Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 23.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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

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Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 12-01-2007

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Reviews by matjack85:
Photo of matjack85
2.82/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I found this single 12oz bottle at the Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL for the extremely low price of just $1 a bottle. Actually it is not all that uncommon to find prices like that at Trader Joe's. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear amber/orange color but made just a thin rim for a head and left very little lacing.

The beer had a spicy hop smell to it along with a buttery/butterscotch aroma.

Grassy hop flavor along with a touch of citrus. The malt is more bready than caramely, and the bitterness is kind of low for an IPA. Can't say that the flavor wowed me over.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

It's drinkable, but kind of blah, and not very IPA-like.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Kappakoosh
1.17/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Picked this up at Trader Joe's. Maybe the worst beer I have ever had. Definitely the first drain pour I have ever had.

Photo of Billolick
3.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, from a six pack a buddy purchased at Trader Joe's. Has "Best enjoyed before" dating notched onto the side of the label. Pours clear, glowing orange tinged amber, medium tan head, leaves barely adequate bits of lace. Lightly leafy hop nose. On the malty side for an AIPA. Hops barely present and not packing anything close to a punch. Works as a sessioner. Nothing to get too excited about.

Photo of mattster
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle (marked best before July 2008) and poured into Nonic glass.

Forms loose head atop a hazy light copper colored ale.

Smell is very weak, very light hops. Taste is hops, but not much else -also not real balanced, Too bitter, a bit unpleasantly sour, and hops are just not right. Carbonation seems heavier than it should. Almost a slight metallic aftertaste - and there is an aftertaste.

Photo of 1Adam12
2.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish yellow sort of color. Smells like a dirty shoe. I actually put my nose to, pulled back and went "UGH!". Some hops on the nose, maybe some citrus, but just doesn't smell appealing at all. Taste seems to be more malty than hoppy. There are hops there, just not much of em. Mouthfeel is at least a bit creamy, carbonated, and nice. Overall, average at best. However, it's a buck, not not bad for a buck.

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of niibuyaa
2.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: It does pour fairly nicely. Decent color, about 2 fingers of head, that dissipate pretty quick but it does leave the glass a little sticky on completion.

S: Smell like someone left a bottle open over night, a little stale, corny, and not much if any hops.

T: Someone else mentioned bubble gum, and I have to agree, it was bubble gum'ee. Also seemed way to sweet, and very little bitterness. I didn't taste any citrus. There is also a strong alcohol taste. Which was a surprise as it's not a high ABV at 6.2%. When I finished it felt like I had drank more.

M: Ok, it felt alright. Like a Pale Ale, nothing to complain about really, but not exciting either.

O: I wouldn't pick up another 6 pack of this. It's the price that called to me, and the desire to try something from Maine. AAt $4.49 I can't say I lost too much.

Photo of Franziskaner
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.23/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Chunky homebrew looking light brown and burnt auburn looking beer. No head or lace, prolly because the carbonation is on par with that of a cask ale. Aroma was alcohol, tea and earthy soil.

Taste, solventy alcohol, no hops, dirt grittiness. Medicinal almost, like when you chew up your Vicodin to get a better rush (not that I would know). Mouthfeel of that stuff, sure. But that stuff isn't good.

This is the worst ipa I've ever had. Keeping with the prescription medication references, another BA (corpulent) who has drank this beer w/ me before (it took like 2 years to get rid of a 6 pack of this crap) once told me a story about trying darvocet for the first time. To illustrate how sucky it was he said "Darvocet = the kennebunkport ipa of narcotics." Great line.

For my two cents, I think it really tastes like they brought some butthole soup to the bottling line.

Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured aerved in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a darkish amber color. Clear, with visible carbonation. Small off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Nice malts with a hint of cognac. Smells very sweet. Where are the hops?

Taste: Sweet hit followed by a more balanced sweet/bitter profile. Still, it remains rather sweet, and is dominated by caramel malts. Hints of apple juice and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied; light carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: better than merely drinkable, yet this is no IPA. Will taste better if you think of it as an amber or brown ale.

Photo of richkrull
1.92/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up at trader joes. Poured a dark amber color with an average amount of head. Not the typical hoppy nose. Smells a little off. Not a good flavor either. Doesn't seem like an IPA at all. Need to pound this one and move on Not a big fan of this beer. Live and learn.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of FlyingRabbit
2.61/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to standard pint glass

A: Hazy golden amber

S: Citrus with honeydew. Very mild. You really have to stick your sniffer in to get a whiff.

T: Hoppy bitterness that recedes rather quickly to a bubblegum and honeydew flavor. Plum is definitely in there as well, as pointed out by many other reviewers.

M: Not much carbonation, and comes off a little watery for an American IPA.

D: If you are looking for an IPA, you might want to keep looking. This doesn't taste, nor feel like one. Its not horrendous, but its not great either.

Photo of losthusker
2.04/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Medicine tasting and gross. First IPA that I've truly hated. I wish I could do worse to this than just drain pour it.

Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a glowey amber, clear, and topped by a nice sized white head. The head fades pretty fast leaving tiny bits of fleeting lace behind. Aroma smells like grassy, grapey hops on top of buttery doughy malts. Taste is a little buttery too. The hops add some nice bitterness. Almost a little sour, in a good way. The carbonation is at a good level too. Mouthfeel is a weeee bit syrupy, medium to light body.

Not a bad IPA. Not my favorite, but perhaps I'll get it again sometime. Semi exciting to consume.

Photo of asabreed
2.11/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium copper-color with mild head retention and moderate carbonation to the top of the glass.

Smell: Mostly sweetness with little representation of hops, whether its earthiness, citrus, or anything. Never would've guessed this was an IPA.

Taste: Way too sweet for an IPA, with not enough hops or anything biting whether it's herbal or citrus or anything else.

Mouthfeel: A bit too cloying and sweet with not enough carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the weakest IPAs I've ever tasted, but again, it's nothing I can't drink. That said, it's not something you want to seek out. If you're at TJs, grab a bottle at your own risk and try it if you want, but there are better beers.

Photo of augustgarage
2.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.21/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured light amber orange and hazy with a tan head of about two fingers.

The aroma of pine hops and nothing else
a pine bite as far as taste.

Really light and crisp with the hoppy bite and high carbonation. Drinkability is ok for an IPA but not as hoppy as I expected.

Photo of willabys
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Trader Joe's. Luckily only grabbed two singles, don't need four more of these.
Brassy Coppery color, taste the sweet malts first then a little Hop finish, nothing decipherable in the hop department, little mild of an IPA for me.
Overall very drinkable, just not remarkable.

Photo of HalfFull
2.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Offers up a half inch of fleeting head yet some decent lacing. Deep straw color.

Smells lightly of thin malts. A bit reaching to call this an IPA, be it an English or an American IPA!

Taste is reminiscient of a decent macro lager. Nothing really stands out. Mouthfeel is OK, in fact a bit buttery. Just the opposite of what I would expect from an IPA but fits the smell and pour.

No thanks.

Photo of beveritt
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label depicts a suspended barrel, surrounded by hop vines. Notched label shows best before April 09.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to a nice layer of foam, leaving behind decent lacing. The beer itself is honey orange, with a slight reddish hue. Very slight chill haze. A very small amount of sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Subdued pine hop aroma with biscuity malt in the background. Slight hints of caramel.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt upfront, with a bready and yeasty backbone. Hints of apricot with a barley detectable sourness. Mild hop bitterness in the finish, fades quickly.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level. Body is just okay.

Drinkability: A mediocre beer. True tot he style, but nothing outstanding. Too many other fine beers out there to revisit this one.

Photo of bashiba
1.62/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a nice clear amber with a light tan head. Looks nice, unfortunately its all down hill from here.

Smells just of pure stale malt, where are the hops? Even for English IPA its hopless or is hopeless, about the same thing in this case.

Taste stale and flat even though the dating on the label would suggest that it is fresh, no hops at all, in fact barely even bitter.
Just tastes cheap and bad.

The mouthfeel is watery.

This beer stinks, easily one of the worsts IPA's I have ever had, not even hoppy enough to be a good amber.

Photo of andrewm190
3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, its a drinkable beer. A sort of weak IPA, but relatively tasty. It falls under the category of having a cold beer on a hot day. The beer works, it does its job, its not overly impressive, its not worth taking the time to pour it out of the bottle, but if you can get a good price, its not bad. Feel free to accept it from friends at parties, or to give it, as long as its a casual dress ordeal, and your friends aren't beer nerds.

Meh, I'll probably not pick it up again, but if I do, its not a total loss.

Photo of TheStig
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What can I write in this review that will differentiate it from the others? Decent appearance with a fair head retention, a slightly floral scent and a non-obtrusive taste that leaves a lot to be desired. A slight bitterness comes in during the aftertaste, with carbonation being very present. I echo hmk22's comment that this could be considered a "gateway beer" but it's largely forgettable. Not bad for a dollar.

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Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
66 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.