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

Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale
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From:
Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
 
Ireland
Style:
Irish Red Ale
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
79
Avg:
3.48 | pDev: 17.24%
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
246
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 17, 2022
Added:
May 08, 2002
Wants:
  30
Gots:
  76
SCORE
79
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Rated: 3.3 by Myboymi from Kansas

Nov 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
On tap, the pour is copper colored with a thick and creamy beige colored head of foam. The taste is between light to medium bodied and easy drinking. In addition to, I'm tasting some mild toffee, mineral water, & grains. This was not bad, I would drink this again. Cheers! B-
Oct 15, 2022
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Reviewed by tapper888

3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
One of my Go-To's. It's like a Guinness but backed-off. From can, it gives me that on-tap experience at home. A bit filling due to the additives to produce the head - there may be some science there to that. Seems like more of a malt, has some mouth smack after a few. The water is soft and excellent compared to the hard mineral waters that Canadian beers are made of.
Mar 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.17 by beerjerk666 from Florida

Sep 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.84 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Jul 23, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by Amoeba from California

Mar 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.22 by BubbleBobble from New York

Feb 10, 2020
 
Rated: 3.62 by Youcaviar

Oct 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3 by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

Aug 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by toddsschneider from Canada (QC)

Dec 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by DmitryVolganin from Russian Federation

Aug 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.44 by Eychung from New York

Jun 25, 2018
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Reviewed by edc20 from Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
Had some in an irish bar. It's not bad, but it's like a creamy water. Almost no carbonation mouthfeel, but plenty of creaminess from the nitro. Has very little taste to it.
Mar 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.48 by frykid from New Jersey

Sep 17, 2017
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Reviewed by OzmanBey from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
If you like Smithwicks but wish they made a cream ale then this is what you are looking for, it has the taste of Smithwicks with a wexford creaminess to it. Salante
Sep 16, 2017
 
Rated: 2.5 by Ned57 from Massachusetts

Jul 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.55 by cgrunin from Texas

May 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.37 by Knop from Canada (AB)

Feb 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.38 by qrazvan from Romania

Feb 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.6 by Adam1993 from Maryland

Jan 27, 2017
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Reviewed by beerhobo22 from Nebraska

3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
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.
Jan 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.11 by derdtheterd from Canada (AB)

Jan 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by Oidmoe from Austria

Jan 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.83 by rhergenrader from Minnesota

Dec 03, 2016
 
Rated: 2.53 by lakamoso from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.1 by JamFuel from Sweden

Oct 01, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by Tyler_Hamelin from Canada (AB)

Sep 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by IRONRakkasan from California

Sep 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Seangrdn from Canada (BC)

Sep 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by ikidunot from Canada (ON)

Aug 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by joemochas from Florida

Aug 10, 2016
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Really mediocre
Jul 31, 2016
 
Rated: 3.24 by Omniwar from Georgia

Jul 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.97 by axxe from Maryland

Jun 27, 2016
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Reviewed by WillPaulFPE from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +23.9%
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!
May 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.43 by Aaron_McDonald from Ireland

Apr 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.48 by darknut from Norway

Apr 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.12 by Quafftastic from Virginia

Apr 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.73 by BeerQue from California

Apr 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.87 by EMSDAVE911 from New York

Mar 19, 2016
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 401 ratings