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433. Kennebec River Brewery Penobscot Porter

Kennebec River Penobscot PorterOne of my coworkers brought this back for me from The Forks as I have not made it up there recently. I work with a number of rafting companies in The Forks and if you have never been to that part of Maine schedule a rafting trip now for this Summer. You will have a great time as the guides up there know how to put together a weekend of fun.

Kennebec River Brewery is part of Northern Outdoors one of the largest resorts and guide service in The Forks. They bottle three of their beers and you can find the rest at the resort and you can bring a nice growler home with you. The Penobscot Porter is very dark with a thin tan head, looks like a porter should. Aroma is very sweet and with plenty of chocolate and maybe a bit of coffee.

Taste is where this one really excels, very smooth and creamy with lots of chocolate. This is certainly one of the better porters I have had and I am very glad my coworker chose this. She drinks mostly Miller Lite so getting an excellent and dark beer like this was a great surprise. 
Very flavorful and great mouthfeel
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Kennebec River Brewery
Brewers Description:

154. Kennebec River Sledhead Red

I am still searching for that perfect Amber/Red Ale. It seems like they are all enjoyable but very little difference from one to the other and nothing that stands out. This one is no different than many of the others; a solid beer, enjoyable and easy to drink but nothing sets this apart. Will have to seek out the Sebago Brewing Runabout Red as their Brown, Local Harvest and Stout are 3 of the best beers to date. Color on this one is great as with most reds with a nice 1.5 finger head that lasts leaving nice lacing. Very little aroma and tastes smooth but fairly simple. Overall a solid beer as the others from Kennebec River Brewery have been. If you have the chance give it a try but no need to seek it out.
Pros: Color, easy to drink
Cons: Very similar to all other amber/reds
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Kennebec River Brewery
Brewers Description: An incredibly smooth red ale with moderate bitterness up front, which gives way to a delightful malty finish. Brewed using five European malts and three varieties of domestic Northwest hops. (Six packs available in stores October to April).

12. Kennebec River IPA

Seems like all craft brewers offer a variety of IPAs and most are very similar in style and flavor. While I am not usually a fan of IPAs, I have to say the IPA from Kennebec River Brewery and  Gritty’s IPA may change my mind. This a quality beer with great flavor and a fair amount of bite from the hops but not overwhelming like IPAs often are.
Pros: Flavorful, great color and aroma
Cons: Slight aftertaste but less than many other IPAs
Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 60?
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Kennebec River Brewery
Brewers Description: Our flagship ale, this was our first brew ever made in 1997. This copper colored, medium bodied IPA is crafted with abundant amounts of North American malted barley for a full malt flavor. The aggressive bitter bite comes from a generous addition of Nugget hops, with late additions of Willamette hops adding subtle flavor and aroma. (Six packs available in stores year-round).

11. Kennebec River Brewery Summer Ale

I did not realize there was a brewery at Northern Outdoors in The Forks. I know there is a lot of beer consumed up there during the summer but had no idea they were brewing and bottling their own beer. Like many other summer ales this is a light refreshing beer that is easy to drink and perfect for summer days/nights in Maine. Not sure if it was the beer but each time I had 2 of these of these I woke up the next morning with a head ache. That never happens to me so thinking it is something with the beer itself. Other than a quality brew from a local Maine company and if anyone knows the people at Northern Outdoors please introduce me as I would love write their insurance coverage.
Pros: Smooth easy to drink and very refreshing
Cons: Headache after drinking?? Was it the beer (I can’t be sure).
Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ???
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Kennebec River Brewery
Brewers Description: A classic American pale ale crafted with domestic malted barley and fresh Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest. An excellent choice for those new to microbrews, it’s as refreshing as a ride down the Kennebec River! (Six packs available in stores May to September).