Kirkland Signature India Pale Ale - Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
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Reviews by Onenote81:
3.5/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
01-02-2013 15:06:21 | More by Onenote81
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3.05/5 rDev -1%
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.
07-30-2011 02:19:13 | More by jondeelee
2.73/5 rDev -11.4%
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...
09-30-2013 01:38:12 | More by joeworrall
3.78/5 rDev +22.7%
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.
02-24-2011 18:20:00 | More by chinchill
3.18/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
10-30-2012 04:29:38 | More by biboergosum
3.88/5 rDev +26%
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.
05-02-2014 04:30:24 | More by JayTime
2.98/5 rDev -3.2%
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
03-19-2011 02:25:58 | More by HalfFull
Kirkland Signature India Pale Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
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