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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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Reviews: 100
Hads: 226
Avg: 2.9
pDev: 33.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | 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

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Beer added by: Lothore on 09-12-2007

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Reviews: 100 | Hads: 226
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.27/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.00
Purchased: Oct. 15, 2015
Consumed: Oct. 15, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey, golden, pale, clear color with a finger of rocky, greyish head that dissipated about as quick as I poured it. Average amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Poor lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 2.50)

Smelled pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, red apple cider, honey graham cracker and carrot cake. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste wasn’t quite as good, but still the obvious pumpkin flavors. Getting cinnamon stick, sugary pumpkin spice, apple cider, carrot cake and cinnamon graham cracker. (Taste - 3.25)

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Abrupt, water finish. (Feel - 3.25)

This wasn’t as terrible as I thought it was going to be. I am a sucker for pumpkin beers, but this wasn’t bad, especially for the price. (Overall - 3.25)

3.27 | 75 | B-

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.6/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

not the best, but i dont think its quite as bad as some of the reviews its getting. thick head of foam quickly recedes, no lacing, clear golden/orange color, lots of carbonation. initially the nose is kinda nice, hints of pumpkin, cinnamon, other spices. taste is pretty average, pumpkin seems a bit artificial. very watery and light/ easy to pound. overall pretty mediocre brew, worth trying but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.69/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I found this bottle at my local Trader Joe's.

With a pristine yellow color, it boasts a nice concoction of warm spices, little pumpkin flavors and sweet, pure cream soda without the artificial-tasting ingredients that make the soda. While it lacks the character that, say, the Pumpkin Down from Ballast Point excels, it has a crisp, clean aftertaste that compliments the malt backbone. It’s as though you are having a nice dessert beer after a meal, like pumpkin pie without the pumpkin! Overall, this is a good, albeit slightly watery, pumpkin ale, but the Pumpkin Down is more balanced with extra pumpkin in it!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, golden coloring, with an uneven, bubbly, foamy, off-white head. Steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of pumpkin spice forward, with highlights of vanilla and a breaded backbone. The pumpkin spice is prominent, and the other aromas come off a bit muted. Flavors are tangy cream and pumpkin spice forward, with notes of caramel and an almost sugary sweetness. Comes off like a piece of candy, or really sugary pumpkin bread. Light, effervesced, crisp body, with a subtle pumpkin sweet aftertaste. The finish is light, crisp, and effervesced. Meh.

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Photo of hophugger
2.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nothing special about the color, looks like your typical pilsner or whatever. Aroma hits hard at first whiff of pumpkin, kind of artificial like extract. Taste is a good amount of pumpkin up front(once again sort of artificial), and then...............the beer dies, flavor leaves, aroma gone and just goes down hill....Mouthfeel is kind of like dirty dishwater...

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale has an initially very thick, off white head, but that fades, quickly, and leaves no lacing behind. The appearance is clear, bubbly, and orange-gold. Aroma is of pumpkin pie, pie crust, pumpkin pulp, and pumpkin spice candles. Taste is of those same elements, with some acidity and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and fairly watery. KBC Pumpkin Ale finishes crisp and easy drinking.


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Photo of UPMD_Bill
2.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Mediocre light beer with no real flavor of its own, with lots of pumpkin spice flavoring added. Kind of slick mouthfeel with some moderate carbonation. Won't bother with this one again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep gold with one finger of short lived head. Spots of lace.
Smell is cinnamon spice and some malt.
Taste is similar to the nose with a slight hop bitterness at the end. Mostly sweet spicey pumpkin pie flavors.
Mouthfeel is fairly light with good carbonation. Finish is light sweetness.
Overall a decent pumpkin beer but like most of these kind of beers one is enough.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not my cup of tea. It was ok,but it tasted too artificial for me. There wasn't much body that shold be expected with this stle and really just tasted like a Bud Light with nutmeg sprinkled on top.

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Photo of cloudhppr
2.25/5  rDev -22.4%

if i've learned one thing about beers, it's that if the location isn't prominently displayed, it's usually not worth it. it is very light for my taste, and it's as if the pumpkin spice is added in during the bottling phase, much like the lemon flavor of a summer shandy. the six pack was bought for me, so i'm not complaining too much.

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Photo of Jomolieri
1/5  rDev -65.5%

It taste like rubber. The first sip had a crazy cinnamon spice sort of thing but after that I thought I was drinking rubber flavored beer. This is the first beer I ever dumped down the drain.

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Photo of Shindoverse
1.75/5  rDev -39.7%

This is a crime against beer. To use an analogy, this reminds me of those coffees that are infused with some artificial flavor and aroma to enhance the taste. The pumpkin taste feels like a perfume that was added. If you want a pumpkin ale, do it right. There is no substitute for Dogfish Head's version.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.04/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Golden colored with a fingernail of off white head covering half of the top. Aroma is strongly of pumpkin pie spice,cinnamon, and nutmeg. The flavor is overly spiced pumpkin pie spice,cinnamon and nutmeg and is quite artificial. The mouth is heavily over carbonated and has excessive spices.

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Photo of ricke49
3/5  rDev +3.4%

very heavy on the clove and cinnamon. would have preferred more 'beer' characteristics and less pumpkin pie/soda pop taste. how you experience this brew will depend what you're after. I was expecting a beer and was disappointed.

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Photo of timontheroad
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass, yielded a slight half inch head that quickly faded to a thin film, leaving no lacing down the glass. Aroma was pretty scarce with a muted bit of spice, and something a bit sour I couldn't quite grasp. The taste was about the same, with the spice, especially nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon and clove. I also got just a hint of pumpkin, and a slight bit of hop bitterness and the same sour taste as what I smelled. Mouthfeel was pretty thin, but fairly well carbonated, probably the biggest redeeming value of the beer. Overall, this is not the greatest representation of the style, told my wife not to buy this from Trader Joe's in the future.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.13/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful orange-tinged yellow color with an appealing white foam in the tall Maredsous glass. Lots of prickly carbonation. Strange smell of Jello and some sort of cupcake, however. I can't believe the weird spice is cinnamon.

The flavor starts with an uncomprehending moment as the citrus acidity, the bitterish spices, and the tart candy taste all roil about in the mouth. The flavor is like some tropical fruit soda with a touch of tamarind and butterscotch Lifesavers. The slight bitterness of undetermined origin does little to make this palatable.

This is one pumpkin that doesn't rise above the flotsam. The pleasant sudsy mouthfeel is the only redeeming feature. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.67/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass.
A: Pale, clear gold with light head.
S: It smella remarkably pleasant! Gentle, pungent spice and pumpkin flesh.
T/M: It's pretty good. Your typical, low-rent pumpkin beer -- heavy on the spice; lagery-weak body that's a bit sour-thin. However, the spice dominates, and that much is pleasant.
O: Quaffable, enjoyable, and worth the $1/bottle. Have had before, will have again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.14/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of GMB
3.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A standard pour of Kennebunkport's Pumpkin Ale yields a light amber body and a fizzy head that falls quickly. Carbonation is minimal.

The nose comprises spices, mostly. All-spice, clove, a bit of ginger, and a dash of cinnamon. I don't pick up as much cinnamon as other reviewers.

I've tried a couple dozen or so Pumpkin Ales. Some pride themselves on not emulating that famous Thanksgiving dessert. Some attempt to recreate its appealing mix of aromatics, richness, and vegetal earthiness. This beer falls squarely into the latter category. This brew tastes exactly like pumpkin pie. Sweet malts; pumpkin pie spices.

Though balanced in terms of sweetness, this beer's mouthfeel could be improved by increasing the pumpkin and malts. This beer tastes like pumpkin pie. A denser, richer mouthfeel, and a creamier, more viscous foam, would make it feel like one too.

I can't recall the last time I drank one of these "re-create-the-pumpkin-pie-in-a-bottle" beers and thought, "Ah, yes! Pumpkin pie!" Usually, they just taste like amber ales with some cinnamon tossed in for kicks. This one wipes the floor with most "re-creators" pumpkin ales.

If you're looking to drink your Thanksgiving desert this season, pick up some KBC Pumpkin Ale. Thanks to this brew, I'll be able to have my pie and drink it too.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.67/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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

Pours a clear golden orange with a quarter inch ivory head that lingers.

Ginger, cola, sweet caramel, and floral hops comprise the aroma. Cinnamon and clove scene.

Cola is the dominant flavor, with cloves and ginger taking over the profile. Cinnamon is also evident. Caramel malt is overshadowed. The finish is slightly bitter.

Body is moderate to light, with fairly high carbonation, making it spritzy.

Very much a spice bomb of a pumpkin brew. I'm not a ginger or cola fan, so not my thing. Becomes metallic.

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Photo of Treebs
2.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. I found this bottle in my parent's fridge and no one knows how it got there.

A: Pours a clear amber color with with thick white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly, but no lace is left behind.

S: Pumpkin flesh, lager yeast and notes of pale malt with some light cinnamon. A littler mineral water as well.

T: Old/rotting pumpkin flesh. Some mettalic/tin like tastes and then a huge rush of cinnamon. It's like chewing on a cinnamon stick.

M: Light bodied, standard carbonation and drinkability.

O: Wasn't terrible, but definitely over spiced and the mineral water flavors weren't a turn on. Will not revisit.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev -6.2%
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.


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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
69 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.