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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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1,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,740
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 31
Gots: 134 | 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 sulldaddy


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Sampling at cellar temp in a snifter.
The beer pours a clear orange amber hue with fluffy eggshell white head foaming up 2 cm with gentle pour.
Several streams of carbonation rise to the surface of the beer.
The aroma is grassy and floral hops with very faint grainy malt in the back. Not really robust on the nose.
First sip reveals an average body with gentle rolling carbonation.

Flavor is briefly grainy sweet malt and then rolls to floral and slightly bitter hops. Not really big on the flavor either, but there is a lite lingering bite after each sip.
The beer is clean and crisp easy to drink. Would be nice on a warm day and I feel that I could drink several of these in a sitting and not get bored or palate fatigue.

05-10-2009 03:33:11 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of Brad007


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Pretty much the standard for the style.

Aroma is full of light hops with biscuit malt in the nose. Seems standard for the style.

Taste is full of light hops and malt upfront. Simple. Inoffensive. Biscuit malt is a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt and light hops. Standard for the style.

I think this is a good, average pale ale that is drinkable. It won't knock your socks off but I've had worse.

05-10-2009 03:28:03 | More by Brad007
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

12 ouncer, bottled on dating etched onto the label, nice. Pours lighter tangarine amber, with a slight haze. Delicate off white head/film/lace. Mild bready nose. On the lighter side of the style flavor and hop wise. Respectable, smooth hop undercoating and a rather thin resiny hit of hops in the background. Decent sessioner, warm weather ale.

05-09-2009 02:36:12 | More by Billolick
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Crystal clear medium orange color. Aggressive pour gave 1 1/2 fingers of frothy head. Good retention and moderate lacing.

4.0 S: Sweet malty backbone with brown sugar. Grassy hops. Overall very earthy, but nice.

4.0 T: Overall it has a very good taste. It isn't all that complex, but the flavors it does have come full force. There's a solid hop bitterness that persists throughout each sip but doesn't last into the aftertaste. Grassy/herbal hop flavor with a hint of citrus. Crystal malt lends a sweetness to balance the bitterness.

3.0 M: Medium body. Not as creamy as I'd like and too low in carbonation.

4.0 D: With some more carbonation, this would be a damn fine brew. Good the way it is nonetheless.

05-05-2009 07:07:59 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of armock

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3%

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is light some sweet malt with citrus hops

T - The taste is also light with sweet malt first then the citrus hops come in to finish it off

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - Taste just wasn't strong enough for me I'm used to more aggressive APAs with more hops to them I guess but if was one of the better choices at a bar I wouldn't skip over it

05-04-2009 22:42:36 | More by armock
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%

Pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Good retention,and a very nice lace. Aroma is of sweet fruit and citrus hops. Body is light to medium with some carbonation.Taste is of fruit and piney citrus hops. Hints of bready malts are also there. This is one good beer!!

05-01-2009 00:02:01 | More by riversider76
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange/amber color with an off-white head that left some lacing.

S - sweet malt and light citrus hops.

T - you can taste the sweet malts and the light bitterness of the hops but it's all very well balanced.

F - light/medium bodied with a light, crisp feel.

D - this is a pretty darn good beer.

04-30-2009 23:11:43 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale poured a beautiful bright copper, but with virtually no head and very little lace.

The smell and taste are malty and subtle. There's a little citrus and bitterness that lingers, but overall, the feel is crisp, refreshing, and bubbly.

Fire Rock Pale Ale hit the spot on the 85-degree day I tried it. I imagined having this beer ice-cold, out of a cooler, at a busy, loud beach.

04-26-2009 19:33:37 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of PatronWizard


3.18/5  rDev -11.9%

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Pours a nice clear caramel copper with good looking creamy head. Smells like a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. Seriously, honey and grain. Flavor profile is a bit of an enigma but reminds me of potato pancakes and malt o'meal. Was too much like cereal for me.

Overall: next!

04-23-2009 22:04:28 | More by PatronWizard
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New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

Found this for the first time at the local this week, thought I'd give it a try. It came in a mixed 6 pack with 3 different brews.

Pours a clear, dark golden almost copper color with a thinnish off white head that sticks around for a little while. Smells of grainy malt and yeast esters. A bit of citrus pokes through, but is overwhelmed. Taste is mildly fruity with some green apples apparent. Has a crisp hop bite. Citrus and esters dominate. Has a tart finish that feels out of place. Mouthfeel is almost creamy but not quite. Body is medium, carbonation is medium to high. Not bad for a mainstream pale ale, but there are definitely more flavorful choices out there.

04-23-2009 21:59:40 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Bottle into mug.

Pours lightly hazy copper, thin off-white head that disappears a bit quickly.

Nose is very estery, some citrus coming through underneath.

Taste has some light caramel malt up front and center, with some hop bitterness in front of a clean, light finish. Quite drinkable, some light astringency from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation up front.

Drinkability is very nice; nice beer all told, a good one to sit back and drink on the porch in summer. There are a number of APA's i'd pick in front of this one though.

04-20-2009 01:21:02 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured from a bottle with an updated label into a pint glass. Pours reddish golden with minimal foam and little lacing.

Some malt in the nose, a tad fruity/floral. Not much.

Taste is all pale ale - hoppy, though not overbearing, backed by a fruity, malty taste. Mildly carbonated in the mouth.

Decent enough pale - easy to see having more than a few. Mahalo!

04-20-2009 01:14:04 | More by KTCamm
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

I was curious about how well a beer could travel from Hawaii to me in NY. I got my answer on the bottle: "Brewed by Kona Brewery, Portsmouth NH for Kona Brewery, Kona HI". Now, I haven't heard of Kona opening a branch in NH, so I did some digging and came across a Hawaii Business article that explains it.

In a nutshell, Kona has contracted with Redhook Brewery to produce some of their labels for the mainland. But wait! Isn't Redhook in Washington State? Well, yes. And a bit more digging revealed that Redhook is actually a part of Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc., a public conglomerate trading on NASDAQ as CBAI. And as if that's not a surprise, Anheuser-Busch, or AB-InBev, owns 25% of that entity.

What I thought was going to be a craft beer shipped from HI ended up being a contract brew from a large public corporation. Let's hope the beer tastes better than these findings do!

Pours a nice deep golden or very light amber with one finger of faintly tan head. Decent lacing on the glass, and delicate visible carbonation.

Malty nose with some lightly floral hops coming through. Traces of caramel, biscuit, and honey.

Malty and biscuity with some decent bittering going on. Some odd flavor in there, almost like ripe banana peel. Hops mainly come through in bittering.

Smooth, thicker than I'd think on the tongue, with a very light carbonation.

Very drinkable. Not too bitter nor too sweet. Refreshing.

I'm happy with this one. It still has that craft beer smell, taste, and feel, despite the publicly traded corporate backing. I'll have to learn more about the RedHook brewing facility in NH. How big, who actually owns it, etc.

I'd still like to try this from the micro in HI. Someday. Of course if anyone wants to fly me out there, I'm more than willing to travel in the name of beer. ;)

04-18-2009 18:48:04 | More by techcommdood
Photo of gobias


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

I had never seen this beer before and saw a number of Kona Brewing Company beers at my local liquor store and decided to try them.

Its got a nice pale ale flavor, not too strong of a flavor. Smooth, crisp and refreshing beer, one I still enjoyed after consuming a few. If you are in the mood for an American Pale Ale I recommend this one.

04-18-2009 05:01:06 | More by gobias
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


4/5  rDev +10.8%

12oz bottle (brewed in Portsmouth, NH) purchased at Hannaford. Pours a crystal clear golden amber body with a short lived off-white head. Citrussy hops dominate with a fair bit of bready and caramel malts to balance it out. Citrussy, minty, slightly pithy hops share the flavor with some nice caramel malt. Balance is what strikes me about the flavor. Moderate in both mouthfeel and carbonation, and an easy drinker. A solid American Pale Ale, balanced and pleasant.

04-17-2009 02:47:29 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

On-tap 4/15/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel up front, followed by a good hops presence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while, but overall it's just an average pale ale.

04-16-2009 14:16:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Serving notes - 0.5L German glass, cellar temp.
A - Nice floral hops with some malt in the background.
A - Vigorous pour gave a good three fingers of head. Clear yellow-amber in color.
M - Medium carbonation and body.
T - Taste follows the aroma very well. Good balance of floral hops and malt. Possible some corn adjunct flavors.
D - A very worthy session beer. I would order this at a bar.

04-13-2009 22:06:36 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours a quite nice peachy orange color with a nice white head that stays on the beer the whole way through.

Aroma is biscuity and loaded with vienna malt. Reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Boston Lager.

Taste has a little bit of a "local micro brew" quirk to it.. probably above average levels of diacetyl or just overuse of specialty malts. Kind rancid (I use that word lightly) beer, but pleasant overall and enough flavor to make you forget that it's a flaw. Overall enjoyable though. Hop bitterness towards the end, tastes like magnum or a non-citrusy bittering hop.

Mouthfeel is that of above average tap water, which is a lot better than the "soda like" beer you find at a lot of microbrews. Definitely a drinkable beer, just not outrageously good.

04-09-2009 06:52:35 | More by wiseguy142
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

L: Pours a nice amber-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts and a nice "firey" hop aroma that lets me know this is going to have some kick to it.
T: Very nice sweet malt base followed by a nice spicy kick of earthy/piney/citrusy hops.
M: Very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, I think it would have been less drinkable if it had less hops in it, but then I suppose it wouldn't be called Fire Rock. Overall it was really nice.

04-07-2009 10:54:31 | More by erosier
Photo of Kromes


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a light amber/copper color with a small head. A touch cloudy. Smells fruity, malty, and slightly hoppy. Actually nice aromas coming off of this beer. Toasted malt and fruity flavors,very nice and smooth. Hop flavors are way in the background, earthy and citrusy. It was hard to taste the hops, but the bitterness does kick in on the finish to leave a nice sweet toasted malt,bitter flavor. Maybe could have used some more hop flavor, but that would make more like every other american pale ale and I actually like the flavor the way it the way it is. This is my 3rd beer from Kona (porter and lager) and I'm really impressed, they are all very well crafted....I could drink these all day.

04-03-2009 00:36:05 | More by Kromes
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

New arrival at my beer store... my first, and probably only, Hawaiian beer.

Pours a cloudy copper color, small head to it, some lacing. Nothing crazy about the aroma, now time to taste. Light bodied and crisp, nice mouthfeel to it. For a pale ale it's definitely more malty than I expected, but finishes smooth. Pretty interesting taste to it.... could definitely tell it apart from a 100 other pale ale's. While not spectacular by any means, it's a solid refreshing ale that would be good on a nice warm, summer day.

Sixer for $7.49.

04-01-2009 22:16:30 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a clear pale copper color with a dense off-white head that slowly settles. The aroma is sweet, some caramel malt perhaps, and a spicy/grassy hop. Sweet caramel malt upfront, honey, with some bitter hops in the end. Definitely more of a malty APA, quite balanced. Moderate feel, little bready, prickly carbonation, good balance between sweet and bitter. Decent APA overall, could use some more flowery hop flavor. Drinks easy, could beer to use as a change of pace.

03-29-2009 01:47:04 | More by Gmann
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

We just hit town, staying at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach, and in the first 20 minutes of walking around we saw two convenience stores that had Kona Fire Rock (one was around $12/6 pack and the other was $10/6 pack). Neither price seemed that steep for the extremely hot location, and I was surprised to see such a good product widely available. Honolulu seems to have benefited from free enterprise (competition).

It's a nice brew. Not at all strong or offensive in any way, yet flavorful. It goes down very creamy and smooth and multiple beers should be very nice.

I am really tired from a long day of flying, so this hits the spot nicely. I hope to try more things from Kona while we are here.

I also had this on tap and it tastes exactly the same. This must mean the bottling process is doing a good job.

03-26-2009 04:05:08 | More by schoolboy
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Beer is amber colored, clear with an off-white, orange tinted head. Nice head texture with a combo of super fine + large bubbles. That combined with the bits of lace already forming make this look hoppier than your average pale ale. It turns out to be about average. Aroma is basic and pleasant. Sweet bread dough malt, light caramel, and some spicy earthy and orange hops. Flavor includes a balance of malt + flavor/aroma hops, similar to the smell, with a small punch of hop bitterness. Its more bitter than I expected from the intensity of the smell but the bitterness is certainly welcome. Mouthfeel is alright. Appropriate sized body but the carbonation is a little sharper than it needs to be. This is easy to drink overall.

This could be a decent session-able back up if you're not in the mood for something more exciting.

03-20-2009 20:30:33 | More by tastybeer
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%

Clear orange-amber with a small head that disappears rather quickly. Aromas of bready grains and floral, fruity sweet hops. Toasty grain, tea, and citrus rind flavor. More citrusy aftertaste as it sits around in the glass. Medium bodied and pretty easy to drink.

Meh...fairly balanced but nothing memorable.

03-13-2009 01:09:10 | More by wedge
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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