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

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Photo of beersteak
1.31/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Smell: a little like a skunky near-beer. Maybe St. Pauly Girl. That's it - it smells like St. Pauly Girl after too many days in the sun.

Taste: glue from the back of a postage stamp.

So, pretty much what you'd expect from Costco brand beer. I don't care how cheap it is, you have to have standards, people.

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Photo of harrymel
1.82/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Best by: Oct 23, 2011

A: Pours a amber ale with brilliant clarity. Two fingers of peanut head falls over a few moments to a sheet of the same.

S: Hmmm, malt. Sweet malts. Not really getting any hops on the nose here. Lemme try again...Nope, malt and butterscotch. Fail.

T: So, still really malty. WTF. Damn nearly an amber. The bottle says 67 IBU, I can't believe it. There just must be sooo much residual sugar that the beer tastes like sweet wheat and barley malts. Man, this is the first I've had of the 24 pack my wife convinced me to buy, and I'm not really looking forward to the rest. Okay, a few minutes in and there's a hint of bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium body with moderate to low carb. Dry finish.

O: see above. Not impressive. Not an IPA.

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Photo of gregmtrainer
2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

this beer had a strong taste much like a rusty nail. and not the good kind with scotch and drambuie. very strong metallic taste overwhelmed the hops. maybe it was just this batch but even though the price was right I think it was my first and last case.

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Photo of HUXC
2.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Appearance- A dull dark amber look with a rusted copper undertone. Has about three fingers worth of tanned head that laces quite nicely compared to the other Kirkland ales.

Smell- Has a faint smell of coffee due to the roasted malts. Comparatively speaking it has an overwhelming smell of hops which isn't saying much.

Taste- Again, comparatively speaking, it has roasted malted flavor with the slightest hint of sweetness. The aftertaste is an overwhelming bittering flavor that takes over the experience and leaves a bitter tinge in your mouth.

Mouthfeel- Has a moderate amount of carbonation that dissipates rapidly. Medium bodied, like all IPA's it has a small bite and not a very crisp finish.

Overall- I'm not an enormous fan of IPA's so take this review for what you will. 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 IPA's however, it wasn't all that impressive.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So here we are, down to the last of the four varieties from the Kirkland sampler case. I drank my way (with just a very wee bit of help) through most of the case last weekend camping but held four back, one of each, for an official review. I've got to say though, that each and every one of them irritated me during the camping trip, but I had chalked that up to the Yeti's, Arctic Panzer Wolves, Surlys and Bells that were intermixed. But I digress.

The appearance is good. It looks like an IPA, it's a darker shade of orange with a finger of tawny head that hangs in there and leaves decent lacing.

The smell, what smell?? Faintly floral at best. What's the deal with these Kirkland beers and lack of odor? JHC

The taste is malt forward, think biscuits, then a washing of bitter, floral hops, with a bit of funkiness I can't place. The finish is bitter and dry but mildly unpleasant.

Overall, beer or good beer..your choice.

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Photo of brewcore
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber. Agressive pour yields a one finger creamy tan head. Good looking beer.

S: Citrus hops first then balanced out by malts. Not very fragrant and actually kind of flat.

T: Malty up front with very mild hop bitterness. Not as hoppy as I would expect from an American IPA. More malts in the finish.

M: Smooth. Medium to light body with moderate carbonation. Good drinkability.

O: When I pick up an IPA I am looking for something with a good hoppy character. This beer misses that mark significantly. It's not a bad beer but just is not what I would consider a good IPA. If it were offered to me again I would not turn it down. I will not be seeking this one out.

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Photo of cpolking
2.64/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark copper/amber/brown, glowing and translucent with a quarter inch of thick off-white foam that leaves considerable lacing down the glass. The aroma is dark fruit, cherries, plums, and caramel malt. The taste follows the aroma and has an extremely bitter, yet somehow watery, finish. There is some tea with lemon in the aftertaste.

The bottle says this is brewed in Utica, New York.

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Photo of joeworrall
2.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

full discosure: i am trying this for the first time tonight after drinking a Stone IPA and a New Belgium Ranger IPA, both of which are superior to this brew.

poured from a bottle into a large tulip glass, it developed a HUGE head, that settled to about 1" thick. Color is a nice amber, like most of the ales sold at Costco.

there is almost no hops in the aroma or on the tongue. It is simply a decent amber ale with nice malt notes, slightly sweet, but not an IPA in the sense that it doesn't have any of the hop notes that you would expect.

hope that someone at Costco is working to improve their "handcrafted ale" series, cuz right now, there's no real draw here. I admit the price is reasoable, but I would rather spend a few more bucks and get an IPA that tastes like an IPA...

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one bottle of 24 in a pack acquired at Costco today for $19.00. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap servd into a Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is my first Kirkland Signature beer. I certainly like the price.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger light khaki colour head of fair cream, nice thickness, and above average retention for the somewhat high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is light and unimpressive. Looks typical for the style.

Sm: Amber malts; quite sweet. Nectary floral hops. I think I get some amarillo. Malts are as prominent as the hops. No yeast character or detectable alcohol. Simple and boring, but generally inviting. An average strength aroma.

T: Nectary, with malty sweetness throughout and some middling floral hops dabbled atop the foundation. No yeast character. No alcohol comes through. If amarillo is present, it's restrained. It sweetens on the finish to its detriment. Tastes a bit candied. Malts are really the focus here. Pleasant, but frustratingly simple. No hop bitterness comes through due to the annoying sweetness. It's decently balanced, but lacks focus and doesn't really stay true to the style; it's more like an amber with a heavier hop bill.

Mf: Smooth, wet, too thick, overcarbonated. Clearly not tailored to the flavour profile, but passable.

Dr: Drinkable, sure. For the price, I think it's rather respectable, but it's a pretty poor example of the style. I might get it again; it's a better choice than many other beers in this price range. I don't think it's an awful brew by any means, but it is certainly quite simple. Hides its ABV well. A pedestrian offering from whomever the contract brewer is. Gordon Biersch?

Low C

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Photo of Scotchboy
2.86/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. pry off brown bottle served into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper in color with a short lived cap. Does offer enough carbonation to keep a light surface ring, dropping off some lacing here and there.

Nose is somewhat light for the style with some hop spice and a balancing malt underbelly. Almost malt forward on the nose.

Taste is spicy and clean with a fair amount of bitterness on the finish. Not very much depth in the flavor profile yet lacking the negative factors I often find in Northwest IPA's of this relatively dark color. Offers a medium body and a finish that is spicy and almost chalky even, and with a notable orange character.

Decent drink but lacking in hop aroma. This beer was brewed in San Jose, presumably by contract with Gordon Biersch.

Best by 08/18/11

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Photo of kbutler1
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Got this in a white elephant gift set so figured I would give it a go. Pours a dark, slightly hazy copper orange color with a light thin tan head. Some lacing. The aroma is pretty mild but is a more sweet citrus orange and caramel than anything. Light/medium mouthfeel. Sweet upfront with a building bitterness level. Bitterness lingers on for a while, maybe a little too long. It’s a little rough around the edges. The lingering bittereness kills it for me. It’s not horrible, but it’s not anything special either. Needs better head retention.

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Photo of dgilks
3.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber colour with a smooth, creamy light tan head. Good head retention.

Nutty malt aroma with slightly metallic hops. Mild citrus and pine. Mediocre.

Caramelised malt with some citrussy hops. Somewhat metallic. Fades to dullness.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

This is a beer which is lacking in anything special. It is certainly better than industrial lagers but the flavour is a let down for an American IPA.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance in color has a copper touch leaving fair head and lace. Smell of caramel malt, having that piney citrus note, but overall a light aroma. Taste having the sweet caramel, light grain and piney citrus, but not as complex as other IPA's. Mouthfeel is a little light for the style. Overall not a bad IPA, it just doesn't have the body or complexity of others.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of scruffwhor
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$18.99 for a mixed case at my local Costco in Carol Stream, IL. All four six packs are pretty good, and something I pick up everytime I stop in to Costco.

Clear bronze color with a light tan two finger head and thick foam. Good bubbling.

The aroma has plain toasted malts that give off a white bread crust aroma. The hops contribute a generic, but satisfying citric sniff to the brew.

Astringent hop blast upfront. Citrus zest and sharp cut grass blast the front of the palate. The middle seems to have a mineraly quality from perhaps the water or a water and hop flavor combo. The finish is dry, and a little musty and astringent on the palate. Pretty citric from start to finish and the palate takes some sessionability away from this beer.

Generic AIPA is a perfect term for this beer. Not bad, but nothing special for the price. Something to satisfy a simple hop bitterness craving.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.07/5  rDev -1.3%
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 litheum94
3.08/5  rDev -1%
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%
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 mattcrill
3.11/5  rDev 0%
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 biboergosum
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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 jsprain1
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
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 gpogo
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Darkmagus82
3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
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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