RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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).

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2.4
poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2010
12 oz bottle into shaker. Peppery, caramel malt aroma. Pours copper amber with little head and just decent lacework. Taste is sweet, finishes bitter. Medium carbonation. I wanted to compare this with Kirkland’s German Lager because that beer tasted just like an amber ale to me. I was right. These two beers taste extremely similar with just a few subtle differences. Very mediocre.

2.7
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 7, 2009
12oz bottle. Dark copper with a lasting off-white head. Light grassy hops, light alcohol and some toasty malt in the aroma. Pretty balanced between lightly toasty and caramel malt and lightly bitter hops. A bit thin in the mouth with prickly carbonation. Definitely the best of the Kirkland pack, but still not great.

2.9
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a small off-white head that has fair retention. The aroma is sweet grains, caramel and a bit of bubble gum. The flavor is front-loaded with caramel followed by piney hops and a bit more bubble gum. The palate was just a bit thinner than I preferred and the carbonation was lively. Finished short and dry. Overall: Better than BMC, but that is scant praise.

3.1
markas101 (2434) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2013
33 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada. Light mahogany colour. Metallic soapy aroma. Sweet caramel flavour, herbal hops with a slight breadiness. Finishes with a mint hoppiness.

2.7
arkurzynski (2406) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Copper-amber in color. Sweet caramel malts and fruitiness. Borderline juice. Taste is bland and dry. Plenty of carbonation and average palate.

2.6
VertBaconStrips (2387) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - SEP 2, 2015
fossil review dying on my notes on the phone. Pretty sure Brad brought these. Or not. Very malty, dull bitterness, medium caramel, for whatever reason it’s a disappoint beer to follow up a St. B ABT12 on tap. Average boring beer with no issues. Smells: see above. I’m hot and forgot to get to it. Realistically none of this matters cuz it’s a Costco beer.

3.3
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle from Costco: Poured a dark amber hue with a delicate layer of frothy head. The aroma is sweet with syrupy caramel like malts but at the same time smells watered down. The flavor is somewhat toasty and has a minor taste of caramel and other assorted malts. I’m not a big fan of amber ales to begin with but this is just boring and nothing special.

2.6
illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Clear light amber color with an ecru head and a little lace. Aroma is toasted wheat bread with some nuttiness and diacetyl. Flavor is not much different except for vague notes of caramel, iced tea, and metal. Thin and watery mouthfeel, drinkable but not very good. Not exactly a big surprise.

2.2
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Caramelly malts on the nose mild hints of spicy hops. Pours a clear amber. Caramelly malts, hints of toffee, bready, drinkable.

3.3
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 1, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-4-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a small white head. The head fades rather fast to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is rather light overall with some light breadiness, caramel sweetness, and a tiny amount of nut. Taste – The taste begins a little on the sweeter caramel side with a nice bready backbone. As the flavor advances more some of the sweeter flavors fade as a light nutty and toasted malt flavor comes to the end. At the finish of the taste, the sweetness comes back with a light citrus hop joining the rest to leave a lightly sweetened and moderately roasted flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was average in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that was rather average. Both are appropriate for the style. But nothing too extraordinary. Overall – Not too complex in flavors, but it is a fairly easy drinking and slightly sweeter brew. For ~ 80 cents per bottle it is well worth it.


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