'taint Town Pale Ale
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Bitter - English
Ranked #260
Ranked #46,623
3.33 | pDev: 12.31%
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Maine, United States
Notes: Classic style of a British Bitter. Clean, crisp and aromatic with a subtle balance between malt and hops - a local favorite.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 32 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wide mouth tumbler from a gifted growler one day after opening: color is copper to light amber, transparent, nice head that presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring, not much effervescence.

Smell is toffee and caramel, toast and maybe some crackers or biscuits, very pleasant and inviting, definitely a sweeter malt profile but enticing.

Taste leans less sweet than the aroma would allude, some nice bitter notes, though subtle hop flavors present as earthiness, grassy flavors; malt flavors are more toffee, lighter caramel and bread or biscuit like flavors.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, nice bitter touch but not drying or drawn out, complements the sweeter caramel and toffee notes but does not take away.

Overall, I'd say this is a great presentation of the style, pretty clean flavors and great freshness ( I was told this was about as fresh you could get, so just kegged). Furthermore, I did this tasting on a growler that was opened one day ago and the flavors and carbonation held up well.

Aug 04, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Cask pour in a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper coloring with a frothy, big bubbled, off-white head. Aromas have a deep toffee sweetness to them, with roasted qualities and a subtle bitterness. Flavors are roasty and richly sweet on the forward tongue, with a hint of dry hop spice and bitter on the borders of the tongue. Pretty malt heavy, with a caramel and toffee blend. Very smooth, but light, almost watery in body. Sweet and roasty aftertaste, with a little more of the hops coming through to provide some bitterness and resiny notes. Clean, smooth, slightly drying finish.

May 25, 2013
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BeerKangaroo from Alaska

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Federal Jack's:

In a pint glass:

A: clear copper/gold body with a one finger white foamy head. It left minimal lacing and left no rings. Carbonation slowly rose.

S: light caramel with some malts

T: sweet through the malts and caramel. No hops was tasted even after the beer warmed a bit.

M: medium that had a good drinkability to it.

O: this was a good beer to me, but with the malts and caramel coming out so strong, I'm just wondering if this beer is more of an English Pale Ale.

May 31, 2012
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Federal Jack's in Kennebunck Maine.

Pours light to medium golden amber, touches of white foam.

Smell is light, some hops, malt, fruitiness. Nothing you wouldn't expect, nothing at the forefront.

Taste is mildly hoppy, balanced by the malt, overall a good blend. Light on the carbonation.

Good drinker - not outstanding, but an overall good beer to enjoy.

Oct 24, 2010
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Duhast500 from Rhode Island

3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass

The color was a copper/gold with a finger of foamy white head but not much lacing.

The smell had a bit of a caramel flavor that was a bit sweet. Not much in the way of bitterness.

The taste was a bit doughy and still sweet a bit. Some peppery spices with some bitterness forms in the background.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and goes down well and is drinkable but does seem a bit off balanced.

Aug 09, 2010
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plaid75 from New York

3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium copper hue with a slight foamy head.

The smell featured toffee and diacytl.

The taste featured a full sweet toffee, diacytl and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the heavier side of the style with low carbontion.

Overall an unimpressive ale.

Jul 21, 2010
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mrpunan from California

2.39/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had it at the brewery. nice amber color, no head, faint smell. Flavors of mild malt and pretty much undetectable hops. Mine was flat as well. Won't bother having this again, i found it to be a let down. Didn't seem fresh either. Federal Jack's is a nice idea that has poorly implemented the brewery part.

Sep 05, 2009
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off a tap this beer was a gold color with some amber highlights and good clarity. The one-finger, white head retained itself as a skim and left outstanding curtains of lacing. The aroma was of floral hops, pale malt and hints of spices. The flavors were only average. Starting with a touch of bitterness it then became centered around pale and biscuity malt. Towards the end some pine and herbal bitterness from the hops appeared. The hops had clearly been played down to makes this a more broadly accessible beer but to me it was boring. It was, however, potentially sessionable. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation delicate.

Jul 06, 2009
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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium copper brew with a slight 1 finger white head that stayed for just a short while.

Pretty good balance to the brew that tilted slightly towards the malty sweet side of the flavor spectrum.

A sublte hop finish and a slight note of breadiness.

A good pale ale, but nothing really special.

Jun 27, 2008
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NJpadreFan from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Federal Jacks- Taint Town

A- Copper brown with a small lacing foamy head.
S- Sweet buttery caramel and biscuits.
T- Caramel, buttery shortbread, butterscotch, and a light touch of pine.
M- Buttery smooth with a light crisp dry finish.

Overall- Delicious but like another reviewer said this strays from the APA style. More of an ESB. But tasty regardless.

Dec 29, 2007
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kimcgolf from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This wasn’t a bad beer, but it’s a shame to call it a bitter. Poured to a nice copper color with off-white head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Aroma was slightly hoppy and grainy, but not nearly as dominant as I expect of a bitter. Likewise, the mouthfeel was muted, and the flavor was only mildly grainy hops.

Finish, while okay, was not nearly what I expect from an ESB. Not a bad session beer, just not a good ESB.

Aug 28, 2007
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this from the cask. It was a clear orange color with a thick white head. The appearance was the highlight of this beer. It had minimal aroma, just a little grassy. Taste was buttery, a little bread. Couldn't really detect a hops presence. I was also expecting it to be creamier, coming from a cask.

Nov 19, 2006
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Dithyramb from Maryland

3.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed via cask at the brewery. Amber tinged golden that was cloudier than expected. Mostly malty aroma, but there was some metallic and floral hop aspects as well. Came off rather bready and butterscotchy. Very lightly hopped and didn't get either the crispness one would expect from an APA nor the creaminess one would expect from a cask.

Aug 17, 2006
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Gavage from Nevada

3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange in color with a nice two finger head. No lacing develops. Nice amount of tiny carbonation bubbles. The aroma is of citrus and light floral hops. The flavor is rather mellow and slightly off balanced, as malt, oranges, decent bitterness are slightly hidden by the strong buttery tones.

Mouthfeel is crisp at the start. Finish is crisp and mildly dry as butter is stuck to the roof of your mouth and tongue. Overall this is a pretty average pale ale.

Jul 12, 2005
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cabonation slowly rises in my tangerine colored beverage. The low white head lasts. Aah, the aroma...butterscotch pudding. Tastewise, the aroma follows through, some breadyness appears. More malty than hoppy. Easy to drink, but I think that one will do.

Jul 02, 2005
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oberon from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask and found it to be a pretty decent beer,pours a golden color with a nice creamy cask influenced head,aroma was lightly metallic and malty with a light hop aroma lingering.Taste is pretty dry with some biscuity malty flavors that really stick in the finish,lightly hopped in my mind for a pale ale.Not anything spectacular but pretty good.

Oct 18, 2003
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kelticblood from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange in color.Served from draft with not much of a head.Sweet malty aroma.Medium bodied with a good creamy malt mouthfeel.Medium carbonated.Slight bitterness but no real hops noted on the aroma or taste.Hints of honey and lemon.Very faint lingering bitterness in the throat so there must be hops somewhere.Needs to be more balanced with the hops and malt.

Served on tap at Federal Jacks brew pub in Kennebunkport Maine

Jun 07, 2003
'taint Town Pale Ale from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 32 ratings