Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Andreji:
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Well I chose a hawaiian beer to savour the latter half of the UCL semi final "el clasico" at the village pourhouse in the LES.
Didn't of course know what to expect from a beer from HI. but it turned out much closer to my perception than I'd anticipated.
Pours a thin golden to amber hue, fully translucent with a small very quick fading head, hardly any lacing. Smell-wise, it has a very marginal malt-hop blend, not very strong but giving away enough to peg this beer as it is (a pale ale).
The taste was nice, but it turned out overall to point to my hawaiian perception: a low-key, not so strong sort of beer in the land of hops. very much so, since it is among the few pale ale's from america that I've tried that focus on the sweet malt feel much above a very undermined and simply complementary set of hops; the bitterness is all too hidden and such fact, on such beer made it appear as maybe slightly watered down (even though it probably is not).
In all, a good beer for a hot day (at the beach surfin hawaii or something). Not above many other APAs out there, but not far below the standard. worth a try.
Serving type: on-tap
05-08-2011 17:16:37 | More by Andreji
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3.86/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a clear medium amber with a hint of red. Normal head, lacing and retention. Light tropical nose (passion fruit) over caramel. Heavy medium bodied with a nice slick oily texture. Average carbonation level with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The taste profile is balanced between the flavors of the nose. It begins with tropical notes, flows to a bit of spice and ends with a light bitterness over caramel.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 18:58:51 | More by tillmac62
3.74/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77. This is not a bad way to continue the day - getting Fired up!
From the bottle: "Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromised quality."; "We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!"; "Fresh, Responsible, Always Aloha"; "Go With the Flow! Active volcanoes on the Big Island pf Hawaii leave visitors awestruck by their power. The glow of lava as it meets the ocean is an amazing sight. Our Fire Rock Pale Ale is inspired by this place with a bright copper color and rich roasted malt taste. Aloha!"; "Liquid Aloha".
I did as they directed and simply allowed the lava, I mean, liquid flow from the bottle and into my glass. This set up a pseudo-cascade which then settled into three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. As the head slowly fell, it left nice lacing in its wake. Nose had a light grapefruit-citrusiness to it along with a caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was intensely citrusy and probably pushes the envelope between an APA and an AIPA. As a self-avowed hophead, this was right in my wheelhouse, but for style mavens, it might be just a tad too hoppy. Finish was semi-dry with a light caramel sweetness kicking in to better align it with its style. I now await its release in CANs.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 16:43:08 | More by woodychandler
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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