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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Coppery brown with rich, malty character-this perfectly brewed amber ale gets its good looks from the dark-roasted crystal malt that we import from England. To give it some Western flair, it is moderately hopped with hops straight from the Yakima Valley in Washington. ABV 5.7% Bitterness 25 IBU. Contract brewed for Costco by the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company under the brewer name Hopfen Und Malz (for the west coast market) and since mid 2009 by Matt Brewing as "New Yorker Brewing Co." (for the east coast market).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Bottled from Costco. Deep copper red body with a long lasting off white head. The nose is nutty with walnuts and some sweet caramel. There is also some leather. The taste has lots of walnuts along with a little bit of toffee. There is also some musty leather with a salty finish. This is a decent amber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle:   Copper hued amber, fairly dark, moderate off-white head, spotty lacing.   Malty nose, slight breadiness.   Much the same on the tongue.   Decent malt backbone, but without a little bit more of a hop bitterness its a little lopsided.   Comes across as a bit mealy as well.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Needs more sweetness with the existing malts, plus a little bit more of a citrus hop aspect, and then you’d have something.   Not bad, but just not memorable enough.   Pretty much what I expected for this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle: amber with medium off-white head and nose bisquit, malt and floral hops. Flavor is malt with light roasted grain, bisquit, and light citrus hoppiness. Palate is full creamy malt, mildly sweet with a punch of hop bitterness at the end. Overall, I liked it but a little too much hops and bitter for my amber tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reebtogi (5594) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
355ml bottle pours amber in color with a finger of white head that leaves a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel and grass. Taste is a caramel malty sweetness with some grassy hop bitterness. The best of the Kirkland series that I have tried, but not by much. Nothing special and not recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
koppertone (63) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
Got this in a giant costco multipack. Pours looking like watered down coke, minimal head. Smells of butter, caramel and a bit of metal. Tastes of caramel, malt and a touch of hops. Was a little bit sweeter than I was expecting but in a good way. All in all not bad considering the price. Better than some other mass produced beers that are more expensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (4344) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle from the local Costco. Pours a clear darker amber color with a moderate off-white head on there. Nose is malt-dominant, with some toasty caramel in there. Taste is toasty and slightly bitter, which surprised me, and almost no residual sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Iphonephan (6053) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Malty nose. Nutty flavor. Clean finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (13997) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle from Costco! Dark copper color with a decent off-white head. Nice roast caramel aroma. Medium body with lightly frothy carbonation. Flavor is caramel with mild spiciness. Mildly bitter. Those Yakima hops are working overtime to help out this sucker. Worth drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2009
2009 Bottle - Pours a clear and watery brown with a small off white head...aroma is a bit sweet and nutty, a bit lager skunk...flavour is similar dry roasty malt, little grain and finishes thin and dry...not very reminiscent of any amber I’ve had before, but not horrible...I wouldn’t buy it looking for an amber, but maybe as summer swill...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (7246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Tallahassee, Fl - Costco - 12 oz bottle - part of a 24 bottle variety pak for $18.99 - not a bad deal. Light copper pour with a slight bubbly white head. Aroma has some nutty accents, a hint of coffee and some citrus. Flavor has some decent subtle bitterness, some nuttiness, and a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Not bad for the price and my fridge is full of beer for a few weeks!

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