Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,911
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 39
Gots: 208 | 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 Andreji
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I chose a hawaiian beer to savour the latter half of the UCL semi final "el clasico" at the village pourhouse in the LES.

Didn't of course know what to expect from a beer from HI. but it turned out much closer to my perception than I'd anticipated.

Pours a thin golden to amber hue, fully translucent with a small very quick fading head, hardly any lacing. Smell-wise, it has a very marginal malt-hop blend, not very strong but giving away enough to peg this beer as it is (a pale ale).

The taste was nice, but it turned out overall to point to my hawaiian perception: a low-key, not so strong sort of beer in the land of hops. very much so, since it is among the few pale ale's from america that I've tried that focus on the sweet malt feel much above a very undermined and simply complementary set of hops; the bitterness is all too hidden and such fact, on such beer made it appear as maybe slightly watered down (even though it probably is not).

In all, a good beer for a hot day (at the beach surfin hawaii or something). Not above many other APAs out there, but not far below the standard. worth a try.

Photo of Soonami
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fire Rock Pale Ale is the first beer I've had from Kona (I think, certainly the first reviewed). It's a pretty average beer for the style. There is nothing offensive, but not what I'm really looking for in a APA. Maybe I got an older bottle, but this beer is very malt forward without the hop flavor or mouthfeel that I've grown accustomed to in the best APA's--which have bright citrusy hops and toasty biscuity malt. The malt in this beer even tastes a bit oxidized and a bit too sweet/caramelly. The sweetness at the end of the beer is a little too much without the hops.

Photo of vandemonian
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fire Rock Pale Ale has a nice balance of hops and malt and not much else is going in

A: Orange colour and a 3 mm head that fades to nothing pretty quickly. 3

S: Grains and malt. Weird for a pale ale. 3

T: Good mix of malt and hops into a slightly caramalised aftertaste. 4

M: Reasonably foamy. 4

O: Decent enough pale ale. 3.5

Photo of smibroncos
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a hazy light copper with a short off white diminishing head. some decent lacing clung to the glass.

S. Mostly malts, floral, hay, cereal

T. Sweet malt up front slowly fading to a hoppy bitterness, Carmel, toffee, butterscotch, slight metalic taste on the finnish.

M. Medium bodied,average carbonation, decent duration

O. The brew was decent, a little sweet, and I thought it could use some more hops. It is a brew that you could enjoy a few of, hanging out with some friends.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark golden/light amber in color, clear, with about two fingers worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - somewhat hoppy-smelling, with subtle floral essences.

Taste and Mouthfeel - mostly malty with just a little tinge of hop flavor in the middle and end. I can't ID the hops though...not Cascade I don't think. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Not very complex, but there is at least something there to think about.

Photo of wingman14
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Rok Bistro in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a dark copper with a small off white head that didn't stick around. The smell was suble, sweet notes added to the hoppy backdrop. The taste was a bit more subtle, with a bitter hop flavor throughout, with the hoppy and sweet notes. The aftertaste wasn't bitter at all, the hops linger for awhile. This one wasn't very smooth, had a medium body, and good carbonation. An easy drinking pale ale, with a good flavor, worth checking out.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a good white head. Light lace.

Light toasted malt and leafy aromas.

Some light fruit, but very little, with toasted malt that has a vegetal/herbal aspect. Bitterness moves in, but just enough. Surprisingly drier than expected, almost a soda-water quality.

Medium body and carbonated.

I was ok with this one. Medium strength of flavor makes this hard to reach for again. It is ok and worth a try.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Small white seafoamy head with low-medium retention and tenacious lacing. Slighty hazy yellow-orange body with lots of visible floaters, sediment legs, and no visible carbonation.

Smell - Sweet nutty malt. Orange and citrus peel.

Taste - Medium hop. Slightly bitter lime peel finish.

Mouthfeel - Slightly volatile on the tounge. Medium body.

Drinkability - Decent drink. Not particularly complex or interesting.

Photo of KenC
4.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample dated 12/07/2010. Word under the cap: Paki=Splash

A - Pours a light cloudy red to orange color. Three fingers of off-white head that dissipated quickly. The lacing lasted all the way down.

S - One of the best scents I have had from an APA. Malts, mixed with citrus fruit. Had to take it in a few times, just because I liked it!

T - Malts and a slight sweetness followed by a touch of dryness, which is TOTALLY in balance. Finishes slightly bitter and again noted the dry.

M - Smooth, dry, sweet & crisp. Carbonation is dead on.

D - This is a great APA. I highly recommended it.

Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at David's Club in the Hilton Orlando.

Pours a dark hazy amber color with golden apricot/orange edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lastig ring. Sporadic rings, streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly floral aroma with hints of light fruit, subtle earthy hops and toasted malt. The malt is most prominent with hints of caramel and biscuit. This is countered by hintsnof crisp, light fruit, especially apricot and orange.

Medium bodied with a decent balanced of floral crisp hops, pale toasted malt and light fruit notes. There is a subtle bitter hop bite up front that provides a slight dry flavor that lingers throughout. This is balanced mid-palate by a light pale malt presence with subtle hints of caramel, rye and biscuit. Sweet light fruit, especially apricot makes an appearance toward the end along with some more earthy hops.

Overall this beer was decent but nothing spectacular. A little watered down and easy to drink with a decent balance of sweet and dry bitter flavor.

Photo of JesteR14
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

under the cap LAULEA- friendship

A- Great look. Murky amber color with very tiny bubbles comming from the bottom of my tumbler. Creamy 1 finger head that leaves quickly.

S- Not much here for me.slight hint of toasted malts.

T- Mild hopness with some nice toasted malts. Good flavor that makes this a nice refreshing beer. Perfect for the weather of Kona!

M- Dry, but not overly done. Decent carbonation and a good pop from the malts. This beer is more of a stronger beers then the ones ive come in contact with. But nothing near over the top..

D- Great drinking beer. Ive been a fan of all of the Kona beers.

Photo of JMad
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

The beer was a coppery, orange color with a thin bubbly white head. Smells of herbal hops, toasted malt and is a bit lemony. The taste is just slightly bitter, there is some sweet roasted malt flavors and piney, lemony finish. This is a light-medium bodied beer with low carbonation, it has a nice lingering aftertaste. I thought this was a well rounded pale ale, the toasted malt makes it pretty interesting.

Photo of Franz4
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle packaged on 8-4-10

A- Pours a nice copper, clear, with a very rocky 2 finger head.

S- Smells very bready, with a slight floral hop presence behind it.

T- Mild taste with the bready/biscuity flavor most prominent, hops come through with more of a herbal character, a little spice as well.

M- Very smooth drinking, with a slight aftertaste that lingers but isn't overpowering.

D- nicely drinkable, but there's not much too this, it appears to be steady and well crafted, but there's just nothing too special about it.

Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a cloudly light amber ale topped with a dense, marbled, bubbly off white foam. The aroma is of pine and citrus. It has a smooth, soft, medium body that leaves the mouth dusty. It has a very mellow flavor that's wooden, piny and a touch fruity. It's a nice, solid pale ale.

Photo of patreely12
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

under the cap - "malama - to care"

A - a fiery colored amber. small amount of foamy head, about a half inch. a few bubbles of carbonation. pretty good lacing all the way down the glass.

S - bready malts. caramel to add some sweetness. just a bit of bitterness from the hops. some citrus, but kind of bland though.

T/M - there's bitterness from the hops up front but it's not enough to tell if it was meant to be the dominant flavor. some floral and citrus notes, very earthy. biscuity and roasted malts. some caramel to round it out with a pinch of sweetness. if they intensified the flavors this would way better, nothing special about the flavor. light bodied. moderate carbonation.

D - goes down very easy. would be sessionable with a beach and some more flavor.

Photo of jboucher
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

"Bottled on" clearly visible on label.

Appearance: Hazy caramel, yellow-copper color. Small head with poor retention. Minimal lacing.

Smell: This brew smells of malty biscuit, caramel, and sweet hops. Some honey, bready and mild citrus notes as well.

Taste: Citrus, toasted-biscuit, and caramel. There is sweet honey on the arrival, the hops come secondly, and citrus notes linger in the finish. Solid malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate to low carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink for a pale ale.

Ending notes: Overall, I wasn't too impressed. It's definitely not a bad brew, but it just doesn't stand out at all.

Photo of camp0474
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/28/11

Fresh in Hawaii

A: Pours a nice copper orange color with nice off-white head. Good head retention.

S: Faint bready and caramel malts with some mellow citrusy hops. Not too much there but good.

T: Balanced bready and sweet caramel malt with mellow citrus. These hops more of just bitterness and not an overpowering flavor. Hops give a slight citrus bite with some herbal flavors. Quite balanced. Finishes with a slight mellow bitterness and light toasted flavor.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth with a crispy carbonation bite. Light hop oils linger.

D: Well balanced and pretty tasty. Definitely could be a session beer.

Have to realize this is a Pale Ale with mellow hops, not an IPA with a super hoppy character. Well balanced and more of a mellow session beer. Overall solid beer.

Photo of uustal
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber, more on the yellowish side with a small white head. Quickly goes away. Hops in the nose, some citrus and pine notes, nothing really standing out. Starts with a bit oily pine bitterness before a sweet fruity middle. Mosty orange with a hint of grapefruit and lemon zest. A modest caramel sweet malt background before another little kick of pine hops for a semi-bitter finish.

Photo of nathanlovesipas
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice hazy caramel color

S- A pleasant, biscuit aroma, much like many English beers.

T- A sweet and smooth toffee taste. Very low carbonation. Again, this reminds me of a lot of English beers.

M- Middle of the road.

D- Goes down easy. I could drink a ton of these if it weren't so bland. I bet this is better on tap.

Photo of clark123456
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale:
A: Very light in color. Clear.

S: Hoppy, but I can't nail which hops.

T: Hops are very pronounced with some bitterness. The bitterness isn't overpowering. Not too much malt is coming through. Initially I picked up on a savory flavor, but as I continue to drink the savoriness is dissipating.

M: Average carbonation and it's mouth coating.

D: This beer is drinkable.

Overall: This beer is good and I'd drink it again.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy slightly orange golden color with small, tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of some toasted malts with a nice citrus hop character.

Tastes of a solid amount of hops backed up by caramel malt. Hops a have a mostly citrus and grassy character, but there is also some earthiness to it. Not particularly bitter. Malts has notes of toasted bread with some amount of caramel sweetness, but the beer stays pretty balanced between sweet bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly faded away into delicate lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: The smell has light aromas of citrusy hops and toasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of bready, caramel and toasted malts, which are accompanied by a slight amount of sweetness. A slight amount of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is quite easy to drink; I could easily have several of them in one sitting.

Photo of jadpsu
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on date 03/21/10. Purchased in a mix 6 at the Ingles in Loganville.
Pours a pale copper color with a decent off white head. Aroma has some earthy sents and floral hops.
Taste: a little citrus and tangy taste that has a light bitter and dry bite.
Malty on the tongue and then hoppy on the swallow with a dry malty finish.
This had some good balance and I enjoyed it alot.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites during a recent vacation to Oahu. Ubiquitous on the island.

Nice copper color with a light tan head that drops but leaves some nice lacing and depth markings with each sip.

Aroma of mint and citrus with a grainy caramelly middle.

First sip of caramelly malt, mint and citrus hop flavors, a little grainy. Nice broad bitterness. Not overpowering, but a good balance. Fruit esters from the yeast. Finish is medium with a dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium. Dry.

Very good drinkability. I could sit by the pool and drink this all day. Very nice sessionable beer. Nothing aggressive.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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