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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

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Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by chinchill on 02-24-2011

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 163
Photo of candlou
4.6/5  rDev +47.4%
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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Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev +27.6%
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 +23.7%
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 +23.7%
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 +23.4%
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 chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +20.5%
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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Photo of Ryki
3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
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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Photo of Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of Justin23060
3.61/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured orange / dark amber. Although the stiff dark ivory head dissipated it left some nice sticky lacing right to the end.

S - Pleasant, but not in your face hop. Malt comes through more than most IPA's would.

T- Pretty dry start to finish. Despite having three different hops and three different malts its pretty straight forward solid beer without too much complexity.

M - Creamy soft carbonation with medium body (as advertised).

O - At 79 cents/bottle anybody expecting this to compete with the major west coast IPAs needs to get their head out of the clouds. But on the flip side of that same argument this really is way better than one should expect for a 79 cent IPA. Its fresh and well done. I'll get it again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and some sweet caramel.

T - Spicy up front with some tart grapefruit and citrus flavors. Some toasty malt, too.

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

O - This is not bad for a beer marketed to Costco. Thanks to my brother-in-law for hooking me up with this one.

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Photo of jar2574
3.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours very nicely. A great looking beer. Great head retention and tremendous lacing all the way down. Slightly above average carbonation. A dark brown/orange color.

Smells hoppy - the fruity variety rather than a pine or herbal variety. Smells include a little citrus and a little bananas.

This is a very mellow, creamy, easy-drinking IPA. There are hops, definitely, but they aren't biting. It's sweeter than most IPAs and not very bitter. The flavors that are there are pleasant, but not mind blowing. Without the hop kick you expect in an IPA I feel like the mouthfeel is just a little watery and boring. But I'm not upset by less-than-average hops in an IPA. Sometimes I prefer a mellower beer.

In the end it's a surprisingly pleasant experience and a great value. Kirkland usually makes good products and they have done a good job with this beer. Don't knock it till you try it!

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted last year - reviewed from notes that were lost and recently found:

Pours orange-copper with a thin foamy tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild citrus with spicy tea leaves and floral notes.

The taste is of spicy tea leaves and a bit of caramel. It has a dry finish.

The body is slightly thin, but with enough to cover the palate through the finish.

This isn't a "hop bomb" but does have enough hops to stay ahead of the malt. The alcohol is covered well, making it easy to drink. Not a bad choice at all for a very inexpensive IPA!

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Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first of the Costco-beers. A friend had a mixture of these in his fridge the other day. Intrigued, I grabbed this one.

A dark orange/copper color with a small off-white head on top. Nice floral aromas with citrus and a dry straw -like scent on the finish. Definitely some hoppy-ness in the nose.

Crisp, moderate heft bolster this beer well. Good feel to hold up to the bitterness that's to come. Flavors of bitter hops, semi-sweet orange slices, dry grains - all meld together to create a simple easy-drinking ale. The hops aren't the most flavorful here, but they get the job done.

I see these beers as being great gateway beers for people newly into craft beer. They're simple and tasty, and the pricepoint will appeal to the masses as well.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear looking copper color. The head was white and a little sticky. The aroma of the beer had a decent hop aroma to it, nothing too crazy really. The taste of the beer was bitter enough to call it an IPA but still could have used more in my opinion. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the lighter side, a little watery, not overly carbonated. Overall it was a typical easy going IPA. I wouldn't have to buy it again or anything but I would probably drink it if someone offered it to me.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My house on July 13, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. Two fingers of head. Dark copper amber color. Thick, pillowy, white lacing on the sides. Good retention with pillowy, sporadic, white foam. A bit surprised how red it was.

Smelled a sharp whiff of citrus hops with lime leading the way. Also some noticeable pine notes. Slight sweet floral notes as well. All pretty sharp smells, while not too long lasting.

Tasted fairly close to the nose. Reminded me right away of a stronger version of a Kirkland Pale Ale/Amber hybrid. Fairly smooth in the beginning with some lime and pine citrus hops, before giving way to a sharp bitter alcohol bite.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt long finish.

A decent end to the night of trying four Kirkland’s. I’d rate it Amber Ale, Belgian White, IPA and Pale Ale. Beer Advocate’s got it Amber, IPA, Pale Ale and Belgian White. We’ll agree to disagree.

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Photo of moodenba
3.31/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice amber copper color with a big cream colored head. The head has a decent level of retention fading over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is bready and caramel sweet with a nice blend of a grapefruit citrus hop and some lighter notes of a floral smells.

Taste – The taste is upfront bready with a light caramel sweetness with a decent amount of grapefruit hop flavors. As the taste advances further there are flavors of a pine hop come to the tongue with a loss of much of the sweeter flavors. The grapefruit hop flavors get stronger as the taste advances to the end where a moderately hoppy, bitter, and dry flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thickness suits the hop flavors quite well while the medium carbonation is nice for complementing the more crispness of the brew.

Overall – Not too bad, but a little too much of the a bitter grapefruit is left to linger on the tongue at the end of the taste leaving a somewhat unbalanced taste. Not bad and for ~ 75 cents for the bottle this is definitely a good deal.

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Photo of gpogo
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear copper body with a large dark cream colored head. Lively carbonation. Solid lacing.

A- Citrus aroma. More of a bitter aroma than citrus. Some caramel malt notes.

T- Bitter taste throughout. Slight phenolic flavor. Solid malt backing.

M- Medium body high carbonation. Bitterness sticks to your mouth.

D- Pretty great Costco beer. Probably won't pick it up again, but if offered one I'd drink it.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.26/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark golden, bordering on copper, with an off white head. Decent retention, some lacing.
S- Smell is pretty timid, but it leans toward spicy and slightly piney hops.
T- The malt notes are more prevalent here, but the predominant character is spicy hop notes. A bit of piney hops come through too. The finish is a bit abrupt, not really in a way I like. Astringent with bitterness coming through more than hop flavor.
M- Light body, almost foamy.
O- I'm a bit disappointed by this. It's got some decent hop notes to it, but it's more or less just bitter without the depth of flavor.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

354ml bottle, 6.0% ABV. Kind of weird, in an admittedly inconsequential manner, how Costco's liquid measurement for this sort of thing doesn't come out to the standard 355ml. Just sayin'.

This beer pours a clear, dark brassy amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, bubbly, rocky beige head, which leaves some decently skewed honeycomb lace around the glass as it quite slowly abates.

It smells of watered down grapefruit juice (not a generally bad idea, in practice), some lime Fruit Loops, overripe orange pith, a bit of earthy pine resin, and some other unclassifiable musty, dusty hops. The taste is fruity malt, in a chewing gum sort of way, some further dry sugary Pez candy notes, and a muddled citrus stem and pine-scented cleaner bitterness, the alcohol a bit too prominent for its proclaimed strength.

The carbonation is a tad peppy, but wanes too quickly, the body medium-light in weight, and just too deep into the clammy side of things to proclaim all that smooth. It finishes off-dry, the tacky malt and faded multifaceted hops both hanging on to something that they maybe shouldn't.

Wow, few beers have I seen that start of so well, and head south so precipitously. Ok, in this case, I may be exaggerating, so not all the way, but damn, is this one swell looking starter, with a steep decline to a rather middling, plodding median, which does not engender a strong urge for further indulgence in the gargantuan mix pack taking up prime real estate in my beer space.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with effervescence noted. Sticky white head that retains well.

Aroma: Mild earthy hop notes up front. Low fruity esters. Clean fermentation character. A little biscuit aroma as it is agitated.

Flavor: Earthy hop bitterness up front. Followed by moderate biscuit and bread crust-like character. Balance is toward bitter but there is more than enough malt character to balance. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No astringency or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: More like an amber. A good beer, just not an IPA.

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Photo of litheum94
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 8-9-11. Reviewed 3-23-11.

Reddish-brown body. Small, tan head that doesn't build to much and leaves faint traces on the top of the beer..

Caramel malts and pine cones. Weird sweetness, like fruity pebbles. Orange zest. Initial hop aromas give way to a fairly sweet nose.

A melanges of hops at first, with citrus and pine dominating the flavors. Orange sweetness mixes with biscuit and caramel malts. Medium body, with good carbonation. Finish comes on with a very woody essence, and is dry and bitter. Long and lingering, and slightly phenolic on the end.

Good things this taste better than it smells. All in all, an average IPA for a great price.

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Photo of iSip
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Kirkland Hefewiesen was very good, and at a great price, so I was excited to try this IPA.

It pours with a dark colored head that goes the distance and laces the glass appropriately. The aroma is on the faint side. Color of the beer is deep for an IPA, looks like a Double.

But taste is where the rubber meets the road, and here the Kirkland IPA falls behind the best in class IPA's I have sampled this winter. There is a nice malt start, but then it fades into a bitter finish without enough hop to be a truely great IPA. Overall a good beer, and a fair IPA that is on par with some I have tried, but I would spend the extra money on a Great Divide Titan IPA or similar if you are in the mood for an IPA.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.07/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kirkland's IPA, available in a mixed pack at Costco, begins with a light, but promising aroma, boasting brown sugars, lightly toasted grains, and a good smattering of citrusy hop notes such as lemon, grapefruit, and rosewater.

On the tongue, the 67 IBUs kick in quickly, bringing decent grapefruit and grapefruit rind bitterness to the brew, as well as hints of pine and lemon. A decent batch of sugars--mainly brown, but also some fruit esters such as apricot and berry--lie beneath, as well as a hint of toast and cereal grains. But the hops are first and foremost, providing a surprisingly sharp bitterness for a Costco beer, and lasting well into the aftertaste, which lingers for quite a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, I'm quite surprised at the quality of this brew. It's nowhere near a Dogfish Head, of course, and seems out of balance, considering how strong the hops are relative to the malts (and the hops themselves are excessively bitter, lacking subtlety and nuance), but for a beer that comes in a twenty-four pack that sells for $18, you're actually getting a hell of a deal. Excellent beach fare.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy tan-white head. The head fades at a fairly normal pace leaving behind some good lace.

S - Sweet caramel and bready malts fill the nose. Bit of toasted aroma and some yeast. Light citrus hop in the background.

T - Starts off with some lightly toasted sweet caramel malt. Just a touch of citrus hop in the background. Though the middle, the hops get just a touch stronger and the breadyness of the malt comes through. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts and just the lightest hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth but fairly thin and watery lacking any kick.

D - Very drinkable, but not much there to be interesting. There is very little hop flavor or aroma in here. The malts also completely dominate the beer, and even they are not that strong.

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