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Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

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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:
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(Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 12-01-2007)
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Photo of beveritt
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label depicts a suspended barrel, surrounded by hop vines. Notched label shows best before April 09.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to a nice layer of foam, leaving behind decent lacing. The beer itself is honey orange, with a slight reddish hue. Very slight chill haze. A very small amount of sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Subdued pine hop aroma with biscuity malt in the background. Slight hints of caramel.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt upfront, with a bready and yeasty backbone. Hints of apricot with a barley detectable sourness. Mild hop bitterness in the finish, fades quickly.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level. Body is just okay.

Drinkability: A mediocre beer. True tot he style, but nothing outstanding. Too many other fine beers out there to revisit this one.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: copper-amber color with a constant stream of bubbles creating a creamy head that isn't long lasting but has a small amount of lacing.

S: doesn't smell too hoppy, atleast not anymore than it does malty. No traces of pine or anything aside from a citrus smell.

T: Pretty malt strong "IPA" with a trace of hops and almost not bitterness in the finish. A small citrus taste to it.

Overall it's very drinkable and carbonated, just not in a very distinct IPA style.

Photo of yesyouam
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kennebunkport IPA (Sea Dog Old East India Pale Ale?) is an amber ale with a bit of a chill haze. Large rainbow bubbles form as the white head fades to a film. It smells salty, funky, cheesy and fruity-- apples come to mind. It is medium-light in body, smooth and a bit sudsy. The flavor is like the aroma: salty, cheesy, etc. The fruity element reveals itself to be just as much orange as apple. It is not very bitter and there is a sweet grassy flavor, like hay. It's really funky.
(rated Jan 1, 2008)

Photo of Tone
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Pencible
3.98/5  rDev +43.2%
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.

Photo of montageman
1.98/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

First off, this beer looks REALLY nice. Nice color, solid head, and good retention. However, things go downhill really quickly. I took a sniff of this and said "This is not an IPA." There is no really hop presence on the nose - very much an amber or red. The taste follows with no assertiveness. Lots of sweetness, but very little bitterness. In fact, as it warms, it gets even sweeter - weird. Not sure what was going on with this beer - maybe it's mislabeled? Not recommended.

Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pleasant, tasty, IPA that may be a little light in hops or bitterness but is very enjoyable and easy to drink, with lasting flavour.

Copper-amber, it has a medium off-white head that steadily shrinks to a thin, wispy top and a foamy ring, which last but leave only a little weak lace.

The aroma is caramelly malty with bread, very juicy with hints of grapefruit and pine, plus a hint of English leafiness.

The taste is light caramelly, bready maltiness, very juicy, with a light citrusy-leafy bitterness with hints of pine and grapefruit, apple, and orange marmalade. It's on the sweet side for an IPA, starting quite sweet, but the hops do just take over by the finish, with a lightly hop-dominated, lightly bitter finish, but still riding a somewhat thick sweetness. It's got a solid body, and is pretty balanced, making it tasty and drinkable, and voerall a good, solid beer. This clearly isn't a West coast-style IPA, but that's fine and I wasn't expecting one, nor do I want all IPAs to be like that anyway.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.1/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of cdkrenz
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice copper color with a thin, light tan colored head.

S - Smokey hops aroma.

T - This is a bitter hop flavor.

M- The brew can be felt touching the tip and outsides of my tongue with a sandpaper-like texture.

~ This brew is interesting and consistent but not one I'll be seeking out in the future.

Photo of haver
1.25/5  rDev -55%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I picked this up at Trader Joe's for $5.99 a six. I have never heard of or seen this beer before. This is the worst beer I have ever had. Taste is very very sweet with a strong soap flavor that lingers. This does not have that bitter hop taste of a I.P.A. This was husky soap sweet. Not true to style. I could not finish one 12 oz bottle. I asked the check out girl if she had tried it she said no but I could return it for a refund if didn't like it. I found my receipt in the trash and will get my money back tomorrow. What kills me is I have five beers that I cant drink and it's too late to go out. Should have picked up the stone I.P.A.. Hind sight is 20/20 and this beer is garbage. AVOID!

Photo of asabreed
2.1/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium copper-color with mild head retention and moderate carbonation to the top of the glass.

Smell: Mostly sweetness with little representation of hops, whether its earthiness, citrus, or anything. Never would've guessed this was an IPA.

Taste: Way too sweet for an IPA, with not enough hops or anything biting whether it's herbal or citrus or anything else.

Mouthfeel: A bit too cloying and sweet with not enough carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the weakest IPAs I've ever tasted, but again, it's nothing I can't drink. That said, it's not something you want to seek out. If you're at TJs, grab a bottle at your own risk and try it if you want, but there are better beers.

Photo of Seanibus
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Unsubtle and undistinguished, but not awful.

Pours a deep copper/amber with a fluffy head. The aroma is malty and sweet. The flavor is very malty and thick, like a beer made inexpertly from malt extract syrup. There is some hop bitterness, but it is difficult to discern the hop character over the thick, syrupy malt flavor. The mouthfeel is syrupy and viscous, leaving a slightly unpleasant coating on the tongue.

This is not a beer that I would ever come back to.

Photo of gpogo
2.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Clear reddish copper with small foamy cream head. The head didn't seem to want to form and quickly dissipated leaving a small foam top.

A- Perfumy citrus hop aroma. Right after pouring I could smell it, quite nicely.

T- I now question what I smelled. Seems to have an extract twang and bitterness perhaps more from an alcohol sting than hops. Burnt malt flavors as well. Leaves a alight burnt popcorn taste in my mouth? Ignoring these flaws I still taste no hops.

M- Medium body and low carbonation. Left a slight alcohol warming.

D- Ick. I really liked the color(despite head issues) and smell, but something seems to have gotten lost in the taste.

Photo of andrewm190
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, its a drinkable beer. A sort of weak IPA, but relatively tasty. It falls under the category of having a cold beer on a hot day. The beer works, it does its job, its not overly impressive, its not worth taking the time to pour it out of the bottle, but if you can get a good price, its not bad. Feel free to accept it from friends at parties, or to give it, as long as its a casual dress ordeal, and your friends aren't beer nerds.

Meh, I'll probably not pick it up again, but if I do, its not a total loss.

Photo of Nipitato
2.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a six pack at Trader Joe's in Brookline, MA.

A: A great inch plus buff head tops this copper hued brew. Great retention. A good looking brew.

S: Sweet dicetyl butterscotch dominates. Slightly hoppy but nothing really going on here due to butterscotch.

T: This beer tastes sweet due in part to dicetyl. Slgihtly grainy. Bitterness at the end. Hops have no character.

MF: Low carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

D,notes: This beer is kind of a wreck. Does not really taste like an IPA. I can drink it but it wasn't easy getting through a six pack.

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
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?

Photo of 1fastz28
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

my mom got me a 6 pack of beer from trader joes knowing that i like different beers. this is about the least IPA i think i've had, it isn't a bad beer, just isn't an IPA. has a decent color to it, a dark golden brown color with a average sized head. smell is weak, some weak hop scents but thats about it. the taste isn't bad, it is like a weak pale ale though, not an IPA for any sense of the style.

Photo of UA8
2.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- pours a deep copper with orange caramel foam

S- Very little in the way of a nose smells of macro beer grains and malts

T- Not tasty Tastes of cheap beer products, cheap inferior grains malts and hops, slightly resinous hop taste on the end

M- Average mouth feel somewhat thin for an ipa, nothing too noteworthy

D- I wouldn't recommend or purchase this beer again its seems a poor example of an IPA

Photo of HalfFull
2.2/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Offers up a half inch of fleeting head yet some decent lacing. Deep straw color.

Smells lightly of thin malts. A bit reaching to call this an IPA, be it an English or an American IPA!

Taste is reminiscient of a decent macro lager. Nothing really stands out. Mouthfeel is OK, in fact a bit buttery. Just the opposite of what I would expect from an IPA but fits the smell and pour.

No thanks.

Photo of jtlight1
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up at Trader Joes, and an IPA that was 5.99/6 pack should have tipped me off. I could have picked up a number of other beers for more, but decided to give it a whirl.

Needless to say, I was very underwhelmed. It's doesn't have the strong hops of other good IPAs, and instead has a very apparent twang that others have commented on. This is what you are left with.

It's not a horrible beer, but I won't be buying again.

Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium, clear copper with a light white head that dissipated pretty quickly. It was pretty bubbly and smelled of both hops and strong malt and tasted just that--quite hoppy without masking a great maltiness as well. It feels medium bodied and delightfully bitter in the mouth. This IPA goes down pretty smooth with a slightly bitter and hoppy malt aftertaste which I found pretty enjoyable. Not bad at all for a $1 bottle of IPA!

Photo of mnstorm99
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one gets some rough reviews. Not the best IPA, but I wasn't expecting greatness either.

Light copper pour with a white head that leaves pretty quickly. Then the aroma gives a nice floral, woody character from the hops, but a little muted. Taste is an average, balanced, session IPA (kind of a oxymoron). Malty, with a touch of hops, but very clean. Mouthfeel is also very average, but this is a very drinkable brew.

Photo of Overlord
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I come to the end of my kennebunkport adventure, with the last of the brews I picked up from Trader Joe's.

Starts appealing enough, with a golden amber color and a big, big white foam head. Even leaves some scattered lacing on the glass! The mouthfeel is thicker and more "meaty" than the other Kennebunkport brews I've tried.

The smell is giving me a whiff of pine hops, but there's an underlying chemical acridity that I do not find appealing. This continues with the taste: for the price, it's a thick brew with a decent grapefruit/pine base, but the malt is masked by this bitter chemical twang. I have no idea what it is.

For a few dollars more I could pick up many, any brews that are an order of magnitude better. I gave them a shot, but twas not to be.

Photo of Applesauce1
3.85/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Trader Joe's near Tyson's Corner. Never seen it before, so I'll give it a whirl.

Appearance: copper with a nice half inch off white head that dissipates slowly....looks pretty good

Smell: some hops and some sourness....a little too much sourness actually

Taste: decent....nothing great, but not bad either...balanced between the hops and malt....noticing some citrus hops here also

Mouthfeel: nice texture...medium body

Drinkability: not bad, could do three or four in a night

Before drinking this I read some other reviews and was expecting something really bad, but I must say...it's not a bad beer and I'm looking forward to the rest of the six pack.

Photo of mattster
2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle (marked best before July 2008) and poured into Nonic glass.

Forms loose head atop a hazy light copper colored ale.

Smell is very weak, very light hops. Taste is hops, but not much else -also not real balanced, Too bitter, a bit unpleasantly sour, and hops are just not right. Carbonation seems heavier than it should. Almost a slight metallic aftertaste - and there is an aftertaste.

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