Monday, June 20, 2011

R.J. Rockers Fish Paralyzer Pale

Fish Paralyzer

Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Co.
Spartanburg, South Carolina USA

Belgian Pale Ale

7.50% ABV

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.

General Pricing:
22 oz bottles: ~$5.50 each

This was a gift from my daughter Molly. She brought it have several weeks ago and it has just been sitting in the beer fridge waiting for me to review. So lets see how Belgian this Belgian Pale Ale is.

The beer pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a fairly rich off white head.

The nose is Belgian for sure. There is no mistaking the yeasty fruity esters produced by the Belgian yeast. There are also nice caramel malt aromas with very little to no hop presence on the nose. This is very inviting for a Belgian nut like me. I can’t what to take the first sip.

Not bad, not bad at all. The first sip was a little lighter than I expected but very enjoyable.

The taste starts out with a faint malt sweetness up front then the most pleasant washing over the tongue during the middle of the sip. There is a robustness that builds toward the back-end. The swallow is fairly easy but there is a hesitation. At the top of the swallow it feels like a big beer but then there is a refreshing carbonation release during the swallow that mellows the experience. The finish is rich with nice malt flavors along with spicy notes and just the hint of hops. The final aftertaste is a slight lingering yeasty spicy note.

This is a very nice beer but it is lacking the complexity that is usually present in a Belgian Pale.

The malt flavors are more like a caramel malt; fairly dark for a Belgian Pale.

This beer has nicely warmed to room temperature. It is richer and smoother now and has not picked up any unpleasantness whatsoever.

All and all this was a very enjoyable experience. This beer does lack some to the Belgian complexity that I’m use to but still a very nice American interpretation of the style.

I have to go for a B on this one. Lacking some complexity but with excellent Belgian flavors, yeasty notes and esters. This one is sure to please anyone that likes the Belgian styles of ale.

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