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Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,688 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 27
Gots: 102 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-30-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, though not an outstanding pale
Galena, Cascade & Mt. Hood hops. Not so familiar with Galena.
Big carbonation was a bit much, but still getting the hops, they did not skimp, and a tad of fruitiness. This would be interesting on cask. Fruity colour with moderate off-white head. Drinkable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 05:39:54 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-19-2012 16:42:50 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a hazy brown with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bread/biscuit-like malt and some subdued hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest and floral hops up front with a solid malt backbone. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale with a nice balance between the malt and hops in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 17:35:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-19-2014 19:46:01 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a moderate orange-copper with a slight white head and not too much lacing. The nose brings some very, very mild hops along with some pale malt and light caramel. The taste pulls back so that the hops are nearly non-existent, not even to the level of a mild. Fairly light feel without really any bitterness. No off flavors and the malt is fairly nice, but not what I expect from an APA.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 12:02:00 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Particulate-laden, medium orangish amber. I had this bottle stored on its side so I must have kicked up the yeast in the process of getting it into the glass. The head is rich cream in color with big rounded craters on top, has fairly good retention and deposits fat, broken rings of lace.

It smells like both American- and English-type hops are in use. I can pick out orange and grapefruit zesty notes as well as herbal, earthy ones. I have the exact same impression after tasting. The flavor is an Anglo-American mix that just has to be due to a combination of hops from those two countries.

The malt backbone is as solid as a (fire) rock. It's certainly more substantial than in most beer of this style. There's a fair amount of butterscotchy, caramel-like flavor to go along with the citric fruitiness of the hops. The finish is increasingly bitter and is on the lengthy side thanks to the medium-full APA body.

Fire Rock Pale Ale is malty, hoppy and just plain good. I'd love to drink it on-tap, as fresh as possible. Of course that would necessitate a trip to the islands, a sacrifice that I'd be willing to make for the good of my vocation.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 14:36:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly faded away into delicate lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: The smell has light aromas of citrusy hops and toasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of bready, caramel and toasted malts, which are accompanied by a slight amount of sweetness. A slight amount of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is quite easy to drink; I could easily have several of them in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 23:34:26 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a modest head that leaves some lace shards around the pint glass

Smell: Grainy aroma with some citrusy notes

Taste: Starts out with a slightly fruity but doughy flavor that builds in herbal bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a flash of citrus, but the malt remains prominent; the finish is slightly harsh with some mineral elements, but there remains a subtle underlying honey-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite some of the harsh flavors, I rather like this beer and its peculiar complexities

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 23:56:07 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-04-2011 22:27:27 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the last time I stopped into I was shocked to see this one sitting on the shelves. I had heard we were getting Kona, I just did not think it was coming so soon. Poured this one into a pint glass straight out of the fridge and served it for dinner last night. A nice bright golden amber color with crystal clear clarity came out of the bottle. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent throughtout the session with chains of bubbes rippling up through the glass. A nice two inch hight pillow of white foam then came over the top and settled down qucikly leaving a bare centered crown in its wake. No appreciable side glass lace, but still a more the decent look to it.

The aroma was light with hints of light citrus, lemon mostly mixed in on top of a cereal grain filled base. Lots of whaeat and light earthy aromas blending in, but as it warmed a light hop presenced was dulled out way in the back, the aroma overall though was far too light to be really a knockout in any way. A nicel ight, crisp, and clean flavor was then produced. It was a classic light pale ale flavor, clean with a light wheat base, some light floral, citrus notes spprinkled through, orange, light lemon grass, especially in the finish. Great mouthfeel, with a carbonation that held thoughout the session. Easy drinkability as the flavors were light, crisp and clean, with almost no aftertaste. I could easily session this one over the course of a night.

Overall while not really spectacular, this was definitly a solid offering all around. There is no really I could not put down more then a few and this is not a bad offering for a BBQ or to get someone into craft beer a little bit more. I would go for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 13:43:11 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10%

02-10-2013 15:04:56 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the bottle, I thought it went a bit 'flat' and thin too quickly. Tried it last night on tap and was quite impressed. The body stood up better throughout the durration of the glass. Creamy, bready, rich and full from start to finish. Caramel, toasted sweetness balances with spicy American hops, a tough of ginger and nutmeg. The head retention and carbonation remained consistently firm. A much better experience with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2006 13:12:15 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A fairly clear orange/amber color with almost no head and no lacing.

S: Very citrus forward, mostly orange. Caramel malt in the background.

T: Fairly sweet, citrus, not really too much bitterness until a bit on the finish.

M: Light-medium body with very little carbonation.

D: Not an outstanding beer, but it's an easy drinking beer that you could have a few of.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 07:11:46 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

09-15-2013 02:36:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

09-04-2013 22:57:53 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body capped by a small, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts and fragrant citrus. Keepin' it simple at Kona. I like that.

Taste: Standard pale maltiness with a mild sweetness. Citrusy hops with a medium, balancing bitterness. Lingering bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, albeit basic pale ale. I'm sure it'd be 100% better to be enjoying this beer in its home state.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 06:35:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-03-2012 03:48:42 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-04-2013 02:21:16 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: half finger head on a crimson with golden hues body. poor head retention.

S: pretty light on the nose with hops being scarce and mostly malts.

T: the hops are weak and provide mostly and floral note. This one is pretty malty with a subtle bitterness throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: under hoped even by an APA standard.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 00:51:03 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-08-2013 00:47:49 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To my knowledge this is the first Hawaiian beer I have had,poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter copper with a tight formed 1/2 white head that settled into a somewhat frothy mass.Very light aromas I did get a little spike of piney hop at bottle opening but it faded quickly to just a hint of tasted malt,very balanced pale here a big toasty cereal-like malt presence up front with a touch of caramel that melds into a piney-citric finish that lingers nicely.A balanced pale ale that is food friendly went well with a pizza with spicy sauce,not over the top flavor wise but very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 22:14:05 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-17-2011 06:52:22 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking golden yellow color. The head was fluffy and white. The lacing is decent but nothing too great. The smell of the beer had a good amount of hops and malts. The taste was nicely balanced. The malts were sweet and the hops were lightly citrusy. The mouthfeel was crisp, clean and refreshing. Overall this beer is pretty good. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 01:28:43 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ted Nugent sets rocks on fire. Get used to it. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by a finger of lightly off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild pine needles, mild caramel, and light orange rind. The taste brings in more of the same, with more orange and a touch of flowers. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice, if not altogether distinguished, brew. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 04:45:31 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a foamy, off-white, one-finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of grass and malt.

T - It tasted of sweet roasted malt. It also had a nice spicy hop bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A very nice APA. It is the best of the 3 Kona beers that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 17:07:09 | More by zeff80
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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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