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Panhead Quickchange Xtra Pale Ale

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Brewed by Panhead Custom Ales
Style: American Pale Ale
Upper Hutt, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Quickchange XPA is all about putting a big hop engine on a stripped down malt chassis. The delicate colour in the glass barely seems enough to support all those Mosaic, Galaxy and Citra alpha oils with their mango, guava, pineapple and lychee characters, but one sip should clear that misapprehension up.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattyhennessy (376) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2015
Pale yellow pour. While head. Passionfruit and grapefruit aromas, light bready malts. Hop forward beer. Acidic on the tongue. Light bodied. Very sessionable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (430) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 24, 2015
My favourite hop-pairing as also seen in Liberty Oh Brother Pale Ale: Mosaic and Citra, here with a third wheel , Galaxy. No shortage of aroma and flavour: juicy fruits give way to flowers, give way to grapefruit and a touch of orange, gives way to a smidgen of mineral and a nice rounded bitterness. Light body and slightly under carbonated. Nevertheless, this is a great flavour-packed beer for 4.6%ABV.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pdubyah (506) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 25, 2015
I though that although this looks great and pours well, has terrific aroma and initial bitterness and decent finish that this did lack a bit int he middle, some body that would really punch this out. As it is it’s a bit monotone.

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombutlin (86) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 14, 2015
Fantastic aroma of pineapple, passionfruit & citrus, but a very thin beer with a surprisingly hollow and bitter taste. My wife, who has probably drunk 100mls of beer in her life, loved the aroma, and even took a taste. We both felt a bit ripped off.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SpentSalmon (2) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 18, 2015 does not count
Quite nice but something is missing from this beer. Seems to have a flat spot in the middle of the palate ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BungEye (26) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2015
Tasty and quafable. Definitely tropical fruit on the nose. Light body, easy to drink and seasonable, especially for a beer with this much hp aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShaneJ (710) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle from Beer Cellar online Store (April 2014). Clear gold/amber, off white head, pungent mango, pineapple, passionfruit aromas and flavours, grassy hops, medium sugary sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, bitter finish a bit "hollow", just lacks a bit of body to be a truly exceptional beer (but that’s the style I suppose). Excellent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brodies_Best (263) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 14, 2014
On tap at Galbaith’s pours golden with fizzled white head. Aroma is of pine nut and herbs. Slightly bitter, easy drinking, well-rounded session beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vanvenlo (1415) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2014
The Local Taphouse ontap(9-Dec-2014)Sweet tropical grass aroma.Amber,good head&fluffy lace.Tropical grass flavour.Hop smooth herbal finish&stale aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alberti92 (159) - - NOV 23, 2014
What a beer! Not what I was expecting. The aroma is tropical fruit and it is much the same on the tongue! Had straight from the bottle so unsure of colour but the hop bitterness lingers and intensifies as the brew gets warmer. Highly under rated and definitely would recommend to any pale fan!


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