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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
Photo of bwahoo
4.4/5  rDev +54.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This IPA has arrived smack dab in the middle of my IPA kick. It's a quaffable beer with a nice floral nose. Copper in color and sweet to finish. It starts with a citrus hop scent and, while in the mouth, dances as it finishes down. It is a bit more of a session beer vs. a treat and in a $6.00 six pack market, I like that. I enjoyed it, you should too.

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Photo of cnally
4.03/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep orange/amber color, which is crisp and clear, and a whitish head that is ridiciously sticky to the glass.

A very caramel malt aroma, with just a kick of hops in the nose...balanced...very appealing while subdued.

The flavor is a great initial bitter hops with a dose of those caramel sweet malts...but the finish is a bit sour. I would say that the resulting imbalance is acceptable, but no better than good.

creamy, thick mouthfeel, slick but not too slick.

very delicious and has all the ingredients of a good mild american ipa.

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Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich golden color with a big off white fluffy head. The retention stay around for the life of the beer and there is plenty of lacing.

The aroma has a sweet honey like malt, mineral water, and very English hops. Very earthy aroma from the hops.

The flavor shares all the characteristics of an English IPA, not an American IPA. There is a sweet honey malt with just enough spicy hop to bring a balance.

Light/medium bodied and finishes dry yet refreshing.

I think from the the description of this IPA of the package, this is an English IPA. And, all the characteristics match that of an EIPA. So taking that in to account, KBC IPA is light tasty and did a great job at creating an authentic EIPA.

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Photo of CorvetteMike
4/5  rDev +40.4%
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.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium, clear copper with a light white head that dissipated pretty quickly. It was pretty bubbly and smelled of both hops and strong malt and tasted just that--quite hoppy without masking a great maltiness as well. It feels medium bodied and delightfully bitter in the mouth. This IPA goes down pretty smooth with a slightly bitter and hoppy malt aftertaste which I found pretty enjoyable. Not bad at all for a $1 bottle of IPA!

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Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pleasant, tasty, IPA that may be a little light in hops or bitterness but is very enjoyable and easy to drink, with lasting flavour.

Copper-amber, it has a medium off-white head that steadily shrinks to a thin, wispy top and a foamy ring, which last but leave only a little weak lace.

The aroma is caramelly malty with bread, very juicy with hints of grapefruit and pine, plus a hint of English leafiness.

The taste is light caramelly, bready maltiness, very juicy, with a light citrusy-leafy bitterness with hints of pine and grapefruit, apple, and orange marmalade. It's on the sweet side for an IPA, starting quite sweet, but the hops do just take over by the finish, with a lightly hop-dominated, lightly bitter finish, but still riding a somewhat thick sweetness. It's got a solid body, and is pretty balanced, making it tasty and drinkable, and voerall a good, solid beer. This clearly isn't a West coast-style IPA, but that's fine and I wasn't expecting one, nor do I want all IPAs to be like that anyway.

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a slightly hazy copper with a bit of tan head. It smelled like orange and grapefruit hops, caramel malt, and a bit of brown sugar. It tasted like sweet caramel and honey malt, and sweet orange and bitter grapefruit hops. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was much tastier than I expected, although not in a traditional IPA sense. It had a very nice, sweet flavor and pretty good body, and it was clean and easy to drink. This was surprisingly enjoyable, and definitely makes me want to check out other beers from Federal Jack's.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color, clear; good two-finger head that lasts longer than expected and leaves excellent lace on the glass.

Moderate level of floral hop; inviting but less than expected potency.

Mild malt up front but this yields to a nice, fresh hop bite. Not as poignant as many other IPA's but there are no flaws. In fact, this is decently balanced for the style. Full bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

OK, looking at this beer's score, I was expecting far, far worse. This is (IMHO) better than a decent beer. I like this and would be willing to buy a six-pack and share with my beer-geek friends. It is not at the pinnacle of IPA's (like Stone or Liberty), but it more than holds its own. What might I be missing?

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Photo of JoKo
3.86/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber/copper with small white head that is about 2 centimeters thick. Head disappears after a couple of minutes. Carbonation seems lively.

Smell: Not getting a big bouquet, some mild malty notes.

Taste: Sharp, crisp, citrus notes present with a biscuit-like/bread note that hits the palate right after. The hop presence is well balanced with the malts. This beer seems typical of traditional New England styled ales.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth mouthfeel with a taste that lingers around for a little while on the palate.

Drinkability: Easy drinkability, excellent IPA, definitely worth buying a second time, would be good introduction to IPAs for a newcomer to the style.

(Reviewed from notes)

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Photo of madjr80
3.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

unlike everyone else,I really liked this beer. It is really kind of on the weak side for an ipa, but it was tasty going down.If you can look past that fact that it is not a true IPA, you will like it. Nice color, body and head rentention. Really drinkable, and cheap! 5.99 a six pack at Trader Joes.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.81/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Trader Joe's near Tyson's Corner. Never seen it before, so I'll give it a whirl.

Appearance: copper with a nice half inch off white head that dissipates slowly....looks pretty good

Smell: some hops and some sourness....a little too much sourness actually

Taste: decent....nothing great, but not bad either...balanced between the hops and malt....noticing some citrus hops here also

Mouthfeel: nice texture...medium body

Drinkability: not bad, could do three or four in a night

Before drinking this I read some other reviews and was expecting something really bad, but I must say...it's not a bad beer and I'm looking forward to the rest of the six pack.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.77/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

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Photo of bgildea
3.76/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice burnt orange/amberish color. Thin white head that sticks a round a little and leaves some slight lacing.

S: Slight citrusy and fruity smell to the beer. No real strong notes though.

T: The taste has a slight amount of fruit with a little hoppy finish. The hops linger on the tongue for a while. The amount of hops isnt too significant so most IPA drinkers might be left wanting more.

M: Decently thick. Definitely had more chew to it than I was expecting. Also has a good amount of carbonation that keeps on going.

D: It's a drinkable beer. I'd call it a mild mannered IPA with not too much hops.

Overall: Overall the beer is an OK IPA. The beer doesnt overwhelm with hops, which I liked, but most hop lovers might be disappointed. If you want an IPA with minimal hops, than give this beer a try.

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Photo of StrangerTides
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm hoping this is the same beer that is also referred to as KBC IPA? The label looks different from what's pictured here but it does say Kennebunkport Brewing. I actually like this a lot, even though it has a taste that's somewhat thinner and maybe slightly more bitter than my favorite IPAs. I find it crisp and refreshing, and besides that it's a good choice for the value - only $6 for 6 at Trader Joe's!

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Photo of BillBabbitt
3.74/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$1.17 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Basic amber colored ale with a limited head of off-white foam. Moderate aroma of a lightly caramelish malt base and spicy & floral/citrusy hops. The flavor follows suit, and it's quite "middle-of-the-road", which is neither good nor bad, but certainly not exciting. I can't figure out if it's more English or American in nature, but I guess I've got to go with English as the hops aren't really there, and it's not even that strong. Medium-light in body and gently crisp. Overall I wouldn't seek it out, but neither would I turn it down.

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Photo of dhd1491
3.58/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark amber with little head. Faint aroma. No lacing. Taste is okay, though not as hoppy as I would like from an IPA. More sweet malts in the flavor than anything, but not unpleasant. Some caramel and buttery accents. Some alcohol warmth. OK.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.56/5  rDev +24.9%
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)

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

It's Opening Day for my ChiSox, and this is the random beer to help celebrate. Best Before 05/2011...check. It pours a mostly clear orange flesh-amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, wheat, coriander, light black pepper, light cilantro, light lemon zest, and light caramel. We're definitely looking at some spicy citrus hops here, folks, so no misconceptions regarding pine should enter into things. The taste revels in the juxtaposition between the sweet caramel and light buttery biscuit and the peppery, herbal, bitter hops that nestle thereamongst. The malt, though, drops out kinda quickly, leaving a sensation akin to licking bay leaves (or something along those lines. There's definitely chlorophyll involved.) So a promising start shoots off a cliff a bit, but, luckily, not too fast to really torpedo things entirely. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, I'm not putting this in the IPA pantheon, but I'd certainly consider drinking one again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.
Update: Aug. 21, 2015. Bottle best by date 01.14.16 so pretty fresh.
Nice two finger off white head that lasts at least 10 minute leaving clouds or clumps of lace on the side of the glass. Still a decent English IPA.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.51/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: An aggressive pour provided a quarter-inch of head that quickly settled down to about an eighth of an inch on top of a clean, transparent and deep copper colored IPA.

SMELL: When I put my nose to the bottle a nice, piney smell dominated everything. After pouring it into a 10oz. Jameson rocks glass, however, the array of aromas opened up. The piney smell was still present, but smoky and grassy smells were also detectable. No lacing whatsoever.

TASTE: The hops are the first flavor to hit the palate, but after a quick punch, a malty, then tangy and citrus flavor show up. The aftertaste then reverts back to a dry, hoppy flavor that almost tastes a little sour.

MOUTHFEEL: I'm not sure I'm drinking the same beer as everyone else who has reviewed it here. I've seen so many people say it is smooth or slightly carbonated. It seems very sparkly to me, although maybe the mouth coating feel on the way down is convincing people that it is somehow smooth. It is an odd, but good feel.

OVERALL: The first few sip of this beer were better than the middle and end of the glass. It was still good all the way through, but as the sour and sweet flavors built on the palate, it became less and less of the bitter and hoppy IPA I seemed to be drinking in the beginning.

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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 biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a foamy blonde head that leaves slippery lace on the glass. Smells of pineapple, grapefruit and bready yeast. Taste is much like the smell, fruit and caramel with a very mild hop bite. Medium mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. This beer is not for most extreme beer people, it's pretty wimpy for an IPA but not unpleasant.

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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 deafbrew
3.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I also thought this beer was fine - not terrific, but closer to a great IPA than a bad IPA.

Pours a nice copper, and offers a nice hoppiness. Would like a little more flavor and crispness - it's a little filmy at the finish - but overall a nice beer. I've also had this on tap at Federal Jack's, where it was a fine offering.

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