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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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This is a classic, American-Style pale ale that displays all of the complex bitterness and aroma from the hops of the Yakima Valley in Washington State. By using a top-fermenting ale yeas strain we bring out the floral and herbal flavor profiles. A clean, malty body is developed from the pale and light caramel malt. ABV 5.4% Bitterness 35 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).


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5098) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Bottled from Costco. Deep gold colored body with a long lasting off white head. The nose has some nice bread dough and a little bit of oranges. There is also a hint of almonds. Orange peels and bread crust are decent up front. A slight hint of spice in the finish. Nice, but nothing special.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Kevolutionary (18) - Red Lodge, Montana, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Average Pale Ale. I would expect this from the kirkland brand. Decent aroma of hops and a floral taste profile. I won’t mind drinking the rest.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3297) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Costco: Pours a brownish amber color. Aroma of hops, with some malt backing. Of the Kirkland beers I’ve had, this one was the best. Moderate amount of hops that did dominate the taste. Well-balanced and very sessionable. I was drinking this along with Sierra Nevada PA and the SNPA was obviously a lot nicer and more complex, but this beer still held its own. If anything, I think it is a little under-rated here (I’ve had way worse APAs). And hey, it’s cheap.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2010
Bouteille @ OTH. Ouiap bon, rien a voir ici. J’ai goûté trois de leurs bières et aucunes ne laissent une bonne impression. Dorée, mousse blanche, arôme de grains et de brassin, qcq notes de malt et blé, fin caramel avec une touche de houblon. On s’ennuie à boire un tel désastre.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
troyc (2432) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
[Bottle] Pours a hazy golden color with a quickly fading white head. Notes of grass, sweet malts and lemon cleaner in the aroma. Crisp citrus hopping dominates the taste. Lingering grassy and grainy notes in the finish. Light in body and highly carbonated. Easy to drink. Very average.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
bottled. pours pale gold with a large frothy white head. aromas of hops and grapefruit. slightly bitter. lacking a solid finish, it’s just ok. not great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle. Poured an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma was malty, touch of citrus, grapefruit, mild pine. Flavor was malty, touch of grapefruit. Minor bitterness. Pretty standard, but pretty good.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Drinkable pale, just not very exciting. Perhaps I’m biased though, and what I like in a pale is more like an IPA from 15 years ago. Regardless, this one just didn’t do much for me. Had some floral things going on and a bit of citrus, but nothing that really caught my nose/mouth. And the malts just seemed a bit one-dimensional. Drinkable? Yes. But did it keep my attention beyond the first couple sips? No.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DarkSong (284) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a medium gold with a large white head. It has a fresh aroma with some citrus. It has a nice citrus taste to it, a little pine,some hop bitterness and a grapefruit aftertaste. This is not a great beer but it’s not bad either.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Pours clear medium gold with a half finger white head. The nose is malt and light citrus hops. The taste is pretty much the same with a touch of bitter grapefruit in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Another serviceable brew, not earth shattering, but better than I thought it would be.


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