Fire Rock Pale Ale Brewed by Kona Brewing in Kona, Hawaii
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 amounts
of Galena, Cascade & Mt.Hood hops added to each brew. IBUs:35. ABV: 6%.
Food Pairings: Fire Rock Pale Ale pairs exceptionally well with a broad
variety of foods. Its hop character and full body stand up against heartier
dishes and barbecue, but it doesn't overtake lighter fare like chicken or
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
So what makes this different from other Pale Ales? It's "Hawaiian-style"--we're
not sure what that means, but we know they bitter this ale with one of our
favorite hops, "Galena," which is an old-school, high-alpha hop.
Good clarity with a stunning pale copper color. A couple rings of off-white lace
left on the glass. Mild pungent oily hop aroma with an animal feed grain, hay
and faint caramel aroma. Smooth with an oily slickness that buffs the medium
body. Oily hop flavor lays a thick blanket to start things off, then the
bitterness kicks in with a broad prickly character, and later with a more fresh
mint and light citric tone. Kiss of mineral. The center is juicy with a clean
fruitiness and caramel flavor. The finish wraps up with a hint of estery
alcohol, toasted malt and drying grain.
Yeah, we can dig the whole "Hawaiian-style." Complex and drinkable, the hops and
malt mesh very well together and show great balance. Great stuff, Kona!
Kona Brewing History
Kona Brewing Company was started by father and son team Cameron Healy and Spoon
Khalsa. The pair had a dream to create fresh, local island brews made with
spirit, passion and quality. Their love of Hawaii, and a desire to protect the
pristine environment here, brought them to the Big Island to fulfill their
vision. Kona Brewing continues to be headquartered right where it began, in
Kailua-Kona on Hawaii's Big Island.
Kona Brewing Company’s Kailua-Kona Pub on Hawaii’s Big Island opened in November
1998. An enormous mahogany log that washed ashore in Kailua Bay was used to
adorn the masterpiece Koa wood bar. The featured ohia wood posts used on the
lanai came from South Kona. The rusty corrugated tin that provides a shade roof
over the outdoor lanai came from an old Holualoa okolehao (liquor distilled from
ti root) distillery. These are just a few of the local materials used to create
this showcase restaurant. The pub is known for great hand spun pizzas, local
organic salads and fresh beers on draft that you can’t find anywhere else. Every
Sunday evening local musicians provide live entertainment.
Kona Brewing Company runs its flagship brewery in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big
Island, which just served its 3 millionth pint.
Under strict guidance, Kona Brewing Company also produces its bottled beer and
mainland draft beer in Portland, Oregon, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as part
of its partnership with Craft Brewers Alliance Inc.
Recipes and beer specifications are dictated by Kona Brewing Company’s
brewmaster, who oversees each of Kona Brewing Company’s partner breweries as the
beer is brewed and packaged. The beer brewed at Kona Brewing Company’s partner
breweries utilizes Kona’s hops, malt and proprietary yeast. The water mineral
levels at each brewery are adjusted to replicate the water used in Hawaii. A
sample of each batch of beer is sent to the Kailua-Kona brewery for sensory
evaluation. The brewmaster and quality assurance employees are in daily contact
with mainland partner breweries.
Kona Brewing Company recognizes the importance of crafting its tasty ales and
lagers close to their markets. By brewing the beer close to distribution
markets, Kona Brewing Company ensures beer drinkers are receiving the freshest
beer. This also enables Kona Brewing Company to minimize its carbon footprint,
expending limited resources to deliver quality beer.