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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 27
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An "Irish Cream Ale", though this style does not exist on BeerAdvocate.com, and the closest style is Irish Red Ale.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-23-2009)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew was a standard of mine for many years, but I have to admit it's been a while since I've had one. What better time than St. Practice Day?

Poured nitro-can style into a Guinness glass. Lovely cascading effect led to a striking clear amber brew. Thick, creamy head that remained throughout the pint, creating sheets of lacing down the glass.

Nose is caramel, bread, lightly toasted malt.

A mild, creamy ale, notes of caramel, bread, and toasted malt, finishing with a mild tea-hoppped bitterness. Nothing spectacular, but certainly pleasurable to drink. Tastes fine.

Creamy, but very watery mouthfeel. A trend I've found with most Guinness products. Still, easy to quaff.

A good standby around St. Patrick's Day or whenever I find myself in one of those pseudo-Irish chain bars Canada seems to have in spades. I can certainly have quite a few of these in a sitting - the light ABV and thin mouthfeel make for easy drinking.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 16, 2011
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Mac Mcgee's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a clear amber color with a fine-bubbled, one-finger white cap that slowly cascades before settling. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted toasted malts and not much else. As it warms hints of earthy hops waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors consist of lightly toasted and lighter caramel, with a bit more depth than the nose suggests. Midway through the sip it gains a bit of bitterness and very light earthy and leafy hop flavors. The hops fade out before a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a tad on the thin side with light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall there's really nothing special about this beer but it is easy to drink. Not worth seeking out but also not worth turning down.

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440ml nitro-widget thingy can. Long ago, this was a go-to pint upon finding myself in any and all manner of Irish or English-themed pub, yet it has indeed been a while, so time to get reacquainted, me old son.

This beer pours (eventually) a clear, medium copper amber colour, after that overwhelming, cascading off-white foam settles to a few fingers of perfectly creamy ecru head, with a touch of spectral webbed lace left around the glass. It is indeed always a pleasure to watch that particular trope of physics in action.

It smells of lightly fruity drupe esters, grainy caramel malt, wet toasted bread, a bit of earthy yeast, and rather faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is quite malty and fruity, both measures indistinct and pleasant at the same rate - the thinly bready graininess, and stale apple and banana chips having to suffice - as the mild floral, leafy hops really have little to offer here.

The carbonation is very low-key and beyond innocuous, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth, smooth is the operative word, unless you're into creaminess, and well, it's got that in spades too. It finishes barely off-dry, the malt kind of bleeding out, while the seemingly manufactured fruit and hop esters stick around as if by court order.

I've always been content with this as a perfunctory default at that sort of bar, both here and even in Eire herself; but now, upon closer circumspection, a few blemishes become increasingly evident - a certain plainness all around, be it malt, hop, or well, overall flavour. Which, I suppose is this one's appeal at the pub - toss in the lower than average ABV, and this beer is sessionability, incarnate.

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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.