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Beer – #379 – Panhead – Vandal (Fresh Hopped)

Ah there’s a new version off this beer I had a while back and gave it a 10! – This though is  a Fresh Hopped  version.

The Vandal is Brewed by Panhead Custom Ales in the style of an  India Pale Ale (IPA) and they’re in Upper Hutt, New Zealand

This is a 500ml bottle of an 8.0% ABV beer, and 90 IBU things which is  3.15 drink units in NZ, I think this about  240 calories a serve.

Not only did the Americans invent hot-rodding, they invented hop-rodding too.

IPanhead Vandal FHn the late 1960’s a Tauranga teenager called John Reid threw a kiwi hat in to that ring with the the famed “Vandal”, a dazzling green flake 1919 Dodge Bucket.
In his spirit we are rising to the other challenge with a beer named in his honour – a big, bitter APA stuffed with the tropical hit of Nelson Sauvin, Kohatu and Riwaka Hops.

Like any good hotrod, it’s built to attract as much attention as possible.

Limited edition obviously for it is, or isn’t.  But a lot of fresh hopped beers around at the moment. So I may have made that up

I have fond memories of this beer. Of course.  (It did rate a 10 last review I did)

Really strong fresh hopped aroma which is quite sweet and almost grapefruit.

PVFHPale orange golden pour with a decent head. The last time I had this the colour was more orange and rich. It might however just be the glass. Probably isn’t. Picture makes it look darker than it is. Which means that it’s the same as before, probably.

Grapefruit orange note predominates. Head fades and dissipates.

This is intensely hopped with a really big surge of flavour at the front of the palate, and a softer middle and a finish that is tending to dry on the tongue.

Begs the question of is it better? It is the same but different, but I’m not sure better.

It seems to have upped the intense grapefruit notes of the hops without adding bitterness. So you have much more intense flavour profile.

For me I’m not sure that this makes it better drinking.  As it slightly warms the grassiness of the hops are begging to assert. It seems I drank the most of this in contemplation and enjoyment of it, which at 8% could be a problem if I wanted more.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 a of its things from the thing.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes, it’s a bit riotous and calms down a bit
  2. Would I have another? I’d like to have them side-by-side, this and the standard one
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes I think I would.

No music I’m watching sports ball this afternoon.  But I was listening to this :

Hamilton Leithauser – 11 O’Clock Friday Night, from an Album called Black Hours, it’s a style called “Chamber Pop”  or “baroque popwhich I had to look up, but included in that genre are a few familiar names.


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.


Imperial IPA, Double IPA or DIPA is a strong, often sweet, intensely hoppy version of the traditional India Pale Ale. Bitterness units range upward of 100 IBUs and alcohol begins at 7.5% but is more commonly in the 8.5-10% range. The flavour profile is intense all-round. Unlike barley wines, the balance is heavily towards the hops, with crystal and other malts providing support.

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