Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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3.08/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
05-11-2012 03:59:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.05/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
03-20-2012 04:47:37 | More by kylehay2004
3.53/5 rDev +27.4%
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.
04-01-2011 20:00:04 | More by TMoney2591
3.2/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
03-06-2009 03:22:40 | More by zeff80
3.08/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
05-28-2012 03:05:21 | More by jlindros
3.9/5 rDev +40.8%
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?
07-04-2008 21:53:29 | More by smcolw
District of Columbia
2.33/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
01-20-2008 19:34:47 | More by yourefragile
2.1/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
11-01-2008 17:11:39 | More by barleywinefiend
3.43/5 rDev +23.8%
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.
04-29-2010 00:10:44 | More by Billolick
2.81/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
03-29-2013 02:06:02 | More by dbrauneis
2.88/5 rDev +4%
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.
08-28-2011 01:43:52 | More by Zorro
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
Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
66 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.