Kirkland Signature Amber Ale
Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

Kirkland Signature Amber AleKirkland Signature Amber Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,184
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
74
Ranked #48,598
Avg:
3.17 | pDev: 15.77%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
190
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Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
 
Washington, United States
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SCORE
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Reviews by Troyone:
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Troyone from California

3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with minimal off white head, moderate action, and didn't see any sediment.

Rich caramel and barley grain aroma with a hint of florals.

Has a grainy taste of toasted barley malt and a hint of caramel with a hint of mild grapefruit and butter.

Medium bodied, resinous and slight butter feel, with lively comfortable carbonation.

Another session type of amber with a craft grainy taste of toasted barley, not too sweet.

Mar 19, 2009
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baybassboy from California

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

May 21, 2012
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jduprey007 from Michigan

3/5  rDev -5.4%

Dec 26, 2012
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tyleeis from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -5.4%

Dec 16, 2011
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NateMac13 from Illinois

3/5  rDev -5.4%

Jul 06, 2013
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brokennedy120 from Idaho

3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can't quite understand why other reviewers tend to bag on Costco beer. True, this is not a stunning beer, but try to overlook the "Kirkland" brand name and I'm sure this beer would do fine in a blind taste test. At least the sampler pack I got was enjoyable for the price.

That said, this is a classic amber that does not set any new standards. Enjoyably hoppy from start to finish but not at all overwhelming. Small head, very little lacing, and a warm caramely aftertaste. However it sits a little too heavy in the stomach.

Not bad for a wholesale.

Aug 16, 2011
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My house on July 13, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. Almost two fingers of head, which stayed for a long time. Copper amber color. Pillowy white lacing on the sides.
Very good retention on the sides. Foamy, white and surprisingly thick for an Amber.

Smelled sugary sweet bread, like a dessert. Also caramel, biscuit and nutty.

Smooth mix of biscuit and caramel to start, giving way to a decent alcohol bite. Roasty nuts late, but smooth.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish.

This was the third of four Kirkland beers that I tried. Another decent beer. Not sure why the ratings are so low for these Kirkland’s.

Jul 14, 2012
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BEERME528 from Missouri

3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was very hesitant to drink this based on the label and my experience with other Kirkland brews. I truly did enjoy this beer though. After being poured into a glass, the head disappeared fairly quickly. The color was nice and dark and there were slight carmel scents emitting. It tasted like a basic sweet Amber Ale and nothing too special. But for the price, this is not a terrible option.

Aug 01, 2011
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JimKal from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured int a Shaker pint glass.

A: a nice amber color with a minimal head. Clear with a good amount of carbonation.

S: For me this gave of only faint aroma.

T: This had a nice hoppy, caramel taste to it. It reminded me of Bell's Amber. I think someone who preferred a more hoppy amber would enjoy this one quite a bit.

M: A pretty good overall mouthfell for a beer with a less than 6% ABV. The carbonation, hop presence, and caramel all came together.

O:I tried this as part of the Costco mixed case. This was the second one that I tried. The first, the IPA, didn't measure up, but I think this is a decent Amber. Again, if you only enjoy the high ABV Imperial stouts and IPA, this is not one you will enjoy. But, I think it is a good low cost offering from Costco. If the final two, A German style lager and a Pale Ale are OK, it will make the $19 case price a bargain.

Jan 13, 2013
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CreedeSon from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jun 21, 2016
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trocketsauced from New York

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

May 13, 2013
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mfigueroa713 from New York

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Nov 20, 2012
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steelreserve69 from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Jun 05, 2012
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rkinney from Washington

3/5  rDev -5.4%

May 22, 2014
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RichH55 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Jun 25, 2014
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ankdoktor from Washington

3/5  rDev -5.4%

Dec 08, 2011
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st9647v3 from New Jersey

2.02/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this may have been an old bottle, I don't know.

Dec 17, 2014
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Huffaroma from Montana

3/5  rDev -5.4%

Apr 30, 2012
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sgttibbs from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Aug 15, 2012
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Jan 13, 2013
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rusty3335 from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -5.4%

Jan 15, 2013
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SocalKicks from California

3/5  rDev -5.4%

Mar 07, 2012
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PeteTheBeerDrinker

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Mar 21, 2012
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MichaelBigbone from California

2/5  rDev -36.9%

Dec 07, 2013
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warpedrevolution from Illinois

3/5  rDev -5.4%

Feb 08, 2013
Kirkland Signature Amber Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 190 ratings