Kennebunkport IPA | Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport IPAKennebunkport IPA

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 339 |  Reviews: 164
Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of terence
1.75/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich golden color with a big off white fluffy head. The retention stay around for the life of the beer and there is plenty of lacing.

The aroma has a sweet honey like malt, mineral water, and very English hops. Very earthy aroma from the hops.

The flavor shares all the characteristics of an English IPA, not an American IPA. There is a sweet honey malt with just enough spicy hop to bring a balance.

Light/medium bodied and finishes dry yet refreshing.

I think from the the description of this IPA of the package, this is an English IPA. And, all the characteristics match that of an EIPA. So taking that in to account, KBC IPA is light tasty and did a great job at creating an authentic EIPA.

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Photo of jlindros
3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Francois for cracking this one.

Fizzy 1/2 finger head fades fairly quickly over crystal clear amber orange colored.

Nose candy hops, light pine, hint of citrus fruit, semi sweet malts, caramel, aroma of bittering hops.

Taste starts with copper malts, some caramel and light toasty reddish malts, mild sweetness and malty taste. Then light hops with a decent bitterness, light grassy, light candied orange hops, hint of pine. Finish gets quite dry with long decent bitterness, hint of citrus.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, hops are not very forward, malts are more pronounced, not quite an ipa.

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Photo of kyager2000
2.5/5  rDev -12%

Photo of gkob
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 11/2012.

Pours a murky dark orange with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some slight herbal aromas. Taste is extremely malty up front with some herbal and mineral flavors on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is most definitely not a typical IPA. Again, this particular beer is not as bad as I had heard but it's not something I would revisit.

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Photo of PeterOrlando92
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked it up at Trader Joe’s in Albuquerque, N.M. Poured from a bottle into a small glass (maybe eight ounces) that I had in the hotel room in Albuquerque, N.M. on April 21. Color was copper with lots of bubbles initially. About a finger of head. Bubbly white lacing on the top that stayed for a while. Some sporadic wet film on the sides.

Smelled of caramel malts. Syrupy, iced tea, rye.

Tasted pretty close the smell. Caramel, nuts, rye, syrupy. Just seemed really fake.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Above average carbonation. Syrupy, malty finish.

Never really got into this beer. I’d never try it again. Kind of reminded me of a homeless man’s Newcastle.

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Photo of BykViking
1.75/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of danrodrigue
1.64/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours an amber bronze color. Decent head and lacing.

Smell: Malts and alcohol. No hops present whatsoever.

Taste: Chalky, metallic, flat and a sweet malty mess.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation but very thin and watery.

Overall: not a good IPA at all, actually not a good beer in general. I picked up a 6 pack for $5 on a gamble. Let this review save you $5.

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Photo of raynmoon
1.22/5  rDev -57%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This was probably the most unbalanced and oddest/ grossest tasting beers I've ever had. It tasted nothing like the style. It was almost sweet and spiced like their winter ale. The hops tasted like they were synthetic and seldomely added to the wort.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 3 finger off white thick head on a crimson and golden mildly hazy. Nice lacing

S: citrus and mildly hoppy. Nice caramel malt backbone.

T: Initially a sweet caramel malt presence but finishes with citrus and mild pine note. Earthy as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not a very memorable beer. The hops are there in the pine and citrus notes but they are weak and simple.

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Photo of DomingoOrtiz
3.75/5  rDev +32%

Photo of brewcore
2.38/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Working my way through the Trader Joe's exclusive beers.

A: Copper in color. Yields a two finger off white, soapy head.

S: Nothing stands out in the nose. Some floral hops and lightly roasted malts. The fragrance is very weak.

T: Sweet malts predominate. Faint cistrusy hops. Barely detecting piney notes on the front. Most disappointing thing about this beer. Would hardly consider the hops presence of this beer an American IPA. Just doesn't fit the style.

M: Very light bodied with weak carbonation. Not exciting at all.

O: By far the most disappointing TJ's beer I have tried to date. Not undrinkable, but does not fit the style. Judging according to the style, it is down right not good. As a beverage it's not bad, as an IPA it is bad. Will not buy this one again.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
2.24/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: copper colored ale finger of head that left a nice collar minimal lacing.

S: Booziness is what I am getting up front with some subtle malts...hops??? Where you at?

T: iPA? What? More grains and malts. No hops what so ever.... Almost a syrupy waterd down quality.

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

O: like trying new stuff but this was towards the bottom of what i have tried... Definately NOT an IPA? Hopefully you read this before you buy it...

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Photo of sd123
1.5/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of Dave1999
3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange with a one finger white foamy head.

Smells very subtle citrus; orange, lemon and grapefruit.

Tastes a bit hoppy with some malts thrown in there.

Feels smooth with a tiny bit of carbonation.

Not the best IPA but is crazy cheap so I guess you get what you pay for.

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Photo of CherryGhost
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of TheSarge
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.

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Photo of ely2000k
1/5  rDev -64.8%

Photo of barnzy78
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured aerved in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a darkish amber color. Clear, with visible carbonation. Small off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Nice malts with a hint of cognac. Smells very sweet. Where are the hops?

Taste: Sweet hit followed by a more balanced sweet/bitter profile. Still, it remains rather sweet, and is dominated by caramel malts. Hints of apple juice and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied; light carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: better than merely drinkable, yet this is no IPA. Will taste better if you think of it as an amber or brown ale.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with hints of orange. Head is thick an frothy and medium lacing.

Smells floral, tropical, and a hint of citrus and soapiness.

Tastes nice up front of understated grapefruit and quickly tails off. I wish the taste followed the nose.

Feels like a standard light IPA, light, easy drinking and good carbonation.

All that being said, it has more taste and smell than a bargain 6.2% IPA. In the end though, it's still a 6.2% IPA, and that you can't hide. Then again, I bought this beer for a dollar, so maybe that's one thing that should be taken into account.


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Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
2.84 out of 5 based on 339 ratings.
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