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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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BA SCORE
80
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103 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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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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Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of hosehead83
2.39/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

Photo of marct
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of brbrocc
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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 ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of tastymug
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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 AlexJ
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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 Phelps
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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 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 Acuity
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of WillyMac
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of JTomczak
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of DaPan
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of Steasy66
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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 Rand_ale_Thor
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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