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Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

Kennebunkport Pumpkin AleKennebunkport Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
68
poor

149 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 22.15%


Brewed by:
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Lothore on 09-12-2007)
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theopholis

California

1.45/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Drinkability- Ughghghgh

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 01:47:07 | More by theopholis
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blackearth

Minnesota

1.45/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 02:18:07 | More by blackearth
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kb199

Maryland

1.48/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 18:33:56 | More by kb199
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

1.63/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Normally I am a big fan of pumpkin ales. Every year around this time I get excited to have a few to settle my tastebuds over for the year. Unfortunately, this beer has (sorry the pun) left a bad taste in my mouth for pumpkin beers. Pours out a corona yellow with a fluffy head and tons of carbonation swirling in the glass. Not the appearance that I was hoping for with this style. I must admit that I have a bit of a cold/flu, but the aroma on this was like a cheap, watered down, Halloween candle. Nothing about it seemed authentic. The taste is tough to pin down, but regardless, is not good. It seems like a swill macro lager with melted ice and a bag of cinnamon. There is no depth whatsoever and it is a little painful to swallow. The mouthfeel is like chewing on aluminum foil. This one has to go down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 23:09:58 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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Vmaster

Arizona

1.68/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got a six pack the other day, this was my first offering from the Trader Joe's brand. I was quite dissapointed. Overbaringly sweet fruity smell in the nose, not alot of pumkin if any. some spices. The taste... Well, there's not alot i can taste besides the overly sweet, artificial fruit flavorings. I think i taste the "peach" they mentioned on the box. Somewhat tangy, which doesn't compliment the present tastes at all. This beer was unpleasant, and i had a hard time finishing my first one. if you see this beer and are tempted to grab a case, think twice.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 04:10:33 | More by Vmaster
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jdubjacket

Georgia

1.75/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I don't know why I try Trader Joe's own brews. I always walk away disappointed. Picked up a six pack of this yesterday after the clerk said it was "really good" and that people in the area were raving about it. If this beer teaches us anything, it's that people are dumb. I had one sip of this and introduced it to the drain. Starts off with a lot of cinnamon & some pumpkin pie (artificial flavors anyone?). Finishes with a skunk aftertaste that made me yearn for the sweet release of death. Mouthfeel is watery. Kind of like Budweiser if you threw in a cinnamon stick. Why do these ratings only go to 1? Why not 0? As of today, I am making up a new rating: 0.0 - Repulsive. Drinkability: 0.0. Never buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 18:10:16 | More by jdubjacket
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BeerSurfer

California

1.85/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer was awful enough to inspire me to sign up for an account at BA to write a review. I found the first sip and it's aftertaste to be enjoyable, with pumpkin and spice taste. However the sips beyond the first exposed that the mouthfeel and taste are below par.

Perhaps those with sweeter tastes will enjoy this beer, I thought. So I poured some for a few ladies that enjoy sweet beers. Both did not care for it at all, citing the poor taste and bad aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 16:18:02 | More by BeerSurfer
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Offa

California

1.85/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I am not sure if this is the same thing as Pumpkinhead from Shipyard, part of the same brewing family as Kennebunkport. Some people and websites claim that it is, and it certainly shares some basic similarities, but to me this was very different in taste and feel, and I like it a lot less. Then again, the only Pumpkinhead I've had recently was a left-over bottle I found from last year. It seemed quite good, so either it is good and better than this stuff, or it simply ages really well. Moreover, this Kennebunkport ale also does not resemble either my independent memory or my notes about Pumpkinhead from last year.

Pale, hazy orange with dust, it has a thin, fizzy off-white head quickly thinning to a ring and wisps, with no lace. This is similar to Pumpkinhead but this is more orange and more hazy and dusty.

The aroma is light grain with cinnamon, a hint of grass, a faint general pumpkin-pie aroma, and a hint of orange juice. This is a little bit like pumpkin head, but with more cinnamon, less pumpkin/pumpkin pie, and with orange.

The taste is quite different. It's light, on the fizzy side, and has pumpkin-pie spices
and some grian in the finish, like Pumpkinhead. However, the grain element is lighter, more cracker-like, less robust in feel. It also is a lot sweeter than Pumpkinhead, which transitions between sweetness and dryness. It also, unlike pumpkinhead, tastes a lot like watered down orange juice mixed with soda water with aa dash of cinnamon, with the only grain element being a light perfume in the finish. I actually found this too sweet and too much like watery orange soda pop to finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 16:46:13 | More by Offa
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bmwats

Louisiana

1.98/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

Light golden color. Medium heavy carbonation. Smells like a combination of sweet potatoes, boiled eggs, butter, and orange... not really a good combo. The flavor has a synthetic pumpkin flavor, with a nutmeg spice. Light body, and the strange sweetness, lingers (unfortunately). Overall, this is not really very good. Only worth trying to acknowledge what a poor effort it is. This is a tough finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 05:36:26 | More by bmwats
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musicman575

California

1.98/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The only offensive part of this beer is that it tastes like it was brewed with a handful of artificial-cinnamon-flavored toothpicks. Once you get past that, theres a good malty nose and a nice biscuity malt flavor with an appropriate amount of hops for the light style. There's very little carbonation. The "cinnamon and spice" really ruins everything about it. I had such a bad opinion of it last year that I thought I'd just keep it to myself. Maybe another year of beer drinking might change things, but I guess a turd always smells like a turd no matter how many one has smelled.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 03:45:55 | More by musicman575
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malcontent

Illinois

2.03/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours bright gold with only the smallest amount of head. Average all the way.

Cinnamon-dominated nose with substantial clove and trace nutmeg. Yup, all the "pie" scents are there. Diacetyl is along for the ride as well...

Ick! Like slightly sour water buttressed by stale grain. It's truly a train-wreck as almost no semblance of "pumpkin" remains after sifting through the chemical and off-flavors.

Watery with a sticky finish. An absolutely horrible stab at a pumpkin ale. This is the kind of beer that makes me wary of the style. Much like ambers, I wish brewers didn't feel like this were a mandatory beer. Do it well or don't do it.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 05:00:01 | More by malcontent
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younger35

Minnesota

2.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I cannot for the life of me remember who gave me this beer. Whoever it was, big thanks! Drank from my Big Horn Mai Bock point glass.

Appearance- Pours a light yellow orange with terrific clarity. Forms a nice half finger head that disappears very quickly and leaves no cap and the smallest collar I’ve ever seen.
Smell- Lots of pumpkin and that’s pretty much about it. Not really much spice like I’ve come to expect from pumpkin ales.
Taste- Starts with a bit of pumpkin that isn’t all that “pumpkiny”. Some grainy malt that doesn’t seem to add much. Maybe a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg (maybe) to round out the taste. Finishes fairly cloying with some “pumpkin”.
Mouthfeel- Medium to thin body with fairly aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- Well I think that if Miller was to make a pumpkin beer, they’d base it off this little guy. It’s got almost nothing in the nose and the taste is almost as bad. Not a great beer. Thanks much to whoever sent this to me, glad to have gotten to try it!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 03:49:12 | More by younger35
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Atlas1

Texas

2.13/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The second of two Kennebunkport brews I bought recently and tried. The first was the blueberry ale.

This pumpkin ale pours a thin-looking, pale gold color with a weak head of foam that settles quickly into a thin crown. Not exactly what I was looking for in a "pumpkin ale." Perhaps I was expecting something a bit more colorful; something more robust in appearance. Oh well. The nose I find to be offensive. Very spicey, with lots of cinammon and pumpkin spice, but it doesn't come across as authentic pumpkin aroma at all. It's a bit over-the-top if you ask me. Not terrible, but it could use some adjustment. However, this beer tastes weaker than it smells. Much weaker, in fact. Thin, again, but peppery. But that's about where it ends. Some pumpkin-y spice residue lingers for a brief moment in the back of the mouth, but it's almost all washed away by the watery quality of the beer. Mouthfeel is thin, watery, and unimpressive to say the least.

This, as much as I hate to say it, is just a bad beer. There are few, if any, redeeming qualities to this thing. Federal Jack's Brewpub should be ashamed of themselves for peddling these wares. Avoid at all costs.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 02:17:16 | More by Atlas1
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.13/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

You get what you pay for and I didnt pay much for this thank goodness.
Poured dark golden with a small head. Smell is BLAH..little bit of pumpkin and skunk behind it.
Overwhelming carbonation at first, followed by sweet but genuine pumpkin flavor. Not that bodied and lacks overall flavor. Not worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 01:19:21 | More by barleywinefiend
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

2.13/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pumpkin ale pours a bright pale yellow color with very small head. There is a very fake pumpkin aroma. The taste has a fake pumpkin flavor, with hints of vanilla. Good body, but over carbonated, and the fake flavor makes it unpleasant. Overall the vanilla flavors are nice, but the fake overpowering flavors are are just not good.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 03:18:10 | More by vette2006c5r
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sloejams

California

2.2/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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?

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 00:43:59 | More by sloejams
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Avryle

New York

2.23/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at a Trader Joe's in Vegas... Think it may be a bad bottle- its pretty funky, and not in a good way.

A- Pale golden-orange. Not very impressive for a pumpkin ale. No head to speak of.

S- Smells sour. A little bit of allspice dangling around in the back

T- Pumpkin? Spices? Where are they? Tastes like a so-so pale ale. ...Oh, wait. A little bit of cinnamon can be detected in the finish. I've been to Federal Jack's and have had this (as Shipyard) on tap & it was pretty tasty, don't know what happened here.

M- Blah. Thin bodied. Ummm, that's about it.

D- Was hoping for a pumpkin ale, got a lightly spiced pale.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 20:25:10 | More by Avryle
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

2.23/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single (good thing) at Trader Joe's in Glendale.

A: Pours a pale orange color with a frothy, two-finger head that quickly fades to a thin rim of lace that fails to stick.

S: Cinnamon with notes of metal and smoke.

T: Thin-bodied and heavily carbonated with no appreciable malt or hop character. Mild pumpkin pie spicing. Bland without any bitterness. Finishes with a vague herbal quality. Basically, like drinking carbonated soda water with a dash of cinnamon. Egad.

M: As thin and over-carbonated as it gets.

D: Avoid. Not worthy of celebrating the harvest.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 00:53:52 | More by CaptainIPA
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DogFood11

California

2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A decent looking brew. Frothy white head sits proudly on top of a pale wheat colored vibrant body. Champagne like carbonation. Sliding lace.

Hmmmm odd. Not terrible, not good, just odd. Like an american wheat beer meets a sweet fruit beer. Except the wheat tends to jumble this up and make it too spent grainlike tasting. Sweet potatoes and cinnamon are among the slight pumpkin taste. A bit of pepper tries to sharpen things up. Lingering layer of sweetness remains on the palate.

Notes: I wasn't much for this debacle. It was drinkable but not worth the coin. Thin and lacks any complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 01:45:43 | More by DogFood11
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.29/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 19:18:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Morey

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with Best By July 2012 notched on the side of the label. Seems like a long shelf life for a 4.7% Pumpkin Ale!

Pours a pale yellow-orange color with plenty of visible carbonation. Pour yielded one finger of white colored foam that has settle to a thin layer covering about half of the beer. Very little in the way of lacing.

Smells almost like a cream soda with cinnamon added. Kind of an artificial floral aroma reminiscent of an autumn scented candle. Doesn't smell bad, just doesn't smell like beer.

Thin and carbonated up front. Cinnamon and vanilla flavors start to surface towards the middle. A bit of a perfume like flavor in the finish. It's a bit off-putting.

Thin and over-carbonated mouthfeel with a strange artificial finish that lingers on the palate.

A below average Pumpkin Ale overall. Way too thin and fizzy for a fall beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: Why not brew this with real pumpkin? I got a sixer of this stuff as a gift. I appreciate people thinking of me (I really do), but in cases like this...It makes you wish that they would have called first.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 17:43:18 | More by Morey
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mikeg67

New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-yellow with a long lasting white head. Aroma is sour at first followed by pumpkin and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. A lot of pumpkin, hints of malt and hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and very pumpkin. Too much pumpkin for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 01:37:51 | More by mikeg67
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hellbilly

Arizona

2.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bottle BB april 09. damn pumpkin beers get the better of me... bastards!

pours a bit emaciated... clear orange with a small white head which doesn't want to stick around.

lots of spice in the nose though little to no actual pumpkin to speak of... sweet (maybe grains but not really. just sweet.), nutmeg, fake plastic-y floral smell and a lager yeast aroma akin to the cheap stuff.

the palate is quite dry given the sugary aroma. again, it's really spicy with mild/sparse pumpkin/earthiness, faint caramel-y malt and that same plastic-y taste on the finish. light bodied with prickly carbonation which makes it acidic and a bit harsh.

i tried to like this, i really did.
4/3/4/2/9/2.2

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 04:01:30 | More by hellbilly
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olfolxholme

California

2.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

10

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass from McMenamins Edgefield

A - standard brown bottle. Old timey artwork. Best before marker (6/12). "Ale with natural flavor added." Hmm. Not the most enticing but not terrible.

Pours with a minimal amount of white head. Carbonation bubbles do rise to the top for a long time though and a tiny ring of white foam around the edge persists. The beer is a rather clear golden amber. It looks a little like a adjunct lager with just a hint of fall color.

S - Initial aroma is somewhat unpleasant combination of yeast and nutmeg. This settles down quickly and a slightly improved nutmeg aroma is present with every sip.

T - taste is not very complex. It really does taste like a pretty base (flavorless) ale with nutmeg and other pumpkin pie flavors added to it. It's not an offensive flavor, though. Just not that complex.

M - thin mouthfeel. Slight astringency on the tongue. A little dry in the aftertaste.

O - not bad for the price. Pretty accessible and could possibly be a gateway beer to real gateway beers. A very safe choice to bring over to a fall dinner if you aren't sure how a more complex beer will be received.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 18:55:30 | More by olfolxholme
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's. Best by June 08 notched on label

A: Clear golden, slight amber color with a thick off white head, decent retention, not much lacing.
S: Grain, smells like a typical light beer but then in the background pumpkin pie.
T: Tastes like liquid pumpkin pie, but not overly strong. This isn't great, but is certainly drinkable, compared to some of the other beers in this line from TJ. Grainy, slightly sweet aftertaste. A little pepper spicing it up.
M: Body similar to a wheat beer. Thicker than the appearance would suggest. Not overly carbonated.
D: Not great, not terrible. My favorite of the kennebunkport beers TJ is selling. Still not anywhere near my favorite pumpkin beer, but for the price and availability I'd be tempted to pick up a few next year, especially for friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 20:43:17 | More by yourefragile
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Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
68 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.