Kennebunkport IPA
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA
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IPA - English
Ranked #379
Ranked #49,508
2.84 | pDev: 23.24%
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Maine, United States
Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA
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TheSarge from Virginia

2.72/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours well with a heady foam cranium of about two fingers thick. Sticks pretty good, too. The color of the brew is copper/amber, and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is faint. What I detect is slight tobacco, cardboard. Not fairing too well in this arena.

Taste wise it's got the tobacco flavor, some metallic hints, and maybe a hint of pine in the end.

Feels spicy, warm, and not refreshing at all. I think this is a strong British style IPA. If it was relabled as such, maybe the ratings would ba a bit better for this... Maybe not.

Jan 17, 2012
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tapman from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, why doesn't this brewery want us to know who it is? Their whole line of brews is named Kennebunkport in big letters across the top and in small letters underneath is says that this is from the KBC Brewing Company, but the site here says Federal Jack's Brewpub. Then, on the side of the bottle it says, 'Hand Brewed by: Pugsley Brewing LLC. WTF!? Is this just a bunch of guys who through in money to have someone contract brew their homebrew recipes? I imagine the business meeting to have gone something like this:

"I like Pugsly Brewing."

"That's stupid! KBC is much more contemporary and hip."

"You guys are both wrong. I wanna name it after my favorite species of French Poodle, the Kennebunkport."

"Guys, guys... this is our brew. We can name it whatever we want to."

"Old Federal Jack is right! Let's name it all of our swell names."

"YAY!" "Hooray" "HIP HIP"

But I digress... (please don't flag me Federkennepugsleykbcjackport brewing co.)

Standard IPA color, medium orange with a 1 finger head. Head retention is pretty decent and for the style it is spot on in competition standards. UBER-filtered; no hop oil floating around in this one.

I get a barley-wine type of sweetness in the nose. I hope it is not that strong. Some grassy, cat pee hop aroma, though not in a bad way if you can dig it. Hint of bubblegum sugar aroma.

I'll say some good things: pleasantly sweet flavor, good balance between malt and hops. The bad: very light, must have used some very mild hops because the flavor is so delicate that I might imagine this one to be a British IPA and could maybe use a little of that british ale yeast to flavor it up a little.

Fine body, but a little light for my impression of the style. Very smooth.

This would be a good pale at a brewpub, not so much when competing with Green Flash's and Boulder Brewing's hoppy beers. Still, this would be a good sessioner from the draught.

Aug 31, 2010
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Dec '14. Sampled on March 9, 2014.

It has an attractive pour with its medium amber color and great clarity. Modest off-white head,

Let's look at this aroma. It is hopped which should be expected from an IPA. But generally it is more of a caramel malt sweetness with a hop balance than anything else. Balance OK.

Medium body.

The taste tends to lean more on the sweet side than the hoppy side,. This is OK but for an IPA I was expecting more of a bite. Still, there is a decent caramel maltiness followed by the bitterness. Nothing extra-ordinary but fairly drinkable

Mar 09, 2014
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FlyingRabbit from Maryland

2.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to standard pint glass

A: Hazy golden amber

S: Citrus with honeydew. Very mild. You really have to stick your sniffer in to get a whiff.

T: Hoppy bitterness that recedes rather quickly to a bubblegum and honeydew flavor. Plum is definitely in there as well, as pointed out by many other reviewers.

M: Not much carbonation, and comes off a little watery for an American IPA.

D: If you are looking for an IPA, you might want to keep looking. This doesn't taste, nor feel like one. Its not horrendous, but its not great either.

Jul 07, 2010
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PaBeerLover from Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -47.2%

Dec 24, 2011
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Brewed by Shipyard. Bottle dated, expires in June. Copper colored with a thin white head that is quick to dissipate into a speckled skim retention. Leaves a few wisps of splashy lace.

Intensely sweet and malty at first then like a super sugary black jelly bean then steely. It doesn't smell bad at all, it's just missing a key ingredient: hops.

Taste is a little biscuity, a little toasted and has a nice English buttery yeast strain. Again, it's good, just hop-less. There might be a bit of swampy hop in there but I think I'm just projecting my desire to like this beer. Reminds me of Geary's Hampshire Special ale, only without the booze and hops...which I guess is completely different. Still a good beer though, just not an IPA.

An IPA without hops is like AC/DC without rock. A travesty.

Apr 09, 2010
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cadenwhitaker from Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, I'm not getting much hops from this beer, on the whole I'm getting more of an APA instead of an IPA. Grassy, earthy, malty, smooth, crisp, clean etc.

On its own I'm finding this a very drinkable beer, very tasty, easy to session, and price competitive.

So, if I just wanted a beer, this could be a decent goto. If I wanted an IPA? Naaahhh... with that I'm not so sure. That's why I have the taste as 3... really it tastes good, but it doesn't taste like an IPA.

May 01, 2009
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redjameskidd from Illinois

2.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked it up at Trader Joes, which seems to be where most of the people who reviewed this beer got it. Luckily I only got one in a mix-a-six. I've never seen this beer or heard of the brewer elsewhere before.

It's a really weird beer. I'm drinking it right now, and it's just not an IPA, or even an east-coast IPA, as one would expect. Very little hop bitterness. No bitter backbone. Sweet, but with a weird sort of off-flavor that shows up occasionally, especially in the aroma. Simply not to style as an american pale ale. More like a british ale, but not a good one either. There's probably a reason these are only found in Trader Joes. Don't let the cheapness sucker you in.

Aug 25, 2009
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CloudStrife from New York

3.04/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Aug 07, 2013
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kaseydad from California

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.

Aug 04, 2011
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yesyouam from New York

3.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kennebunkport IPA (Sea Dog Old East India Pale Ale?) is an amber ale with a bit of a chill haze. Large rainbow bubbles form as the white head fades to a film. It smells salty, funky, cheesy and fruity-- apples come to mind. It is medium-light in body, smooth and a bit sudsy. The flavor is like the aroma: salty, cheesy, etc. The fruity element reveals itself to be just as much orange as apple. It is not very bitter and there is a sweet grassy flavor, like hay. It's really funky.
(rated Jan 1, 2008)

Dec 20, 2008
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, smudged date. Label is under the KBC name

pours a clear copper color, white head. aroma is earthy, a little sweet. taste is a bit stale, odd aftertaste. just not something I'd want to drink again. medium bodied.

Mar 01, 2016
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SeattleBeerBlog from Washington

3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- way way to dark, looks like an Amber or English Bitter. head rentition is only thing that saves this beer from a 1.

S- decent smell of citrus hops, and a decent malt hint.

t- a good balance between malts and hops, would make a great bitter but only an average tasting IPA at best.

M- ok carbonation but a little slick in the mouth.

D- is overall a bad IPA but a good bitter or esb. Needs to have the right name. It ticks me off when breweries label a beer an ipa to sell more beer when it is obviously not.

Oct 02, 2009
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porterwoobie from North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A: clear amber with a tan head

S: more of a spicy hop smell, not really that robust. what i smell is not what i envision for an Am. IPA.

T: sweet taste with just mild hop bitterness. not really an american IPA in my opinion.

MF: little high on the carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: not a bad beer for the price, but not something i'm going to have a craving for.

May 14, 2009
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AdmiralDiaz from Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: copper-amber color with a constant stream of bubbles creating a creamy head that isn't long lasting but has a small amount of lacing.

S: doesn't smell too hoppy, atleast not anymore than it does malty. No traces of pine or anything aside from a citrus smell.

T: Pretty malt strong "IPA" with a trace of hops and almost not bitterness in the finish. A small citrus taste to it.

Overall it's very drinkable and carbonated, just not in a very distinct IPA style.

Jan 10, 2009
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u2carew from Massachusetts

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).

Aug 28, 2011
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GRG1313 from California

2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Jun 30, 2014
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KrisPaulk77 from Mississippi

2.57/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass and set it on the counter. The eighth of an inch of foam that capped this beer literally disappeared in the amount of time it took me to turn aroound to the sink, rinse out the bottle, and turn back. If I hadn't seen the head when I poured it, you couldn't have convinced me that it had one to start with.
The aroma is minimal, but decent. Nothing jumps out at you. It smells fruity, almost peachy. You have to sniff deep and long to get anything from it.
The flavor is mediocre. I don't see how this can be called an IPA. It's a pale ale at best. It reminds me of Magic Hat #9, and that's not a good thing.
I'm really glad I only had one bottle of this. I definitely won't look for this beer again.

Jul 11, 2010
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buschbeer from Ohio

1.25/5  rDev -56%
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!

Feb 26, 2011
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium, coppery amber. Half finger off wthite head with decent retention and light lacing. Aroma dominated by caramel malt with faint hops; sweet and a hint of diacetyl. Flavor starts malty, with light sweet fruit and caramel malt, but changes to a dryer, grassy malt finish with somewhat astringent hop finish. Medium bodied. Odd that this was labeled as an IPA, there is little distinct hop presence except for bittering hops in the finish. The color, maltiness and low key neutral hops seem to put this solidly in the amber ale category. An adequate amber ale with a somewhat sweet, but decently malty start, but unbalanced with a mediocre finish. Slight point reduction for not being to style.

Sep 30, 2012
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descobar from Florida

2.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. - pours a nice deep amber with a nice 1/2" off-white head with decent retention. the beer is perfectly clear. no lacing is observed. on the nose, I get sweet malts along with hints of caramel, and even toffee combined earthy hops and some esters from the yeast. the taste is a bit on the thin side and disappoints. there’s the expected medium sweet malts with the caramel showing just slightly. the bitterness is there but it is more for balance (as you’d have in an English IPA) and not much for flavor. then there is something in the finish that is annoying. after a short sweet finish, there is a wave of unpleasant flavors that linger a while. the beer has medium body, with semi-rich, creamy texture. and moderate carbonation. overall the beer starts pleasant, but ends not so much. still it is drinkable.

Feb 25, 2017
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BykViking from California

1.75/5  rDev -38.4%

Apr 16, 2012
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velosuds from Oregon

3.18/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Best enjoyed before March 2010. Single purchased at Trader Joe's for $1.00.

A-Clear amber-orange with 1 1/2 finger, off-white head with poor retention and minimal lacing.

S-Slight citrus hops, especially grapefruit, with a more prominent biscuit like malt aroma. Too little hops, too much malt.

T-Far too much malt for an IPA. Not very balanced. Hops are citrusy and provide some bitterness, but not nearly enough.

M-Not bad, but a little thin.

D-I would rate this higher, but for the misrepresentation of the style. Price was great and I would drink again.

This is not a bad beer. However, it is an average, at best, IPA. Very reminiscent of Fuller's ESB. I would drink this again, but not as an IPA.

Oct 31, 2009
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ImusBeer from Georgia

3.21/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured light amber orange and hazy with a tan head of about two fingers.

The aroma of pine hops and nothing else
a pine bite as far as taste.

Really light and crisp with the hoppy bite and high carbonation. Drinkability is ok for an IPA but not as hoppy as I expected.

Dec 07, 2009
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

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.

May 18, 2011
Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Beer rating: 68 out of 100 with 347 ratings