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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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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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baybassboy

California

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-21-2012 04:30:01 | More by baybassboy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 23:51:40 | More by Knapp85
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Huffaroma

Montana

3/5  rDev -4.5%

04-30-2012 03:35:19 | More by Huffaroma
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PeteTheBeerDrinker


3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

03-21-2012 02:15:47 | More by PeteTheBeerDrinker
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auburngrad82

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

03-14-2012 21:00:32 | More by auburngrad82
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SocalKicks

California

3/5  rDev -4.5%

03-07-2012 04:08:25 | More by SocalKicks
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sharpski

Oregon

2/5  rDev -36.3%

02-15-2012 20:54:43 | More by sharpski
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -4.5%

01-22-2012 22:26:49 | More by djaeon
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TrojanWheels

California

3/5  rDev -4.5%

01-19-2012 21:28:31 | More by TrojanWheels
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kirkland's Amber Ale opens with a yeasty, malty aroma, smelling much like the interior of a breadshop which has just finished baking a load of floury wheat rolls. These grain aromas overlay a layer of fruits, including orange and apricot, and a very light touch of grapefruit spritzer lingers in the distance, along with a slight touch of dark brown sugar. The aromas as a whole are quite light, and the breads outweigh the fruits to a fairly large extent. It is largely the delicate nature of the aromas that results in deductions.

On the tongue, the beer opens with earthy, bready notes, the floury wheat rolls coming through strongly in the opening moments. These are quickly joined by a brown sugar and molasses combo, as well as apricot and black cherry fruit esters. Some cola-like notes linger at the edges. A slight buzz on the tongue notes the presence of hops (25 IBUs), though there are only faint hints of citrus or pine in the flavor profile. The aftertaste is mainly floury breads, with lingering bitterness and touches of apricot, and lasts for a little while, becoming more yeasty near the end. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is decent fare, but could have used a better variety of malts to further nuance the flavor profile, and the slight touches of cola in the main mouthful are mildly offputting. The fruit flavors in here are nice, as are the floury bread rolls, and there is just enough of a hop presence to help balance the sugars.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 17:12:34 | More by jondeelee
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dgilks

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 07:30:06 | More by dgilks
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-16-2011 01:00:13 | More by tyleeis
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adamant1912

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-14-2011 20:03:25 | More by adamant1912
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kbutler1

Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Pours a clear amber mahagony reddish color with a 1 finger light tan head that settles to collar around the glass. Malty, biscuit, and slight dark fruit notes in the nose. Maybe a silght touch of banana or bubblegum in the nose as well. Sweet, slightly roasty, orange, with a slight bitterness in the end. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, not bad, not outstanding but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:46:16 | More by kbutler1
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ankdoktor

Washington

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-08-2011 10:26:04 | More by ankdoktor
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kornkid8600

California

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-08-2011 10:13:09 | More by kornkid8600
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melonpocky

Texas

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-07-2011 23:08:27 | More by melonpocky
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-07-2011 12:18:25 | More by ROGUE16
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hmk22

New York

3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:21:22 | More by hmk22
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MikeDre

California

4/5  rDev +27.4%

11-21-2011 06:03:17 | More by MikeDre
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +27.4%

11-15-2011 00:43:00 | More by Lawnboy33
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vfgccp

New York

3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:32:46 | More by vfgccp
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ngeunit1

California

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 04:54:32 | More by ngeunit1
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

2.42/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 19:53:00 | More by Kemmerlin
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JackieTH

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 03:19:43 | More by JackieTH
Kirkland Signature Amber Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
73 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.