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Panic Attack | Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers "the garage project"

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers "the garage project"
Florida, United States
holymackerelbeers.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by adkirkish on 07-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,642
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
174
pDev:
19.16%
Bros Score:
3.08
 
 
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Napolian954
5/5  rDev +49.7%
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.

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Photo of danpam1024
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of starhawkxi
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of AjGuadarrama
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of rdtbhockey
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of chris1919
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of Srive009
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of Tabni
4.35/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 12oz bottle at Total Wines. Had try this before it was even released at Stage 84, and I got to say that everybody loved this beer.

Appearance - Dark orange color.
Smell - Great sweet "belgian" smell.
Taste/Mouthfeel/Drink-ability - Sweet malts. Strong brew, be careful, it goes down so smooth that you might end up drinking more than what you are supposed to.

If you get the chance, try it in the tap, give it a second chance.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.32/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured in a pint glass

A: Pours a light copper, almost orange with thick head. Leaves very sparse lacing down the sides.

S: Strong orange peel here. Also some spices and yeasties. Smells sugary. Not bad smell, but the orange is a bit overpowering.

T: Delicious beer. Not well balanced (no hop presence) but this is a unique hybrid style. Orange is a bit too strong, with spices and bready undertones. Not one hint of the 10% abv.

M: Thick, syrupy with very little carbonation. Just the way i like em

O: This is a great beer. Went a smidge to much on the orangey tastes. But hey, I like oranges. I wish there was a hop presence. With a smashing 10% abv I dont taste a drop of it. The spiceyness is perfectly done and I like the yeast undertones. Mouthfeel is syrupy but retains enough CO2 to get it down. Good job Gordash.

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4.31/5  rDev +29%
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.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of afluentturtle
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
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

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz - into a goblet

A - Pours a deep amber with a little bit of orange highlights. Head formation is light, just a little off white.

S - A strong fruity and spicy nose. A bit peppery, funky, and then more orange blows it all away.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, no super defined malts present. The yeast and the hops take over, giving that strong citrus flavor. Acidic, and tangy. Finishes very clean, with just a little bit of sweetness.

M - A full bodied but lightly carbonated. Would have thought more would be present with a saison/tripel hybrid. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O/D - A very smooth and easy drinking beer. It defies definition enough that its hard to say it or isn't better than the norm. Alcohol is well hidden. Just lightly hidden.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of afogg0855
4.11/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has not gotten the respect it so deserves! Holy Mackerel has blown me away with it's ability to put a new spin on an old recipe. This, to me, tastes like a mixture of a Belgian Strong Ale with a Belgian Wheat.

The whopping 10% ABV is careful not to mask the distinct flavors of citrus, oakiness, and even as you would expect in a nice glass of a deep Shiraz a hint of "earthy rubber" is the best way for me to describe it.

I'm sure to buy at least 2 bottles of this everytime i hit the liquor store because I simply love it!

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of giefanarr
4.04/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of adkirkish
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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