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Kirkland Signature Amber Ale - Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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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Bookseeb

Washington

3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a darker amber with a fair head and lace. Smell of sweet malts with dark fruit notes. Taste has the sweetness of the malts that taste lightly burned, prunes with mild hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not to bad of a brew overall although it could use a little smoothing out.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 01:28:51 | More by Bookseeb
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dudecandle

New York

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark near-brown body, thin cap on pour, disappeared very quickly, tiny wisps left around the top.

S: Very uneventful. Not much happening at all, but a slightly nutty foreshadowing of the taste.

T: Considerably nutty, toasted with a good bready character. Slightly smokey. Nonetheless, all these features are rather weak. Hops are near absent, but out of a Costco Amber, I wasn't expecting much hop character as it was. A bit metallic, like the rest of the Costco brews.

M: Thin, really lacking in the body category.

D: It lacks complexity, it lacks the looks, but it's miles ahead of the other Kirkland products, nonetheless. Unlike their others, it doesn't have a horrible skunkiness to itself. Drinkable, yes. Ideal, not in the least.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 22:37:10 | More by dudecandle
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 19:24:56 | More by Suds
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew pours a light, clear amber with a thin white head. The aroma is nutty, bready. The flavor follows, slightly sweet grainy flavors. IMO the beer is a bit too thin, but it is an easy drinker. This is more of a gateway beer than any thing else and a decent value for the price, but not something to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 00:20:42 | More by bonkers
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dbmcrorie

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation:
12 oz brown long neck bottle from 24 mix pack. No freshness date on bottle. Poured into regular drinking glass (lack of options).

Visual:
Copper brown body with orange hues, mostly translucent. White creamy head with very sticky lacing around the glass. Quite enjoyable to look at actually.

Aroma:
Plenty of crystal and roasted malts providing hints of chocolate and strong notes of caramel in the nose. Sneaky hints of smokey peat hiding in the corners from - what I can only imagine are - Yakima Valley hops. Slight bready yeast notes here and there. Hints of roasted nuts in the finish.

Taste:
Funky metallic notes around the edges of the tongue. Interesting malt lets the tongue ponder nutty flavors, toasted bread, biscuit, toffee, and faint smoke. Hop bitterness in the finish with a dry aftertaste of almonds and toasted grain. Oily mouthfeel and heavy effervescence.

Overall:
Not amazing, but decent amber and tasty for the price. I'd say this is one of the better of the four Kirkland Signature brews. But in the end, I'd rather pick something else - even if it meant spending a few more bucks.
Would pair well with anything smokey such as fish or barbecue. Would also do nicely with some strong creamy cheeses.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 19:40:56 | More by dbmcrorie
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Arbitrator

California

2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. Part of my friend's curiosity over what I thought about the Kirkland Series.

A: Pours a clear, deep amber color with orange highlights in the glass. Develops a nice head that retains for barely 30 seconds, receding into a ring on the glass with flecks of lacing here and there.

S: Not pungent. Requires some agitation to bring it out, but I get nuts, grain, caramel, some chocolate. Shaping up to be a decent amber so far. Just needs more aromaticity.

T: A fairly watery flavor that lacks punch. I taste what I smell: caramel is strongest, along with nuts, grains, and possibly chocolate somewhere underneath it all. There appear to be hops in here too, manifesting as an earthy undercurrent.

M: Thin-medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. The flavor is trying to go places, but fizzles in many of the swigs.

D: One of the better bottles in the series, but I'd rather spring for something else.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 03:59:44 | More by Arbitrator
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josiahschlender

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been curious about the KS 24 pack from Costco for a while, so I finally went ahead and bought the case, too tempted by the $17 price tag.

Pours into a pint glass a typical and attractive rich amber color, orange highlights, it seems on the dark side of the style. Pretty good off-white head diminishes rapidly to a thin ring that leaves a little bit of lace.

Smells are not over-abundant, but they're good when I concentrate on inhaling them out of the glass. Nutty, grainy malts and maybe just a bit of chocolate and possibly some dark fruit? I wish the aromas had more intensity, they're enticing, but too scant.

Flavors are a similar story--for the quality they seem to lack some oomph. Solid malty nuttiness, just a bit of sweetness that balanced out by ample bittering for a mainstream amber. Along with bittering hops, I notice just a bit of earth in the hops as well. I'm still intrigued by a bit of yeast flavors going on that somehow isn't surprising, having heard some about Gordon Biersch's head brewer being trained as a brewer in Germany. (hopefully that's true and I'm not mixing up my Southern California breweries)

Medium body and a fairly long finish round out the beer pretty well. Carbonation seems adequate.

This beer seems like it can't make up its mind from being an easy-drinking unmemorable gateway beer to a really quality Amber that stands out from a crowded pack. If the aroma and flavors stayed the same but upped the intensity, it would be up there with some of the best ambers I've had. However, making the flavors a little more mainstream, knocking back the bitterness and ABV some seems like it would fit better with the idea of an inexpensive case of session craft beer. Either way, it's worth a try in my opinion. If the other styles pan out, I'll be getting the case again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 23:11:04 | More by josiahschlender
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jimmybryght

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When my wife returned from Costco and told me to get my beer out of the car, I knew she got me a case of something. I had no idea what was coming next. Costco-branded beer? I was very disappointed. She knows to get my brew from BevMo and nowhere else!

Needless to say, I was most impressed with the Kirkland Amber Ale. Nice deep bronze with a low head. Thick and rich. The aroma is hoppy with nice malts, some wheat and something else that I can only compare to dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is wonderful - thicker than I expected. A two-tiered finish with a wheaty aftertaste. Try it warm and then cold. It's actually more rich when it is warm. No loss of taste at all. I'm going to get some more this weekend.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 20:25:32 | More by jimmybryght
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jeffjeff1

California

3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty good. Picked up a case of 24 Kirkland beers at Costco for $15. Can't beat the deal. Good beer, cheap and a lot of them.

Appearance- amber color, transparent

Smell- caramel, hops

Taste- malty, hoppy

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, will be drinking it again, can't beat the price!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 20:23:00 | More by jeffjeff1
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Japerrault

Idaho

3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice looking golden amber with a thick white head, which dissipated quickly.

S: Carmel and some spicey hops.

T: Light sweet caramely malts at first followed by slight hops bitterness in the finish

M: medium body with good carbonation. The feel is right for the style/

D: Easy drinker. Nothing harsh. Overall a good basic amber.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 02:46:43 | More by Japerrault
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originalsin

California

3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kind of drunk now...I don't know why I saved this one for last.

Truth be told, it pours a dull amber color with a little bit of off white head that disappears without to much fuss.

The nose on this one is probably the best out of the pack--some nice caramel and roasted malts mingling with floral hop notes.

The taste is heavy on barley and caramel malt. It's medium bodied and really nothing special. A drinkable brew for a costco bbq, as previously noted in other kirkland reviews. One of the more solid beers in the pack

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 05:51:47 | More by originalsin
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illidurit

California

2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 22:32:52 | More by illidurit
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Troyone

California

3.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 00:54:04 | More by Troyone
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Kirkland Signature Amber Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
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