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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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 54
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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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 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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 soup├žon 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 JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of imbibehour
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 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 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 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 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 RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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 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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Fish Paralyzer Belgian-Style Pale Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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