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Beer of the Week: Kona Brewing Company Fire Rock Pale Ale

This post is coming a day later than usual because this beer was chosen for a special event. While next Sunday all TV’s will be fixed on the Super Bowl, this weekend, no TV’s will be fixed on the Pro Bowl. Regardless, football players are descending on the state of Hawaii for their annual game of touch football. While the game will be played in Honolulu, this week’s beer is brewed a short distance away on the Big Island. This week’s Beer of the Week is Kona Brewing Company’s Fire Rock Pale Ale.

Crisp & Refreshing

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.

Bitterness: 35 IBU
Alcohol by Volume: 5.9%
Original Gravity: 14.0 P
Malts: PALE, WHEAT, MUNICH, HONEY
Hops: GALENA, CASCADE, MT.HOOD

Fire Rock Pale Ale pours a rich golden amber with a white head of big gaseous bubbles. A lightly-hopped aroma rises off the dissipating head, a preview of the balanced pale ale which will greet your lips. Citrusy, tropical hops are evident enough to rise above the full bodied pale ale. While Fire Rock has enough bodied to feel and taste like hearty ale, there’s enough lightness that this beer would be suitable for having a couple while watching the game. The finish is crisp and there is little lingering flavor. You have to reach for another gulp to experience Fire Rock Pale Ale all over again.

I have always been a fan of Kona Brewing and Fire Rock has been an underrated member of their lineup in my opinion. Many beer geeks dismiss Kona thanks to their relationship with the Craft Brewer’s Alliance, but I think that does the beer a disservice. Very approachable, I am pleased to find Fire Rock popping up at more chain locations where the Bud-Miller-Coors taps would previously dominate.

While the Kona Brewing we get to experience here on the continent is different from the island brewery, Kona’s Fire Rock Pale is a treat wherever you may find it. Here’s to hoping I may find myself on a sandy beach drinking the brewpub version sometime in the near future. In the meantime, the 6-pack from my local grocery store will do just fine.