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Jack-O Traveler ShandyJack-O Traveler Shandy

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

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +9.6%
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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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%

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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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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%

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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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of johnnnniee
2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at America on Tap
Cloudy light golden color. Huge pumpkin pie spice in the aroma and flavor. I think I liked the grapefruit juice one a little more, Not a fan.

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Photo of tempest
2.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This tastes like cola mixed with an overspiced pumpkin beer. It also has the thin body of a soda. I'd pass on this one unless you're really into shandies.

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, burnt orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, pumpkin. Taste has lots of spices, ginger seems to stand out, some pumpkin is present. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl oz bottle with an expiration notch of March 2014. Sampled on September 19, 2013.

The color is mahogany-amber with a short-lived off-white head fizzy head. It disappears as quick as it appears. Some mild cloudiness.

The aroma had a more summer quality to it than autumn with a bouquet of lemongrass while pumpkin and cinnamon-nutmeg spices played second fiddle.

Light body.

Lemon flavors tend to take over the taste as well. For an autumn brew this tastes more like a summer with a little pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon sprinkled in. Cinnamon more so.

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Photo of barczar
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%

Certainly more of a spiced ale than either s pumpkin beer or a shandy, it opens with tons of cinnamon, his with a bit of pumpkin and malt sweetness, then lemon adds contrast, finishing with more pumpkin and some ginger.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pretty much willing to try any pumpkin ale since its the season. A wheat beer brewed with lemon peel and pumpkin. Interesting.

A - Well I can tell its light since the color looks like a deep tree bark brown but light and hazy. Head was decent a 1/4 that pulls back to a nice lace ring.
S - Molasses and lemon peel highlighting quite a weird combination reminds me of a cola. Then I smells some spices and a tiny bit of vegital but weird it mostly smells of a citrus Pepsi cola.
T - Molasses again slightly herbal and cola like with mild spices and just a twang of lemon peel. Taste kind of like a spiced ginger ale rather than a beer.
M - Thin and fizzy like a soda. Not very beer like.

Overall it had promise its flavors were strange but mild. Worth trying if you love molasses in beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +13%

I am surprised this works as well as it does. A bit of lemon really complements the pumpkin spice. This one is over the top pumpkin flavor, but may be their best shandy.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a quite hazy brownish copper color with a big-thick two finger creamy off white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over about a five minute time period to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of roasted pumpkin and spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. The nutmeg smell seems to get stronger as stronger as the beer sits, with some lighter notes of lemon and brown sugar mixed within. Overall, it is quite pumpkin pie like.

Taste – The taste begins very sweet, much more than the nose would have let on, with tons of brown sugar and caramel. Upfront there is also a decent showing of some roasted pumpkin and spice of a cinnamon flavor. As the taste moves on, the sweetness seems to get even stronger with more caramel and brown sugar coming to the tongue, with it being joined by some more spice of cinnamon as well as some new spice flavors of nutmeg and allspice. Toward the end, a lemonade flavor comes to the tongue, sweetening the brew even more and in the end mixing with the rest of the flavors, leaving a sweet and sugary pumpkin flavored taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the average to just above average side. The thin body and slightly higher carbonation are very nice for the easy drinking sweeter tastes of the brew, all while supporting the pumpkin flavors of the beer.

Overall – A quite sweet pumpkin brew that is very easy to drink. A good go to if you are looking for something sweeter and pumpkin flavored.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%

On tap at World of Beer in Gainesville. Pours the expected orange hue with a small creamy white head. Aroma of nutmeg, sweet gourds, and more nutmeg. I'm not getting much else here. The flavor follows suit with an overly spiced nutmeg base--just like almost all pumpkin brews--and a little bit of malt sweetness to balance it out. Thin body, mouthfull of spices feel. Overall, this is better than the average pumpkin brew I've had. But that's not saying much.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There's a major reason I dislike a lot of pumpkin ales - they're overspiced. And sadly, this one smells like a total cinnamon bomb. I do get some lemony hints, though. Still, this smells like something I'd rather hang up on the rear view mirror of my Civic instead of drink. Taste is a bit better, though. Yes, all that cinnamon is there, being fairly annoying; however, I also get plenty of lemony hints. I'd almost suggest this is a shandy first, pumpkin beer second. Refreshing? Sure, why not. By design, I don't rate shandies well - despite the low score, this isn't a bad drink. It really gets cloying after a while, and it's fizzy as hell, but between this and your typical BMC crap, I'll pick this eleven times out of ten.

2.59/5: Definitely not the most awful thing I've put in my mouth

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is stale veggies and faint pumpkin.
The taste is pumpkin from a can.
The texture is thicker.
Not bad, but not good.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jack-O Traveler Shandy has a medium, off-white head, a mostly clear, bronze appearance, a few bubbles breakomh off and up, and moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is of pumpkin spice and pie crust (in other words, pumpkin pie). The taste is also of pumpkin pie, with pie crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pulp, with some background lemon showing up at the end. Mouthfeel is medium, and Jack-O Traveler finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.


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Photo of Treyliff
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark amber color with a fizzy two-finger head that reduces to a small fizzy layer

S- at first it smells like a wittier with lots of lemon peel, but as it warms some clove, coriander and nutmeg comes out, along with some cinnamon chewing gum

T-It's definitely got that classic shandy flavor; candied lemon peel and coriander with that pseudo-lemonaide flavor. Some of the pumpkin spices kick in mid-palate with cinnamon sweetness and clove. sweet finish with more spice linger, flavors of cola

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- I wasn't sure about the concept of a pumpkin shandy, it was actually better than expected but not something I'd go after again. A different switch up in the pumpkin ale category

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles away to nothing

S: Lots of pumpkin spices and sweet malts, along with a hint of lemon peel way in the back

T: Get a mix of pumpkin spices, maltiness, and lemon shandy. A bit of sweetness comes across from both the malts and shandy aspect. Finishes with another hit of spices

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft

O: Very interesting. You definitely get both the pumpkin beer and shandy aspects. It works fairly well together, surprisingly. Easy to drink, and quite refreshing from the shandy part. Good enough for a single, it's definitely unique and one-of-a-kind

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Photo of 57md
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light dirty copper with a finger of fluffy head. The nose has notes of autumnal spices. The spice in the flavor is reminiscent of the fake pumpkin spice flavor one gets out of a gas station cappuchino. The mouthfeel is creamy.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jack-o Traveler.

Murky dark copper with a film of dirty suds on top. Laces not.

Smells of spiced pumpkin flesh, candi sugar, lemon dish soap, and obvious notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

Chalky yeast cakes onto the spices, but a tangy and soapy lemon note comes through. Definitely a shandy, but with a real pumpkin presence. Flavors permeated by clove and cinnamon spice. Toffee malts and traces of nutmeg and caramel are evident. Not bad.

Feels chalky and semi-bitter for a shandy. Decent body. Carbonation is mild, but tightly-wound.

Decent shandy. I wouldve never thought I'd dig this.

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Jack-O Traveler Shandy from The Traveler Beer Co.
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