Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 307
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 17.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | 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 ColForbinBC
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (723 characters)

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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with about one finger of white head. There is a modest amount of lacing about half way down the glass.
Smell is somewhat sweet cracker malts.
Taste is sweet malts with a Euro hop bitterness. A bit of leather from the hops.
Mouthfeel is spot on for the style.
Overall a pretty good English IPA. Not to be compared with an American IPA. (351 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
3.56/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an amber orange…fairly transparent, there is a bit of bubble action going on in the middle…a thin layer of off white head formed and just barely covers the top…doesn’t really even liven up when I swirl it around…average looking…(3.25/5)

Smell: Earthy/spicy hops up front…I’m also getting yeast, rye, some caramel sweetness (very light)…the spicy hops variety is really the only significantly attractive part about this relatively subdued brew…though I have to say, as it warms just a touch, the spicy hops aroma does open up…(3.65/5)

Taste: Much the same as the nose…spicy, earthy, piney hops up front and through out…mild caramel and pale malt backbone really allowing all those hops to flourish…some citrus/floral bitterness in the third phase and into the after taste, nicely rounding out the total package…

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, medium carbonation…fluffs up nice creating an earthy, spicy hops cloud on my palate…not overly resinous…nice…(3.98/5) (1,020 characters)

Photo of Dusty6467
1.79/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

A: single finger head with amber copper color

S: terrible smell, similar to a wet dog covered in flower smelling soap... Not much else

T: very malty carmel taste with a slight bitterness to it

M: full, carbonated body, but not a good carbonated body... its too fizzy, like an alka-seltzer

O: unbalanced, not at all what an IPA should resemble. Just a terrible beer. (369 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Coppery with a decent head.

Smell: A wee bit of grassyness, and not much else.

Taste: Sweet with a tiny bit of citrus. None of the bitterness that you expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit syrupy.

Overall: Fair. If you convince yourself you're drinking an amber ale with a bit of hoppiness, you might be impressed. If you're at Trader Joe's looking for a bargain IPA, I'd go with their superior State Street label. (442 characters)

Photo of barczar
2.47/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
2.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a six-pack for $5.99 at Trader Joe's - let's see:

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

ECE/SAE amber liquid, clear and capped by a half finger of beige fizz which appears lackluster yet stands by with good retention and leaves a path of delicate lacing behind when you swirl the glass.

Candied oranges and a kiss of passion fruit in the nose - vaguely syrupy/artificial. A low yet bright maltiness offsets the fruit.

Grassy hop flavor leads the palate entry but never delivers the bitterness you might expect; instead a sweet citrus-flavored medicinal note emerges and leads into the faintly metallic finish. Somewhat bland and rough overall, though there are some biscuity pale malt notes which I guess would balance the hops if the latter ever arrived.

Light-bodied, brisk mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Even for the price, this vacilates between messy and mediocre - there are far better choices, especially in SoCal - I'd advise avoidance. That said, if my expectations were set for an "English IPA" I might re-evaluate... (1,074 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich golden color with a big off white fluffy head. The retention stay around for the life of the beer and there is plenty of lacing.

The aroma has a sweet honey like malt, mineral water, and very English hops. Very earthy aroma from the hops.

The flavor shares all the characteristics of an English IPA, not an American IPA. There is a sweet honey malt with just enough spicy hop to bring a balance.

Light/medium bodied and finishes dry yet refreshing.

I think from the the description of this IPA of the package, this is an English IPA. And, all the characteristics match that of an EIPA. So taking that in to account, KBC IPA is light tasty and did a great job at creating an authentic EIPA. (714 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked it up at Trader Joe’s in Albuquerque, N.M. Poured from a bottle into a small glass (maybe eight ounces) that I had in the hotel room in Albuquerque, N.M. on April 21. Color was copper with lots of bubbles initially. About a finger of head. Bubbly white lacing on the top that stayed for a while. Some sporadic wet film on the sides.

Smelled of caramel malts. Syrupy, iced tea, rye.

Tasted pretty close the smell. Caramel, nuts, rye, syrupy. Just seemed really fake.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Above average carbonation. Syrupy, malty finish.

Never really got into this beer. I’d never try it again. Kind of reminded me of a homeless man’s Newcastle. (669 characters)

Photo of danrodrigue
1.64/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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. (373 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
1.22/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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. (249 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of brewcore
2.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Working my way through the Trader Joe's exclusive beers.

A: Copper in color. Yields a two finger off white, soapy head.

S: Nothing stands out in the nose. Some floral hops and lightly roasted malts. The fragrance is very weak.

T: Sweet malts predominate. Faint cistrusy hops. Barely detecting piney notes on the front. Most disappointing thing about this beer. Would hardly consider the hops presence of this beer an American IPA. Just doesn't fit the style.

M: Very light bodied with weak carbonation. Not exciting at all.

O: By far the most disappointing TJ's beer I have tried to date. Not undrinkable, but does not fit the style. Judging according to the style, it is down right not good. As a beverage it's not bad, as an IPA it is bad. Will not buy this one again. (776 characters)

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
2.24/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: copper colored ale finger of head that left a nice collar minimal lacing.

S: Booziness is what I am getting up front with some subtle malts...hops??? Where you at?

T: iPA? What? More grains and malts. No hops what so ever.... Almost a syrupy waterd down quality.

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

O: like trying new stuff but this was towards the bottom of what i have tried... Definately NOT an IPA? Hopefully you read this before you buy it... (474 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange with a one finger white foamy head.

Smells very subtle citrus; orange, lemon and grapefruit.

Tastes a bit hoppy with some malts thrown in there.

Feels smooth with a tiny bit of carbonation.

Not the best IPA but is crazy cheap so I guess you get what you pay for. (287 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
2.72/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours well with a heady foam cranium of about two fingers thick. Sticks pretty good, too. The color of the brew is copper/amber, and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is faint. What I detect is slight tobacco, cardboard. Not fairing too well in this arena.

Taste wise it's got the tobacco flavor, some metallic hints, and maybe a hint of pine in the end.

Feels spicy, warm, and not refreshing at all. I think this is a strong British style IPA. If it was relabled as such, maybe the ratings would ba a bit better for this... Maybe not. (535 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with hints of orange. Head is thick an frothy and medium lacing.

Smells floral, tropical, and a hint of citrus and soapiness.

Tastes nice up front of understated grapefruit and quickly tails off. I wish the taste followed the nose.

Feels like a standard light IPA, light, easy drinking and good carbonation.

All that being said, it has more taste and smell than a bargain 6.2% IPA. In the end though, it's still a 6.2% IPA, and that you can't hide. Then again, I bought this beer for a dollar, so maybe that's one thing that should be taken into account.

DOA (584 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of bashiba
1.62/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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. (536 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
1.72/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat dark amber color. Clear, with visible carbonation. Fairly thick yet small off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Mostly corn and grass malts, with just a hint of hoppy spice.

Taste: Lots of cereal malts (corn in particular) with a bit of bitter and mildly spicy hops thrown in. Aftertaste has a few occasional "spikes" of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

Overall: Drinkable, yet... ugh...

Shame on Trader Joe's for selling this swill, and marketing it as an IPA! Of course, they sell some cheapo/not-so-good beer, but they don't pretend it is something else. The fake craft IPAs from major grocery chains like Safeway are light-years ahead of this stuff. Pretty awful. (801 characters)

Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
67 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.