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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Now brewed here:
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/209/52083

Added by Todd on 05-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
388
Reviews:
151
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
17.94%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
74
For Trade:
0
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Photo of cgrunin
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeckHardy
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on tap from Moriarty's Irish Pub.
Amber/copper in appearance
Off white head that quickly faded
Aroma was muted. I'm chalking this up to my sinuses
Mouth feel was creamy
Over all a good beer and something different from the usual pints of Guinness

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Photo of Knop
4.37/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of qrazvan
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Adam1993
4.6/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerhobo22
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smooth low alcohol beer. Briliantly clear with persistent white head. Served on nitro has a smooth mouthfeel with low bitterness. Good irish red beer.

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Photo of derdtheterd
4.11/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rhergenrader
4.83/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of lakamoso
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of JamFuel
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Tyler_Hamelin
5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seangrdn
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ikidunot
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemochas
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LukeGude
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Really mediocre

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Photo of Omniwar
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of axxe
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WillPaulFPE
4.31/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you are seeking a temporary respite from hoppy beers, Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale certainly will fit the bill. It is an extremely smooth nitrogen based cream ale with no bitterness, and is quite drinkable. Some American beer aficionados might consider it too neutral and perhaps watery in nature, but that is exactly what makes this cream ale unique. It is presently not marketed in mass in the United States, however a number of Irish Pubs across the country will often have it on draft. Again, it is a departure from trending hoppy beers, but I hope it gains increased popularity in the United States as more people try it and become attracted to it's unique taste. My high scoring for this brew is based on its attributes as an Irish Cream Ale, and not necessarily as a direct comparison to other American Cream Ales or Irish Red Ales. Kilkenny is in a unique class shared by only a few other cream ales such as Wexford Irish Cream Ale. Cheers!

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Photo of Aaron_McDonald
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of darknut
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Quafftastic
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerQue
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMSDAVE911
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
3.4 out of 5 based on 388 ratings.
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