Panic Attack

Belgian Strong Pale Ale Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers


Panic Attack, a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale by Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers

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Panic Attack is a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale brewed by Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.


The ale pours a mostly-cloudy honey brown and is topped by an inch-thick cap of off-white foam that shows good retention. A film of residue coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. A soapy collar rounds the mouth thereafter.


The aroma is faint with a scent of ripe stone fruit with hints of spice and bready malt.


A sweet note of caramel and bready malt lead the palate. Mild floral hops spiced with cinnamon follow. Overripe fruits of pear and peach mix with a light taste of booze to round out the finish.


Its feel is relatively smooth with a medium-full body and medium-light carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly warming.


Panic Attack has a nice appearance. Its aroma is faint but pleasant enough. Its feel could use more carbonation. Its high ABV is masked pretty well in feel and taste. The palate is a little too sweet, bordering on syrupy. This brew is certainly drinkable but there are better Belgian pales available.

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About the Belgian Strong Pale Ale

The Belgian Strong Pale Ale was originally crafted by the Moortgat brewery after World War I as an alternative to the popular European Pilsner beers. Its color is a yellow gold with good clarity and visibly effervescent. Its aroma consists of fruity esters, some spice, and low to moderate amounts of hops and booze. The palate follows the nose with fruity flavors of pear, orange, and apple. Bitterness and spice are low to moderate. Its feel is light to medium, highly carbonated with a dry finish. High alcohol lends warmth. The Belgian Strong Pale Ale is similar to the Belgian Tripel but is lighter in color and feel, drier and crisper, with added hopping and fruity esters.