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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 | website

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 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 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 JamnesCameron
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a deep amber with a light tan head of about two fingers that drops very quickly to a mere wisp of foam. Too dark for a pale ale.

Aromas of caramel, and not much else. Some yeast qualities. A faint hop bitterness.

Flavors of caramel malt, faint, balancing bitterness. Some dark fruits, raisins and brown sugar. Finish is medium with the raisins and caramel malt lingering in the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. Good level of carbonation. Prickle is not too harsh.

Overall a decent belgian ale. Not so much pale, more amber.

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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 Naugros
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber with a ruby hue that develops the head slowly. It gets to an inch thick, holds for a minute or so and then fades, leaving behind sticky lace.

The smell is really good, throwing off banan esters and caramel, it smells more like a dunkelweizen than a pale. Floral hops makes a showing here as well.

How disappointing! The taste is nothing like the smell. The caramel is there but there's a bitterness that overrides any pleasure and makes the caramel taste like the confectioner just burnt the sugar. The banana is gone and the hops are more resinous than floral.

Not one of their best offerings and not one that I'm likely to look for again. It is definitely not on par with their IPAs. Those do rock.

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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 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 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 jsanford
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 6/14/10

A - Dark amber/brown with a creamy ivory head. Nice lacing.

S - Muted sweet malts, Belgian yeast and spices (white pepper & coriander).

T - Bit of banana, grassy hops, sweet malt and more spice. This one is a bit too sugary for me, but not bad.

M - Medium-bodied with nice carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Good drinkability, pretty solid beer. I don't think this is anywhere near a Belgian pale ale but, ehh, my girlfriend like it so I'll bump the score a few points.

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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 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 Gambrinus1184
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Ro's restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a murky amber-brown color with some yeasty sediment and a frothy, two-finger head of off-white foam which settled to a modest ring of lace. Retention is okay and clarity is minimal because of color and cloudiness.

S: Smells of the spiciness in a Belgian yeast strain along with some white pepper and herbal hops, along with a bit of raisin and pine.

T: Moderate caramel malt sweetness up front confronted by the fruity, peppery esters of the Belgian yeast. This brings the alcohol forward in an unattractive way, muddling out some of the finer, fruity ale qualities. Hops are earthy and herbal which leaves a slick coat of resin in the finish. Yeast washes a bit hard and hot along with a slight phenol burn. Hmm...

M: Mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied for this "pale ale," but the Belgian yeast does do some good in cutting the clash of alcohol and fruity ale flavors.

D: The 7.5% ABV is tasted the whole way down in this sort of out of whack, yeasty malt monster. Interesting flavors, but I didn;t feel anything worked particularly well together. Maybe ease off the yeast or find a better malt balance to go with those earthy hops. More like an attempt at a Dubbel than a Belgian pale too, but still worth a try.

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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 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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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 Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's get this out of the way - this is not a Belgian pale ale. In fact, it is like a dubble. Pours deep brownish amber with a small head. Aroma is malty and phenolic, with a brown sugar edge. Flavor is mellow and phenolic, with brown sugar and a wheaty malt edge. There is a distinct dark candy character. Mouthfeel is thick but the finish is thin with a faint vinegar finish.

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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 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 soupçon 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 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 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 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 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 ShogoKawada
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From mikesgroove, thanks! 22oz into chouffe tulip.

A- Much darker than expected, a caramel brown with a nice creamy head that fizzes out. Moderate lacing.

S- Mild hops, chalky strong belgianesque yeast. Hops are a bit flora/fruity, but the yeast takes the main stage.

T- Well, they went for the fences on this one, for better or worse. Actually, for better. Belgian yeast notes dominate, good hop notes but not too aggressive. The malt kind of gets lost but I'm not missing it. The yeast is really tasty. Hops are again a bit floral and a bit fruity.

M- Crisp, good carbonation, no qualms here.

D- Unique, interesting. Wouldn't kick down any doors to get some bottles but I'd buy it if I saw it. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Enola
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of jabocu
3.4/5  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!

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