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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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150 Reviews
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Reviews: 150
Hads: 616
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 34.6%
Wants: 45
Gots: 117 | 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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Reviews: 150 | Hads: 616
Photo of A380
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty dark gold almost a light red. very nice creamy head. kinda smells and tastes like a guinness yet without the roasted notes but they are a bit noticeable in this one. aftertaste is just like a guinness imo. also tastes pretty watery but a good kind of watery.. not like light beer, but it actually tastes like this was brewed with good quality water.. and it goes down pretty good. not something i would drink too often as it isnt really my thing but its pretty good and i could see a few people really take a liking to it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap 10/9/2010 at Mews Tavern in Wakefield, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, tea, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and a little fruit. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the nitro-tap brings some creaminess. The hops presence is mild and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and very smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of kwjd
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber colour with a finger of thick white head. Head doesn't dissipate at all and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass. Smell is of sweet toasted malt with the slightest hint of floral hops. Flavour is balanced of sweet and bitter, but it is a bit lacking overall. Mouthfeel was very creamy. A nice beer to have sometimes, but it is just ok.

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Photo of nokes
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, medium reddish brown with a two-finger head and the classy-looking nitro-can mini bubbles throughout. I like the feathery look as these bubbles go up. Cool.

Smells good. Malty and caramelly but not overwhelmingly. Feels like it could be more complex, but it's fine.

Taste is okay, but doesn't live up to the way the beer looks or smells...the sweet caramel came out as expected and diminished to a dry finish, but it somehow feels again like it lacks some complexity or depth that it could have.

The mouthfeel is where this beer really let me down. It's been a long time since I had Kilkenny on tap, but maybe that would be better? It came off ultimately as a bit thin and flat.

In the end, a drinkable beer and mostly enjoyable, but a fuller mouthfeel would really help it. Not my favourite, but okay.

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Photo of smithza9
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.


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Photo of jneiswender
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

A:The beer is a golden-orange color with some carbonation within. Head is tan and about 2 and a half fingers thick.

S: A twinge of sweetness permeates the smell and remains the dominant note. Inside are some fruits, and an overall "clean" smell, that I can only describe as watery hops. Light citrus and tangy apples.

T: Way more taste than its on-tap counterpart, which is a nice surprise. Mainly malty here, bready and not overpowering - made to be an easy drinker. Some bitterness comes in there, and finishing living up to it's "cream ale" billing with a smoothish aftertaste.

M: A low point, and where the tap version wins out. Somewhat watery.

D: This is, as I said before, made to be an easy drinker. Better than some other big name Irish Reds. An ok choice, but more taste in the bottle.

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Photo of Josephkeene
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty anber color with a fist thick frothy head which gave way togobs of lacing up and down the glass. The aroma was of faint malts with a hint of fruit notes. The taste followed suit with a nice malt backbone, caramel and english malts with a slight musty wet hop bite and some mild fuitiness. The mouthfeel was mild carbonation and dry. The drinkability was high, a very easy drink, nice flavor with a nice balance of bitterness and sweet. You could easily drink more than one of these.

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Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured with a tiny, white head of thick, creamy foam. The head refuses to settle and leaves thick lace as the beer leaves the glass. The body is copper-brown with good clarity.

S - Light, toasted bread notes with some musty hops. Little else.

T - Dry bread up front with a surprisingly strong, musty hop character. Light bitterness creeps in towards the middle and grows stronger towards the finish. Hefty bitterness in the finish with very light bready malt.

M - Medium-light body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Dry and bitter, this comes across more like an English bitter than an Irish red. Even so it would be a poor bitter with a weak malt profile that is not up to dealing with the strong hop character. A drinkable beer, and perhaps better than average as Irish beer goes, but not something to go for if you have access to any real beer.

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Photo of rarbring
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is clear dark brownish amber, big bubbles, a rather small head, and some lacing left on the glass.

The smell is sweet malty, brown bread somewhat nutty.

We have an upfront, brown sugar, sweetness, then taste of dark bread some sour notes, and a rather metallic bitterness at the end.

Rather high carbonation, medium light body, a bit fizzy, and a sharp dryness.

I'm not a fan of Irish Red, and Kilkenny does not really improve that view.

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Photo of Apek
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obtained from liquor store - refrigerated section. Evaluated the next day.

A: Lovely ruddy amber and sparklingly clear after the nitro cascade settles. Head is a perfect high density foam typical of this serving type - very much like nitro guinness stout

S: Faint malty notes and faint hop aroma (difficult to characterize). This is not a big aroma beer

T: Mild malt, mild bitter. Well balanced but no overwhelming theme. mild bitter aftertaste that fades quickly.

Drinkability - a good session beer, very light and the typical low carb for this style does not "fill" you up.

Overall - A nice refreshing beer - perhaps more typical of an English Mild but not particularly malty.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Nitro Tap at the 9 Irish Brothers in West Lafayette, IN, where apparently they sometimes get rareish beers of middling esteem.

Pours red with a chill haze and a small head. For as much care as this place takes with their Guinnesses, they just kind of swig out all their other beers.

Smells grainy with a medium hit of noble hops and a big whiff of nitrogen that, surprisingly, actually works within the milieu of the brew.

Tastes like what Boddington's goes for but doesn't quite accomplish: a very smooth, lightly fruity, lightly hoppy english pale.

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Photo of matjack85
2.02/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I had this nitro-tapped brew at Katie O'Connor's Pint House in Plainfield, IL. It was the special of the night at just $3.00 a pint, so I ordered it with my meal.

The pint glass arrived at my table with a 1½ finger creamy white head that lasted awhile but only left minimal lacing. It had a clear medium brown color but almost no smell to it at all. I wasn't picking up malt, hops, fruit, spices or anything. It might as well have been my water glass.

This is pretty close to being the blandest beer of all time. There is almost zero carbonation which helps give it a smooth, creamy, and full bodied mouthfeel, but as for taste, there isn't much to talk about. Lightly toasted malt is present but that's about it. The lack of carbonation is a serious fault and results in an extremely flat beer.

There are no bad tasting flavors in here, so in that regard it's drinkable, and at only 4.3% abv you don't have to worry about the alcohol, but if you're looking for something tasty, this isn't it. As another reviewer put it ... "it's good for washing down the pub food", but that's about it.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a clear amber brown color with a typical white nitro head. Hardly any aroma. Medium-bodied and creamy. Has a light flavor which is hard to describe... some malts, a slight bit of sweetness, and a bit of bitter hops in the aftertaste. A pleasant and enjoyable nitro-tap beer that works nice as a session beer.

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Photo of scott451
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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".

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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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Photo of plaid75
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at The Atlantic Chip Shop, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light noble hip and grainy malt.

The tasty consisted of an upfront noble hop mustiness with a thin grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was creamy and full.

Overall a decent ale on nitro.

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Photo of armock
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured an amber color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grainy malt fairly light nose

T - Follows the nose with a grainy malt flavor without muchgoing on

M - This beer has a creamy smooth medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - The last time Ive had this beer was probably seven years ago in Singapore and I remember it being better then I think I'd rather have a smithwicks or Guinness over this

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of travduke
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange/amber body with a nice two finger head. The lacing lasted the entire way down the glass.

Aroma: Its hard to smell anything here. Bready malts, that's about it.

Taste: Really mild here. Kind of a letdown. Bready, sweet malt.

Feel/Drink: Mouth is very thin. I expected a lot more out of a cream ale. Drinkability is decent at best.

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Photo of kshankar
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange pour with a thick white foam.

Aroma is of..nothing. Whatever mild scent I do get is probably ingredients typical for this style.

Taste is lightly hopped, with not much else going on..but the mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. That's the real point of this beer. The creamy body. And due to its unoffensive taste, the body really helps with the ratings here.

Taste is nothing special, but its worth a try because of the creamy smoothness.

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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.