1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

Not Rated.
Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
66
poor

268 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 268
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 25.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 268 | Reviews: 152 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sendbeer
sendbeer

Georgia

1/5  rDev -63.9%

11-12-2012 20:42:55 | More by sendbeer
Photo of ely2000k
ely2000k

California

1/5  rDev -63.9%

01-16-2012 18:21:56 | More by ely2000k
Photo of IndianapolisDrinker
IndianapolisDrinker


1/5  rDev -63.9%

06-18-2012 05:47:45 | More by IndianapolisDrinker
Photo of mkomalley
mkomalley

Illinois

1.18/5  rDev -57.4%

....a Trader Joe's budget buy

Pours a reddish gold with a creamy tall quivering head; smells of stale beer and wet grains; taste is extremely malty and sickeningly sweet with a metallic aftertaste--not sure where the hops are; not much like an IPA at all

07-25-2011 19:40:59 | More by mkomalley
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.2/5  rDev -56.7%

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.

10-06-2010 20:52:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of raynmoon
raynmoon

California

1.2/5  rDev -56.7%

This was probably the most unbalanced and oddest/ grossest tasting beers I've ever had. It tasted nothing like the style. It was almost sweet and spiced like their winter ale. The hops tasted like they were synthetic and seldomely added to the wort.

03-30-2012 01:05:00 | More by raynmoon
Photo of buschbeer
buschbeer

Ohio

1.23/5  rDev -55.6%

12oz bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It poured an amber colored body with three fingers of beige head.

S - The aroma is fruity with toasted malt.

T - The taste is just awful. There is absolutely no resemblance to an ipa. A lot of caramel malt with a metallic bitterness.

M - The taste is so bad that I can't even concentrate on the mouthfeel.

D - I never drain pour beer. But this is as close as it gets. I recommend avoiding this beer. Worst IPA ever!

02-26-2011 15:50:14 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Kappakoosh
Kappakoosh

Texas

1.25/5  rDev -54.9%

02-09-2014 00:56:45 | More by Kappakoosh
Photo of Pecafaced
Pecafaced

Maryland

1.25/5  rDev -54.9%

Got this beer as a "gift" I would not consider this an IPA at all. There is no hop aroma, no hop flavor. A very poor pale ale at best. Would not recommend especially if you enjoy a good quality IPA. The only thing this beer has in its favor is that it pours a nice color and had a decent head.

03-09-2011 18:12:25 | More by Pecafaced
Photo of ssoulf
ssoulf

Massachusetts

1.25/5  rDev -54.9%

06-10-2013 03:05:02 | More by ssoulf
Photo of Falcone
Falcone

North Carolina

1.25/5  rDev -54.9%

03-31-2013 01:16:35 | More by Falcone
Photo of haver
haver

Ohio

1.25/5  rDev -54.9%

I picked this up at Trader Joe's for $5.99 a six. I have never heard of or seen this beer before. This is the worst beer I have ever had. Taste is very very sweet with a strong soap flavor that lingers. This does not have that bitter hop taste of a I.P.A. This was husky soap sweet. Not true to style. I could not finish one 12 oz bottle. I asked the check out girl if she had tried it she said no but I could return it for a refund if didn't like it. I found my receipt in the trash and will get my money back tomorrow. What kills me is I have five beers that I cant drink and it's too late to go out. Should have picked up the stone I.P.A.. Hind sight is 20/20 and this beer is garbage. AVOID!

10-30-2008 03:10:44 | More by haver
Photo of Ryan011235
Ryan011235

Ohio

1.3/5  rDev -53.1%

Poured into a snifter on 6/25/10

Best before Feb 2011

Burnt amber color; clear with a slight haze. Visible carbonation bubbles for a few moments. In short order one finger of head is reduced to a skim & bubbles, though swirling revives a brief layer - such is retention. Minimal, spotty lace.

Where are the hops? This doesn't at all smell like an IPA of any type. No pine, no citrus. The best I can say is it has some kind of "floral" thing going on. The aroma is almost entirely comprised of effervescent, medicinal plum, maybe some other nondescript darker fruits. A touch of yeast way in the back. No caramel, biscuit or any other malt presence I associate with the style.

Ugh, it tastes just as inappropriate as it smells. If I didn't know better, I would assume this is some kind of off-brand attempt at plum-infused tea; the kind you find at Odd Lots. Very medicinal, it has a weird, metallic bitter twine toward the finish. Is this meant to pass for hops? Surely not. Some grassiness shows up, too. As with the nose, no proper maltiness for the style. What gives?

Medium bodied with rather low carbonation. Honestly, I doubt it much matters what level of carbonation Kennebunkport could have used; there's simply no saving this beer. It's gritty throughout but finishes especially so with the feeling of dirt lingering.

Kennebunkport IPA is drinkable in that it hardly tastes like a beer (certainly not an IPA). At best you could call this a bad take on a Scottish Ale; that would be a gift. I suppose it's befitting that the core of their name is "bunk;" this beer is a mockery at best. Again, it isn't an IPA; thus, it is a failure.

06-25-2010 18:07:17 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of TheGordianKnot
TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

1.35/5  rDev -51.3%

Poured from bottle to pint glass. I want to preface the review by saying my buddy picked this up for me at Trader Joes because it was relatively cheap and knew I liked IPAs... I wasn't expecting much when I heard the price.

A- This actually pours pretty darn decent. This is a very deep orange color that is approaching amber. Nice 2 finger head that is a pale tan color. There is a ton of visible carbonation, which could be a result from the etched glass. I will say, the stability on this head is very impressive also.

S- Annnnd it goes down hill. Way too much caramel for an IPA. There is even a bit of DMS aroma that follows and there is virtually no hop aroma other maybe just a bit of a floral hint if my imagination gets creative.

T/M- Terrible. Horrid. This is all a really shitty malt forward beer. I get a ton of DMS and strong plastic/medicinal flavor. No hops at all. If any hops are there, its all covered up by the taste of a used 12 year old plasstic sex doll (not that I know from experience or anything)

O- I would take BMC over this, at least it would quench my thirst on a hot day. Drainpoured 4 of these, I just couldn't take it. And, I did take at least one drink from every single beer I poured out just to make sure it wasn't one bad bottle... they were all hell in a bottle
*this is officially my first fail- didn't think it would come so soon

03-21-2011 12:40:26 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of scpow
scpow

Maryland

1.36/5  rDev -50.9%

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.

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

California

1.4/5  rDev -49.5%

A: Pours a coppery color with a cream colored head and good retention. So far so good.

S: I can't believe they can label this an IPA when it smells like this. I've smelled lagers with more hops than this. Cereal malts, boiled corn and grain.

T: Gross, gross, gross, gross, gross. Possibly the worst beer I've ever had. I didn't think anything could be worse than Kennebunkport's Wheat Beer but this blows that one away. It has a weird lager flavor upfront followed by this really off, acidic metallic flavor that goes through the finish. It's a little bitter, but not in a hoppy way at all. This beer tastes like licking rust. Absolutely awful. Avoid at all costs!

07-12-2011 22:06:00 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of RyanTeeter
RyanTeeter

New York

1.49/5  rDev -46.2%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

12-24-2011 19:24:02 | More by PaBeerLover
Photo of sd123
sd123

Louisiana

1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

02-10-2012 21:50:39 | More by sd123
Photo of mhbarber
mhbarber

Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

02-28-2013 20:35:50 | More by mhbarber
Photo of Nich7601
Nich7601

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

05-16-2014 01:48:11 | More by Nich7601
Photo of bashiba
bashiba

Iowa

1.6/5  rDev -42.2%

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.

12-01-2011 02:16:10 | More by bashiba
Photo of dogchasecats
dogchasecats

Georgia

1.6/5  rDev -42.2%

I have tried a number of beers from Trader Joes. For the most part, they are not the best of breed, but they are good. This one was very disappointing.

This beer is not an IPA. I expect a nice bite, a large taste of hops and a lingering aftertaste to enjoy.

I tasted little hops and an off flavor that made me think of grape kool-aid. Another reviewer said something about plums. OK, I'll buy that.

I poured the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect Pint glass. I didn't get around to noticing the head or anything. I was too shocked at the first taste. It was unpleasant. I didn't finish the glass. After about five or six tries, I poured it out!

I will give it a second try, just in case I got a messed up bottle or something fell into it. I'll drink one of these first in an evening so my palette will be fresh. Also, the beer had only been in the fridge for about 2 hours. I would have thought that was a good serving temp, cool but not cold.

If I change my mind, I will update my review.

09-29-2010 20:43:06 | More by dogchasecats
Photo of danrodrigue
danrodrigue

California

1.63/5  rDev -41.2%

Appearance: Pours an amber bronze color. Decent head and lacing.

Smell: Malts and alcohol. No hops present whatsoever.

Taste: Chalky, metallic, flat and a sweet malty mess.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation but very thin and watery.

Overall: not a good IPA at all, actually not a good beer in general. I picked up a 6 pack for $5 on a gamble. Let this review save you $5.

03-31-2012 06:01:18 | More by danrodrigue
Photo of GossageBrewery
GossageBrewery

Missouri

1.65/5  rDev -40.4%

Poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a burnt orange color semi cloudy. It produced a white head but retention was poor. After 1 min there was 0 head left. The aroma of the beer is not what I would expect for an IPA. I smell very slight amount of hops but mostly a floral and medicinal aroma. It gets worse with the taste- No hops to speak of- A very bad medicinal taste and hints of caramel. Not sure how this can be an IPA. Overall very bad beer. If I did drain pours, this would be one. IM going to suck it up and take one for the team.

04-01-2011 15:54:37 | More by GossageBrewery
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
66 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.