Archive for the ‘The Traveler Beer Co.’ Category

Welcome to the season of pumpkin everything. The other half picked this one up and I didn’t know what to expect from a pumpkin shandy. Let’s pop this one open and see what it’s all about.

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ABV: 4.4%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Driven by an obsessive love of high jinks, the Jack-O Traveler spent his days cooking up mischief for everyone who crossed his path. One of his favorite pranks involved tricking unsuspecting bar patrons into buying him beers and then skipping out just when it was his turn to buy a round. So clever was Jack, he even scammed the devil himself into granting him a reprieve from hell. Unfortunately for our Traveler, when his shenanigans finally caught up with him and he died, the man upstairs wanted nothing to do with Jack either. It’s said that after Jack was barred from heaven, the devil gave him a burning coal, which he promptly put into a carved pumpkin to light his way. Legend has it that he wanders the earth to this day, searching for innocent bystanders to hoodwink into buying him his favorite beer, a pumpkin Shandy. Representing the darker side of Shandy, Jack-O Traveler is an alluring beer illuminated by the tastes of fall. He strikes the perfect balance between bright refreshment and seasonal spice. Jack is an American craft wheat beer brewed with fresh pumpkin, for a delicious, dark hued, Shandy-inspired beer.”

Random: My fantasy team tore up the field this week. Now, my record is 2-2.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark brown color with light carbonation. The nose had pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon mixed with wet horse. This did not smell good. The taste had cinnamon and nutmeg along with tart lemon peel. This flavors did not mix well. The body was on the thick side with low carbonation, which also didn’t help this beer. It had a really quick finish, which was good because I thought this beer was awful. Even for the economical price of $1.99, I wouldn’t buy this beer again. Ugh.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Here’s another backlogged review from last week. This one is a seasonal shandy that features ginger. Let’s see how it went down.

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ABV: 4.4%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Driven by thrills and chills, the Tenacious Traveler always set his sights a little higher than everyone else. When the Wright brothers were tinkering and still trying to get off the ground, our Tenacious Traveler was looking to the sky beyond. After years of exhaustive effort, his spaceship finally sat ready. The Tenacious Traveler went through his checklist to make sure everything was in tiptop shape. When TT, as we fondly call him, reached the word ‘libations,’ he wondered, ‘What to bring? What to bring?’ He experimented with various concoctions, and then he discovered just the right refreshing beverage to invigorate his spirits while in the dark depths of space. A ginger shandy—the perfect combination of spice and sweetness! TT excitedly secured numerous bottles of the ginger shandy within easy reach, completed his final preparations, and began the countdown: 3, 2, 1…”

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This one poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was crazy hazy (look, I rhymed!) with lots of detritus visible. It was a yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose was lemon rind and lemonade mostly and relatively light. I didn’t get any ginger on the nose. The taste was really weird. There was huge spice up front, specifically ginger and nutmeg, then cinnamon came through as well. Lemon made an appearance later, but there was way too much spice on it for my liking. It had a moderately thick body and moderate carbonation to go with it. It had a quick finish with spice. This was only alright and nothing I’d rush back to have.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Another Katie special. She actually tried it on tap at Molly Maguire’s awhile back and thought it was decent. I don’t know if she remembered having it or just knew that I haven’t reviewed it and brought home a sixer. Either way, I’m usually not a fan of shandies, but it’s worth a try.

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ABV: 5.1%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Driven by wanderlust and a desire for discovery, the Curious Traveler™ set out to explore the globe. Always fearlessly inquisitive, he relished opportunities to befriend other travelers and to experience cultures he had only previously imagined. He sampled their wares, their foods and most importantly their libations. Some were good. Some not so good. Others were downright dangerous. Many years into his travels, his pace slowed on a particularly sweltering day. He sought refuge in a small pub to escape the oppressive heat. Before he could even finish wiping his brow, the bartender handed him a glistening glass of ale. The Traveler took a liking to the invigorating lemon shandy concoction. ‘Quite a refresher!’ he said gratefully. The Traveler has never stopped exploring – in fact, he’s on the road this very day. Somewhere. Only one thing has changed: he now makes sure he orders a shandy everywhere he goes.”

Random: Not that I’m very surprised, but this is another Samuel Adams line. They seem to have success with Angry Orchard, so why not throw in a shandy line too.

This poured with a huge, two finger white fluffy head on top of a cloudy, dark yellow body. Due to the haziness, I couldn’t see any carbonation. There was no lacing left on the glass after this dissipated rather quickly. The nose was distinctly Country Time lemonade, specifically the mix. This nose was potent. The taste wasn’t all that pleasant to me. It was lemon with a saccharine  like sweetness. This brew was a one-trick pony. The body was thick and needed more carbonation. The finish was way too long with the same artificial lemon that was present throughout. This was a borderline drainpour for me. Maybe someone who enjoys shandies would like this, but this is not a beer for me.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0