Panic Attack
Holy Mackerel Beers

Panic AttackPanic Attack
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #404
ABV:
10%
Score:
79
Ranked #48,491
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 18.99%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
177
From:
Holy Mackerel Beers
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  44
SCORE
79
Okay
Panic AttackPanic Attack
Notes:
Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 177 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by tone77:
Photo of tone77
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
More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
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
Photo of Squidretired
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
Photo of Chaney
Chaney from District of Columbia

3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My friend bought one of these the other day and liked it, so I thought I would do the same.

A: Pretty serious looking stuff....: Cloudy, brown/caramel in appearance and with a measly head that didn't add up to much.... maybe a mere white pepper formation.

S: Straight up stomach acid actually, with a bit of apricot, honey, and ginger throw in to the kettle as well. Faint, but still present.

T: This reminded me right away of an ultra, ultra, ultra, ultra, ultra, ultra sweet version of DFH's "Sahtea." Lots of ginger, honey, nutmeg, and others that gave this sort of a holiday flair. However, all throughout the session I kept asking myself, "Where's the Belgian funk?"

M: Measly carbonated, which didn't really bother me, and not much lacing. The uber sweet, stomach acid quality REALLY grated on my taste buds!

O: I definitely wouldn't have this one again, but I don't think it was quite as gross as many others have mentioned here on BA.

Jan 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
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
Photo of MasterSki
MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerlando for this extra. Served in my Westvleteren chalice. 2010 vintage.

A - Looks like a Belgian Strong Pale (or even a Tripel) to me. Finger of creamy yellow-tinged foam settles to a thin cap and chunky collar. Good retention, but only spotty lacing. Body is an unfiltered copper orange collar. Quite an attractive brew.

S - Coriander and other spices, bananas, estery Belgian yeast, bubblegum, some perfume and floral notes. Maybe a touch of alcohol as it warms up, but nothing out-of-place for 10%. Again, quite tripel-like.

T - Taste is unfortunately a bit less exciting. Mostly sweet cereal grains and bubblegum, with only a bit of Belgian yeast character. Finishes surprisingly clean with a hint of anise bitterness and thankfully little alcohol.

M - Body is medium, with medium-low carbonation, a dry finish, and light residual sugars. Light warmth sneaks in after about 4oz. Could actually use a bit more spritz, as this starts to feel heavy.

D - A quick check of Holy Mackeral's website reveals that they consider this a cross between a Tripel and a Saison. I guess Belgian Strong Pale Ale is probably the best description in that case. A bigger question is regarding the pervasive negative reviews for this brew. It's not stellar, but it's not a bad beer either. Perhaps six months in the bottle has cut some of the spice and alcohol noted by other reviewers. At $2.99 for a 12oz it's not a bad value either. I had no problem finishing a bottle, and I'd certainly have this again if it was the best option at a bar in one of Florida's beer wasteland.

Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
Cyberkedi from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly strong, malty with a firm candy-sweet overtone and fruity hints. It pours a nice clear coppery amber with a decent off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Flavor is quite strong and mouth-filling, fairly sweet but not cloying, malty and subtly hoppy with hints of caramel and cinnamon. Texture is fairly fizzy and fairly smooth, leaving a lip-smacking finish.

Oct 09, 2010
Photo of bacher468
bacher468 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11%

Nov 19, 2011
Photo of bcsbeer
bcsbeer from Florida

3/5  rDev -11%

Jul 12, 2013
Photo of jlindros
jlindros from Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rising fizzy fluffy head that peaks at almost 3 fingers before quickly fading back with lots of big bubbles, over slightly hazy copper golden orange color.

Nose has some light Belgian malts, sweet syrupy like almost corn syrup, a light orange zest, slightly boozy, a light buttery diacetyl and very slight band-aid.

Taste is also pretty bleh, starts with Belgian malts and a little yeast, with citrus fruits, orange peel, etc. Pretty sweet and syrupy, candi sugar, and bitterness which blend to give that icky flavor from those orange gelatinousness orange wedges I used to have when I was a kid. A slight band-aid taste and some booze. Finish brings a bit more bitterness, a nagging icky bitter orange peel and jelly flavor, and boozy.

Mouth is medium body, syrupy, lots of carbonation, and some boozy warmth and tingle.

Drinkability is meh, with some boozy feel and taste, bitterness, and some bleh flavors. Also somewhat sweet finish but very sweet start.

Dec 10, 2010
Photo of aubuc1
aubuc1 from Florida

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

I will review this as a strong pale ale, not dark.

Pours a nice rich golden red with a thick white head.

Smell is a metallic, yeasty, sweet with some bubble gum, clove, and banana.

Taste starts smooth, but then a rising heat comes in. Grainy booze dominates but has some yeast and fruit in the back.

Mouthfeel is good, but drinkability isn't so good.

This is scorching hot, so maybe a year or three might help.

Not as good as the other offerings from gordash.

Dec 29, 2010
Photo of babaracas
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
Photo of chinchill
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
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
EnojysAnyBeer from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
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
Photo of chaz410
chaz410 from North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours not even close to "dark", more like a thick bodied golden belgian ale. Moderate thick white head. Head disappears pretty quick.
Smells very clean and balanced. It's full of belgian musk, musty, fruity, hints of red fruit and red grapes. Slight prune character, all layered over a fair amount of bitter orange peel.
Taste is far more spice pungent. There's some continental based crystal malts, like caramunich/carapils and some belgian funk but there's a ton of cardamon and orange peel. The spice is over done and if dialed back a little, I'd think this would be a great beer.
Mouthfeel is moderately thick and smooth. Very clean finish.

Dec 16, 2010
Photo of ckollias
ckollias from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 19, 2015
Photo of OtherShoe2
OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours honeyed orange with a big beige foamy head with tons of sticky foam caking the side. Bubbles rising.

Some fruit/apricot nectar, some fermented fruit, a little yeast and maybe some hay/barnyard.

This reminds me of a domestic poor cousin of Gulden Draak. Fruit up front, then some syrup sweetness that seeks some bitterness and alcohol to clear the palate...and you don't get any. Alcohol is surprising to be 10%. Some palate clearing light bitterness and fruit -- like the bitter part of a peach pit. Not bad (wtf, some previous reviews are unkind). Just a bit mushy and over sweet.

Needs a touch more carb and crispness. Fuller bodied and tacky.

Didn't hate it, and not a bad version of the style, just not a great one. Ok at best

Jun 11, 2011
Photo of cbutova
cbutova from Massachusetts

2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Hazy orange with a massive creamy head. Retention is superb and a big coat of lace is left behind.

S- Slighty medicinal raisin and dark fruit as well as a large amount of spice. Some zest.

T- A huge profile of dark raisin and spice from a strong Belgian yeast. Slight medicinal feel. Tons of clove and some zest. Apple makes an appearance.

MF- A fairly hot light creamy body with moderate carbonation.

DB- An exampke of Americans trying to make Belgian beer and it being too spicy and out of balance. Drinkable but strong and tiring.

Nov 26, 2010
Photo of Gonzoillini
Gonzoillini from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Beejay
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
Photo of OldIronLungs
OldIronLungs from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2010 bottle into a pint glass - a fluffy white head sticks on top of a medium honey gold.

Sweet candi, almost peachy nose.

A sip is prickly and sweet, with a little hop spice on the finish. Alcohol pretty present with a hint of Belgian yeast, but not offensive as other have said due to the prominent almost bubble gum sweetness that lingers on the finish.

Medium slick body, medium light carbonation.

It's too sweet - but other than that I think this was a fair example of that end of the style.

Aug 31, 2011
Photo of thecheapies
thecheapies from Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My last Holy Mackerel beer in the fridge.

Panic Attack. 'A Trippel and Saison Fusion'. 10%. Hold onto your jets, folks.

Poured with very little head. None now. Murky orange river water color. No lacing. 2.5

Smells like a shandy. Some sweet orange and lemonade along with a colorful yeast character. A little heavy syrup and peach-in-a-can. Spices like white pepper and coriander, but subdued compared to the fruitiness. 2.5

Flavor is OFF. Cheap, sugary lemonade with from-concentrate orange juice and ground pepper. Coriander, stone fruits, treacle syrup or honey. This beer is all over the place and wacky. The syrupy sweetness is cloying. There is honestly nothing more I can say about this beer. No hop presence, not much of a malt. 2.0

The mouthfeel is hugely thick. Thick and cloyingly sweet. Not much carbonation traceable. Hard to get down. Only impressive fact is that it's not carrying the booze that I would expect from such a high gravity offering. Sticks to the lips. I don't know what to think. 2.0

This beer is pretty awful. It's not a tripel. It's not a saison, by any means. Excuse my language, but this beer is just a fuck-up. The 10% just means I can't so easily end the night with a good beer because I wasted enough tolerance on this one. 2.0

Mar 31, 2012
Photo of sirdrinkwell
sirdrinkwell from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Dec 31, 2012
Photo of adkirkish
adkirkish from Florida

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Stage 84 pre-release party off of draft:

Appearance: Pours clear dark amber (noted chill haze off of draft - clarity improved as temp increased). Head was frothy white and persistent as beer was consumed and left some light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts with a light belgian yeast aroma (saison), light citrus hop aroma, very light spice aroma (clove), no esthers.

F: Sweet malt upfront, Caramel and raisin make up the majority of body of the beer (distinctly belgian). Finishes with a slight citrus hop bitterness. The balance of this beer is definitely towards the sweet malts.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel, drinks very smooth with a dry finish. The 10% does not show any warmth and is deceptively hidden. No astringency.

O: I enjoyed having the opportunity of being one of the first to try this new beer. Objective feedback: IMO this beer balances a fine line between two style categories: 16 E (Belgian Specialty Ale) and 18 E (Belgian Dark Strong Ale). If this beer were to be categorized as a Belgian Specialty Ale what necessarily seperates this beer apart i.e. (Blending techniques, unusual grain bill, adjuncts, herbs / spices, brett). I feel this beer most closely resembles a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Westy 12, St Bernardus Abt 12 etc.) That being said this beer has alot to go up against to say the least.

Constructive feedback: Color is on the lower end of amber, consider deeper malt profile to increase SRM. Esthers weren't really apparent in the aroma, rather smelled more like a saison (This would be the lowest point I could address). With these two points addressed I believe this would be a great example of a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Right now I would say this beer is 80% Belgian Dark Strong Ale and 20 % Saison.

Jul 03, 2010
Photo of 2dogbrew
2dogbrew from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 29, 2016
Panic Attack from Holy Mackerel Beers
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 177 ratings