Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.
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3/5 rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Since Kona is not regularly available, I was happy to see it at a bbq, as a friend there is the brother of one the brewers. So, needless to say, I was a bit excited...I had tried a coffee stout that was good a couple years prior. Needless to say, this pale ale under-whelmed on all fronts, sadly enough. The pour was an average coppery brown with decent head & lace, but little aroma other than a malt-hop. The flavor was a basic pale ale a la Bass when I expected more. Simple hops & sweet malts prevailed with nothing else of note...not a bad beer for a bbq, just a let down. The feel while somewhat crisp & bubbly, was dry & scratch almost, reminding me of dry grasses. While I would drink if offered, I would not go out of way to get again....
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2010 23:25:53 | More by selecter70
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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.
82 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.