Saturday, July 3, 2010
Holy Mackerel Panic Attack -- Ed Roberts Guest Post
Holy Mackerel Panic Attack
So this is my first guest review for Daily Beer Review. I did do some guest blogging for Dos Beerigos a while back. I normally keep my thoughts to my personal Twitter account at twitter.com/Ed_Roberts. Follow me if you know what’s good for you.
I am the infamous Ed Roberts of Total Wine fame that Daily Beer Review always mentions. If you have been reading his blog for any length of time you might be thinking I must be compensating him in some way for all the positive mentions. I can assure this is not the case! :)
My first post was worthy of a special occasion. Recently, I was informed by our local brewer, Bob Gordash, that he had a new year round beer being released. His current offerings are his Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale, a Belgian strong golden ale, and Mack in Black, a imperial black ale with pomegranate juice.
I attempted to get several of our South Florida beer blogging friends together for a preview tasting with Bob. This was supposed to include Dos Beerigos, Mike Loves Beer, EGA Brewing, and our hometown Daily Beer Review. This proved harder to pull off than scoring a goal at the World Cup.
Bob has two official launch events for his new beer called Panic Attack. The first is tonight 7/3 at Stage 84 in Davie, FL at 7pm (till 2am). There will be live music and appearances by the Miami soccer club cheerleaders. The 2nd event is this Monday 7/5 from 7-9pm at Hurricane Grill & Wings in Plantation if you can’t make tonight. Meet Bob the brewer at both events and give him your thoughts on the new brew.
I couldn't make either of these events so I called Bob and he made time out of his busy schedule to meet me at Stage 84, the official Holy Mackerel Taphouse, Friday night for a small preview tasting. I brought Tony, from Exceptionally Good Ales, who posted his thoughts here.
Bob told me this was a kid friendly place so I brought my wife and four year old son. She took one look inside and took him to Kabooms Party and Amusement Center next store instead. There was a live band which was pretty good. Apparently the lead singer is an eleven year old autistic kid. Very impressive. He plays there frequently. Sorry I didn’t catch the name.
On to the main event here, the beer. Panic Attack is an amber colored Belgian style beer that clocks in at 10% ABV. There is no clear cut beer style here. Try it and decide for yourself.
The beer pours with plentiful head and I just loved the beautiful amber color. On the nose I picked up the typical Belgian yeast influence and not much else. As it warmed up I expected to catch other notes on the nose but that never really happened. The only other note I would say I picked up was the alcohol presence.
I got an attack of flavors in my mouth on tasting the beer. The alcohol presence, while not too overwhelming, is very present.There are layers of flavors and complexities here.It has a really nice mouth feel and carbonation level. I get raisin, some biscuit, toffee, and alcohol. I really felt I should be able to pull more flavors but I guess the alcohol is masking them. I also get a battle of sweetness and some dry, tart notes that battle in different parts of my tongue. That was pretty interesting.
I rate this beer a 90 out of 100 points. I feel this is a neat addition to the Holy Mackerel beer family. It stands on its own. It is a completely different experience than the others. Bob suggests laying down his beers for a year or two for an improved experience. Of the three beers he makes now, I see this one really benefiting the most from this suggestion. If you have no patience, drinking now is a fine experience as well!