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Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale | Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport Pumpkin AleKennebunkport Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Maine, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Lothore on 09-12-2007

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Photo of 2ks4
2.51/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very little head, which disappears quickly. Looks more like a soft drink than a beer. If it was not a pumpkin ale, appearance would be a 2, but I gave an extra point because I think the orange color suits it.

S - Very mild smell, again more reminiscent of a soft drink than a beer. Not unpleasant, but does not contribute anything to the overall experience.

T - Pleasant, mild taste, but yet again the taste is of a pumpkin soda rather than a pumpkin ale. Definite pumpkin flavor, however, which I appreciated. The flavor kicks in more on the aftertaste than in the initial contact.

M - Four for four so far in being more soda-like than ale-like, but in this case it's so watery that I would expect a better mouthfeel from a soda.

O - It's a pleasant, mild drink - nothing offensive, just nothing especially good, either. Would probably be good as a light Summer beverage on its own, but is too weak to pair with food and is not good when you're in a specific "beer" mood.

Okay, folks, that's my first review here. I didn't pick the greatest beer to start with, but hopefully I did all right.

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Photo of musicman575
2.04/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The only offensive part of this beer is that it tastes like it was brewed with a handful of artificial-cinnamon-flavored toothpicks. Once you get past that, theres a good malty nose and a nice biscuity malt flavor with an appropriate amount of hops for the light style. There's very little carbonation. The "cinnamon and spice" really ruins everything about it. I had such a bad opinion of it last year that I thought I'd just keep it to myself. Maybe another year of beer drinking might change things, but I guess a turd always smells like a turd no matter how many one has smelled.

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Photo of ely2000k
2.99/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Not much of a head, and the pour comes out a very mellow orange color, which I am guessing is supposed to look like pumpkin.

S- Smell of pumpkin, all spice, nutmeg, and some good sweetness. I'm a sucker for the pumpkin pie smell, I'll admit it.

T- Leaves something to be desire... tastes like pumpkin pie slapped on top of a light beer. Which makes for a weird combo.

M- Over carbonated. Has kind of a strong after taste.

O- Decent- not great, but the main argument is that it seems like one thing slapped on top of another. I genuinely do like the smell of it.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.59/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Second Review of this one. Somehow, it's gotten worse.

A: Clear golden color with a thin head that fades really quickly.

S: More like a pumpkin bread aroma than pumpkin pie. Hints of kind of gross bready yeast in the back.

T: Ugh. A hint of pumpkin, but the beer is thin and watery and has a pretty awful yeast and bread flavor that it seems like all of these Kennebunkport beers have. Tastes like an artificial pumpkin flavored adjunct. Somehow, it isn't the worst of Kennebunkport's beers, but that doesn't mean it's any good.

A: Clear golden color with a small white head.

S: Not as much pumpkin as pumpkin pie spice. Nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. As the beer warms, these smells start to feel a little forced, like they were added a little too artificially.

T: When it's cold, the spices hold up, but as it warms, it starts to taste like Bud Lite. If you're going to try this, have it pretty cold. Not good otherwise.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a crystal clear, golden-bronze colored body with a thin, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly into a thin lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie and cinnamon. Not very malty, more spiced, candy based. Flavor is thin and watery pumpkin pie spices with some sweeter caramel and strong cinnamon. Finishes with no real character after a thin body and fizzy carbonation. Overall, a distinct pumpkin flavored beer, but not very rounded or balanced. Watery with a little too much spice and not enough malts.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.92/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

153rd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A dark yellow with a pencil thin head, No lacing at all on this one.

Smell- Lots of pumpkin, brown sugar and spice(nutmeg, cinnamon)

Taste- Really the closest to a pumpkin pie but too overly sweet.

Mouth- Light bodied with a high carbonation very sweet and a bit oily.

Drink- Was worth the 1.07 I paid at Trader Joes but not by much.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

This bottle finished out my Trader Joe's mixed sixer. It pours a clear apple juice topped by a bit less than a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises pumpkin pie, graham crackers, and apples, though everything has that peculiar scented candle-style artificiality. The taste waters all of that down, though some nutmeg and pumpkin seeds somehow find a way to make themselves heard. The body is a hefty light, with a light carbonation and a somewhat watery feel. Overall, a sub-par brew that really didn't have much going for it at all.

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Photo of SDtastentune
3.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark yellow with no head or lace.

S - Spices cloves and slight pumpkin.

T - Spices cloves and kinda pumpkin/light beer taste.

M - fizzzy, slightly over fizzy.

D - Drinks ok, too much spice aftertaste but might go well with pumpkin pie or thanksgiving. Weird aftertaste that leaves a spice/clove thing in the back of my throat. Good holiday ale. Kinda could not finish it due to its weirdness, had to pass it on.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Angela for bringing this to last year's Halloween party.

Poured into a tulip. Color is a slightly-murky orange-brown color with a moderate light tan head. The nose is pretty sweet with a good deal of pumpkin-pie spicing. The taste is straight-up Apple Jacks; brings me back to childhood when my brother would eat those incessantly. Spice and cinnamon with sweet pumpkin and hints of apple. Body is a bit cloying, and this affects the drinkability, but a pretty interesting beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.29/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

One of the misses at Trader Joe's. Doesn't have any pumpkin flavoring or aroma to it. Just looked and smelled the part of a yellow beer. Cinnamon might make me think of pumpkin pie, but not pumpkin itself.

Taste wasn't as bad as their ipa, but jeez, what is? Heavy on the spice and clove gimmick. Stays pretty light on the palate, even if you aren't really diggin' the taste.

$6 a 6er of this stuff is not worth it. Tough to drink, and at the price, better options. Seriously, Blue Moon's is better.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice golden hue at first pour, with good foam, this seasonal smells of pumpkin and light spiciness initially, with maybe some nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Taste is a balanced mix of Fall flavors -- not overpowering or artificial at all, as some pumpkin ales tend to be. Actually, this one's among my favorites of the pumpkin beers -- mild, easygoing, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of u2carew
3.95/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz long neck.
A) Pours with two finger head, then settles to a creamy white head with tight and sticky lacing. Clear body with active upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Pumpkin. Smells similar to a pumpkin roll packed with cream cheese. A pleasant smell but might indicate a overly sweet brew...
T) Fall spices and pumpkin up front and through to the finish. Flavors thin a bit toward the end. Subtle nuttiness mixed in.
M) Light bodied. Fizzy, yet fairly smooth.
D) A pleasant drink. Almost a session brew. I'd have another.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
3.07/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light orange with a thin head that doesn't stick at all. Smells like pumpkin pie, fruity and spiced. Spices are prominent in the taste - cloves are notable - and pumpkin is matched to this. As with most KBC beers, there is a sweet flavor that tastes a bit odd, though it is very faint in this one. Regular beer flavors, malt and hops, are barely noticeable. Mouthfeel features moderate carbonation which enhanced the spice flavors, but also has an unpleasant sticky feeling as it warms up. Fairly light all around, decent drinkability, though not something to drink slowly as it has some less pleasant notes that become more apparent closer to room temperature.

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Photo of bmwats
1.96/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

Light golden color. Medium heavy carbonation. Smells like a combination of sweet potatoes, boiled eggs, butter, and orange... not really a good combo. The flavor has a synthetic pumpkin flavor, with a nutmeg spice. Light body, and the strange sweetness, lingers (unfortunately). Overall, this is not really very good. Only worth trying to acknowledge what a poor effort it is. This is a tough finish.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.68/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a slightly watery, pale gold, almost straw color with a bubbly off-white head and little lace. Oddly light for a pumpkin ale.

Smell- Heavy on the spice- cinammon and nutmeg are almost powerful enough to hide the faint malt, and nearly undetectable hops.

Taste- Again, lots of pumpkin pie spices, but also some sweet honey and caramel malt to balance. Decent crispness and a little dryness on the finish. Actually leaves me wanting more. 4

Mouthfeel- As expected, a little on the light side, but not bad, given the crisp flavor.

Drinkability- When compared with some of the other, (usually overspiced) pumpkin ales, this one turns out to be a pretty refreshing drinker. I'd like to get my hands on a six pack if i could.

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Photo of blackearth
1.5/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Purchased at Trader Joes. Pours a light straw yellow with a thin white head that quickly fades. Aroma of... nasty sugar and faint pumpkin. Light bodied with a crisp carbonation. Flavors of pumpkin pie spice and a sweetness that is just... off. I'm not really sure how to describe it. This beer is pretty damn horrible.

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Photo of squirrelpirate
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale poured a clear dark gold/light orange hue with a think white head. Very spicy aroma consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, etc. All standard for a pumpkin ale.

Taste closely matches aroma. Cinnamon stands out among a vague honey sweetness with a slight dryness in the finish. Lacking in everything, except spices. Has somewhat of a medicine quality with all of the spices mixed together.

Mouthfeel was fine. Light on the palate and ample carbonation. Certainly not the best pumpkin ale out there, but serviceable if you're in the mood for one and can tolerate both the lack of depth and high spiciness.

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Photo of spointon
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a clear, pale orange color with a 1/2" fizzy white head. The head dropped fast and left zero lacing behind.

S= This beer smelled like the usual arrangement of pumpkin pie spices, but with an extra dose of something...possibly nutmeg. Not much beer scent got past the spices.

T= Similar to the aroma, with the beer definitely taking a backseat to the spices. The spices weren't cloying, but they were a bit overdone in what was ultimately a tame base beer. All present and accounted for were nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. No detectable pumpkin but that was fine by me. Finished a bit dry.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a super fizzy carbonation level.

D= Not a terrible pumpkin ale and at $5.99 a six pack at Trader Joe's its a good value. There are a lot better examples of the style, but its still worthy at that price.

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Photo of tang3nt
2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six pack of this from a local Trader Joe's. Poured into a lager glass with a fizzy white head. The nose had cinnamon and almost a sour smell. Tasted a bit bland with a slight hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. The body was very light and fizzy. Overall reminded me of a bud light with cinnamon, didn't even really taste like pumpkin to me.

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Photo of Jayli
3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/26/09
This beer pours a light clear pale amber color with a two finger of sudsy white head that disappears quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. Nose is all about the spices - clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Taste falls in line with the nose - all about the spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of clove mix in with pumpkin flavoring. Nicer balance to the taste than in the nose and has a touch of bite at the end. Lighter body, high carbonation, goes down easily and where I like pumpkin beer could sit with this for a while.

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Photo of droomyster
3.46/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy [pumpkin] orange with a small white head. Big aromas of cinnamon and molasses, with pumpkin pie coming through loud and clear. For me the nose is the high point. The taste is pleasantly spicy up front but the finish leaves something to be desired. It seems like the brewers took the "pumpkin challenge" very literally and the result is a beer that smells terrific and tastes alright but lacks any sort of malt/hop balance.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shopping at the Trader Joe's, spied this bottle on the 'singles' rack. $1.00, what the heck? 12 oz. twist-off to a pint glass; notched 'Best Enjoyed Before: A(pril), 10'.

A: (Surprisingly) golden, a straw-wheat with minimal head (short & white, brief creaminess, broken film). Mild haze, a few streams of slow-rising carbonation. Looks-wise, nothing to get excited over, nor the worst-looking beer ever.

S: An odd mash-up of 'corny' macro-lager and 'pumpkin' spices. Caramel and red apple are included, a vague smell of 'autumn' although of the 'scented candle' variety...meh.

T: An 'Apple Jacks' spice is what immediately comes to mind - a semblance of apple and spice but all very artificial-feeling. Honey-wheat, more than anything. The 'pumpkin' flavor here is more allspice, just a dash, and really lacks the earthy/pungent/tangy elements found in versions of the style I favor.

M: A lively mouthfeel, 'springy' and reasonably carbonated. A touch on the buttery side with a spiced tingle hanging around after. Light-medium body, slightly buttery/slick.

D: A mediocre (at best) version, nothing to get excited about. Hints at 'October' like that one cool day in August, then pulls back, leaving only disappointment. If you like the style, give it a try - but stick to a single. Or pass; what do I care? Just sayin', don't go out of your way for this one...

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Photo of RJUGA03
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Very orangy pumpkinish clear color with a 1" head settling after 5minutes to a laced rim.

S-Somewhat bready and much like pumpkin bread.

T-Strong seasonal tastes up front with a simple (somewhat lacking) finish.

M-Thick and frothy at first diminishing into a dry slightly bitter aftertaste.

D- In a deserted situation I would go for another, but if there were other beers available beyond craptastic macro's ... I would seek another beer.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: straw body; clear with vigorous upward movement; light head

s: pumpkins; gingerbread spice; sweet yeast; a real spiciness; pumpkin pie; molasses and honey

t: strong sweet honey; molasses; pumpkin gingerbread; yeastiness

m: very agressive and very watery

d: very disappointing and thin in flavor and body but still drinkable because of the sweet pumpkinness

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Photo of hellbilly
2.33/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bottle BB april 09. damn pumpkin beers get the better of me... bastards!

pours a bit emaciated... clear orange with a small white head which doesn't want to stick around.

lots of spice in the nose though little to no actual pumpkin to speak of... sweet (maybe grains but not really. just sweet.), nutmeg, fake plastic-y floral smell and a lager yeast aroma akin to the cheap stuff.

the palate is quite dry given the sugary aroma. again, it's really spicy with mild/sparse pumpkin/earthiness, faint caramel-y malt and that same plastic-y taste on the finish. light bodied with prickly carbonation which makes it acidic and a bit harsh.

i tried to like this, i really did.

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Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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