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Kirkland Signature India Pale Ale | Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation

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Kirkland Signature India Pale AleKirkland Signature India Pale Ale

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by chinchill on 02-24-2011

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5/5  rDev +61.8%

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5/5  rDev +61.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +53.7%

Photo of candlou
4.6/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As a Connecticut resident I had to search for this new COSTCO branded Ale.. There is only one COSTCO store in our state that has a liquor license, so I made a forty mile round trip to purchase a case.. My trip was rewarded. The four types of ale were all very good and interesting.. The American IPA has a ABV of 6.5% and it was my favorite. The white Ale or wheat ale is unfiltered and a bit cloudy I liked it, but it was my least favorite.. I am sure I will make more trips to the Milford COSTCO in the near future.. The Ale is made by FX Matt in Utica, NY the brewers of Utica Club and the Adirondack brands .

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4/5  rDev +29.4%

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4/5  rDev +29.4%

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4/5  rDev +29.4%

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4/5  rDev +29.4%

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4/5  rDev +29.4%

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4/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying a low priced sampler IPA could be a real disappointment, but this one is pretty drinkable. It's on the dark, bitter side. More bitter than hoppy - not very grassy and the finishing hops are not pronounced.

But it's well crafted, looks nice in the glass and it is refreshing and unique (sort of). I wonder how much of a bargain these were - my sister bought them at Costco.

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Photo of JayTime
3.86/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is bitter but not so much so that I couldn't think about drinking another. Pretty tasty in my opinion. Definitely worth giving a try for the price. Could actually be a little more bitter though. It is a good beer for anyone trying to get into IPAs.

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Photo of engagechad
3.86/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was purchased at Costco in Richmond, VA as a case with 3 other types of beer. Poured into a DFH snifter

Pours a dark amber with surprisingly awesome lacing and massive head. Perfect carb.
Smells good but mild. Faint citrus and earth as well as minty herbal notes.
Surprising amount of bitter hop taste. Good alpha acid usage with a good balance if you're into bitter IPAs.
Great on the mouth, smooth with no burn and good dryness.
Very drinkable.

I wish I could just buy this beer but it's only sold in cases.

If you want to snag a case of decent brew for a gathering and don't want to break the bank go for this. It's seriously good brew and the Amber ale in the case is also decent.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark copper with perfect transparency. Linear streams of bubbles run to a two-finger off-white head. Head falls apart to a ring of bubbles around the glass about 2/3rd's of the way down. Leaves behind a couple of small splotches of lacing.

S - Cascade hops and some floral notes on biscuity background.

T - Biscuity upfront. Simple, but quite well balanced, the body of this beer is a classic combination of american hops and biscuity malts. A small flourish of hops as the beer passes over the tongue transitions to a bitter and oily finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly chewy.

By far the best of the Kirkland signature pack. The flavor and mouthfeel are quite good for a beer that costs around $0.75. At roughly $4.50 for a sixer, I would be tempted to buy this beer for a cheap change up, but unfortunately I think that it only comes in the 24-bottle variety pack, which would require wading through Kirklands uninspiring Belgian White and Amber. My father buys these at Costco and doesn't like the IPA (not a fan of hops), so maybe I can convince him to give me all of them when he buys...

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.82/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 12 0z bottle, "best by" dated June 18, 2011. Served in pint glass. Brewed by "New Yorker Brewing Co., Utica, NY". Also from bottle: "brewed with generous amounts of American hops, including Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo ... using barley malt, Munich and English crystal malt" IBU = 67

Pours a clear amber color with medium bubbling and enough tan head to nearly reach the lip of the point glass. Head has good retention and leaves considerable lacing.

A - Hop aroma over faint malt backdrop. Pleasant and appealing, but not strong or bold for style.

T - Starts crisp with a substantial hop flavor. The malt component is there, but overpowered by a hoppiness. Hops also dominate the finish and aftertaste, with a lingering hop/grapefruit bitterness. Both citrus and pine in both aroma and flavor of hops.

M - medium/light body with medium carbonation.

D - good for those who like a hoppy and rather bitter beer.

At $19 a case, this is a very good buy ... except: only available in mix packs with 3 other varieties, some of which are likely to be less attractive to the hop-heads to which this beer will most appeal.

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3.75/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +21.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of moodenba
3.74/5  rDev +21%
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)

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3.74/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rallyr32
3.74/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryki
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Not a bad Brew

A. Who cares if I want Art I will go to an Art Gallery.

S. Who cares if I want a Nice Smell I will buy Cologne.

T. Nice taste not too hoppy, not to malty. Medium Bodied. Slightly Bitter aftertaste.

M. Nice mouth feel, not too bitter not too hoppy. Nice aftertaste. Would buy this Beer again.

O. Great Everyday Beer. $18.00 for a mixed case. Same price as Miller Lite or Budweiser.

10 out of 10 for Value.

Nice Beer for a hot summers day.

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3.69/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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