Kirkland Signature Brown Ale
Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #695
Ranked #45,389
3.22 | pDev: 12.73%
Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States
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Photo of monkist
4.08/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This feels quite good, slight presence of roasted malts with crisp carbonation. Who said this is an Amber Ale? It’s a proper US Brown Ale, although slightly on the easy to drink side, that lightness balances out the usual heavy malts - in this case it is rather pleasant and bitter. It drinks like spring water which is surprisingly good! One of the best of the Costco series!

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Part of a 24-pack Costco $22.99
Clear amber-brown color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Caramel, toasted malt flavors. Some bad type of bitterness. Sort of like a bad cola
Overall a poorly executed beer. Tastes like it was made just to fill out the case.

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Photo of miwestcoaster
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Acceptable Amber Ale in both look, smell, and taste. A Brown Ale in name only. Reminds me of Bell's Amber Ale in some respects. First beer style out of the craft sample pack and I hope things improve.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via friend from work-Thanks Randy!
This decent middle of the road brown pours a nice medium amber (BROWN???)
with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and features
some light lacing. Nose of toasted malts and subtle herbal hops. Flavors follow the
nose with the same toasted and subtle nutty malts mingling with a medium herbal hop
kick to keep things in balance. Decent mouth feel; crisp, medium high carbonation, medium
body, and a lightly sweet toasted nutty finish.

Overall, this is like some other reviewers already said, it is closer to an amber. That said it
would make a fine brew after mowing the lawn. Decent.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
2.87/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look - looks a little thin and slightly lighter than I expected. Looks a lot like an amber ale.
Smell - like the looks, smells like an amber ale
Taste - not a brown ale, taste like a shitty amber ale. Caramel malty taste
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - pretty horrible

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Photo of breadwinner
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A perfectly reasonable brown ale, ably offering hints of chocolate and nuttiness, and perhaps even a faint trace of lightly citrusy and bitter hops. Never veers into overweening sweetness. Body could use a little softening to really make it top class, but it's more or less what you'd expect a mass-produced American ale. Honestly, a pretty enjoyable drinker.

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Photo of moodenba
3.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kirkland Brown Ale from Costco march, 2017, brewed in Stevens Point WI. Bottle at 45F poured into a simple glass.

High tan head over a deep amber body. Beery malty aroma. Thirst quenching drink with a moderate toasted malt body and balancing hoppy mild bitterness. Aftertaste dissipates quickly. Not exactly a brown ale.. My old roommate Bill P. would have called this "pizza parlor dark".

This is a good tasting beer that would go well on a warm summer afternoon. It's priced so you could have several without worrying about the budget.

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Photo of handmuffin
2.86/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Brewed and bottled by Bricks and Barley Brewing Company in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin. Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours deep amber in color, high clarity, with white short lived head. Aroma of clean caramel malt and hardly any dark roasty or nutty character, with no detectable hops. Flavor is almost entirely sweet malt with some mild fruitiness, like raisins. Low bitterness at the end. Medium light body and medium carbonation. Overall this beer does not have many of the expected qualities of a brown ale: light in color with no roasted malt flavors and weak in hoppy bitterness. Honestly it seems more like an amber ale than anything else, but it is unoffensive and easy to drink.

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Photo of RAFH
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first Kirkland's beer. Received a 12 ounce bottle from my friend Terry S. on February 26th, 2017. The bottle had a drink by date of 5/24/17. The initial flavor barely has any brown on the pallette, but at least the aftertaste was clean.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to Sam Smith nonic. The body pour clear and attractive amber/copper but seems too light for a 'brown' ale.

The aromas and taste are similar, faint toastiness and nuttiness, hints of earthy hops and bready sweetnees...maybe a hint of caramel on the palate? Flavors and aromas are light and faint.

Light-to-medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall I'd have to say I'm disappointed, simply with the lack of standard Brown Ale characteristics, but this beer still drank very easily.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.74/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 06/11/16:

Between medium brown and dark copper, clear enough to magnify what I’m typing. Nice, well-retaining, creamy tan head. Aromas sweet with caramel and some fruitiness, only mild toast or nut qualities. To the palate, more roasty and nutty, but sweetness still there in force, albeit more tart. Hops seem to be of a subdued and earthy variety, if anything. Medium in body, watery art first but soon creamy, quaffable suds.

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Photo of mjwesley
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Poured into pint glass. Dark amber in color, thin head that dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet molasses, rich malts, oats.

Taste: Nicely balanced malt/hop profile, coffee, roasted oats, and a long hop finish which is slightly bitter.

Feel: Decent body, but over carbonated.

Overall: This is a tasty brown ale, impressive for the price. A nice addition to the 2015 Kirkland sampler.

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