Panic Attack - Holy Mackerel Brewing

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 150
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 27 | 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 twiggamortis420
1.47/5  rDev -56.3%
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. (933 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 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 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 AdamBear
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A-transparent amber, thin white head, very light colored for the type

S-burnt dark Belgian ale

T-a sweet hit of the dark belgian ale. the after-taste is sort of tangy with the high ABV very noticeable. There's is nothing impressive or satisfying about this one.

M-medium to heavy carbonation, dry finish

D-wow there is close to zero drinkability. i got half way through this and drained it....i never do that! i love beer too much to drain it but this was just that bad. (474 characters)

Photo of bramsdell
2.74/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into imperial pint glass.

A: A decent, cloudy golden color. A very full head that recedes after only a couple minutes down to a thin line. Very little lacing.

S: Actually, it smells a little like Natty Ice. So...

T: It tastes pretty average for a beer but pretty below par from a BSPA. On the first sip, there isn't much immediate flavor. First flavors are the saison influence. Sweet, maybe a little earthy. Then a bit of spiciness come through. This is the most pleasant part of the flavor. Then there is a sweetness that stays on the tongue. There is certainly a warming from the booze, but not too much boozy flavor.

M: About that flavor that stays on the tongue, it just leaves this sugary coating. It's not as full as I would like, but it isn't watery. The booze can definitely be felt, but only for an instant each sip.

O: This beer is ok. It doesn't really smell great and it's not really a saison or a BSPA. It should really choose what it wants to be and just try to be that.

EDIT: After reading some of the other reviews after I posted this one, it is possible my bottle was not good. The other reviewers seem to find many more fruity notes that mine ever indicated. (1,202 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 cbutova
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (540 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 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 cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy light copper color with a light tan head and fair amount of lace. The nose is extremely sweet, candied sugars galore, notes of peppery spice, sweet caramel, strong notes of alcohol with some citric orange and dried fruits. The flavor is much of the same, overly candied sugars and dried plums making it too sweet with some nice citric notes behind. The spice is all but gone in the flavor but the alcohol is a bit more subdued. The body is full and heavy, lower carbonation, oily finish. (500 characters)

Photo of DUBinMIA
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a goblet. opaque deep orange like brown color. minimal foam head. very low carbonation.

smells of floral herbs and spices, slight liquorice aroma. some yeast aroma as well... complex but ehh

taste smooth with little to no hop notes.. mostly malt and yeast characters. lots of residual sweetness and yeast flavor. has some apple juice like tart flavors without the zing...

medium to full bodied but lacks carbonation with is usually high for a Belgian ale...

kinda a disappointment on this one... i like the brewery but this beer just didn't sit well with me. (577 characters)

Photo of aorloski
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of Matt1516
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had low expectations of this one: Not my favourite style and it's had some poor reviews. That said, it wasn't half bad.

Pours dark-orange and the smell is of cloves, coriander and yeast.

The 10% ABV is a bit overwhelming but fairly true to style. Solid body, yeasty and lots of fruit--esp. banana.

If you like this style, it's not bad. (340 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (970 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 aubuc1
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

I will review this as a strong pale ale, not dark.

Pours a nice rich golden red with a thick white head.

Smell is a metallic, yeasty, sweet with some bubble gum, clove, and banana.

Taste starts smooth, but then a rising heat comes in. Grainy booze dominates but has some yeast and fruit in the back.

Mouthfeel is good, but drinkability isn't so good.

This is scorching hot, so maybe a year or three might help.

Not as good as the other offerings from gordash. (503 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 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 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 chaz410
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours not even close to "dark", more like a thick bodied golden belgian ale. Moderate thick white head. Head disappears pretty quick.
Smells very clean and balanced. It's full of belgian musk, musty, fruity, hints of red fruit and red grapes. Slight prune character, all layered over a fair amount of bitter orange peel.
Taste is far more spice pungent. There's some continental based crystal malts, like caramunich/carapils and some belgian funk but there's a ton of cardamon and orange peel. The spice is over done and if dialed back a little, I'd think this would be a great beer.
Mouthfeel is moderately thick and smooth. Very clean finish. (644 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 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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