Jack-O Traveler Shandy | The Traveler Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jack-O Traveler is an alluring wheat beer illuminated by the tastes of fall. He strikes a perfect balance between bright refreshment and seasonal spice. Jack is brewed with fresh pumpkin, for a delicious dark-hued, Shandy-inspired beer.

Added by chudson1992 on 09-03-2013

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Ratings:
658
Reviews:
84
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
20.66%
 
 
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy before 1/2016.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, lemon soda, cola, and pumpkin spice aromas. Taste is much the same with cola and pumpkin spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of soda and pumpkin spice aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

was it just me? or is this thing pretty good? never would have thought to do a pumpkin shandy, but the lemonade aspect of this does a lot of the pumpkin, livens it up without the need for fall spices, which i guess makes it pretty unique in the pumpkin beer world. also, are these guys new? this is the first ive seen from them but am indigenous to the area. its clearish and rather orange, strange looking really, especially for what it is. the taste is nice though, slightly tart from the citrus, rich and earthy from the pumpkin, clean in the finish, and indeed refreshing. im not sure the right context for this, as its too fally for hot weather with the squash, and too light in body and high in carbonation for a hearty fall beer, so its sort of stuck in no mans land out in the middle of september or something, but i like it just the same. uniqueness goes a long way with me, and this is certainly that. also appreciably dry instead of sweet like many other shandy types, so that helps it stay sessionable for me.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkins are present in the nose along with notes of spices such as nutmeg.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of pumpkins and bits of sweetness along with notes of nutmeg.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a shandy, this beer manages to do a good job incorporating the pumpkin and pumpkin spices into a lighter-bodied beer. It's a perfect selection for someone who likes shandy to drink during the fall.

Serving type: bottle

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/2016. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, wheat, toasted bread, light lemon/ginger, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pumpkin/lemon/spice, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, wheat, toasted bread, light lemon/ginger, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, wheat, toasted bread, light lemon/ginger, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pumpkin/lemon/spice, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderate crisp, and lightly 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 good pumpkin ale/shandy style. All around good robustness and balance of pumpkin/lemon/spice, pale malt, and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%

12 oz bottle with a BB date notch at Dec. 2014.
Spicy and bready aroma.
Tastes like a pumpkin-nut muffin ... not a bad thing but with a light body, some lemon and prickly high carbonation, this is too much like a wine cooler.

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3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It's time for... ironic beer of the month! A strange brewery and a beer that I assume will be horrible, in the middle of a huge blizzard of the decade, well except for the one from 2 years ago.

Pours a pasty white fizzy fluffy 1 finger head that surprisingly fades semi slowly, decent soapy lacing, obviously filtered crystal clear burnt sienna dark auburn toasty brown color.

Nose is quite interesting, not as horrible as I expected, definitely a mix of lemon shandy and pumpkin spice latte beer, some mild pumpkin notes, fake pumpkin, lots of spices, coriander perhaps, clove, cinnamon, allspice, perhaps, not quite sure as it's just a hodge podge of spices, drowned by lemon zest, citrus rind, etc. A mild wheat based beer and messy malt, sweet syrup fake like beer, but still not that bad.

Taste is more of the same, but this time the pumpkin pie spices dominate, lots of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg too perhaps, all mixed, with plenty of canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie filling. Then sweet malt, malt extract and syrupy mess, touch wheat, etc, and plenty of lemon zest and lemonade, etc. Finish is bitter, lots of lemon and lemonade, mild spices and a little pumpkin note, etc.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, mildly syrupy, lighter carb.

Overall not quite as bad as I expected, delivers what it expected, plenty of lemonade and lemon shandy, with lots of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, although all fake and macro beer like, but despite being decent and delivers what it expects, it's still not very enjoyable and tastes fake. So pound it and move on, or maybe even dump it when I get sick of it soon.

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3.55/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium to dark amber/copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint brown + golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy tan head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a small to medium sized thicker patch and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice) along with moderate amounts of brown sugar. There is a light aroma of lemon citrus as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with some light brown sugar sweetness and a light to moderate flavor of roasted pumpkin. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Finally, there is a light flavor of lemon citrus in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thinner than expected.

O: Slightly sweet for a pumpkin beer but not in the heavy cloying pumpkin pie way but very easy to drink. Much more refreshing than a lot of other pumpkin beers but one that I'm glad I grabbed to try...must be the lemon.

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with a minimal amount of sand colored head. Pretty good head retention & lacing

S: Pumpkin pie spice,

T: Follows the nose, dryness, some squashy & metallic notes as well. Cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice as this warms. Finishes sweet & with pumpkin pie spice

MF: Light body , soft carbonation, thinnish

Drinks easy, but fairly forgettable. One & done

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the depths of my well (over?)-stocked reefer comes yet another out-of-season surprise!

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with lemon peel with natural flavors and pumpkin added"; "Jack-O Traveler is an alluring beer illuminated by the tastes of fall. He strikes a perfect balance between bright refreshment and seasonal spice. Jack is made [brewed] with fresh pumpkin, for a delicious, dark-hued, Shandy-inspired beer. Representing the darker side of shandy."; "Quite a Refresher!"

I went with an aggro pour to try and stir up anything that may have flocculated while this was being held in abeyance. I still only mamaged too produce a finger of soapy, tawny head with moderate retention as a result. Color was an orangish-copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. I did not really get lemon, but that's okay, since it would be kind of out of place. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, which is common to shandys, apparently. The flavors were kind of riotous in the mouth, loads of spices, the lemon peel asserting itself and even a molasses sweet-bitterness. The finish was semi-sweet and the molasses taste overcame the spices in an unexpected twist. This was a curious drink. I may not have liked it as much in the Fall, when I was inundated by Pumpkin Beers, but as an out-of-season break from Summer seasonals, it was pretty good.

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Jack-O Traveler Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
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