Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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3.53/5 rDev +21.3%
Decent head in the beginning, but this dies out completely to absolutely no bubbles and no head. Very pale color (light gold) and crystal clear.
Strong nutmeg aroma, slightly sweet.
Sweet flavor, think fermented pumpkin pie. Strong aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Slightly sour.
A traditional pumpkin ale with lots of pie spice--without flaws and frankly without excitement.
10-21-2007 00:19:17 | More by smcolw
3.53/5 rDev +21.3%
Appearance - a watery orange-colored pour, meager show of head that barely covers the top. Not enough to create any lace.
Aroma - spicy cinnamon. Faint pumpkin. Almost a hot cinnamon, not bad.
Taste - pure cinnamon. Indistinct grain, just enough to call it a beer. A steady theme...swallow - cinnamon; aftertaste - cinnamon. Hey I like cinnamon but I could use some other flavor in there, like maybe *pumpkin*.
Mouthfeel - slightly thin; peppy carbonation. To its credit, it helps to control the sweetness factor.
Drinkability - tasty for a one-dimensional beer. Worth a few if you're into the spice.
05-11-2008 05:15:52 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.43/5 rDev +17.9%
What an impulse buy this was at TJs.
A- Nice finger of head formation, miniature distinguishable bubbles of wedding lace white, medium to low retention, creamy at first glance but instantly cracked like an amateur emulsion. Low lacing, but when its there its there to stick. Respectable in that area.
S- BLAM! Smack! Fantastic cinnamon. You'd not expect a decent aroma from this beer, but it actually presents well. Very distinguished pumpkin squash aroma, pumpkin pie moreso than anything else. Not the earthen gourd aroma you get from most, but nice to have an aroma all of its own. This is definitely going to be the high point from this beer. Everlasting cinnamon, like entire sticks of big red unwrapped a seat away from you soaked in pumpkin pie extract.
T- And... we start the slow decent into regret. Opens up pumpkin, earthy, grainy, squash flavors. Not much in terms of sweetness but definitely has its namesake identifiable in the first few seconds. Immediately following and overwhelming it is a rough and gritty cinnamon. Not the iconic flavors of cinnamon, but a muddied and dull spice flavor that tried to be baked into bread but never made it out. Your left thinking that this bready, adjunct-like malt fest started so great and quickly finished out blah. Oh, speaking of the finish, we have the pumpkin coming forth again, a cardboard layer around it, but mostly its a loaf of dollar store bread.
M- Crisp, very crisp right off the bat. Not burning out completely and lingering around even into most of the finish. The carbonation seems to cling to your mouth possibly ruining the flavors of the spices that could be there. Mild body, at times off-creamed but mostly thin. Long lasting and sticky for malt characteristics.
For what you paid for this, not bad at all. Bit over five bucks to have six of these beers that are drinkable but not amazing? I can dig it. It really had some great high points making me think I got more than my money's worth, but the lows... the lows definitely make you wish you hadn't I think I'll have good memories rather than bad, though.
10-25-2011 23:09:17 | More by Khazadum
3.43/5 rDev +17.9%
This beer pours a light clear pale amber color with a two finger of sudsy white head that disappears quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. Nose is all about the spices - clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Taste falls in line with the nose - all about the spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of clove mix in with pumpkin flavoring. Nicer balance to the taste than in the nose and has a touch of bite at the end. Lighter body, high carbonation, goes down easily and where I like pumpkin beer could sit with this for a while.
10-05-2009 20:19:45 | More by Jayli
3.4/5 rDev +16.8%
Pours a fizzy [pumpkin] orange with a small white head. Big aromas of cinnamon and molasses, with pumpkin pie coming through loud and clear. For me the nose is the high point. The taste is pleasantly spicy up front but the finish leaves something to be desired. It seems like the brewers took the "pumpkin challenge" very literally and the result is a beer that smells terrific and tastes alright but lacks any sort of malt/hop balance.
09-30-2009 17:37:47 | More by droomyster
3.35/5 rDev +15.1%
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Angela for bringing this to last year's Halloween party.
Poured into a tulip. Color is a slightly-murky orange-brown color with a moderate light tan head. The nose is pretty sweet with a good deal of pumpkin-pie spicing. The taste is straight-up Apple Jacks; brings me back to childhood when my brother would eat those incessantly. Spice and cinnamon with sweet pumpkin and hints of apple. Body is a bit cloying, and this affects the drinkability, but a pretty interesting beer.
11-10-2010 11:48:37 | More by Thorpe429
3.33/5 rDev +14.4%
I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.
A= This ale poured a clear, pale orange color with a 1/2" fizzy white head. The head dropped fast and left zero lacing behind.
S= This beer smelled like the usual arrangement of pumpkin pie spices, but with an extra dose of something...possibly nutmeg. Not much beer scent got past the spices.
T= Similar to the aroma, with the beer definitely taking a backseat to the spices. The spices weren't cloying, but they were a bit overdone in what was ultimately a tame base beer. All present and accounted for were nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. No detectable pumpkin but that was fine by me. Finished a bit dry.
MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a super fizzy carbonation level.
D= Not a terrible pumpkin ale and at $5.99 a six pack at Trader Joe's its a good value. There are a lot better examples of the style, but its still worthy at that price.
10-28-2009 06:17:42 | More by spointon
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
3.2/5 rDev +10%
I should have known better than to get my hopes up when I saw this sitting on the shelves at Trader Joe's in Cary. Most of their contract brewed stuff is ordinary at best. This pumpkin pours dark golden and all semblence of head dies within seconds. Smell is uninspiring; minute pumpkin and spice and some artificial smelling adjuncts.
Overwhelming carbonation at first, followed by sweet but genuine pumpkin flavor. Not much for body and the aftertaste is dull and flat but I have had worse pumpkins, although not many. Certainly not worth seeking out although I get a feeling you'd only find it at TJ's anyway.
10-02-2007 02:31:43 | More by daliandragon
3.18/5 rDev +9.3%
I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a golden yellowish/orange color with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Not a very inviting look.
Smell: Pumpkin spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. A huge improvement over the appearance.
Taste: Spicy pumpkin nutmeg. Not much aftertaste. This is surprising, considering the amount of spice that hits up front.
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and thin-bodied.
Drinkability: Not nearly as bad as the previous reviews led me to believe. At the same time, this isn't my favorite pumpkin ale and could definitely improve in the look and taste department. Wouldn't seek out again, but wouldn't kick it out of bed either.
11-19-2008 02:28:11 | More by nsmartell
Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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