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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Photo of notchucknorris
1.44/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a coppery color with a cream colored head and good retention. So far so good.

S: I can't believe they can label this an IPA when it smells like this. I've smelled lagers with more hops than this. Cereal malts, boiled corn and grain.

T: Gross, gross, gross, gross, gross. Possibly the worst beer I've ever had. I didn't think anything could be worse than Kennebunkport's Wheat Beer but this blows that one away. It has a weird lager flavor upfront followed by this really off, acidic metallic flavor that goes through the finish. It's a little bitter, but not in a hoppy way at all. This beer tastes like licking rust. Absolutely awful. Avoid at all costs!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.01/5  rDev -28%
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.

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Photo of FattyJLE
2.96/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Clear, dark amber with a 1 inch off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Caramel malt with very little hop aroma. Pretty bland.

T - Not much going on here. Initial malt sweetness with low amount of earthy hops. Very little lingering bitterness and a mild malty/yeasty finish.

M - Moderate body and moderate carbonation.

O - Very below average IPA. I wouldn't even consider this a true IPA due to the lack of hop bitterness and flavor. Not only is this not an ideal IPA, it is also not an ideal beer in general. I will avoid this beer in the future.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

It's Opening Day for my ChiSox, and this is the random beer to help celebrate. Best Before 05/2011...check. It pours a mostly clear orange flesh-amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, wheat, coriander, light black pepper, light cilantro, light lemon zest, and light caramel. We're definitely looking at some spicy citrus hops here, folks, so no misconceptions regarding pine should enter into things. The taste revels in the juxtaposition between the sweet caramel and light buttery biscuit and the peppery, herbal, bitter hops that nestle thereamongst. The malt, though, drops out kinda quickly, leaving a sensation akin to licking bay leaves (or something along those lines. There's definitely chlorophyll involved.) So a promising start shoots off a cliff a bit, but, luckily, not too fast to really torpedo things entirely. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, I'm not putting this in the IPA pantheon, but I'd certainly consider drinking one again.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
1.71/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a burnt orange color semi cloudy. It produced a white head but retention was poor. After 1 min there was 0 head left. The aroma of the beer is not what I would expect for an IPA. I smell very slight amount of hops but mostly a floral and medicinal aroma. It gets worse with the taste- No hops to speak of- A very bad medicinal taste and hints of caramel. Not sure how this can be an IPA. Overall very bad beer. If I did drain pours, this would be one. IM going to suck it up and take one for the team.

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Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
1.27/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this beer as a "gift" I would not consider this an IPA at all. There is no hop aroma, no hop flavor. A very poor pale ale at best. Would not recommend especially if you enjoy a good quality IPA. The only thing this beer has in its favor is that it pours a nice color and had a decent head.

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Photo of richkrull
1.92/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up at trader joes. Poured a dark amber color with an average amount of head. Not the typical hoppy nose. Smells a little off. Not a good flavor either. Doesn't seem like an IPA at all. Need to pound this one and move on Not a big fan of this beer. Live and learn.

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Photo of imagese
2.42/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle picked up @ Trader Joe's in IL. Best by
date 10/11

A- clear golden amber. Half finger head that fades fast and leaves little lacing

S- super sweet. Roasted sugar and faint nondescript hops

T- odd metallic hop sweetness. Very simple, but not in a good way

M- watery, but has decent carbonation

D- not great. 4 oz in, and I'm done with this. I keep trying to like it, but it's just nothing...

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.28/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, dark amber color. Has a thin, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet and slightly fruity with hints of caramel. Almost no hoppiness detected at all...

Taste: Mildly bitter up front. Develops a sweet, almost tart, fruitiness towards the back with hints of caramel and other malts. Seriously, are they sure this is an IPA? There are almost no hops to speak of in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Did they mislabel their amber ale as an IPA? Honestly, I wouldn't have guessed this was an IPA if they hadn't called it that. There are almost no hops to speak of and it has a strange fruity/caramel flavor to it. It's not a bad beer, just not an IPA. Avoid...

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Photo of buschbeer
1.25/5  rDev -55.2%
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!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.86/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Copper in color with a large tilt towards reddish. Has a medium sized off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a thin ring of lace and a good bit of floating foam.

Smell: Lots of malty sweetness, with a touch of citric hops.

Taste: Begins with a critic, slightly piney hop bite which turns into lots of malty sweetness and finishes with some earthy bitterness and yet more sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a watery finish.

Drinkability: This really isn't bad overall as a beer, but as an IPA, it is a bit too sweet and not dry enough. It could use some more hop additions for sure, but is still a decent drink. Maybe a good IPA for those new to beer/hops.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.51/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: An aggressive pour provided a quarter-inch of head that quickly settled down to about an eighth of an inch on top of a clean, transparent and deep copper colored IPA.

SMELL: When I put my nose to the bottle a nice, piney smell dominated everything. After pouring it into a 10oz. Jameson rocks glass, however, the array of aromas opened up. The piney smell was still present, but smoky and grassy smells were also detectable. No lacing whatsoever.

TASTE: The hops are the first flavor to hit the palate, but after a quick punch, a malty, then tangy and citrus flavor show up. The aftertaste then reverts back to a dry, hoppy flavor that almost tastes a little sour.

MOUTHFEEL: I'm not sure I'm drinking the same beer as everyone else who has reviewed it here. I've seen so many people say it is smooth or slightly carbonated. It seems very sparkly to me, although maybe the mouth coating feel on the way down is convincing people that it is somehow smooth. It is an odd, but good feel.

OVERALL: The first few sip of this beer were better than the middle and end of the glass. It was still good all the way through, but as the sour and sweet flavors built on the palate, it became less and less of the bitter and hoppy IPA I seemed to be drinking in the beginning.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.42/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured form a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber and crystal clear. The liberal amount of bubbles is beautiful to watch, and really keeps the pillowy thick, half-inch head alive. This is a wonderful beer to look at.

S - The smell is a bit too malty for an IPA. It also has a slightly metallic aroma.

F/M - Medium bodied, smooth and well carbonated. The flavor has some fairly one-dimensional hops up front. They're bitter and a little spicy, but there is something slightly sweet that comes along with it. The sweet flavor is almost like watered down apple juice. The flavors really aren't all that appealing. The beer finishes bitter and astringent along with a big grainy-bread flavor.

D - The beer is beautiful. However the aromas and flavors are both off for the style and not very appealing.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.26/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Southern Tier pint glass.

A: Poured a bright, golden copper color with a chilled haze and slightly darker orangey center. Carbonation was lively and it built to a creamy, two-finger head of off-white foam which held pretty well and left a little lace.

S: Musty, pine needle hops, a little citrus fruit and some buttery cracker malts.

T: Sweet, dry, bready malts up front which are soon washed over by a fruity, bitter hop wash that dries the palate out. There's a little metallic, seltzer flavor mixed in with the hop profile, which is mostly herbal and leaves a slightly bittersweet, mineral and biscuity aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied IPA with a slight chew and a very carbonated mouthfeel.

D: The appearance and aftertaste are about as good as this IPA gets. The flavor underwhelmed me, but at the price point of $5.99/6pk, I can't find too many complaints here. An interesting contract brew with a special deal at Trader Joe's? That "allure" aside, it's a pretty forgettable, one-dimensional IPA.

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Photo of steveh
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Trader Joe's, best enjoyed by date on label of August, 2011.

A -- Clear, deep gold to near copper color with a light tan head that settles quickly to a thin cap, but revives nicely.

S -- Spicy hops with vague biscuit character back -- some light diacetyl and mild phenols with warming. Pretty thin, overall.

T -- Characteristic Ringwood yeast tang up front: sort of citrus, sort of woody. Blends into biscuit malt character with bitter hops in the finish, though not the depth of what one might expect from an American IPA. Some phenols and astringency in the aftertaste, though not strong.

M -- Body is medium with a smooth mouthfeel and dry finish.

D -- Drinkability is not offensive, but the mild astringency could grow fatiguing. This isn't quite in the American IPA category, but it's also a bit too hoppy-bitter to be an English IPA -- closer to that than American, though.

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Photo of Clydesdale
2.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange color. The orange-tinted head is initially tall, with a reasonably dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and above average amounts of lacing stick to the glass.

S: A firm malty nose of sugar cookies and light caramel. Sweet in the nose, for the style anyway. A mild toastiness. Hop notes are medium for the style, with primarily leafy and light citric character.

T: Fairly malty up front. Toasty malt, sugar cookies, and faint caramel are noticeable. Hop bitterness is fairly mild, and doesn't overcome the sweetness to put the balance of this beer on the hops. Hop flavor is leafy and mildly citric, before fading to a faintly estery, vaguely apple finishing flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is smooth and fairly creamy. Very little of the dryness expected from an IPA - this is on the sweet and smooth side throughout.

D: This tiptoes along the line between IPA and plain old pale ale. As a pale ale, this would be boring and flat. As an IPA, this is pretty far off the mark: sweet, lacking substantial bitterness, and featuring few noteworthy hop flavors or aromas. It's not a bad beer, but it's disappointingly weak for the style and unlikely to impress.

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Photo of TheStig
2.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What can I write in this review that will differentiate it from the others? Decent appearance with a fair head retention, a slightly floral scent and a non-obtrusive taste that leaves a lot to be desired. A slight bitterness comes in during the aftertaste, with carbonation being very present. I echo hmk22's comment that this could be considered a "gateway beer" but it's largely forgettable. Not bad for a dollar.

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Photo of hmk22
3.35/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not as negative as some reviewers about this's not going to make the IPA Hall of Fame, but it's a decent IPA style for the price. I find that context is important with a lot of these Trader Joe's and Whole Foods "house brand" beers -- they are from no-name or "dba" breweries and are probably developed for palates that are (or aspire to be) above the BMC fray but aren't ready to (say) sign up for a BA account. So beer aficionados will always be a little disappointed (as the reviews illustrate), but TJs and WF are legendary for reading their customer base and giving them what they want, so these offerings fill a niche, and not so badly IMO. Who knows, maybe they can be "gateway" beers to the major stuff.

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Photo of allrizz
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this IPA from Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Amber/Copper color. It maintained a head for a short while.

Smell: A mild hops aroma.

Taste: A mild hops flavor with a metallic after taste, which I did not like.

This is the mildest IPA I have had so far. I prefer a bolder presence of hops from an IPA. This seemed to lean more towards red ale than an IPA.

I don't think I would choose this beer again if I had another beer to choose from...depending on the choice of course!

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Photo of waldoiverson
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from Trader Joe's into nonic

A: pretty dark, almost copper in color. offwith head with a nice pillowy presence, leaving only a lil' lacing

S: a little sour, a bit of a bready malt, not much hops either in the citrus or the pine variety in the nose

T: some corn and medicinal flavors, it ends a bit nutty and bready, only at the very end do i get any bitterness from hops. this is more amber ale than IPA

M: very nice crispness, smooth body, lots of malt apparent

D: It's OK, but it is not really much of an AIPA. I think the marks would be better if they labeled it an amber or copper ale. The price is nice, however.

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Photo of JayQue
3.11/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally a less than good beer from Trader Joe's. Everything I had previously from Trader Joe's has been shockingly good. This is a very mediocre IPA.

Looks good...Pours a clear amber color into a pint glass. Nice size white head, good retention and good lacing. Smell was very mild and malty...hardly good for an AIPA. Taste is malty with the finishing bitterness coming with a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel was a bit weak and thin. The metallic finish don't help the mouthfeel either.

Drinkability is average. This one is not worthy of mass consumption

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.23/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Chunky homebrew looking light brown and burnt auburn looking beer. No head or lace, prolly because the carbonation is on par with that of a cask ale. Aroma was alcohol, tea and earthy soil.

Taste, solventy alcohol, no hops, dirt grittiness. Medicinal almost, like when you chew up your Vicodin to get a better rush (not that I would know). Mouthfeel of that stuff, sure. But that stuff isn't good.

This is the worst ipa I've ever had. Keeping with the prescription medication references, another BA (corpulent) who has drank this beer w/ me before (it took like 2 years to get rid of a 6 pack of this crap) once told me a story about trying darvocet for the first time. To illustrate how sucky it was he said "Darvocet = the kennebunkport ipa of narcotics." Great line.

For my two cents, I think it really tastes like they brought some butthole soup to the bottling line.

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Photo of gopens44
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber in color with a thin at best head.

S - Very sweet and malty. Maybe a bit nutty. Not at all what I'd expect in an IPA

T - Again - Sweet, caramel malts and a touch of hops mixed in. Not a very well balanced taste at all

M - Medium carbonation and dry.

D - Not the most horrid thing on earth, but it wasn't a strong and bitter IPA by any measure. Seemed a little synthetic to me.

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Photo of dogchasecats
1.7/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I have tried a number of beers from Trader Joes. For the most part, they are not the best of breed, but they are good. This one was very disappointing.

This beer is not an IPA. I expect a nice bite, a large taste of hops and a lingering aftertaste to enjoy.

I tasted little hops and an off flavor that made me think of grape kool-aid. Another reviewer said something about plums. OK, I'll buy that.

I poured the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect Pint glass. I didn't get around to noticing the head or anything. I was too shocked at the first taste. It was unpleasant. I didn't finish the glass. After about five or six tries, I poured it out!

I will give it a second try, just in case I got a messed up bottle or something fell into it. I'll drink one of these first in an evening so my palette will be fresh. Also, the beer had only been in the fridge for about 2 hours. I would have thought that was a good serving temp, cool but not cold.

If I change my mind, I will update my review.

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Photo of katan
3.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Very translucent brown color, clear. Strong pearly white head formation, well retained at about 1mm. Lightly bubbly.

S - Light amount of caramel malts, and an equally light amount of earthy hopping. A sour note is present, indicating this may be beyond its age.

T - Starts off lightly malty, a hair of those toasted/nutty caramel malt notes. Grows bitter, starts to show more hopping. A flash of that sour note sneaks through. Finishes with a fairly strong bitter note. Very dry. Some of the actual floral hop flavors finally show up in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate body - even strong carbonation bite. Carbonation may be a little bit overdone. Finishes with some oily and grassy textures on the tongue.

D - Moderate drinkability. A bit filling at times. ABV unlisted. A decent beer to have with equally strong cheese. Perhaps not entirely great on its own.

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