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Beer – #856 – Harrington’s – The Traveller

I got sent some beer, so this is a hat-top to the brewer. Lining up in  Harrington’s new can range is the ‘Traveller’ NZ Pale Ale canned for Aussie demand and kiwi exploration. It’s a brew to celebrate the wave of great Kiwi hop flavours matched to local malts.

This a 330ml Can of 4.4% ABV beer, the 330ml would be 132 calories, it’s 1.1 standard drink units of beer.

Brewed by Harringtons Breweries in the style that is  American Pale Ale and they are in Christchurch, New Zealand

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It’s a brew to celebrate the wave of great Kiwi hop flavours matched to local malts.

The team wanted to chuck a can or three in the backpack then take a hike (or bike) out the back of nowhere to sit down and crack open a good honest kiwi beer.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

That’s a very aromatic beer when you pop the top, all hoppy and green.

Looks lovely in the glass, except no head was forthcoming But it’s a bright bronze brown and looks nicely carbonated

harringtons-the-travellerIt’s a beer that has a lot of hop aroma and that ends up delivered as a beer that is sharp bitter up front and ends surprisingly dry at the back.

In the middle though there is a gap of sorts, or more to say a lack of lingering flavour on the tongue.

This is a pretty flavoursome beer though, very of it’s style, hoppy and sharp.

Remembering the this is lower ABV than usual domestic beers I still think it could do with a stronger presence in the mouth in terms of flavour, the other bits, thought,  are really nice.

Overall then a decent Sunday afternoon beer for drinking and having a quiet time of it, tasty, easy to drink and I’m lucky I have two 🙂

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. It has all the bones of a good beer, aroma, looks, and has some bitterness, it needs a lift in the middle and it’d be something really nice.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? a Gift from the Brewery, chur, and it’s in all good places, and in Aus.
  • Am I enjoying it? I am, it’s not a beer that challenges you
  • Would I have another? I would.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes. It’s got some nice things about it, and would itself be interesting to talk about the style, or it’s a beer that you can happily drink and otherwise just shoot the breeze

Music for this: The Mowgli’s ” and  “Where’d your weekend go?” on Spotify

The Mowgli’s [sic] are an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles County, California.


American Pale Ales are light in color, ranging from golden to a light copper color. The style of this beer is defined by the American hops used. American hops typically have high bitterness and aroma.This is a perfect beer for big fare like grilled burgers or combination pizzas, as well as lighter fare like sushi and green salads.


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This entry was posted on October 9, 2016 by in Beer, Beer of New Zealand, Beer Review, Craft Beer, Critic, Justsaying and tagged .

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