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.
Tmoney99 (10102) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Costco - Cincy. Poured a clear amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is an just above average drinkable brew.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cheap sickly sweet. Some floral hop flavor, almost no aroma. Pretty decent looking though. Not horrible. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it though.
PorterPounder (5207) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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 very brief spruce accents but not much else. Flavor has a slight bitterness with some citrus accents and a touch of mint. Crisp mouthfeel. Overall, average and worth the price and my fridge is full of beer for a few weeks!
TheBeerGod (5055) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Amber bodied. Medium, foam white head. Nose is toasted malt, spicy hops, grassy notes, buttered biscuit. taste is more grassy hops, light lemon, soft caramel, fruit, yeast notes and buttered biscuit. Body is light-medium with a strong bubbly carbonation. Ends with a lingering hop bitterness, aspirin-like at times, grapefruit, caramel, buttered biscuit and grassy notes.
GodOfThunder (1244) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks to Sam at Redlight. As was said just before me, if this was packaged in the German Lager bottle, it would be pretty damn good. But, it is labeled a Pale Ale, and it sucks. Grassy hops and biscuits. Solid, crisp and refreshing. I could drink a lot of this while tailgating or something on a hot day. The only problem is that it isn’t a Pale Ale!
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Slightly musty aroma with grassy hops. Pours crystal clear no head. Grassy crisp flavor, godofthunder said it best, this tastes like an ok lager, they should repackage this as the german lager. It makes a decent lager, horrible pale ale!
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gold. White carbonation. Grassy hops, crisp malt. Tastes more like a hoppy pale lager than a pale. Decent.
bb (6718) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Malt, earth, and light grapefruit aroma. Malt, light grapefruit and light caramel flavor. Medium bodied. Light bitterness. Malt, light grapefruit and light pine linger.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Pours a clear gold color with a light head. The nose is lightly hoppy with a touch of floralness and grainy malt. Thin body but a light cascade note in the flavor. Vague mouthfeel like pennies and a boring finish.