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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: 146
Hads: 598
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 42
Gots: 103 | 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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Photo of smithza9
3.08/5  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.

Cheers! (271 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
2.62/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.23/5  rDev -5%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of Josephkeene
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of albertjr21
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -5%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Apek
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.02/5  rDev -40.6%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of scott451
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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". (399 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of armock
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
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 (430 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of travduke
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of kshankar
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (1,244 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy tarnished gold and amber color with the look of a nitro pour - stiff, creamy head, cascading etc. Good retention and sticky lacing. Smell is almost non existant, only the slightest hints of fresh grain and not much more. Taste brings a little bit of carmel sweetness and fresh grain, faint touches of earthy hops, the nitro must be covering up an already mild flavor. body is nice, creamy, smooth. An ok beer, just wish the scent and taste exibited some boldness to cut through the nitro pour. (506 characters)

Photo of GoodbyeElvin
1.79/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - After a double pour, it looked like an anemic Guinness, which was actually kind of prophetic.

S - It smelled vaguely like beer: a minimal and generic hint of malt with the vaguest suggestion of hops.

T - Somewhat dry despite a malty presence, chalky, an unconvincing hop gesture. Very little real savor of anything. It tastes, again, vaguely like beer, but is utterly lacking in any particular character. It seems designed for those uninterested in the taste of an actual ale, which ought to assert SOMETHING tastewise

M - Watery, with very little actual carbonation following an initial gassy flush of nitrogen.

Disappointing. (635 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at The Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland.

A- Poured with a fresh cream-like, off-white 1/2" head. The body is a filtered medium amber color. Takes quite some time for the beer to settle, similar to a Guinness or Boddingtons. A little visible carbonation after the beer settles.

S- Virtually no nose on it. Just some faint pale malts, no esters, and just a touch of low alpha hops. Very faint and mild like a lager. Curious.

T- The malt comes through light, delicate and crackerlike. It's light and refreshing, but you don't get much more beyond that delicate crackerlike malt. Maybe just a touch low alpha hops at the end. Finishes clean like a lager and moderately dry (highly attenuated).

M- A medium body with some creaminess and some super-soft carbonation from the nitro pour. As the beer warmed-up, the mouthfeel started to thin-out, and the creaminess started to dissipate.

D- Goes down super smooth... almost like a creamy glass of water!! Very drinkable and very sessionable. (991 characters)

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.