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Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

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277 Ratings
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 24.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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 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!

haver, Oct 30, 2008
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.

asabreed, Oct 12, 2008
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.

Seanibus, Oct 09, 2008
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.

gpogo, Sep 30, 2008
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.

andrewm190, Sep 05, 2008
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.

Nipitato, Jul 08, 2008
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?

smcolw, Jul 04, 2008
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.

1fastz28, Jun 22, 2008
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

UA8, Jun 18, 2008
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.

HalfFull, Jun 16, 2008
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.

jtlight1, Jun 11, 2008
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!

jeremyd365, Jun 08, 2008
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.

mnstorm99, May 05, 2008
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.

Overlord, Apr 23, 2008
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.

Applesauce1, Apr 16, 2008
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.

mattster, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of AaronHomoya
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber color with decent head. A little light, not too much retention.

Aroma is fairly hoppy, but a little unpleasant. Almost like old hops.

Flavor was most disappointing - decent pale malt backbone but a sour, unpleasant hop flavor dominated. No citrus, spiciness or floral, earthy hops - just sour bitterness.

Mouthfeel was fine. Not too drinkable due to the poor flavor, though. Finish was perhaps the best part, as the flavors faded to a decent, clean bitterness. I would not recommend this beer.

AaronHomoya, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - slightly hazy, a reddish-orange hue. A moderate cap of creamy foam. Solid sheets of lace as it reduces to a thin complete cover.

Aroma - a grassy, piny hop aroma. After the initial pour, much of that fades, allowing a crackery grain smell to peek through. The remaining hop presence is fairly well-balanced but still a little light for the style.

Taste - brief biscuity grain, a touch of diacetyl. The hops are pretty one-dimensional, grapefruit rind. Not much depth but they hold their own. A touch medicinal on the finish, not overboard though.

Mouthfeel - some creamy smoothnes, well-carbonated.

Drinkability - a little bent to the harsh, bitter side. The flavor is decent but not one I'd pass around.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of deafbrew
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I also thought this beer was fine - not terrific, but closer to a great IPA than a bad IPA.

Pours a nice copper, and offers a nice hoppiness. Would like a little more flavor and crispness - it's a little filmy at the finish - but overall a nice beer. I've also had this on tap at Federal Jack's, where it was a fine offering.

deafbrew, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of madjr80
3.88/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

unlike everyone else,I really liked this beer. It is really kind of on the weak side for an ipa, but it was tasty going down.If you can look past that fact that it is not a true IPA, you will like it. Nice color, body and head rentention. Really drinkable, and cheap! 5.99 a six pack at Trader Joes.

madjr80, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fairly good looking beer, deep amber with a two fingers of white head on top. Crystal clear. Nose is pretty weak, apples and a little hops. Taste is fairly similar; pretty good balance of hops and malt, although that apple-y malt flavor rears its head a little too much. Overall, this beer is just kind of insipid; thin and pretty weak, with some odd off-flavors that are decidedly un-IPAish. Overall, it's not terrible (at least this one's actually an IPA, unlike the Alexander Keith's), just not one I'd go out of my way for.

soupyman10, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
2.33/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

yourefragile, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium amber pour with a puffy 3 finger head of sustained white, Nice retention and lace. Looks good.

Aroma is malt dominated which isn't a good thing for an IPA. Buttery caramel, toast, and roasted cashew.

Flavor is very similar, buttery caramel and toasted bread, nuts, with some moderate hop bitterness that really takes no direction.

Average mouthfeel and almost average drinkability. Unbalanced and missing something. Not my cup o' tea.

AlexJ, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of eberkman
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper with a thick beige head that left quite a bit of lacing on the glass and never diminished. Not much of a smell -- a little bit of buttery maltiness and the slightest trace of hops. Caramely malts dominated the palate with a buttery body that reminded me more of an ESB than an IPA -- even an English one. Really no hoppy bite to speak of. Not a bad tasting brew -- hence the drinkability score. But it is just NOT an IPA, period, and shouldn't bill itself as such.

I should reiterate -- it's not a bad beer at all. Actually quite enjoyable. I'm only giving this one a relatively low score because I'm scoring according to its fidelity to style as well. And the smell and taste are nothing like an IPA -- even an English one.

eberkman, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Beerzebub
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Translucent amber, a modest film of beige head, blots of lace.

Smells like sweet grainy and biscuity malt, berries, and apples, along with sweet peanut butter, surprisingly, giving the impression of a pb & j sandwich.

Fairly sweet malty taste, with some roasted peanut coming through, and fruit. Some hop flavor and bitterness like berry leaves and grassy herbs in the background. Not very cohesive or balanced, but nonetheless characterful and pretty tasty.

Can get a bit too fizzy, but nice medium texture overall. Drinkable.

Beerzebub, Dec 18, 2007
Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
66 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.