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Fire Rock Pale Ale is a crisp, refreshing ďHawaiian-styleĒ 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BorksBabe (85) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2008
I like the aroma-- a little hoppy but not too strong. A beautiful Amber color, nice and clear. Iím not entirely impressed with the flavor myself, but for a hoppy pale ale it is better than most Iíve had. Smooth to the palate, nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Dunno if this lingered or not prior to hitting shelves in Texas. Not bad, but found it somewhat vegetal and with slightly subdued hops. I realize itís a pale ale and not an IPA and yet still seemed diminished from my recollection of their other beer I had a few years back in Las Vegas. Not really bad, but neither is it something I like all too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sethdude (703) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Pours a nice hazy amber with a foamy head and good lacing. Aroma is sweet malts under a fruity hop bouquet, Flavor is clean and well-balanced, nice hoppy backbone withstands the medium hop presence. Itís nice to drink an APA that isnít too over-the top, itís been years since Iíve enjoyed this toned down variant of the style, and Iím starting to remember why I used to like APAs so much. Maybe not dry-hopping an APA is as good as dry hopping it, after all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Pours bright orangish amber with a mostly receding wispy off-white head. Aroma of mild C-hops, notes of grapefruit and toffee. Taste is toffee, caramel, and floral hops. Medium bodied with moderate resins with lush carbonation. Nice and easy drinking APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a medium dull amber with some haze and very light carbonaiton- forms a modest head and leaves some lace. Aroma is moderately floral, with a faded orange zest kick from some citrus hops- medium fruity esters and some gummi bear candy. Flavor is backed up with more malt- caramel , and medium to light smooht sweet crystal malts, doughy, and nutty with a clean mild hop bitterness. Relatively smooth- perhaps a bit old though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 This is ok, but not really worth it to me. Reddish amber, it has a very thin off-white head soon diminishing to a ring. Aroma is pretty nice, caramelly, slightly earthy malt (reminiscent a bit of a malty vienna or the like) with citrusy, mostly grapefruity hops. The taste is ok, but the first thing I noticed was a pronounced alcholic quality. I then read the ABV, 6%. Before that, I assumed it was lower and this explains the alcoholic quality, but it seems crude, unnecessarily strong and noticeable, and rather gratuitous here. There is some fairly nice malty grain body and sweetness, but also a lot of grapefruit, especially grapefruit pulp, and not much else besides these and the all-too-obvious alcohol. The finish has a light grapefruit bitterness and the balance is really off. In the end, this is ho-hum and not something Iíd buy, but itís better than some. My biggest beefs are 1) the alcohol; I like plenty of stronger beers, even ones where the alcohol is very evident in the taste, but not when it is a rough, unnecessarily obvious quality that seems to do nothing other than make it more potent; 2) I am getting really tired of the ubiquitous grapefruity hops. This element can be good when done well but this is not the be-all and-end-all of hop style, much less beer and I am not interest in beer that makes me thin Iím chewing on grapefruit. If I want that, Iíll chew on grapefruit. That said, I prefer Konaís own Longboard Lager to this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (11555) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2008
Bottle. Amber, quite nice offwhite head. Quite fresh hoppy aroma, mixed with malt. Malty flavor with some citrus and hops. A decent ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
malrubius (1865) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2008
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Clear copper/amber with lasting ring and some lace. Mild fresh hop aroma. Very mild initial sweet fruitiness and abrupt dry finish, seems to be missing most everything in between. Medium body and medium-high carb which adds to astringency/bite. Drinkable for a trendy beer, that tries to market itself as if it were from Hawaii, though on the mainland itís brewed in Oregon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Nice reddish-orange color. Solid off-white head. I like the way this beer doesnít hit you over the head with hops, which too many pale ales do. Hops donít dominate the malt, and hints of...cinamon? Reasonably complex taste, yet goes down smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Sampled @ Hallandale beer fest (bottle). Hazy muddled gold color. Nose is too mild. The flavors are crisp and bold, some tropical fruits that finish with a clean, hoppy aftertaste. Good soft palate.

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