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Panic Attack - Holy Mackerel Brewing

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BA SCORE
76
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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 52
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Brewer’s intention is to merge a Tripel and a Saison. The head sticks around, with a hazed orange amber color underneath. Spicy, fruity nose of musk, lemon, honey, mango, wild herbs, rose water and a big hit of estery alcohol. Moderate-sized body. Very spicy and alcoholic, the honey-like sweetness and exotic fruit go hand-in-hand. Cinnamon and roses come to mind. Alcohol just doesn’t want to let go, very warming ... almost hot. Maltiness has a decent base but gives itself up for the fruit, alcohol and spice. No real balance here—an off-the-wall Belgian that struggles to be even somewhat drinkable. Still worth a try.

Photo of Tabni
4.35/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 12oz bottle at Total Wines. Had try this before it was even released at Stage 84, and I got to say that everybody loved this beer.

Appearance - Dark orange color.
Smell - Great sweet "belgian" smell.
Taste/Mouthfeel/Drink-ability - Sweet malts. Strong brew, be careful, it goes down so smooth that you might end up drinking more than what you are supposed to.

If you get the chance, try it in the tap, give it a second chance.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.
A: Light copper body, which looks a little light for style, white head pours good formation, and holds nice head retention. Light carbonation presence.
S: A dry and bubble gummy aroma, very much like a Belgian tripel.
T/M: The front is smooth and well balanced with a nice yeast flavor and hop and malt balance. Pretty mellow for the abv. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth, while not being to sharp and strong. Missing a strong yeast character of many other classic Belgians.
O: Over all a nice drinking brew, but a bit missing the lingering taste of other classic Belgians. For a brewery in the United States, this is a very nice example.

Photo of socon67
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Heatwave33
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: An orange-gold color with a whitehead.

Smell: Tart, hops, malts with a little sweetness.

Taste: Slightly tart with malts, hops. Slightly sweet at the end. I believe it's honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, smooth with a slight dry finish

Overall: A nice tartness and sweetness to the flavor. Just not as well balanced as it should be though. A nice brew to sip. Cheers!

Photo of gfsufb
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Fifty Brews. Overall a very nice belgian amber. Can taste the alcohol in the tongue which is about the only thing that prevents this from being one of my top rated brews. Overall smell and color are very nice with a complex arrangement.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2010 bottle into a pint glass - a fluffy white head sticks on top of a medium honey gold.

Sweet candi, almost peachy nose.

A sip is prickly and sweet, with a little hop spice on the finish. Alcohol pretty present with a hint of Belgian yeast, but not offensive as other have said due to the prominent almost bubble gum sweetness that lingers on the finish.

Medium slick body, medium light carbonation.

It's too sweet - but other than that I think this was a fair example of that end of the style.

Photo of afogg0855
4.11/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has not gotten the respect it so deserves! Holy Mackerel has blown me away with it's ability to put a new spin on an old recipe. This, to me, tastes like a mixture of a Belgian Strong Ale with a Belgian Wheat.

The whopping 10% ABV is careful not to mask the distinct flavors of citrus, oakiness, and even as you would expect in a nice glass of a deep Shiraz a hint of "earthy rubber" is the best way for me to describe it.

I'm sure to buy at least 2 bottles of this everytime i hit the liquor store because I simply love it!

Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of rjp217
2.01/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It's a great looking beer but way too medicinal and unbalanced. Could barely get through a few sips as the sweetness is off putting and way too boozy

Photo of Beejay
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.51/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of TBCE
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
1.47/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle of the 2011 vintage courtesy of fthomasl, pours a hazed and glowing orange color with a small cap of off-white head. Nice lacing. A fusion of tripel and saison, eh? Well, it does not really look like either!

Nose is interesting, smells alot like grains of paradise might have been used here. Very spice-oriented with cola, cloves and brazil nuts in tow. Not much else, I am a bit disappointed at the lack of yeasty esters.

Taste is sweet and definitely has a plethora of spices going on...too much actually. I am fairly certain this has grains of paradise in it, a spice that I personally cannot stand...never had a beer with it that I could drink. BSPA is a better fit than either saison or tripel, unnecessarily high ABV is prominent but buried along with malt and yeast flavor. There is not much else I can discern besides the spices so I will just leave it at that. And no, I will not be finishing my 12 oz sample.

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Photo of cbutova
2.84/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Hazy orange with a massive creamy head. Retention is superb and a big coat of lace is left behind.

S- Slighty medicinal raisin and dark fruit as well as a large amount of spice. Some zest.

T- A huge profile of dark raisin and spice from a strong Belgian yeast. Slight medicinal feel. Tons of clove and some zest. Apple makes an appearance.

MF- A fairly hot light creamy body with moderate carbonation.

DB- An exampke of Americans trying to make Belgian beer and it being too spicy and out of balance. Drinkable but strong and tiring.

Photo of beals
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[12oz bottle - 2010 edition]

A: poured yellow-orange with a 2-finger head. plenty of carbonation evident -- head retention seems really good, but lacing is pretty minimal.

S: peaches, banana, yeast. surprisingly not a boozy aroma, given the ABV (and the taste, see below).

T: whoa, alcohol. i read the 10% on the label, but this one hits you in the face with it. also quite a sweet beer -- helps to balance the alcohol. middle is banana, clove and distinctive bubble-gum flavor. finishes with a slowly fading warmth, which is what i'd expect from this style.

M: pleasantly smooth given the amount of carbonation -- slides around your tongue. explains the lack of stickiness in the head.

O: a solid beer, but i'd probably stick to one bottle. might benefit from more aging. there are certainly better American-made Belgian strongs out there, but this one is worth trying -- and a good effort from a small brewery.

Photo of jlindros
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rising fizzy fluffy head that peaks at almost 3 fingers before quickly fading back with lots of big bubbles, over slightly hazy copper golden orange color.

Nose has some light Belgian malts, sweet syrupy like almost corn syrup, a light orange zest, slightly boozy, a light buttery diacetyl and very slight band-aid.

Taste is also pretty bleh, starts with Belgian malts and a little yeast, with citrus fruits, orange peel, etc. Pretty sweet and syrupy, candi sugar, and bitterness which blend to give that icky flavor from those orange gelatinousness orange wedges I used to have when I was a kid. A slight band-aid taste and some booze. Finish brings a bit more bitterness, a nagging icky bitter orange peel and jelly flavor, and boozy.

Mouth is medium body, syrupy, lots of carbonation, and some boozy warmth and tingle.

Drinkability is meh, with some boozy feel and taste, bitterness, and some bleh flavors. Also somewhat sweet finish but very sweet start.

Photo of WynnO
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of aorloski
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a little darker than a BSPA, orange in hue with about a half finger tight white head.

Smell - God damn this is a damn sweet smelling beer. All candied fruits, almost like a quad. Big sugary presence, i do get some darker fruit which i was not expecting.

Taste - Again, this thing is way to sweet for its own good. Candied dark fruits for sure, heavy on the candied side. I do get a touch of cinnamon and clove however which is pleasant but incredibly subdued. This is like drinking a big thing of sugary thick alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Thick, sticks to your mouth.

Overall - Meh. This isn't anything special and really not anything good either, i am having a hard time getting through a glass of this it is so damn sweet, one dimensional, lacking any character. I only bought this stuff because it was on sale for 4 dollars a 4 pack at a local store for 2010 bottles. Was it worth it? I think so haha, but definitely not good.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-amber hue and is topped with a short-lived khaki head that recedes to a faint encircling wisp. The nose is very strange, but nice, and reminds me of baked goods or petit fours. The taste is, for a lack of a better description, Christmas-y. There is a sort of chocolate mint flavor atop a sugar cookie or pretzel-y malt, and the booze is very well-hidden. The feel is pleasantly slick and softly carbonated; it works well. Overall it is a very unusual brew, but pretty nice.

Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a sweet, pale and crystal malt scent along with a fruity, citrus yeast aroma. There seems to be some star anise in there as well. The taste is average as well. It has a syrupy, pale and crystal malt flavor. It's overly sweet and overly spiced. It has a coriander and star anise flavor that doesn't seem to belong in this light of a beer. The alcohol warmth is well hidden, but the taste is all over the place. The mouthfeel is average. It is a full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a forgettable Belgian-style beer. It's like a experimental homebrew gone wrong.

Photo of Fairwin
1.99/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of angelogarcia3
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Studio 84 in Davie, FL. It pours as a nice amber colored beer that is unfiltered (cloudy) with a thin creamy white head. Aromas of raisins, grapes, and sweetness. This syrupy beer has good flavors of raisins, plum, and hints of honey, vanilla, and sugar water. A very good beer that will sneak up on you and knock you off your stool.

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Panic Attack from Holy Mackerel Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.