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Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

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286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 24.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With my limited experience judging beer, I have a hard time understanding some of the reviews here. Folks go into a lot of detail about things that I don't make out – like caramel and malty taste factors, and grassy hop smell. I can tell that there are hops in this brew and that it has a crisp refreshing taste; and someone said that the finish is dry – I agree. The head is light, and lacing is minimal, but when all is said and done there's still a wee bit left. Torpedo blows this brew out of the water, but it's a good beer, and as of this review will be my standard of comparison for a good average brew (3 points across the board). I'm reporting on a 12 oz. bottle from Trader Jose's with a freshness date of June 2015.

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2.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and a branded screw-top pressure cap purchased at the Trader Joe's in Austin. Served cold into a pilsner glass. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. 5.70% ABV.

Expectations are low given the brewery and this beer's current 66 rating. Best before: June 2015. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Off-white colour. Nice creaminess, thickness, and fullness, with a soft even consistency and a generally good complexion. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is above average - about 4 minutes.

BODY: Clear copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Translucent.

Appears well-carbonated. Overall, it's a nice looking IPA but isn't unique or special.

AROMA: English malt. Caramalt. Sweet caramel. Cream. Faint marshmallow. Faint biscuit. It's quite the malt-bomb for an IPA, with no noticeable hop profile aside from some spruce and floral notes. English yeast with odd attenuation.

A pleasant aroma of average strength. Completely wrong for the intended style, but not off-putting.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Copper malts, English malt, caramalt, caramel sweetness, a touch of marshmallow, a kiss of spruce, faint generic floral hop character...this just plain isn't an IPA. The hop profile is weak and pathetic and the malts dominate but aren't pleasant. Too sweet and syrupy.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, and unrefreshing. Far too thick and heavy on the palate for a beer with such low depth of flavour.

It's horribly imbalanced, and lacks any subtlety whatsoever. A very plain brew with no intricacy or nuance.

Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Unfortunately, the alcohol is actually noticeable - which is inexcusable at a meagre 5.7%.

This texture is a poor companion to the beer.

OVERALL: A poor brew that I'll be avoiding in the future. Not worth its admittedly low price. Fundamentally fails at satisfying the style's requisite hop notes. Not worth trying, and not recommended.


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A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 2 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: earthy, herbal, a little caramel;

T: a little sour; finish has a little bitterness, but the sourness is still there; date on bottle is 4/15, so it's not old;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: can't get past the sourness;

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I was surprised to see this beer rate so poorly. I flew in from CA and was treated by one of these beers which was purchased at Trader Joe's (I am always hesitant to buy or drink beer from a discount beer place. Especially a place that doesn't store beer the correct way.). The beer was nothing outstanding but I did not detect any crazy off flavors or anything unpleasant. The one thing I didn't like is that this beer comes off more like a Pale Ale than an IPA. Low hop aroma and flavor, not a very bitter beer and not the most ABV ( this beer doesn't even top 5.7). The one thing I liked about this beer is the easy drinking qualities this beer had. I had several and was not sluring my words and the beer tasted just fine. If someone passed me this beer in a glass and told me nothing about it, I would not even have a single complaint.

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Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
66 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.