Kirkland Signature Pale Ale | Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Kirkland Signature Pale AleKirkland Signature Pale Ale

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Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sailracer
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of PeteTheBeerDrinker
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - amber ale with a half finger of fizzy head and bubbly looking character.
S - fairly subdued hops and touch of citrus fruits if I dig deep.
T - surprisingly hoppy despite the lack of telltale smell, but that's not to say it's very hoppy. Biscuit maltiness followed by a long lasting bitterness that borders on astringent.
M - medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - would be a good cheap drinker for a crab feast.
Better than anticipated.

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Photo of auburngrad82
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
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 tyleeis
3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of melonpocky
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce PRY-OFF bottle into a Common Ground pint glass.

A: Clean, pale amber color with a two-finger head of clingy off-white carbonation that leaves some weak trails of lacing.

S: Buttery, toasted biscuit, somewhat musty, fruity ale and hop aromas coupled with a slightly metallic grain mill smell.

T: Sweet, toasted pale malts up front that have some fruity ale esters kicking around the palate. Flavors of citrus, apple and pear permeate the tongue before a weak dose of herbal hops washes the palate out, leaving a little cloying, buttery and bitter taste in the finish.

M: Fairly clean, medium-bodied and a little metallic with some pulling bitterness in the aftertaste.

O: Surprisingly fine for what it is, that said, it's still a mediocre 5.4% ABV APA. Cost-effective and fairly inoffensive to serve the non-craft drinker? Sure thing. Think of it as a Saranac (It probably is) and you'll be fine.

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Photo of dgilks
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear, amber colour with a foamy, small, light tan head. Some head retention but it's not great.

Lightly citrussy aroma with some metallic malt notes. A touch grassy but overall it just falls a bit flat.

Nutty, metallic, caramelised malt with some earthy, mildly citrussy American hops. Dull.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Okay.

It's a cheap beer. Certainly nothing special but if you've already had a few it probably isn't a bad option.

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Photo of MikeDre
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ngeunit1
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a slight orange tint and a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of grassy hop and sweet caramel malt. Bit of biscuit as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of herbal hops and some sweet buttery biscuit malt. Through the middle, the caramel comes through a bit and the hops start to fade. Touch of bitterness comes through. Finish is a mix of sweet caramel and some buttery biscuit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels fairly smooth though a bit watery and muddled.

D - Very drinkable. Could have used a bit more hops and a less strong malt presence. Not a very good balance here.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured caramel-gold, a half finger of foam that disappeared quickly, leaving a thin skein. Some lacing was noticeable.

The smell was almost completely absent. This is becoming a theme with these Kirkland beers.

Taste was crisp from the carbonation, some grain and malt was apparent. Bitterness came in about midway through, hops, grassy and floral at the edges of the palate. Bitterness lingers modestly into the finish in the light to medium bodied beer.

Overall, non-descript. Perhaps it's worth drinking st it's price point, or not. There are way too many beers and not enough time..but now I'm rambling on...

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, caramel color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left little no no lacing.

S - It smelled malty and floral. Not much else, maybe some faint caramel.

T - It tasted somewhat spicy with biscuity malt and sweet caramel. There was a mild bitterness.

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

O - This is an okay pale ale. An easy drinking beer at an affordable price.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloud amber with about an inch of head initially that recedes fairly quickly, but does leave liberal lacing.

Aroma dominated by hops with a hint of malt.

Tastes good, with the malt overtaking the hops in terms of taste.

Feels good in the mouth, ending with just a slight bitterness.

Nothing bad, but nothing great, an average beer for a lower than average price.

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Photo of BEERME528
2.38/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After seeing the label, I was expecting the worst of the worst. However what I experienced was not extremely terrible. The head disappered quite quickly and the smell was not very noticeable. The taste was pretty generic/bland and not very good. But for the price, this is not a value brand to pass up.

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Photo of harrymel
2.19/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best by: Oct 22, 2011

A: pours an amber ale with two fingers of peanut head which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. No lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Sweet malts, herbal hops. More sweet malts. Some chemical smells here. Some butter, some corn.

T: Tastes like cheap, oxidized malts, tea, herbal hops and sugar.

M: Medium body with hi carb. Dry finish

O: Not a good beer, and not much different than the IPA IMO.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.59/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent copper with a one finger, white head. Moderate amounts of carbonation form streams to the surface. Head is gone a quarter of the way down the glass. Lacing isn't too sticky, and only a few splotches are left behind.

S - Piney smell with a bit of citrus zest from the cascade hops on a biscuity malt backdrop.

T - Piney upfront. Cascade hops provide bitterness in the body and not much else, making them conflict a bit with the biscuity malt background. Dry finish to leave a slightly piney aftertaste.

M - Substantial carbonation with a body that is on the weaker side of medium. Could use more heft.

About as I expected from Costco brand beer - Textbook, and decent, but nothing to get excited about. My dad picked up a case of the variety pack while I was in town. I imagine the pack will make a good introduction to him of different beer styles.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden amber, with a thick, long lasting white head, that does a good job of staying strong and leaving lacing.
S- Smell is lightly citrusy, but mostly floral with some earthy, bready notes. Well balanced on the nose.
T- There are floral notes up front, with some bready flavors as well. Finish is bitter, but doesn't provide much in terms of flavor.
M- Light bodied, a bit too much so. Carbonation is high, but only a little bit too much so.
O- On the positive, this beer goes down pretty easy. With my pizza, it was a decent enough mindless beer. But I can't say it ventures beyond the average for the style.

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Photo of BeerMark
3.59/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got my Kirkland Signature Pale Ale from a mixed case of ales available at Costco. Visited store as a guest of a paying member. I don't pay to shop anywhere. This beer has a very nice caramel color which may be it's best attribute. It's taste is malty and bready but lacking a good hop presence. Non offending but unremarkable. Not worth seeking out but for the money - not bad.

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Kirkland Signature Pale Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
3.14 out of 5 based on 203 ratings.
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