Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale (2010)

Since I slacked off and didn’t review anything last night, this is looking like a two beer review night. I’m currently watching the Phillies game. Worley just walked another guy for bases loaded with one out. But, I really can’t complain, as they’re winning 4-0. So, this is yet another beer from the Massachusetts stash.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Belgian Style Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A strong golden ale brewed in the Belgian tradition. Dry yet flavorful – complex yet refreshing. Handcrafted in small batches using the finest all natural ingredients. Finest all natural Pilsner malt, Saaz Hops and Belgian Trappist yeast combine to create a fresh, Florida brewed version of a popular beer style with craft beer aficionados. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and with just a hint of spice this beer is meant to be savored slowly so as to enjoy the aroma as well as the taste. Vintage dated, excellent now but even finer with 2 years age. Pairs well with cheddar cheese, chicken or seafood.”

Random: This got a “D” grade from the Bros at Beer Advocate…can’t wait to try it…

First of all, I’m not a huge fan of the label art on this beer. It’s a little odd. But, I guess I can’t judge a book by its cover. Anyways, this beer poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color with a decent amount of carbonation on it. On the nose, I got lemon zest, peaches, a bit of Belgian yeast…and maybe a hint of spice? The taste was very similar to the nose. I got a bit of citrus, then Belgian yeast and some sweetness. I didn’t get much spice on it. The alcohol wasn’t really a factor either. The beer was decently thick and the carbonation was appropriate for the brew. What I didn’t like about this beer was the finish. There was almost a syrupy sweetness to it that just didn’t work for me. As I kept sipping the beer, the sweetness became overwhelming and generally unpleasant. It wasn’t a drain pour for me, but it wasn’t easy finishing it. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Holy Mackerel Panic Attack

So, it’s 4th of July and I just got home from the shore. It’s damn hot out too. I pulled out another offering from the Massachusetts stash to sit down and watch the Phils game with. I’ll be honest, I thought the label was pretty cute.

ABV: 10%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to funtrivia.com, “For reasons of delicacy towards others or fear of offending God, the speaker will often substitute a less offensive word in the original phrase. Quite often, it will be a word beginning with the same letter or rhyming with the word that it replaces. So in this case, it’s likely that the original was Holy Mary or Holy Mother of God; Holy Mackerel is a softer, gentler way of expressing it. But why mackerel instead of marble or milkmaid or mudpies? It may be related to the insulting or derisive term mackerel snapper. This was a reference to a Roman Catholic, and it recalls the former Catholic custom of abstaining from meat on Fridays, eating fish instead. The mackerel was an important food fish, widely distributed in the Atlantic Ocean. Snapper in the phrase refers to a biter, an eater, not to someone who cracks a fish’s backbone. In 1855, it also appeared in print as mackerel snatcher.”

Random: I’m not a fan of mackerel. AT ALL.

The brew poured with a two finger off white head that is crazy fluffy. It took forever for this to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy burnt orange color with moderate visible carbonation. On the nose, I got some apricot, yeast and a bit of bubble gum. This smells almost like a tripel to me. The taste was not nearly as exciting to me as the nose. Although I got some yeast, it was much less than the nose. The bubblegum also makes a big appearance with some other sweet fruits coming through. I also got some citrus. The alcohol is pretty apparent going down and warms my whole throat. I also got some spice like anise and coriander as I sipped it. The finish lingers with some spice. This brew is only alright to me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0