1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

252 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 252
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 25.36%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Monkeyknife on 12-01-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 252 | Reviews: 149 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of whatthehull


2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:40:59 | More by whatthehull
Photo of kaseydad


2.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:30:26 | More by kaseydad
Photo of bboven


2.03/5  rDev -26.4%
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".

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 16:41:05 | More by bboven
Photo of mkomalley


1.18/5  rDev -57.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 19:40:59 | More by mkomalley
Photo of notchucknorris


1.4/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 22:06:00 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 16:42:08 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of FattyJLE


2.98/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:02:05 | More by FattyJLE
Photo of TMoney2591


3.53/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 20:00:04 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of GossageBrewery


1.65/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 15:54:37 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of TheGordianKnot


1.35/5  rDev -51.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 12:40:26 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of Pecafaced


1.25/5  rDev -54.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 18:12:25 | More by Pecafaced
Photo of richkrull


1.88/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 00:39:02 | More by richkrull
Photo of imagese


2.4/5  rDev -13%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:41:47 | More by imagese
Photo of wahhmaster


2.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, dark amber color. Has a thin, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet and slightly fruity with hints of caramel. Almost no hoppiness detected at all...

Taste: Mildly bitter up front. Develops a sweet, almost tart, fruitiness towards the back with hints of caramel and other malts. Seriously, are they sure this is an IPA? There are almost no hops to speak of in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Did they mislabel their amber ale as an IPA? Honestly, I wouldn't have guessed this was an IPA if they hadn't called it that. There are almost no hops to speak of and it has a strange fruity/caramel flavor to it. It's not a bad beer, just not an IPA. Avoid...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:33:04 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of buschbeer


1.23/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It poured an amber colored body with three fingers of beige head.

S - The aroma is fruity with toasted malt.

T - The taste is just awful. There is absolutely no resemblance to an ipa. A lot of caramel malt with a metallic bitterness.

M - The taste is so bad that I can't even concentrate on the mouthfeel.

D - I never drain pour beer. But this is as close as it gets. I recommend avoiding this beer. Worst IPA ever!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 15:50:14 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Mosstrooper


2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Copper in color with a large tilt towards reddish. Has a medium sized off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a thin ring of lace and a good bit of floating foam.

Smell: Lots of malty sweetness, with a touch of citric hops.

Taste: Begins with a critic, slightly piney hop bite which turns into lots of malty sweetness and finishes with some earthy bitterness and yet more sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a watery finish.

Drinkability: This really isn't bad overall as a beer, but as an IPA, it is a bit too sweet and not dry enough. It could use some more hop additions for sure, but is still a decent drink. Maybe a good IPA for those new to beer/hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 22:31:18 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of StoneTSR


3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: An aggressive pour provided a quarter-inch of head that quickly settled down to about an eighth of an inch on top of a clean, transparent and deep copper colored IPA.

SMELL: When I put my nose to the bottle a nice, piney smell dominated everything. After pouring it into a 10oz. Jameson rocks glass, however, the array of aromas opened up. The piney smell was still present, but smoky and grassy smells were also detectable. No lacing whatsoever.

TASTE: The hops are the first flavor to hit the palate, but after a quick punch, a malty, then tangy and citrus flavor show up. The aftertaste then reverts back to a dry, hoppy flavor that almost tastes a little sour.

MOUTHFEEL: I'm not sure I'm drinking the same beer as everyone else who has reviewed it here. I've seen so many people say it is smooth or slightly carbonated. It seems very sparkly to me, although maybe the mouth coating feel on the way down is convincing people that it is somehow smooth. It is an odd, but good feel.

OVERALL: The first few sip of this beer were better than the middle and end of the glass. It was still good all the way through, but as the sour and sweet flavors built on the palate, it became less and less of the bitter and hoppy IPA I seemed to be drinking in the beginning.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 22:36:08 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of SuperSpy


2.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured form a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber and crystal clear. The liberal amount of bubbles is beautiful to watch, and really keeps the pillowy thick, half-inch head alive. This is a wonderful beer to look at.

S - The smell is a bit too malty for an IPA. It also has a slightly metallic aroma.

F/M - Medium bodied, smooth and well carbonated. The flavor has some fairly one-dimensional hops up front. They're bitter and a little spicy, but there is something slightly sweet that comes along with it. The sweet flavor is almost like watered down apple juice. The flavors really aren't all that appealing. The beer finishes bitter and astringent along with a big grainy-bread flavor.

D - The beer is beautiful. However the aromas and flavors are both off for the style and not very appealing.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 23:50:55 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.28/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Southern Tier pint glass.

A: Poured a bright, golden copper color with a chilled haze and slightly darker orangey center. Carbonation was lively and it built to a creamy, two-finger head of off-white foam which held pretty well and left a little lace.

S: Musty, pine needle hops, a little citrus fruit and some buttery cracker malts.

T: Sweet, dry, bready malts up front which are soon washed over by a fruity, bitter hop wash that dries the palate out. There's a little metallic, seltzer flavor mixed in with the hop profile, which is mostly herbal and leaves a slightly bittersweet, mineral and biscuity aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied IPA with a slight chew and a very carbonated mouthfeel.

D: The appearance and aftertaste are about as good as this IPA gets. The flavor underwhelmed me, but at the price point of $5.99/6pk, I can't find too many complaints here. An interesting contract brew with a special deal at Trader Joe's? That "allure" aside, it's a pretty forgettable, one-dimensional IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:48:49 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of steveh


3.43/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Trader Joe's, best enjoyed by date on label of August, 2011.

A -- Clear, deep gold to near copper color with a light tan head that settles quickly to a thin cap, but revives nicely.

S -- Spicy hops with vague biscuit character back -- some light diacetyl and mild phenols with warming. Pretty thin, overall.

T -- Characteristic Ringwood yeast tang up front: sort of citrus, sort of woody. Blends into biscuit malt character with bitter hops in the finish, though not the depth of what one might expect from an American IPA. Some phenols and astringency in the aftertaste, though not strong.

M -- Body is medium with a smooth mouthfeel and dry finish.

D -- Drinkability is not offensive, but the mild astringency could grow fatiguing. This isn't quite in the American IPA category, but it's also a bit too hoppy-bitter to be an English IPA -- closer to that than American, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 22:01:27 | More by steveh
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange color. The orange-tinted head is initially tall, with a reasonably dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and above average amounts of lacing stick to the glass.

S: A firm malty nose of sugar cookies and light caramel. Sweet in the nose, for the style anyway. A mild toastiness. Hop notes are medium for the style, with primarily leafy and light citric character.

T: Fairly malty up front. Toasty malt, sugar cookies, and faint caramel are noticeable. Hop bitterness is fairly mild, and doesn't overcome the sweetness to put the balance of this beer on the hops. Hop flavor is leafy and mildly citric, before fading to a faintly estery, vaguely apple finishing flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is smooth and fairly creamy. Very little of the dryness expected from an IPA - this is on the sweet and smooth side throughout.

D: This tiptoes along the line between IPA and plain old pale ale. As a pale ale, this would be boring and flat. As an IPA, this is pretty far off the mark: sweet, lacking substantial bitterness, and featuring few noteworthy hop flavors or aromas. It's not a bad beer, but it's disappointingly weak for the style and unlikely to impress.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 02:02:10 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of TheStig


2.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What can I write in this review that will differentiate it from the others? Decent appearance with a fair head retention, a slightly floral scent and a non-obtrusive taste that leaves a lot to be desired. A slight bitterness comes in during the aftertaste, with carbonation being very present. I echo hmk22's comment that this could be considered a "gateway beer" but it's largely forgettable. Not bad for a dollar.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 02:07:12 | More by TheStig
Photo of hmk22

New York

3.38/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not as negative as some reviewers about this beer...it's not going to make the IPA Hall of Fame, but it's a decent IPA style for the price. I find that context is important with a lot of these Trader Joe's and Whole Foods "house brand" beers -- they are from no-name or "dba" breweries and are probably developed for palates that are (or aspire to be) above the BMC fray but aren't ready to (say) sign up for a BA account. So beer aficionados will always be a little disappointed (as the reviews illustrate), but TJs and WF are legendary for reading their customer base and giving them what they want, so these offerings fill a niche, and not so badly IMO. Who knows, maybe they can be "gateway" beers to the major stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 01:42:01 | More by hmk22
Photo of allrizz


2.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this IPA from Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Amber/Copper color. It maintained a head for a short while.

Smell: A mild hops aroma.

Taste: A mild hops flavor with a metallic after taste, which I did not like.

This is the mildest IPA I have had so far. I prefer a bolder presence of hops from an IPA. This seemed to lean more towards red ale than an IPA.

I don't think I would choose this beer again if I had another beer to choose from...depending on the choice of course!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 00:33:13 | More by allrizz
Photo of waldoiverson


3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from Trader Joe's into nonic

A: pretty dark, almost copper in color. offwith head with a nice pillowy presence, leaving only a lil' lacing

S: a little sour, a bit of a bready malt, not much hops either in the citrus or the pine variety in the nose

T: some corn and medicinal flavors, it ends a bit nutty and bready, only at the very end do i get any bitterness from hops. this is more amber ale than IPA

M: very nice crispness, smooth body, lots of malt apparent

D: It's OK, but it is not really much of an AIPA. I think the marks would be better if they labeled it an amber or copper ale. The price is nice, however.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 23:12:44 | More by waldoiverson
Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
66 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.