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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

Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by brentk56 on 03-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 103
Photo of woodjm
4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
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!

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Photo of flannel
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of jfmorey
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

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Photo of Chaney
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
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?

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasing beer from RJ. Brought this to the hotel room in a growler from Terry's in Spartanburg.

After decanting/pouring into a proper pint glass (I always carry one in my travels), a very nice head forms and stays for the whole session. Very creamy, white head. Nice lacing down the glass. A very appealing beer.

Smells of yeast and fruits. Quite crisp. Smells sweet as well. Almost macro-ish but not quite. I cant put a finger on the smell but it is very pleasing. Smells like a banana or a very creamy type fruit; plantanes or sweet melons maybe?

Very nice hop and malt balance. The hops hit at the back with a bite on the back of the tongue. The sweetness stays at the front of the palate. Hops then come back to rule the roost. This is a great beer, especially for the capped SC standards.

The best beer of RJ Rockers repertoire.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark copper. Thin sand colored head has so so retention. A couple solid rings of lacing.
S- smell is slightly fruity, a bit of malt, and a bit of noble hops.
T- This beer has a really good noble hop flavor. A bit of spicyness and just enough fruityness. A bit of nuttyness to it.
M- Good body, good carbonation, creamy and smooth.
D- I dug this. This was one of the better American made-Belgians I've had.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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

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Photo of boudreaux
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, amber/brown, not unlike whiskey color; thick, mocha head, about 2 fingers thick; slowly dissipates - 3 minutes after pouring, still about 1/2 finger thick; lacing is sticky and creamy, lasting throughout

S: sweet, like Belgian dark sugar candy; aroma full of dark fruits (plums/sweet prunes)and spicy notes; similar to abbey ales I've had

T: surprisingly sweet upfront and throughout, no doubt from the malts; dark fruits and Belgian sugar again; plenty of spice kick from alcohol, but no booze flavor; hop bitterness also present

M: kinda thin for such a strong beer; medium/weak body, but great balance of spice and smoothness; dangerous drink; alcohol warms the body through and through

O: really good brew; definitely not a session, but would sip on this one any night of the week

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Photo of beer2day
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy reddish gold in color. No head and almost imperceptible lace.

Strong Belgian malt nose. Candy sugar, orange peel, lemon zest - and lots of spice.

Spicy hit with the aforementioned orange and lemon. Tangy, dry fruit finish.

Big, strong, malt body.

Goes down very easy for the abv.

Good to try, but not one I'd go back to ... at least not right away.

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Photo of wikk3d
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 5/15/2012 bottle code on the bottom. Pours very hazy deep reddish amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, honey, caramel, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, honey, caramel, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong pale ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.77/5  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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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