Kennebunkport IPA - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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3.41/5 rDev +23.1%
KBC's IPA's beautiful, syrupy amber body is let down by a weak, fizzy head with very little staying power. IPAs' heads should be sticky, thick, and inviting. This one isn't.
The nose is malt-forward, which is acceptable in an English-style IPA. American renditions of this style have pushed hoppiness to the extreme, and drinkers with hop-filled expectations are bound to be disappointed by this brew.
This beer tastes hoppier than it smells. As the nose suggested, aroma hops are understated. But bittering hops are assertive, and nicely balance the very rich, sweet malts. As the beer warms, and as I swirl it around in my glass, hop aromas become more assertive. When they do, the floral hoppy flavors round out the very sweet malt nicely. I recommend letting this beer warm for 5-10 minutes before enjoying.
This is a drinkable, affordable (read: inexpensive) English IPA. I'm surprised to read so many negative reviews. Perhaps my colleagues on BA were expecting the kind of in-your-face hop-wallop that American IPAs offer. This beer doesn't offer anything like that. It's very sweet, heavily malted, fairly bitter, and throws in lots of citral and a few herbal notes for good measure. I'm okay with that.
09-22-2013 21:22:42 | More by GMB
3.04/5 rDev +9.7%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by April 2014 notched on the label.
A: Pours a clear amber with a frorthy white head. Spots of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head dissipates. Some visible carbonation.
S: Not a very strong aroma, hops are a bit difficult to pull out. Fermented fruit.
T: A decent amount of hop bitterness in this one. Tempted to say there is more bitterness than flavor from the hops. Not sure how good that is. Malts add some carmel sweetness to it but are again overpowered by bitterness.
M: Medium body with somewhat low carbonation. A tad sticky from the combination of hops and malt sweetness. Dry finish.
Overall to the point IPA at a reasonable price. Won't blow you away with flavor but still has more than your standard beer.
08-07-2013 01:31:54 | More by CloudStrife
3.74/5 rDev +35%
I found this to be a very enjoyable brew with nice bitterness, but not overly alcoholic. It had adequate carbonation, a solid mouth-feel, and a good finish. I like an IPA that is strong on bitterness, but less than 7.0% alcohol, so I can enjoy more than one.
07-10-2013 22:15:52 | More by BillBabbitt
Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
66 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.