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Panic Attack - Holy Mackerel Brewing

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136 Ratings

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Ratings: 136
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:
Beer added by: adkirkish on 07-03-2010

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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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4.35/5  rDev +31.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.22/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly strong, malty with a firm candy-sweet overtone and fruity hints. It pours a nice clear coppery amber with a decent off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Flavor is quite strong and mouth-filling, fairly sweet but not cloying, malty and subtly hoppy with hints of caramel and cinnamon. Texture is fairly fizzy and fairly smooth, leaving a lip-smacking finish.

Photo of katan
4.18/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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4.14/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

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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!

Photo of adkirkish
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Stage 84 pre-release party off of draft:

Appearance: Pours clear dark amber (noted chill haze off of draft - clarity improved as temp increased). Head was frothy white and persistent as beer was consumed and left some light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts with a light belgian yeast aroma (saison), light citrus hop aroma, very light spice aroma (clove), no esthers.

F: Sweet malt upfront, Caramel and raisin make up the majority of body of the beer (distinctly belgian). Finishes with a slight citrus hop bitterness. The balance of this beer is definitely towards the sweet malts.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel, drinks very smooth with a dry finish. The 10% does not show any warmth and is deceptively hidden. No astringency.

O: I enjoyed having the opportunity of being one of the first to try this new beer. Objective feedback: IMO this beer balances a fine line between two style categories: 16 E (Belgian Specialty Ale) and 18 E (Belgian Dark Strong Ale). If this beer were to be categorized as a Belgian Specialty Ale what necessarily seperates this beer apart i.e. (Blending techniques, unusual grain bill, adjuncts, herbs / spices, brett). I feel this beer most closely resembles a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Westy 12, St Bernardus Abt 12 etc.) That being said this beer has alot to go up against to say the least.

Constructive feedback: Color is on the lower end of amber, consider deeper malt profile to increase SRM. Esthers weren't really apparent in the aroma, rather smelled more like a saison (This would be the lowest point I could address). With these two points addressed I believe this would be a great example of a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Right now I would say this beer is 80% Belgian Dark Strong Ale and 20 % Saison.

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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.

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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
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