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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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1,650 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 25
Gots: 83 | 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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Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale is not so pale.

I was surprised, it poured a dark amber color.
The head was off white and left some lacing on the sides of my glass.

Smells really good. Citrus hops and roasted malts.

The taste is of roasted malts that is perfectly off set by the hop bitterness.

The beer is a little on the heavy side, but easily drinkable.

The mouthfeel is hard to describe. Not watery, not creamy, but has an oiliness that coats the mouth and leaves a bitter but pleasant after taste.

A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 20:37:58 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of Jerone


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

A - Amber/caramel beer with some tiny bubbles and a one finger head that fades slowly.

S - Malt and citrusy hops on the nose.

T - At first it is slightly sweet from the malt and then you get the hops that are mostly citrus with some floral notes.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - Eh, nothing special, quite a bit of better apa's to be found easily.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 21:06:26 | More by Jerone
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear copper with half a finger of white head.

Smell. Light grains, a little citrus and caramel.

Taste. Light toasty grains, a little citrus and bitter hops. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Good pale ale. Noting too exciting, but a solid pale for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 03:37:25 | More by Rutager
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber, with a rich tan head. Limited, but pleasant spoke lacing.

Nose is malty sweet, with only a slight nod to the citrus hops I'd expect to be prominent.

Taste is well-balanced -- the hops are muted by a profound malt profile.

Tasty, but far less hoppy than other pale ales, Fire Rock is an easy drinker and pleasing, but not stunning.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 03:03:32 | More by secondtooth
Photo of setexascustoms


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Deep amber, deeper and not as clear as I expected. A half inch of head that dissipated quickly and leave little lacing.

S- Biscuity roasted malts, balanced out by floral hops. Again, not what I expected.

T- Again, biscuity roasted malts with a slight sweetness. Balanced by floral, herbal hops but not much bitterness. Clean finish with a slight dryness.

M- Medium bodied with nice lifting carbonation.

O- A pleasant departure from typical pale ale. Could maybe use a little more bitterness; but it's clean, refreshing and sessionable. I reckon it'd make a good palate cleanser. If I ever am fortunate enough to find my self in Hawaii I know one beer I'll order with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 23:52:14 | More by setexascustoms
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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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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

355ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured an amber colour. Light tan head poured quite loose and faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation and very little lacing...

Aroma - Grassy and piney hops, good caramel maltiness, faint nuttiness, some light buttery traces, ground pepper, floral honey notes, some herbal hints, some saltiness, grapefruit and citrus fruitiness...

Taste - Quite malty first then the piney and grassy hops come to the fore... some sweet honey traces, grapefruit and orange fruitiness, toasted bread traces, quite floral, some saltiness, the faintest of metallic notes..

M&D - Quite crisp and dry... light / medium bodied... Very refreshing and drinkable and pretty sessionable...

Overall - A pretty decent APA - nothing groundbreaking just a good, clean well made APA... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 08:11:42 | More by mdagnew
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a small head that fades slowly to decent lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and mild citrus with a bit of malt sweetness.

T: Starts with a mild sweetness up front that fades to a nice bitterness that continues through to the finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp and refreshing. Well balanced.

O: I normally do not associate beer with Hawaii but what the heck, this is good stuff. Looking forward to trying other Kona beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 18:14:46 | More by soju6
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West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a hazy amber with a minimal off-white head. Lacing is non-existant.

S - Earthy malts, grassy with some floral hops.

T - Sweet malt up front slowly fades to a hoppy bitterness, carmel, toffee & butterscotch.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

D - Very decent beer. A little sweet, and a little lacking in hops. A very nice malty pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:11:45 | More by MaxBrewell
Photo of Knapp85


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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New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Fantastic body. Bright orange, copper and bronze. Light off-white head sits low with poor, but hangs around with nice retention.

S – Fresh leaves, honey suckle, and a touch of tart apricot marmalade.

T – Acidic and mineral opening. Herbal, earthy hop center. A brisk smack of alpha-oil bitterness and wax brings around a bitter-sweet marmalade finish.

M – Light/medium body is smooth with a nice carbonation. Lightly dry finish.

O – A solid pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 21:02:40 | More by vfgccp
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3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with a very tiny tan head.
The smell is rich of sweet maltiness, not what I was expecting. I hope the beer tastes like it smells.
The taste is a bit better than many other American Pale Ales I've had, but it still has many of the unpleasant flavours that I don't like in my beer. Namely, apricot, grass, wheat-like flavours, and a bit of yeastiness. The good thing about this beer is that it's got some sweet maltiness to balance it. Many pale ales are light in colour, body and flavour to bring out those nasty hop flavours, allowing them to even further dominate the beer. Luckily, this beer has some balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 04:51:54 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of HeightsEats


4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lisa's Pizzeria in Rodanthe, NC. Pours a deep golden color with a minimal head. Aroma is sweet and slightly bready. Flavor is clean but complex with a distinct, almost fruity caramel followed by a dry but not overly bitter hop finish. Unique, tasty and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 19:58:11 | More by HeightsEats
Photo of GeorgeAldi

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-gold pour with a thin white head. Aroma is mostly pale malts, a bit of bready malts and a bit of fruitiness. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Flavor is clean, if not a bit mild. Not a whole lot of hop character. Slight bitterness on the finish. Maybe I’m imagining it, but it does taste sorta "Hawaiian". Maybe there’s some pineapple in there? Overall not bad. I wasnt really expecting much from a Hawaiian brewery but this is a pretty good session ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:49:22 | More by GeorgeAldi
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely orange/golden with plenty of highlights when held to the light and an ample off-white head.

Aroma: rather mild with a character of an average but light Pale Ale: perhaps some English or Asian influence here.

T - a nice fruity and acceptably sweet taste but too sweet and insufficient hops to score well as a PA.

M - Medium-light body; good carbonation; very smooth

O - very pleasant and easy drinking, especially on a hot day. A fruity but low-hop PA.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 15:34:17 | More by chinchill
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2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out with hardly any head at all and quickly dissapates into no head at all. Very bright copper color, Shows alot of carbonation at first than dies down rapidly. Smells very sweet which throws you off when you take your first drink and get the overwhelming bitterness of an IPA, not what i normally expect in an APA. This beer is very smooth going down, that was probably my favorite part of this beer. Overall my opinion is biased based on the fact i am not the biggest fan of this bitter of a beer but if thats your cup of tea than i would suggest it to you. I am a fan of Kona's longboard and other beers so just shop around their different selections. overall a great brew just not mine.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 00:03:19 | More by 24Beer92
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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice little brew here...

Piney hop aromas mingle with a sweet caramel toffee maltiness to blend together quite nicely... Very hop forward with the balsam/pine aspects taking the forefront....

Tangy piney hoppiness rules the day here with a strong malt backbone coming in a close second... Pretty good flavors with this one.

Pleasantly surprised

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 02:24:24 | More by Tilley4
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. 6% ABV according to label. bottled on JUN 7, 2011 (about 2 months old). label looks like a hollister ad.

pours out a nice orange copper color with a 1-2 finger white head that faded to a thick retentive layer. some light spotty lace. fairly clear body, just the slightest bit cloudy.

the initial aroma is very metallic. behind that there is some strange fruity smell i dont quite have a name for, apricot?, and hints of grainy, caramel malt.

a lot of the same in the taste. quite metallic, wierd off fruity apricot, a little citrus hop balanced by a grainy, biscuity malt. finishes fairly bitter like your standard pale ale.

lighter side of medium bodied, decent feeling carbonation. slightly resinous.

very metallic and too many off flavors here to make this enjoyable. behind all of this, i can taste a decent pale ale. not something i would ever come back to or recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 19:27:33 | More by dogfishandi
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ontap in a plastic cup.
A: reddish ruddy amber. Nice lasting creamy light tan head.
S: caramel, toffee, and light hop aromas-piney, earthy, grapefruity?
T: light to medium sweet caramel malts are well balanced by a smooth hop bitterness.
M: nice and frothy. Light to medium body.
O: not bad, woulda liked more hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 19:44:44 | More by MrMcGibblets
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3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. 17 MAY 2011 stamped on label.

A: Cloudy copper with a nice off-white head that sticks around and leaves excellent lacing.

S: Strong oily hops aroma and a bit of honey.

T: Hops up front with caramel roasted malt and biscuit following up strongly. A very pronounced roast flavor, with a caramel sweetness following. Enjoyable.

M: Solid malt backbone, smooth throughout, hops up front and at the finish, and a pleasantly dry finale.

O: A good APA. Sweeter with more of a malt presence than the average APA.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 04:49:50 | More by tito42
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New Jersey

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

This was the second Kona beer that I picked up at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge recently. I didn't expect this to be like other Pale Ales that I've tried and as soon as I poured it out of the bottle, I knew that that would be the case. This had a nice fiery-reddish hue to it to go along with the name of the beer, and the aroma wasn't overwhelming with hops like so many other offerings in this style. Nevertheless, I thought this was great and a welcome change from what I've had lately!

The head didn't last long on this beer and the lacing was minimal too, at best. Caramel hit me up front but not enough to make this beer feel sticky. It faded nicely into the roasted notes that had some currant and dark plum underneath. The hops were not that strong and could be felt in the aftertaste, which came and went like one of the low-tide waves on the big island itself. This felt a bit like a Belgian IPA with the mild strength of the alcohol and the flavors that went with it, and the carbonation was just enough to felt when this beer was swished.

I thought there was just a bit more alcohol in this than what it was in actuality. It wasn't so much in the taste, but in the warmth that I could feel it. Like a few others, I was disappointed to find out that Kona's beers are brewed on the U.S. mainland but nevertheless, this is certainly worth a shot since there's nothing quite like it on the shelf at your retailer. Those who like darker and moderately stronger Pale Ales with a good mouthfeel and mild flavors will delight in this beer, just like I did!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 16:09:49 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant looking amber brew with orange and yellow highlights. The head isn't very impressive due to a lack luster showing of suds. Dismal as the head my be the beer still looks clear crisp and refreshing or maybe I'm reacting to the 105 thermometer outside. A glass of mud would be refreshing in this heat.

Back to the brew we have a very lovely smelling pale ale. Good fresh malts paired with a bouquet of citrusy hops. Not overly fragrant but nice and clean. Can't wait to dive in.

The flavor is good but not great. The malt bill and the hops follow through from the nose but are subdued to the point of being washed out. The flavor is slightly off balance with a bigger emphasis on the grain then the hop. Slightly disappointed.

The mouthfeel adds to the disjointed theme of the beer with a super solid bitterness that doesn't have the flavor to back it up. This could be a great beer but it just comes up a little short. I'm happy to have tried it but wouldn't come back to this APA.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 20:23:12 | More by jbphoto88
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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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New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked Mar2311-15:36 NH. The pour is amber-copper with a quick fizzy head that dissolves almost instantly. Roasted caramel malts and some light hops are noted in the aroma. The body is thin but not watered down. There is a solid malty character in the taste with a slightly dry hopped ending. But there is this faint berry like fruit character in the background.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:24:49 | More by puboflyons
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a rich amber color with a finger thick head that takes a good long time to melt, with lingering lacing. The smell says "HOPS!" with some hint of malt behind it. The taste doesn't quite deliver the promise of the smell, but is still pretty good for a pale ale. Nice crisp finish with a lingering of hops on the palate that makes you go back for more. Personally, my favorite pale ale is from another brewer, but would this stop me from getting this one again, or recommending it? Definitely not. Glad I bought a sixer so I can have more..

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 07:22:13 | More by FrankenBeerStein
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.