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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
okay

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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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

danfix99, May 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

KingBiscuit, Apr 10, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -60.3%

GMB, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

warpedrevolution, Feb 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

rusty3335, Jan 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Bsod27, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of JimKal
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured int a Shaker pint glass.

A: a nice amber color with a minimal head. Clear with a good amount of carbonation.

S: For me this gave of only faint aroma.

T: This had a nice hoppy, caramel taste to it. It reminded me of Bell's Amber. I think someone who preferred a more hoppy amber would enjoy this one quite a bit.

M: A pretty good overall mouthfell for a beer with a less than 6% ABV. The carbonation, hop presence, and caramel all came together.

O:I tried this as part of the Costco mixed case. This was the second one that I tried. The first, the IPA, didn't measure up, but I think this is a decent Amber. Again, if you only enjoy the high ABV Imperial stouts and IPA, this is not one you will enjoy. But, I think it is a good low cost offering from Costco. If the final two, A German style lager and a Pale Ale are OK, it will make the $19 case price a bargain.

JimKal, Jan 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

dmorgan310, Jan 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

KatyC, Jan 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

napetry, Jan 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

CmBanaszak, Jan 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Mxslms, Dec 31, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

TheBishopco, Dec 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

jduprey007, Dec 26, 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
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

irishgreensoda, Nov 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

TerryB, Nov 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

mfigueroa713, Nov 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Hobby, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
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2/5  rDev -36.5%

TroyFarrar, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +27%

hadlance, Oct 27, 2012
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2/5  rDev -36.5%

lexpoot, Oct 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Vlar, Oct 06, 2012
Kirkland Signature Amber Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
73 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.