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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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Reviews: 54
Hads: 103
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
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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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 103
Photo of hosehead83
2.39/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark, iced tea color, with a short, off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Candy sugar, faint funkiness
Taste-Funky, coarse, earthy hops. No balance to speak of, almost a briny "fishiness" (how's that for irony) flavor dominates. Musty and off-putting, with a watery body. A dissapointment. So many better Belgian pales out there. Seek those out and leave this one on the shelf.

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Photo of oline73
2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, amber-hued body with a layering of oily suds featuring a yellowish tint to them.

Smell: Toasty malted barley with notes of strawberry shortcake, modest-scented citrus, stale stone fruits, peppery spices, Chiclets.

Taste: Pale malts, some toasty accents, some sweetish accents, maybe even a little hint of grain. Strawberries with off pears, then, a bit of citrus. Some spicing, a product of the hops and Belgian yeast strain. Moderate bitterness. A fleeting shadow of twangy, astringent taint. Small nibble of bubblegum on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Still vaguely oily.

Overall: Muddled and, well, just kind of odd. It's not out-and-out horrendous, though, it's not very good at all, either.

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Photo of Enola
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft pour yields a clear, light amber gold brew sporting a two inch head of bone white that fades too quickly, leaving lace that is washed away by the following sips.

Aroma is strange and not very characteristic, strong cooked vegetable, sweet fruits, and nondescript bitterness from the hops.

Flavor is muted fruit tones, tart, rotting green apple, canned corn, and bitter hops that don't display any personality whatsoever.

Body is below medium, with a flat feel from the huge bubbles of rising carbonation. Not noteworthy and not recommended.

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Photo of liamt07
2.84/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a snifter.

Murky rosy caramel with some tan floaters. The half-finger, fuzzy tan head quickly fizzles to a thin ring.

Pear syrup, peach, some tangy grain and hints of lightly toasted dark bread in the nose. Some earth mixed with Belgian esters as well.

The flavor reveals a rather malty pale ale. Biscuity malt plays a major role, imparting dark toast notes that become more acrid as the beer warms. Subtle pear and banana blend with fairly high earthy hoppiness, which remains bitter on the sides of the tongue. Kind of disjointed, the flavors never really blend.

Prickly medium carbonation inside a soft medium body. Densely fizzy.

With the stupid name added in, there are really few redeeming qualities to this brew. It’s not bad, just utterly boring. I definitely wouldn't enjoy a whole bomber and was glad to give it away when I could.

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Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of PatLarsen
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had brownish color and thick cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of hops, malt, a grassy quality and some spices.

T: Went off the rails in this category. Some traces of hops and pepper, but the grassy/grainy quality makes for an unpleasant flavor. Not very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this beer does have some good traits, it's wildly uneven. The flavor kills it. Not that drinkable.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into hotel dixie cup.
A- Fairly brown, fast fading head, hard to tell with the dixie cup and all.
S- Malt, dark fruit, tobacco?
T- Malty, a bit of dark fruit, yeasty.
M-Fine, low to medium, lower carb.
O- OK beer, nothing I would buy, but its alright.

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Photo of carln26
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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...

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Photo of Naugros
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber with a ruby hue that develops the head slowly. It gets to an inch thick, holds for a minute or so and then fades, leaving behind sticky lace.

The smell is really good, throwing off banan esters and caramel, it smells more like a dunkelweizen than a pale. Floral hops makes a showing here as well.

How disappointing! The taste is nothing like the smell. The caramel is there but there's a bitterness that overrides any pleasure and makes the caramel taste like the confectioner just burnt the sugar. The banana is gone and the hops are more resinous than floral.

Not one of their best offerings and not one that I'm likely to look for again. It is definitely not on par with their IPAs. Those do rock.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass. Light brown, mostly clear body, with red tints. About a one-finger tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Not much in the aroma department. A bit of caramel malt that comes across sweet. A bit of a nutty aroma in the background.

The flavor is a bit better and comes through with the expected Belgian yeast favors, but actually seems to lean more toward a Witbier than a Belgian Pale. A bit of spiciness and some banana get into the mix.

Light mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. Not too bad but doesn't seem to fit in the category well.

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Photo of jabocu
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap came a hazy honey color with a small white cap. Smell was clean with grainy, floral and citrus notes. Yeast was also in the nose. Taste sparkled with carbonation. Opened with some floral and orange, then blended into a grapefruit with spice and bitter hops. The hops was a little pungeant for the style, but overall a good beer. Nice ABV for being in SC!

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From mikesgroove, thanks! 22oz into chouffe tulip.

A- Much darker than expected, a caramel brown with a nice creamy head that fizzes out. Moderate lacing.

S- Mild hops, chalky strong belgianesque yeast. Hops are a bit flora/fruity, but the yeast takes the main stage.

T- Well, they went for the fences on this one, for better or worse. Actually, for better. Belgian yeast notes dominate, good hop notes but not too aggressive. The malt kind of gets lost but I'm not missing it. The yeast is really tasty. Hops are again a bit floral and a bit fruity.

M- Crisp, good carbonation, no qualms here.

D- Unique, interesting. Wouldn't kick down any doors to get some bottles but I'd buy it if I saw it. Worth checking out.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one in a recent trade.

A: The pour is an opaque, dark amber color with some visible carbonation, but not much in the way of head.

S: A fairly typical array of aromas for a Belgian style beer. The hops are sweet and citrusy, but not all that powerful. A nice mix of spice (coriander), bread, and fruity esters.

T: The bready malts and spicy and fruity esters really dominate the flavor profile. The hops provide a mild but lingering bitterness, though it really is present throughout the entire sip.

M: A medium body, maybe just a touch watery (but it could have been that the beer was too cold). The carbonation is low to moderate.

D: A decent beer from a brewery that's totally new to me. It's a nice effort, but the bitterness wasn't really all that appealing and the slight watery feel didn't help.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's get this out of the way - this is not a Belgian pale ale. In fact, it is like a dubble. Pours deep brownish amber with a small head. Aroma is malty and phenolic, with a brown sugar edge. Flavor is mellow and phenolic, with brown sugar and a wheaty malt edge. There is a distinct dark candy character. Mouthfeel is thick but the finish is thin with a faint vinegar finish.

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Photo of jsanford
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Ro's restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a murky amber-brown color with some yeasty sediment and a frothy, two-finger head of off-white foam which settled to a modest ring of lace. Retention is okay and clarity is minimal because of color and cloudiness.

S: Smells of the spiciness in a Belgian yeast strain along with some white pepper and herbal hops, along with a bit of raisin and pine.

T: Moderate caramel malt sweetness up front confronted by the fruity, peppery esters of the Belgian yeast. This brings the alcohol forward in an unattractive way, muddling out some of the finer, fruity ale qualities. Hops are earthy and herbal which leaves a slick coat of resin in the finish. Yeast washes a bit hard and hot along with a slight phenol burn. Hmm...

M: Mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied for this "pale ale," but the Belgian yeast does do some good in cutting the clash of alcohol and fruity ale flavors.

D: The 7.5% ABV is tasted the whole way down in this sort of out of whack, yeasty malt monster. Interesting flavors, but I didn;t feel anything worked particularly well together. Maybe ease off the yeast or find a better malt balance to go with those earthy hops. More like an attempt at a Dubbel than a Belgian pale too, but still worth a try.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice slightly murky amber red brown color. The creamy off white head builds about two fingers high, but falls and dissipates fast. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Smelling the beer, fruit like peach and apple are present, aswell as malt and belgian yeast.
The taste up front is fruity with peach and apple. In the middle some flowery hops and malt create a more fuller palette, and in the end a slight bitterness finishes this beer.
It is not the best example of this beer category, but a good beer, which I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass thanks to jslot38.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells like a typical Belgian with some spice and yeast. Also a bit of citrus and fruit.

t - Tastes like the nose; citrus and some Belgian spice, but with a hint of smooth tea to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent Belgian style beer. Soem nice citrus and smooth smell and taste. Would try again.

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Fish Paralyzer Belgian-Style Pale Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.