Then we veer into left field as BeerAdvocate (and a Google search) attribute the beer/brewery to Federal Jack’s Brewpub; RateBeer on the other hand considers this beer an alias to Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead Ale, which is listed under Shipyard Brewing, which I thought was a standalone entity—but is in fact listed under the “family” of Federal Jack’s brands.
But there’s nothing specific about Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale on the Federal Jack’s page, so I guess we need to consider it as the Shipyard Pumpkinhead. A couple of years ago I reviewed Pumpkinhead, and though I was unsure at the time I’m pretty sure (in retrospect) I had a bad bottle, and didn’t like it.
So, Kennebunkport Pumpkin: the same as Pumpkinhead, which is a 4.7% ABV wheat beer brewed with spices and no pumpkin, as it turns out. (As an aside, I always wondered why you’d brew a “pumpkin beer” without actually using pumpkin. To me that’s like advertising a “wheat beer” without actually using wheat. But that’s a rant for another time.)
Strangely, though, I could swear I do taste pumpkin (the vegetable) in this beer…
Smell: Crisp, very lightly spicy, and minerally (almost acidic); with the foam it has a soapy note that dissipates with the head. Some raw pumpkin.
Taste: Sweet, raw pumpkin notes (vegetal) with spices—nutmeg, cloves but with a light touch. Fairly clean, with hard water characteristics; not as expressive as other pumpkin beers.
Mouthfeel: Lightly crisp, minerally; a bit bubbly on the tongue.
Overall: Not bad, nice notes come out as it warms, but not my favorite—a bit too thin/filtered.