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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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1,819 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,819
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 36
Gots: 162 | 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 Dhoff1109
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copperish color into a pint glass, with about a finger of white head and good lacing. There was a slight citris smell with a touch of caramel . The hoppy citris taste quickly turns into a sweeter malty finish. It was medium bodied and had medium to low carbonation. Overall an average beer, which has decent drinkability.

Dhoff1109, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. Smell is of hops, some malts. Taste is good, well balanced combination of malts and hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dark copper/reddish clay shade with a thin fizz of off-white head.
Smell has a nice bready quality-a light and almost spiced aroma that has a nice hop tingle.
Flavor is light with a yeasty quality up front with it ending in a mild hop bitter/sweet character.
Finish is wet and fairly pedestrian-I've got a nice hop bitter flavor that last ok.
Drinks ok-smooth and a silky flavor help this go down well-the hints at hops are nice for flavor but aren't a block in the road for any drinker.

ThaBobfather, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a light amber color with about a half-inch of light tan head that had decent retention but no lacing.

The aroma was an unremarkable blend of malt and hops, with no particular highs or lows. The flavor was the same, not terrible but not notable either. The body and drinkability were both typical for the style. Overall, this a typical example of this style, you can do better, but it's Ok for a Plan B beer.

beertunes, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An ever so slight fizzy off white head that display no real retention before giving way to a rotating splotchy lace in the center of the glass and a very thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass... A very pale copper color with a faint orangish hue... An ever so slight haze... A moderate amount of moderate paced carbonation...

S - Caramel malts dominate... Pastry dough... Subdued but sweet orange... Quite pleasant...

T - It's no surprise the the strong and solid malt base dominate the palette... Caramel... Loads of bready malts... The hops are slightly more pronounced on the palette, but still rather understated by American Pale Ale standards...

M - Just a tinge of carbonation on the tongue to start... Medium bodied... Smooth... Slightly chewy... Real easy drinking...

D - Highly drinkable... Simple and straight forward isn't a mad e thing... Quite quaffable sip after sip after sip... Definately an enjoyable session brew... Nothing "extreme" about, just an easy drinking offering from our island friends... A job well done by Kona... I would gladly drink again (and again)...

philbe311, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color into a pint glass, with a finger of white head, little carbonation, and good lacing. The smell had the feintest hint of lemon citrus, and was instead dominated by caramel and maltiness. The taste confirmed this, with the citrus aspect fading instantly to maltiness mid-palate and through to the finish. This beer would certainly benefit from more hop balance. The body was thinner than expected, given the smell and flavor, but after all, this is a pale ale. The thinner body did help this beer's sessionability. I wouldn't mind sitting down and throwing a few back.

donniecuffs, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

A - Carmel colored, with a slight head.

S - Notes of citrus smells in the hops, sweet malty scents as well.

T - Hoppy up front that fades fast into sweeter malty tastes. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, slight carbonation.

D - Not a bad session beer, I enjoyed it.

BeerisfoodLLC, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A substandard pale ale. Pours, looking all sanitized and clean. Nothing impressive. Lacking any distinct aroma, at this point, looks hospital grade. Tastes similar, not bad per se, but gimme something to hang my taste buds on! Lacks a hop bite that I want in a pale ale. Just replaces hops and bitterness with carbonation.

Mouthfeel, this is a very straightforward, lacking complexity beer. Seems a bit much to pay $7 for 6 of these, they are very standard, easy to drink and all. These are something to give to non serious beer drinkers to segue into something better.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish amber in color with nice fluffy, faintly off-white head. Smell is forward of floral hops and bready malts with a hint of carmel and pine resin. Taste is very malt forward, heavy in the bread and carmel department. Floral hops take a backseat and faint hints of piney hops as well. Medium body, slightly oily feeling. More akin to an English IPA in terms of the malt/hops balance. Decent beer.

rfgetz, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orangish /amber with good carbonation and a small dirty head. Nose is floral, nutty nose, slightly hoppy and malty. Taste is bready malt profile and predominantly sweet with a little hoppiness in the finish. Easily drinkable but pretty heavy due to bread and caramel.

barleywinefiend, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A medium amber, perhaps a little dark for the style, but oh well.. Not very much head, but merely some white bubbles floating on top.

S: Slight hop notes.. it smells a bit damp and earthy.. There is a bit of sweetness in there, perhaps in the form of a carmel scent.

T: A good bit of citrus hops at the beginning, then a malty caramel sweetness comes across. Fairly well balanced.

M: Slightly slick and perhaps a little undercarbed. I am not a big fan of the mouthfeel on this one.

D: Good over all, but forgettable. A decent session beer, but I probably would choose other options over this one.

Beejay, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, a buddy brought some island brews back for me on a recent trip to Hawaii. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, lacing is good. Aroma is citrusy hops (orange), caramel malt and a bit of floral hops too. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of peppery spice. The hops are the strongest flavor in this brew, but they're not overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's enjoyable to drink. I think it's a good balanced beer, not a bad choice as an occasional session brew.

bluejacket74, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Bright, but hazy, reddish-copper with thin white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Distinct citrus and sweet toasted malts.

Taste: Major citrus flavor countered by semi-sweet toasted and caramel malts. Just a touch of bitterness at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Seems like a cross between an American Pale Ale and Amber Ale due to the malt focus and restrained bitterness. Regardless of what it is, this is my go-to Hawaii beer - refreshing, very drinkable and with a good amount of flavor.

bsp77, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of kshankar
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber pour, with a smaller head with decent retention.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malts and hops

Taste is hoppy with a decent malt backing, balance is fine on this one. Caramel malts work well in this one with the stronger but not so overbearing hop profile

Mouthfeel is medium, slight carbonation. Drinkability is good, decent pale ale here.

kshankar, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of taigor
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with medium head that dissipated quickly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Right away there is a fruity, citrusy smell followed by slight hint of malts and hops.

T - Tastes slightly sweet and fruity upfront followed by bitter, hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very good beer and low in abv. Makes you feel warm and cozy like you are in Hawaii.

taigor, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of SLeffler27
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fire Rock pours a bright, new-penny copper with red highlights under a slight, creamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly. This is a clear ale with no noticeable carbonation.

The caramel scents are strong with lightly toasted malts. Some straw and orange is present, yet this is rather two dimensional.

Kona has presented another fairly well-balanced offering with moderate bitterness. It is a touch salty and the hops reveal light pine flavor with black tea in the background. The long, moderate finish holds bitterness on the tongue.

Light carbonation and no alcohol leave this medium-bodied beer rather dry.

In a pint glass, this is a fair match for any hot weather activity. Fire Rock is probably best with hot dogs and coleslaw.

SLeffler27, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of alkemy
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy copper/orange in color with a finger of slightly off white head that quickly thins to a mere veil over the brew. There's floral hops, oranges, lemons, and roasty malts in the aroma. The taste is much the same as the smell only slightly more pronounced. The lemon was also absent in the taste. This is a good sessionable and refreshing beer. Nothing even remotely offensive about it. Had a nifty bitter tone at the finish. This would be a great gateway beer for folks wanting to get into craft brews.

alkemy, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of NicholasCasber
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer, when poured into a glass mug was a deep golden color, with little head, however some lacing was produced as the beer was consumed.

S: There is a strong smell of malt, however I do get an aromatic that i'm picking up on the tail end that is a bit floral.

T: A very well balanced sweet and bitter delivery with a lingering flavor of hops.

M: A fairly balanced beer that proved itself a verry good attempt.

D: I'd rate this higher if I could get it back on the mainland.

Overall, good beer, but when drinking beer in Hawai'i, what can be better? Anyway, Cheers!

NicholasCasber, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color that creates a little fizzly head that retains for a couple seconds, then fades.

S: The first thing I notice is a yeasty (almost Belgian yeast) note followed by a strong citrus peel, a metallic note, and a little sourness. Pretty nicely balanced with the hops

T: Nice and mellow, definitely a session beer. Hops balance nicely with the malts, citrus peel (lemon and orange), a strong yeast strain, and some spiciness to follow.

MF/D: Nice carbonation, light/medium in body, smooth citrus refreshing finish.

Try this on tap!!

scottyshades, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a little hard to tell due to the lighting in the bar, but it seemed a little brownish, amber, golden color similar to what you'd see in an IPA. The aroma was fairly hoppy but the hops were fairly subdued. This was the case with the taste as well. The hops were a little citrusy but fairly subdued. The body is fairly light and its a pretty drinkable APA.

Overall, its ok. I prefer my APAs to have more of a hop kick to them than this one had. Worth a try the next time you're in Hawaii though. Cheers.

SkunkWorks, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep honey color, not much head. Some cling lace.

S - Malt is there, not much else.

T - Deep, malty caramel sweet core, bitters out pretty well. Kinda weird twang at end.

M - Medium body, nice coating, pretty good balance. Still too much twang on the side of the tongues at finish.

D - Not a bad session. Could have several at a time with enjoyment.

srandycarter, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of jeranbrews
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 2 fingers of beige head disappeared like a magician. There was almost no carbonation or lacing. It had a pleasant amber color.

S - Initially sweet, tones of tropical flowers, hops, and caramel malts. The smells were complex and delightful.

T - The initial flavor is definitely hoppy. I found at least 2 distinct flavors right away. Hop heads could enjoy this. There is a noticeable West coast hop presence here, but the nice thing is that it's not so strong as to dominate all the other flavors. There are some nice malty tones and yeast/ester flavors too. The balance was overall very nice.

M - Smooth but dry. A bit more carbonation would be nice.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. Complex smells and a well balanced flavors make this one of my favorite APAs. Good for most meals and situations.

Note: Born on date was four months before this review.

jeranbrews, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of frayos
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer resembles and taste like you just mixed Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with Fat Tire.

Color is on the amber side for a pale ale.

small nose, some hops and malt comes through.

This taste like a safe beer / middle ground beer. Could please FYB tastes and tolerable for real beer tasters.

frayos, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is orange without murk and some sticky white head. nose is mild citrus fruit, apple malt, and yeast. palate is not much else than that. a bit peppery dry and quite yeasty... weak malt character... that give the beer yeasty, bready quality a bit of a fingernail. carbonation is a bit sharp also.

rtepiak, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of rebel1771
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a head that disappears quickly.

S: Aroma of sweet toffee along with a strong punch of pine needles.

T: Slight flavor of sweet malts in the beginning quickly overpowered by the hops, finishes dry.

D: Not bad, not quite mellow enough for a session beer but tasty enough to have a couple.

rebel1771, Dec 01, 2009
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,819 ratings.