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Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 313
Avg: 2.85
pDev: 32.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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

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Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 12-01-2007

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 11/2012.

Pours a murky dark orange with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some slight herbal aromas. Taste is extremely malty up front with some herbal and mineral flavors on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is most definitely not a typical IPA. Again, this particular beer is not as bad as I had heard but it's not something I would revisit.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 3 finger off white thick head on a crimson and golden mildly hazy. Nice lacing

S: citrus and mildly hoppy. Nice caramel malt backbone.

T: Initially a sweet caramel malt presence but finishes with citrus and mild pine note. Earthy as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not a very memorable beer. The hops are there in the pine and citrus notes but they are weak and simple.

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Photo of zeff80
3.22/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, amber color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and burnt toast roasted malt.

T - It tasted of burnt toast and a bitter hop bite. A citrusy flavor emerged as the beer continued to warm up.

M - It was very crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is a below average IPA. It just doesn't have a great IPA flavor. It was fairly dull.

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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 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 jlindros
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Francois for cracking this one.

Fizzy 1/2 finger head fades fairly quickly over crystal clear amber orange colored.

Nose candy hops, light pine, hint of citrus fruit, semi sweet malts, caramel, aroma of bittering hops.

Taste starts with copper malts, some caramel and light toasty reddish malts, mild sweetness and malty taste. Then light hops with a decent bitterness, light grassy, light candied orange hops, hint of pine. Finish gets quite dry with long decent bitterness, hint of citrus.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, hops are not very forward, malts are more pronounced, not quite an ipa.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.1/5  rDev -26.3%
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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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 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 dbrauneis
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear medium copper to amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and dark amber + red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer along with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. Lighter aromas of spicy and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. There are light notes of earthy and spicy hops. The hop flavors are more from bittering hops rather than contributing distinct flavors which leave a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall I am not the biggest fan of this beer, I was hoping for something a little more balanced and with more aromatic/flavorful hops than just the bittering ones. Not sure I would have another of these and I really enjoy almost all IPAs.

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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 yourefragile
2.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's.

Cutting to the chase, this isn't a terrible beer (especially considering price and availability). However, as mentioned by other reviews, as an IPA, even an English one, well, it's not so hot.

A: Clear, thin golden amber color with a bubbly, slightly unappealing off white head that leaves some thin lacing.
S: Not much going on in smell, can't really detect any hops or earthy tones at all. Malt is most present smell along with a slight smell of rubbing alcohol.
T: Um. Buttery, sweet malt taste that finishes with some bitterness but no hops to be found again. This isn't offensive and certainly has some flavor, just not what is expected for the style and isn't particularly memorable.
M: Lingering raw, bitter aftertaste is mild, but enough to detract from anything else good going on. Medium bodied and mild carbonation.
D: As I finished this bottle my opinion of the beer continued to deteriorate as the clash of sweet and bitter became irritating and less pleasant. I also started to feel like it was leaving my mouth too dry. It was worth trying, but yea, won't be picking this up again.

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Photo of Zorro
2.84/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a small yellowish white head, not really what I could call tan.

Smell is slightly herbal, smells slightly woody and vaguely like tobacco. OK malt scent, not an aromatic beer really.

Starts out mildly sweet with a decent herbal hop assault. Tastes of butter and malt mostly, medium low bitterness level. Not really an American style IPA, more like the British version. Actually this tastes more like a bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall...not that great. Tastes bland.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.12/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked it up at Trader Joes Arroyo Grande and wish I would have kept my money. By far one of the WORST IPA's I have ever had. Poured from the bottle with good carbonation, settled with a dirty white head and gold in color. Smell was terrible. I could not smell any hops. It smelled like pure barley and water. No hops to mention, no backbone and no IPA.

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Photo of Tone
2.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 -1/2 inch head with slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops and a stronger sweet malt aroma. Not really an IPA, too much malt and too little hops. Tastes mostly of a sweet malt with a hop background. More sweet than bitter, but smooth with little carbonation. Overall, it's easy to drink but definitely not an IPA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium, coppery amber. Half finger off wthite head with decent retention and light lacing. Aroma dominated by caramel malt with faint hops; sweet and a hint of diacetyl. Flavor starts malty, with light sweet fruit and caramel malt, but changes to a dryer, grassy malt finish with somewhat astringent hop finish. Medium bodied. Odd that this was labeled as an IPA, there is little distinct hop presence except for bittering hops in the finish. The color, maltiness and low key neutral hops seem to put this solidly in the amber ale category. An adequate amber ale with a somewhat sweet, but decently malty start, but unbalanced with a mediocre finish. Slight point reduction for not being to style.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.01/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/17/11
*From notes

Best by date: November 2011

A: Redish burgundy in color. A hard pour yields a 2.25 finger head and dissapointing lacing.

S: Not really getting a whole lot of anything. It's slightly grainy, with a bit of boiled corn mash. Hops? Forgetaboutit!

T: Tame. Too tame in fact. Lame cereal grains up front, mild malt on the mid, with a slight dose of hops on the finish. It's like the brewmaster forgot to add the hops, and settled for tossing a few pellets in at the last second.

M: Thin and watery. This drinks more like a flabby APA.

O: Trader Joe's sells some really nice, good quality budget brews. This sadly, ain't one of them. Pick up a sixer of their Mission St. IPA instead and call it a day, as Kennebunkport's IPA is just that: bunk.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Dec '14. Sampled on March 9, 2014.

It has an attractive pour with its medium amber color and great clarity. Modest off-white head,

Let's look at this aroma. It is hopped which should be expected from an IPA. But generally it is more of a caramel malt sweetness with a hop balance than anything else. Balance OK.

Medium body.

The taste tends to lean more on the sweet side than the hoppy side,. This is OK but for an IPA I was expecting more of a bite. Still, there is a decent caramel maltiness followed by the bitterness. Nothing extra-ordinary but fairly drinkable

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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 barczar
2.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear medium copper with a frothy one inch dark cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Caramel, bready malt, skunk, and floral hops begin the aroma. There's an almost vinous or cheesy hop note, along with dark fruit.

Very sweet. Bready, toasted malt, dark fruit, and a cheesy hop flavor are present. There's a resiny character that carries into a lightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate, oily, with fairly low carbonation, so it seems syrupy. There's astringency and alcohol warmth.

Just not what I expect in an ipa. Overly sweet, and likely using old hops. The aroma is god-awful.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is not particularly strong, and is more fruity and floral than hoppy. It pours a clear dark orange amber with a thick and fluffy ivory head. Flavor is fairly hoppy and woody with a sweet fruity overtone, almost no bitterness. Tastes more like a regular ale than an IPA. Smooth texture has firm body and a little bit of tingle. Fair to middlin', but still worth a fair shake.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
2.55/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a reddish amber with a good amount of visible carbonation. A fluffy off-white cap cap rises two fingers and falls to a thin layer. Scattered lines and dots of lace.

The nose is spicy, earthy, and grassy with a good amount of caramel. A touch floral. The malts really step forward here. Not really what I am looking for when I lean in to an English IPA.

A lot of caramel and spice fill the palate. Some floral and earthy notes come in before another wave of sweet malt. The finish is a dance between sweet biscuit malt and earthy bitterness.

Medium body with a smooth feel. A little prickly.

This is a below average example of the style. Way too much caramel and a little too spicy.

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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 notchucknorris
1.44/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.6/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring leaving scant lacing.

S - the aroma is kind of malty with a hint of floral hops in the background.

T - mainly sweet caramel malt with some floral/earthy hop notes and some bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel and easy drinkability.

O - I've had worse IPA's but I've also had better Pale Ales.

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Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
68 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.