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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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1,935 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,935
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 37
Gots: 226 | 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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Packaging states that this was bottled on "09/26/12," meaning this is over 4 months old at this point.

Color is an orangish-amber, filled with ripe tones produced by the malts, and plenty of syrupy goodness to boot. Carbonation is relatively decent, although there wasn't that much of a head overall. Lacing gently rests on the glass's walls, and bubbles seem to be abundant even as this warms up. Looks mellow overall, but afraid if this might be too old at this point.

Getting plenty of cascade hops on the nose, alongside another gentle plunge of citrus that resembles most closely orange peel. Lots of strong caramel and honey notes here, however. Usually this is the case as these beers get a little older in the bottle, but it doesn't smell too yeasty or boozy at this point. There's a little bit of hefty yeast notes that rise at the back of the neck after each large whiff, yet this seems pretty balanced overall, and indeed, as mellow as the appearance was in the beginning.

The flavor starts off slightly bitter, with some of the hoppy notes coming through, but is quickly replaced by biscuit, toasted malts melded with brown sugar and candied honey. A little bit of spiciness catches me by surprise, often resembling cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Fruity notes are not too tropical, but they do seem to resemble apricots when they're not too citrusy. It's pretty balanced and easy to consume overall, especially given the syrup-like character and simple aftertaste despite all of the flavors. A little bit of alcohol burn gets you as well, which also came as a surprise.

This is a bare bones pale ale for sure, but some of the hoppy characteristics are different here, definitely in ways that I haven't found in the APA style before. While not in-your-face in any way, indeed, its balanced nature is what I enjoy about it. I will try more beers from Kona Brewing Co. in the future.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with a one finger white head that receded to a ring of white lace. It looks like a typical filtered American Pale Ale, not bad, but not really the point of the beer. Scents of citrus pith, grapefruit, pine, light floral aromas and tropical fruit. Not near as intense as in a standard West Coast IPA, but a very similar, more nuanced and subdued version of the scent profile. Quite nice. Taste is mildly bitter, with pine resin, grapefruit pith, some faint grassy and floral hop notes, and a bitter finish. There is a nice, yet subdued caramel malt backbone keeping the flavor balanced. It's not too sweet, nor too bitter, very true to the style. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-drying finish. It's nice and easy to drink, but maybe a bit too light and a little too drying, overall quite nice though. Overall this is a pretty good pale ale. It's not the best in it's style by a long shot, but it's not bad and a good choice when nothing else is around.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label bottling date of Oct 30, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper amber orange with lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nicely floral and malty aroma. Solid hop presence with hints of floral and grassy hops and some citrus orange peel and lemon. Subtle pine spice. Strong malt scents with good hints of grains, biscuit, crackers, yeast, caramel, and toffee. Smells nicely bready and earthy. A solid mix of malts and hops that you expect in a Pale Ale.

Taste: A solid mix of bready malts, floral and citrus hops like the smell hints. A nice mix of floral, grassy, and piney hops with a kick of citrus orange, lemon, and a little grapefruit. A nice balance of bready malts with notes of wheat grains, biscuit, crackers, yeast, caramel, and toffee. A pretty solid balance of hops and malts. Bready and nicely drying.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, clean, and smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A solid Pale Ale. Pretty standard for the style, but good.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,935 ratings.