Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An "Irish Cream Ale", though this style does not exist on, and the closest style is Irish Red Ale.

Added by UncleJimbo on 08-23-2009

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

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Nitro-tap at Five Roses Pub - Rosemont, IL
A - tall beige reverse cascading head gives way to a dark amber colored ale. Foam remains leaving a thick coating on the glass as the drink goes down.
S - malty with toasted grain, caramel, and toffee; some earthy hops in the background
T - milder flavors of toasted grain, earthy hops, caramel, fruit, faint tea and roasted barley
M - exceptionally smooth, light-medium body, finishes with modest bitterness and very dry.
O - good example of the style. The nitro tap helped out the scores for appearance and body, but overall I did enjoy it.

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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 713 ratings