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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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
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 kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
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 SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +21.3%
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 paulish
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of billab914
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdaschaf
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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 rodbeermunch
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of hozersr
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RBorsato
2.67/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of wrightst
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of grahuba
2.36/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kmanjohnson
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.29/5  rDev +6.1%
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 scruffwhor
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
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 dgilks
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Durge
3.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Kirkland Signature India Pale Ale from Kirkland Signature / Costco Wholesale Corporation
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 201 ratings