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 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 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 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 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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Photo of TheBrewo
3.67/5  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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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