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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: 90
Hads: 197
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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: 90 | Hads: 197
Photo of FosterJM
2.92/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.92/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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, but some cinnamon. If the label didn't say otherwise, I'd swear I was smelling an American wheat beer rather than an ale.

T: OK, now I sense the pumpkin and spice, with a sweet and bready malt. Faint hops make an appearance as it finishes going down. It's not at all bad, but it isn't very good either. 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 - just OK in that category. I'd classify it as a lighter, fruity ale for a mid-afternoon quaff to quench your thirst. (888 characters)

Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: straw body; clear with vigorous upward movement; light head

s: pumpkins; gingerbread spice; sweet yeast; a real spiciness; pumpkin pie; molasses and honey

t: strong sweet honey; molasses; pumpkin gingerbread; yeastiness

m: very agressive and very watery

d: very disappointing and thin in flavor and body but still drinkable because of the sweet pumpkinness (363 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kennebunkport Pumpkin-Head Ale Alias for Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale, purchased at Traders Joe's. 12 oz bottle. Orange-golden body. Smells like pumpkin, and pie spices. Nice smell combination. Flavorful, some bitterness, Wish I could try this on tap sometime. (256 characters)

Photo of ely2000k
2.99/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Not much of a head, and the pour comes out a very mellow orange color, which I am guessing is supposed to look like pumpkin.

S- Smell of pumpkin, all spice, nutmeg, and some good sweetness. I'm a sucker for the pumpkin pie smell, I'll admit it.

T- Leaves something to be desire... tastes like pumpkin pie slapped on top of a light beer. Which makes for a weird combo.

M- Over carbonated. Has kind of a strong after taste.

O- Decent- not great, but the main argument is that it seems like one thing slapped on top of another. I genuinely do like the smell of it. (569 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of ricke49
3/5  rDev +8.7%

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. (231 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.01/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.02/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- very lager like. golden colored body with very active visible carbonation and a 1cm quickly falling white colored head that leaves no lacing behind.

S- pumpkin bread, yeast, cinnamon, and some grainy malts.

T- similar to a pumpkin pie. couldnt taste any of the yeast that i thought i could smell

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. probably too much.

D- this just isnt for me. if you love pumpkin pie, and hate beer, this one is just about right for you. the bottle was pretty hard for me to finish, and im glad this one was left at my place rather than something i bought. (597 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of Zodijackyl
3.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light orange with a thin head that doesn't stick at all. Smells like pumpkin pie, fruity and spiced. Spices are prominent in the taste - cloves are notable - and pumpkin is matched to this. As with most KBC beers, there is a sweet flavor that tastes a bit odd, though it is very faint in this one. Regular beer flavors, malt and hops, are barely noticeable. Mouthfeel features moderate carbonation which enhanced the spice flavors, but also has an unpleasant sticky feeling as it warms up. Fairly light all around, decent drinkability, though not something to drink slowly as it has some less pleasant notes that become more apparent closer to room temperature. (667 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
3.08/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours clear dark golden color with a thin, fizzy off white head. No lacing.

S-Kind of weird. Smells like the water after you boil root vegetables, nutmeg, the inside of a dentist's office. Something artificial in here.

T/M-An average kolsch (or some kind of lighter german ale) with a burst of cinnamon and nutmeg mid-palate. There's a hint of earthiness, suggesting there may be some actual pumpkin in this. However, it's not enough to make the beer interesting. Light bodied and crisp, with a cinnamon/nutmeg finish.

O-An average, inoffensive pumpkin ale. I'll take it over Buffalo Bill's. (596 characters)

Photo of hunteraw
3.09/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First pumpkin beer of the season this year!

Appearance: Thin head, golden amber in color (rather less orange than I would have expected). Poor retention and no lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices, especially ginger. Some spicy hops and caramel malt.

Taste: Pumpkin-y, but slightly acid and artificial-tasting. Mineral water finish.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy carbonation, light/med body

Drinkability: Decent pumpkin beer. (417 characters)

Photo of SDtastentune
3.09/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark yellow with no head or lace.

S - Spices cloves and slight pumpkin.

T - Spices cloves and kinda pumpkin/light beer taste.

M - fizzzy, slightly over fizzy.

D - Drinks ok, too much spice aftertaste but might go well with pumpkin pie or thanksgiving. Weird aftertaste that leaves a spice/clove thing in the back of my throat. Good holiday ale. Kinda could not finish it due to its weirdness, had to pass it on. (419 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.11/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a golden yellow with no head. Looked just like Budweiser.

Smelled of pumpkin. Couldn't smell any spices or other aromas.

Tasted like artificial pumpkin. It's sweet too, maybe a little too sweet. But it's not terrible. Having one, so it's okay with me. I don think I'd drink more though.

The beer is too watery and has very little body. Aside from that, it's fine.

I'm not impressed. This may be one of he poorer pumpkins I've tried this season. Still, it's not absolutely terrible and could do in a pinch.

UPDATE:
The 2014 selection has a nicer taste than I remember, and I am increasing the score for both the taste and overall from a 3.0 and 2.5 to a 3.25 and 3.0 respectively. (694 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.12/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear pale amber hue with a mild orange tint. A very thin and fizzy head quickly settles to a flat rim along the glass.

Grainy malts along with some light spices from pumpkin, and a little bit of raw pumpkin aroma.

Again, grains sit in the background, while the light spices and a little bit of pumpkin pie flavor take the rest of the show. Light bodied with good carbonation. The pumpkin flavor lingers for a while.

An okay pumpkin ale. While this one doesn't have any bad flavors, it's pretty thin, and focuses on the spices more than the pumpkin flavor. Enjoyable, but not the best. (614 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.14/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
3.14/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (742 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (614 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.27/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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. (701 characters)

Photo of spointon
3.3/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (921 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (510 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/26/09
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. (531 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.46/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (436 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
3.47/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (2,093 characters)

Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
67 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.