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

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | 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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4.6/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As a Connecticut resident I had to search for this new COSTCO branded Ale.. There is only one COSTCO store in our state that has a liquor license, so I made a forty mile round trip to purchase a case.. My trip was rewarded. The four types of ale were all very good and interesting.. The American IPA has a ABV of 6.5% and it was my favorite. The white Ale or wheat ale is unfiltered and a bit cloudy I liked it, but it was my least favorite.. I am sure I will make more trips to the Milford COSTCO in the near future.. The Ale is made by FX Matt in Utica, NY the brewers of Utica Club and the Adirondack brands .

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4/5  rDev +29.9%

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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.

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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.

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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 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...

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Ryki
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Not a bad Brew

A. Who cares if I want Art I will go to an Art Gallery.

S. Who cares if I want a Nice Smell I will buy Cologne.

T. Nice taste not too hoppy, not to malty. Medium Bodied. Slightly Bitter aftertaste.

M. Nice mouth feel, not too bitter not too hoppy. Nice aftertaste. Would buy this Beer again.

O. Great Everyday Beer. $18.00 for a mixed case. Same price as Miller Lite or Budweiser.

10 out of 10 for Value.

Nice Beer for a hot summers day.

Photo of Justin23060
3.61/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured orange / dark amber. Although the stiff dark ivory head dissipated it left some nice sticky lacing right to the end.

S - Pleasant, but not in your face hop. Malt comes through more than most IPA's would.

T- Pretty dry start to finish. Despite having three different hops and three different malts its pretty straight forward solid beer without too much complexity.

M - Creamy soft carbonation with medium body (as advertised).

O - At 79 cents/bottle anybody expecting this to compete with the major west coast IPAs needs to get their head out of the clouds. But on the flip side of that same argument this really is way better than one should expect for a 79 cent IPA. Its fresh and well done. I'll get it again.

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 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 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!

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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