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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by adkirkish on 07-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
170
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
19.05%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
39
For Trade:
0
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Photo of cporet94
4.31/5  rDev +28.3%
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 Satorn
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
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 Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iftcoach
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LMO1190
2.99/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Griphon
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DavesBeerReviews
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the strongest pale ales on the planet. Goes great with steak!

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Photo of CBrodbeck
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of JasW
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of babaracas
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fakedeadgirlfriend
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeccaH
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Corburk
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of treyaxx
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Epetrena
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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