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Title: Kirkland Case
Post by: MDixon on April 29, 2011, 11:40:31 AM
Decided to give the Kirkland Case at Costco a whirl. Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Amber Ale and a Belgian Witbier. I can stomach the Pale and the Witbier, although neither is much more exciting than watching paint dry. The IPA is a pretty good Pale Ale. The Amber was drain cleaner last night. I'll try them all again at least 5 more times, but my vote would be to pass on this one... ;)
Title: Re: Kirkland Case
Post by: tschmidlin on April 29, 2011, 03:55:13 PM
That's not what came in the case I tried a year or so ago, they must have changed it up.  I shop at costco pretty regularly (was there yesterday) and have never gotten another case.
Title: Re: Kirkland Case
Post by: MDixon on April 29, 2011, 06:19:20 PM
I think the GB case (had a hefe and some other stuff) was supposedly pretty good, this one was lackluster. I'll start with the Amber tonight, maybe my buds were off due to a long day, but I'm suspecting it will go something like this...open, pour beer, discard cap and recycle bottle, put away opener, sit on couch, taste beer, taste again, rise from couch and proceed to sink, dump contents of glass down drain, rinse glass, find anything more flavorful in fridge  ;D
Title: Re: Kirkland Case
Post by: weithman5 on April 29, 2011, 06:28:26 PM
they have changed what was in the case.  last year had ipa, pale, a light lager and a hefeweizen.  they were all drinkable and reasonably cost. got the bottles.  i normally am a lager guy but the ipa was a little better.  the best was the hefe, and i normally don't like these all that much. i actually saved a few bottles to get the yeast, still in fridge :'(
Title: Re: Kirkland Case
Post by: timberati on April 29, 2011, 08:10:40 PM
[snip] I'm suspecting it will go something like this...open, pour beer, discard cap and recycle bottle, put away opener, sit on couch, taste beer, taste again, rise from couch and proceed to sink, dump contents of glass down drain, rinse glass, find anything more flavorful in fridge  ;D
That's pretty much what I did when I tried a case yonks ago. I think they were trying to appeal to the folks who bought Bud by the case. Apparently, they still are.
Title: Re: Kirkland Case
Post by: MDixon on April 30, 2011, 12:48:45 AM
Ok, so I started in a different order tonight. I can actually choke down the Amber, but I may not. The Witbier is passable and the IPA actually has enough bittering to be one. Still not something I'll purchase again...
Title: Re: Kirkland Case
Post by: tumarkin on April 30, 2011, 01:21:56 AM
they don't have a Costco here in Gainesville, so I've never seen any of these beers. did a little googling and it seems that they are contract brewed for Costco by Gordon Biersch on the west coast & by FX Matt on the east coast. I wouldn't expect either of them to turn out great beers, but I'd expect them to be at least drinkable. kind of surprising.
Title: Re: Kirkland Case
Post by: MDixon on April 30, 2011, 11:35:47 AM
I can see them being made by Matt. I don't like Saranac much so it stands to reason I wouldn't care for the Kirkland. OTOH, if I hit the left coast I might have to give them a whirl. GB tends to make a solid brew, never exciting, but always solid.