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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This Golden Ale is Belgian-Style, yet with a Florida twist! Handcrafted in small batches using the finest all natural ingredients, including German Plisner malt and Czech Saaz hops. Quite a refreshing, yet complex beer… that will only mature if cellared for 2-3 years. -Ideal serving temperature 45f.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Full bodied feel on the lips, with substantial carbonation. Floral and hoppy, yet very nicely balanced. I was completely pleasantly shocked by how good this brew was. The Abv was nicely masked and new flavors were presented as it warmed. I chose to drink this one in a wine glass for some reason, and purely by chance I found it deserved to be savored in said glass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DocJitsu (1717) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Pours a classic golden with a soft, white head. Specks of veggie matter are suspended throughout the beer. Faint Belgian notes on the nose. Moderately sweet with the bitterness of Belgian yeast expressing late.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (4111) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUL 10, 2016
Very nice and special. Too strong but nicely robust. Quite dark in golden features it was too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2016
Pours a pale hazy golden yellow color. Aromas of yeast, some fruit and spice. Taste is yeasty and medicinal, can really taste the alcohol in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1701) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2015
One of the best parts of this job is re-reviewing a beer that was originally bad, but I now find to be pretty good. I originally reviewed Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale back in 2010 and was not impressed by it. In retrospect it was probably just a poorly-handled bottled. Drinking it in 2015 I find it to be a surprisingly solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It has all the qualities you want in the style; it just doesn’t go above and beyond is all.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. I couldn’t decipher the bottling code, though the label bears a 2015 vintage indication. It cost $2.49 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark gold to orange in color. Body is initially quite clear with consistent carbonation visible at all times. Pours to a fairly nominal, white, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: The usual Belgian characteristics of banana, clove and general spice; only mild.

Taste: Looking back at it, I’m surprised I disliked this beer so much when I first tried it. Though not exactly a shining example of the style, I will say it at least conforms to the style pretty well. Just like the nose, there’s flavors of banana, clove, cinnamon, and apple cider in the palette. Though some of those components might be due to flaws of some sort. It’s sweet but not overly so. The spiciness from the yeast helps to balance it out, though I don’t get much in the way of hop distinctiveness other than a subtle, dry bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable and creates for slight rum-like flavor, but it’s tolerable.

Drinkability: Though quite big at 8.5% ABV, Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale is not a challenge to drink. Effervescent to be sure, though I find the carbonation to complement the palate quite well. It helps accentuate the spiciness. There’s warmth from the alcohol, but it is not distracting or burning. It finishes rather dry, too, which is nice.

RATING: 7/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Bottle. Golden orange with small head. Reminds me of a Tripel. Sweet with Belgian spice. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1305) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle '11 vintage. The pour is a dull hazy orange. The aroma is belgian yeast, with plum notes. The taste is bold belgian ale. This nails the style and maybe the age has done this very well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blackflag321 (643) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Draft with meal. Okay strong, golden ale. But not one I will need to try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
elbernays (1260) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle from Kings supermarket orlando. Pours cloudy yellow. Aroma is banana, bread, yeast. Flavour follows nose. Light body. Short finish. Not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NallePalle (523) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle, restaurant in Fort Lauderdale FL. Worked nice with Mexican-style food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Not as good as Mack in Black but excellent nonetheless. Fruity aroma, we'll balanced. Peach and banana linger on the palate. Medium body.

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