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Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

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BA SCORE
66
poor

278 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 24.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 12-01-2007)
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Photo of bwahoo
4.38/5  rDev +57.6%
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.

bwahoo, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of cnally
4.03/5  rDev +45%
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.

cnally, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +45%
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.

Luigi, May 29, 2012
Photo of CorvetteMike
4/5  rDev +43.9%
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.

CorvetteMike, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of JohnnyForeign
4/5  rDev +43.9%

JohnnyForeign, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of milkbone_underwear
4/5  rDev +43.9%

milkbone_underwear, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +43.9%
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!

jeremyd365, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Dapperticus
4/5  rDev +43.9%

Dapperticus, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +43.9%
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.

Offa, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of rTheory
4/5  rDev +43.9%

rTheory, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Pencible
3.98/5  rDev +43.2%
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.

Pencible, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
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?

smcolw, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of JoKo
3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
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)

JoKo, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of madjr80
3.88/5  rDev +39.6%
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.

madjr80, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Applesauce1
3.85/5  rDev +38.5%
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.

Applesauce1, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of rallyr32
3.8/5  rDev +36.7%

rallyr32, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of bgildea
3.8/5  rDev +36.7%
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.

bgildea, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of jimmah120
3.78/5  rDev +36%
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.

jimmah120, May 03, 2013
Photo of DomingoOrtiz
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

DomingoOrtiz, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of jaxray8
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

jaxray8, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

GClarkage, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of StrangerTides
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%
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!

StrangerTides, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

dmorgan310, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of BillBabbitt
3.74/5  rDev +34.5%
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.

BillBabbitt, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of dhd1491
3.63/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

dhd1491, Jul 21, 2009
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Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
66 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.