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

Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 18.37%

Brewed by:
Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd

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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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking brew, pours a dark copper with a thick creamy head.
The aroma is a light caromel and the carbonation is light.
The body is medium/full.
The taste is very well balanced leaning ever so slightly to the hops with a dry finish.
At the end of this review, all that remains is the original thick creamy head minus a little of its original depth.

Serving type: can

03-18-2003 15:56:36 | More by Shiloh
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-16-2003 21:16:16 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty decent little brew if I remember correctly. I had this when I was in Montreal and it was pretty damn good! This beer poured a nice cascading reddish colour from the nitro tap. This smelled very creamy and malty...the hop aromas were pretty hard to distingiush on this one. anyway, this tasted pretty good...I mean it was nothing spectacular but it was pretty tasty. The mouthfeel, however, was very exceptional on this beer...it was very creamy and quite nice. The drinkability for this beer is good and I would definately have it again on tap up north in Candada, but definately not out of a can as I have heard that it is quite bad out of a can!!!

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-31-2003 11:53:49 | More by francisweizen
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Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow! A great looking beer - pours a crazy creamy head that engulfs the whole glass then quickly settles to a nice level. The bubbles float downward like with Guiness as the head recedes. The foam below the level of the beer comes up in a groovy, acid-trip sort of way as the beer settles in your glass.
The smell is kind of sweet, strange for a beer, to me smells like tea.

The colour is a dark amber-brown and the taste is creamy and also like tea.

The can has a widget (ping pong ball) inside I guess to make sure there is a nice head poured with your beer and it does the trick.

My little bro introduced me to this beer a few years ago and alas, its not bad but not as good as the memories of it.

Serving type: can

01-24-2003 21:47:27 | More by SaunaKing
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2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Do not waste your time and money on this beer if you buy the can. If you want a great beer, drink this beer from a tap. But, they do not sell this beer in the U.S., yet. What a waste of brewing this beer and putting it in a can!

Serving type: can

01-03-2003 22:18:17 | More by BeerManDan
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-14-2002 04:53:12 | More by guinness33
Photo of ipogios


2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An Irish Red Ale. Average taste with quite impressive body. An impressive Ale but certainly not one of the top. Search BeerAdvocate and you'll see what i'm talking about...


Serving type: bottle

11-18-2002 05:12:38 | More by ipogios
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3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brownish amber color with thick dense off white head. Little to moderate carbonation. Good head retention and life.

Malty nose with a hint of bitterness (straight not flowery or citrusy)

Some crystal-like malt taste with dry hop bitterness finish.

First one was pretty smoothe but the second didn't tase as well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2002 18:58:10 | More by canoehornpoint
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Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Readily available in Canada, I regularly partake of this classic beer. Few beers have a better appearance than Kilkenny. The deep red colour and cascading carbonation of a freshly poured pint are prime examples of the style. The taste is near heavenly; smooth and well heeled, without significant bitterness. Kilkenny is truly drinkable, I could drink this daily for the rest of my life and be a happy man. I feel sorry for Americans, since you apparently can't find Kilkenny in the States. My favourite beer, hands down.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2002 10:16:53 | More by the42ndtourist
Photo of John

New York

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hearty Irish red ale...unlike the watered down versions we typically see in the US. Darker too than most with a pleasant, not cloying sweetness. A smooth, easy drinking but flavorful session ale. While not necessarily something to be sought out, it was a nice find amongst the many pils styles on a recent trip to Europe.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2002 09:47:00 | More by John
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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
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