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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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69
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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 23.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Lothore on 09-12-2007)
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2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

ScubaSteve00, Oct 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

FrankHashimoto, Oct 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

kbrown, Oct 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev +3.1%

hilgart1, Oct 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

BeerMeister8, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of GMB
3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

GMB, Sep 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev +3.1%

jmmy3, Sep 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

ali1987, Sep 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

kylehay2004, Sep 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

Wedcat, Sep 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Michael_DaBeers_IV, Jul 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

NoetheMatt, Jun 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev +3.1%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 01, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

menacho1, Mar 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev +3.1%

AJ01923, Mar 13, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -39.9%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Beaver13, Jan 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev +3.1%

lilsmizzul1225, Jan 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

TheMarkE, Jan 09, 2013
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2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

barczar, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +37.5%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Treebs, Nov 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev +3.1%

WhitmansNiece, Nov 12, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
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-

kojevergas, Nov 09, 2012
Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
69 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.