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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Added by Monkeyknife on 12-01-2007

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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 165
Photo of TheSarge
2.72/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -64.2%

Photo of barnzy78
2/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +19.4%
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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Photo of Finiki
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of PaBeerLover
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring leaving scant lacing.

S - the aroma is kind of malty with a hint of floral hops in the background.

T - mainly sweet caramel malt with some floral/earthy hop notes and some bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel and easy drinkability.

O - I've had worse IPA's but I've also had better Pale Ales.

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Photo of bashiba
1.62/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a nice clear amber with a light tan head. Looks nice, unfortunately its all down hill from here.

Smells just of pure stale malt, where are the hops? Even for English IPA its hopless or is hopeless, about the same thing in this case.

Taste stale and flat even though the dating on the label would suggest that it is fresh, no hops at all, in fact barely even bitter.
Just tastes cheap and bad.

The mouthfeel is watery.

This beer stinks, easily one of the worsts IPA's I have ever had, not even hoppy enough to be a good amber.

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Photo of twelveinches
2/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of mithrascruor
1.72/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat dark amber color. Clear, with visible carbonation. Fairly thick yet small off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Mostly corn and grass malts, with just a hint of hoppy spice.

Taste: Lots of cereal malts (corn in particular) with a bit of bitter and mildly spicy hops thrown in. Aftertaste has a few occasional "spikes" of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

Overall: Drinkable, yet... ugh...

Shame on Trader Joe's for selling this swill, and marketing it as an IPA! Of course, they sell some cheapo/not-so-good beer, but they don't pretend it is something else. The fake craft IPAs from major grocery chains like Safeway are light-years ahead of this stuff. Pretty awful.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is not particularly strong, and is more fruity and floral than hoppy. It pours a clear dark orange amber with a thick and fluffy ivory head. Flavor is fairly hoppy and woody with a sweet fruity overtone, almost no bitterness. Tastes more like a regular ale than an IPA. Smooth texture has firm body and a little bit of tingle. Fair to middlin', but still worth a fair shake.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of garymuchow
3.34/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks alright I'll give it that, but even with that it's a loud fizzy head (tan) capping a darker gold amber and very clear body.
Aroma is nearly non-existent and lies more with malt than and refreshing or interesting Am. hops.
Flavor is better than the aroma, in fact, it's alright. It still is more malt forward (maybe this should be listed as an Eng. IPA) with a caramel quality and mild sweetness before a moderate hop flavor (with a grassy earthy quality) and then a mild to moderate bitterness shows. Decently and appropriately dry on the finish.
Carbonation seems a bit big (in more and bigger bubbles in the feel) than I'd like, but a moderately light feel seems good.
Overall this is certainly drinkable, worth a try and maybe a little more. Could be a worthy every day beer if the price is right - which it might be as it came from Trader Joe's I believe (thanks brother for the bottle).

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Photo of kkipple
2.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a single 12oz of this in PA, having never seen it before. Pedestrian bottle, but it has a 'best before' notch of Feb, 2012... so that's something... twist off bottle cap.

"Brewed and bottled by Pugsley Brewing, LLC, Portland, Maine." Huh.

Pours a clear deep orange... minimal head... initially smells promising-ish, SN Pale, but by the time I get around to sipping on it the nose has devolved into a rather bland, sugary and only mildly hopped mess. Not much to say, really.

A sip confirms my suspicion... this tastes like bad homebrew. As others have noted, it simply tastes stale and lifeless, with virtually nothing to recommend it. The sweet, simplistic malt flavors and vague (Chinook, Cascade?) hops don't work well together at all. Frankly, it's a mystery to me why such sub-par beer gets released at all. Who is on quality control over there? As much as I hate to jump aboard the train bound for beatdown station, it must be done.

Carbonation is decent, mouthfeel is slick and a bit heavy. Sad when the best thing about your beer is the mouthfeel, isn't it?

Kennebunkport IPA has almost nothing to recommend it and was a drain pour for me. It's not undrinkable, but I have no shortage of good beers waiting to be drunk - why waste time here? Alas, you can't win them all.

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Photo of niibuyaa
2.41/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: It does pour fairly nicely. Decent color, about 2 fingers of head, that dissipate pretty quick but it does leave the glass a little sticky on completion.

S: Smell like someone left a bottle open over night, a little stale, corny, and not much if any hops.

T: Someone else mentioned bubble gum, and I have to agree, it was bubble gum'ee. Also seemed way to sweet, and very little bitterness. I didn't taste any citrus. There is also a strong alcohol taste. Which was a surprise as it's not a high ABV at 6.2%. When I finished it felt like I had drank more.

M: Ok, it felt alright. Like a Pale Ale, nothing to complain about really, but not exciting either.

O: I wouldn't pick up another 6 pack of this. It's the price that called to me, and the desire to try something from Maine. AAt $4.49 I can't say I lost too much.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer: This beer is way out of style so take ratings with that in consideration. Rated as an English Pale Ale (with American IPA considerations).

Pours from the 12oz bottle a clear amber color. Rather dark for an IPA. No "pale" here. Tons of foamy head and plenty of retention. Looks pretty nice.

Aroma is all malt. Smells like an amber ale. There are some hops but they seem to be more earthy and absolutely no citrus or pine or anything resembling an American hop.

Decent flavor. Again, more English than American. Earthy, bready, crisp. Not bad. Way out of style.

Kind of an AMber ale English "IPA" hybrid. Not great but certainly worth the $5.99 I paid at Trader Joes. No IPA, but a decent drinker.

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Photo of u2carew
3.41/5  rDev +22.2%
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).

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Photo of Zorro
2.84/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a small yellowish white head, not really what I could call tan.

Smell is slightly herbal, smells slightly woody and vaguely like tobacco. OK malt scent, not an aromatic beer really.

Starts out mildly sweet with a decent herbal hop assault. Tastes of butter and malt mostly, medium low bitterness level. Not really an American style IPA, more like the British version. Actually this tastes more like a bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall...not that great. Tastes bland.

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Photo of 1Adam12
2.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish yellow sort of color. Smells like a dirty shoe. I actually put my nose to, pulled back and went "UGH!". Some hops on the nose, maybe some citrus, but just doesn't smell appealing at all. Taste seems to be more malty than hoppy. There are hops there, just not much of em. Mouthfeel is at least a bit creamy, carbonated, and nice. Overall, average at best. However, it's a buck, not not bad for a buck.

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Photo of Cadhorn
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't taste any hops. None. Tastes like straight-up American pale ale. If they'd labeled it as such, and at $5.99 a sixer, great! As an IPA? No. Not at all. Do not purchase if you're looking for an IPA.

Aside: I drank one of these after a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA... and it was actually a very nice palate-cleanser.

Conclusion: it's not a bad beer, it's just not what it claims to be (IPA). As an IPA I give it a 2. As an American PA I'd give it a 4.

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Photo of whatthehull
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of kaseydad
2.89/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of bboven
2.06/5  rDev -26.2%
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".

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Photo of mkomalley
1.19/5  rDev -57.3%
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

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Kennebunkport IPA from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Beer rating: 2.79 out of 5 with 344 ratings