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.

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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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