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Panic Attack - Holy Mackerel Brewing

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77
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134 Ratings
THE BROS
72
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: adkirkish on 07-03-2010)
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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.

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Photo of npala86
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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1/5  rDev -69.8%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +36%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
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 cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Heatwave33
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

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 MrWilliams
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Beejay
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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2/5  rDev -39.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Panic Attack from Holy Mackerel Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.