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Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 25.36%

Brewed by:
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 12-01-2007)
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Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.41/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I am somewhat questioning what category this beer really is. Put anything into the IPA category that's not grossly over-hopped and it will get poor ratings. Although it's got notable bitterness, this really doesn't come across like an IPA, not even an English one. It lacks distinct hoppiness, but might have a touch of diacetyl, as it reminds me of Samuel Smith's organic pale ale.

All that being said, it's not a bad beer at all. Tho not outstanding, it's plenty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 15:38:32 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Hergestridge


3.56/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

KBC IPA has a nice crisp, clean, taste with a nice bitter/sweetness and is a good IPA for about a dollar a bottle.
Was purchased at Trader Joe's and is an "exclusive" at TJ's. A nice off-white head, some nice lacing. Color is sort of a toasted reddish brown and it does seem to have more IBU than some of the cheaper IPAs, though not listed anywhere I searched. Overall, Well done and God Speed..
Carry On, Citizens!!!

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 22:15:14 | More by Hergestridge
Photo of scpow


1.36/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

When into trader joe's to get a six. it was sandwiched in between a bunch of good beers I knew well, but were about 8/9 dollars a six Went for the bargain at 5.99. It tasted like nothing, except a little hoppy at the end. It reminded me of Bud Red Dog (from back in Highschool) with a hoppy (but not so happy) ending. I wish I went for the 9 dollar six. KBC IPA is the kind of beer one buys once. I will drink it if it was free, but certainly would not buy it again. Life is too short.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:11:17 | More by scpow
Photo of lou50rp


3.43/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange color, some carbonation and not much of a head or lacing
Smell is not distinct of anything, neither sweet or citrus
Some citrus at the beginning. Not clear or distinct. Hops at the end are ok and linger.
Good mouthfeel. Not watery.
An ok IPA, chilled for a warm day. The price is the best thing about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:36:51 | More by lou50rp
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Dec '14. Sampled on March 9, 2014.

It has an attractive pour with its medium amber color and great clarity. Modest off-white head,

Let's look at this aroma. It is hopped which should be expected from an IPA. But generally it is more of a caramel malt sweetness with a hop balance than anything else. Balance OK.

Medium body.

The taste tends to lean more on the sweet side than the hoppy side,. This is OK but for an IPA I was expecting more of a bite. Still, there is a decent caramel maltiness followed by the bitterness. Nothing extra-ordinary but fairly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:04:52 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Franziskaner


2.85/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Deep copper color with brilliant clarity. Minimal head covers most of the top of this beer. Aroma of pine like hops but they don't seem very prominent. The mouth is a bit warm and salty. The flavor is a bit like that of an IPA strained through a dirty sock. The aroma seems to promise more but that taste is rather odd.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 05:14:53 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of Cavanaghty


2.69/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a thin white head.

Smell: Mild smell of pine and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste is a strong bitter pine and hops taste. very mild citrus in the background.

Overall: I am a huge IPA guy and I did not really care for this brew. They could have done better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2014 21:49:32 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass, best by 4/14. Pours a bright orange, with a one inch white head, that leaves some lace. Smell is hard candy, tangerine, apple cider, grapefruit, and caramel. Taste is all about hard candy, caramel, and grapefruit. Body is medium, plenty of carbonation, a little dry, and goes down easy enough. Not my thing, but I am not a huge fan of English IPAS.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 18:27:06 | More by SawDog505
Photo of jawlessbody


3.16/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into an american pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, deep orange with syrupy haze with a two finger head that stuck around for a bit and left good amounts of lacing.

Smell: Smells very fruity and malty with lots of zesty citrus notes. It's extremely hard to get hops from on the nose, but they are there lurking in the background.

Taste: First comes a wave of caramel malts flavor with vague, indistinguishable fruit notes. This is them followed up with quite a stale happiness that doesn't provide a lot of flavor, but rather overpowers the initial maltiness by being too aggressive in it's bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slick, syrupy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Surprisingly the best part of the beer.

Overall: I want to like this beer, I really do...but unfortunately I would not recommend it. It smells too sweet, isn't very well balanced in flavors and is just missing something special to make it stand out. It isn't the worst I've had, but it certainly isn't the best. It's just a boring, average IPA with nothing special to offer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 17:15:40 | More by jawlessbody
Photo of GMB


3.41/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

KBC's IPA's beautiful, syrupy amber body is let down by a weak, fizzy head with very little staying power. IPAs' heads should be sticky, thick, and inviting. This one isn't.

The nose is malt-forward, which is acceptable in an English-style IPA. American renditions of this style have pushed hoppiness to the extreme, and drinkers with hop-filled expectations are bound to be disappointed by this brew.

This beer tastes hoppier than it smells. As the nose suggested, aroma hops are understated. But bittering hops are assertive, and nicely balance the very rich, sweet malts. As the beer warms, and as I swirl it around in my glass, hop aromas become more assertive. When they do, the floral hoppy flavors round out the very sweet malt nicely. I recommend letting this beer warm for 5-10 minutes before enjoying.

This is a drinkable, affordable (read: inexpensive) English IPA. I'm surprised to read so many negative reviews. Perhaps my colleagues on BA were expecting the kind of in-your-face hop-wallop that American IPAs offer. This beer doesn't offer anything like that. It's very sweet, heavily malted, fairly bitter, and throws in lots of citral and a few herbal notes for good measure. I'm okay with that.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:22:42 | More by GMB
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by April 2014 notched on the label.

A: Pours a clear amber with a frorthy white head. Spots of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head dissipates. Some visible carbonation.

S: Not a very strong aroma, hops are a bit difficult to pull out. Fermented fruit.

T: A decent amount of hop bitterness in this one. Tempted to say there is more bitterness than flavor from the hops. Not sure how good that is. Malts add some carmel sweetness to it but are again overpowered by bitterness.

M: Medium body with somewhat low carbonation. A tad sticky from the combination of hops and malt sweetness. Dry finish.

Overall to the point IPA at a reasonable price. Won't blow you away with flavor but still has more than your standard beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:31:54 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of BillBabbitt


3.74/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I found this to be a very enjoyable brew with nice bitterness, but not overly alcoholic. It had adequate carbonation, a solid mouth-feel, and a good finish. I like an IPA that is strong on bitterness, but less than 7.0% alcohol, so I can enjoy more than one.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 22:15:52 | More by BillBabbitt
Photo of jimmah120


3.78/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle marked best before nov. '13

look is a very clear ruby amber. smell is dry leaves, sweet honey and pine tree sap. taste follows: very dry and bitter, an off metallic taste, with sweet maple-y malts. feel is dry, dry, dry.

solid english-style IPA, especially at the cheap price point. the misleading label (the word english is nowhere to be seen) can be attributed to the low score here.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 07:36:38 | More by jimmah120
Photo of tjsdomer2


2.89/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Excellent layer of tan foam that dissipates quickly. Rather red for an IPA.

Smell: Sweet. Almost adjunct-like. It actually smells like caramel corn.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is not an IPA. A lot like an amber ale...quite sweet. More caramel. There's a burned popcorn flavor in the finish that I don't like. Mouthfeel is actually ok. Good crispness, despite the cloying sweetness, but the burned flavor overwhelms.

Overall: A bad IPA but an ok amber.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 02:28:02 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to glass red/orange color with nice head.
a: Red/orange color, 2 finger width head
s: Light hop smell
t: Very smooth taste, no bitterness, or no aftertaste
m: Medium body, with no aftertaste, or bitterness
o: Very good IPA. Worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:12:59 | More by CorvetteMike
Photo of RyanTeeter

New York

1.49/5  rDev -46%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

a: Nice head quality to this, disappeared a little quick but a light head still remains throughout. A lighter copper color with a rosé hue to it.

s: This is an ineresting aroma. I am getting fruitiness. Apples and apricot and some light banana. Some light spice to it as well, cinnamon.

t: The bitterness is paired with a caramel malt while squeezuing in fruitness...I do not enjoy much as they are not complimentary of one another. I also get a strong sour taste which leaves me not wanting more.

m: A light mouthfeel quickly clears the mouth which is nice because I am sruggling here.

o: I have enjoied most beers I have tasted from Maine - was very excited to try this beer however I feel as though they were truly trying to put to much into the bottle and the end result is an over-flavored, awkward beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:09:49 | More by RyanTeeter
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

2.54/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a reddish amber with a good amount of visible carbonation. A fluffy off-white cap cap rises two fingers and falls to a thin layer. Scattered lines and dots of lace.

The nose is spicy, earthy, and grassy with a good amount of caramel. A touch floral. The malts really step forward here. Not really what I am looking for when I lean in to an English IPA.

A lot of caramel and spice fill the palate. Some floral and earthy notes come in before another wave of sweet malt. The finish is a dance between sweet biscuit malt and earthy bitterness.

Medium body with a smooth feel. A little prickly.

This is a below average example of the style. Way too much caramel and a little too spicy.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 00:06:02 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.81/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear medium copper to amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and dark amber + red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer along with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. Lighter aromas of spicy and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. There are light notes of earthy and spicy hops. The hop flavors are more from bittering hops rather than contributing distinct flavors which leave a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall I am not the biggest fan of this beer, I was hoping for something a little more balanced and with more aromatic/flavorful hops than just the bittering ones. Not sure I would have another of these and I really enjoy almost all IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 02:06:02 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Spikester


3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with about one finger of white head. There is a modest amount of lacing about half way down the glass.
Smell is somewhat sweet cracker malts.
Taste is sweet malts with a Euro hop bitterness. A bit of leather from the hops.
Mouthfeel is spot on for the style.
Overall a pretty good English IPA. Not to be compared with an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 05:35:13 | More by Spikester
Photo of SerialHiker


3.56/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an amber orange…fairly transparent, there is a bit of bubble action going on in the middle…a thin layer of off white head formed and just barely covers the top…doesn’t really even liven up when I swirl it around…average looking…(3.25/5)

Smell: Earthy/spicy hops up front…I’m also getting yeast, rye, some caramel sweetness (very light)…the spicy hops variety is really the only significantly attractive part about this relatively subdued brew…though I have to say, as it warms just a touch, the spicy hops aroma does open up…(3.65/5)

Taste: Much the same as the nose…spicy, earthy, piney hops up front and through out…mild caramel and pale malt backbone really allowing all those hops to flourish…some citrus/floral bitterness in the third phase and into the after taste, nicely rounding out the total package…

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, medium carbonation…fluffs up nice creating an earthy, spicy hops cloud on my palate…not overly resinous…nice…(3.98/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 02:18:54 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of Dusty6467


1.83/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

A: single finger head with amber copper color

S: terrible smell, similar to a wet dog covered in flower smelling soap... Not much else

T: very malty carmel taste with a slight bitterness to it

M: full, carbonated body, but not a good carbonated body... its too fizzy, like an alka-seltzer

O: unbalanced, not at all what an IPA should resemble. Just a terrible beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:58:36 | More by Dusty6467
Photo of TheMarkE


3.01/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Coppery with a decent head.

Smell: A wee bit of grassyness, and not much else.

Taste: Sweet with a tiny bit of citrus. None of the bitterness that you expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit syrupy.

Overall: Fair. If you convince yourself you're drinking an amber ale with a bit of hoppiness, you might be impressed. If you're at Trader Joe's looking for a bargain IPA, I'd go with their superior State Street label.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 00:29:59 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of barczar


2.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear medium copper with a frothy one inch dark cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Caramel, bready malt, skunk, and floral hops begin the aroma. There's an almost vinous or cheesy hop note, along with dark fruit.

Very sweet. Bready, toasted malt, dark fruit, and a cheesy hop flavor are present. There's a resiny character that carries into a lightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate, oily, with fairly low carbonation, so it seems syrupy. There's astringency and alcohol warmth.

Just not what I expect in an ipa. Overly sweet, and likely using old hops. The aroma is god-awful.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 01:34:06 | More by barczar
Photo of augustgarage


2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a six-pack for $5.99 at Trader Joe's - let's see:

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

ECE/SAE amber liquid, clear and capped by a half finger of beige fizz which appears lackluster yet stands by with good retention and leaves a path of delicate lacing behind when you swirl the glass.

Candied oranges and a kiss of passion fruit in the nose - vaguely syrupy/artificial. A low yet bright maltiness offsets the fruit.

Grassy hop flavor leads the palate entry but never delivers the bitterness you might expect; instead a sweet citrus-flavored medicinal note emerges and leads into the faintly metallic finish. Somewhat bland and rough overall, though there are some biscuity pale malt notes which I guess would balance the hops if the latter ever arrived.

Light-bodied, brisk mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Even for the price, this vacilates between messy and mediocre - there are far better choices, especially in SoCal - I'd advise avoidance. That said, if my expectations were set for an "English IPA" I might re-evaluate...

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:42:42 | More by augustgarage
Photo of LiquidAmber


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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium, coppery amber. Half finger off wthite head with decent retention and light lacing. Aroma dominated by caramel malt with faint hops; sweet and a hint of diacetyl. Flavor starts malty, with light sweet fruit and caramel malt, but changes to a dryer, grassy malt finish with somewhat astringent hop finish. Medium bodied. Odd that this was labeled as an IPA, there is little distinct hop presence except for bittering hops in the finish. The color, maltiness and low key neutral hops seem to put this solidly in the amber ale category. An adequate amber ale with a somewhat sweet, but decently malty start, but unbalanced with a mediocre finish. Slight point reduction for not being to style.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 04:19:05 | More by LiquidAmber
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Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
66 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.