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 Justin23060
3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light beige head that was slow to disipate & clung somewhat. Color is golden orange. Great fresh smell, bordering on an IPA but with a bit more malt. Taste is very well balanced. The mild malt sweetness reminds me of an English brown only it finishes w/ a pleasant semi-sweet slightly bitter hop finish that lingers just enough. A little thin but w/ adequate carbination. It's not really complex but I don't think beers always need to be. This really is a great simple solid beer and under a buck a bottle at that. I'm definitely gonna get this one again.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There isn't anything wrong with this ale. It is well crafted and has good balance. It has a taste that reminds me of Sam Adams Boston Lager, even though they are different styles. It's not an over the top brew, it's very reserved.

I will try to get more of this, but I will need to count on my sister and her Costco membership. There isn't one close to me.

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

The beer pours a medium copper and amber in color with a small head of white foam. The aroma is light biscuit to scone with red plum jelly. The taste is somewhat malty and fruity with a slightly bitter and dry finish. As like the IPA, there is a bit of tea with honey and lemon in the aftertaste. For a store brand, this is a good approximation of an English-style pale ale.

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Photo of HUXC
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- An amber/copper color with golden reddish undertones and highlights. About a fingers worth of tan head that dissipates quickly leaving condensation in its place.

Smell- No real aromatic notions to speak of. Hints of bittering hops and light caramel malted grains.

Taste- Not an off putting flavor, a little on the watery side though. It has a slight bitter flavor combined with malted grains which gives it a slightly sweet foretaste with a very weak bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Mildly carbonated, medium bodied American pale ale with a smooth and crisp finish.

Overall- I bought a variety pack from Costco because it looked interesting and, well, I was curious to see what kind of beer Kirkland Signature produced. Considering that it just might be the most inexpensive beer that I purchased in a long time, it led up to my expectations. Compared to most American pale ales however, it wasn't all that impressive.

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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 engagechad
2.36/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought in a 24 pack with other Kirkland beers - poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a pretty Amber color with great clarity but absolutely no head and no lacing whatsover.
Smells like corn and soap, no hops in the nose.
Tastes like an adjuncty lager but with decent hop balance

Over all this beer is just not that great. I wouldn't seek it out by any means.

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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 afinepilsner
3.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle
5.4% abv

Kirkland Signature Pale Ale was amber in color with good clarity. It had white head with decent retention and some spotty lacing. The smell was floral and citrus hop aromas with some malt. The taste was hops upfront with a light malt flavor and dry, lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel was about average with a medium-light body and medium carbonation. The drinkability was average. This is a decent, but pretty tame Pale Ale.

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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 notsoprobeer
2.28/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Color is golden orange. It has a white head that dissipates very quickly. It appears to be very carbonated as I see lots of effervescence. I can smell some malts and it has an aroma similar to a pilsner lager. Bitterness is the first thing I noticed after tasting--and it totally overpowers the malts. The bitterness isn't pleasant and leaves a lingering aftertaste. I'm really curious about what variety of hops were used, as the IBU rating of 35 is relatively low. After it warmed up, the bitterness was even more pronounced. Body is very light and when combined with the carbonation, it reminds me very much of a pilsner lager.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
2.96/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours amber with a white fluffy head that leaves nice lacing
S - smells lemony, metallic and that's about it. weak smelling
T - Malt emphasis with stale hop flavors, almost a fake lemon taste. slight hints of sawdust/cardboard. not horrible but definitely not what I consider good
MF - High carb, overwhelming. Almost like a soda. Not much body.
DB - Easy to have several but would go out to the liquor store and buy a six pack of something better instead.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with mild bubbling and a little ring of foam after the por. Maybe a one finger thick head of foam after the pour.

Faint toasted Wonderbread aroma with a little ctrus spice in the nose. Pretty standard and simple smelling APA.

Starts with the citric zest from the hops. Makes me think of very soft orange oil. The middle to the finish sweetens out nicely. Giving me flavors of delicate caramel and toasted wheat bread crust. Sweet finish with a dry, but silky palate from middle to finish. This is a well balanced pale ale. But I must admit, the finish does also have a little metallic twinge thats somewhat offsetting.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

43rd review on BA
Bottle to pint glass

I reviewed the Hefe 1st after my father in law happened to get me a 24 pack on his most recent jaunt to Costco. Here try these he says. Thanks! It took me a while to get the nerve for round 2.

App- Poured a nice amber color with very little head on it. Few faint bubbles leisurly made their way up from the bottom of the glass. Just kind of a run of the mill color and look.

Smell- I'm torn. I like the smell but I think it's because they were off on the smell of a pale ale on this one. Slight, slight citrus with a bit of wheat and grain imo.

Taste- It's not bad, but it's not great. Its a super chain trying to make more money. At least it wasn't as bad as the Hefe I tried 1st. Oh man. It's a tad sweet for a pale but leaves a somewhat nice aftertaste.

Mouth- Has a in the middle feel of that big light to a small medium on the palate. It's pretty balanced but I still think its because they were off the mark on it.

Drink- Not entirely bad. I didn't drain pour it. If nothing else left in the house could drink a few.

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Photo of Poppleton
2.96/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Golden, clean appearance with reasonably full white head and carbonation.

S- Faint flowery tones with hints of citrus. Kind of standard.

T- Hop bitterness predominates though the hoppy taste seems to fade into just bitterness fairly quickly. Nothing unexpected.

M- Thinnish.

D- I was surprised to see these Kirkland beers at Costco and thought they were worth a try given their inexpensive price. Overall this is not a beer I'm going to go out of my way to purchase but better than expected given its warehouse company origins. You could do worse making this your cheap everyday beer.

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Photo of Khazadum
2.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Visiting family this weekend netted me an unusual four pack. I was chatting up the beer part of my family when my Aunt comes walking over telling me I MUST review this collection of beer. Bunch of kirklands... well, here goes Auntie!

Pretty interesting finger of egg shell head rests above a honey colored body. Little bit of carbonation seen in the midst of the liquid. I was a little thrown back by how dark a body this pale ale possessed.

Little bit of fruit noted, mostly citrus in nature. Minor hops and partial malt character. Not much to note here. It seems interesting, but faint throughout.

Flavor Profile
Unfortunate notes to make here. Very strong hop body that is overwhelming. Bitter enough that I could swear they got the style wrong. Faint sweetness from the malts but overwhelmingly hoppy. Confusingly so.

The finish is moderately clean with the hops fading away almost as quickly as the drink goes down. This saves the flavors from being noted as anything worse than what it is rated.

Oral Sensations
Decent body for this. Not overly watery to note. Extremely carbonated however. Very distracting when I feel the pinch all over my tongue,.

I'd drink it again if it was given to me free. I'm not sure if I would choose this over something less oppressive... May even take an American Adjunct Lager over this.

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Photo of scottteague
3.92/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: has a 24 karate gold look to it, decent head to it when poured into glass.

Smell: not bad for Pale Ale, not the biggest Pale Ale fan.

Taste: went down prety smooth, could easily drink more then one in a setting.

Mouthfeel: You can feel it, which is more than I can say for the cheap amarican crap.

Drinkability: I could put down a few of these without question. $18 for a mixed 24 pack is worth a try anytime.

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Photo of wingman14
3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark yellow with a frothy head that fades fast. Leaves some lacing as you drink. The smell is subtle with hop notes and some sweetness with some citrus background. The taste starts with the subtle hop flavor and moves into some sweetness and ends with slight hints of malt. The mouthfeel is medium, nice and full bodied, and enjoyable. This one is has decent drinkability, the flavor isn't the most exciting, nothing different, but a solid beer that is refreshing.

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Photo of gkunkle
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent golden color with a 1/2" white head that quickly dissipates. Smell is not terribly potent, but you can smell American hops and a little bit of citrus. Taste is hoppy with a little bit of citrus again, a little bit of a soapy finish, but not as bad as the Kirkland Hefe. Mouthfeel is average, a little thin, carbonation is okay. Overall, I am glad I tried it, I would have another if it was offered to me, but I wouldn't go buy it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed one of these from a relative just for curiosity sake. Pours amber with good clarity and a reasonable head that fades to a thin swirly cap. Somewhat harsh and hot in the nose, followed by some grainy, dry malt. The taste is less harsh than the smell, but still somewhat grainy, with some vague, slight bitterness, and a bit of a watery finish. It's not terrible, but it's a bit of a mess. The combination of the grainy malt and watery finish makes it less crisp and drinkable than it could otherwise be. Drinkable in a pinch, but there are many better options out there.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the trusty Devil's Backbone willibecher.

At the behest of a buddy back home in IL, I cracked this one. Mike and I are interested in how a CostCo beer tastes. It pours a clear copper amber topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose is faint, comprising some light coriander, cinnamon, wheat, and citrus zest. They don't mix as well as it may have just sounde, especially given the apparent distance of the scents from the 'strils. As the Moody Blues' "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)" fires up, I take a swig. The taste is pretty weak: There's some mild citrus in there, followed by some somewhat florally-influenced bitterness, and finished off by a decidedly meek toffee. It's not bad, necessarily, but it ain't that close to good. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat crisp finish. Despite its drawbacks, this brew ius pretty easy to throw back. Still, I wouldn't really recommend it, save as an alternative to the BMC nonsense next to it in the aisle.

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Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a dense off-white head that dissipates into a light cap. Pretty much spot on for an APA. The aroma is of light floral hops and some fruit notes as well. Some cereal sweetness picked up towards the end. The taste is mostly of bitter grassy hops, not too strong. There is also a bit of a tin flavor with some rust. Some caramel malt gives the brew a touch of sweetness and a light bready character. The feel is light to moderate with some airy carbonation. The APA is dry and astringent and leaves a tea like bitterness on the palate. All of these CostCo brews has this astrigent character to it. It needs to go. An average APA, would like to see more hop flavor and more of a crispness to it.

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Photo of GregBlatz
3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber golden color. Exceptionally clear beer, no haze at all. The head is just under 1/2" and is white/tan in color. Head is fluffy rather than consistent across the surface indicating a little protein remaining for head retention.

S - American hops dominate the smell, but some sweet caramel malts are noticeable. Solid fruity esters as well.

T - Very nice hop flavor. Very light bread/toast flavor to balance out the hops, but the hops are more prominent. Fruity esters are very much a part of the flavor of this beer.

M - A bit thin and watery. Carbonation is moderate to light.

D - Very drinkable. I could spend an afternoon enjoying this beer inside and away from the hot summer heat.

A very good american pale ale. While it is aggressive on the hops and esters, it is a but weak on the malt character. This tends to lean towards hops and fruit. If it had a little more specialty grain, it would balance out nicely, but then it may not be so easy to toss back.

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Photo of Jayli
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 6/5 poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours crystal clear copper/amber color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes quickly but leaves nice wispy lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is rather muted, mild grapefruit notes, hints of corn, and a touch of caramel malt.

T: Taste is rather bland. Very mild grapefruit notes are at the forefront before a strong grain/corn flavoring fills out the middle. The finish has an odd caramel malt sweetness mingled with a hint of pine.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, somewhat oily body but very thin.

D: Goes down ok, not filling, not much kick to this. It seems slightly off in it's blend. This wouldn't be the first APA that I would reach for.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This particular sample case has been contract brewed up in Utica with 400 other recipes. Costco usually just rebrands things(albeit, quality name brands) so I'm wondering if anyone can guess what this stuff is yet.

Best by June 28 2010
Poured into a Rave Vos tumbler.

Half a glass of milky, fluffy, off-white head that is slow to settle. Body is a vibrantly filtered, bronze/amber/lightly steeped tea-colored brew.

Smell is of starch, pine, parsley, alcohol &... new sneakers?

Upfront, the taste is of leafy lettuce-like hops. A mild nutty caramel sweetness follows, backended with just a bit of residual barky bitterness. I agree with the bottle description, it tastes pretty clean. Especially for a ale(bland even). Very grassy, but without much else noticeable in the pot besides a bit of alcohol burn. Subtly sweet, & more bitter then I would of expected(bottle only says 35IBUs). They seem to have used the same boring bittering hops for flavor. :/

Lasting head gives it an airy feel. Good carbonation, without being too sharp. Very dry finish, giving up just a bit of lingering metallic bitterness.

A bit boring, but better then the last one(I think).

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Initially I was a bit apprehensive of this beer. I hear their vodka is Grey Goose quality, but I haven't heard anything about the beer. A mixed 24 for around 20 bucks wasn't to be passed up on though. Pouring into my Sam Adams sensory glass a lot of my fears were allayed. Looks like a pretty solid pale ale, nice orange amber hues and a one finger wide white head. Visible carbonation supports the head, while a thick lacing coats the side of the glass. Very appealing looking.

S - The best word I can use to describe the smell is clean. A nice solid hoppy aroma that doesn't have any alcohol or grainy odor to it. Not terribly strong, which is a little underwhelming, but what's there is very enjoyable.

T - The hoppy smell I got certainly isn't lacking in the taste. Very citrusy. However, there's a little soapy taste to this as well. Not exactly appetizing, but not strong enough to be offputting. Not at all balanced, but that's what you'd expect I suppose. What malt flavor there is takes a nice side step to let the hops really shine. Overall, I'm really impressed by the taste of this beer.

MF - Medium bodied, but a little too carbonated for my liking. Coats the throat as it goes down.

D - I can't find a good reason to put this beer down. Really goes down easy and has a nice dry finish. A little too carbonated as I said before, but overall a very enjoyable beer, especially for the price. I just hope the rest in the variety pack are this good.

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Kirkland Signature Pale Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
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