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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

2,019 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,019
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 42
Gots: 279 | FT: 1
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: 2,019 | Reviews: 645
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 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

Photo of benadd
4.36/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Would love some more!

Photo of pnelting
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really solid pale ale. Nice balance between the hops and sweet maltiness.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Heavier than normal dark American Pale Ale with a consistent bitterness throughout and even some roast. Not a favorite.

Photo of rfdracing
2.24/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Not sure if the bottle I had was old, but I was not impressed.

Photo of atryes
1.12/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Too hoppy for my taste.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My favorite beer from Kona for sure.

Photo of JohnnyI
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/25/14. A little past its peak, but with 6% ABV and that avowed hop character, it should still be a fair representation for this Kona creation.

Poured in to an IPA glass, the unique look of this beer immediately catches my eye. Despite the fact that the head disappeared about as quickly as it formed, with scant lacing to be found, I am struck by the appearance. The tangerine-grapefruit color of the beer looks almost electric when its chilled haze meets the light. Interesting. The aroma promises bright tropical fruit, with a subtle essence of pine. A little biscuity malt in the background rounds out the nose. The flavor brings sweet bread, subtle dried fruit, lightly toasted malts, and a balanced hop character. Mild pine and grapefruit. This is a well-rounded brew. The mouthfeel is on point, with just enough body and carbonation to keep this refreshing. I believe the few extra months have mellowed this beer, as I remember it being more vibrant when it was in season. As it stands, this is superbly sessionable, perhaps more so now that time has reigned in the flavors a bit. I have enjoyed it either way. It's nice to see an American Pale Ale that is not trying to masquerade as an IPA and brings it's own unique qualities. I put this near the top of my list when a Pale Ale is in order. Fresh or mellowed, it's always delicious.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 2,019 ratings.