Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.
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3.18/5 rDev -12.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Born On DEC 20 11) into a pint glass.
A moderate pour yields a 1 1/2-finger cream-colored head that slowly fades to a thick coating and thick foam ring. The body is a clear copper amber with an amazing amount of carbonation bubbles coursing through nearly every available area of liquid. Thick lacing coats the glass in a never-ending blanket of white foam.
While this beer may not be the most aromatic, it is both balanced and enjoyable. Piney and citrusy hops aromas carry notes of tangerine and mandarin oranges. Light malts form a nice backbone with notes of caramel and graham crackers. A slight spiciness adds an extra layer to the nose.
Bitter, grassy hops are balanced by caramel malt. As the beer is swallowed, more grassy hops are met by citrus hops and more caramel and toffee malts flavors. As these fade, a slight bitterness clings to the tip of the tongue as a watery and dulled grassy hops flavor lingers on the rest of the tongue.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is creamy and easy-drinking. The body is smooth and drinkable but slightly watery in the finish. The carbonation is well hidden but could use a bit more strength during the swallow.
03-12-2012 01:58:31 | More by output01x
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Aroma has a definite mix of floral and citrus notes to it, certainly on par for a decent APA. Not very powerful, but pretty middle of the road.
Taste certainly has much of the same notes as the nose, with a floral presence, but more so of a tangy citrusy, tropical (orange? apricot?) flavor that gives the beer a distinctive flavor compared to many other APA's. It finishes off with a slight grain taste that is certainly in the background but noticeable along with a small dryness.
I found this to be a pretty tasty rendition of an APA. Pretty light on the hops to be honest, but the flavor that it has is pretty delectable and I find that that's what really matters in the end.
03-11-2012 03:32:58 | More by NODAK
British Columbia (Canada)
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
A: 1/4" off-white head that left a nice lacing over honey-amber liquid.
S: Citrus and grassy hops and sweet malt.
T: Tangerine, pine, and grassy hops with a honey-malt backbone.
M: Medium level of viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.
O: Quite drinkable, sweet with a nice level of bitterness.
03-09-2012 23:31:11 | More by DaftCaskBC
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
A - Pours a caramely copper color with a small off white head. A bit of lacing along the sides.
S - Caramel malts, but a good mixture of citrus and piney hops. Not incredible pungent, but pleasant and balanced.
T - Great balanced taste here. It's got a solid caramel malt backbone, very full, but provides a kick of piney and citrus hops and finishes very clean.
M - Crisp and clean, but actually pretty robust taste.
Overall - I was impressed with this beer. A solid pale ale that seems to bring a good amount of malt balance. Very good.
03-07-2012 21:53:12 | More by BeerBuckeye
4.2/5 rDev +16%
Poured into a nonic.
Pours a clear dark copper, with an off white small head. Head settles to a lace layer. Some patchy lace. Good carbonation and bubbles rise as it sits. Pretty good looks.
Brew smells of a good balance of caramel malts and floral and citrus hops. Good balanced nose.
Brew is good and balanced; sweet caramel and nutty malts. Good floral and citrus flavors here. Brew is very easy drinking and mellow. Great flavors and balance. Honestly a great tasting and drinking APA here.
This is a case worthy brew here; great flavor and balance. Could drink it by the truck load. My first brew from Kona Brewing and I am very impressed. Great stuff - a stand out APA here.
03-02-2012 02:22:28 | More by magine
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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