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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 603
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 35.19%
Wants: 43
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-23-2009

An "Irish Cream Ale", though this style does not exist on BeerAdvocate.com, and the closest style is Irish Red Ale.
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3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on nitro-tap at a mediocre "Irish pub" in Long Beach. Served in a Kilkenny pint glass.

Pours a copper to red-brown color. I just love the look of the nitrogen working through a beer like this. Beautiful, silky off-white head, a finger and a half thick. Spectacular lacing on the glass. This beer looks so good.

Scents of malt, dry save a slight caramel aroma, mild bitterness. Fairly subdued aromas.

A malty sweetness mixed with caramel, which gives it a little bit of depth, but very soft flavors here. Some balancing from the bitter finish of the hops, but it's really gentle. The sweetness gently rises back to the surface in the follow.

Super-soft mouth feel, body is moderate, carbonation is there but gentle due to the nitro.

Fairly gentle, drinkable beer. I'm a sucker for just about anything decent on nitro-tap.

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2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

very poor not worth a review.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a see-through, dark copper-toned body with a finger of dense, ivory-hued foam.

Smell: n/a --no, really, there's nothing there! Frankly, I'm not sure what score to assign this. On one hand it didn't smell like anything, on the other hand it didn't smell bad.

Taste: Mind-bogglingly mild taste of toast and dry caramel with a bland hint of fruit. Thinnest touch of hop character and bitterness. Drying, empty finish. It's in and out in a flash. Some beers leave you wanting more, this one leaves me wanting anything, something.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Instantly forgettable. My goodness, was that ever a whole bunch of nothing, lacking entirely in the departments of aroma and flavor. Sure, it's smooth and easy-drinking, but if it isn't going to taste like anything, what's the point?

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +32%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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2.9/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of glid02
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3/5  rDev -12%

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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.