The Vandal is a lime green 1919 Dodge Bucket truck that was converted into hot-rod by Tauranga teenager John Reid in the 1960s. The name and label of this beer is a tribute to that masterpiece of design – and what’s inside the bottle is just as high-octane. Officially it’s called a New Zealand Pale Ale but at 8 percent it’s definitely in the IPA territory. Huge passionfruit, lime, diesel and grape juice notes plus some sweet alcohol heat are tightly bound with a slick, oily mouthfeel that coats the entire palate in lush goodness. Despite the booming engine of flavour this purrs with balance.
The bright New Zealand hops in this heavyweight IPA will stand up to fresh and fragrant Mexican-style foods. A spicy beef burrito with lettuce, cheese, chipotle mayo and/or guacamole.