Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Irish Red Ale/Irish Cream Ale
Kilkenny is an Irish cream ale from the makers of Guinness, which originated in Kilkenny, Ireland, hence the name! The brand is managed and produced by Diageo. It is available in draught and cans.
First brewed in Kilkenny in 1710 by the St Francis Abbey and later at Smithwick’s, which before it closed its doors, was Ireland’s oldest brewery, but it is now brewed by Guinness In Dublin.
Kilkenny has since become widely available with Australia and Canada the two largest importers of the Irish red ale, popular with ex pats in these two countries.
Review: 0.33l Bottle of Kilkenny Irish beer: ABV: 4.2%
A lot of the reviews say 4.3%, but mine was 4.2% ABV, maybe different for the German market perhaps.
On pour we get a lovely dark ruby red colour with a nice creamy white head bubbling away. Nice carbonation, it is alive and is looking fantastic.
Unfortunately the head does die and it does go all a bit flat a little while later. Has no lacing to speak of. Looks like a standard red ale, minus the head!
Has a really lovely beery smell, malts and the cream, and hints of some fruits
Deep smelling roasted malts, really nice.
Nice beery smell, yeast ………..
On taste I get a smooth creamy mouthful from the beer, some grains, a bit of caramel, it all tastes nice and very smooth
A good sessionable beer that’s for sure, easy to drink and to go down
Its easy to drink, nice and smooth but, apart from the initial tastes, overall there isn’t a whole lot to taste, and it is a little dry and flat in the end. I can just about get the malts. Not much of an aftertaste as well, no hops to speak of.
So overall it is easy to drink, good for a light session, but not the best tasting beer in the world with no strong standout tastes or flavours. Not great, not bad, but definitely not anything to compete with Smithwicks, that’s for sure!