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Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale - Holy Mackerel Brewing

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BA SCORE
76
okay

210 Ratings
THE BROS
51
awful

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Holy Mackerel Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 06-02-2008)
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Choooobee

Florida

3/5  rDev -9.1%

10-26-2013 21:49:00 | More by Choooobee
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animal69

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -9.1%

12-11-2011 04:35:42 | More by animal69
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.1%

09-14-2013 01:30:41 | More by ejimhof
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Flashyspoons

Florida

3/5  rDev -9.1%

07-16-2013 02:45:07 | More by Flashyspoons
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andilane

Florida

3/5  rDev -9.1%

12-27-2012 03:05:54 | More by andilane
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djre4orm

Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.1%

06-13-2013 18:32:19 | More by djre4orm
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Seanibus

California

3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy copper with a medium head that falls away quickly to poor lacing. The aroma is strong and floral, with a little mediciney bite. It is overripe and note terribly appealing. The flavor is strong, apricot and clove, but tending toward medicinal and boozy, not particularly refreshing or pleasant. It has a phenolic, slightly spicy feeling, but lacking in the kind of balance that makes this a pleasant characteristic in Belgian beers. The mouthfeel is fairly slick, leaving a spicy prickle along the tongue.

This comes close to being a good beer, but its lack of subtlety and balance torpedo it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 19:19:51 | More by Seanibus
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.1%

04-12-2012 18:13:13 | More by djrn2
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -9.1%

03-05-2012 05:55:25 | More by carrollmel7
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dowen44

Georgia

3/5  rDev -9.1%

12-22-2011 18:56:19 | More by dowen44
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -9.1%

11-25-2011 20:58:24 | More by Rochefort10nh
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kylehay2004

Florida

3/5  rDev -9.1%

07-12-2013 20:07:58 | More by kylehay2004
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Satsuma

Florida

3/5  rDev -9.1%

06-09-2013 02:25:44 | More by Satsuma
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gritz147

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -9.1%

12-11-2012 03:35:17 | More by gritz147
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pale orange with a flat creamy, bone white head that didn't bother to stick around long. No real lacing to speak of, while a very faint and sporadic effervesce is observed lending this to just an ordinary appearance.

S: musky dry oranges, old bread and dry lemon peels. Light to moderate in strength there was a touch of musky booziness, and a sterile, almost phenolic nature of fermented fruit.

T: sour and musky, oranges and lemons, dry with a boozy alcohol notes. Sour green apples and fruitiness along with a pharmaceutical phenolic taste. The beer finishes with a bittering dry, sour funky citrus hopping and sweet orange candy notes. Overall didn't find the flavor particularly enticing or inviting.

M: pretty full, slightly creamy and smooth with a musky dry bittering finish.

D: Average drinkability, one better consumed rather quickly. Cant recommend a six pack here.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 22:14:16 | More by beerthulhu
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slight chill haze that drops as the beer warms. Gold. Head is bright-white. Tight, creamy head that lingers and lingers. Lively carbonation pulls from the bottom.

Smell: Cereal grains, grass, and a touch of skunk. some faint spiciness sneaks through the back. Earthy, gritty, with a solid malt backing. Some sweetness. Not too much going on here.

Taste: Corn and Belgian spice. faintly peppery. Earthy up front. Falls to grass and pale malts. Sweetness sneaks up after each sip and never really leaves. A touch of alcohol bite on the back. Flavors don't really meld. It might need some time like the bottle says.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and although the carbonation is a bit high, it works overall. Crisp on the back. Nice compliment to the flavor profile.

Overall: It's kind of a mess, but manages to pull through without falling in to complete disrepair. ABV sneaks up in the end, but all in all it could be worse.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 20:56:51 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl, 2011 vintage. Pours a heavily hazed orange color with a small off-white head. Not much lacing.

Nose is sugar cookie dough with some pretty hefty Belgian yeast fruit esters. Alcohol is there along with an orange peel-like aroma.

Sweet and pretty rich, lots of tropical fruit flavors I am guessing can be attributed to both the alcohol and the yeast. Malts and body are pretty sticky and I dont find it to be overly refreshing, as the label claims it to be. Not horrible, and the strong yeast presence is actually fairly appreciated, but is isnt exactly in the pantheon of Belgian Goldens either.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:33:14 | More by twiggamortis420
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a modest head that leaves some slippery spotty lace. LOTS of yeasty beasties floating in the glass--looks like an old homebrew. The color is a dirty gold where you cannot see through.

Slightly lemony aroma to the otherwise pale malt smells. Very light Belgian yeast in the background.

Very high level of carbonation, spritzy like champagne. Sour flavor of stale grains hits first, think orange zest. Very brief aftertaste without any complexity. The tale of this beer is one dimensional--tartness. It's not bad, but it isn't interesting either.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 19:14:10 | More by smcolw
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hoplover82

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep hazy golden with a small white head that dissapates quickly with little spotty lace.

Smell is very fruity esthery and sweet caramel malts.

The flavor is very malty and hot with booz. Big minus in mjy book. Only to get hotter as it warms.

Medium bodied and harsh alcohol.

Not very drinkble.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 21:38:51 | More by hoplover82
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Sugar-coated honey malt aroma with notes of orange peel, bananas, and a whiff of fusel alcohol.

Taste: Lightly malty with a sharply honey candy sweetness. Meager pinch of spice. Orange and banana fruitines. A hint of bitterness struggles to temper the sweetness. Light yeastiness. Semi-dry, boozey finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Quite warming.

Drinkability: This may come to the surprise of many here, but I didn't really care for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 01:40:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 brown bottle,served into a flared tulip glass.

Hazy,glowing reddish orange with golden highlights. Very thin white head,turned quickly into a thin collar on the inside of the glass,leaving no lacing.Had a good stream of bubbles stringing from the center of the glass.

Moderate aromas,fruity,bubble gum with hints of a Belgian,and some yeasty notes.

Fruity, with hints of Belgian character. Very sweet throughout,sugary,candy-like with somewhat of a honey-like presence. Slightly tart and sour with a drying,hop bite at the end.The alcohol was well hidden,probably buried beneath the sweetness. Hard to tell the style by the taste,seemed like a combined style. Not like any of the other Belgian strong pale ales i've tried.

Medium bodied with some sticky cloying feel. Decent beer, easy to drink,no problem finishing this one. Was just a bit to sweet for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 04:29:07 | More by jcdiflorio
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 bottle

Poured into a snifter. Slightly hazed orange/yellow color, with a nice white head on top that drops rather quick but rides out at about an eighth of an inch. Decent lacing, but it tends to drop back into the beer. Aromas are strong banana, clove, yeast, some apple and a little bit of plum. Very nice tasting for a Florida beer. Its just too sweet. Hints of banana, clove, and faint plum. Nice clean palate, good carbonation level. A little too sweet on the palate though. Its a nice golden ale, and not really a session beer at 8.5%, but its enjoyable if you like your beers a little sweeter.

note: it is less sweet than the 2007 bottle, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 18:32:33 | More by paulthebeerguru
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mullenite

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 Vintage

Pours a a clear orange in color with a half finger off white fizzy head that dissipated quickly to nothing. The beer leaves no lacing down the glass.

Smell is fruity and alcoholic, plums and pears stand out the most. The alcohol smell is not harsh by any means and is spot on in comparison to other BSPA's I've had. Wanted a bit more spice to match the intensity of the fruit.

Taste is more like a sparkling pear wine than any beer I've ever had. Sweet fruits from the smell are extreme in the taste with a strong lingering alcohol bite. Very little of the plum smell comes though. Based on the taste this would probably be a good candidate to age, a couple years at most.

Mouthfeel is thin (not watery) with sharp, tight carbonation.

It's a bit too sweet to be easily drinkable, but it is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 14:01:23 | More by mullenite
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head that leaves an oily sticking on the glass. A floatie or 2 is spotted in suspension. Sweet malts and candi sugar are right up front, bready yeast, prunes, raison, sweet and spicy hops, corn syrup and under tones of earth, soap and machine funk. Sticky to the lips and coating to the mouth. Very lazy carbonation through out the glass, this beer needs to be way brighter to counter act its immense sweetness and medium body. Very dull but it says it will improve with age. I barely got through this bottle, safe to say i'm going to let my other bottle sit for a long while.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 14:13:15 | More by ATPete
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Floridian bottled effort to sample, I had a couple Jacksonville Brewpub down at the Landing that were pretty effin' unremarkable. This one appears a honey golden hue kinda glows with a bright orange tint bright white head and fine speckled lacing forming as it dwindles. Aromatics come with sweet honey & tropical fruit, bubblegum esters nice tones with yeast spicines, pale malts provide biscuit like qualities. Low herbal hop flow with a mineral note added, is what I'm getting. Flavor has syrupy sweetness with Belgian candi sugar added fruit esters thrive with pear and tropical fruit some herbal perfumey spices with minimal hop notes, warming alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is sticky with a medium body not cloyingly sweet or syrupy carbonation flows well but can't touch the effervescence that most Belgians have to offer. Very good sipping Belgian style especially outta Melbourne FL, I'm glad a took a stab at it decent offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 17:27:43 | More by WVbeergeek
Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale from Holy Mackerel Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.