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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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1,782 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,782
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 32
Gots: 152 | 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 jnezda
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

Beer for breakfast anyone? I was in the DFW airport heading off to the west coast for some hiking and trying to get over a slight cold so thought I would stop in at Blue Mesa for some spicy tacos and a beer. They have just recently added Kona Fire Rock to the taps so I thought I would give it a whirl.

As a complement to tacos this beer could does not work out so well. Virtually no head, which I will chalk up to the establishment, light amber in color and slightly cloudy. The color was a little misleading since it was much darker than I expected for a pale ale. The smell had strong hints of fruit, berries mostly and would seem more fitting for a amber ale than for a pale. The taste was the same with hints of fruit and a clean and otherwise forgettable finish. Slightly bready with a full mouthfeel but all in all I was expecting a bit more with a name like fire rock. For a breakfast beer this would have gone better with fruit pancakes than tacos. This was my first Kona beer and is not leaving me longing to try the others.

jnezda, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of vdread
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

Fire Rock Pale Ale
bottle to glass

pours a dark amber with a thin white head that clung to the sides for a minute before disappearing completely. smells of light citrus hops and a little malt. tastes of pine/citrus hops, caramel malt, ends with a slight bite. mouthfeel is light and carbonated. easily drinkable and balanced, if slightly 'muted' PA taste.

there's nothing really wrong with it, but it's a pretty average pale ale. nothing really spectacular going on here, but my girlfriend seemed to like it once it warmed up a little, which tells me this would be a good crossover, since she really only likes Miller High Life and Kona Longboard Lager.

vdread, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of DNICE555
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

On tap at Plan B sizzle

A - Dark copper - very clear. Small head

S - Malty, fruity, minimal hops. Not impressed.

T - Oranges and malt dominate. Thankfully some hops to balance out.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Nice feel to it.

D - Not a bad pale ale. Has some umph to it. I'm feelina Kona so far.

DNICE555, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness-branded pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden-amber color with a tight head that lingers for a bit leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Strongly hopped with a hint of malts; like a pale ale should smell.

Taste: Hops, hops, and more hops. This is a hoppy pale ale. A little bit of malty sweetness comes out but hops is definitely the dominant flavor here.

Mouthfeel: Bready and a little chewy. Could do with a little less carbonation, but otherwise great.

Drinkability: A surprisingly good pale ale. I honestly picked up this beer just because it was from Hawaii not really expecting much. However, it turned out to be a great brew and one I would highly recommend.

wahhmaster, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

Picked up a single bottle from the Party Source in Syracuse. The label reads that the beer was brewed in Portsmouth, NH, by Red Hook I'm told. This was just a simple pale ale with fruity crisp hops and a slightly nutty bread crust malt flavor. It's not a bad beer, but the aftertaste is far too weak for the style. Pale ales don't need to knock you over the head with flavor, but they need some staying power on your palate.

tempest, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle indicated 6% ABV.

Clear copper/amber color with a decent white head from what I could tell. The lightning in the restaurant was bad, so my perception of the apperance could have been off. Nose is of a nice, but not overwhelming, smell of hops. But of maltiness as well. Taste is very well balanced. There's a definite hoppiness and a very mild bitterness. Malt presence. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Extremely drinkable. Downed two of these without batting an eye. Will definitely try again.

Mavajo, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of psyphin
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

A - Deep clear copper with a 1 inch off white head that left lots of lacing.

S - Moderate malt backdrop gives way to american citrus hops with a great tangerine and grapefruit aroma.

T - Oranges and munich malt dominate the palate with a solid bitterness.

M - Perfect to style, medium bodied with a small bubbled carbonation.

D - My favorite beer when I go to the islands. Ive consumed more of this beer than I should probably admit.

psyphin, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of jkrich
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz. bottle with easy to read "bottled on date." Hawaii beer brewed in Portsmouth, NH.

Poured a cloudy, deep golden to copper color with a very attractive slowly dissipating head.

A nice blast of citrusy, fruity hops greeted the olfactory.

Initially very assertive grapefruit like hoppiness attacked the palette with very little malt backbone. As the ale warms, the malts do not come forward as I expected. The main fault with this ale is lack of balance and a slightly metallic taste.

Medium bodied and well carbonated with a very clean feel on the palette.

A decent ale for warm weather; this ale lacks complexity and does not have a very distinctive taste. Certainly worth a try.

jkrich, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

WesWes, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%

One of my more favorite Pale Ales, Fire Rock has the ability to refresh me and give me the hops I crave.

It is bitter enough for me to feel sustained for a short period and a color that is almost like a red ale. It has a nice floral aroma and the body is pleasant.

Spineypanda, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

A: Little to no head or lace on this beer. It may have been served a bit too cold. The body is a copper gold.

S: Not a ton of nose, but a decent hop aroma with toasted and some caramel malt

T: Althought a good bit of malt character and some caramel flavors there is a soapy character to the hops. I could also use less crystal malt in this.

M: Decent mouthfeel with ample carbonation

D: Not too bad, I was slightly surprised and could enjoy a few of these.

rtratzlaff, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of portia99
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

12oz bottle. Bottled on 5/6/09. Poured into a Sam Summer tumbler.

A - Pours a crystal clear dark orange/amber. Thin white head forms momentarily and fades to a tiny, uneven film on the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Smells of sweet malt with some fruitiness along with it. Good amount of caramel maltiness too. Not much of a hop presence...just a small hit of fruity and citrusy hops, but not enough to make a real impression.

T - Rich and malty, with a balancing bitterness. Caramel and toffee flavors. Bitterness is not at all sharp or crisp, more than anything - a smooth bitterness, only designed to even out the malt a little. Much more malt balanced than I expected out an APA.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lots of malt in this gives it a full, well rounded mouthfeel, and leaves a lingering sweetness behind. Good, but nothing special.

D - Medium alcohol and very well rounded flavors make this a pretty drinkable beer. Good session material - more malty than hoppy, gives more of an English pale ale character for me.

portia99, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Muted coppery orange color with a small white capping of briefness. Picks a few spots to keep some lace otherwise there's not much.

Aroma is dull of some dry cereal grains with a certain unidentifable leafy woodyness about its subtlty with a hint to some sweet mushy fruityness of old apple.

Taste is a nudge better with a simple tone of slightly toasted and cooked buttery/nutty cereal grains, tender little apple and malt sweetness in the undertow as it grabs a nudge of leafy/woody hops that have just faint bite of bitterness like that of an old peach pit.

Body is slightly below medium with a slender grittyness to it that's not to off but bothersome in the first bit of the glass. Virtually simple, clean, tender, mildly sweet and toasty, and easy going enough for good drinking and could be sessionable enough to perhaps three or four.

tavernjef, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

A- Pours a pretty clear orange/amber color. Small 1/2 finger creamy white head. Lacing is soapy at best. Kind of a dull looking beer. Nothing too over the top here but a tiny bit over the average look.

S- Big citrus hops here along with some piney hop undertones. Sweet caramel malts bring a sweet smell to the forefront before fading away again. Kind of confused by this beer a little.

T- Big citrus hops blast right off the get go with this which I expected from the aroma. The middle of this beer is all sweet malts with almost nothing else to balance it until a slight bitter piney hop taste at the end. I was more impressed with the aroma of this beer than the taste.

M- This had a light mouthfeel to it. Carbonation is a praise for this beer but still has a off feel to it. Maybe too many bubbles? Left a sweet malty taste on the palate with a hint of slight bitterness.

D- This beer is average at best. I would drink this over BMC product in a heart beat but would pass it up if other choices were present. Maybe I had a bad bottle. If I get again I will review it.

alleykatking, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is citrus hops, little sweetness and a light bitter finish. Reasonable pale. Bottled on May 6, 2009. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of oelergud
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Tall 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label is showing a nature scene dominated by a volcano.
Translucent copper body topped by a white head that falls quickly and leaves little lace.
Pleasant sweet inspired white bread scent with mild peppered butter.
Nice hop presence with a clear malt note throughout and into the aftertaste. Yeast, wheat, faint vegetables and wooden vanilla.
Medium body with some residual sugars.
Good drinkability.


oelergud, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of burnstar
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a nice dark gold with a large head. Lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. Aroma is mostly grassy hops. Taste has a rounded caramel and slightly toasty malty sweetness. Herbal grassy hops in the finish with a little bitterness. Pretty well balanced. Not as strongly hopped as a lot of APA's. Medium bodied. Easy to drink and pleasant overall.

burnstar, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Bought this in a beach town in New Jersey. It was the only interesting brand in the bunch so i thought I'd give it a try. I got it along with the pale lager. This was also better than i expected for how far it traveled. A very unique flavor that is both classic pale ale but also an interesting malt flavor. I can drink a lot of these, which is good because I bought a lot.

david18, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a bottled on date on the label but it is hard to read, all I can make out is that it was brewed sometime in 2009. (Sampled on 6-11-09)

Appearance: The body has a deep amber color with good clarity and a small bright white head on top. The head fades down to just a small ring of foam which makes for some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma malty and sweet with just the slightest hint of hops.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor malty and sweet with caramel and sugary notes. The hops add some mild citrus notes and light bitterness for some balance. The finish is still a little bit on the sweet side with just a mild touch of hop bitterness. Its palate is smooth and medium bodied with mellow carbonation.

Notes: Overall it is a nice pleasant but average Pale Ale.

generallee, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

A: A fairly clear orange/amber color with almost no head and no lacing.

S: Very citrus forward, mostly orange. Caramel malt in the background.

T: Fairly sweet, citrus, not really too much bitterness until a bit on the finish.

M: Light-medium body with very little carbonation.

D: Not an outstanding beer, but it's an easy drinking beer that you could have a few of.

womencantsail, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Elimination
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

into pint glass, pours a brownish gold, with very little head. smell of hops come from the pouring right away.

taste is pretty hoppy, and honestly maybe this is in my head but a bit of a camp fire taste, mixed with the smell. I would love to have this by a beach fire chilling with friends. drinkability is pretty good, ive bought a few cases over the last couple months.

overall its a descent beer for chilling with friends, and really adds to the ambiance if your ever in the cool beach situation.

Elimination, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

A - orangish-copper...one-finger, pillowy white head...good retention...pretty decent lacing as well

S: more citric hops than anything else...a little bit of caramel comes through as it warms

T - follows the aroma...small amount of citrus bitterness up front...seems to follow with some sweeter maltiness...caramel notes as well

M - pretty smooth...fairly well balanced...nice amount of lingering bitterness

D - nice drinking pale ale...nothing outstanding, just really good

RickKrumenacker, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Hunter
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%

Appearance: Lovely red-gold brew in appearance, somewhat cloudy. Light pillowy head of dense bubbles that dissipate fairly quickly. Heavy carbonation of tiny bubbles, no lacing effects.

Smell: Hops predominate, but there's a strong undercurrent of sweel malt. Floral and grassy notes.

Taste: Sweeter than expected from a pale ale. Almost tea-like in composition, without the hops overriding everything else like many brews in this style.

Mouthfeel: Thin and yet still cloying, the aftertaste is sweet.

Drinkability: The iced-tea feel to this brew subtracts points, but it's not a bad brew, overall. Drinkable, but there's other APAs out there that are better.

Hunter, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz bottle poured in to a glass.

Pours a clear light brown amber with a white steady head.

Sweet smell of citrus hops with a biscuity malt.

Taste is a slightly earthy biscuit with a dry finish. Slight sweet fruit initially. not great, but a quality beer.

Good mouthfeel and very drinkable.

aubuc1, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of SuperSpy
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%

A - A rich amber color and a lot of protein haze. A mediocre, eggshell colored head that does down pretty quick but leaves some lace behind.

S - The aroma is biscuit malt with some resiny hops. The smell is not that complex, but what's there smells wonderfully tasty.

T/M - Lighter bodied than expected with more hops than expected. The malt is hard to find and the hops are much more prevalent in the taste than in the aroma and unfortunately are more bitter than flavorful. This beer tastes ok but it is not what I was expecting based on the aroma and there is very little going on except bitter, weakly flavored hops.

D - I would drink another one of these, but I would also have no regrets with moving on to something else.

SuperSpy, Jul 25, 2009
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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