Panic Attack - Holy Mackerel Brewing

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 150
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Holy Mackerel Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: adkirkish on 07-03-2010

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Holy Mackerel Brewing LLC "Panic Attack"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness date
$2.38 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

The label reads "Belgian-Style Beer A Trippel And Saison Fusion 2015" so I had to try it!

It poured a nice fluffy head of off white atop a slightly hazy deep copper body. The head retention and lacing were both quite good.

In the nose it displayed a combination of sweetish caramelish malt and dark skinned fruits (raisin, plum, fig) with a hint of brown sugar.

The flavor confirmed the notes found in the nose, and added a depth of malt that was quite nice. I'm not sure where the saison comes in because I only got minor spicing, but the rich, wide, and sweet maltiness was reminiscent of an amped up dubbel. In fact with that in mind, I think most of the dubbels I've sampled have had more spicing. But the fruitiness is nice. It also includes some tropical fruit like mango and papaya, as well as some apricot. But now that I think about it, where is the triple as well? Is it only in the strength? (The alcohol never shows, by the way).

In the mouth it's medium bodied to medium-full, and gently bristling with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that eventually leaves it nicely smooth and almost creamy.

Overall, the label also states that it's "a fine sipping beer" and I'd have to agree. Unique and enjoyable, this may be the best Holy Mackerel beer I've had so far. (1,405 characters)

Photo of Napolian954
5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The sweet honey flavor and fennel are balanced beyond perfection. (However, I prefer sweet and malty). For a 10% abv it is incredibly smooth and more refreshing than other beers of that alcohol content. (202 characters)

Photo of TBCE
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a nice cloudy amber color, with not much head. Smell is minimal, but has notes of fruits, crisp spices. Taste has a strong maple syrup sweetness, followed by fruits and alcohol. Mouth feel is moderate carbonation and smooth. Overall a pretty solid beer, maybe a little too sweet for my liking. (300 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, some fruits. Taste is spices, malts, light fruits, just a hint of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer. (251 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

not a real big fan of this one. the label suggests its a belgian tripel meets a saison, and maybe i agree, but its all over the place, and not real palatable. its way more tripel than saison, sweet and thick, brightly carbonated though and it looks a lot better than it smells or tastes. its got a yeasty boozy aromatic, why is this so strong? no need for it, and it makes the beer feel cheap and gimmicky to me. sweet wheat malt, and there must be some dextrose added. the yeast is american belgian, like some of those weird belgian ipas, but this one doesnt bring the hops that it needs to taste balanced. its just a mess for me, boozy harshly, and just not all that good. i really wanted to drink as much local beer as possible on my trip, but this one really let me down. man, i got heavily buzzed it seemed off of one of these. (832 characters)

Photo of OldCat
2/5  rDev -40.5%

While this brew didn't cause a panic attack, I confess I was a bit buzzed by it. Having just finished a Yuengling Summer Ale with my dinner, a friend offered me the Holy Mackerel. So, I drank it. This beer has a wonderful dark golden appearance, but would I have another? No. It's syrupy sweet flavor reminded me of that "nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, so you can rest medicine." If those symptom occur, however, yes I'd have another. (473 characters)

Photo of deneb
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark orange/amber; No head
S: Citrus/Apple, faintly sweet
T: Tiny, bitter kick; refreshing citrus (and almost woody) aftertaste
M: Surprisingly mild for 10% ABV! Thicker than most but it still creeps up on you.

Hardly seems as strong as it is. Moderate bite yet still has some personality. (293 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased from one of the local cigar lounges.

A: A slightly amber/orange golden with moderate head and retention.

S: Slightly malt forward and sweet.

T: Pretty sweet flavor, (honey?) Mild hop and a little bit floral.

M: Mild carbonation and somewhat rich.

O: Not a great beer but not awful. Probably won't buy again. (322 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a rather nice head that leaves a clump of lacing behind

Smell: Herbal elements dominate, with treacly sweetness underneath; fruity tones, as well, with orange peel and a hint of green banana

Taste: The treacly sweetness lays down a base, with orange peel, green banana and coriander developing in the middle; after the swallow, the beer gets very hot, with the fusel alcohol dominating the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very unbalanced and unpleasant to drink; too sweet and too hot; I would have a panic attack if forced to finish the bottle (644 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up as part of a mixed 6'er at Bottle Cap's in Daytona

A - Amber with a white foam head that settles to a thin 1/8". Lacing spots the glass.

S - Smells of sweet fruits and syrup with a bready cake aroma from the yeast.

T - Sweet fruit flavor gives to a sherry-like finish complete with a burn. A bit too heavy handed in the finish. Clearly BA classified this better as a Belgian pale than some odd "saison-tripel fusion" as the label says. Belgian yeast gives it a tartness with a slight amount of funk.

M - Just literally a hot mess. Too much spice notes and alcohol that isn't masked. One glass is more than enough.

O - Was glad to try but I'll pass. It is really not true to any Belgian style and is far too heavy to be enjoyable. Not terrible, but not solid by any means. (791 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have learned on my business trip to Huntsville, AL that I am an aficionado of 10% alcohol by volume beer. Some may call it licorice to their tastes, but I love the stuff - I'm definitely a 10%er. This brew from my home state of FL has a dark, rich color with a nice tan-hued head. It's smell is has a distant scent of cinnamon, spice, and some coriander (I think.) The taste, though, is what just draws me back. I don't know if it's the types of hops or malts, or maybe it's the high alcohol content, but whatever it is - I like it. (534 characters)

Photo of Fairwin
1.99/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I was visiting Florida, so I thought I would try some local brews. This one jumped out at me because of the "Trippel and Saison Fusion" that is indicated on the bottle. Also... the "Belgian Style" reference and the ABV indicated on the bottle made me think "La Fin Du Monde", so I was excited to try this high-gravity local offering.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden-brown, very little head and no lacing. Lackluster in appearance in the glass. The complete lack of lacing was concerning.
Smell: This was more what I was expecting. Clove, fruit, pepper, and orange peel were present along with the alcohol.
Taste: Most definitely the sweetest beer I have ever tasted. The molasses and cane sugar elements were so overbearing that it was almost hard to recognize the large quantity of alcohol that was also present. Very difficult to get through an entire glass.
Mouthfeel: Sticky-sweet.

Overall: Very disappointing... especially knowing so many great home-brewers who would probably be too embarrassed to share this disaster with their friends. Way too sweet and difficult to drink. I would not buy this again, and I would not recommend it to a friend. (1,155 characters)

Photo of WynnO
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To my palette this is a Scotch Ale gone awry---not in a bad way, but as if it missed the mark enough for the brewer to thrown in some Belgian yeast and extra hops.

A-copper and cloudy. Short lived head.

S-Caramel & some floral notes.

T-Big. Overwhelming caramel. Dry back end. Tongue does not easily forget this beer.

M-Silky but every part of your mouth retains the caramel. Not a lot of other ingredients to combat this.

I get no Saison character. Maybe the brewer thought the style broad enough to tag the beer with it?? I don't know, but it's not there.

Overall, it's worthy of sharing. I doubt I would buy a six of it though. (639 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, filtered, no carbonation, little brownish white foam.

S: Banana, Belgian yeast, dark fruits like figs, glue.

T: Banana, dark fruits like figs, a bit of licorice, malt, no bitterness.

M: Medium, slightly syrupy body, low medium carbonation.

O: Not getting the saison combo it claims on the bottle, but tastes like a pleasant Belgian beer of some sort. Balanced, sweetness is there with the other flavours metioned. Worth a try, sort of cool bottle, love that its from Florida. Would go well with bbq fish. (520 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Tripel and Saison Fusion:

A: Orange brown in color, with a haze. Light tan frothy head.

S: Sugary sweet. There is a Syrup smell some light maple, and perhaps some raisins. Light Belgian character, with caramel dominating.

T: Caramel comes out first. Syrupy and sweet, some light spice notes. In the finish there is a little something that is odd, maybe tannins perhaps a little dark roast grain? The alcohol is in the finish, but is not overpowering.

M: Medium in body, good carbonation, slightly syrupy.

O: Overall I like it, although it is very sweet. It's slightly off the mark for a tripel, and I don't get the Saison at all. It's good, but if anything it is almost more like a slightly Belgian version of a Barley wine. Not great, but certainly interesting. (773 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with an off-white head. Decent retention. No lace.
Smell is malt, caramel, citrus and sweetness. Good balance.
Taste is malt, citrus, vanilla, caramel, sweet, alcohol, light banana, spices(clove, pepper & something else). Smooth and balanced nicely.
Smooth, rich, full bodied with light effervescence. Warming and very sippable.
DVery good, I want more please. (381 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says 2012.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head showing long retention before touching down to an 1/8 inch of head in a solid sheet of foam. Thick, resilient lacing.

S- Sharp nose filled with pungent spices and herbs. Potpourri-like (as described on the label) and perfumey with a stiff shot of booze. Some cinnamon, clove and even some pumpkin.

T- The taste is a bit more controlled with the sweetness backing up the alcohol in a complimentary fashion. Has all the toasty caramel malt of a dubbel and the yeast quality of one. However, the supposed saison characteristics escape me. Has a slight liqueur quality as it warms.

M- Sharp and a bit hot. Medium carbonation and an ample body for the style.

O- Kind of overbearing but, if you like Belgians, you should be able to derive some pleasure out of it. (880 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Very hazy, deep copper in color, with a one finger white head that doesn't much last. Minimal visible carbonation.

S: Caramel malts and fruity belgian yeast...weird, but not bad.

T: Follows the nose in principle, but the caramel aspect becomes candy sweet. Then comes some belgian esters flavor, and some strange fruitiness. This is all over the place, and gets worse as it warms up a bit.

M: Medium weight, with a sticky sweet mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is minimal (especially impressive with the listed ABV) with a low-ish amount of carbonation.

O: I thought the combination of styles listed on the label (trippel & saison) sounded really interesting. This fell short of that label claim entirely. It's a sticky, sweet, caramelly mess. It really isn't very good, though it's not flat-out awful and didn't get drain-poured. I won't be drinking another.

EDIT: So, I was looking at this bottle, and I see now that it was contract-brewed at Thomas Creek in Greenville, SC. The only other beer I've had from Thomas Creek was their Up The Creek, which I also disliked & thought had an overly sweet caramel flavor. Coincidence? (1,202 characters)

Photo of KyleVick4
4.32/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured in a pint glass

A: Pours a light copper, almost orange with thick head. Leaves very sparse lacing down the sides.

S: Strong orange peel here. Also some spices and yeasties. Smells sugary. Not bad smell, but the orange is a bit overpowering.

T: Delicious beer. Not well balanced (no hop presence) but this is a unique hybrid style. Orange is a bit too strong, with spices and bready undertones. Not one hint of the 10% abv.

M: Thick, syrupy with very little carbonation. Just the way i like em

O: This is a great beer. Went a smidge to much on the orangey tastes. But hey, I like oranges. I wish there was a hop presence. With a smashing 10% abv I dont taste a drop of it. The spiceyness is perfectly done and I like the yeast undertones. Mouthfeel is syrupy but retains enough CO2 to get it down. Good job Gordash. (832 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
2.15/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My last Holy Mackerel beer in the fridge.

Panic Attack. 'A Trippel and Saison Fusion'. 10%. Hold onto your jets, folks.

Poured with very little head. None now. Murky orange river water color. No lacing. 2.5

Smells like a shandy. Some sweet orange and lemonade along with a colorful yeast character. A little heavy syrup and peach-in-a-can. Spices like white pepper and coriander, but subdued compared to the fruitiness. 2.5

Flavor is OFF. Cheap, sugary lemonade with from-concentrate orange juice and ground pepper. Coriander, stone fruits, treacle syrup or honey. This beer is all over the place and wacky. The syrupy sweetness is cloying. There is honestly nothing more I can say about this beer. No hop presence, not much of a malt. 2.0

The mouthfeel is hugely thick. Thick and cloyingly sweet. Not much carbonation traceable. Hard to get down. Only impressive fact is that it's not carrying the booze that I would expect from such a high gravity offering. Sticks to the lips. I don't know what to think. 2.0

This beer is pretty awful. It's not a tripel. It's not a saison, by any means. Excuse my language, but this beer is just a fuck-up. The 10% just means I can't so easily end the night with a good beer because I wasted enough tolerance on this one. 2.0 (1,268 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a local offering in Florida. It is very easy to find down there. I liked the idea of trying the blended Tripel and Saison. I was looking forward to this.

I poured this into a pint glass, and the coloring was very bright orange with one and a half fingers of foam.

Off the top I picked up orange, belgian spice, some sour, and wine-like smell from the saison. The flavor had a ton of saison in it. There really wasn't great balance to it. I also picked up some weird venous taste.

This is a very interesting expreience that could be tweaked into becoming an amazing beer.

The after-taste definitely hits the tripel part of the beer. There was almost a sticky feeling. It leaves a warming in my throat and chest after sipping this brew. (749 characters)

Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz - into a goblet

A - Pours a deep amber with a little bit of orange highlights. Head formation is light, just a little off white.

S - A strong fruity and spicy nose. A bit peppery, funky, and then more orange blows it all away.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, no super defined malts present. The yeast and the hops take over, giving that strong citrus flavor. Acidic, and tangy. Finishes very clean, with just a little bit of sweetness.

M - A full bodied but lightly carbonated. Would have thought more would be present with a saison/tripel hybrid. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O/D - A very smooth and easy drinking beer. It defies definition enough that its hard to say it or isn't better than the norm. Alcohol is well hidden. Just lightly hidden. (757 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1.5 finger head with nice lacing and retention on a hazy crimson and golden body. Aroma is very boozy. Mild fruit and very sweet. Almost has a vinegar note. Very syrupy in the flavor with dark fruit and very boozy. Mouthfeel is thick with moderate carbonation. Overall way too boozy and a poor member of theY genre. (315 characters)

Photo of nickfl
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a slightly hazy, orange amber body. The had settles slowly and leaves leaves light lace.

S - lightly sweet malt, some clove and a hint of licorice.

T - sweet malt up front with some toffee and tart caramel. Clove and a hint of cherry in the middle. Finishes with more clove and lingering sour caramel.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - not well made. Way too sweet and lacking in complexity for the style. Not much of a belgian, as expected from this brewery. (542 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My friend bought one of these the other day and liked it, so I thought I would do the same.

A: Pretty serious looking stuff....: Cloudy, brown/caramel in appearance and with a measly head that didn't add up to much.... maybe a mere white pepper formation.

S: Straight up stomach acid actually, with a bit of apricot, honey, and ginger throw in to the kettle as well. Faint, but still present.

T: This reminded me right away of an ultra, ultra, ultra, ultra, ultra, ultra sweet version of DFH's "Sahtea." Lots of ginger, honey, nutmeg, and others that gave this sort of a holiday flair. However, all throughout the session I kept asking myself, "Where's the Belgian funk?"

M: Measly carbonated, which didn't really bother me, and not much lacing. The uber sweet, stomach acid quality REALLY grated on my taste buds!

O: I definitely wouldn't have this one again, but I don't think it was quite as gross as many others have mentioned here on BA. (947 characters)

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