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

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Kennebunkport Pumpkin AleKennebunkport Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
69
poor

152 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 22.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Halcyondays

California

3.58/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a fizzy white head, fair retention no lace.

S: Dominated by fall spices, a lot of cinnamon.

T: Lightly sweet pumpkin taste, but really a spice oriented brew. Allspice and cinnamon, pumpkin soda like in a way, but nowhere near as sweet.

M: Extremely light-bodied, fizzy, feels like a light lager, soda like carbonation.

O: Aside from the mouthfeel, this isn't bad. I tend to like my pumpkin beers a little more substantial, but this is a nice little beer. At $5.99/6er, how can you complain.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 01:54:22 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 00:19:17 | More by smcolw
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kojevergas

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Trader Joe's Culver City yesterday and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. I'm in the mood for a good pumpkin ale. 4.7% ABV confirmed. No visible best before date.

Served after a period of rest from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pretzels.

A: Pours a five finger beige colour head of nice cream, fair thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is fairly low. Body colour is a clear translucent pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Not particularly vibrant. No bubble show. Meh.

Sm: Pumpkin, spice, a hint of brown sugar. Fresh palt malts and barley. A pleasant aroma, and surprisingly evocative for a beer at this price point. Average strength.

T: Pumpkin - definitely on the climax. Real pumpkin too; doesn't feel artificial. Clean malts form the simple foundation. Some spice comes through, particularly nutmeg and cinnamon. Really a simply built beer, but balanced. A bit bland on the open; couldn't they make it creamy or something? In any case, it fits the bill for this style at this price point. Some bland somewhat stale barley closes it out. A bit too sweet. Too sugary (brown sugar) in the third act. This problem becomes clear as you get further down the bottle. No yeast comes through. No bubble show.

Mf: Nicely coarse and wet. Good thickness. Suits the flavours generally well. Carbonation is good.

Dr: Over-spiced with cinnamon and just all around simple. I might pick it up if I want a budget pumpkin ale. There's more pumpkin flavour here than in many pumpkin beers I've tried at much higher price points, so that's a plus. And it is well-priced. Would make a good introduction to pumpkin ales, but I couldn't bring myself to recommend it. Another forgettable brew from KBC. Still, I look forward to buying whatever KBC beer Trader Joe's stocks that I haven't had in future. As far as budget beers go, KBC is a dependable brand.

C-

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 05:20:21 | More by kojevergas
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.45/5  rDev -15.5%
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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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.13/5  rDev -26.6%
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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.29/5  rDev -21%
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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Tone

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with little head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. A spicy pumpkin aroma, along with the cleanliness of a lager. Clearly a pumpkin ale, but it is a weaker version than I am used to and enjoy. Average carbonation with a strong pumpkin flavor. The flavor is definitely not overpowering and instead is rather weak. Overall a smooth beer but weaker than I would normally expect for a good pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 02:17:06 | More by Tone
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:15:04 | More by chinchill
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with active carbonation and a one finger white head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, a little bit of soap astringency. Flavor is quite sweet malt, artificial pumpkin, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Light bodied with nice carbonation. This has all the ingrediants of a pumpkin ale, but seems slapped together, kind of like an overly sweet, commercially made pumpkin pie. Too sweet and artificial tasting, but drinkable with food.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 20:13:06 | More by LiquidAmber
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vfgccp

New York

3/5  rDev +3.4%

10-14-2012 13:26:49 | More by vfgccp
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blackie

Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"natural flavor added"

a: Already disappointed by the color of this one, pale golden with a hint of amber. Fizzy white head recedes to a respectable ring.

smell and taste: Smells like macro lager and pumpkin spice, and tastes the same. On the nose I get dry pale grains and a lightly sweet, fruity spice. Cant' tell if I'm picking up on some squashy aromas, but it's possible. Black licorice and leaves if I try. Dominant spice aroma smells of cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg. The tongue follows suit, with weak pale grains and a fake, almost Red Hot candy type cinnamon. Watery. Pale lager grain aftertaste, lightly hopped all around. Nothing offensive anywhere I guess, but very "safe". Aroma comes close to enjoyable.

m: Carbonation bordering on high, with a light body. Dry.

d: Easy I suppose, but not a very rewarding experience. My least favorite pumpkin of all. The macro lager of pumpkin ales.

single bottle from Trader Joe's Cary, best by June 2008

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 04:41:51 | More by blackie
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FosterJM

California

2.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

153rd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A dark yellow with a pencil thin head, No lacing at all on this one.

Smell- Lots of pumpkin, brown sugar and spice(nutmeg, cinnamon)

Taste- Really the closest to a pumpkin pie but too overly sweet.

Mouth- Light bodied with a high carbonation very sweet and a bit oily.

Drink- Was worth the 1.07 I paid at Trader Joes but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 00:59:43 | More by FosterJM
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3/5  rDev +3.4%

04-01-2013 13:38:13 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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AgentMunky

California

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

10-14-2013 00:53:24 | More by AgentMunky
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msubulldog25

Oregon

2.83/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shopping at the Trader Joe's, spied this bottle on the 'singles' rack. $1.00, what the heck? 12 oz. twist-off to a pint glass; notched 'Best Enjoyed Before: A(pril), 10'.

A: (Surprisingly) golden, a straw-wheat with minimal head (short & white, brief creaminess, broken film). Mild haze, a few streams of slow-rising carbonation. Looks-wise, nothing to get excited over, nor the worst-looking beer ever.

S: An odd mash-up of 'corny' macro-lager and 'pumpkin' spices. Caramel and red apple are included, a vague smell of 'autumn' although of the 'scented candle' variety...meh.

T: An 'Apple Jacks' spice is what immediately comes to mind - a semblance of apple and spice but all very artificial-feeling. Honey-wheat, more than anything. The 'pumpkin' flavor here is more allspice, just a dash, and really lacks the earthy/pungent/tangy elements found in versions of the style I favor.

M: A lively mouthfeel, 'springy' and reasonably carbonated. A touch on the buttery side with a spiced tingle hanging around after. Light-medium body, slightly buttery/slick.

D: A mediocre (at best) version, nothing to get excited about. Hints at 'October' like that one cool day in August, then pulls back, leaving only disappointment. If you like the style, give it a try - but stick to a single. Or pass; what do I care? Just sayin', don't go out of your way for this one...

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 04:57:29 | More by msubulldog25
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 05:15:52 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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buckyp

South Carolina

3/5  rDev +3.4%

10-15-2013 00:26:41 | More by buckyp
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KevMo84

California

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

05-28-2014 06:55:56 | More by KevMo84
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Offa

California

1.85/5  rDev -36.2%
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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Falcone

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +3.4%

10-18-2013 04:51:39 | More by Falcone
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 23:32:34 | More by Beaver13
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Morey

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -20.7%
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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hilgart1

Illinois

3/5  rDev +3.4%

10-04-2013 01:45:03 | More by hilgart1
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a crystal clear, golden-bronze colored body with a thin, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly into a thin lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie and cinnamon. Not very malty, more spiced, candy based. Flavor is thin and watery pumpkin pie spices with some sweeter caramel and strong cinnamon. Finishes with no real character after a thin body and fizzy carbonation. Overall, a distinct pumpkin flavored beer, but not very rounded or balanced. Watery with a little too much spice and not enough malts.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 17:13:28 | More by CuriousMonk
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notchucknorris

California

2.58/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Second Review of this one. Somehow, it's gotten worse.

A: Clear golden color with a thin head that fades really quickly.

S: More like a pumpkin bread aroma than pumpkin pie. Hints of kind of gross bready yeast in the back.

T: Ugh. A hint of pumpkin, but the beer is thin and watery and has a pretty awful yeast and bread flavor that it seems like all of these Kennebunkport beers have. Tastes like an artificial pumpkin flavored adjunct. Somehow, it isn't the worst of Kennebunkport's beers, but that doesn't mean it's any good.

A: Clear golden color with a small white head.

S: Not as much pumpkin as pumpkin pie spice. Nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. As the beer warms, these smells start to feel a little forced, like they were added a little too artificially.

T: When it's cold, the spices hold up, but as it warms, it starts to taste like Bud Lite. If you're going to try this, have it pretty cold. Not good otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 14:38:16 | More by notchucknorris
Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
69 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.