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Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 24.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 12-01-2007

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Ratings: 294 | Reviews: 158
Photo of KYGunner
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was just one month old but the hops were not suitably strong enough to warrant calling this an IPA. I get a mixture of lemon and a light herbal note that compliments a sweet caramel body. Some rose petal and a ribbon of floral perfume coasts through. This is weak and cheap, but at $1 a bottle that's to be expected. I found this off style but with enough flavor to warrant a try.

Photo of jrand2621
3.65/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not great, not that bad though

Photo of ZErhardt
2.49/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This cheap IPA gets a almost 3 overall rating only because it connects to a Pabst skunkiness that I have a weak spot for. nostalgia aside, the carmel color and drinkability of this decently heavy IPA is a good cheap option.

Photo of Kips
2.77/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of peachy-tay
2.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CAcreeks
2.92/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The FDA should have a rule that a label cannot say IPA unless hops have actually touched liquid. Glad I bought one bottle instead of a whole 6-pack at Trader Joes. Possibly the recipe changed? ABV is 5.7% and color is closer to brown than to "bronze" or "copper" in previous reviews. No trace of Federal Jack on the label, and it says brewed in Portland ME not Kennebunkport. Definitely not worth $6 a six-pack when Mission Street IPA is the same price.

Photo of GinDC
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of justinm4bama
2.77/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Betajeff
2.84/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CSO
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of zak333
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Rcaisse
3.56/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Redog
3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.1/5  rDev -24.7%
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.


Photo of 6d7073
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of Royal2000H
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.72/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of aklude
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of Lovely85
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of km02600
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of HamdenHector
2.94/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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;

Photo of CED
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of nightsky
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Pintwacky
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

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Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
66 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.