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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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1,677 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,677
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 96 | 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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Alberta (Canada)

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

This is my first beer from the state of my conception! (I know, TMI...) Nice little Hawaiian language lesson under the cap: 'Kia'i ola', which apparently means 'lifeguard'.

This beer pours a clear golden medium amber hue, with one finger of soapy off-white head, which dissipates quickly, leaving decent layers of thin lace around the glass. It smells of biscuity, fruity malt, with some floral, earthy hop undertones. The taste is toasted, crackery, mildly sweet caramel malt, and herbal, dusty hops. The carbonation is moderate and unobtrusive, the body medium weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes dry, clean, and kind of light and airy.

Not a bad pale ale, more British session ale in style than anything, excepting the 6 points of booze, none of which is at all evident.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 21:46:24 | More by biboergosum
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kona's fresh, floral, and citrusy hops are evident in the nose as you admire its dark-gold/amber body and frothy "vanilla" head. The flavor is a bit more malty, however, but it's nicely balanced and has just the right amount of hop flavor to keep you interested. The bitterness is solid enough to balance its lightly bready malt, and it lingers a bit in the finish with a smattering of citrusy and floral hop flavors. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 22:11:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, reddish-copper colored body. The head settlesrapidly and leaves light lace.

S - musty pine hops and some caramel malt.

T - sweet malt up front with some toasted notes. Caramel and herbal hops in the middle. Finishes with sweet, bready malt and more toasty caramel.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweety finish.

D - not bad, a bit heavy for the style with a darker malt profile than most pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:51:52 | More by nickfl
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Rhode Island

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

On-tap 4/15/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel up front, followed by a good hops presence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while, but overall it's just an average pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2009 14:16:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-23-2013 06:02:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear tangerine countenance, suitable creamy froth holds it down.
Citric aroma, with toasty, caramel-apple tones, but overall, bitter notes and orange/lemon flavors dominate.
Smooth and crisp, with a prevailing hoppy bite. Nicely fruity, quite quenching. Bright berrries join other fruity associations.
Medium bodied, but a bit too watery and thin, with a soft, fading finish, that pleases the palate plenty before it leaves, letting the tongue rest briefly on the warm, round, appealing taste.
Very easy drinker, but could stand to have a bit more depth.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 10:42:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Born on date od 14 dec 05, made in oregon still???

Pours caramel to orange, with a 3 fingers+ rocky as hell offwhite head. Head retention and lacing are average

Smell:: Malty sweetness, piney hops, followed by some caramel

Taste: Rich fruitiness, piney/floral hops& caramel dance together. A nice hoppy/bitter & slight dry/finishing finish

MF: Slight thickness with good carbonation. Great balance in this beer

Very drinkable, great session ale. When fresh,I highly reccomend this, a very well put together PA! Or as they'd say on the big island: onolicious!!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 06:10:10 | More by russpowell
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West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper hue forms a vibrant white head with thin streaks of lacing left between each sip. Aromatics offered here are built largely between floral and sharp acidic citrus notes from the hops. A very mild metallic twang with some smooth caramel malt sweetness evident. Flavor brings excellent balance to the palate healthy dose of hops make their presence felt on the palate throughout each sip, but the malts bring out enough nutty caramel biscuit sweet notes to make the barrage of citrus and flowery hop flavors and bitterness manageable. A beer I tried at least five years ago on draft out at the Yardhouse it's always nice to reacquaint with an old friend, this is definitely a solid all around pale ale. Mouthfeel doesn't get to oily but I will call it slightly slick with hop oils moderate even carbonation flows smooth nothing abrasive about this pale. Drinkability it's at the high end of the sessionable abv limit but damn if I had a twelve pack of this I would definitely enjoy a few of these without any problems.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 20:04:20 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard ale glass.
A - Copper w/ 3 finger off white head that leaves an average amount of lace

S - A pleasing, exciting aroma of crystal malts and cascade hops. An after scent of piney hops comes through with a gentle swirl

M - Medium bodied w/ a citric hop feel. Maltiness gives a nice balance with a sweet finish.

T - A masterful blend of citric hops. A nice pale ale since the taste has woodiness, crystal malt flavor with nutty and dry tastes, but still sweet enough to balance the bitterness that all the flavoring hops have to offer.

D - A great tasting pale ale. So well balanced and this version deserves its place among the top American pale ales

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 00:55:37 | More by Slatetank
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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try Kona for a while now, and it finally made it to MA.

A: Pouring into my SA perfect pint glass with a healthy pour yields a very small head covering that fades quickly despite a huge number of bubbles rising from the etch in the bottom. Aside from the billion bubbles blocking the view, it's pretty clear with an auburn amber toasty orange brown color.

N: Mostly a slightly sweet malty toasted aroma. Some light English style bittering hops seem to caress the aroma along with a touch of some fruity American hops. The hops are very light on the nose though, but it has some nice subtle aromas.

T: Starts again with a malty kick, mostly some lighter malts, a little crystal, maybe Munich. A touch of toasty roasted sweetness in the malt category. Then comes the bitterness and some hop kick. A slight chewy and fruity American hop kick, with more English hop flavors. Slight pale malt flavors. A slight citrus flavor as well comes with the pale hop flavors.

M: Medium to lighter body with a little lower than expected carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly pale bitter, with a little citrus, acidity, and some more of those fruity hops. A slight sweetness that seems to stay but it also seems to dry off a bit with the pale bitterness. Despite all the nice flavor it also seems to have a nagging off flavor bitterness, some hop characteristic that I'm not really digging, or it seems more like a burnt malt bitter flavor that doesn't go well with a pale ale. I think the biggest problem is the trip over here from the brewery, which is quite a long trip, probably harsh on the beer. If I'm ever over there I'll def drop in to try some fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 02:05:10 | More by jlindros
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden, almost amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale, Carapils, and crystal malts. There are some light bisquit notes as well. Hops are present, but mild in comparison. The taste is decent as well. It has a moderate bitterness along with a solid malt character. I'm not a huge fan of the malts used in this one. It's got a lot going on, but maybe a bit too much for a simple APA. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 21:56:51 | More by WesWes
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3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber color with a very small white head. The aroma has some orange and mango notes as well as some bread and biscuit malt. The flavor is orange citrus, as well as some flowery and perfume-like hops, mixed with biscuit malt. Low bitterness. The mouthfeel is about medium and the carbonation is pretty low. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:58:50 | More by Mora2000
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3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a mostly clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma is simple: fair balance of pale malts and slightly citrusy hops. Again in the taste, decent balance of malts and hops up front, but the maltiness soon comes to dominate, leaving a bit of staleness in the finish. Medium body, and decent for the style.

FYI Kona comes from Portsmouth Brewery in New Hampshire, not Hawaii, contrary to popular belief.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 01:30:53 | More by Rifugium
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-17-2012 15:25:59 | More by SocalKicks
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3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color in the chalice. Some coarse foam but not a lot. Good nose of resin and pine. First sip is suprisingly good-- lots of flavor. Plenty of malt and some nice . Bitterness takes over the other flavors.

Aromatics are good. Each sip starts out promisingly, but I think it's just over-hopped with an unpleasant variety. I wish for a nicer creamy carbonation as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 04:07:17 | More by mactrail
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3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy gold color with a tan head that disappears after a bit. There is a hoppy aroma of candid citrus fruit, malt, and a hint of alcohol. Sweetish with a nice toasted biscuits and malt flavor up front. This beer finishes with a solid hop flavor and a nice sharp bitterness. I get notes of toffee, orange, hay, tropical fruit, and herbs. This is a pretty good pale, light bodied, and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 18:37:45 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle on Aug. 30, 2006 (three months before tasting)
Pours bright copper with a thin head that soon becomes a thin patch before virtually disappearing.

The smell is bready with flresh, floral citrus. It's quite thin, but what is there is decent.

The taste is of chewy, bready and cirtusy hops upfront. Sweet caramel and honey soon enter and balance out the hops more and more as the drink progresses. A slight hint of tea-leaf in the middle. By the end, the malt catches up to the hops, surpassing it in the end to leave a honey-like sweet finish.

The feel is of a chewy creaminess. Smooth with a solid medium body.

This is a fine interpretation of a classic APA. It is well-balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. The alcohol was well-covered. Nothing particular "wowed" me, and I was considering a 3.5 for flavor, but decided, especially after another, that is just makes the higher score because, while the taste is mild, it is nice and has some complexity to it. I recommend this one if you are in the mood for an easy drinking, well-balanced pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 20:16:47 | More by jwc215
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-22-2011 18:00:32 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, listed as 6%,

A: Pours a cherry red, with a small white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Light mix of citrus a toasty malt.

T: Roasted biscuit and bread takes a sharp bite as the beer first enters the mouth. Then the hops come out - flavours of bitter pine at first, and light grapefruit. Good flavour overall, but not as full-bodied as I would have liked.

M: Fairly light-bodied, watery at times, but solid enough.

D: A pretty good beer from Kona, easy drinking beer from Hawai'i, even at 6%.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 02:44:02 | More by Halcyondays
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive three-finger head that leaves nice ring lace on the glass. Hazy, neutral amber color. Head dies slowly.

Extreme caramel aroma; reminds me of cotton candy. No hop; no alcohol to the nose.

Mostly malty with lots of biscuity and grainy flavors. Light hop shows up on the swallow and the aftertaste. Very full bodied for the style. Moderate carbonation.

In the end, there's too much candy (but still not sweet) to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 23:03:30 | More by smcolw
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United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noticed this on the beer list at the Burger Bar (Las Vegas) and thought, why not, how often do I see a beer from Hawaii?

Clear amber with an off-white head, looked almost like a pale ale from the UK.

I was expecting the aroma to be purely hops (as so many US pales seemed to be), but this had a malt content along side the citrusy notes from the hops.

The flavour was an intermix of the aforementioned malts and hops, with the hops winning in strenght, but only just.

The aftertaste was interesting, I got mild grapefruit esters as my mouth dried, not unpleasant, but unexpected.

All in all, not bad, plus I get to tick off another state as I attempt to drink around the world and the states of America.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 07:58:48 | More by BlackHaddock
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a fluffy 2" head. Light amount of carbonation bubbles slowly rise to the surface.

Smell: light caramel and floral hops are detectable.

Taste: caramel, light orange citrus, and a floral bitternss makes up a basic APA. Flavors are a bit muted but pleasant.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is very brief. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff - a definite session beer. But one may become a bit bored with this after a few.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 13:56:42 | More by Gavage
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

08-22-2013 13:40:51 | More by beernads
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2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly low.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a clear caramel.

Sm: Floral notes, hops, and light caramelized malt. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Quite hoppy, with some floral and caramel tones. Nothing special. Fairly bland for a pale ale, but has some flavour. It's balanced and built alright. Largely uninspired and boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet, roughly suiting the flavours. A touch too thin.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but also forgettable. Even fans of the style won't find this particularly appealing. I'd try it on draught, but Kona needs to step up their game if they want to really make good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 05:58:45 | More by kojevergas
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3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/21/04- Given to me by a friend that was visiting in Hawaii.

Appearance- Nice inch+ head. Beautiful lacing all the way through the whole beer and a nice dark gold/amber color.

Smell- Didn't have a huge scent. Hops and some floral and spicy notes.

Taste- At first taste I thought to myself....Am I drinking Sierra Nevada? But as I kept drinking I saw that the hops were not as bitey and not as much pine-hoppy tastes in ther either. Nice bit of malt and pretty nice hops. Subtle hops.

Mouthfeel- Goes down smoothly, not a lot of aftertaste and good level of carbonation.

Drinkability- A pretty nice pale ale. If you want something with a bit less bite than Sierra Nevada, grap this one for a try. Could be a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 20:56:58 | More by GClarkage
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,677 ratings.