Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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3/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
12-01-2008 20:54:54 | More by jwinship83
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
3.33/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
10-28-2009 06:17:42 | More by spointon
2.48/5 rDev -14.8%
Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Best before May 08
Served in a 16 oz Harpoon IPA glass (which underutilize)
Pours a light orange with little fizzy bubbles. Decent head, but minimal head retention.
The nose is weak. Whiffs of cinnamon sticks.
Eh. The mouthfeel is a big problem. Watery with a seltzer paper annoyance.
Fall flavors like candy corn, cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg blend together. The unfortunate piece is this beer is lacking quality. I taste an artificial twang or splenda sweetness. I'll finish this beer, but probably not purchase again.
10-11-2007 23:01:50 | More by Hibernator
2.13/5 rDev -26.8%
Pumpkin ale pours a bright pale yellow color with very small head. There is a very fake pumpkin aroma. The taste has a fake pumpkin flavor, with hints of vanilla. Good body, but over carbonated, and the fake flavor makes it unpleasant. Overall the vanilla flavors are nice, but the fake overpowering flavors are are just not good.
11-03-2013 03:18:10 | More by vette2006c5r
2.93/5 rDev +0.7%
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clearly marked best-by date notched of March 2009.
Appearance: Not much carbonation or head retention to speak of, and a golden yellow color that should probably be a bit darker. Or at least I hoped it would be.
Smell: Malty sweet base with an interesting mix of cinnamon and nutmeg, and some seemingly real pumpkin in there. A little hint of metal and sourness.
Taste: More of a pumpkin-pie-in-a-bottle beer, but it does indeed taste like beer. The pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla are pronounced, and a bit spicy, which I like. But it doesn't have a long finish, and could use some tweaking and maybe some more hops.
Mouthfeel: A bit too cloying and medium-bodied, and lacks carbonation.
Drinkability: I think this could be a pretty solid pumpkin ale with some TLC. As it stands, I think I enjoyed it more than my review maybe lets on, but it has some things that are really lowering its potential, like the appearance and mouthfeel. Not as bad as the reviews say, and worth a shot. I wouldn't want to have more than maybe one or two at a sitting, but it did go down fairly easy.
10-15-2008 03:44:35 | More by asabreed
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
2.75/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
11-16-2012 18:22:26 | More by Treebs
2.08/5 rDev -28.5%
I cannot for the life of me remember who gave me this beer. Whoever it was, big thanks! Drank from my Big Horn Mai Bock point glass.
Appearance- Pours a light yellow orange with terrific clarity. Forms a nice half finger head that disappears very quickly and leaves no cap and the smallest collar Ive ever seen.
Smell- Lots of pumpkin and thats pretty much about it. Not really much spice like Ive come to expect from pumpkin ales.
Taste- Starts with a bit of pumpkin that isnt all that pumpkiny. Some grainy malt that doesnt seem to add much. Maybe a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg (maybe) to round out the taste. Finishes fairly cloying with some pumpkin.
Mouthfeel- Medium to thin body with fairly aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- Well I think that if Miller was to make a pumpkin beer, theyd base it off this little guy. Its got almost nothing in the nose and the taste is almost as bad. Not a great beer. Thanks much to whoever sent this to me, glad to have gotten to try it!
12-20-2007 03:49:12 | More by younger35
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
2.33/5 rDev -19.9%
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-yellow with a long lasting white head. Aroma is sour at first followed by pumpkin and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. A lot of pumpkin, hints of malt and hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and very pumpkin. Too much pumpkin for me.
10-13-2012 01:37:51 | More by mikeg67
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
3.88/5 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
3.08/5 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
Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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