Panic Attack
Holy Mackerel Beers

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From:
Holy Mackerel Beers
 
Florida, United States
Style:
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #205
ABV:
10%
Score:
77
Ranked #29,315
Avg:
3.35 | pDev: 19.1%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
116
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 04, 2020
Added:
Jul 03, 2010
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  44
SCORE
77
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Rated: 4.54 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania

Dec 04, 2020
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle, undated, poured into a 14oz stemless wine glass.

The beer pours an amber color, moderate opacity with a honey hue and a little layer of off white head that offers no retention or lacing. The aroma is nice, strong caramel and amber malts, strong Belgian yeast, clove, light spice, a bit of vanilla and modest noble hop. The flavors are good, lots of caramel malt, thick and chewy with light earthy hop oil, strong yeast, clove, allspice, nutmeg and vanilla. The mouthfeel is good, coating, lively, medium bodied with a nice tangy dry bite.

Verdict: A solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale from Holy Mackerel. Pretty straight to style, easy going but full of flavor and character.
May 04, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On-tap at City Works, Doral, FL

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of candi sugars are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is somewhat sweet with flavors of candi sugars and apples with hints of pale malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between a Belgian Dubbel and a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: on-tap
Nov 05, 2018
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Reviewed by kennyvalentine from Florida

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Non scientific rating. But I really like this beer. I had it sitting in my refrigerator for probably 8 months, finally drank it because I was out of my favorite beer everyday beer.
Appearance is nice. Nose is not overly sweet. Seemed like I could taste the alcohol. Which I like. But it was extremely smooth. No bite and a pleasant feel and aftertaste. Felt like cream soda in my mouth with a pleasant slight boozy taste on the back of my tongue and in my nose. I will definitely consider making space for this beer in my refrigerator.
Nov 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by giefanarr from Florida

Nov 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.51 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Oct 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.29 by bb-magic from Florida

Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Squidretired from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A very sweet beer, not unlike a real Cafe Cubano, which it is modeled on. It pours a dark golden color with little head. The nose is coffeeish with a sweet taste throughout the glass. The mouth feel is smooth.
Apr 16, 2017
 
Rated: 2.98 by Satorn from Florida

Feb 24, 2017
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2016 12 oz bottle purchased and consumed in Florida.
Slightly hazy copper body with a good off-white head and ample lacing.
Near medium body with lively carbonation.
Fruity and floral aroma with only hints of the 10% ABV.
Moderately complex flavor for style with a nice dynamic. Sweet and fruity with hints of bread, peaches and tropical fruits.

Overall: dangerously easy drinking with rather well hidden alcohol. Improved with some warming.
Feb 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jan 22, 2017
 
Rated: 2.52 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Oct 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by iftcoach from Germany

Oct 04, 2016
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Reviewed by LMO1190 from Florida

2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3
L- Copper color wit a thin head
Smell-Big boozy smell with a bubble gum scent.
Taste- Classic belgium taste. Gum, fruitiness. But you can really taste the alcohol.
Feel- Very thin, leave a burn in the back of the mouth(@ 55 degree F). Feels like a slow sipper!!

Overall- This better is not bad, but is it isn't great either. It's pretty much OK. That alcohol burn is a bit to much for me. I would probably be better on a cold winter night. But I don't think I would go out of my way to get more.
Jul 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.54 by Griphon from Florida

Jul 11, 2016
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Rated by DavesBeerReviews from Florida

3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
One of the strongest pale ales on the planet. Goes great with steak!
May 29, 2016
 
Rated: 2.85 by CBrodbeck from Florida

May 19, 2016
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Reviewed by JasW from Florida

3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Pours a quickly dissipating, thin off-white head over a deep copper body. Nose is pure mustiness. Treacly, perhaps too much so, with a chalky aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel. Not bad, but not particularly good, at least as far as whatever Belgian style it's aiming at. While the label contends its a "fusion" of a saison and a tripel, it bears only a passing resemblance to either in the taste department -- though that's overwhelmed by the high sugar content -- and neither in the looks department given the copper color. A sweet BSDA? A quad? Hard to say. At least the booze is hidden somewhat by the sugar, although there's still a definite hotness.
Apr 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

Apr 08, 2016
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Reviewed by babaracas from Florida

3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Pours a clear copper with lots of fine sediment in suspension, thin white head sticks around decently leaving a few splotches of lace behind. Smell: lots of caramel, dates, apricot jam, sugary, mildly bready and spicy. Smells like a mediocre biere de garde, which would not a bad thing, comparatively. Taste: huge dose of steely caramel, overly sweet cinnamon raisin bread, booze, caramelized pear, peaches in syrup, more booze. Syrupy, sticky mess of a body with low carbonation for either of the styles it's attempting to be. I knew this was contract brewed but thought it was at least brewed in FL (as it masquerades as a local on FL's east coast), but it's instead brewed at Thomas Creek... they make good beers, but also apparently make this mess.
Apr 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.58 by 2dogbrew from Virginia

Feb 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.48 by fakedeadgirlfriend from Florida

Jan 21, 2016
 
Rated: 2.5 by Lare453 from Florida

Dec 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by ckollias from Maryland

Oct 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.03 by Coorsy from Massachusetts

Oct 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.86 by OldhouseRecs from North Carolina

Sep 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.76 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

Aug 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.13 by BeccaH from Florida

Jul 29, 2015
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Holy Mackerel Brewing LLC "Panic Attack"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness date
$2.38 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

The label reads "Belgian-Style Beer A Trippel And Saison Fusion 2015" so I had to try it!

It poured a nice fluffy head of off white atop a slightly hazy deep copper body. The head retention and lacing were both quite good.

In the nose it displayed a combination of sweetish caramelish malt and dark skinned fruits (raisin, plum, fig) with a hint of brown sugar.

The flavor confirmed the notes found in the nose, and added a depth of malt that was quite nice. I'm not sure where the saison comes in because I only got minor spicing, but the rich, wide, and sweet maltiness was reminiscent of an amped up dubbel. In fact with that in mind, I think most of the dubbels I've sampled have had more spicing. But the fruitiness is nice. It also includes some tropical fruit like mango and papaya, as well as some apricot. But now that I think about it, where is the triple as well? Is it only in the strength? (The alcohol never shows, by the way).

In the mouth it's medium bodied to medium-full, and gently bristling with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that eventually leaves it nicely smooth and almost creamy.

Overall, the label also states that it's "a fine sipping beer" and I'd have to agree. Unique and enjoyable, this may be the best Holy Mackerel beer I've had so far.
Jul 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.19 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Jun 06, 2015
 
Rated: 2.68 by treyaxx from New Jersey

Jun 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.3 by Epetrena from Florida

May 31, 2015
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Rated by IckyT2012 from Florida

3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Lots of sugar. Tastes like a hangover waiting to happen
May 30, 2015
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Rated by EnojysAnyBeer from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Full bodied with a mellow flavor that makes for easy drinking
May 26, 2015
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Reviewed by Napolian954

5/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
The sweet honey flavor and fennel are balanced beyond perfection. (However, I prefer sweet and malty). For a 10% abv it is incredibly smooth and more refreshing than other beers of that alcohol content.
May 10, 2015
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Rated by rjp217 from Massachusetts

2.01/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
It's a great looking beer but way too medicinal and unbalanced. Could barely get through a few sips as the sweetness is off putting and way too boozy
Apr 17, 2015
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Reviewed by TBCE from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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.
Apr 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.43 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Mar 12, 2015
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, some fruits. Taste is spices, malts, light fruits, just a hint of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.
Mar 02, 2015
 
Rated: 3.91 by WiggyKGB from Illinois

Feb 28, 2015
Panic Attack from Holy Mackerel Beers
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