Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 I visited Kona Brewing Company last summer, and enjoyed sampling several of their brews. I was told that they don’t ship their beer to the continental US, so I never expected to see it for sale here in Texas. I just bought the last three bottles of Fire Rock that Lone Star Beverages had in stock. Nice pale copper, head dissipates quickly, nice aroma, nice finish, nice hops, but a bit less hoppy than my favorite SNPA. They got in another case. Now I can enjoy it without worrying about running out. Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2008
12 oz bottle, thanks to J-Tiki. Pours a clear orange amber. aroma is hoppy, flavor is hoppy, probobly cascade hops and a floral hop with a dry finish. pretty good APA doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Aloha! This is a light copper colored brew. Poured with a nice head which dissipated too quickly. A nice lacy rim remained. The hop flavor on the front was good, but you are left wanting more on the back end. Hangover (1141) - oxford, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Copper pour with a thin but lasting white/tan head. Citrus hop aroma. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Flowery and citrus hoppage up front but it leads to an earthy malt finish. Pretty good. shackinetics (132) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2008 cloudy golden/copper with decent white head. Mild hoppy citrus aroma. Bitter hops well balanced with sweet ginger maltiness. Great profile, a bit on the weak side. Solid PA - extremely sessionable.
GarrettB (1637) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Though a brewery on Hawaii might seem eccentric, the island’s consumers take it very seriously. I questioned a local about the brewery, wondering whether he found the beer to be any good. That was the most stressed I had ever seen any Hawaiian resident. This review covers Kona Brewery’s "Fire Rock Pale Ale", an allusion to Hawaii’s magnificent geological conditions. In other words, lots of lava, flowing, dried, brittle, whatever. From its porous center springs forth beer for all to enjoy with poi and mahi mahi. The body is a true-to-island magma orange with tips of sunny yellow flares. The head, I think, was white but evaporates very shortly after the pour. I go in for the aroma, but it is weak, and hard to grab. What I do find amounts to the scent of fresh rain, dry, grainy hops, grilled (or raw) sweet corn and maybe a touch of (imagined?) nuttiness. The taste is crippled by a lack of any flavor - bitter, flavorless, a bit like waste water. The beginning has a shade of generic sugar at warmer temperatures, but it is quickly lost as the flavor circuits to the aftertaste with each sip. It is hard to say, simply because I love most anything Hawaiian, but this is possibly the worst pale ale I’ve ever had. redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
A pretty good beer... went well with the spicy food I ate it with. Spicy and hoppy... with some citrus, but not too much. Great hop presence and well balanced.
12 oz. bottle. jrob21 (3773) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Tasted at EABF. Poured a clear copper color with a decent off white head. Hop profile reminded me a lot of DFH’s 60 minute IPA which is a good thing. Nice hop aromas and flavors. Some grass and grapefruit and resin in there. Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Pours light copper with a rather weak, white head. Faint aromas of amber malt and piney hope bouquet. Crisp, hop forward yet well balanced flavor. Medium body and a somewhat yeasty finish. Pretty standard Pale Ale but nothing wrong with that. mmmbeer (1428) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2008
12 oz. bottle poured into shaker- poured 20% cloudy tan orange, little if any carbonation, white ring around the glass with a few frog eyes. Aroma of pine, tangerines, and floral. Hits the mouth with a medium body, some sweetness at the start, hops come in the middle and stay for the finish that is slightly acidic. Pretty good for a get together.