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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale - Guinness Ltd.

Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.54%

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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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Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Arrived in an official Kilkenny pint glass, deep reddish-brown with around two fingers of light tan foam. Kilkenny smells like faint caramel, with fruity notes and hints of floral hops. As is often the case, this example was served too cold but unfortunately the aroma remained subdued even after things warmed up. Taste is that of a classic mass-produced Irish red, with caramel/toffee the predominant malt flavor along with a little roasted barley and some red grape fruitiness. Body is rather thin and the beer comes off watery and on the bland side, but there is a tea-like tannic astringency that I like in this style and some earthy hops in what is a decent bitter finish. A bit of cardboard and metal make an unwelcome appearance but all in all I'd drink this before many other macro-brewed UK offerings. Its designed with "drinkability" in mind: Smooth creamy mouthfeel and few overtly loud or bombastic flavor elements to dissuade the average pubhound.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2013 14:53:34 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of SDVargo


4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Was extremely happy with this beer. Had it while at an Irish pub in Canada. The taste was very good and the creamy head (which never dissipated) gave a sweet taste to counteract any bitterness. My first impression that it would be extremely heavy which at the time would be bad because I was about to enjoy a nice Irish meal, but the beer was much lighter than expected. If I could find this stuff in the US, I'd be getting some for the holidays!

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 12:56:02 | More by SDVargo
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3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A-tan copper color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-light malt, toffee, hint of spice

T-light caramel malt, hint of toffee, and toast, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with light carbonation, very smooth and creamy

O-easy drinking, but not overly flavorful

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 17:01:58 | More by MDDMD
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3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On Tap.

A: Served a dark copper color with a good head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of Malt, caramel and a bit of spice.

T: Taste of Malt and caramel sweetness with a bit od toffee. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and creamy. Has a nice rich texture.

O: Enjoyable beer, that goes down easy. Is best on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 01:13:41 | More by soju6
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North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent copper colour with a huge wite foamy head which take a while to settle down.

Not much to smell, a little malt perhaps.

The taste is mostly malty, a little caramel with slight hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is really smooth a creamy, it's easy to drink with low carbonation.

Overall I like to drink this when I'm having a few in an Irish pub, don't think I'd buy it to drink in the house though. The low abv and easy drinkability makes this excellent for long sessions.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 13:43:29 | More by Dave1999
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2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap at the Auld Irisher in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half foamy head. Reddish color. Decent carbonation. Great retention.

S- Golden bodied malts. Really subtle smell. I'll drink it down a tad and smell again. Has some skunky and darker hop notes. Not great.

T- Some lighter malts and nutty flavors. Ok tasting but not very good.

M- Creamy and thick bodied. Pretty good feel.

O- Passable beer. Might be a good standby when Guinness runs out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 04:36:18 | More by Murrhey
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3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Came out a cloudy amber - and the head dissipated all too fast.

S - A bit of a grainy aroma, maybe some maltiness, light hops

T - Caramel, a little fruity, but quite bitter too but not too heavy

M - Velvety, smooth, light carbonation

O - good beer, but not something I feel is worth having too often

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 15:23:40 | More by DexterP236
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3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper with an inch foamy off-white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing along the glass. Smell is sweet and malty, but the taste is a little flat. It's smooth and creamy, but just not a lot of character to it. If you're looking for a smooth ale, I'd go with Tetley's or Boddington's Pub Ale. This one pales in comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 13:13:55 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of skypup


3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Irish pub in Amberg

Poured into a Kilkenny Pint glass.

A- Deep Copper color, short coarse head, not much retention. No lacing.

S- Toasted malts, cereal grain, some hops and floral notes

T- Very light toasted malts, some sweetness and herbal notes, very watered down. Mellow bitter aftertaste.

M- Very mild bodied, still velvety.

D- Not a bad beer, but doesn't hold a candle to some other Irish beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 09:15:38 | More by skypup
Photo of gtermi


3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Had it in San Antonio and fell in love with it. It's not the greatest beer ever, but very smooth, has a Guinness type feel drinking it. It is very hard to find so when I find it again, I will def get it. I enjoyed this beer and wish they had it in cans or bottles around me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 06:57:08 | More by gtermi
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pleasant surprise. In Montreal sampling as many as I could find and stumbled along this Irish red. Pours a reddish amber, some lacing along the sides of the glass. Smell is faint but smells malty, even spicy. Taste is of malty sweetness, drinkable and mouthfeel is creamy enough. There was nothing really spectacular about this beer but it was a solid drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 17:56:11 | More by gskitt
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3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a lovely two-finger frothy head that died ever so slow on top of a brownish body. Very mild aroma of citric, bitter hops and sweet malts, but almost non-existent. While it is somewhat smooth and creamy, it can also be said to be almost watery. Very little hop or sweet malt tastes; just kinda goes over the tongue w/ a little noise and finishes easy. It was an alright beer to sip on at the pub while playing darts w/ my buddies but nothing else to say other than an average beer at best.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 16:42:04 | More by clayrock81
Photo of DCon


3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Johnny Haran's in Chicago, IL for $5. Tapped into a Miller Lite Pint Glass from a Kilkenny Tap Handle and enjoyed this only because I had to charge my phone and we were parked next to this venue! :)

Aroma- Huge malt aroma, fresh, and can smell the creamy attributes that will be taking place in the drink. Very mild and faint.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger, creamy head that stays for a good time. The body is a reddish/amber color wit huge lace that coats the sides.

Flavor- Has a very sweet malt taste and is creamy all the way through the drink. A low bitterness finishes this drink off.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and leaves a sharp bite of malt on the palate.

Overall Impression- I wasn't ready for this Irish Red Ale to be so good! It was an easy drinking beer and almost felt like there should have been some futbol game in front of me while drinking it. Had good attributes all-around and since I had everything else on-tap, this was a fun one to go.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 20:51:48 | More by DCon
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2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cool color. Red in the light, dark brown out of it. Good foam.

Smell: Burnt caramel malt. Not sure if that is intentional...

Taste/Mouthfeel: This tastes too burnt. It has potential with the brown sugar and caramel flavor, but it's too much. Mouthfeel is good overall. Creamy!

Drinkability: Average by Irish standards.

Overall: I guess I just don't like this style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 05:51:22 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of PhillyStyle


4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cook McDoogal's Irish Pub, Kokomo, IN:

The beer appeared a dark golden color with a nice one-finger, creamy, white head and a thin cap remained throughout the beer. No lacing to note.

The aroma was light and of roasted malted barley.

The taste was roasted malted barley sweet and was nicely balanced.

The beer had a light feel to it, as expected, but the beer was extremely drinkable, crisp, very smooth and very creamy. I could drink this beer all day every day.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 20:32:56 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of BeerManDan


3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured from the tap, there was not a ton of foam in the glass, but, two tons and after finishing off the pint, there was one ton of lace on the side of the glass. The color was a light hazy cream brown when served, but after a few minutes, the color was of a clear medium goledn brown. The smell of roasted malts and a hint of spice? or fruit? or whatever had a pleasant aroma. The taste was of the sweet/bitter roasted malts and a nice balance of, whatever the components were in the ale. I really enjoyed it, especially being in an Irish Bar in SF.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 01:30:48 | More by BeerManDan
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3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very solid beer. Any beer from Dublin must be quality. I'm not normally a big fan of the red beers but this one hit the spot with Shepard's Pie in an Irish pub in Canada. It looks good, has that very noticeable cream ale taste, and is easily drinkable.


Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 05:09:07 | More by smithza9
Photo of jneiswender


2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at St James Gate in Amsterdam. Served on tap, cool in a pint glass.

A-brown red body and a thick off white head.

S-butter and caramel.

T-sweet and watery, some caramel and a light British hop finish.

M-medium to light and thin.

D-not robust at all. the light flavor is disappointing after an appealing aroma. I would not have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 03:01:12 | More by jneiswender
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a deep red brew with an outstanding tan/beige 1 finger creamy head. Good clarity and a good pour by the barman. Fantastic lacing.

Light boiled grain aromas with some light cereal scents. Not much here.

Some toasted malt, with bread crust and clean bitterness. Not alot of power in this one. Intensity is lacking (not watery, just kinda weak. Flavors are palatable, and the finish is creamy edgefrom a lingering headappropriate.

Good medium body and nice cream in the texture from the head.

Overall, not terrible, but lacks depth. Fairly easy to drink, but you teeter on the edge of mediocrity/boredom with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 01:42:19 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured on tap.

Once poured the beer had a large heavy head. 1/4 which amount to a 1/4 of a inch throughout drinking. Ale truns copper after head settled.

Taste is of a lightly smoked cream ale. With a decent hop after taste.

I don't dislike it but it seems average.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 19:04:31 | More by Josephkeene
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with an amber hue under a big cream white head.

S: Muted for the most part with just the faintest malt accent.

M/T: An upfront creamy and slightly metallic bitterness with a bold roasted nut center and light bitter follow through.

D: A nice alternative to Guinness for me to have with my rasher cashel blue cheeseburger and fries.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 17:06:33 | More by albertjr21
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3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a clear, dark golden amber with a very fine-bubbled creamy-white head. Aroma is malty, slightly fruity and slightly hoppy, not all that strong but still appealing. Flavor is malty and somewhat, but not nastily, bitter, with a whisper of fruit. Texture is velvety smooth and slightly fizzy so it goes down the pipes nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 01:56:55 | More by Cyberkedi
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very fine textured creamy head similar to Guinness. Sticks around to the end. Medium reddish brown colour. Lots of clingy fine lacing.
S - Malts up front, sweetish, faint spice.
T - Mild malts, some caramel. A mild lingering hop finish.
M - Awesome full round. Creamy. Very nice.
D - Very drinkable. Smooth well balanced flavours.
Surprisingly good compared to the rest of the Guinness "family".

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 04:28:41 | More by scott451
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The nose is slightly malty but also offers the flavor of a roast, however slight. The palate is clean and smooth but also very watery and not have to be a genius to understand that this beer does not drink it, even if it is obviously regret a flagrant lack of taste. We emphasize, however, some hints of caramel in the finish with hop bitterness and bubbly.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2010 18:15:25 | More by ThaCreep
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4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a dimpled, 20-oz imperial mug at J. Timothy's in Plainville, Conn.

A: Poured a reddish and orange amber color which arrived with a great deal of nitrous carbonation which built its way into a neat, two-finger head of dense, creamy rich white foam which held up throughout the brew.

S: Smells slightly sweet and bready with hints of floral hops and some aluminum notes.

T: Flavor is semisweet and grainy at first, with a roasted, bitter malt and hop infused buttered bread quality soon to follow. The brew finishes dry with a semisweet and bitter roast, made slightly sweeter and creamy around the edges due to the carbonation.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied at first sip, but the brew itself keeps rather dry and thin. Lends itself well to big quaffs and for washing down food.

D: Really quite sessionable at 4.3% ABV and holds it's place among Tetley's and Boddington's for the best light, nitrous based pub ales I've had. Kilkenny is made more interesting as it drags some of the bittersweet, roasted caramel malt generally characterized by Irish red ales into the mix.

I could see throwing back a few mugs for a nice pub session or just having one to cut the grease associated with a plate of fish and chips.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 23:49:04 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.