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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
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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
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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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3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.67/5  rDev +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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3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
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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4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of imbibehour
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.

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3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Fish Paralyzer Belgian-Style Pale Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 103 ratings
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