Note: This is a series I call Caveman Beer Reviews, because I like to drink beer but am a caveman when it comes to beer knowledge. I know only the basics, and do not have a refined palate. I’ll review the beers on price and what they look, smell, and taste like to me.
Beer: KBC (Kennebunkport Brewing Co.) IPA
Bottom Line: A good, somewhat light IPA with a medium-strength sour taste. Nothing special, though.
Price: About $5.99 for a six-pack of 12 oz bottles
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
The more I learn about beers (mainly by doing these reviews), the more I gravitate to tasty brews like IPAs and porters. I still don’t know much about what it means to be an IPA, porter, ale, or whatever, but now I’ve had enough of them to know that they taste strong and please me dearly.
So, I was happy to pick up this Maine concoction from the folks at KBC, especially since I liked their porter. I also have a pretty high opinion of Maine and its people, based exclusively on the only person from Maine I’ve ever known, a kid from college who was probably the nicest dude on earth. You know, one of those persons who’s always in a bright mood and rushing to lend a helping hand (we all know at least one, right?).
That said, I was surprised to say I can’t find a website for the Kennebunkport Brewing Company. C’mon people, it’s not 1991!
Origin: Portland, Maine
Alcohol: A solid 6.1%
Looks: A dark glass standard beer bottle with simple, nautical-themed labeling that needs updating. The biggest word on it is “IPA”. The beer itself is a dark amber (almost brown) color.
Smell: Medium-strength malt smell.
Taste: The KCB IPA is a relatively light IPA (when compared to others I’ve had). It has a medium-strength sour taste that’s not very complex or nuanced. I’d say it’s a rather generic IPA sour flavor with a finish that reminds me of grapefruit (not really the citrus, more the sourness). The taste lingers on the roof of the mouth.
Other than that, the KBC IPA is quite gassy, which does not make it very easy to drink.
Hangover Factor: Nothing out of the ordinary. I’m a male in reasonably good health born in 1983.
For the price of like a dollar a bottle, the KBC IPA is not a bad choice for relaxing on a weekday night. It’s nothing special, though.