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Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 314
Avg: 2.84
pDev: 32.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | 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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Reviews: 161 | Hads: 314
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.6/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
1.62/5  rDev -43%
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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
1.72/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is not particularly strong, and is more fruity and floral than hoppy. It pours a clear dark orange amber with a thick and fluffy ivory head. Flavor is fairly hoppy and woody with a sweet fruity overtone, almost no bitterness. Tastes more like a regular ale than an IPA. Smooth texture has firm body and a little bit of tingle. Fair to middlin', but still worth a fair shake.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks alright I'll give it that, but even with that it's a loud fizzy head (tan) capping a darker gold amber and very clear body.
Aroma is nearly non-existent and lies more with malt than and refreshing or interesting Am. hops.
Flavor is better than the aroma, in fact, it's alright. It still is more malt forward (maybe this should be listed as an Eng. IPA) with a caramel quality and mild sweetness before a moderate hop flavor (with a grassy earthy quality) and then a mild to moderate bitterness shows. Decently and appropriately dry on the finish.
Carbonation seems a bit big (in more and bigger bubbles in the feel) than I'd like, but a moderately light feel seems good.
Overall this is certainly drinkable, worth a try and maybe a little more. Could be a worthy every day beer if the price is right - which it might be as it came from Trader Joe's I believe (thanks brother for the bottle).

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Photo of kkipple
2.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a single 12oz of this in PA, having never seen it before. Pedestrian bottle, but it has a 'best before' notch of Feb, 2012... so that's something... twist off bottle cap.

"Brewed and bottled by Pugsley Brewing, LLC, Portland, Maine." Huh.

Pours a clear deep orange... minimal head... initially smells promising-ish, SN Pale, but by the time I get around to sipping on it the nose has devolved into a rather bland, sugary and only mildly hopped mess. Not much to say, really.

A sip confirms my suspicion... this tastes like bad homebrew. As others have noted, it simply tastes stale and lifeless, with virtually nothing to recommend it. The sweet, simplistic malt flavors and vague (Chinook, Cascade?) hops don't work well together at all. Frankly, it's a mystery to me why such sub-par beer gets released at all. Who is on quality control over there? As much as I hate to jump aboard the train bound for beatdown station, it must be done.

Carbonation is decent, mouthfeel is slick and a bit heavy. Sad when the best thing about your beer is the mouthfeel, isn't it?

Kennebunkport IPA has almost nothing to recommend it and was a drain pour for me. It's not undrinkable, but I have no shortage of good beers waiting to be drunk - why waste time here? Alas, you can't win them all.

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Photo of niibuyaa
2.41/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: It does pour fairly nicely. Decent color, about 2 fingers of head, that dissipate pretty quick but it does leave the glass a little sticky on completion.

S: Smell like someone left a bottle open over night, a little stale, corny, and not much if any hops.

T: Someone else mentioned bubble gum, and I have to agree, it was bubble gum'ee. Also seemed way to sweet, and very little bitterness. I didn't taste any citrus. There is also a strong alcohol taste. Which was a surprise as it's not a high ABV at 6.2%. When I finished it felt like I had drank more.

M: Ok, it felt alright. Like a Pale Ale, nothing to complain about really, but not exciting either.

O: I wouldn't pick up another 6 pack of this. It's the price that called to me, and the desire to try something from Maine. AAt $4.49 I can't say I lost too much.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer: This beer is way out of style so take ratings with that in consideration. Rated as an English Pale Ale (with American IPA considerations).

Pours from the 12oz bottle a clear amber color. Rather dark for an IPA. No "pale" here. Tons of foamy head and plenty of retention. Looks pretty nice.

Aroma is all malt. Smells like an amber ale. There are some hops but they seem to be more earthy and absolutely no citrus or pine or anything resembling an American hop.

Decent flavor. Again, more English than American. Earthy, bready, crisp. Not bad. Way out of style.

Kind of an AMber ale English "IPA" hybrid. Not great but certainly worth the $5.99 I paid at Trader Joes. No IPA, but a decent drinker.

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Photo of u2carew
3.41/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist off longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger head, thick and creamy. Clear body, bronze in color. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Toasty caramel malt aroma. Buttery vanilla. The aroma is pleasant but something that I would expect from a malt bomb, not a hoppy ale.
T) Very light hops in this bugger, mostly in the finish. This is set up flavor profile-wise as a nut brown or a extra malty amber. A decent and drinkable tasting beer, just not an IPA.
M) Creamy. Lighter side of medium for body.
O) This beer taste decent, but since I read the label I was expecting an IPA. So my rating is based on the actual taste of the beer and I am ignoring the style label. (Maybe Federal Jack's will change the classification).

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Photo of Zorro
2.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a small yellowish white head, not really what I could call tan.

Smell is slightly herbal, smells slightly woody and vaguely like tobacco. OK malt scent, not an aromatic beer really.

Starts out mildly sweet with a decent herbal hop assault. Tastes of butter and malt mostly, medium low bitterness level. Not really an American style IPA, more like the British version. Actually this tastes more like a bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall...not that great. Tastes bland.

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Photo of 1Adam12
2.59/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish yellow sort of color. Smells like a dirty shoe. I actually put my nose to, pulled back and went "UGH!". Some hops on the nose, maybe some citrus, but just doesn't smell appealing at all. Taste seems to be more malty than hoppy. There are hops there, just not much of em. Mouthfeel is at least a bit creamy, carbonated, and nice. Overall, average at best. However, it's a buck, not not bad for a buck.

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Photo of Cadhorn
2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't taste any hops. None. Tastes like straight-up American pale ale. If they'd labeled it as such, and at $5.99 a sixer, great! As an IPA? No. Not at all. Do not purchase if you're looking for an IPA.

Aside: I drank one of these after a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA... and it was actually a very nice palate-cleanser.

Conclusion: it's not a bad beer, it's just not what it claims to be (IPA). As an IPA I give it a 2. As an American PA I'd give it a 4.

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Photo of whatthehull
2.85/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip

A - nice deep copper, two and a half finger off white (very foamy) head and no lacing

S - Nice citrus notes, very floral, a bit sweet, nice crisp malts, some yeast notes, some earth, wood and grass

T - tons of hops, very floral, slight citrus, crisp malts and grass/earth

M - very acidic, medium finish, not very balanced, light bodied and no complexity

D - Easy to drink. If you haven't had anything but bud light give this one a try

Final thought - at $1 a bottle and 6.2% abv, give it a try if you haven't had it

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Photo of kaseydad
2.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer for $5.99 at TJ's the other day. No clue what it was but it said IPA....and there is a new label to confuse the masses. The appearance is a nice amber colored ale that produces a big foamy off-white head that clings to the glass. The smell consists of a lot of bubble gum whiffs, floral and some apricot skin. A little too much in the gum flavor. The taste is somewhat spicy up front with a band-aid taste next and some fading hops in the back of the throat. A lot of malt in the mix too. It has a medicine-like aftertaste with a slight bitterness. Sort of a mess. Overall I didn't hate the sixer for the price. I would deem this more of a Pale Ale and would surly be disappointed to taste this at an IPA festival. For what it's worth, it's different. I will not be buying more even at that price but am happy to have given it a shot.

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Photo of bboven
2.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Medium copper color, crystal clear. Thin head but some lacing.

Wet two-row and just a little C-hop aroma. Not up to IPA standards.

Overwhelmingly metallic and astringent.

Very drying, nice carbonation.

It is going to be hard to finish this bottle. Since I couldn't make my own sixer at trader Joe's, I've got 5 left to give to 'friends".

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Photo of mkomalley
1.19/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

....a Trader Joe's budget buy

Pours a reddish gold with a creamy tall quivering head; smells of stale beer and wet grains; taste is extremely malty and sickeningly sweet with a metallic aftertaste--not sure where the hops are; not much like an IPA at all

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Photo of notchucknorris
1.44/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a coppery color with a cream colored head and good retention. So far so good.

S: I can't believe they can label this an IPA when it smells like this. I've smelled lagers with more hops than this. Cereal malts, boiled corn and grain.

T: Gross, gross, gross, gross, gross. Possibly the worst beer I've ever had. I didn't think anything could be worse than Kennebunkport's Wheat Beer but this blows that one away. It has a weird lager flavor upfront followed by this really off, acidic metallic flavor that goes through the finish. It's a little bitter, but not in a hoppy way at all. This beer tastes like licking rust. Absolutely awful. Avoid at all costs!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.01/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/17/11
*From notes

Best by date: November 2011

A: Redish burgundy in color. A hard pour yields a 2.25 finger head and dissapointing lacing.

S: Not really getting a whole lot of anything. It's slightly grainy, with a bit of boiled corn mash. Hops? Forgetaboutit!

T: Tame. Too tame in fact. Lame cereal grains up front, mild malt on the mid, with a slight dose of hops on the finish. It's like the brewmaster forgot to add the hops, and settled for tossing a few pellets in at the last second.

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

O: Trader Joe's sells some really nice, good quality budget brews. This sadly, ain't one of them. Pick up a sixer of their Mission St. IPA instead and call it a day, as Kennebunkport's IPA is just that: bunk.

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Photo of FattyJLE
2.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Clear, dark amber with a 1 inch off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Caramel malt with very little hop aroma. Pretty bland.

T - Not much going on here. Initial malt sweetness with low amount of earthy hops. Very little lingering bitterness and a mild malty/yeasty finish.

M - Moderate body and moderate carbonation.

O - Very below average IPA. I wouldn't even consider this a true IPA due to the lack of hop bitterness and flavor. Not only is this not an ideal IPA, it is also not an ideal beer in general. I will avoid this beer in the future.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

It's Opening Day for my ChiSox, and this is the random beer to help celebrate. Best Before 05/2011...check. It pours a mostly clear orange flesh-amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, wheat, coriander, light black pepper, light cilantro, light lemon zest, and light caramel. We're definitely looking at some spicy citrus hops here, folks, so no misconceptions regarding pine should enter into things. The taste revels in the juxtaposition between the sweet caramel and light buttery biscuit and the peppery, herbal, bitter hops that nestle thereamongst. The malt, though, drops out kinda quickly, leaving a sensation akin to licking bay leaves (or something along those lines. There's definitely chlorophyll involved.) So a promising start shoots off a cliff a bit, but, luckily, not too fast to really torpedo things entirely. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, I'm not putting this in the IPA pantheon, but I'd certainly consider drinking one again.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
1.71/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a burnt orange color semi cloudy. It produced a white head but retention was poor. After 1 min there was 0 head left. The aroma of the beer is not what I would expect for an IPA. I smell very slight amount of hops but mostly a floral and medicinal aroma. It gets worse with the taste- No hops to speak of- A very bad medicinal taste and hints of caramel. Not sure how this can be an IPA. Overall very bad beer. If I did drain pours, this would be one. IM going to suck it up and take one for the team.

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Photo of TheGordianKnot
1.4/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from bottle to pint glass. I want to preface the review by saying my buddy picked this up for me at Trader Joes because it was relatively cheap and knew I liked IPAs... I wasn't expecting much when I heard the price.

A- This actually pours pretty darn decent. This is a very deep orange color that is approaching amber. Nice 2 finger head that is a pale tan color. There is a ton of visible carbonation, which could be a result from the etched glass. I will say, the stability on this head is very impressive also.

S- Annnnd it goes down hill. Way too much caramel for an IPA. There is even a bit of DMS aroma that follows and there is virtually no hop aroma other maybe just a bit of a floral hint if my imagination gets creative.

T/M- Terrible. Horrid. This is all a really shitty malt forward beer. I get a ton of DMS and strong plastic/medicinal flavor. No hops at all. If any hops are there, its all covered up by the taste of a used 12 year old plasstic sex doll (not that I know from experience or anything)

O- I would take BMC over this, at least it would quench my thirst on a hot day. Drainpoured 4 of these, I just couldn't take it. And, I did take at least one drink from every single beer I poured out just to make sure it wasn't one bad bottle... they were all hell in a bottle
*this is officially my first fail- didn't think it would come so soon

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Photo of Pecafaced
1.27/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this beer as a "gift" I would not consider this an IPA at all. There is no hop aroma, no hop flavor. A very poor pale ale at best. Would not recommend especially if you enjoy a good quality IPA. The only thing this beer has in its favor is that it pours a nice color and had a decent head.

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Photo of richkrull
1.92/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up at trader joes. Poured a dark amber color with an average amount of head. Not the typical hoppy nose. Smells a little off. Not a good flavor either. Doesn't seem like an IPA at all. Need to pound this one and move on Not a big fan of this beer. Live and learn.

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Photo of imagese
2.42/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle picked up @ Trader Joe's in IL. Best by
date 10/11

A- clear golden amber. Half finger head that fades fast and leaves little lacing

S- super sweet. Roasted sugar and faint nondescript hops

T- odd metallic hop sweetness. Very simple, but not in a good way

M- watery, but has decent carbonation

D- not great. 4 oz in, and I'm done with this. I keep trying to like it, but it's just nothing...

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Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
67 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.