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

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-08-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nitro can: Poured a creamy light brown beer with a nice thick creamy head that has lasting retention (the head is similar to the Guinness). Aroma is very light with some small notes of malts. I founded the taste to be very creamy with some small notes of roastiness and sweetness. This beer was a bit dry at the end with a small watery aftertaste but again subtler then Guinness. Overall, this is a very enjoyable session beer from a ‘’decent’’ brewery.

Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mikechance
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of btmo
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Hammarby
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Creamy with a lovely cascading pour.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of goodbyesoberday
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear and reddish with a moderate white head. Faint aroma of caramel with toasty overtones. Flavour is the same but weaker than aroma thanks to a faint butterscotch sweetness, no hops, low carbonation and the overpowering flavour of the nitro widget. Some faint lingering astringency. Disappointing overall.

Photo of JamesHenjum
2.21/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light see through brown. Nice creamy head that becomes thin quick, but looks very tasty.

S: Slight creamy malty smell but not much at all.

T: Slightly bitter creamy coffee. But very watery. Not much to it. Very disappointing here.

M: Creamy head with a watery fizzy body.

O: Lacked a lot in the taste and mouthfeel. Needs a lot more flavor to give me any reason to come back for more. Hopefully this was just a bad experience since I did not have it on tap.

Photo of nortmand
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber, with a long lasting tan nitro head. Good lacing.

Sweet scent, with a faint resin hoppiness.

Tinny metallic dominates the breadth of the palette. Not much else. A bit of sweetness and a touch of hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is total nitro: creamy, lightly bubbly. Needs to lose a bit of the metallic harshness to become more drinkable.

Photo of stpracer
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at an Irish pub in New Castle, Pa.
Standard Irish pint glass.

Pours a reddish brown color that did a reverse cascade. About a one finger creamy head that stayed to the bottom.

Smell is very light and mild. No beer smell.

Creamy taste and smooth creamy mouthfeel. There's a light caramel red taste. Very smooth and enjoyable.

A great lighter - dark beer. Great for the spring/summer.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of Orrshow
3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer pours a relatively deep amber color. There is a bit of redness to it too. The top is capped by a centimeter of creamy head which hold nicely. Lacing is also present all the way down.

Smell – The aromas are all weak. In there I can pick up some caramel malt, a little bread, and some hops. Not overly impressive due to the fact that it’s near impossible to get these smells out of it.

Taste – The taste is decent. Nothing offensive at all but nothing amazing. There is some sweet malt resembling caramel with a crisp light hop finish. Overall it nice but fairly one dimensional.

Mouthfeel – Not bad. Its fairly light bodied with a faint creaminess. The finish is dry.

Drinkability – Pretty good. This beer should be very easy for anyone to drink.

This is one of my favorite session beers. If I go to pub I always get a pint of Kilkenny. It might not be that great to savor but it will do for a long night of drinking and debauchery.

Photo of KTCamm
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at an Irish pub in NYC. Standard Irish pint glass.

Pours a reddish brown color, with a perpetual creamy head that really survives the entire meal.

Smell is nonexistent - very mild "beer smell" if anything.

Incredibly creamy taste and smooth creamy mouthfeel. There's a light caramel red taste, and little bitter if any. Smooth throughout.

A very enjoyable afternoon beer.

Photo of Mandrake
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a light beige head consistent with other nitro beers I've had: thick and creamy. Smells pleasant, roasted malts and a bit of sweetness. Taste is slight, with some smooth malts and hops presenting the most strongly. Creamy and easy to drink, an enjoyable brew.

Photo of Ruds
2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into a Kilkenny glass at the Kings Head pub in Galway, Eire

Coppery-light brown in colour with a small white head

Sweet aroma on the nose but not a great deal going on other than a little malt and sugar

Tastewise verges on a sweet but a (and certainly not rich in this respect) caramel flavour is present and a very faint bubblegum taste. Not a lot of bitterness if any? - an easy drinking beer if you wish!

A creamy mouthfeel and drinking experience to boot with little carbonation

Overall - I had not tried this beer for perhaps 15 to 20 years and did so largely because I was getting bored of Guinness! I would only drink this again in similar circumstances and will not be seeking it out!

Photo of vanrassel
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good-looking beer coming out of the can, pouring copper with a creamy off-white head that had staying power and left sticky lace on the sides of my pint glass.

Alas, Kilkenny isn't a feast for all the senses. The smell is almost non-existent. Breathing deeply with my nose all the way in the glass, I could smell the faintest roasted barley and a vaguely nutty aroma. Warming up did nothing to bring out any more smell, except a feeble whiff of caramel malt.

The taste is slightly tea-like, which conforms to the style and reminded me of Caffrey's — though better. The mouthfeel and overall effect were more flavourful, with roasted malt and a dry finish. A nice full body and creamy mouthfeel, too.

Photo of elricorico
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a two finger creamy nitro-assisted head. The head remains forever, and there is even some left when there is no more beer.

Smells of roasted malt and milk. Sweet but subtle.

A little light in taste. Still some of that milk to the flavour, but only a hint. Has a touch of metallic aftertaste. This seems to be made to be easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is light, probably too light. The beer is certainly drinkable, partly because of the creamy mouthfeel and partly because it doesn't have any strong flavours.

I guess it depends on what you are after. If you want a beer to sit and drink with friends this is a good one, but if you want to focus on the beer, there isn't much to keep you interested in the long run.

Photo of GrimmReaper
4.34/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a striking beautiful brew with it's deep mahogney color with a reddish-orangey tint,a beautiful full foamy tan head that stays with the brew all the way to the bottom of the glass,and leaves a full sticky lacing all the way through.
The nose is of malts,with a sniff of caramel butter,and toffee.
Taste is bitterness right from the start than the malts,caramel and toffee kicks in than more bitterness again and finish's off with a tinge of dryness,all going down like a creamsicle,creamy smooth,just slides right down very easy.
Excellant mouth to this one, medium body that goes down thin but creamy at the same time,very very smooth,and the head, that turns into a nice 1/4 inch collar,stays with you all along, and adds to the creaminess,wonderful to drink,could easily drink 3 or 4 of these at 500 ml. before moving on to some thing else.Very enjoyable and highly reccomended.

Photo of ajmartin329
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Nothing special. Kind of tasteless.

Photo of bluedognever
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this at Ri Ra at Mandalay Bay in Vegas. A very drinkable Irish ale - soft creamy mouthfeel. Nothing extraordinary but rather tasty. Lightly carbonated and malty - not extremely hoppy. A few hints of citrus bot nothing overt. It has a nice finish. Went perfectly with fish & chips.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i've heard kilkenny is just smithwick's renamed in order to appeal to a younger crowd, but i can assure you it's a completely different beer. a very good irish red ale that's an excellent session beer. pours a reddish amber with a fairly thick, creamy head. i had this on tap while in ireland, but i believe it's still unavailable in any form in the US, which is a shame because i certainly miss it.

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