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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale - Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd

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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Now brewed here:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 05-08-2002)
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Reviews by TubaManJack:
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TubaManJack

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +20.8%

In NZ, the beer has an ABV of 5%, to help weather the journey halfway round the world.

A- Always helped by a proper pint glass, has a moderate brown color with reddish undertones. (Like most bars there wasn't an abundance of light) Its thick creamy nitrogen head did not diminish throughout my consumption. It was weird to have that much "cream" left at the tail end of the beer.

S- Moderate and almost muted. However the nitrous sensation was there along with the notes of malt.

T - A slight note of bitters(hops) but overwhelming malt taste. The nitrogen body was smooth and creamy. So I propose this beer be renamed a thick Irish Cream. Its is so thick that it seems to have a delay between when you tip the glass back to when it begins to pour, just kidding its a thicker beer than most of what I have encountered in the past.

M- A lingering bitterness that is floating on the nitro-body. Towards the end of the sitting, the head began to be repetitive and almost airy in relation to its initial character.

D- A refreshing change from Guinness and when the bar runs out of it then you shouldn't be disappointed. The body gets in the way of its endless drinkablity, however I enjoy the style and its certainly more friendly per pint then Guinness. If you like Guinness than revel in a new found beer.

03-03-2009 07:46:35 | More by TubaManJack
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

amber colour with lace, only a bit of head. Light mouthfeel, creamy and on dry side. Not much taste, but quaffable, in fact quite smooth. Good amount of malt and some carmel. Decent aftertaste though drying. Session ale. Whiff of roast in aroma. 440 ml.

02-21-2006 22:13:58 | More by Sammy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

First time I had ever saw this beer,never saw it in the U S.Poured from the a nitro tap a deep amber with a nice creamy head on top,pretty blah aromas though some highly kilned malt and caramel but pretty faint.Like alot of nitro ales flavors are pretty week,nice creamy mouthfeel helps but the faint caramel sweetness leafy finish is just to faint and subdues.Well Iam glad I had a chance to try this but its not something I would look for again.

05-26-2005 23:51:45 | More by oberon
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

09-26-2013 01:27:12 | More by cam477
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VernonKell

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

11-15-2012 22:40:41 | More by VernonKell
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mikechance

California

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%

Served on nitro-tap at Kinnee O’Reilly’s Irish Pub in El Dorado Hills, CA.

I have never heard of the beer. The waitress described it as a lighter version of Guinness.

A --- Dark red, mahogany, nice but not as dark as I expected. Very little head.

S --- Hint of malts but not much of anything.

T --- Watery, but smooth. A little sweetness in the malts, but nothing that stands out.

M --- Smooth, creamy and silky --- the best feature of the beer. Very little carbonation.

O --- On a warm/hot day it would be a pretty good beer, but it's not one I would go back to very often. I think my wife would love it!

02-15-2012 06:12:32 | More by mikechance
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Weizenmensch

Japan

2.88/5  rDev -16.8%

Looks good out of the can - dark amber with strong lacing and head retention a little too good, and artificial-looking. Smell - chemical, aluminium can, some hop scent but not nice. Taste - I'm ambivalent. I think the real flavour that goes with this beer is the ashen smell and taste of old men in a small smoky Irish pub. Somewhat lacking when the surroundings aren't right. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, a little harsh from carbonation. So easy to drink that you could enjoy it anywhere out of the way when you felt like a few pints. Costs too much for what it is, but it's better than a lot of shit they try and serve us.

04-07-2005 13:46:44 | More by Weizenmensch
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innominat

Ireland

3/5  rDev -13.3%

08-25-2013 17:37:27 | More by innominat
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btmo

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%

I'll just bet that in Ireland this beer is treated with the same disdain that Australians treat Fosters at home (do the Irish trash-talk beer?) but where I live in New Zealand, this is one of the better beers that can be found in a can, and one of the better beers that can be bought from our local supermarket.

It is also available in tap in a number of local bars, especially Irish branded pubs - with names like "Murphy's", "Paddy O'Shea's", etc.

Colour is a nice ruddy brown, and a fair, lingering head can be expected.

Taste is subtle, with just the right amount of bitterness, and malt.

This is one for a session!

09-01-2006 08:11:59 | More by btmo
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

09-17-2012 21:22:03 | More by NilocRellim
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

08-13-2013 20:28:32 | More by Cynic-ale
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

09-22-2012 19:41:21 | More by chickenm
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Miha

Slovenia

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

06-01-2013 23:30:27 | More by Miha
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Hammarby

Sweden

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%

A: Light brown, amber to gold. Offwhite head that lingers.
S: Malt, red berries.
T: Malt, medium bitter after taste.
M: Good. Moderate carboration.

A nice beer, but not even close to the pint of Kilkenny I had on tap recently. Still a good beer and very drinkable.

01-04-2007 20:38:19 | More by Hammarby
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -13.3%

05-13-2013 20:42:46 | More by dcbeers
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.3%

12-08-2013 03:25:07 | More by MJ63
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

01-14-2009 23:21:59 | More by biboergosum
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Direstraits

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

01-29-2014 02:52:24 | More by Direstraits
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Rempeba

Manitoba (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +35.3%

08-14-2014 20:30:49 | More by Rempeba
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GMUPatriot_inKansas

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-25-2013 04:25:06 | More by GMUPatriot_inKansas
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

There are so many versions of Smithwick's/Kilkenny now that it's almost impossible to keep up with them! Still, I think I've got it under the right heading here. This is a nitro can exported to Canada with 4.3% abv. It pours a deep copper with an orange/reddish cast. The off-white nitro head is exceptionally creamy and maintains a solid 1/4" cap throughout the pint (well, 14+ ounces anyway). It leaves some nice lace and gives the impression of "a proper pint". Within the nose a softly sweet and gently buttery caramel malt darts in and out through mildly earthy/mineral Fuggles hops. The body is light but creamy; and accentuates the balanced toasty, caramelish, and lightly fruity malt. It finishes dry and biscuity with a lingering note of dull buttery caramel. It's very easy to drink with a decent amount of character. A nice session beer! Worth trying.

03-16-2003 21:16:16 | More by NeroFiddled
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dirtylou

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

draught, at the hilton Sandton (South Africa) bar

appearance: boddingtons like presentation, a little more copper with a nice full active body - gotta appreciate the nitro draft

smell: light malt notes, nothing standout, smooth

taste: very creamy and a nice simple beer for sure, copper apple, light toasted malt, good during a futbol match

mouthfeel: as the nitro goes, very smooth and creamy

drinkability: high

06-18-2008 11:16:01 | More by dirtylou
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jcubz

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

07-17-2013 01:04:29 | More by jcubz
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

02-26-2013 03:03:38 | More by let8it8grow
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avisong

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -35%

04-13-2012 03:24:57 | More by avisong
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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
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