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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: adkirkish on 07-03-2010)
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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Fairwin
1.93/5  rDev -41.7%
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 WynnO
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Dank26
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of TubbyDullard
4/5  rDev +20.8%

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 Thedrizzle
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Cheddar
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of afluentturtle
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Riverared
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of RandyBoBandy
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of HiPpYcHoP
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of rdtbhockey
4.5/5  rDev +36%

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.

Photo of MonkeyStain
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of chris1919
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of danpam1024
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of Scandoppelganger
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jewbrew
1/5  rDev -69.8%

Photo of Sturmthis
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of PorterLambic
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Panic Attack from Holy Mackerel Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.