“Fire Rock Pale Ale is crisp, refreshing “Hawaiian-style” pale ale. Its signature copper color results from the unique blend of specialty roasted malts. The pronounced citrus-floral hop aroma comes from the liberal amount of hops added to each brew.” 6.0% ABV American Pale Ale
Purchased from Das Bierhaus in Fresno, California.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. The body has a slightly hazy appearance, which is amber in color. An off-white two finger head is poured, which retains well and leaves solid lacing. Light carbonation is visible.
Though not quite the strength of a typical West Coast IPA, the hops are on the forefront of the aromas. Grapefruit citrus, and to a lesser extent floral hop character, mix with a bit of sweet base malt. I also smell some faint dark roasted and caramel malt qualities, as well as light honey.
Fire Rock is medium-bodied, offering a relatively soft mouthfeel with just faint carbonation effervescence and mild hop bitterness. The flavor is more malt-forward than the aroma, and is mild overall. Modest, sweet, bready/grainy malts are present, and the citrus hops from the aroma are faint. It finishes with a touch of said citrus, adding to a lightly lingering biscuity malt aftertaste.
Fire Rock is an easy beer to drink, offering a decent nose and soft mouthfeel. Though too big at 6% ABV to really be considered sessionable, it has similar traits to some of the new session IPA’s that have popped up lately. It has a good balance between the malts and the hops, though neither are particularly noteworthy. 7/10.
Kona Brewing Co. – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii