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Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale | Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers "the garage project"

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Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers "the garage project"
Florida, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 06-02-2008

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3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy copper with a medium head that falls away quickly to poor lacing. The aroma is strong and floral, with a little mediciney bite. It is overripe and note terribly appealing. The flavor is strong, apricot and clove, but tending toward medicinal and boozy, not particularly refreshing or pleasant. It has a phenolic, slightly spicy feeling, but lacking in the kind of balance that makes this a pleasant characteristic in Belgian beers. The mouthfeel is fairly slick, leaving a spicy prickle along the tongue.

This comes close to being a good beer, but its lack of subtlety and balance torpedo it.

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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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.

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3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pale orange with a flat creamy, bone white head that didn't bother to stick around long. No real lacing to speak of, while a very faint and sporadic effervesce is observed lending this to just an ordinary appearance.

S: musky dry oranges, old bread and dry lemon peels. Light to moderate in strength there was a touch of musky booziness, and a sterile, almost phenolic nature of fermented fruit.

T: sour and musky, oranges and lemons, dry with a boozy alcohol notes. Sour green apples and fruitiness along with a pharmaceutical phenolic taste. The beer finishes with a bittering dry, sour funky citrus hopping and sweet orange candy notes. Overall didn't find the flavor particularly enticing or inviting.

M: pretty full, slightly creamy and smooth with a musky dry bittering finish.

D: Average drinkability, one better consumed rather quickly. Cant recommend a six pack here.

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3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slight chill haze that drops as the beer warms. Gold. Head is bright-white. Tight, creamy head that lingers and lingers. Lively carbonation pulls from the bottom.

Smell: Cereal grains, grass, and a touch of skunk. some faint spiciness sneaks through the back. Earthy, gritty, with a solid malt backing. Some sweetness. Not too much going on here.

Taste: Corn and Belgian spice. faintly peppery. Earthy up front. Falls to grass and pale malts. Sweetness sneaks up after each sip and never really leaves. A touch of alcohol bite on the back. Flavors don't really meld. It might need some time like the bottle says.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and although the carbonation is a bit high, it works overall. Crisp on the back. Nice compliment to the flavor profile.

Overall: It's kind of a mess, but manages to pull through without falling in to complete disrepair. ABV sneaks up in the end, but all in all it could be worse.

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Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale from Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers "the garage project"
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 244 ratings
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