Friday, May 27, 2011

Kennebunkport Brewing Co.(KBC) - Wheat Beer; IPA; Winter Ale; Porter

This is brewed and bottled by Pugsley Brewing of Portland, Maine (So it looks like the Federal Jacks brewpub started Kennebunkport and has it contract brewed by Shipyard; that folks is often how the beer industry works).

Wheat - This 5.1% ABV beer pours dark golden in color, highly effervescent, with a small white head.  The aroma is light, fruity, some apricot and red plum jam, a bit of malty grain, slightly sweet.  The taste is slightly sweet, biscuity, some light fruit, with a dry and bitter finish.  The mouthfeel is smooth yet well carbonated.  This is a nice wheat beer and would be a good summer drinker.

IPA - This 6.2% ABV beer pours a dark copper, burnt orange in color.  There is a half-inch of thick, creamy and foamy head that is off-white in color.  The aroma is a bit strange, kind of sour,yeasty, burnt caramel malt, spoiling fruit.  The taste is richly malty with some fruit overtones and a bitter finish.  The taste is light years better than the strange aroma.  This is a decent drinking beer, but a failure as an IPA.

Winter Ale - This 6.7% ABV beer pours a deep ruby brown with a tall half-inch of light brown foam.  The aroma is roasted, toasted, nutty malt tinged with a bit of caramel.  The taste is like the aroma, lots of roasty, toasty, nutty malt, a touch of caramel, with enough hoppy bitterness to finish crisp and dry.  This is a really nice nut brown ale.

Porter - This 5.6% ABV beer pours dark black in color with a tall half-inch of light brown foam.  The aroma is roasted malt, a whiff of coffee, with a slight tang.  The taste is a deep, rich, roasted dark malt, some light coffee and dark chocolate.  This is a really tasty and enjoyable porter, especially for a store discount brand.
I picked these up at Trader Joes.


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