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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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1,750 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,750
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 31
Gots: 139 | 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 jsprain1


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

A- Pours a hazy orange, with a thin head that is somewhat disappointing in retention and lacing.
S- Good balance of pale malts and earthy and slightly citric hops.
T- While the flavor is pretty basic APA, I love how balanced this is. Sturdy malt background supports a more citric hop presence than aroma indicated.
M- A touch light for my personal preferences but weighted enough I suppose. Carbonation is lively.
D- A good, basic, balanced pale ale. this is a beer that is better than the some of its parts (a,s,t,m,d) and quite approachable as well.

12-24-2010 07:27:52 | More by jsprain1
Photo of chicagobeerriot


2.23/5  rDev -38.4%

Pours a true deep gold with a rapidly disappearing downy head.

Doesn't offer your nose much. A bit of biscuity malt and some earthy hops, and that's it.

Not much life to the hops on the taste buds either. There's a bit of biscuity malt and some dry bitterness at the end, but otherwise this beer is just a refresher. Nothing more. Nothing less . No complexity at all. If you're at a resort and your other options are from BMC, it is worth taking refuge here. Otherwise, I wouldn't seek this out.

12-23-2010 23:35:38 | More by chicagobeerriot
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a slightly hazy orange/amber with a finger of foamy white head. Some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit creamy with some milky flavor that has a small bitterness in the background. Some powered cream flavor is evident in the nose so I move on.

The taste is hits with a scream of creamy screen. It may have been there or it could have been in my mind but all the mix of flavors is fighting off this net, some orange flavor that slits through first and announces itself loud. Some bitterness is pulling back the curtain as the full story is reveled.

This beer has a high then usual ABV, it does not hit at first but toward the end there is a bit of a smoother warm presence. It goes down easy with a little effort. A really smooth beer.

12-10-2010 05:58:05 | More by Duhast500
Photo of BrewCrew2010


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

A: An orange body with yellow highlights crowned with a white head that disipates rather quickly, but leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and hops upfront with hints of malts and grapefruit.

T: A biscuity malt up front, followed with tropical fruit hints and hoppy middle, and finishes with light bittering hops and a grapefruit aftertaste.

M: A light body, lean texture, with decent carbonation.

D: A very good go to beer. Nothing too complex or too interesting, but a decent APA. Love to have this while chilling outside or watching football.

12-05-2010 00:58:52 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of huxcrunner

New York

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

this beer is you pretty average pale ale, it had good body to it. It was a little dry and bitter tasting but overall this was not a bad choice. It had good color to it with about a fingers worth of white head and alright lacing. This is one that im glad i tried but there are other that i would prefer over this beer

12-04-2010 16:30:18 | More by huxcrunner
Photo of Wisconsinality


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

A- Pours a hazy and bubbly golden orange. A half finger worth of head and it fades quickly but leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Some clean citrus hops and a little tropical fruit. Some sweet malt and something that reminds me of red licorice.

T- The hops are if the tropical variety and a small amount of pine. Some good biscuity malt and grassy notes on the tail end.

M- Medium to lighter bodies with bubbly carbonation. Just a tad dry on the finish.

D- Nothing overly impressive but it has decent flavor and makes for a nice beer to drink on the beach. I sure had my fair share in Honolulu.

12-04-2010 06:03:35 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of inlimbo77


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Enjoyed from bottle to glass in Maui in Sept. 2010.

Appearance: beer pours a nice clear pale amber color. Light lacing and minimal head.

Smell: faint hop aroma on this one, but I wasn't complaining....first beer after touching down in HI

Taste: solid little pale ale. Nothing to amazing about it. Comparable to other craft pales.

Mouthfeel: easy drinking and smooth going down.

Drinkability: definitely a nice beer to enjoy on the islands. Won't knock your socks off, but doesn't have to....you're in HI man!

11-24-2010 18:05:41 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of speter

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

On tap at the Yard House in LA

A: Pours a medium amber with a one-finger tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hops over a sweet malt.

T: The front is dominated by a biscuity malt that goes over to piney hops in the center. The finish is nicely bitter with more citrus in the hops. The aftertaste is rather grapefruity.

M: Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. The last bit still had nearly a one-finger head.

D: This is an excellent APA. The key to this, as with any APA, is to get it fresh.

11-19-2010 23:19:32 | More by speter
Photo of snogglethorpe


3.73/5  rDev +3%

A nice copper color, looks very enticing, but almost no head on the bottle I had.

Smell is really nice, fruity and a little sour.

Taste is quite sweet and malty, with a very fruity taste; there's definitely a hop presence, although somewhat subtle. The bitterness is subdued but pretty good in tone, and I think the hops lend to the fruitiness (it reminds me somewhat of Anchor brews in that respect). A slight mineral/metallic taste. While not a hop monster, it has what I think is a decent balance. Hmm, fruity!

Mouthfeel is thick, maybe a bit too thick (as someone noted, "syrupy" may be a good description), but it's pretty drinkable nonetheless.

Maybe not a prize-winner, but quite tasty and very easy to drink. Did I mention it was fruity?

[Somehow this strikes me as being halfway between American and British pale-ale tastes...]

11-19-2010 13:42:49 | More by snogglethorpe
Photo of Thorpe429


2.75/5  rDev -24%

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.

11-12-2010 12:02:00 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of capra12

New York

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Reviewed solo served out of a slender pint glass.

Appearance: orange and cloudy brown in color, poured a 1 1/2 finger of coarse head.

Smell: I got a ton of caramel malt in this brew.

Taste: Opens with a brown ale malt profile as a subtle hop bitterness peeks through at the end. One dimensional here but what was I expecting with a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and medium bodied. This brew leaves my palate coarse.

Drinkability: The unfortunately is a one and done for me. I get too much malt in this pale ale with almost a syrupy mouthfeel. Not my favorite pale ale. I recommend this to those seeking a strong malt presence with a medium body.

11-08-2010 01:43:54 | More by capra12
Photo of melloashello


4.18/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured a copper color with little to no head. Smell of floral hops and sweet malty goodness. At first sip, I immediately noticed the abundance of hop presence. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale, which I love! The beer is not too heavy and I could easily throw back of a couple of these. Overall, pretty impressed with this beer.

11-03-2010 01:44:41 | More by melloashello
Photo of Sudsy89


3.73/5  rDev +3%

12oz. bottle, chilled

Pours a copper-amber color, one-finger head, leaves some lacing. High level of carbonation, a bit cloudy. Looks somewhat like a Hefeweizen.

Aroma is floral, citrusy, sweet. Has a medium-bodied feel to it, modest hop bitterness. Taste is mostly sweet, caramel malt. I do think the carbonation is too much, though. This particular bottle is seven months old, so I will say the hops may be more dull by now. I think this is a decent Pale Ale, but nothing really great or unusual. Drinkability is pretty high, but it is 6% abv, not very heavy but moderate. Would probably go well with pizza or spicy BBQ. I'd prefer it over Bass but Sierra Nevada's pale ale is my preference.

10-13-2010 23:52:43 | More by Sudsy89
Photo of Ragingbull


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

Reddish color with lacing and a rim of foam. Mild hops and gentle malt hints coming off the nose. The attack is gently hoppy and there are some flavors of the grains swirling around with a malty backdrop. There seems to be some irish moss or peat flavor kicking around there as well, especially in the aftertaste. I must admit this was better than I expected. I have recently been seeing the Kona stuff at various places around the country and I was afraid it was going to be some mass produced swill that was capitalizing on the fact it was from Hawai'i. This wasn't the case and I am glad I finally purchased some to try.

09-23-2010 17:56:56 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

A - Reddish copper color. A 2 to 3 finger, off-white, foamy head that quick dissipates. Leaves some very nice lacing on the glass though.

S - Lots of dark malts, and VERY hoppy. Slightly floral as well.

T - the taste of this beer is an intense caramel malt sweetness up front, with a nice hope bite on the finish. The taste can be summed up that simply, but it is very very good.

M - This beer is medium to heavy bodied with a very sticky resiny quality to it.

D - The drinkability of this beer is fairly high, although personally I dont think I could have more than two of these due to its stickiness.

Final thoghts: Very suprised, and would reccommend to IPA and PA drinkers, and Hopheads in general.

09-15-2010 21:05:35 | More by WinthrHOPHEAD89
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4/5  rDev +10.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

So what makes this different from other Pale Ales? It's "Hawaiian-style"--we're not sure what that means, but we know they bitter this ale with one of our favorite hops, "Galena," which is an old-school, high-alpha hop.

Good clarity with a stunning pale copper color. A couple rings of off-white lace left on the glass. Mild pungent oily hop aroma with an animal feed grain, hay and faint caramel aroma. Smooth with an oily slickness that buffs the medium body. Oily hop flavor lays a thick blanket to start things off, then the bitterness kicks in with a broad prickly character, and later with a more fresh mint and light citric tone. Kiss of mineral. The center is juicy with a clean fruitiness and caramel flavor. The finish wraps up with a hint of estery alcohol, toasted malt and drying grain.

Yeah, we can dig the whole "Hawaiian-style." Complex and drinkable, the hops and malt mesh very well together and show great balance. Great stuff, Kona!

09-10-2010 18:06:32 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

From the bottle, the brew looked a pale amber color with a few centimeters of foam above. Not a bad looking brew, really. Some flowery notes in the aroma are offset by a dose of fermented caramel grain. The aroma is played out on the palate with a strong grainy sweetness. Some bitterness from the hops is apparent at the end but more would be appreciated to offset the grains.

09-06-2010 05:13:03 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of trevorjn06


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours with a nice looking 1 inch head that recedes in about a minute to a frothy layer on the surface. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is (while cold) bready malts and some grassy hops.

Taste is toasty and bready malts up front with a balancing hop bitterness coming midway through. Toward the finish there are some nice light fruity flavors and the finish is quite smooth, not overly sweet or too hoppy.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium/low carbonation.

Overall this beer goes down easy and is fairly straight forward in it's flavor profile. It didn't blow me away, but I would have it again.

08-30-2010 23:10:27 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of bourbonbock

New York

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured a bottle of this beer into a clean pub glass.

A. Crystal clear orange gold body with a white foam head that recedes to a ring after a few minutes. Lacing has appeared in place of the head.

S. Like smell of hops but I get a strong whiff of malt. Nothing special but strangely appetizing.

T. I taste hops and hop oils up front followed by a pronounced malt backbone.

M. Clean with a bitter bite. Smooth and bubbly.

D. I could probably kill a six pack of this on a Saturday afternoon.

08-20-2010 21:07:05 | More by bourbonbock
Photo of ToasterChef


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

Reviewed from my notes.

The beer is translucent and colored a mixture of copper, orange and rust. Head head is large, tan, and made up of small bubbles. There is a little bit of lacing and some rising carbonation.

There are some candied malts and a few hops in the aroma.

The taste has some brown sugar sweetness from the malts. A little hop bitterness is in the finish. There is also a buttery or vinegar-like quality to the finish. It is a fine yet unremarkable flavor.

The beer has a light body and lots of carbonation. There isn't much coating, but I can still feel the effects of the carbonation bubbles on my tongue after I've swallowed.

This beer has average drinkability. Too much carbonation and an odd aftertaste limit it. I wouldn't purchase this beer in a six pack, but depending on my choices, I may order a pint in a bar.

08-18-2010 15:06:20 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of goblue3509


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a hazy orangish copper color with a two finger head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma has a faint toffee and sweet malt backbone with a some citrus hop notes over the top. The taste has a toffee and bready backbone on the back end there is a citrus hop bite with a slight floral hop. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a solid apa not the hoppiness of some of the bigger apa's but the drinkability is well blended and very smooth.

08-16-2010 23:28:53 | More by goblue3509
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, frothy white head that diminished fairly quickly to 1/2-finger. Body is a dark orange color, and hazy.

S: Aroma is a bit of a let-down for the style... the expected moderate to strong hop aroma is missing... the citrusy hop aroma IS there, but it's light and doesn't come through as it should.

T: Pleasant malt sweetness (a bit of both bready and caramel), followed by a light citrus hop flavor and low bitterness in the finish. Very smooth and easy-drinking, but like the aroma the hops are slightly lacking.

M: Medium-low body, medium-high carbonation. Very smooth finish.

D: This is a very easy-drinking beer... I could have several of these easily. Unfortunately, as APAs go, it's a little on the weak side. I'd like to see some more hop flavor with this beer... that would push it into the very good territory at least.

08-07-2010 03:32:47 | More by berley31
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

Appearance: Pours light amber, not much head and little lacing.

Smell: Maybe a bit of a grassy spicy hop note, not a lot though. Mostly smell sweet pale malts here.

Taste: Not too much in terms of hop flavor, maybe citrus or a cut grass but it's not too powerful. The caramelish/buttery malt sticks out and it finishes with a little tingle and the tongue (like it's trying to have a SNPA bitterness but never really gets there).

Mouthfeel: Drying and fairly clean and light.

Drinkability: This is probably one of the only times I'll grab the lager over the pale. The flavor was kind of all over the place and lacked any real direction. Not hoppy, but not smoothly balanced...so what is it? Not sure but at least it's fairly non offensive.

08-03-2010 16:47:04 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of mytireisfat


4/5  rDev +10.5%

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!

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


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

08-01-2010 23:17:44 | More by Haybeerman
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.