Fire Rock Pale AleJuly 1, 2001 Kona, HI
Kona Brewing Co.
Available: southern CA, HI
The largest Hawaiian brewery, Kona Brewing Co. brews Fire Rock Pale Ale using Mt. Hood, Cascade, and Galena Hops. The name of this brew looks to inspire the drinker to extinguish the fire ignited by spicy foods.
Original gravity: 1056
This is a beer of color but its golden-tinted amber hue is a distance from traditional pale ales. The head is creamy and lasting. Mouthfeel is clean and effervescent, the beer first class. Like the color, the nose and flavor is on the lighter side, presuming to satisfy the Hawaiian palate. We enjoyed it with organic vegetable stir fry in soy, ginger and garlic sauce. On its own turf, served cool, under a hot sun, beside a calm sea, it would be a close to paradise as a beer can get.
- Charles Finkel
A Hawaiian pale ale with the amber glow of Pele, the creator of Hawaii. Beautiful floral hop aroma, and exquisite and inviting malt character, followed by a luscious balance of classic pale ale flavor—this beer is worth travelling to Hawaii for. Let it be known that with this brew the quality of life in Hawaii has just been raised. Mahalo nui nui.
- Charlie Papazian
Bronze, with a dense fluffy head, the aroma has nutty malt, spicy hops and orange/citrus fruit. The palate is big and complex, with bitter hops dominating but balanced by creamy malt and tart fruit. The finish is long, beginning malty sweet but with hops and bitter fruit coming through, ending with a quinine-like bitterness and dryness. Wonderfully quenching and full-bodied, this would make a fine companion for pasta dishes or crumbly, full-flavored English cheeses.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.