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:
171
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
18.99%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
40
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of kylehay2004
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1.5 finger head with nice lacing and retention on a hazy crimson and golden body. Aroma is very boozy. Mild fruit and very sweet. Almost has a vinegar note. Very syrupy in the flavor with dark fruit and very boozy. Mouthfeel is thick with moderate carbonation. Overall way too boozy and a poor member of theY genre.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of jlindros
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.

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Photo of nickfl
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a slightly hazy, orange amber body. The had settles slowly and leaves leaves light lace.

S - lightly sweet malt, some clove and a hint of licorice.

T - sweet malt up front with some toffee and tart caramel. Clove and a hint of cherry in the middle. Finishes with more clove and lingering sour caramel.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - not well made. Way too sweet and lacking in complexity for the style. Not much of a belgian, as expected from this brewery.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded. sandalwood-hued body with a large, frothing, off-white head.

Smell: Particularly sweet-smelling, with toothsome, Wilford Brimley-rattling notes of caramel, honey, and slowly melting table sugar. Rounded out with a bit of earthy spice, juicy fruits, and booze. At some point, the taste develops a cotton candy flavor, then, when going back to the nose, I start smelling cotton candy in the aroma.

Taste: Starts sweet and downright sugary, with tastes of light caramel sauce stirred up with orange blossom honey and golden syrup. Some spicy phenolic character yields modest hints of clove and whole coriander seeds. Golden raisin and figs for fruitiness, with a lesser touch of ripe banana. Minute bitterness. Culminates at times to a taste of cotton-candy. Peppery alcohol does what it can to cut through the overt sweetness and thin out the body. A little alcoholic heat to the sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation. Plenty of residual sugars lend for a sticky mouthfeel, though the prickly carbonation keeps it from being cloying.

Drinkability: Diabeetus, indeed! Sweet, mayhaps its ultimately too, too sweet and, with the alcohol, presents something akin to a glass of Buttershots.

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Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Duff27
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MasterSki
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.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of IrishColonial
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of liamt07
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a sweet, pale and crystal malt scent along with a fruity, citrus yeast aroma. There seems to be some star anise in there as well. The taste is average as well. It has a syrupy, pale and crystal malt flavor. It's overly sweet and overly spiced. It has a coriander and star anise flavor that doesn't seem to belong in this light of a beer. The alcohol warmth is well hidden, but the taste is all over the place. The mouthfeel is average. It is a full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a forgettable Belgian-style beer. It's like a experimental homebrew gone wrong.

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Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Immortale25
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.

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Photo of rjp217
2.01/5  rDev -40.4%
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

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Photo of cbutova
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.

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Panic Attack from Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers "the garage project"
3.37 out of 5 based on 171 ratings.
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