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:
Red Ale - Irish
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
79
Avg:
3.48 | pDev: 17.24%
Ratings:
399
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 10, 2022
Added:
May 08, 2002
Wants:
  30
Gots:
  76
SCORE
79
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Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale
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3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by tapper888

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
 
3.17 by beerjerk666 from Florida on Sep 08, 2021
 
4.84 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota on Jul 23, 2020
 
3.75 by Amoeba from California on Mar 07, 2020
 
3.22 by BubbleBobble from New York on Feb 10, 2020
 
 
3 by JimboBrews54 from Michigan on Aug 01, 2019
 
3.5 by toddsschneider from Canada (QC) on Dec 07, 2018
 
3.5 by DmitryVolganin from Russian Federation on Aug 04, 2018
 
3.44 by Eychung from New York on Jun 25, 2018
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2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
by edc20 from Oregon

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
 
3.48 by frykid from New Jersey on Sep 17, 2017
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3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by OzmanBey from Massachusetts

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
 
2.5 by Ned57 from Massachusetts on Jul 06, 2017
 
3.55 by cgrunin from Texas on May 14, 2017
 
4.37 by Knop from Canada (AB) on Feb 17, 2017
 
3.38 by qrazvan from Romania on Feb 07, 2017
 
4.6 by Adam1993 from Maryland on Jan 27, 2017
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3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by beerhobo22 from Nebraska

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
 
4.11 by derdtheterd from Canada (AB) on Jan 18, 2017
 
3.25 by Oidmoe from Austria on Jan 12, 2017
 
4.83 by rhergenrader from Minnesota on Dec 03, 2016
 
2.53 by lakamoso from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2016
 
3.1 by JamFuel from Sweden on Oct 01, 2016
 
5 by Tyler_Hamelin from Canada (AB) on Sep 24, 2016
 
3.5 by IRONRakkasan from California on Sep 20, 2016
 
3.5 by Seangrdn from Canada (BC) on Sep 18, 2016
 
4.1 by ikidunot from Canada (ON) on Aug 23, 2016
 
4.03 by joemochas from Florida on Aug 10, 2016
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2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by LukeGude from Iowa

Really mediocre

Jul 31, 2016
 
3.24 by Omniwar from Georgia on Jul 04, 2016
 
3.97 by axxe from Maryland on Jun 27, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by WillPaulFPE from Connecticut

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
 
3.43 by Aaron_McDonald from Ireland on Apr 27, 2016
 
3.48 by darknut from Norway on Apr 26, 2016
 
3.12 by Quafftastic from Virginia on Apr 23, 2016
 
3.73 by BeerQue from California on Apr 08, 2016
 
3.87 by EMSDAVE911 from New York on Mar 19, 2016
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3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by leaddog from Canada (AB)

Appearance - Pours a medium reddish copper with two fingers of off white creamy head.

Smell - mild caramel malt aromas, buttery characteristics, and little to no hops.

Taste - Mild caramel malt aromas dominate the brew. The butteriness of the brew help to round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes silky with a pleasant smoothness.

Overall - A simple cream ale with mild malt flavour and an appealing mouthfeel. A brew that can be seen as a sessionable one.

Mar 18, 2016
 
3.72 by bubseymour from Maryland on Mar 13, 2016
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 399 ratings