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Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale - Holy Mackerel Brewing

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BA SCORE
76
okay

214 Ratings
THE BROS
51
awful

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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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SalMineo

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

11-09-2012 17:35:33 | More by SalMineo
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danpam1024

Florida

4/5  rDev +21.2%

10-31-2012 23:32:05 | More by danpam1024
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Scandoppelganger

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

10-15-2012 09:09:04 | More by Scandoppelganger
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

10-07-2012 03:37:58 | More by t0rin0
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mgironta

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

09-16-2012 22:38:59 | More by mgironta
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +27.3%

Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale (reviewed a 2008 bottle) has a thin, cream-colored head and a very opaque, apricot-orange appearance. One can see quite a bit of bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass. The aroma is of sweet, candy-like filling, caramel, butter, dough, and other things I can not identify. The flavor is of nut shell, sweet dough, candy-caramel filling, fruit-cake, orange peel, and other unknown items. There is no bitterness present here, nor is alcohol detected in the aroma or flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, and Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale finishes wet, mild, sweet, mellow, and shockingly drinkable. This is unique, interesting, and good. I rate it at least excellent.

RJT

09-16-2012 22:02:07 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Hbat68

Florida

4/5  rDev +21.2%

09-09-2012 14:34:25 | More by Hbat68
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VagueRant

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

09-08-2012 01:37:06 | More by VagueRant
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jmathis

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-06-2012 22:07:07 | More by jmathis
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SLeffler27

New York

3.6/5  rDev +9.1%

The slight, white froth quickly appears and diminishes over a clear orange beer that becomes hazy as the bottom yeast enters the Dogfish Head snifter. A viscous film coats upon swirling while a glow from within backlights minimal yeast in suspension.

This one is sweet, similar to a Reisling white wine. One can clearly pick out apples, crisp cider, honey and assorted spices.

Sweetness dominates with just enough bitterness to keep it drinkable. Crisp apple juice with some spices linger throughout. Overall, there is a light, sour tang in the finish. This one warms to bring out more wine-like flavors as well as peach and apricot.

The texture is full and supple, reminiscent of fresh peach juice. The carbonation is light while the alcohol is as expected.

I would consider this a dessert beer and, if one were to use a wide interpretation of style, I could understand it as a Strong Pale Ale. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable.

The label states 2009. If this is true, my bottle had three years of age. The above ratings are clearly my personal taste, not by style.

09-03-2012 19:53:15 | More by SLeffler27
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slowdaddy

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

08-21-2012 01:17:24 | More by slowdaddy
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KajII

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +0.9%

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist glass]

The pour was a hazy golden amber with a small (less than 1 finger) white creamy head that reduced quickly down to a thin puddle and a small collar with good sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light bread malt and a sweaty Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), banana, apple, pears, cherry, honey and a slight alcohol tinge.

The taste was mildly sweet and a tad acidic with hints of banana, honey and apple early on with the finish being yeasty, spicy and a bit sour with a mild citrus presence and a moderate fruity ester towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow with the mildly tart fruity alcohol taste left to fade away slowly.

Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body with a watery texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall a nice fruity Belgian Ale with a huge alcohol presence at the finish...

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08-20-2012 15:26:06 | More by KajII
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cashmier

New York

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-19-2012 23:55:04 | More by cashmier
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FLBEERGUY25

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

06-12-2012 05:59:59 | More by FLBEERGUY25
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Tribis


3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-12-2012 05:19:05 | More by Tribis
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -9.1%

06-02-2012 16:45:49 | More by JohnQVD
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TexasZach

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

05-29-2012 02:45:08 | More by TexasZach
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jeffthepony

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-05-2012 22:14:46 | More by jeffthepony
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zillo043068

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

05-02-2012 17:15:14 | More by zillo043068
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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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zeff80

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +7%

A - Poured out a hazy, golden amber color with a small, tan head of bubbles. There was very little lacing or suds left behind.

S - It smelled fruity with some bready maltiness. A hint of yeasty spice.

T - Fruity with notes of pear and apple. Sweet breads, caramel and toast with a mild spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is an okay Belgian-styled ale. It just lacks the complexity and depth that I like in the style.

04-11-2012 01:02:40 | More by zeff80
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -15.8%

pour is transparent golden yellow with a white ring. The nose has strong lemon, a touch sweet but an assertive spice to it. Zesty, peppery, peppercorn. The taste is even sweeter and the spicy balance is much less. Notes of honey and candied sugars mix with the lemon. The finish is extremely carbonated and muddled, the body is a touch syrupy and crisp. Overly sweet and singular beer.

04-10-2012 15:37:13 | More by cpetrone84
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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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Tumble

Florida

3/5  rDev -9.1%

03-04-2012 15:34:02 | More by Tumble
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inbierveritas

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-03-2012 05:23:34 | More by inbierveritas
Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale from Holy Mackerel Brewing
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