Panic Attack
Holy Mackerel Beers

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #404
ABV:
10%
Score:
79
Ranked #48,405
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 18.99%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
177
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Holy Mackerel Beers
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
79
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kevanb from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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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metter98 from New York

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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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kennyvalentine from Florida

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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
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Squidretired from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +27.9%
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
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
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
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LMO1190 from Florida

2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
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
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JasW from Florida

3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
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
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babaracas from Florida

3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
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
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Napolian954

5/5  rDev +48.4%
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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TBCE from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
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
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Feb 22, 2015
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OldCat from Tennessee

2/5  rDev -40.7%

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.

Sep 02, 2014
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deneb from Florida

3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark orange/amber; No head
S: Citrus/Apple, faintly sweet
T: Tiny, bitter kick; refreshing citrus (and almost woody) aftertaste
M: Surprisingly mild for 10% ABV! Thicker than most but it still creeps up on you.

Hardly seems as strong as it is. Moderate bite yet still has some personality.

Jul 12, 2014
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PvtSnowball from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Jun 14, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
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

Nov 16, 2013
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socon67 from New York

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up as part of a mixed 6'er at Bottle Cap's in Daytona

A - Amber with a white foam head that settles to a thin 1/8". Lacing spots the glass.

S - Smells of sweet fruits and syrup with a bready cake aroma from the yeast.

T - Sweet fruit flavor gives to a sherry-like finish complete with a burn. A bit too heavy handed in the finish. Clearly BA classified this better as a Belgian pale than some odd "saison-tripel fusion" as the label says. Belgian yeast gives it a tartness with a slight amount of funk.

M - Just literally a hot mess. Too much spice notes and alcohol that isn't masked. One glass is more than enough.

O - Was glad to try but I'll pass. It is really not true to any Belgian style and is far too heavy to be enjoyable. Not terrible, but not solid by any means.

Sep 02, 2013
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have learned on my business trip to Huntsville, AL that I am an aficionado of 10% alcohol by volume beer. Some may call it licorice to their tastes, but I love the stuff - I'm definitely a 10%er. This brew from my home state of FL has a dark, rich color with a nice tan-hued head. It's smell is has a distant scent of cinnamon, spice, and some coriander (I think.) The taste, though, is what just draws me back. I don't know if it's the types of hops or malts, or maybe it's the high alcohol content, but whatever it is - I like it.

Aug 08, 2013
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Fairwin from Tennessee

1.99/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

Mar 20, 2013
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WynnO from Florida

3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Mar 18, 2013
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Feb 26, 2013
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Beejay from Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Nov 12, 2012
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Oct 04, 2012
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Sep 19, 2012
Panic Attack from Holy Mackerel Beers
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 177 ratings