Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on March 11, 2015 in Spring Guide
- Brewery: Guinness & Co.
- Origin: Dublin, Ireland
- Rated On: March 11, 2015
- Best Before: packaged August 7, 2014
- ABV: 4.3%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Irish Cream Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 440ml can 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.