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Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

Not Rated.
Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

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161 Reviews
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Reviews: 161
Hads: 315
Avg: 2.85
pDev: 32.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 12-01-2007

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Reviews: 161 | Hads: 315
Reviews by mithrascruor:
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1.72/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat dark amber color. Clear, with visible carbonation. Fairly thick yet small off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Mostly corn and grass malts, with just a hint of hoppy spice.

Taste: Lots of cereal malts (corn in particular) with a bit of bitter and mildly spicy hops thrown in. Aftertaste has a few occasional "spikes" of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

Overall: Drinkable, yet... ugh...

Shame on Trader Joe's for selling this swill, and marketing it as an IPA! Of course, they sell some cheapo/not-so-good beer, but they don't pretend it is something else. The fake craft IPAs from major grocery chains like Safeway are light-years ahead of this stuff. Pretty awful.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tapman
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, why doesn't this brewery want us to know who it is? Their whole line of brews is named Kennebunkport in big letters across the top and in small letters underneath is says that this is from the KBC Brewing Company, but the site here says Federal Jack's Brewpub. Then, on the side of the bottle it says, 'Hand Brewed by: Pugsley Brewing LLC. WTF!? Is this just a bunch of guys who through in money to have someone contract brew their homebrew recipes? I imagine the business meeting to have gone something like this:

"I like Pugsly Brewing."

"That's stupid! KBC is much more contemporary and hip."

"You guys are both wrong. I wanna name it after my favorite species of French Poodle, the Kennebunkport."

"Guys, guys... this is our brew. We can name it whatever we want to."

"Old Federal Jack is right! Let's name it all of our swell names."

"YAY!" "Hooray" "HIP HIP"

But I digress... (please don't flag me Federkennepugsleykbcjackport brewing co.)

Standard IPA color, medium orange with a 1 finger head. Head retention is pretty decent and for the style it is spot on in competition standards. UBER-filtered; no hop oil floating around in this one.

I get a barley-wine type of sweetness in the nose. I hope it is not that strong. Some grassy, cat pee hop aroma, though not in a bad way if you can dig it. Hint of bubblegum sugar aroma.

I'll say some good things: pleasantly sweet flavor, good balance between malt and hops. The bad: very light, must have used some very mild hops because the flavor is so delicate that I might imagine this one to be a British IPA and could maybe use a little of that british ale yeast to flavor it up a little.

Fine body, but a little light for my impression of the style. Very smooth.

This would be a good pale at a brewpub, not so much when competing with Green Flash's and Boulder Brewing's hoppy beers. Still, this would be a good sessioner from the draught.

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Photo of Kappakoosh
1.17/5  rDev -58.9%
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.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of lionnusmb
2.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.42/5  rDev +20%
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.

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Photo of mattster
2.76/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.25/5  rDev +14%

Photo of 1Adam12
2.59/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.68/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
2.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of niibuyaa
2.41/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of csulaguy
1.26/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I bought this upon recommendation of Trader Joe's employees. They ranted and raved about how good this was. Mind you, it's not listed on here under KBC, so I didn't search for it successfully in the store like I usually do most beers.

Anyways... I got it home, tried it, and it SUCKS. I can't taste ANY hops in here. Even at a buck a bottle, I wouldn't buy this again, unless I were using it for beer pong.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.89/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.23/5  rDev -56.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of valkyre65
2.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of richkrull
1.92/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev +14%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.04/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of FlyingRabbit
2.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of losthusker
2.04/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of hsus0225
3.27/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of asabreed
2.11/5  rDev -26%
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.

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Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
68 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.