MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Sample Date: 12/27/2009 Source:Other) 12 oz bottle courtesy of Maniac. Clear golden with large fluffy white head. Spicy hop nose over some grainy caramel. Flavor is grainy and slightly oxidized. Very light spicy hop flavor. Medium body and mouth feel. Finish is dry and fairly bitter.
dwyerpg (4267) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice hop aroma, a little yellowish in color. This is only okay. Some hops for sure but also a bit strained. Certainly not up to par for pale ales.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Bottle from Costco on 01/17/2010. Clear golden body with a medium frothy off-white head. Sweet pale malt and floral hop aroma. Sweet floral hop flavor with a pale malt background and some slight metallic notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 6/2/6/3/11 - 2.8
Bottle from Costco on 01/03/2010. Very clear golden amber body with a large foamy off-white head. Sweet pale malt and floral hop aroma. Sweet pale malt flavor with light floral and earthy hops. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 6/3/5/3/11 - 2.8
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, pours a pale-amber color with moderate head. Aroma typical of a pale ale with heavy floral scents. However, the floral aroma was too one-dimensional, almost like a bar of soap. Got much better later in the drink. Taste is moderately bitter. Palate is average. Decent pale ale, nothing special but wont disappoint.
badgerben (4334) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rum River Wort Hogs Meeting, Dec ’09. Gold color with no head. Light floral hop aroma. Dry malt flavor, light bitterness. Grainy. Plain, but not offensive.
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 29, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Hmm, not sure where this one was going except for in the trash. But wait, that’s not fair, because the beer is actually drinkable. Yet so is water. There just wasn’t all that much going on – some light herbal hops, soft earthy malt, a watery, slightly minerally finish. There is also some noticeable oxidized flavors, a fair indication that Costco does not even try to achieve optimal storage and handling conditions for their light beers. I don’t know what else to say, you get what you pay for, maybe even an ounce more. But that is all.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light copper color no head. Aroma has light pine hops and light caramel malts. Flavor is metallic bitterness with a lingering metallic flavor. Light caramel malts and bitter hops.
after4ever (5745) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. pours slightly hazy medium amber with a half finger tan head. big tangy buttery nose with some pine and cat box. fizzy medium body with caramel, pine, butter, and ammonia. not super pleasant.
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wow... I never thought I’d be rating a beer with the Costco brand label on it. Oh well... that said, my first impression: it poured like a lager. It has an extremely yellowish-tinted orange color and a fastly falling, fine and thin head. Aroma very weak, of lager-like hops. Not bad, just weak. Aroma thin and a little hoppy but with a strange metallic bitter *thing* that hangs out at the tip of the tongue. Very light body. Not a bad beer, just a little weak and weird. But I’ll take what I can get when it’s free.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2009
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I love all things Kirkland and am also a big fan of Costco, but this beer was a genuine let-down. As a craft beer fan, I love hops that really punch you in the face, but as a realistic beer consumer, I also know that a lot of people who drink beer DON’T like this, and as a result there are quite a few more mild mannered beers out there, which is fine. I guess what is disappointing to me about this beer is that the name "pale ale" sort of implies to me that at least some discernible hop presence is contained within the bottle, and I did not find that to be the case here. Much like Bud American Ale, which promised hops and taste and delivered a disappointing blandness, I feel as though this beer is not what it implies.
It pours an attractive brassy color, with a pretty nice amount of head. Aroma is biscuity and malty, and not really at all hoppy. Flavor is very mildly hoppy - these beers are relatively new and the one I tried I thought was fresh, but the flavor within reminded me of hops gone bad - like when a super hoppy beer gets old and loses both its hop punch and its balance, becoming a big malt-ball. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.
I love Costco, and I am a big fan of their store brand (Kirkland), but that respect does not extend to their beer. I cannot in good faith recommend this to anyone.