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

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

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%

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:
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.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of plaid75

New York

3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2013 22:46:37 | More by plaid75
Photo of FanofHefe


3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 22:00:22 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of mactrail


4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Richly flavored hoppy amber with big Belgian flavors.

Color is a coppery amber, decent head and nice lacing. Plenty of carbonation. On the coarse side with a lot of grainy, cereal flavors. Full of fruit, orange, grape skins. Really spicy with Hefewieizen touches and sharp, almost hot flavors. Hops seem more aromatic without a lot of bitterness. Quite malty, which gives a rich mouth feel.

Strong enough to pack a wallop but well balanced. Holds its own with food. Enjoyed at the Capital Ale House on Caroline St. in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 23:32:43 | More by mactrail
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a dark amber color with a 1/2" head and some nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: slightly spicy and some caramel / fruit sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, belgian yeast, some soft spiciness, red apples, and a mild bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long-lived.

Overall: this beer was a slower sipping beer that had a decent flavor profile.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 14:18:08 | More by Gavage
Photo of PatLarsen

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 15:03:36 | More by PatLarsen
Photo of flannel

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this last night on tap for the first time and I was very impressed. Although I have tried almost all other RJ Rockers offerings, I was not familiar with this beer.

It poured a nice hazy brown with a substantial head that settled down quickly. I was surprised by the color, much darker than I would expect for a pale ale. The higher ABV was well hidden by the mellow caramel smell and taste and it went down very easily. Has a nice yeastiness and some good spicy fruitiness. Mouth feel is creamy smooth but not too heavy.

When I was served I was not told this was a "belgian pale ale", rather just a "belgian ale", and when my girlfriend asked I described it as a dubbel or brown. I was quite surprised when I looked it up and saw it labeled "belgian pale ale". It reminded me of st bernardus pater 6 more than a BPA.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and ended up drinking several more throughout the night. The one fault I have with it is I really don't think should be labeled a Belgian Pale Ale, that is pretty misleading.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 17:44:44 | More by flannel
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 11:59:00 | More by thagr81us
Photo of woodjm

South Carolina

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, sticky...it'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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 13:48:05 | More by woodjm
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2006 04:49:02 | More by Enola
Photo of jabocu


3.38/5  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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2006 17:58:06 | More by jabocu
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2005 14:22:15 | More by AlexJ
Photo of carln26


3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2005 21:08:02 | More by carln26
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a honey colored clear body with a decent head and some lacing

Smell: Has that Belgian smell - bananas and other sweet light fruit

Taste: Lays down a sweet backbone with banana flavors, followed up with a bitter, hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: Meidum bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: Good example of a style rarely produced in these parts

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2005 23:08:53 | More by brentk56
Photo of TwelveOunces


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

Pours hazy dark orange with particle on the last pour. There is some east coast hop presence but this is a fairly malty pale. There is a cramyness from the yeast that gives this beer a good feel and size. It is quite refreshing and rather tasty. I would like to see thins more often in my area.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:06:51 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass at Rollingside tavern.

A: dark copper, cloudy; not much carbonation; lacing is pitiful
S: sweet, aromatic
T: more grainy than malty; not much of the Belgian that's advertised; very bitter; tasty and sweet, but not highly complex

Really quite a nice beer, but not representative of the genre.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 03:17:15 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of TheBrewo


3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pop the top and pour a deep rusty copper brew. The coloring is nice and dark, and helps accentuate the stark white one finger tall head. This shows poor retention, leaving little lacing, but nice bubbly swirls across the top of the drink. There is a thick haze throughout, with flecks of sediment suspended around the glass. Carbonation appears medium. The nose shows huge clove and coriander sitting on a bed of thick pale malts, and dirty, muddy Belgian grain. Dry minerals, overripe vegetable skins, funk, barnyard grass, and moldy brie cheese make the nose extraordinarily complex. Fusel booze seeps out with some banana esters on the back, but in the end, with warmth, the nose surprisingly resembles that of Chimay Grande Réserve (blue). Our first impression upon sipping is that this guy is very boozy, with a huge clove profile. As we sip, black pepper, nutmeg, and massive phenolic clove mix with caramel and pale Belgian malts. This hits like a freight train, with extra punch to the already bitter and boozy bite. The peak sweetens with caramel malts, and a lighter metallic bite. A sweet barley flavoring persists, bringing us the finish of honey, soft yeast, overripe banana esters, and a bittering balance of more grain. The aftertaste breathes of tomato juice, ginger, bittering grain, sour lemon rind, and bitter medicinal phenols. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. There is soft slurp and cream to each sip, but little finish pop. The mouth is cooled and wet, with a fine astringent coat left all around. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the insane aroma. Those spicy inclusions made the first few sniffs thoroughly exciting. The flavoring was equally as complex. It was, however, not balanced that well. The flavors become muddy as it seemed like they were trying to do just a little too much. The layers of Belgian malts, with sweetness and the yeast were nice, giving a more genuine feel to this beer, and to the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:45:31 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Steasy66


3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:49:56 | More by Steasy66
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this was my first RJ Rockers brewer. Rocker on!

Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip/shaped-glass?

A: Poured out a very dark brown that I was getting ready to refer to a golden, but that is much too dark of a color to describe this brew. This was very murky, and with a one finger head that was only moderately dense.

S: I got a bit of fruit, grass, and steeped grain. Once I dug a bit further, I got the hop pellets.

T: VERY bitter... even more than most Belgian IPAs that I've had. This had sort of a sour dough quality that I personally found very memorable indeed. The yeast was fairly intense, but that muted some of the lawn clippings, and the Belgian influence won out over the hops by a nose.

M: Despite the rather ridiculous lacing, this didn't coat the palate too much at all.... quite the contrary actually. The bitterness started to settle after a while, giving way to the sour dough bread. Fairly thick, but not at all sugary or syrupy.

O: This was a pleasant surprise indeed! I've eyeballed the RJ Rockers snack pack in stores numerous times but have never taken the plunge. Perhaps it's time?

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 22:54:23 | More by Chaney
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 00:37:48 | More by smakawhat
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 16:19:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oline73


2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 22:12:17 | More by oline73
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 15:22:13 | More by liamt07
Photo of doughanson78


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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to 67couple for this.

A: Dark amber in color. Pretty hazy. Almost no head. Decent lacing.

S: Not a big nose on this. Sweet. Fruity. Belgian yeast.

T: Very sweet. Big Belgian yeast flavors. Very malty.

M: Light bodied. Crisp. Refreshing.

O: A good representation of the Belgian style. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 00:24:33 | More by doughanson78
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:53:26 | More by Sammy
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 14:35:33 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Fish Paralyzer Belgian-Style Pale Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.