Forbidden Traveler Apple Ale | The Traveler Beer Co.

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Forbidden Traveler Apple AleForbidden Traveler Apple Ale
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Forbidden Traveler Apple AleForbidden Traveler Apple Ale

Brewed by:
The Traveler Beer Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with lemon peel, with apple juice and natural flavor added.

Added by jhartley on 10-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by cnwillis31:
Photo of cnwillis31
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I keep trying apple ales hoping that I will find one I like but hasn't happened yet.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
2.08/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I usually appreciate Traveler beers as a change of pace beer. However, this is easily the worst beer that I have tried from them. The apple taste is of unripe green apples mixed with lemony light witbier. There is a touch of ginger in there as well. Unlike their pumpkin shandy, the spices do not mix well. I will get beers from this brewery again, but for me this one is a big pass.

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Photo of OKbrew89
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. It is the color of poorly stirred, instant apple juice (from the freezer section) with a one finger head that recedes instantly and does not leave lacing. Aroma of sugar and candied apple that is reminiscent of hard candy and slightly artificial chemical-ly. Taste is a sour granny smith apple and white bread. Light body and medium-light carbonation with just enough mouth feel not to be cider.
The apple taste and mouth feel seems in-genuine. Combined with the obscenely light body, it leaves an unusual taste in my mouth. Look elsewhere for apple beers if they are your jam.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brenden
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The head this beer builds up is a billowy one, creamy and fluffy and over a finger tall. Retention is strong, and the lace mostly consists of some netting. The beer itself is a yellow-gold color with a light haze.
Dusty apple comes out strong in the nose, lots of earth and that rustic sweet and hearty red apple note, honeycrisp or Fuji most accurately. There's just the faintest ghost of something medicinal and it mingles some green apple tartness. The flavor follows suit well but what I assume are hops adds a perfume bitterness. The finish gets slightly grainy but brings out must and bitterness most of all. All in all, it ends up a touch muted and could use a little more depth.
The feel is balanced, both crisp and smooth in a medium body. It flows well off a firm carbonation. It could be a little cleaner in the finish.

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Photo of podge_34
3.86/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass
Aroma- overpowering "fake" apple smell
Appearance- Pours a murky golden yellow with a very small white head.
Taste- Over the top Apple flavor that I didn't care for
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation with a crisp finish
Overall- I didn't care for this beer, to much fake apple to enjoy

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Photo of hophugger
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold. Very nice fluffy head and moderate lacing. Looks just like a wheat, but a little darker. Aroma is in your face apple. Smells just like Laffy Taffy !!. Taste is full of flavor, and just like the aroma, there is a ton of crisp, somewhat green apple and Laffy Taffy again. I like apple, but this could be mellowed just a touch. Other than the apple, there are hints of a wheat beer underneath, IMO. Mouthfeel is refreshing and tart and finish is somewhat crisp and sweet. I like this but could not have too many because of the extra apple sweetness...

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Photo of emerge077
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The appearance is a unfiltered, light gold hue. The nose is full of apples and some lemon. It tastes as though the apples have become rotten. An overall very poor ale.

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Photo of tommy5
3.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Forbidden Traveler Apple Ale has a thick, white head, lots of heavy lacing left on the glass, and a murky, orange-gold appearance. The aroma is of white bread and Jolly Rancher. Taste is the same, with some paper, underneath. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Forbidden Traveler Apple Ale finishes semi-wet and fairly drinkable.


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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, label notched at best by November 2015. My first beer from The Traveler Beer Co., acquired a single bottle from the local beer store. Brewed "in collaboration with The Boston Beer Company" according to the label. Expectations aren't all that great.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a very cloudy yellow golden body. About a finger of frothy white head that dies down. Leaves some okay fluffy lacing behind. Has that typical very cloudy appearance that beer blends usually have. Looks okay for what it is.

S - The lemon juice is apparent, but doesn't feel entirely natural. Mashed green apples / applesauce. Not cidery, but apples are apparent. Again, not entirely authentic though.

T - Taste is the same. The grainy / wheaty beer base pokes through. Lemon not really too noticeable in the taste. The apple juice comes off as a bit more natural in the taste, but it's still not really doing it for me.

M - The feel is crisp, creamy, and appley on the finish. Medium-light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Not terribly quenching or easy-drinking in my opinion.

Overall, it was about what I was expecting. No where near great, but drinkable. This will appeal to the Blue Moon / faux crafter beer crowd I fear.

Forbidden Traveler Apple Ale -----3/5.

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Photo of Snuggs13
3.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I like other Traveler beers, but this one smells much better than it actual tastes. It's a light ale, but I don't get much flavor at all, let alone Apple flavor. It's okay to have one, but I probably wouldn't drink these all night.

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Photo of kili1988
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer pours a fairly white head that stays. The beer itself is a cloudy yellow. The smell is a bit unnaturally sweet and sugary with what seems to be a sweet apple note that you find in candy. The smell notes transfer to the taste notes as well but that the apple is a tiny bit more natural and that there is a very light lemon peel note. The feel is bubbly and a bit heavy; not very refreshing but lighter than your average beer. Overall, meh.

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Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date of August 2015:

Pours clouded golden yellow with a thin vanishing head. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of apple juice. Some wheat tang.

The taste is of apple juice - overripe apple - and a hint of lemon and wheat tang. Zesty, crisp finish.

Very smooth and crisp.

It is what it is - A shandy with apple juice and a hint of lemon peel. Easy enough to drink. Worth trying if you want something light with a strong apple character.

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Photo of jlindros
2.31/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light fizzy head, creamy, fades at a med pace, hazy pear juice color.

Nose lots of apple juice, fresh apple cider, lots of cinnamon and spices, lemon peel, etc. No beer.

Taste again apple cider, but a weird skunk beer in there, apple juice and cheap non alcoholic apple cider, perfume alcohol, lemon zest, cinnamon and spices, etc.

Mouth is med bod but apple cider mush feel., light carb, gritty.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am generally Forbidden from bottles, but I am slowly winnowing down my backlog so that I may return to The CANQuest (tm).

I Pop!ped the cap since nothing else happens until then. In doing so, the scent of apples immediately wafted from the bottle! I went with an aggro pour more to create some head than to release the esters, but it is such a routine for me that I could not resist. This netted me two fingers of foamy, rocky eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a solid Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity. This called forth the Gelt Gang, MIdas, Mammon and Croesus and they had returned to the squabbling that used to be a trademark of their behavior. Grrr. I waited until they departed to lean in and get a good whiff. It had a cider-y apple sweetness, crisp and slightly tart. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was certainly of apples, but it was more muted than what the nose had led me to expect. Sure, it is an Apple Ale and not an Apple Cider, but it seemed to lack Ooomph! Finish had a definite sugary sweetness, which made it a one-and-done for me. The label mentioned Lemon Peel, but I was not getting it.

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Photo of Demi
2.3/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of creepinjeeper
3.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle (Enjoy by 8/2015), poured into a shaker pint.

Look - No head when poured. Cloudy like unfiltered apple juice/cider.
Smell - Granny Smith apples hit you right away. So much, in fact, that it seems too good to be true (i.e. natural). Slight hint of biscuit, not much. I liked it, though.
Taste - Tart apples are the thing you taste the most. It ended with a hint of, for a lack of better words, Boston Lager. Again, not a bad thing.
Feel - I expected a different feel because of it's appearance. It was a crisp. clean feel on my tongue. Nicely carbonated.
Overall - A decent beer and I appreciate it's entry into the market. Good for outdoor BBQ's and summertime, in general.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazed yellow with a white head. The aroma is sickly sweet like a green apple jolly rancher candy, or artificial apple for those unaccustomed. Flavor is better, with balanced apple, malt, lemon and slight beer quality. To say I can actually taste the wheat would be a stretch. For the crowd that isn't sure if they want a beer. Drinks like a cider beer mixture, which it essentially is.

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/2015. Pours hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon peel, green apple, pear, light pepper, wheat, cracker, light honey, light herbal/grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of lemon/apple, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon peel, green apple, pear, light pepper, wheat, cracker, light honey, light herbal/grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness and slight wheat/apple tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon peel, green apple, pear, wheat, cracker, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of lemon/apple, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness after the finish as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a very solid apple shandy. All around good balance and solid robustness of lemon/apple, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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