Kirkland Signature India Pale Ale - Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: chinchill on 02-24-2011

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Photo of jondeelee
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kirkland's IPA, available in a mixed pack at Costco, begins with a light, but promising aroma, boasting brown sugars, lightly toasted grains, and a good smattering of citrusy hop notes such as lemon, grapefruit, and rosewater.

On the tongue, the 67 IBUs kick in quickly, bringing decent grapefruit and grapefruit rind bitterness to the brew, as well as hints of pine and lemon. A decent batch of sugars--mainly brown, but also some fruit esters such as apricot and berry--lie beneath, as well as a hint of toast and cereal grains. But the hops are first and foremost, providing a surprisingly sharp bitterness for a Costco beer, and lasting well into the aftertaste, which lingers for quite a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, I'm quite surprised at the quality of this brew. It's nowhere near a Dogfish Head, of course, and seems out of balance, considering how strong the hops are relative to the malts (and the hops themselves are excessively bitter, lacking subtlety and nuance), but for a beer that comes in a twenty-four pack that sells for $18, you're actually getting a hell of a deal. Excellent beach fare.

Photo of joeworrall
2.72/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

full discosure: i am trying this for the first time tonight after drinking a Stone IPA and a New Belgium Ranger IPA, both of which are superior to this brew.

poured from a bottle into a large tulip glass, it developed a HUGE head, that settled to about 1" thick. Color is a nice amber, like most of the ales sold at Costco.

there is almost no hops in the aroma or on the tongue. It is simply a decent amber ale with nice malt notes, slightly sweet, but not an IPA in the sense that it doesn't have any of the hop notes that you would expect.

hope that someone at Costco is working to improve their "handcrafted ale" series, cuz right now, there's no real draw here. I admit the price is reasoable, but I would rather spend a few more bucks and get an IPA that tastes like an IPA...

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 generous amounts of American hops, including Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo ... using barley malt, Munich and English crystal malt" IBU = 67

Pours a clear amber color with medium bubbling and enough tan head to nearly reach the lip of the point glass. Head has good retention and leaves considerable lacing.

A - Hop aroma over faint malt backdrop. Pleasant and appealing, but not strong or bold for style.

T - Starts crisp with a substantial hop flavor. The malt component is there, but overpowered by a hoppiness. Hops also dominate the finish and aftertaste, with a lingering hop/grapefruit bitterness. Both citrus and pine in both aroma and flavor of hops.

M - medium/light body with medium carbonation.

D - good for those who like a hoppy and rather bitter beer.

At $19 a case, this is a very good buy ... except: only available in mix packs with 3 other varieties, some of which are likely to be less attractive to the hop-heads to which this beer will most appeal.

Photo of biboergosum
3.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

354ml bottle, 6.0% ABV. Kind of weird, in an admittedly inconsequential manner, how Costco's liquid measurement for this sort of thing doesn't come out to the standard 355ml. Just sayin'.

This beer pours a clear, dark brassy amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, bubbly, rocky beige head, which leaves some decently skewed honeycomb lace around the glass as it quite slowly abates.

It smells of watered down grapefruit juice (not a generally bad idea, in practice), some lime Fruit Loops, overripe orange pith, a bit of earthy pine resin, and some other unclassifiable musty, dusty hops. The taste is fruity malt, in a chewing gum sort of way, some further dry sugary Pez candy notes, and a muddled citrus stem and pine-scented cleaner bitterness, the alcohol a bit too prominent for its proclaimed strength.

The carbonation is a tad peppy, but wanes too quickly, the body medium-light in weight, and just too deep into the clammy side of things to proclaim all that smooth. It finishes off-dry, the tacky malt and faded multifaceted hops both hanging on to something that they maybe shouldn't.

Wow, few beers have I seen that start of so well, and head south so precipitously. Ok, in this case, I may be exaggerating, so not all the way, but damn, is this one swell looking starter, with a steep decline to a rather middling, plodding median, which does not engender a strong urge for further indulgence in the gargantuan mix pack taking up prime real estate in my beer space.

Photo of JayTime
3.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is bitter but not so much so that I couldn't think about drinking another. Pretty tasty in my opinion. Definitely worth giving a try for the price. Could actually be a little more bitter though. It is a good beer for anyone trying to get into IPAs.

Photo of HalfFull
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. pry off brown bottle served into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper in color with a short lived cap. Does offer enough carbonation to keep a light surface ring, dropping off some lacing here and there.

Nose is somewhat light for the style with some hop spice and a balancing malt underbelly. Almost malt forward on the nose.

Taste is spicy and clean with a fair amount of bitterness on the finish. Not very much depth in the flavor profile yet lacking the negative factors I often find in Northwest IPA's of this relatively dark color. Offers a medium body and a finish that is spicy and almost chalky even, and with a notable orange character.

Decent drink but lacking in hop aroma. This beer was brewed in San Jose, presumably by contract with Gordon Biersch.

Best by 08/18/11

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted last year - reviewed from notes that were lost and recently found:

Pours orange-copper with a thin foamy tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild citrus with spicy tea leaves and floral notes.

The taste is of spicy tea leaves and a bit of caramel. It has a dry finish.

The body is slightly thin, but with enough to cover the palate through the finish.

This isn't a "hop bomb" but does have enough hops to stay ahead of the malt. The alcohol is covered well, making it easy to drink. Not a bad choice at all for a very inexpensive IPA!

Photo of brewcore
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber. Agressive pour yields a one finger creamy tan head. Good looking beer.

S: Citrus hops first then balanced out by malts. Not very fragrant and actually kind of flat.

T: Malty up front with very mild hop bitterness. Not as hoppy as I would expect from an American IPA. More malts in the finish.

M: Smooth. Medium to light body with moderate carbonation. Good drinkability.

O: When I pick up an IPA I am looking for something with a good hoppy character. This beer misses that mark significantly. It's not a bad beer but just is not what I would consider a good IPA. If it were offered to me again I would not turn it down. I will not be seeking this one out.

Photo of jar2574
3.51/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours very nicely. A great looking beer. Great head retention and tremendous lacing all the way down. Slightly above average carbonation. A dark brown/orange color.

Smells hoppy - the fruity variety rather than a pine or herbal variety. Smells include a little citrus and a little bananas.

This is a very mellow, creamy, easy-drinking IPA. There are hops, definitely, but they aren't biting. It's sweeter than most IPAs and not very bitter. The flavors that are there are pleasant, but not mind blowing. Without the hop kick you expect in an IPA I feel like the mouthfeel is just a little watery and boring. But I'm not upset by less-than-average hops in an IPA. Sometimes I prefer a mellower beer.

In the end it's a surprisingly pleasant experience and a great value. Kirkland usually makes good products and they have done a good job with this beer. Don't knock it till you try it!

Photo of JackieTH
2.62/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So here we are, down to the last of the four varieties from the Kirkland sampler case. I drank my way (with just a very wee bit of help) through most of the case last weekend camping but held four back, one of each, for an official review. I've got to say though, that each and every one of them irritated me during the camping trip, but I had chalked that up to the Yeti's, Arctic Panzer Wolves, Surlys and Bells that were intermixed. But I digress.

The appearance is good. It looks like an IPA, it's a darker shade of orange with a finger of tawny head that hangs in there and leaves decent lacing.

The smell, what smell?? Faintly floral at best. What's the deal with these Kirkland beers and lack of odor? JHC

The taste is malt forward, think biscuits, then a washing of bitter, floral hops, with a bit of funkiness I can't place. The finish is bitter and dry but mildly unpleasant.

Overall, beer or good beer..your choice.

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 servd 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 first Kirkland Signature beer. I certainly like the price.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger light khaki colour head of fair cream, nice thickness, and above average retention for the somewhat high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is light and unimpressive. Looks typical for the style.

Sm: Amber malts; quite sweet. Nectary floral hops. I think I get some amarillo. Malts are as prominent as the hops. No yeast character or detectable alcohol. Simple and boring, but generally inviting. An average strength aroma.

T: Nectary, with malty sweetness throughout and some middling floral hops dabbled atop the foundation. No yeast character. No alcohol comes through. If amarillo is present, it's restrained. It sweetens on the finish to its detriment. Tastes a bit candied. Malts are really the focus here. Pleasant, but frustratingly simple. No hop bitterness comes through due to the annoying sweetness. It's decently balanced, but lacks focus and doesn't really stay true to the style; it's more like an amber with a heavier hop bill.

Mf: Smooth, wet, too thick, overcarbonated. Clearly not tailored to the flavour profile, but passable.

Dr: Drinkable, sure. For the price, I think it's rather respectable, but it's a pretty poor example of the style. I might get it again; it's a better choice than many other beers in this price range. I don't think it's an awful brew by any means, but it is certainly quite simple. Hides its ABV well. A pedestrian offering from whomever the contract brewer is. Gordon Biersch?

Low C

Photo of engagechad
3.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was purchased at Costco in Richmond, VA as a case with 3 other types of beer. Poured into a DFH snifter

Pours a dark amber with surprisingly awesome lacing and massive head. Perfect carb.
Smells good but mild. Faint citrus and earth as well as minty herbal notes.
Surprising amount of bitter hop taste. Good alpha acid usage with a good balance if you're into bitter IPAs.
Great on the mouth, smooth with no burn and good dryness.
Very drinkable.

I wish I could just buy this beer but it's only sold in cases.

If you want to snag a case of decent brew for a gathering and don't want to break the bank go for this. It's seriously good brew and the Amber ale in the case is also decent.

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and some sweet caramel.

T - Spicy up front with some tart grapefruit and citrus flavors. Some toasty malt, too.

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

O - This is not bad for a beer marketed to Costco. Thanks to my brother-in-law for hooking me up with this one.

Photo of jsprain1
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark golden, bordering on copper, with an off white head. Decent retention, some lacing.
S- Smell is pretty timid, but it leans toward spicy and slightly piney hops.
T- The malt notes are more prevalent here, but the predominant character is spicy hop notes. A bit of piney hops come through too. The finish is a bit abrupt, not really in a way I like. Astringent with bitterness coming through more than hop flavor.
M- Light body, almost foamy.
O- I'm a bit disappointed by this. It's got some decent hop notes to it, but it's more or less just bitter without the depth of flavor.

Photo of harrymel
1.82/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Best by: Oct 23, 2011

A: Pours a amber ale with brilliant clarity. Two fingers of peanut head falls over a few moments to a sheet of the same.

S: Hmmm, malt. Sweet malts. Not really getting any hops on the nose here. Lemme try again...Nope, malt and butterscotch. Fail.

T: So, still really malty. WTF. Damn nearly an amber. The bottle says 67 IBU, I can't believe it. There just must be sooo much residual sugar that the beer tastes like sweet wheat and barley malts. Man, this is the first I've had of the 24 pack my wife convinced me to buy, and I'm not really looking forward to the rest. Okay, a few minutes in and there's a hint of bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium body with moderate to low carb. Dry finish.

O: see above. Not impressive. Not an IPA.

Photo of gpogo
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear copper body with a large dark cream colored head. Lively carbonation. Solid lacing.

A- Citrus aroma. More of a bitter aroma than citrus. Some caramel malt notes.

T- Bitter taste throughout. Slight phenolic flavor. Solid malt backing.

M- Medium body high carbonation. Bitterness sticks to your mouth.

D- Pretty great Costco beer. Probably won't pick it up again, but if offered one I'd drink it.

Photo of litheum94
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 8-9-11. Reviewed 3-23-11.

Reddish-brown body. Small, tan head that doesn't build to much and leaves faint traces on the top of the beer..

Caramel malts and pine cones. Weird sweetness, like fruity pebbles. Orange zest. Initial hop aromas give way to a fairly sweet nose.

A melanges of hops at first, with citrus and pine dominating the flavors. Orange sweetness mixes with biscuit and caramel malts. Medium body, with good carbonation. Finish comes on with a very woody essence, and is dry and bitter. Long and lingering, and slightly phenolic on the end.

Good things this taste better than it smells. All in all, an average IPA for a great price.

Photo of iSip
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Kirkland Hefewiesen was very good, and at a great price, so I was excited to try this IPA.

It pours with a dark colored head that goes the distance and laces the glass appropriately. The aroma is on the faint side. Color of the beer is deep for an IPA, looks like a Double.

But taste is where the rubber meets the road, and here the Kirkland IPA falls behind the best in class IPA's I have sampled this winter. There is a nice malt start, but then it fades into a bitter finish without enough hop to be a truely great IPA. Overall a good beer, and a fair IPA that is on par with some I have tried, but I would spend the extra money on a Great Divide Titan IPA or similar if you are in the mood for an IPA.

Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first of the Costco-beers. A friend had a mixture of these in his fridge the other day. Intrigued, I grabbed this one.

A dark orange/copper color with a small off-white head on top. Nice floral aromas with citrus and a dry straw -like scent on the finish. Definitely some hoppy-ness in the nose.

Crisp, moderate heft bolster this beer well. Good feel to hold up to the bitterness that's to come. Flavors of bitter hops, semi-sweet orange slices, dry grains - all meld together to create a simple easy-drinking ale. The hops aren't the most flavorful here, but they get the job done.

I see these beers as being great gateway beers for people newly into craft beer. They're simple and tasty, and the pricepoint will appeal to the masses as well.

Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying a low priced sampler IPA could be a real disappointment, but this one is pretty drinkable. It's on the dark, bitter side. More bitter than hoppy - not very grassy and the finishing hops are not pronounced.

But it's well crafted, looks nice in the glass and it is refreshing and unique (sort of). I wonder how much of a bargain these were - my sister bought them at Costco.

Photo of Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours fizzy, clear amber with foamy, well-retained off-white head. Aromatically hard to define. As much evergreen as it is citrus. Overall, it is perfumy but not strong. At first taste is sweet and floral, but then more herbal, vegetal, but not dank. IBUs are 77, tastes lower to me, so I'd say it's well-balanced. Malt noted on into the lightly bitter finish. Highly carbonated, watery, and crisp, but smooth.

Photo of gregmtrainer
2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

this beer had a strong taste much like a rusty nail. and not the good kind with scotch and drambuie. very strong metallic taste overwhelmed the hops. maybe it was just this batch but even though the price was right I think it was my first and last case.

Photo of Bockrules
3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark copper with perfect transparency. Linear streams of bubbles run to a two-finger off-white head. Head falls apart to a ring of bubbles around the glass about 2/3rd's of the way down. Leaves behind a couple of small splotches of lacing.

S - Cascade hops and some floral notes on biscuity background.

T - Biscuity upfront. Simple, but quite well balanced, the body of this beer is a classic combination of american hops and biscuity malts. A small flourish of hops as the beer passes over the tongue transitions to a bitter and oily finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly chewy.

By far the best of the Kirkland signature pack. The flavor and mouthfeel are quite good for a beer that costs around $0.75. At roughly $4.50 for a sixer, I would be tempted to buy this beer for a cheap change up, but unfortunately I think that it only comes in the 24-bottle variety pack, which would require wading through Kirklands uninspiring Belgian White and Amber. My father buys these at Costco and doesn't like the IPA (not a fan of hops), so maybe I can convince him to give me all of them when he buys...

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.29/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber copper color with a big cream colored head. The head has a decent level of retention fading over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is bready and caramel sweet with a nice blend of a grapefruit citrus hop and some lighter notes of a floral smells.

Taste – The taste is upfront bready with a light caramel sweetness with a decent amount of grapefruit hop flavors. As the taste advances further there are flavors of a pine hop come to the tongue with a loss of much of the sweeter flavors. The grapefruit hop flavors get stronger as the taste advances to the end where a moderately hoppy, bitter, and dry flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thickness suits the hop flavors quite well while the medium carbonation is nice for complementing the more crispness of the brew.

Overall – Not too bad, but a little too much of the a bitter grapefruit is left to linger on the tongue at the end of the taste leaving a somewhat unbalanced taste. Not bad and for ~ 75 cents for the bottle this is definitely a good deal.

Photo of kbutler1
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Got this in a white elephant gift set so figured I would give it a go. Pours a dark, slightly hazy copper orange color with a light thin tan head. Some lacing. The aroma is pretty mild but is a more sweet citrus orange and caramel than anything. Light/medium mouthfeel. Sweet upfront with a building bitterness level. Bitterness lingers on for a while, maybe a little too long. It’s a little rough around the edges. The lingering bittereness kills it for me. It’s not horrible, but it’s not anything special either. Needs better head retention.

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Kirkland Signature India Pale Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
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