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Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,053 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,053
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 45
Gots: 298 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-30-2002

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.

35 IBU
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Ratings: 2,053 | Reviews: 652
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant amber with a 1” offwhite foam cap, spicy hop nose, some malt and biscuit, very creamy rich, a touch of sweetness, almost a hit of cocoa nut. Some bitterness but not big. Light fruit, just a touch of bitterness to balance.

Photo of Pantalones
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Second bottle from the variety pack; bottling date is February 16th, 2015.

Nice orangey color to this one. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is always a good first impression for a pale ale. Clear, with some little bubbles rising up from the bottom, though it's just dark enough in color (or maybe just slightly hazy?) that I can only see them very well around the edges without shining some light through. The first bottle I had didn't form much foam on top, but I poured a bit faster and a bit more directed toward the bottom of the glass this time and got a nice, fluffy white head -- just short of filling the glass completely. I may have overdone it just a bit, heh. Anyway, the foam shrinks away after a bit, leaving a layer on the surface and some trails on the sides.

Smell is mostly bready, and not all that strong at first. Got a slight hint of piney hops when opening the bottle and I think I may be picking up just a tad of something tropical on the end of a sniff now, but overall seems pretty malt-forward for a pale ale. There is a definite "something else" in the smell, I'm assuming hop-related, but it's so faint I'm having difficulty placing it. What's there is kinda nice, but it's fainter than I expected. Gets a little iffier in the smell department as the beer warms up a bit -- not to the point of being offensive, but simultaneously stronger and less pleasant than it was at first, so I'm marking this one down a bit in the smell area.

Taste is an improvement over the smell. The malt has this really nice toasted sort of thing going on, reminding me of lightly toasted bread crust or a bran-flake cereal kind of thing. Hops are still fainter than I would expect of a pale ale, but I am getting a little bit of citrus and some leafy bitterness in there, too. I think I went into this one with my expectations set a little too high the first time I had it, but drinking a second one knowing that it's going to be a bit maltier than other pale ales I've had, I'm able to appreciate it a lot more. I get a hint of citrus and some bitterness right away, and then that blends into the malt, with the bran-flake sort of thing (and sometimes, some leafy flavor and bitterness) lingering for a bit afterward. Burps are a bit fruity. Can't say enough good things about that toastedness in the malt, though -- while the amount of hop flavor still doesn't seem like quite enough to me (for an American-style pale ale at least), the malt flavor in this is great.

Feel is pretty nice. Very, very drinkable, which is a feature that I've appreciated from all of Kona's beers so far -- though this one may just be the "heaviest/maltiest" feeling out of the variety pack, it's still easy to gulp down a bit more at a time than I normally would. There's that "just a hint of stickiness" going on much like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale -- which, like in the appearance category, is a good thing to have similarities to. Nothing negative to say about the mouthfeel here at all.

Overall, this is pretty good. Not amazing, but certainly not anywhere near bad -- it's one that I find myself appreciating much more the second time around compared to the first, and the presence of that toasted malt is definitely a bit of a nice change from all the hop-forward beers I've been having lately. I'll be sure to try this again if I can find it on tap, or in a bottle that's not already several months old -- maybe the hops stand out more when it's super fresh. If so, I can see this easily going from "pretty good" to "great" -- it's definitely got one of the nicest malt flavors I've ever experienced in a pale ale already, the hops just need to stand out a bit more.

Photo of Junkforadam
2.44/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like hoppy pale ales. This one was not hoppy and flavor was not more than average.

Photo of Miles_Wilson
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep inviting copper as the bottle states, bubbly head but not overly carbonated like some brews. Not much by the way of smell on this pale ale without taste but it could be my olfactory sensors themselves. The taste itself is bright, the first notes are floral and sweet followed by a roasted malt finish. Some might think this is bitter but the finish lingers with such effect. A lot of flavor for the price paid, and quite enjoyable. Would be perfect with barbecue in my opinion, less of a beach beer by that right. The pale designation may be misleading to newcomers, as this ale packs plenty of flavor and finish in an appealing bottle and pour. I enjoyed it even more than Kona's "Longboard" variety. Solid 3.5+

Photo of HattedClassic
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a bubbly white head but the real winner is the beer itself. The beer color is a clear reddish orange copper that has a very nice glow in the sun. It definitely looks like it's glowing and on fire!

The beer smell is a bit light. The floral hop notes are pretty nice but annoyingly weak. The smell has a nice sweet and bready malt not that helps the smell. For some reason, the smell is mute to me, but that might be my own sense failing me.

The beer taste is interesting. The hops are fruity and floral, which bring out a pineapple taste. The malt note is also fairly bready and sweet. Interestingly enough, the beer also has a slight metallic taste in the aftertaste. The taste definitely comes out as fruity.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a pale ale but it's nice and smooth.

Overall, a pretty good and interesting tropical pale ale. Recommend getting and putting into rotation.

Photo of SammiR
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great APA. I bought it as a regular Pale, however, so it's a little bit hoppier than I was expecting. After an adjustment to my palette, I'm more than happy to throw a few of these back.

Photo of ranger7
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Not my favorite.

Photo of Tlloyd417
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on draft. A pretty looking copper colored beer with a great taste

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Auburn with thin white head. Thin biscuit nose and flavor with thin malt base. Lite mouthfeel. Overall ok.

Photo of rorykanderson
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got it fresh on Oahu - tasted more like a lager than an ale. Would've liked a little more hop flavor to balance the malt.

Photo of CtyLineBeerBlog
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - Brown with a hint of yellow where the light comes through

S - Light on the nose; Subtle pale ale aroma

T - Strong, clean, citrus taste but very chill and mellow. Just the right amount of bite

F - Light carbonation; medium body

O - It is what you want out of a pale ale and it is a very chill beer. If I did this review on the beach, I'd really get into it. Overall, can't complain about it. I would have this again.

Photo of Hopmaniaman
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious pale. Smooth and crisp with the right amount of flavor

Photo of DJoe
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, copper colour. A very smooth, pleasant pale ale with little hoppiness or bitterness

Photo of Bshaw22
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Might be old but it sucks

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date, but came in mixed pack with others dated around Feb 10th

Look - Pours a reddish burnt orange with small off-white head. Pour retention, okay distribution. Decent lacing. 3.75 paws.

Smell - Mostly malt with sweet marmalade and lemon notes, very little hop presence, but does exhibit citrus rind. Cereal malt notes present as well. 3.25 paws.

Taste - Mostly bready malt with slightly sweet off-dry finish. Tastes of white wine and subtle dankness arise. Bits of raisins, biscuit, and cereal. 3.5 paws.

Feel - Thin to medium bodied, somewhat wet. Tingle on tip and sides of tongue. 4 paws.

Overall - Never been a fan of Kona mainly because I had found their hoppy offerings underwhelming, and this fits into that category. But, this was part of a mixed pack I received as party ransom, and actually enjoyed their lighter beers, Last one to try is Castaway IPA. 3.5 paws.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The body is a slightly hazy, dark copper in color, with a modest off-white head, which retains well. The lacing is scattered in patchy clumps.

Aroma: Pale malt and caramel vie with moderate herbal hops, the effect of which is pleasant.

Taste: Upon tasting, caramel and white bread present themselves, soon followed by light and moderate fruit flavors as the taste progresses, -the herbal hops offer a moderate bitterness to offset the sweetness of the bread and caramel flavors. The hops, while fairly mild, linger on well beyond the point were all of the other flavors have dissipated.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, with seltzer-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A nicely-crafted, drinkable example of a familiar style

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of rednek71
4.84/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Very well balanced. Not overpowering on either front.

Photo of Kale99
4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

like this pale ale not to hoppy

Photo of snelson438
2.11/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

The beer is not that great.

Photo of mikeg67
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz 7 month old bottle. Pours orange with foamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of pale malt, caramel and herbal hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal, piney hops, caramel and bready malt and some fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Average brew.

Photo of jooler
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I think this is better than stone pale ale 2.0.

Photo of Lemke10
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a semi-clear color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is slightly malty. The taste is bold with malts yet has quite a bite to it. Fairly easy drinking with a smooth flavor and a toasted finish. Quite nice overall.

Photo of DavidHarvey
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A mild hoppy beer, pale ale

Photo of Beer-Lovin-RAT
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finishes a close second to Boulevard's Pale Ale.

Photo of DruB22
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taste and smell are great

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 2,053 ratings.