Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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3.08/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
11-01-2011 00:11:44 | More by DaveHS
3.43/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
10-25-2011 23:09:17 | More by Khazadum
2.35/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
10-22-2011 18:55:30 | More by olfolxholme
2.3/5 rDev -21%
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.
10-19-2011 17:43:18 | More by Morey
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
3.58/5 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
3.6/5 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
2.73/5 rDev -6.2%
Water with a little spice and alcohol.
The smell is the best part with mainly Cinnamon.
The taste is one dimensional cinnamon with a super light water taste on the back. No malt or pumpkin to be found.
Not a good beer nor a good pumpkin ale BUT if someone handed me one I would have no problem finishing it. Also you could down 3 or 4 no problem and being $6 a 6 pack you can't beat that.
10-14-2011 22:40:46 | More by Eriktheipaman
2.55/5 rDev -12.4%
A - Very little head, which disappears quickly. Looks more like a soft drink than a beer. If it was not a pumpkin ale, appearance would be a 2, but I gave an extra point because I think the orange color suits it.
S - Very mild smell, again more reminiscent of a soft drink than a beer. Not unpleasant, but does not contribute anything to the overall experience.
T - Pleasant, mild taste, but yet again the taste is of a pumpkin soda rather than a pumpkin ale. Definite pumpkin flavor, however, which I appreciated. The flavor kicks in more on the aftertaste than in the initial contact.
M - Four for four so far in being more soda-like than ale-like, but in this case it's so watery that I would expect a better mouthfeel from a soda.
O - It's a pleasant, mild drink - nothing offensive, just nothing especially good, either. Would probably be good as a light Summer beverage on its own, but is too weak to pair with food and is not good when you're in a specific "beer" mood.
Okay, folks, that's my first review here. I didn't pick the greatest beer to start with, but hopefully I did all right.
10-14-2011 02:20:41 | More by 2ks4
1.98/5 rDev -32%
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.
10-10-2011 03:45:55 | More by musicman575
2.93/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
10-07-2011 06:09:23 | More by ely2000k
2.58/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
02-25-2011 14:38:16 | More by notchucknorris
2.5/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
02-14-2011 17:13:28 | More by CuriousMonk
2.93/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
01-04-2011 00:59:43 | More by FosterJM
2.8/5 rDev -3.8%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
This bottle finished out my Trader Joe's mixed sixer. It pours a clear apple juice topped by a bit less than a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises pumpkin pie, graham crackers, and apples, though everything has that peculiar scented candle-style artificiality. The taste waters all of that down, though some nutmeg and pumpkin seeds somehow find a way to make themselves heard. The body is a hefty light, with a light carbonation and a somewhat watery feel. Overall, a sub-par brew that really didn't have much going for it at all.
12-06-2010 00:51:31 | More by TMoney2591
3.08/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
11-21-2010 02:22:52 | More by SDtastentune
3.35/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
11-10-2010 11:48:37 | More by Thorpe429
Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
69 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.