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Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 156
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

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Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 12-01-2007

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Photo of Proteus93
3.21/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this from friends of my wife while visiting Charlotte, NC. Christened a new Sam Adams glass with it.

A: Clean amber, a little on the lighter side. About a finger of head, which retains alright and leaves a moderate sheet that covers the entire top of the beer.

S + T: A straight forward hoppiness in both aroma and flavour. It's closest to being piney, but not quite. Kind of a spicy herbal thing going on. Not too bad on both fronts. A little bit of a fruit-like sweetness comes through in the flavour.

M + D: Medium bodied, a little slick and oily. It doesn't leave a whole lot of flavour behind, but there is a touch that I can appreciate. Pretty straight up drinking, and I'd be willing to give it another go.

Photo of wedge
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Enjoyed Before: N 09

Slightly hazed golden orange with a tall head of foam that dissipates to a soapy layer. Sweet floral and sugary citrus hop aroma, diacetyl, and biscuit malts. The flavor is of citrusy, grassy hops finishing with some fresh grain and toasted caramel. Again, a little buttery which is not entirely unexpected considering Kennebunkport is associated with Shipyard (as I understand it) and Ringwood is probably used without an adequate diacetyl rest. Slightly syrupy feeling, but otherwise medium bodied and modestly bitter compared to many other IPAs. Not bad though, especially for the price. I'll consider picking it up whenever I find myself in TJ's...the cheap prices are too hard to resist.

Photo of zeff80
3.22/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a foamy blonde head that leaves slippery lace on the glass. Smells of pineapple, grapefruit and bready yeast. Taste is much like the smell, fruit and caramel with a very mild hop bite. Medium mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. This beer is not for most extreme beer people, it's pretty wimpy for an IPA but not unpleasant.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with the label marked for september 2009

clear, deep amber color. low to moderate head fades quickly to just a wisp and thin ring. negligible lacing except for one ring in the middle.

hops are grassy with moderate pine notes, but certainly not strong enough aroma-wise. toasted, lightly caramelized malt gives way to a faint cider note, and all a bit subdued, with a metallic whiff at the end.

flavor is sweet, lightly caramelized malt upfront, with slight phenolic note, then grassy hop which is mildly pine. cider-like esters. moderate bitterness into a semi-dry, lightly resinous finish.

not to thin, with lively carbonation.

would have fared a little better as an english IPA

Photo of droomyster
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this the other night at buddy's birthday party and found it palatable and party-worthy but not spectacular. Had I drank it while sitting at my desk with my critical faculties fully attuned to the beer then I might share some of the hyper-critical opinions of my fellow Beer Advocates, but luckily (for myself) I was able to be busy enough to enjoy this beer. It poured a golden orange with a small head head and smelled of sweet malts and citrusy hops. The taste was not as aggessively hopped as I would have expected from an IPA, but it made for some easy-drinking without feeling the need to pair it with party snacks. There are definitely more exciting IPAs out there but this one can be enjoyed by just about any macro-brew drinker willing to give a microbrew a chance.

Photo of beveritt
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
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 +17.6%
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
3.26/5  rDev +16.8%
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
2.71/5  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
3.95/5  rDev +41.6%
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.

Photo of montageman
2.02/5  rDev -27.6%
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 +43.4%
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
2.12/5  rDev -24%
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
2.92/5  rDev +4.7%
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
1.28/5  rDev -54.1%
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
2.11/5  rDev -24.4%
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
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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
2.29/5  rDev -17.9%
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
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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
2.3/5  rDev -17.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev +39.1%
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?

Photo of 1fastz28
2.93/5  rDev +5%
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
2.14/5  rDev -23.3%
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
2.21/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
66 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.