Ibrew2or3 (8055) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours clear copper with thin dirty white head of foam. The aroma has resiny sort of lime peel and grapefruit pith notes mixing with some roasted malts and biscuit like malts. It seems these malts and hops don’t go too well together. The taste is sadly similar as I get some resiny bitter vaguely citrus hops blending bluntly into combative malt notes that are somewhat roasty. This does not come together very well but it does deliver a decent level of bitterness if that’s all you’re after.
nuplastikk (5709) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Orange-brown with a foamy off-white head. Piny orange resinous aroma...a touch rancid. Factory IPA, soapy caramel. Not really that enjoyable.
svandyke (171) - USA - JUL 14, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle- At the parents’ house. Beer pours a brown with yellow tinge. Smells a little like hops, but does not have much head. Taste has little going for it. Somewhat watery with an odd chemical aftertaste. Just what you’d expect if Costco wanted you to purchase THEIR micro-brew....
BucannonXC5 (1390) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
355mL at a party. Clear amber with a small, beige head. Nutty, soapy aroma. Taste is chemical heavy, nutty, soapy, tangy. Heavily astringent. Lots of lemon detergent. Ick. I always love a good dark amber ’pale’ ale.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
first whiff smells like a normal lager with some extra hops. Let it breathe a bit and it improves greatly. not a whole lot of hop bouquet to speak of though. But a good value with some lasting bitterness in there.
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 7, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: light amber with off-white head. Aroma is toasty malt with a rather light citrus hop for an ipa. Flavor is toasted malt, bisquity, bitter with some pine with light grapefruit. Palate is mostly bitter with a little caramel sweetness. Ok beer, but no floral hop bouquet or flavor.
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
light amber color, aroma of citrus hops, caramel, flavors of citrus hops, caramel, toast, pretty bitter, somewhat abrasive, not bad for the price
Holy (837) - GERMANY - APR 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared in Seattle. Bitter with strong caramel - not heinous, ok for an IPA.
maekchu (3364) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Costco Japan (Yawata). Sort of weak candy, starchy aroma -- like fresh laundry. light hop note in the background. Deep copper color. Some thin foam but no visible carbonation. Hops dominate here, but it is somewhat balanced. As with all the Kirkland beers, the aftertaste is a bit rasty -- but it’s okay. Medium body. Overall, a not terrible beer, but far from a really good IPA. Agree with KyotoLefty that it’s the best of the four signature beers in the case.