Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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2.53/5 rDev -13.1%
"natural flavor added"
a: Already disappointed by the color of this one, pale golden with a hint of amber. Fizzy white head recedes to a respectable ring.
smell and taste: Smells like macro lager and pumpkin spice, and tastes the same. On the nose I get dry pale grains and a lightly sweet, fruity spice. Cant' tell if I'm picking up on some squashy aromas, but it's possible. Black licorice and leaves if I try. Dominant spice aroma smells of cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg. The tongue follows suit, with weak pale grains and a fake, almost Red Hot candy type cinnamon. Watery. Pale lager grain aftertaste, lightly hopped all around. Nothing offensive anywhere I guess, but very "safe". Aroma comes close to enjoyable.
m: Carbonation bordering on high, with a light body. Dry.
d: Easy I suppose, but not a very rewarding experience. My least favorite pumpkin of all. The macro lager of pumpkin ales.
single bottle from Trader Joe's Cary, best by June 2008
09-26-2007 04:41:51 | More by blackie
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
2.83/5 rDev -2.7%
Shopping at the Trader Joe's, spied this bottle on the 'singles' rack. $1.00, what the heck? 12 oz. twist-off to a pint glass; notched 'Best Enjoyed Before: A(pril), 10'.
A: (Surprisingly) golden, a straw-wheat with minimal head (short & white, brief creaminess, broken film). Mild haze, a few streams of slow-rising carbonation. Looks-wise, nothing to get excited over, nor the worst-looking beer ever.
S: An odd mash-up of 'corny' macro-lager and 'pumpkin' spices. Caramel and red apple are included, a vague smell of 'autumn' although of the 'scented candle' variety...meh.
T: An 'Apple Jacks' spice is what immediately comes to mind - a semblance of apple and spice but all very artificial-feeling. Honey-wheat, more than anything. The 'pumpkin' flavor here is more allspice, just a dash, and really lacks the earthy/pungent/tangy elements found in versions of the style I favor.
M: A lively mouthfeel, 'springy' and reasonably carbonated. A touch on the buttery side with a spiced tingle hanging around after. Light-medium body, slightly buttery/slick.
D: A mediocre (at best) version, nothing to get excited about. Hints at 'October' like that one cool day in August, then pulls back, leaving only disappointment. If you like the style, give it a try - but stick to a single. Or pass; what do I care? Just sayin', don't go out of your way for this one...
09-16-2009 04:57:29 | More by msubulldog25
3.53/5 rDev +21.3%
Appearance - a watery orange-colored pour, meager show of head that barely covers the top. Not enough to create any lace.
Aroma - spicy cinnamon. Faint pumpkin. Almost a hot cinnamon, not bad.
Taste - pure cinnamon. Indistinct grain, just enough to call it a beer. A steady theme...swallow - cinnamon; aftertaste - cinnamon. Hey I like cinnamon but I could use some other flavor in there, like maybe *pumpkin*.
Mouthfeel - slightly thin; peppy carbonation. To its credit, it helps to control the sweetness factor.
Drinkability - tasty for a one-dimensional beer. Worth a few if you're into the spice.
05-11-2008 05:15:52 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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
1.85/5 rDev -36.4%
I am not sure if this is the same thing as Pumpkinhead from Shipyard, part of the same brewing family as Kennebunkport. Some people and websites claim that it is, and it certainly shares some basic similarities, but to me this was very different in taste and feel, and I like it a lot less. Then again, the only Pumpkinhead I've had recently was a left-over bottle I found from last year. It seemed quite good, so either it is good and better than this stuff, or it simply ages really well. Moreover, this Kennebunkport ale also does not resemble either my independent memory or my notes about Pumpkinhead from last year.
Pale, hazy orange with dust, it has a thin, fizzy off-white head quickly thinning to a ring and wisps, with no lace. This is similar to Pumpkinhead but this is more orange and more hazy and dusty.
The aroma is light grain with cinnamon, a hint of grass, a faint general pumpkin-pie aroma, and a hint of orange juice. This is a little bit like pumpkin head, but with more cinnamon, less pumpkin/pumpkin pie, and with orange.
The taste is quite different. It's light, on the fizzy side, and has pumpkin-pie spices
and some grian in the finish, like Pumpkinhead. However, the grain element is lighter, more cracker-like, less robust in feel. It also is a lot sweeter than Pumpkinhead, which transitions between sweetness and dryness. It also, unlike pumpkinhead, tastes a lot like watered down orange juice mixed with soda water with aa dash of cinnamon, with the only grain element being a light perfume in the finish. I actually found this too sweet and too much like watery orange soda pop to finish.
10-29-2008 16:46:13 | More by Offa
2.65/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
01-18-2013 23:32:34 | More by Beaver13
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
3.43/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
10-05-2009 20:19:45 | More by Jayli
2.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
12-13-2012 07:31:10 | More by barczar
2.48/5 rDev -14.8%
Procured by the significant other.
A: One shade darker than urine after a night of drinking. No head to speak of. Zero lacing.
S: Allspice is strong. No cinnamon or clove to speak of.
T: Just bland and stale. Most likely past its prime. Really just bland. More like an ale with a little spice than a pumpkin ale.
M: Well carbonated and it feels full in your mouth.
D: Not for me. Drainpour.
04-27-2008 20:24:51 | More by aerozeppl
2.25/5 rDev -22.7%
A decent looking brew. Frothy white head sits proudly on top of a pale wheat colored vibrant body. Champagne like carbonation. Sliding lace.
Hmmmm odd. Not terrible, not good, just odd. Like an american wheat beer meets a sweet fruit beer. Except the wheat tends to jumble this up and make it too spent grainlike tasting. Sweet potatoes and cinnamon are among the slight pumpkin taste. A bit of pepper tries to sharpen things up. Lingering layer of sweetness remains on the palate.
Notes: I wasn't much for this debacle. It was drinkable but not worth the coin. Thin and lacks any complexity.
01-15-2008 01:45:43 | More by DogFood11
3.13/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
09-28-2008 20:31:59 | More by BeerSox
2.73/5 rDev -6.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a golden straw in color with a touch of haze, and offers a half inch head that doesn't linger for long. Quite light in color.
Lots of cinnamon on the nose with some nutmeg notes. Some underlying rice as a backbone.
Taste/feel is light in body and has a lingering cinnamon and sugar flavor. A bit like a churro. Cinnamon again on the finish with perhaps just a hint of pumpkin meat and with a quick close. A bit artificial in a way but hard to pinpoint. There is a certain oddness to the spice notes in that I sense they are additives or finishing spices vs. something that actually spent some time in the boil. Drinks pretty easily given its light body, but would become tiring due to its one-sided approach.
11-09-2008 08:44:47 | More by HalfFull
1.98/5 rDev -32%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.
Light golden color. Medium heavy carbonation. Smells like a combination of sweet potatoes, boiled eggs, butter, and orange... not really a good combo. The flavor has a synthetic pumpkin flavor, with a nutmeg spice. Light body, and the strange sweetness, lingers (unfortunately). Overall, this is not really very good. Only worth trying to acknowledge what a poor effort it is. This is a tough finish.
12-23-2009 05:36:26 | More by bmwats
Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
69 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.