Photo of bottle of Kirkland's IPA

Kirkland Signature - Kirkland India Pale Ale

Posted April 15th, 2018

What am I thinking? Am I crazy? Why am I reviewing a Kirkland beer? Well, the story is I was in Costco and found a multipack with several flavors and a cost of 0.87 per bottle. I figured, why not see if this beer is any good. And if its not? What's the worst that can happen? Well, my tastebuds could fall out of my mouth. I could go blind. I could absolutely hate it.
Lucky for me, none of those happened. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that this beer was mild, not too hoppy, and, of course, priced right. If you're on a budget, this would be a beer of choice. Think about the price of a case of Bud Light and the price of this multi-flavor pack...and it's a no brainer! This is worth the try.

Couple of details for you:
American IPA
6.9% ABV
77 IBU

Here's the thing. While I enjoyed this beer, I also have a hard time giving a Costco or Kirkland brand a high rating. I don't know why, but I'm struggling with it. Anyone think I should rate it higher even though it's a national retailer's brand?

Appearance ( )

Nice golden color. Looks like a brownish-yellow with barely a light haze to it.

Smell ( )

Light creamy grapefruit notes with some floral overtones. This beer smells lighter than it tastes.

Taste ( )

This IPA has light floral notes but the hop quickly comes to the rescue. Because this beer is dry hopped with three types of hops, this IPA will allow you to enjoy more than one.

Mouthfeel ( )

Light in the mouth, it has a slight seltzer feel in the mouth. A bit thin for an IPA, but that's the point I think Kirkland is trying to prove: that you can make an IPA for anyone.

Overall Impression ( )

Pretty happy with this purchase. I wasn't too sure I was going to enjoy it, but I like this beer. I probably wouldn't buy it over some of the other IPAs, Stouts, and Belgians I've had before, but I wasn't disappointed.

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