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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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1,652 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,652
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 25
Gots: 84 | 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

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Photo of mytireisfat


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

P: 12oz tall brown bottle. date: June 10 10

A: One finger head, that retains well. no lacing. Amber color.

S: Caramel malts, hops, sweetness.

T: A Good hops flavor to this one. Slight roasted malts.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink. great rounded beer. really enjoyed it!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 20:04:29 | More by mytireisfat
Photo of Haybeerman


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

A: Clear copper color. Poured a 2 fingger creamy off-white head that slowly dissipated to a almost a 1 finger skim. Patchy lacing most of the way down.

S: Toffee and bread. A little citrus zest; a hint af vanila.

T: Sweet and malty; predominantly the toffee flavor like in the nose. Hop character is muted; primarily citrussy. Long, lingering bitter to balance.

M: Medium body. Maderate carbonation. Flavorful and balanced. Smooth and creamy.

D: Flavorful and balanced. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 23:17:44 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of sjverla


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

Nose: Sweet and malty. A faint ring of hops at the end.

Appearance: Rich copper. Thin head with minimal lacing.

Taste: Sweet and malty with a toffee-like richness. It almost becomes cloying. Grassy notes and faint bitterness come in at the end, that transform into a minerally tin flavor.

Feel: Bright and big. The carbonation reaches high towards the nose.

Overall: B- Almost too sweet. Not well-balanced. Could benefit from more hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 01:03:43 | More by sjverla
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New Hampshire

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

12oz single for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord NH. Label stamped as bottled on 060910 (June 9 2010).

A: Copper colored brew generates 1/2" of tan foam that settles slowly to a respectable layer and a big meniscus around the glass. Generates a little lace as I sip it.

S: Big buttery toffee nose, tons of diacetyl. After it breathes a bit, maybe some floral and hoppy notes emerging, but still the toffee clearly dominates.

T: Smooth and creamy, diacetyl and vanilla on a moderately sweet malt backbone. Like the ice cream part of a root beer float. Hops are present but subdued, definitely take a back seat, just a subtle rounded citrus, maybe as mellow as apricot.

M/D: Moderately thick, very creamy, soft carbonation, no alcohol detected. Highly drinkable , a bit heavy, very enjoyable. Not a typical APA, not by a long shot... too creamy and not enough hops. But very tasty nonetheless. Reminds me of a Yankee Candle my college roommate used to burn, sugar cookie or something like that. I don't think the Fire Rock name fits, unless it refers to lava burning through a warehouse full of vanilla beans.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 01:39:50 | More by BeerNinja007
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3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 03.10.10.

Poured into a taller pint glass. Presents about a finger of head. Brew is caramel in color.

The first smell I got was brown sugar but after a little reflection I get a real cotton candy smell. Wish I was at a minor league park with a dog and some cracker jack's.

Carbonation is mild in the mouth. Lots of bubbles rising in the glass.

Taste of caramel and nice malt. Just a hint of bitterness in te aftertaste.

I'd recommend this beer on a hot day on the lake. It is pretty darn hot right now. I got this bottle in a pick-6 at the store an I think I'll snag a sixes soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 23:20:42 | More by wmthorne
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great color coming out of the bottle and very clear look in the glass. Nice coppery tone and about a finger head.

The aroma is light with some fruity accents that aren't overwhelming. Not too strong but there is enough there to entice the palate.

Taste surprised me a little but in a good way. There was a light hoppy flavor that went down easy.

Overall not a mind blowing pale ale but it wasn't half bad. Very smooth but not completely bland and undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 22:41:36 | More by ssalgado
Photo of Wilson27


3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank July 2010 - bottled on April 28th 2010
Bottle --> Pint Glass

Pour was nice, good 1-2 finger head.
Very nice light amber color, clear.
Head dissolved quickly. The nose has a nice sweet quality to it. Mouth feel is not very full, about a 3 out of 5.

Initial Taste - Present but not overboard hop taste, that lingers a bit. A bit sweet at first but finishes with a bit of a sourdough flavor.
After Taste - Slow finish, the sweetness stays a bit and the hops stick around.
After After Taste - It finishes nicely, the hops stay in the mouth a bit.

Overall - I had my doubts about a beer from Hawaii. However, it was a nice experience. First brew from this brewery and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 01:56:42 | More by Wilson27
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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on March 29, 2010 at 3:42pm. I love how they print precise dates on every bottle!

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Careful pour yielded about 3mm of white, sticky foam. Body is orange-amber, hazy, and displays gentle carbonation. Head quickly recedes to a thin, splotchy crown and holds that form for the duration of the tasting. Very light lacing.

Smell: Caramel, pineapple, orange peel, and moist pine were the only four aromas that I could detect. The mix remained pretty consistent over the course of the session. Good combo though.

Taste: Caramel, toasted bread, orange rind, and pine come through first. As time passes, the taste (especially in the finish) becomes more earthy, toasty, bitter and dry. Nothing spectacular, but nicely balanced and pretty tasty. I dig.

Mouthfeel: Malty, medium-bodied, delicately carbonated, and flavorful. Just the right amount of bitterness; balances nicely with the malt. Finishes a bit dry, with an aftertaste that could use a little work (wish it was sweeter and more flavorful).

Drinkability: I've gone through quite a few of these since arriving on the Big Island three days ago. While not thrilling or particularly special, this is a solid pale ale. One of my favorites from Kona Brewing. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 05:15:41 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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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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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby brown with a small tan head. Head falls to nothing. Not much lace.

Mild hop aroma. Somewhat sweet.

Hops in the taste yet sweet at the same time. Ends mild s very mild bitterness.

Medium bodied with average carbonation.

Not too bad. Fairly easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 17:52:56 | More by dstc
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New York

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

On-tap at the Outback Steakhouse in Lahaina, Hawaii. Served in a mug.

Appearance is quite clean. Amber-colored liquid with no head that leaves a nice bit of lacing. Smell is on the light side, with a distinct malt character and just a subtle wafting of citrus fruits. Could have been because it was served in a chilled mug, so I'll have to try it without one.

Taste is refreshing and malty off the bat, followed by the hoppy bitterness and rounding off with a dryer finish than I expected. It tastes like a milder, more rounded version of Nugget Nectar, and that's a good thing. Mouthfeel is good, not too light, not too heavy. What little carbonation there is tickles the tongue just enough to spread the flavor around.

Definitely could have had another one, thanks to the pleasant taste and easy mouthfeel. A very good experience for my first beer from the Hawaiian islands and looking forward to more from Kona.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 01:29:54 | More by r0nyn
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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at their pub in the Honolulu airport, served in a tall pils glass (it was probably like $10!), Fire Rock Pale Ale is bright orange with a small eggshell head leaving very pretty lace.

Smell is sweet malt and light herbal hops.

Taste is generic, malty pale ale with only a light amount of hops. Clean finish, bittersweet.

Mouthfeel is dry on the finish, with creamy carbonation and a medium body.

Drinkability is OK, not as good as I recall, although the last time I had it I was on my honeymoon so it was probably more of a situational impression.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 22:48:28 | More by ccrida
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into my favorite pint glass

A - Dark copper pour with a frothy one two finger white head which leaves plenty of lacing around the glass

S - A mixing bowl of sweet malt and a solid hop aroma with hints of citrus, grapefruit and oranges

T - The initial taste starts with a toasted malt flavor which leads to a very smooth sweet and hoppy finish. I really enjoyed the transition of the flavor profile in this beer.

M - Light carbonation is in order with a medium body texture to the beer.

D - This is a very drinkable beer which tastes even better from what I remember of my trip to Hawaii in 1997. Now that this is distributed locally I will be grabbing some more.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 20:41:33 | More by racer2k
Photo of Jemonster


4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date on the bottle says Apr 27 '10.

A: Very attractive beer! Poured into a glass, it looks like the beer that you would see a picture of in the dictionary under "beer". Orange tan color, a bit darker than the pale ales I'm used to seeing.

S: Smells like tropical iced tea mixed with beer. I can smell pineapples and oranges along with the yeast. Smells wonderful.

T: Sweet at first with that tropical fruits thing going on. Increasingly bitter hops as it sits on the tongue, maybe a little too much for its style. Overall, a very tasty beer. I can't give it a 5, but I've given lesser beers a 4, so its a 4.5.

M: Medium bodied so that the flavor coats the mouth, but not as crisp and refreshing as I would expect given the flavor. It could be my fault, since it seems like a beer that should be served very cold, and I'm drinking it at about 50F.

D: I could drink a good number of these I think. The flavor goes well with the sausage pizza that I am eating with it. At 6% alcohol, it's session-able for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 21:41:01 | More by Jemonster
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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 6/16/10
A) Pours with a quarter inch head - creamy and wispy. Lacing is thin and sticky. Body has just a slight haze with mellow upward carbonation. Bronze with amber tones.
S) Caramel. Subtle vanilla. Some floral notes. Toasty.
T) Blast o' malt up front - yum! Nutty. Buttery. Toasted bread. It's like caramel popcorn with a sassy hop bite. The combination of malt and hops are well balance and interact well with each other. Finishes with a nice caramel and floral sweetness.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Medium body. Crisp in the finish.
D) A delicious Pale Ale. Well done Kona!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 00:17:02 | More by u2carew
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2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this one in MA and it states it is brewed by Kona Brewing in Portsmouth, NH

A: Light amber brown hue with 3/4 fingers of off white creamy head. Light crown around the edge of the glass with a minute amount of lacing.

S: Smell of hay with light tones of citrus and grass

T: Pale malty flavor mixed with a grassy earth hop taste that finishes with a bitter almost coffee like bite. Not very complex tasting beer, but it does have hints of butter and toasted nut to go along with the pale malt base.

M: Thin mouthfeel that is more creamy than fizzy.

D: Decent drinkability. I could have a few of these but the taste doesn't exactly have me longing for more. Not bad, but not a great pale ale either.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 16:59:13 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber/orange color, quite a thick and frothy head with an aggressive pour.

Smell is feint, sweet and flowery.

Taste starts sweet and malty, malts have a light taste, white chocolate maybe. Subtle bite of hops underlying and clean and smooth all the way through.

This is a very drinkable beer, not lacking in flavor but close to a session beer.

Used to just find this in Hawaii visiting the wife's family but now this stuff seems ubiquitous, at least on the West Coast.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 08:08:41 | More by appenzeller
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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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3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange/amber with a smattering of off-white bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Meager collar, a bit of spotty lace. Nice citrusy aroma, oranges, with a bit of malt. Sturdy bitterness, mild malt sweetness, fruity citrus, tangerine and oranges. Nicely balanced. Medium to light bodied, a bit dry, average carbonation, decent texture. Quite enjoyable. Easy drinking and nicely hopped.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 01:26:38 | More by DrJay
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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of these on my most recent trip to Oahu. Poured into a hotel tumbler (at least it's glass).

Color is a dark copper, with about 1 finger of head that disappates quickly. Aroma gives off a decent hop note, about what you'd expect from a regular Pale Ale.

Taste, mouthfeel, & drinkability: A very smooth PA, great balance of hops and malt. Was pleasantly surprised at the craftsmanship of this one, I regularly drink a lot of Pale Ales (both commercial and my own homebrewed) and this is one I would grab again in an instant, a rare treat to have when visiting the beauty that is Hawaii.

For the price and quality, you can't miss.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 21:20:17 | More by Prostman81
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent APA with some interesting notes in the body. It is also a bit more full bodied than I was expecting. The beer pours a clear amber with reddish hues. There is zero head to this beer, no lacing. There isn't tons of carbonation either. The nose is loaded with crystal malts, earthy grains, caramels, and just a touch of florals. The nose is good on this beer.

The taste is very malty with some citrus bite, in the apple family. There is plenty of caramel malts in the beer, a nice earthiness to the malts, a bit drying in the finish. The beer is a touch heavier than say your typical lawnmower APA, but very drinkable nevertheless. There is a roasted quality to the malts that is also coming through and that coupled with the earthiness and caramels define this beer. The slight dryness and hop bite in the finish do not necessarily serve the beer as well. There is a combination of hops going on here, that are pulling things in different directions. This is a decent beer, not brilliant, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 21:47:29 | More by albern
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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - Pours a dark caramel color with about a half inch of frothy-looking head.

s - Mostly malts coming through the smell; very weak scent of hops.

t - A sweet, malty taste with just a bit of bitterness towards the back. Hops are not overtly present.

m - Feels pretty light and sharp on the tongue.

d - Its not bad, but it doesn't really come across as a pale ale. Almost seems closer to an amber.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 22:54:43 | More by wesclaypool
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3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since Kona is not regularly available, I was happy to see it at a bbq, as a friend there is the brother of one the brewers. So, needless to say, I was a bit excited...I had tried a coffee stout that was good a couple years prior. Needless to say, this pale ale under-whelmed on all fronts, sadly enough. The pour was an average coppery brown with decent head & lace, but little aroma other than a malt-hop. The flavor was a basic pale ale a la Bass when I expected more. Simple hops & sweet malts prevailed with nothing else of note...not a bad beer for a bbq, just a let down. The feel while somewhat crisp & bubbly, was dry & scratch almost, reminding me of dry grasses. While I would drink if offered, I would not go out of way to get again....

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 23:25:53 | More by selecter70
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3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Bell's pint glass...

Pours a nice clear copper color with two fingers of soft off white head which leaves some lacing and takes a while to dissipate...

Smells of abundant toffee and caramel malts, no trace of hops...not very nice...

Again, abundance of caramel and bready/toffee malt, tastes like an ESB minus the B...not bitterness, no balance, not my cup of tea...

Medium bodied with good carbonation, crisp and clean, refreshing, but would be much better with a balanced taste...

Still within the expected freshness period, but tastes like all the hops are gone, or maybe they were never there...

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 01:51:44 | More by hawks10
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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a rather dark caramel mahogany body with a small white head.

Nose was very malty without any strong discript hop smells.

Taste is medium bodied with a strong slighty off malty flavor. Very rich with a sweet bready malt flavor. There's a slightly metalic odd mix of numbing bitterness from either hops or something. There are no real earthy or citric hop tastes, it just an odd numbness against the malt. Ends with a lingering malt and anise sort of flavor.

A decent beer. Big malt and beuatiful, but its just slightly off with this weird anise type of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:24:45 | More by taez555
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,652 ratings.