Special Golden Ale
Holy Mackerel Beers

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From:
Holy Mackerel Beers
 
Florida, United States
Style:
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #209
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
76
Ranked #29,621
Avg:
3.3 | pDev: 18.18%
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
101
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 09, 2021
Added:
Jun 02, 2008
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  24
SCORE
76
Okay
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.56 by Chipwells from Georgia

May 09, 2021
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Rated by Rennoc_stl from Florida

3.19/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Malt flavor is overwhelming
Feb 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Nov 20, 2017
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2016 12 oz bottle purchased in FL and consumed near the contract brewer in SC.

Pours with a murky orange-amber body topped by a decent off-white head. The head is semi-durable and leaves respectable lacing.
Appealing fruity aroma with a better and more complex flavor. Notes of soft ripe fruits as well as dried fruits. A little yeast and faint spice in the flavor.

Medium-full body with medium carbonation.
Mar 19, 2017
 
Rated: 2 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jan 22, 2017
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky pale orange color with a small white head. The aroma is light citrus and alcohol. The taste is yeasty with some citrus.
Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.74 by DenverHopHead from Colorado

Oct 28, 2016
 
Rated: 2.73 by Jodio from Texas

Jul 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.14 by CBrodbeck from Florida

May 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.34 by NelCet from Massachusetts

Apr 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by fakedeadgirlfriend from Florida

Jan 21, 2016
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Rated by DavesBeerReviews from Florida

3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Great with bbq pork chops.. strong
Dec 13, 2015
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
2015 bottling. Dark gold, like apple juice, with a thin white head and modest lacing. Strong Belgian yeast aroma with an off-putting nuttiness in the background. There's also a breadiness reminiscent of plain, under-toasted English muffins. All of this carries over to the taste, which is slightly sweet. Mouthfeel on the thin side. To be honest, I ordered this as the only local offering at a hotel bar in Florida not knowing the style, and was pleased to find it wasn't a Corona clone. I don't think it's awful, but wouldn't recommend seeking it out.
Oct 22, 2015
 
Rated: 3.09 by Coorsy from Massachusetts

Oct 04, 2015
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Reviewed by Myotus from Texas

3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle (dated 2015) into a snifter.
LOOK:Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that shrivels down into a line after 40 seconds. Rising bubbles are small and subtle. Gold in color as the name would suggest. Lacing is subtle, but what little there is stays in the sides of the glass.
SMELL: There are mild aromas of pale malts, tree nuts, honey graham crackers, and cloves that meet with subtle white grape, banana, and pear aromas. A hint of alcohol can also be detected. Too many aromas going on at once. Not too found of it.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild clove and honey graham cracker flavors. Subtle pear, white grape, and banana flavors enter immediately after the initial flavors. Mild pale malt flavors along with a hint of alcohol enter about 2 seconds after the initial taste. As honey graham cracker flavors fade and all others persist, subtle tree nut flavors enter lastly.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough. Finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: As Beer warms, alcohol becomes more prevalent. Also, way too many aromas and flavors going on with this one. I love complexity, but this was too much.
Sep 23, 2015
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Rated by papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Flashback #71
Aug 17, 2015
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Reviewed by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Very standard to the style. Pours copper, smells funky, tastes like spiced brown sugar with a boozy finish. Very dense and sugary feel. A sipper for sure.
Jul 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.42 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Jul 14, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

Jul 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.25 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Jun 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.45 by Eziel from Ohio

Jun 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.07 by Epetrena from Florida

May 20, 2015
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Reviewed by KensWorld from Florida

3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2008 bottle. Has lots of sediment. Almost no head. Clear Amber in color with good carbonation. Smells sweat. Taste of molasses and honey. Alcohol burn. Was not expecting this to hold up all these years but I am impressed. Though very sweat, it was very enjoyable. It's been years since I have tried this fresh, but I think it has improved with aged. 3.75
Apr 29, 2015
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Rated by DuffDaddy from Florida

1/5  rDev -69.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Single from ABC for $.50. ACK!
Apr 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.27 by PvtSnowball from Florida

Mar 14, 2015
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Rated by M_chav from New Mexico

2.62/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Nothing's working well together here
Feb 23, 2015
 
Rated: 3.24 by Bartos from Florida

Jan 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by Tuckersmth from California

Dec 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by gwiedman1 from New York

Nov 30, 2014
 
Rated: 4.16 by Algar11 from Florida

Oct 10, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Sep 19, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by BKotch from Texas

Sep 05, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by patre_tim from Thailand

Aug 25, 2014
 
Rated: 2.25 by miguelre06 from Pennsylvania

Jul 24, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by andy1701 from Florida

Jul 19, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by stufff from Florida

Jul 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

May 31, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by ralerwen from Illinois

May 26, 2014
 
Rated: 2 by NJBeer265 from New Jersey

May 23, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by SocalKicks from California

May 02, 2014
Special Golden Ale from Holy Mackerel Beers
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