India Pale Ale
Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #7,257
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
74
Ranked #50,120
Avg:
3.14 | pDev: 18.15%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
227
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Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
 
Washington, United States
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SCORE
74
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this isnt bad, middle of the road for the box, the pils is still the pick i think in terms of overall quality, but i liked this well enough, especially as a first beer of the day, or close to it, where it doesnt need to follow something more modern and heady. this has a decent malt foundation, lightly brassy colored, perfectly clear, and holding a thin inch of white head, looks nice in the glass. it smells a bit basic in terms of the hop profile, but its fresh and bitter, and there is nothing too cheap or metallic about it, which immediately puts it ahead of the session ipa that was also in this box. the hops dont have a ton of flavor, slightly piney, northwestern, woodsy, old school to me, but its light enough to be very drinkable. some mild sweetness through it from the grain, all very basic to me, but the proportions are right, this does have a pretty quick finish, and it seems clean on the fermentation. for less than a buck a beer, i cant be too critical of this, or any of them, its great value, but this is pretty reasonable all up.

Jul 18, 2020
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Dallas1994 from Texas

3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Brewed and bottled by Bricks and Barley Brewing Company in Steven's Point Wisconsin; best buy date of 11/10/20. ABV 6.9%, IBU 67. Sampled from room temperature pint glass at cellar temperature.

Look: Clear light-gold color with good lacing and medium white persistent head.
Smell: Strong nose of pine and grapefruit citrus hops, slightly sweet malt undertones, no nose of alcohol.
Taste: Fruity forward hop flavor (pineapple and grapefruit) with significant bitterness at the end. Appropriate to low carbonation for the style, slightly less malt sweetness than expected given bitterness (dry finish); unbalanced. Little indication of alcohol warming.
Feel: Effervescent and medium-bodied mouthfeel. Slightly astringent.
Overall: Excessively harsh bitterness on the taste without matching maltiness; unbalanced ale that would benefit from additional malting or reduction of bittering hops. Aroma and presence of hops is standard and basically grapefruit and pine. Appropriate to style and clear clean flavor from Centennial and Magnum hops. Commercial but unremarkable representation of the West Coast IPA style.

Jul 10, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a bitter slight malt flavor
A light bodied beer
A decent IPA

Jun 10, 2020
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JohnnyEd from Georgia

2.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like this description the best:
Brewed and bottled by Bricks and Barley Brewing Company in Steven's Point Wisconsin. Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours deep gold in color, medium clarity with well developed white head. Fairly weak herbal hoppy and pale malt aroma. No fruit, citrus or resinous aroma detectable. Flavor is also mild: some earthy hoppiness and malty sweetness. Medium bitterness at the end. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall a weakly flavored IPA with little in terms of hop aroma or flavor. Drinkable but completely unremarkable.
Definitely unremarkable. The only thing going for it is price. But the labels come off easily, and the bottles are good enough to reuse in home brewing. Definitely a West Coast style....

Aug 28, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: Pours a brilliant gold color with a medium white head and thick lacing all around the glass.

S: Earthy and piney hops mix with some notes of pineapple and orange, and some sweet malt, smells like a old school west coast IPA

T: Piney and dank hops, mix with some tropical fruit and medium bitterness, that all doesn't just quite come together.

F: Prickly carbonation, medium body.

O: The taste of this one is a below average IPA. Smell is nice and it looks nice.

May 20, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, no need to hate this beer just because it’s from Costco. On the contrary I’m trying to see its bright side, that Costco asked this “Hopfen und Malz” brewery in San Jose to make this line of beers for them. Reminds me of the craft beers I had in Budapest, Hungary with the heavy malt character.
It’s not THAT bad. I think you should not drink it with having expectations of a true craft beer. It’s good for what it is - a Costco brand beer. When will you have Walmart brew something like this? It is better than Coors et al.

Apr 05, 2019
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I bought a mixed case at Costco in Puerto Vallarta Mx, a big mistake. The IPA pours somewhat flat looking the nose is dank but seems off. The taste is bitter but very stale. All in all a cheap junk beer.

Jan 02, 2019
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Tone from Missouri

3.37/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of floral hops, hint of resin, citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of corn. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of floral hops, hint of resin, citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of corn. Overall, good appearance, but average at best otherwise.

Nov 18, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a) As good as most IPAs
s) A bit "off" and dank.
t) ALmost a 4, strong bitter, wake up bitter.
f) Almost a 4, clean, bitter, drying.
o) No doubt a great price for craft, cost/benefit is a 4.

Oct 08, 2018
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

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

Part of a 24-pack Costco $22.99
Light citrus smell
Clear golden light amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Citrus hops flavors, some bitterness
Overall an easy drinking IPA. Not bad for the price, although we pay 15% higher in Hawaii.

Sep 12, 2018
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SNordlund43 from Illinois

1.9/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Overly simple. Dull flavor, I've gotten a better buzz from apple juice. Was thinking better because it's labled craft... Don't trust a beer maker who also makes floor cleaner.

May 19, 2018
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MeatBagTheDog from South Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A big foamy head quickly gave way leaving lacey bubbles on the glass. The color is caramely and slightly cloudy. There are a few carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

The smell is hoppy yet slightly metallic.

The taste is hoppy but balanced with malts. After you swallow there is a pleasant but bitter hoppy after taste.

The mouth feel is crisp and biting which I enjoy.

Can't beat the value of this beer. But I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out.

Mar 18, 2018
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TooLucid from District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle for bottle Kirkland beers are less than half of the price of 'regular' craft beers. But far better than half as good. I got a 24-pack at Costco for $20 with six porters, brown ales, IPAs, and APAs. Not bad. All-in-all it's not a bad beer, and rather good for the price. There is nothing special about it either though. It's as 'standard' as can be, but it's balanced and goes down well. Same for all the varieties. I'll pick up a case again. It isn't good enough to hit that itch but it is good enough to drink later in a session after a couple more expensive craft beers.

Nov 16, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.86/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a case of the mixed pack from Costco because I was there and the beers were less than a dollar a piece. Good enough reason to check it out.

Pours a golden and light copper color, 1/2" white head with below average retention. Aroma lacked dry hopping, one of the more expensive aspects of an ipa these days, so I have already established a major reason for the low price.

Taste, leans alpha acid high bittering hops, toasted pale and crystal caramel like malts are heavier than desired. It isn't balanced, because there is a lot of that grapefruit bitterness. Not much else flavor wise from the hops here. There aren't off flavors, but simply dropping a 70 ibu bitterness and no other flavor really is tired in 2017. As a result, almost everything in an ipa falls below average.

If all you want is a bitter beer, than go for it.

Oct 17, 2017
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joedvegas from Nevada

2.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Goldish orange in color, slightly cloudy. Thin white head. Hoppy, orange-peel aroma with a hint of biscuit. Taste doesn’t do much, slight hints of tropical fruit and earth. Grippy finish on the front end, lingering coating of the palate on the tail end. Decent beer. Not remarkable in any way for an IPA but it’s not terrible.

Oct 17, 2017
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northwestdr from Michigan

3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, purchased in a mixed case at Costco, into a pint glass. "Brewed & Bottled by Hopfen Und Malz Brewing Co., San Jose, California." Note that the label states the ABV is 6.9% by volume (75 IBU), unlike the data provided by Beeradvocate (which says 6.50%), so I'm wondering whether the recipe has changed over time. Also, the label has changed.

The beer is clear and golden, with an above-average, lingering head. There is plenty of malt/grain flavor, well-roasted. For an IPA, it's slightly less hoppy than average. While there is a trace of bitter aftertaste, it isn't offensive at all. Overall, it's a competent beer, in the average range for an IPA, which means it's a great value due to Costco pricing. Recommended for enjoying at home.

Aug 15, 2017
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D1noB from Oklahoma

2.87/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It has a slight bitterness of an IPA but it doesn't have much else, it is a less flavorful beer, not bad for a day of drinking.

Taste Rating in Words: It's a long car ride with the appropriate amount of stops to stretch.

Aug 13, 2017
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miwestcoaster from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A west coast style IPA to me. The abv is 6.9% so maybe they tweaked the recipe and increased it from 6.5%. This one and the double bock are the keepers in the sampler pack.

May 08, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work----Thanks Randy!
This fair IPA pours a clear light amber with a very nice head of white foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and features nice light lacing. Nose of
light grassy hops, light breaded malts, and caramel malts. Flavors follow the
nose with caramel malts and light breaded notes with a grassy hop and subtle
herbal hops. Decent mouth feel; medium body, medium high carbonation, and
a grassy herbal hop finish lightly balanced by caramel and honey malts that finish
lightly dry.

As others noted it is more of a pale than an IPA, but still a decent little session brew
none the less.

Mar 29, 2017
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Impetuous from Montana

3.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I don't know why this is classified as an American IPA instead of just IPA but whatevs.

Generous head quickly fades leaving light lacing. Flavors are quite good and balanced. Malts are fruity and have light drop biscuits taste. Hops are slightly piney and feature agreeable citrus notes. Carbonation is not noticeable- which is to say perfect.

Pretty damn good.

Mar 25, 2017
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handmuffin from Wisconsin

1.99/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Brewed and bottled by Bricks and Barley Brewing Company in Steven's Point Wisconsin. Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours deep gold in color, medium clarity with well developed white head. Fairly weak herbal hoppy and pale malt aroma. No fruit, citrus or resinous aroma detectable. Flavor is also mild: some earthy hoppiness and malty sweetness. Medium bitterness at the end. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall a weakly flavored IPA with little in terms of hop aroma or flavor. Drinkable but completely unremarkable.

Mar 08, 2017
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Scotchboy from Idaho

2.86/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz to Perfect Pint. Pours supremely clear gold with a fairly fluffy off-white head.

Muted aromas and flavors...some pine, hints of spiciness, grass, and crackers...faint citrus hoppyness underneath. Semi-dry finish, light-medium body.

Too muted to recommend. Drinkable but not flavorful. More in line with a Pale Ale than an IPA.

Jan 08, 2017
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

L - pours clear amber with an inch or two of head that sticks as it lingers to a thin lacing.

S - sweet, metallic, butterscotch, some citrus but none of the pine that a traditional "west coast" IPA offers.

T - much like the smell, tastes of sticky-sweet caramel, bready malt, orange, not a lot of hops up front or at the end, so it's more of a pale ale than IPA. Good, but not what I'd classify as an IPA.

F - Medium bodied, thicker probably due to sweetness, slight carbonation, not much bite. Reminds me of Full Sail's version of IPA.

O - It's fine for a Costco beer, but too similar to the Pale Ale they offer that this could use some work. Drinkable but not a go-to IPA by definition.

Jul 26, 2016
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moodenba from New York

3.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kirkland IPA sampled march, 2017. This is yet another beer carrying this label, now brewed in Stevens Point WI. This is 6.9% alcohol and claims 75 IBU, with a $20/case price. Poured at 45F into a short glass. Nice balanced aroma, short (and shortlived) white head and medium amber liquid. Hop forward with good bitterness and some modern fruity/flowery hop flavor. Just enough body. Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter. Overall very drinkable and tasty. The rating is of this Stevens Point product.

Below is my review of the Matts version of Kirkland IPA done in early 2016.

First, I doubt that the "west coast" Kirkland tastes like the "east coast" Kirkland. The eastern beers are by Matt's in Utica and (to my palate) taste a lot like the Saranacs, which I think are generally OK (Pale Ale)to excellent(4059 Porter). This is a pretty good Ale with medium body and taste, at a great price. It hasn't been stocked in a while, and I'm hoping it comes back. (my rating for the Matt version was 3.31)

Feb 14, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours fizzy, clear amber with foamy, well-retained off-white head. Aromatically hard to define. As much evergreen as it is citrus. Overall, it is perfumy but not strong. At first taste is sweet and floral, but then more herbal, vegetal, but not dank. IBUs are 77, tastes lower to me, so I'd say it's well-balanced. Malt noted on into the lightly bitter finish. Highly carbonated, watery, and crisp, but smooth.

May 06, 2015
India Pale Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 227 ratings