Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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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
3.93/5 rDev +35.1%
Poured from bottle into pint glass
A- Clear yellow/orange in color with a bright white head.
S- Sweet pumpkin spice, not much else
T- Much like the smell but more complex. Sweet malts, perhaps caramel which gives way into pumpkin spice with a mild bitterness at the end
M- Mostly light in body with some mild carbonation
O- I think its a good pumpkin ale. Perhaps kinda simple, but certainly enjoyable.
10-19-2011 04:53:47 | More by Misfit138
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
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
3.8/5 rDev +30.6%
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.
09-30-2013 19:38:24 | More by GMB
3.73/5 rDev +28.2%
Appearance- pours a slightly watery, pale gold, almost straw color with a bubbly off-white head and little lace. Oddly light for a pumpkin ale.
Smell- Heavy on the spice- cinammon and nutmeg are almost powerful enough to hide the faint malt, and nearly undetectable hops.
Taste- Again, lots of pumpkin pie spices, but also some sweet honey and caramel malt to balance. Decent crispness and a little dryness on the finish. Actually leaves me wanting more. 4
Mouthfeel- As expected, a little on the light side, but not bad, given the crisp flavor.
Drinkability- When compared with some of the other, (usually overspiced) pumpkin ales, this one turns out to be a pretty refreshing drinker. I'd like to get my hands on a six pack if i could.
11-10-2009 04:50:04 | More by endincolorado
3.7/5 rDev +27.1%
Poured into my pumking snifter huge thanks to graniteskunk..I have a feeling that line will get old fast.
Bought by the lady a TJs for a cold dollar bill.
On to the review:
A-Pours a dark orange with white head that leaves a pseudo lacing.
S-Watered down nutmeg and cinnamon
T- Same watered down nutmeg and cinnamon
O-very middle of the road
10-16-2012 03:34:25 | More by dtmets84
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
3.63/5 rDev +24.7%
What a different beer. I've had Pumpkin ales before, but this one's a little different. It pours a very yellow/straw color. It reminded me of a pop at first the way the head appears not to leave a lace and quickly dissapears. The smell really turned me off right off the bat, just smelled wrong. BUt then I took a taste and Oh my, it was pretty good! The spices really come through, way more than the smell would indicate. Mouthfeel and drinkability are so,so. I like the taste, but with every taste you do have to bring it past your nose. It has a very similar smell to New Glarus' Belgian Red.
02-22-2008 23:59:10 | More by madtowndmb1
3.6/5 rDev +23.7%
Pours with a thin head , no lacing. Clear copper color.
Nutmeg, pumpkin in the nose.
Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie.No hops , somewhat sweet caramel finish.
Mouthfeel is medium, decent carbonation.
Drinkability is fairly decent for this style.
10-27-2007 00:10:11 | More by shroompod
3.6/5 rDev +23.7%
A: I was able to get a little over a finger of cream-colored head with an aggressive pour, and it had decent retention. The color was between amber and straw, with just a hint of haze.
S: Very subtle, not strong pumpkin or spice. If the label didn't say otherwise, I'd swear I was smelling a wheat beer rather than an ale.
T: OK, now I sense the pumpkin (1st) and spice (2nd), with a bready malt and hops making an appearance as it finishes going down. It's not at all bad, but it isn't very intense. It actually gets better with subsequent swigs, as the pumpkin and spice flavors work their way deeper into the taste-buds.
M: Not much carbonation, and just enough dryness to make you want to keep drinking.
O: Not a very intense pumpkin ale, but a pleasant, lighter, fruity ale for a mid-afternoon quaff to quench your thirst.
10-16-2011 20:03:02 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
3.58/5 rDev +23%
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.
10-19-2011 01:54:22 | More by Halcyondays
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
3.53/5 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
Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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