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Brewed by Panhead Custom Ales (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: American Pale Ale
Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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.

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3.7
danjs5 (296) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2017
On tap. Light and clear in a scooner glass. Smells of fresh citris and tropical fruits. Crisp, clean, light and fruity hops. Beautiful in simplicity. Great balance. Super easy drinking and nice on tap.

4.1
sjolly (6) - - SEP 10, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2017 Very light in the glass and with a low abv you would think it is not going to have much depth but the light malting really allows the more complex hops flavours to shine - unexpectedly in a pale ale.

3.4
madquacker (1170) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2017
A big and impressive NZ beer. Lots of up front things going on including the powerful hops and malts. Very nice.

3.4
Dredd (972) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2017
Big herbaceous aroma, amber pour, white head. Good malt upfront with a big hop explosion with the mosaic and galaxy coming through. Big flavour for only 4.6%

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craftyrocker (85) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2017 330mL bottle from Craft Cartel. BB 15/3/2017 (15 months old now), sold as discounted old stock. This bottle was made before Panhead was sold to Lion. Appearance: Pale golden. White head immediately disintegrated into a ring. Aroma: Tropical hops. I’m estimating 7 for this because age has diminished the aroma. Taste: Initial taste is delightful tropical and grassy hops. Sits in between a APA and an IPA, without IPA bitterness. However the length is less than four seconds long. The abrupt finish is empty and lets the otherwise tasty beer down. Barely any malts as per the brewer’s aim, and that takes away too much structure. Mouthfeel: Thin body with overly high carbonation. Overall: Not bad. Would be great if the initial hoppy taste lasted longer. Suitable for introducing non-craft drinkers to craft.

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Hoppy_Luke (2034) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 22, 2017
Panhead Custom Ales to browar mieszczący się około 30km na północ od stolicy Nowej Zelandii, Wellington. Istnieje od 2013 roku i, jeśli wierzyć licznikowi na Ich stronie, uwarzył już 2,6 miliona litrów piwa. Quickchange XPA udało mi się wypić dzięki Koleżance, która Nową Zelandię miała przyjemność odwiedzić! W szkle piwo przybrało złotą barwę, jest klarowne. Niewielka, biała drobna piana ładnie tworzy się na powierzchni i utrzymuje się tam przez dłuższą chwilę. Aromat delikatny, świeży i orzeźwiający, głównie cytrusowy, trochę jakby też gdzieś daleko pojawiał się arbuz. W smaku lekkie, cytrusowe i orzeźwiające. Trochę nut trawiasto-ziołowych i delikatna, nie nachalna goryczka. Średnie wysycenie. Bardzo przyjemne piwo!

3.7
Samtzu (588) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2017
330ml Bottle. Subtle nose with a slight hint of fruit. Light body with a significant hop frontage and lingering bitterness.

3.5
explosivedog (1619) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 11, 2017
330ml bottle. Lemon, mango, chalky pear. Not much malt character but enough fruity hop notes to carry it. Pretty nice if a little uninspiring.

3.4
aleigator (945) - GERMANY - DEC 28, 2016
Yields a golden color with a froth, white head. Has aromas of blueberries, watermelon, dried oranges, wet grass and a note of lime pulp. Toffee malts add a flowery sweetness to the prominent hops, creating a hoppy, sweet nose. Has a supersoft, light mouthfeel, with a fitting carbonation among hop entangled toffee malts. Tastes of lime zest, sweet blueberries and crackery malts. Has an aqueous mid palate with sweeter turning toffee malts and a late orange and lime defined hop dryness. Very nice, refreshing and light. Relying more heavily on the malts than expected with an effective dry coating in the finish.

3.6
scirtes (719) - POLAND - DEC 5, 2016
Bottle, pours light yellow with white head. Aromas of citrus fruits and lots of notes typical for mosaic hops. Taste is lightly bitter, with no sweetness. Drinkable, light bodied, session beer.


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