Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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Reviews by 2ks4:
2.55/5 rDev -12.4%
A - Very little head, which disappears quickly. Looks more like a soft drink than a beer. If it was not a pumpkin ale, appearance would be a 2, but I gave an extra point because I think the orange color suits it.
S - Very mild smell, again more reminiscent of a soft drink than a beer. Not unpleasant, but does not contribute anything to the overall experience.
T - Pleasant, mild taste, but yet again the taste is of a pumpkin soda rather than a pumpkin ale. Definite pumpkin flavor, however, which I appreciated. The flavor kicks in more on the aftertaste than in the initial contact.
M - Four for four so far in being more soda-like than ale-like, but in this case it's so watery that I would expect a better mouthfeel from a soda.
O - It's a pleasant, mild drink - nothing offensive, just nothing especially good, either. Would probably be good as a light Summer beverage on its own, but is too weak to pair with food and is not good when you're in a specific "beer" mood.
Okay, folks, that's my first review here. I didn't pick the greatest beer to start with, but hopefully I did all right.
10-14-2011 02:20:41 | More by 2ks4
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1.45/5 rDev -50.2%
Purchased at Trader Joes. Pours a light straw yellow with a thin white head that quickly fades. Aroma of... nasty sugar and faint pumpkin. Light bodied with a crisp carbonation. Flavors of pumpkin pie spice and a sweetness that is just... off. I'm not really sure how to describe it. This beer is pretty damn horrible.
11-07-2009 02:18:07 | More by blackearth
2.65/5 rDev -8.9%
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy straw yellow with a medium fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is pumpkin spices - nutmeg and cinnamon over some bready malts.
The flavor is sweet malts with a ton of pumpkin spices - nutmeg, cinnamon and some pepper. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low, but spritzy, carbonation.
Overall, a bit of a spice bomb - not at all subtle over the smaller beer. But I enjoyed it.
01-18-2013 23:32:34 | More by Beaver13
1.48/5 rDev -49.1%
Saw this at Trader Joes... Whole Foods (or whole paycheck, if you prefer), has a much better selection, but I was in a hurry, and wanted to try a new pumpkin ale. Anyway, on to the beer....
Pours into a pilsner, with an ugly yellow color ( I won't even dignify it with a "Corona yellow"), decent head that quickly dissolves into nothing.
Heavy cinnamon, and a patently artificial pumpkin nose. First sip has a watery mouthfeel, much like Bud or Miller Lite, with an overly sweet taste. Second and third sips rapidly devolve into nothingness. It tastes much like (as mentioned earlier), Budweiser with a cinnamon stick thrown in.
I cannot recommend this beer under any circumstances, barring something involving scorpions and tender regions.
11-06-2007 18:33:56 | More by kb199
2.29/5 rDev -21.3%
One of the misses at Trader Joe's. Doesn't have any pumpkin flavoring or aroma to it. Just looked and smelled the part of a yellow beer. Cinnamon might make me think of pumpkin pie, but not pumpkin itself.
Taste wasn't as bad as their ipa, but jeez, what is? Heavy on the spice and clove gimmick. Stays pretty light on the palate, even if you aren't really diggin' the taste.
$6 a 6er of this stuff is not worth it. Tough to drink, and at the price, better options. Seriously, Blue Moon's is better.
10-13-2010 19:18:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5 rDev +21.3%
12 oz bottle from TJs.
A: pours a yellow-golden-amber color with a light haze and a fragile off-white head. Medium size carbonation bubbles rise continually.
S: A nice malty, pumpkin pie aroma with plenty of actual pumpkin squash aroma.
T: The flavor doesn't follow through as well as one might hope. There are notes of pumpkin squash along with some appropriate spices, but the illusion of a malty pumpkin pie is not present. Good mix and quantity of spicing; this is not one of the all-too-common over-spiced pumpkin ales. A little on the sweet side, but at a good level for the flavor profile. Relatively good finish and aftertaste.
M- Crisp; medium-high carbonation. Medium body.
O: an above average pumpkin at a below average price.
10-24-2012 00:15:04 | More by chinchill
3.88/5 rDev +33.3%
This beer pours a pale, straw yellow color, with a thick, white head. The head fades quickly, leaving no lacing.
This beer has a slightly spicy aroma. I smell some pumpkin, and some nutmeg. It has a slightly grainy aroma as well. I also smell a little cinnimon. All aromas are very subtle.
This beer tastes mostly of cinnimon. I taste some pumpkin spice, and a little nutmeg. That is pretty much it for flavor. As with the aroma, the flavor is very subtle.
This beer is a little over carbonated. It leaves a cinnimon like aftertaste.
I think this beer would make a decent session beer. I may get tired of the cinnimon flavor after a while though. Alcohol is low, so that wouldnt be a problem.
Overall: Although not my favorite beer from the style, I dont have a problem with this beer. I would buy it again.
02-14-2008 02:30:31 | More by OStrungT
2.2/5 rDev -24.4%
2 singles purchased from Trader Joe's
Bottles reads Kennebunkport Brewing Company, my guess branded this way just for Trader Joe's. The Pugsley Brewing Company in Portland is where this is brewed and bottled. Along with Shipyard and Sea Dog, these are all under the same parent company. I wouldn't be surprised if this beer and Sea Dog's Pumpkin Ale are exactly the same.
It's orange in color (surprise!) with virtually no head. The initial scent is gumball, quite pungently sweet. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin follow up. But really it's sickly sweet, tasting more like a soft drink than a beer.
Why did I buy 2?
09-30-2007 00:43:59 | More by sloejams
2.93/5 rDev +0.7%
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clearly marked best-by date notched of March 2009.
Appearance: Not much carbonation or head retention to speak of, and a golden yellow color that should probably be a bit darker. Or at least I hoped it would be.
Smell: Malty sweet base with an interesting mix of cinnamon and nutmeg, and some seemingly real pumpkin in there. A little hint of metal and sourness.
Taste: More of a pumpkin-pie-in-a-bottle beer, but it does indeed taste like beer. The pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla are pronounced, and a bit spicy, which I like. But it doesn't have a long finish, and could use some tweaking and maybe some more hops.
Mouthfeel: A bit too cloying and medium-bodied, and lacks carbonation.
Drinkability: I think this could be a pretty solid pumpkin ale with some TLC. As it stands, I think I enjoyed it more than my review maybe lets on, but it has some things that are really lowering its potential, like the appearance and mouthfeel. Not as bad as the reviews say, and worth a shot. I wouldn't want to have more than maybe one or two at a sitting, but it did go down fairly easy.
10-15-2008 03:44:35 | More by asabreed
3.53/5 rDev +21.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Clear, metallic gold body with a light snow white smattering of foam up top. Decent retention and pasty delicate lacing.
Gentle citrus and pie spice in the nose - delicate and inviting.
Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg converge on the palate supported by a soft, clean maltiness. Some tartness and a low vegetal note emerge, blooming into the crisp biting finish. Low but present bitterness and a faint sweetness throughout. Well balanced.
Zesty, lively, light bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel.
Not a bad pumpkin ale - a touch over-filtered for me, so you end up with more spice than pumpkin, but this is one of the better seasonals really. An easy drinking leaf-raking (as oppossed to lawn-mowing) beer I suppose...
10-07-2012 04:50:20 | More by augustgarage
3.9/5 rDev +34%
A nice golden hue at first pour, with good foam, this seasonal smells of pumpkin and light spiciness initially, with maybe some nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Taste is a balanced mix of Fall flavors -- not overpowering or artificial at all, as some pumpkin ales tend to be. Actually, this one's among my favorites of the pumpkin beers -- mild, easygoing, and quite drinkable.
10-13-2010 19:06:07 | More by secondtooth
2.73/5 rDev -6.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a golden straw in color with a touch of haze, and offers a half inch head that doesn't linger for long. Quite light in color.
Lots of cinnamon on the nose with some nutmeg notes. Some underlying rice as a backbone.
Taste/feel is light in body and has a lingering cinnamon and sugar flavor. A bit like a churro. Cinnamon again on the finish with perhaps just a hint of pumpkin meat and with a quick close. A bit artificial in a way but hard to pinpoint. There is a certain oddness to the spice notes in that I sense they are additives or finishing spices vs. something that actually spent some time in the boil. Drinks pretty easily given its light body, but would become tiring due to its one-sided approach.
11-09-2008 08:44:47 | More by HalfFull
2.53/5 rDev -13.1%
Pours into a Pilsner with a white, quickly fading head and crystal-clear pale orange body. Smells and tastes like soda more than beer - sweet, carbonated, and light. It's definitely pumpkin, through and through. It goes down smoothly and tastes a little like beer as it disappears. It reminds me a bit of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, with a different fruit. A nice drink, but lacking as a real beer.
Still, it's very autumnal and at least tonight, with dry leaves and cool air, it's good enough for seconds. I'll buy another 6er next fall, but that's probably it's place in the beer world.
10-11-2007 00:00:17 | More by ptm121
3.65/5 rDev +25.4%
Pours a medium yellow gold with a quickly dissipating head. Smell is mainly spices with a vague malt note. Taste likewise is mainly spice with a slightly redeeming light creamy malt undertone. Mouthfeel is creamy yet with a slightly tart pleasant finish. Because of the above qualities the drinkability is good.
10-30-2008 22:33:01 | More by edchicma
3.13/5 rDev +7.6%
12oz bottle into nonic.
Clear pale amber hue with a mild orange tint. A very thin and fizzy head quickly settles to a flat rim along the glass.
Grainy malts along with some light spices from pumpkin, and a little bit of raw pumpkin aroma.
Again, grains sit in the background, while the light spices and a little bit of pumpkin pie flavor take the rest of the show. Light bodied with good carbonation. The pumpkin flavor lingers for a while.
An okay pumpkin ale. While this one doesn't have any bad flavors, it's pretty thin, and focuses on the spices more than the pumpkin flavor. Enjoyable, but not the best.
09-28-2008 20:31:59 | More by BeerSox
3.25/5 rDev +11.7%
A-Pours an orange-ish yellow w/thin white head. Slightly hazy.
S-Cinnamon, nutmeg, gourd, slight walnut.
T-Reminds me of a wheat beer accompanying my old neighbor's pumpkin-nut loaf, and also of a cinnamon-yam dish my wife made a couple Thanksgivings ago. Taste is a bit lighter than what I was expecting, and slightly sweet w/hints of tangelo. I originally marked this pretty low but it gets better after a couple sips, and the balance isn't too bad. Aftertaste gets a little sloppy and confused.
M-Too light for the flavors. It mixes heavy flavors w/very light texture, and although the carbonation gives it a little backbone, it falls short.
D-Actually quite refreshing, plus I got it on markdown.
03-19-2008 06:01:47 | More by BoitSansSoif
1.45/5 rDev -50.2%
Appearance- Crystal clear, light amber with a huge white head that has some staying power. No lacing at all.
Aroma- Somewhat overpowering with the pumpkin and spices. Smells like a liquid pumpkin pie. Lots of pumpkin, nutmeg and all-spice.
Taste- Wow. Very pumpkinny. Unfortunately, that's pretty much all you can taste. I REALLY hate to dump beer, but this one goes down the drain.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light body. Carboantion level is quite good.
10-08-2007 01:47:07 | More by theopholis
3.95/5 rDev +35.7%
12oz long neck.
A) Pours with two finger head, then settles to a creamy white head with tight and sticky lacing. Clear body with active upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Pumpkin. Smells similar to a pumpkin roll packed with cream cheese. A pleasant smell but might indicate a overly sweet brew...
T) Fall spices and pumpkin up front and through to the finish. Flavors thin a bit toward the end. Subtle nuttiness mixed in.
M) Light bodied. Fizzy, yet fairly smooth.
D) A pleasant drink. Almost a session brew. I'd have another.
10-02-2010 21:28:31 | More by u2carew
Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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