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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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642 Reviews

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Reviews: 642
Hads: 2,165
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 47
Gots: 389 | 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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Reviews: 642 | Hads: 2,165
Photo of mooseisloose
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed from a short beer ( pronounced sho-aht bee-ah) glass at the Ritz in Orlando. Nice light head when delivered. Orange in color with a white head. Sweet and syrupy with a light consistent hop belt. Went great with the seared tuna appetizer, tenderest I've ever had filet main course and following cheese plate. ( switched to Cabernet for desert) Not sure if it was as good as it would be fresh on the big island, but tasty none-the-less.

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Photo of pls2087
4/5  rDev +10.5%

A: Pours golden-orange. Decent head, dissipates quickly.

S: Citrus, floral

T: Surprisingly limited hoppiness. Solid citrus flavor (even detect hints of pineapple).

M: Crisp, clean. No lingering.

O: Different than other APAs I've had. Solid.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: biscuit malts; a bit of tropical fruit hoppiness in the background;

T: well balanced; lightly bitter finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: easy drinking; flavor was a little blah;

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Photo of SurferEric
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Fruit flavors followed by a distinct readiness, caramel, and malts. Good not great pale ale, but perhaps a bit jaded as I live on the islands and can pick this up fairly cheap.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Pour creates a thick head that hangs around. Nice lacing. Not a ton of flavor on the front when cold, but has an ok finish. As it warms the flavor moves to the front, but not a lot of finish then. Decent mouthfeel. Not a bad beer at all, easy to drink, but not a ton of flavor. Certainly wouldn't avoid it, but wouldn't seek it out either.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Opaque burnt amber with a white half finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Guava, mangoes, pineapple.

T: Great malt/hop balance intermingled with Hawaiian fruits. Low bitterness. decent.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. A dry finish.

O: OK, just not a great pale ale. Sessionable.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Very close to bright clearness, but there is a little haze to it. Very soft brown color, hints of orange. Nice lace sits on the top where a nice white head used to sit. Somewhat tart in the nose, black currant and cherries, meshed with hops and wet grain feed. Alcohol right in the beginning of the taste, wasn't expecting that. Some cinnamon, and toasted grain in there as well. Really nice aftertaste, hops and crushed pepper. A little watery maybe, but really not a lot of complaints here. I'm enjoying this more than I thought I would...

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Photo of McStagger
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Pours a nice copper/amber color. Excellent clarity. Finger slight off white head. Moderate retention. Moderate lacing. Minimal carbonation, with bubbles lazily rising to the surface.

S: Some amber notes from the glass. Roasted grain,caramel, a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg. Getting some alcohol, believe it or not. Hops smell mildly oxidized (bottled on June 15th). Little bit of dank fruitiness coming through. Little bit of stone fruit...almost like a mildly ripe peach or nectarine. Some slight citrus in the nose, but it's really hard to ferret out.

T: Pretty decent hit of toasty sweetness and alcohol up front. Transitions to a soapy citrus candy in the mid palate. This resinous quality carries through to the finish. Slightly astringent on the aftertaste, with mildly candied citrus components and a distinct floral soapiness.

M: Beer is medium bodied with just enough of a pop of carbonation to balance out the malts.

O: This one is a bit rough around the edges, but I'm not sure if the off flavors are intentional or due to the two and a half months it sat in it's box. Regardless, this is a surprisingly good pale ale.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber with a hint of red. Normal head, lacing and retention. Light tropical nose (passion fruit) over caramel. Heavy medium bodied with a nice slick oily texture. Average carbonation level with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The taste profile is balanced between the flavors of the nose. It begins with tropical notes, flows to a bit of spice and ends with a light bitterness over caramel.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77. This is not a bad way to continue the day - getting Fired up!

From the bottle: "Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromised quality."; "We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!"; "Fresh, Responsible, Always Aloha"; "Go With the Flow! Active volcanoes on the Big Island pf Hawaii leave visitors awestruck by their power. The glow of lava as it meets the ocean is an amazing sight. Our Fire Rock Pale Ale is inspired by this place with a bright copper color and rich roasted malt taste. Aloha!"; "Liquid Aloha".

I did as they directed and simply allowed the lava, I mean, liquid flow from the bottle and into my glass. This set up a pseudo-cascade which then settled into three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. As the head slowly fell, it left nice lacing in its wake. Nose had a light grapefruit-citrusiness to it along with a caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was intensely citrusy and probably pushes the envelope between an APA and an AIPA. As a self-avowed hophead, this was right in my wheelhouse, but for style mavens, it might be just a tad too hoppy. Finish was semi-dry with a light caramel sweetness kicking in to better align it with its style. I now await its release in CANs.

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Photo of mrjez
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a standard copper with small dissipating head, slight lacing on swishes.
S: I'm getting a pleasant whiff of pine off the top, sticking my nose in there are floral notes, and slightly sweet malt reminiscent of an English pale.
T: great balance in the taste. The malts present well, a little sweetness like the smell, and citrus comes through, subdued and hard to discern which but providing great support on the palate.
F: a tad chewy and oily on the backend, not a lot of bitter presence, but quite quaffable.
O: this was a training wheels beer for me and it was very nice to revisit it after a few years and my palate shifts. Still holds up very well.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is by far my favorite of the Kona beers. I was surprised that this beer was so flavorful seeing as it is a pale ale. I am not the biggest fan of pale ales but this guy is great. Pours into a glass looking just swell, smells fine tastes fantastic. Good beer I would recommend to a friend.

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Photo of Ryne0h
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this beer thinking that it would pair well with pizza. While I did thoroughly enjoy the beer overall, it did not pair well. The initial smell and taste were fantastic, but the beer was heavier than I anticipated. I will more than likely purchase this beer again.

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Photo of jhartley
2.06/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got on tap from a near by tavern. Served in a shaker pint glass.
Body was a clear golden amber color with a thin barely 1/2 finger head of small bubbles.
Got very little smell off of this one, what I did get reminded me an adjunct lager more than a pale ale.
Taste was very disappointing. Not even the littlest hint of any hops at all up front; small amount at the end. Was hoping for more from this, especially based on the ratings.
Very watery thin mouthfeel, not much at all in the way of a mouth filling flavor.
Overall a very disappointing beer, wouldn't look for this one again, unless of course it would be a freebie.

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Photo of Tastesalot
1.02/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: pale orange pour, foamy white head

S: wet cardboard, oxidation, corn

T: adjuncts, paper, off-flavors (especially off-bitterness)

M: watery, thin

O: This is without a doubt, the worst excuse for a beer I've ever had. It makes Rolling Rock taste good. I'm glad someone gave it to me to try, and that I did not actually spend any money on it. Heat may have gotten to this bottle, but even taking that into consideration, it still has no redeeming qualities. I'd give it an even lower rating if I could. Avoid.

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Photo of hreb
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated May1614, presumably from the Widmer/CBA/ABInBev facility. Beer pours orange amber in color and crystal clear, supporting a massive foamy head. Mild aroma of toasty malt. Flavor provides a decent fresh hop flavor, though certainly not a dominant one. A little bit grainy through the middle, with a relatively neutral finish.

I had this on draught in Maui, where it was presumably brewed at the Kona brewery, and I remember, while I had pretty low expectations, I was more impressed with the toasted barley flavor and crispness of this APA. In this form it is still totally drinkable, if unremarkable.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: bottle
Appearance: pale amber
Smell: nothing jumps out. Light biscuit
Taste: medium malt with lingering hop bitterness
Overall: solid beer. Can drink a few of these. No particular element jumps out and grabs you, but tasty just the same. Worth a try.

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Photo of alexrichman
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A> Poured from a 12oz into glassware. Pours a rich copper color that looks mostly clear and leaves a nice 2 finger head that slowly mellows out and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S> Good aroma but pretty faint. A lot of sweetness and tropical fruits come through.

T> Taste veers a lot more on the malty and sweet side then I was expecting. The malt comes through as sweet, dark bread, dried dark fruits, and a bit of toast. The hops are pretty mild but there is some pine and tropical hoppiness somewhere in there. Finishes on the sweet side.

M> Enjoyable in the mouth, nice thickness, ample carbonation, highly drinkable.

O> This APA's flavor profile was just a bit too malty without enough hop balance for my tastes. I enjoyed this beer but with the ample selection of APA's in Oregon I will probably not be returning to this brew anytime soon.

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Photo of hophugger
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

o, not a bad beer but seems to be lacking a little something. Cant quite put my finger on it. Good gold color and a nice head that slowly melts away with light lacing. Smell is light. Taste is good with a slightly fruity start and a light bready finish. Some light hop ending. A little more kick would take this beer to the next level. Nice job, though !!!

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Photo of Chaz
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant copper-golden in color, topped with a frothy, medium-tan head. Some chill haze. Head drops after a couple of minutes and leaves a fair amount of lacing -- so far, so good!

First thing I'll mention about the nose is that it is light on the C-hops (thankfully), so by my reckoning this is gonna be a rather "old-school" APA, and I can get down with that. Up front this one's very fruity; I get strawberry and green grapeskin, maybe some light honeydew melon... so I'd consider it to be a very approachable beer. Just a touch of a fairly familiar (but quite neutral) pale ale yeast strain on the end of the nose.

Sweet and fruity/juicy on the first sip, paired with a brisk and light-scrubbing of carbonation across the palate. Dry, biscuit malt character sneaks in toward the end of the drink, and a bittersweet dry character is indeed the lasting impression. Clean, dry finish.

On the lighter-bodied side but well-within the style parameters. Very good mouthfeel, and really in keeping with the overall character of this beer.

Overall, I'm trying not to be overly-critical of this beer, and I'm not failing at doing so. This one *does* hit all of the right notes for a beer in this style and would be on-par for an APA brewed by any professional setup of any size. But I look at some of the high marks this one gets and wonder if people aren't just amazed that A-B/I can produce a better than average APA on a very large scale?

No matter: This one is definitely (at least) average for the style, and probably better than average. Definitely worth a shot if you haven;t tried it yet, and it might even become a go-to for someone who hasn't yet written-off all of the beers brewed by CBA..

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Photo of Foyle
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 3/4" off white head recedes slowly, significant lacing, copper color with moderate carbonation
Aroma: significant malt presence, caramel, bread, some citrus hop aroma
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and sticky. Semi dry finish.
Flavor: very malt forward. Reminds me more of a scotch style ale than a traditional pale ale. nicely balanced between sweet caramel and bready malt combined with a noticeable citrus and earthy hop presence.
Overall: this is a very nice beer and I recommend it. Although it is session-able at 5.9% abv, it is also rather filling (nearly 180 calories in 12 oz serving).

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Photo of CASpencer
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice bottle design. Pours a nice copper color from a bottle into a pint glass. Head thin and doesn't linger. Aroma of lemon, raspberries, caramel, resin and alcohol. Refreshing initial alcohol that smooths into a decent amount of biscuity-malt and hops bitterness, ends with slight alcohol heat. Mild bodied. Easily drinkable and enjoyable. Would appreciate a little more taste depth, but for a simple pale ale this is quite good, and would be happy to have it again.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle in to snifter. Slightly off white head, decent lacing. Beautiful copper, amber colored...the two marry in a foggy hazy glaze, very pretty beer.

Molasses, honey and caramel on the nose...warm, sweet and inviting.

Medium carbonation, tiny bubbles burst upon the tongue...followed by a inviting sweet malty extravaganza. Dark molasses mingles with the layers of caramel, creamy cashews and macadamia nuts. A rather quick bitter finish then a pleasant touch of sweet burnt brittle is left on the lips.

I can't lie...I tend to think many pale ales are boring and lack character...that can not be said of this Kona brew. It's wonderful to look at and even better to drink...full of creamy, sweet in depth flavors...this is a very good PA...probably one of my favorites. Cheers!

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Photo of Mojo
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - pours up the same color as a new copper penny, with a small one finger head without any retention and not much in the way of lacing.

S - weak nose, mostly floral and biscuit

T - smooth tasting beer with some caramel malt, pine and citrus notes and a surprisingly hoppy finish

M - medium thickness, no real aftertaste

O - easy to drink. This would an excellent introductory beer for someone looking to make the transition from macro lagers into craft.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

In my opinion, this bear wasn't bad but not super great either. Just OK. I like Pale Ales and there's a nice amount of hops to this beer without being overly bitter. There's definitely a bit a malt too. The Fire Rock Pale Ale is very easy to drink, and would probably be a lovely addition to any summer tiki party.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.