have an oddly sweet (and not in a pleasant way) taste to it. And the feeling in the mouth is quite heavy and sticky. Once I moved to colorado I found it to be quite good and I noted that a different brewery had made it. In general on the Kirkland beer I would say that consitency is the biggest problem here.

hoppyhound, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of HUXC
2.48/5  rDev -21%

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
Kirkland Signature Amber Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
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