Fish Paralyzer Belgian-Style Pale Ale - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Fish Paralyzer Belgian-Style Pale AleFish Paralyzer Belgian-Style Pale Ale

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103 Ratings

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 03-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Fish Paralyzer is a Belgian-style pale ale that is moderately hopped with Tradition and Saaz. The grain bill calls for a combination of specialty malt to produce its sweetness and copper color. The Belgian Ale yeast used provides a strong Belgian essence to phenolic and spicy flavors and aromas.
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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 54
Reviews by plaid75:
Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured murky dark copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light cereal malts, a touch of honey and a light ester.

The taste consisted of sweet malts, an earthy hop spice and a faint yeast ester.

The mouthfeel was full with a residual bitterness.

Overall a tasty user friendly experience.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Hazy muddled tawniness, with ample lacing keeping the party going on the top side. Fruit cake, medicinal, bubblegum and spicy, peppery hops make for an interesting nose. Creaminess over its slickness; very smooth. Gummy and grape sweetness, more of a grape flavor than gum though. Flavors of brown bread, instant coffee and phenols are all very active on the palate. Ripe pear, peppercorn, mace and light tobacco are flaunted as complexities. Alcohol warmth and fruit esters are noticed. Dry phenolic finish. Not a Belgian Pale Ale, but more along the lines of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale; regardless, it ends up being a tasty brew.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours hazed and murky medium brown hued amber. I did notice a moderate load of floaties trying to hide in the bottom of the bottle. Typical looking tan head, goes to a quality looking tiny bubble film , silky collar, low sheeting and ample fine webs of lacing.

Ginger and some yeasty spice in the nose.

Moderate ginger, some pepper, cloves all with a backsplash of yeasty phenolics. Love the style and this one is not bad. Pretty well crafted and worth a try.

Photo of PatLarsen
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at McHales in Fort Mill. Poured into a pint glass. It was a dark color and had a bit of spiciness in the smell. Had a thin head. I was a little taken aback by this brew. Not what I was expecting. I've had belgian pales before, but this one didn't really impress me all that much. I'm not exactly sure I would even put this in that category. The mouthfeel wasn't really there. On the whole, I wasn't all that impressed with this beer. I finished it. But, it was a one-and-done situation.

Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes

A: This beer is ruby/brown in color with a small, tan head that is made up of small bubbles. It held up for a moment, then reduced down to a thin layer of foam on top. Not much lacing.

S: A good bit of caramel, some citrus hops and a little bit of pine. Fruit comes through as apple and maybe pear.

T: The flavor profile is significantly less hoppy. Mostly caramel with a little bit of spice and a slight hint of belgian yeast. There is some hops, but they are pretty weak. Overall the entire flavor profile seemed to be lacking.

M: Thin to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, it seemed to be rather thin for the style.

O: Looked and smelled pretty good, but the taste was weak and on the boring side. Still yet to be really impressed by RJ Rockers.

Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks was big, brown with a big head. Malty aroma. Lacey. A bit of yeast and then the washed out hops, left with drabby tabacco taste. A little pepper and citrus, and not much of the latter. Not too interesting to drink.Doug's bottle, brewed recently and brought back fairly recently.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fish Paralyzer... interesting name. I have no idea what it means, but I just couldn't pass it up.

It pours a murky deep copper beneath a short head of rocky, sand colored foam. The head retention is good to very good, and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma is sweetish and fruity with lots of caramel malt and a smear of leafy and almost spicy hops.

The yeast makes itself known in the flavor, adding a gentle touch of spiciness (clove), pepper, and low-level phenolics (burnt plastic) to the rich, golden caramel maltiness. There's also a minor note of vanilla as well. It's moderately bitter, but combined with the alcohol it balances nicely, leaving a dry and gently spicy finish.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body with a gentle bristle of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall it's a fairly complex, drinkable ale that's nicely done. A little bit of polish in the balance between maltiness and bitterness could turn this one into a winner.

Photo of thagr81us
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a SweetWater 420 shaker at The Tap Room at RJ Rockers. Pours a dark red orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to minimal quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of bananas, malt, herbs, and a slight hop hint. The flavor was of subtle bananas, malt, slight hop, with a decent fruity followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was not that bad, but it also wasn't that great. Didn't really fit into the Belgian Ale style if you ask me. This one could be quite nice if the flavor were to have more 'oomph' with the fruit and hop flavors.

Photo of KTCamm
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours dark reddish brown, thin head of white foam about 1/4 inch. Some lacing, not much. Fruity smell - plummy, jammy, raisins. Some subtle cinammon. Light taste upfront, builds and vanishes. Fruity tastes come through with a strong hop sinish. Malty buried in there. Good carbonation. Overall very good.

Photo of wikk3d
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with a thin head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Settles really quickly. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Aroma - Sweet malty smell, a lot of hops, a little bit of almost like a peachy scent, a little bit of citrus as well. Has a hint of alcohol undertone.

Taste - Sweet, darker flavor, a little bit of hops, definitely tastes like a Belgian. Has a hint of fruit, more hoppy than it is malty. Great overall flavor, has a hint of what seems like banana.

Mouth - Has a bitter aftertaste because of the hops. It's not very strong alcohol wise.

Drikability - This is a good pale ale, it's not too strong, and has a full bodied flavor. I had never heard of this brewery before, but I think I'd like to try their others if they are as good as this one. Can easily knock back a bomber of this.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a copper/brown color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, with good lacing. The aroma is nice, but light. The brew smells like pears, bready malt, Belgian yeast, plums and spice. The taste is somewhat different compared to the aroma. I can taste grassy and floral hops, bananas, cloves, caramel, lemon peel and a bit of an earthy flavor. Unfortunately, it sounds better than it actually tastes. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with moderate carbonation. Seems a bit watery at times. Drinkability is OK enough. Not a bad brew, but IMO there are better Belgian Pale Ales out there. With that being said, this is certainly worth a try.

Photo of jfmorey
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased from Whole Foods

I was intrigued by the name, not put off by the price, always like to try anything new.

Dark amber, almost brown color, tan head hat disappeared with minimal lacing

Very good floral/citrus aroma

Funky yeast dominates the taste, hops are floral, citrus, minimal bitter aftertaste.

Carbonation/Mouthfeel is the only thing missing, overall an very drinkable beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok so my first foray into RJ here seems to be a beer with quite a dubious name, particularly for a Belgian Pale Ale. What am I in for here? Into a tulip glass you go.

A very dark amber body here, chestnut brown to hints of orange on the bottom nice slow rising carbonation, and a slightly creamy off tan head, settling nicely. I can't remember when I saw a Belgian Pale this dark, or perhaps I just don't remember when I had one last? Keeps a collar while drinking, minimal ring lacing, looks pretty solid.

Nose is pretty basic and solid also, Belgian sweetness and candy, nothing overbearing, some faint clove, maybe even some brown sugar.

Well that was not what I was expecting on the palate. But I seem to not mind. Dark malt palate barely hinting at nuts and chocolate like a brown ale almost. Afterfinish has a nice small hop bitter that lingers too. Mouthfeel is just about right, settles and coats nicely, with a soft feel and carbonation. Even perhaps some playful toast qualities and yeast stickiness in Irish Ale territory? Lot going on here.

Overall I am digging this, quite nice, good price too.

Photo of jsanford
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 6/14/10

A - Dark amber/brown with a creamy ivory head. Nice lacing.

S - Muted sweet malts, Belgian yeast and spices (white pepper & coriander).

T - Bit of banana, grassy hops, sweet malt and more spice. This one is a bit too sugary for me, but not bad.

M - Medium-bodied with nice carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Good drinkability, pretty solid beer. I don't think this is anywhere near a Belgian pale ale but, ehh, my girlfriend like it so I'll bump the score a few points.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally getting a chance to review this one, I swear I have sent out two cases of this as extras and I have seen two reviews pop up, crap. Anyway opened this one up last night and served it in a pint glass, consumed on 05/31/2010.

The pour was nice, a light amber color with a decent clarity to it that at least let you see the carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass to reinforce the head of foam that stayed on top for what seemed like forever.

Aroma is light. Lots of hops, citrus and pine, but lots of tart fruit as well. Pears, hints of apples and a deep malt bill that is headlined by a good bit of grain. A bit thin on the feel, seems to be a little off here, watery, just not as full as it would need to be to pull of the style. But a nice bitter dry taste and good use of fruits saves it in the end and makes a nice drinkable and well designed ale.

Overall it needs a little bit more power but you have to give them credit, they are definitely moving in the right direction no doubt.

Photo of carln26
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Charlotte. It poured a hazy gold with a light white fluffy head. Aroma is orange, fresh bread, more citrus on the finish. The taste has grapefruit orange, yeasty bread, caramel. Overall I found this beer a little sour and jumbled. Tight, slick mouth feel. Ok drinkability.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a deep amber with a light tan head of about two fingers that drops very quickly to a mere wisp of foam. Too dark for a pale ale.

Aromas of caramel, and not much else. Some yeast qualities. A faint hop bitterness.

Flavors of caramel malt, faint, balancing bitterness. Some dark fruits, raisins and brown sugar. Finish is medium with the raisins and caramel malt lingering in the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. Good level of carbonation. Prickle is not too harsh.

Overall a decent belgian ale. Not so much pale, more amber.

Photo of oline73
2.56/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a half finger of off white head and good retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with mild citrus and herbal hops.

Taste: Caramel malt with citrus hops and a bitter finish. Not very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Too watery and not enough hops. I wouldn't want to have this again.

Photo of liamt07
2.84/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Doug, Batch 050 - recent bottle form his trip down south. Into some tulips, Civic day tasting.

Poured a reddish brown, with a light tan head that falls to a thin ring. Light lacing. Nose is almost putrid, odd stale cigarette notes, strong nutty and woodiness. Some weird yeast qualities. Don't know what the hell went wrong here. Taste is a slight step up, still nutty, some cardboard and light smoke. Not a belgian pale on any accounts thusfar. Medium mouthfeel with an odd lingering bitterness, the flavours lingering make this worse. Unimpressive, an odd nose that can't be saved by the flavours. RJ has still yet to impress me.

Photo of cdizinno
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler purchased at Green's near Harbison in Columbia, SC. Updated the next day from a clean pallet.

A: Pale Ale? Clear, reddish copper/amber color with a nice light tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Nice Belgian yeast smells with a slightly sweet malt scent(cherries), and mild spices.

T&M: Light to medium bodied Belgian ale. Not quite as tasty as the smell, but very good. Mild fruits and spice flavors. Finishes with a bitter hop and mildly malty sweet flavor or dark cherries or wild dark fruits.

Not pale!(but appearance is nice, I still give it a 4/5, but should be 2 based on a pale?) Has the look of a Dubbel, but the taste of a pale or close to a Tripel. Overall, very decent and worth a try, especially if you enjoy Belgian style beers. I would say this is similar to "Three Philosophers" but even better, especially for the price!

Photo of Enola
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not too impressed with this beer. It had wheat beer qualities that I just did not like. The color was a light straw. There was a decent head. The smell was of wheat. The taste was, again, like a faint wheat beer. The mouthfeel was a bit off due mostly to the style. I don't think I would try this one again. These types of beers really are not my cup of of tea.

Photo of woodjm
4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing this one after several experiences with this brew. Pours a clear, rich copper color with 1 1/2 finger bright white head. The color and clarity are outstanding. A very pretty beer. The nose is all belgian yeast, few hops come through, but it smells delecious! Taste is where this beer really gets interesting - it's really unlike anything I've ever had before. Citrusy, spicey, sweet,'s quite nice! 7.5% abv?? I never would have guessed, but after a couple pints it makes sense. This is definitely one of the most unique beers in the RJ Rockers line. Both beers in their Ales from the Darkside series have been excellent. A must try for sure!

Photo of sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a snifter poured at cellar temp. The beer is a clear mahogany color with fizzy beige head that fades to a wispy surface layer.
The aroma is malty with some caramel that mixes with a bit of citrus notes including grapefruit hops and some orange peel.
First sip reveals an average to light body with mild rolling carbonation. Thought the body would have a touch more "umph" but not watery to a fault.
Flavor is malty for a second with some belgian funky sugar mix that moves quickly to a bitter hop bite. Hops are citrusy and grassy and leave a bit of an astringent flavor on my palate. The alcohol is hidden nicely and the beer dries me out each sip.
Overall a decent beer, but was hoping for a bit more complexity and some more Belgianesque presence.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

One of an inexplicable bunch of BPAs in my fridge. I don't know where they all came from, but, hey, it's all good, right? As fer this'n, the pour is a surprising amber brown, on the darker side, with a bright bit of white foamy head. Not sure why I'm surprised by this...just am. A Pleasant surprise. Hm. Anyhoo... From the bulb rises scents of wheats, pinecone, toffee, walnuts, a touch of funk, and a sprig of mustard. ...Can mustard come in sprigs? Regardless, that's how it smells. Trust me. Good stuff. Short, terse sentences. Right. I'd say the taste follows the nose, but I'd be lying. Sure, the wheat and other earthy flavors are there, along with a soupçon of that ol' farmhouse funk, but the spiciness of the nose is just plain gone, leaving the taste kinda just plain. Someone had to say it, right? Without that spicy complexity, this brew just falls a bit flat for me. Now, that doesn't mean the brew itself is flat; on the contrary, a healthy stream of carbonation pumps its way through the bulb, adding a refreshing effervescence to the proceedings. A light-medium body (what is that, welterweight? Bantam? I have no idea how those damn boxing classes work.) allows the brew to lithely waft down the throat, making for a nice, refreshing drinking experience. The Earth may not have shaken at its very core, but I'm sure many a small fish met their respective ends...

Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long lasting, rocky head. It leaves ample ring and blanketing lace. The color of the beer is light brown/dark amber--not really a pale ale. It is also very clear.

First thought on the smell, light earthiness. i can detect Belgian yeast in the background. Mostly malty, there's a touch of peppery hop to the nose.

More bitter on the tongue than the smell would suggest. Pretty good blend of alcohol warmth, paler grainy malts and spicy hop. Low carbonation level, which gives the beer a richer mouthfeel than it really deserves.

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Fish Paralyzer Belgian-Style Pale Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.