Kirkland Signature Pale Ale | Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Brewed by:
Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Troyone on 03-19-2009

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Ratings:
198
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.15
pDev:
14.92%
 
 
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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 81
Reviews by ghebel:
Photo of ghebel
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear, gold to amber color with one inch head. Foam dissipates quickly to a thin broken layer, leaving minimal lacing on the glass..

S - Caramel malt dominates with only background earthy hops. Aroma is not unpleasant, but is short in hop profile.

T - Sweet malt dominates with some bitterness in the end. Hop flavor is lacking for the style.

M - Thin to moderate body with carbonation bite and foamy sensation. Noticeable, yet mild, bitterness hangs around for a bit after the swallow. Warming, with mild alcohol sensation in the end.

D - Drinkable, but would not choose it first for a special occasion or when I am in the mood for a good APA.

Overall - Drinkable, but lacking in the hop department for my taste. Not too bad for an "economy" brand.

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Photo of Billolick
3.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poached a few bottles from a mixed case at a super bowl party to bring home and sample/review. 12 ounce bottle, with best before dating (May 09,2010) etched onto the bottle. Pours typical amber, clear, moderate light tan head, that leaves respectable strands of lace. Light tropical fruit nose. Bland, middle of the road pale, lacks even a moderate hop punch, thin on the tongue. Not much of interest here.

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Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a pale straw yellow, Kirkland's Pale Ale opens with a fruity whiff, with bananas, apricots, and berries intermingling with citrusy threads of grapefruit and touches of pine. Biscuit and toast linger in the background, as well as hints of wet wheat fields. The aromas are quite light, and seem to vanish rather quickly from an open bottle, such that after only thirty seconds or so they've diminished by half. But the aromas that are present are decent, and evidence a good malt and hop selection, as well as quality ingredients (even if delivered in light quantities).

On the tongue, the beer is heavy on grain flavors, with biscuit, wheat toast, and wheat stalks up front, giving the beer a good Grape Nuts cereal, or Shredded Wheat-like base. Add to this a handful of berry, apricot, and orange flavors, as well as light grapefruit bitterness from the hops, and the beer becomes quite drinkable, the flavors mingling well and proving refreshing. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the bitter hops move closer to the front, accompanied by an increasing pure grain presence. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter flavors, with touches of berry remaining, and fades with medium quickness--except for the bitter grapefruit hops, which linger for some time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, I admit surprise at the flavors and drinkability of this beer, and while I do find the malt flavors light, I recognize that they are still much more finely nuanced and catalytic that I normally expect from a cheap pale ale (the entire 24-pack was only $19 at Costco). Also surprising was the decent accompaniment of hops, lightly tingling the tongue with their 35 IBUs. The 5.4% ABV makes this great summer fare, or lunch-worthy material after a morning of hard labor. For the price, most beer drinkers would have a hard time going wrong with this one.

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Photo of handmuffin
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed and bottled by Bricks and Barley Brewing Company in Steven's Point, Wisconsin. Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours pale gold in color, high clarity with full white head. Fairly meek aroma consisting of a simple indistinguishable hops and bread-like malt. Flavor primarily lightly caramelized malt and very muted simple earthy hops. Low bitterness. Thin mouthfeel with medium high carbonation. Overall this beer is reminiscent of a more flavorful macro lager, like a slightly more robust Miller High Life. Very drinkable but with little complexity.

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Photo of hadlance
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CmBanaszak
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated but very recently purchased bottle served in pint glass. Brewed by "New Yorker Brewing Co., Utica, NY"

Pours a clear copper/amber color with medium bubbling and about one finger of whitish. Most of the head dissolves quickly but thin partial head remain and leaves a little lacing.

A - faint toasted grain and light hop aroma.

T - Starts crisp with a nice and substantial citrus hop flavor. The malt comes thru next, so the flavor sweetens nicely, with some caramel, herbal and toasted grain notes. Well balanced pale ale with a decent finish; a bit of burnt off-flavor in the aftertaste.

M - medium/light body with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Drink- good; certainly higher than most beers that do not cost more.

At $19 a case, this is a very good buy ... except: only available in mix packs with 3 other varieties, some of which may be less palatable.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of cdm1313
2.48/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

354ml bottle, the next in a rather large (duh) serving of beer from the local Alberta Costcos, courtesy of the Gordon Biersch brewery in California, even if it doesn't say so anywhere on the packaging.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium amber hue, with one finger of somehow puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves low-lying island atoll landform lace around the glass as it gradually abates.

It smells of bready, doughy malt, a touch of caramel, soft aged lemon, a bit of cooked apple, and mild earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more bready, pastry-like malt, very much on the pale side, natch, with a weakly innocuous orchard fruitiness, and subtly functional, yet sweepingly unimpressive dry earthy hop offset.

The carbonation is pretty laid back, though supportive in its own special way, the body a just south of heaven medium weight, and generally smooth, with a mild clammy adjunct. It finishes on the sweet side, the pale malt puffing its chest, in the face of little hop, spice or booze rejoinder.

A drinkable, if not overly impressionable Yankee pale ale, one that I could at least pawn off on the aspirational beerophiles I might encounter (just kidding, sort of), or granted, even myself, in a particularly weak moment. My wankery aside though, worth a healthy go, given the average competition these days for this style.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Snow81
3.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light orange haze

Head: Very light tan head

Smell: Right upfront is grassy with a little hope note

Taste: Grass with a subtle bitter hop

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Grassy with a very little hop note in the background

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Photo of steelreserve69
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of trocketsauced
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of nickd717
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to my roommate. When Costco stamps their brand on a beer, you know it's got to be a quality product. To be honest, this really isn't an awful beer.

Pours clear golden with a medium-sized white head.

Aroma is grainy and malty with some slight floral and herbal hop notes.

Flavor is pale and caramel malt, grains, and just a bit of hop bitterness, mostly herbal.

Medium-light body with average carbonation and nothing particularly exciting on the mouthfeel.

Drinkability is decent. Overall...meh, but hey, at least this beer is cheap and better than BMC.

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Photo of Druid
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of grahuba
2.36/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Rugaroo
2.28/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of DOCRW
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of HalfFull
2.48/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An interesting pour from my brown bottle. This beer has historically, from notes that is, poured an orange amber in color. Now, from this new mixed case which includes a Wit and an IPA, the Pale Ale pours quite pale. Downright golden in color, perhaps a deep straw, and quite clear. A different beer indeed which lacks any true carbonation and offers only a fleeting cap of foam before surrendering to a thin ring.

Nose is ultra pale in nature. Bit of malt in the background and with a very light hint of citric hops. Quite 'Blonde Ale' in nature at best, and thin at that.

Flavor follows suit. All malt perhaps and slightly bready with a minimal hop profile. Offers a moderate amount of coarse spice on the feel. A decent Blonde Ale to a point but somewhat of a fail for a Pale Ale.

Offers a hollow and over filtered yeast lameness which is somewhat reminiscent of a Sam Adams beer. In fact, I think that's what it is...Oops, I'm sorry, did I say that out loud?

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Photo of PaBeerLover
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Kirkland Signature Pale Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
3.15 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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