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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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1,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,754
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 31
Gots: 142 | 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 jwhawkins81


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

I had meant to but the porter and was a little surprised and disappointed when I pulled out this Pale Ale out of my mixed sixer.

Aroma - Citrus hops dominate the aroma.

Appearance - Orange color with a nice big off-white head.

Taste - Over hopped American Pale Ale. I always have a hard time distinguishing IPA's from APA's.

Notes - A pretty representative APA.

07-10-2009 01:10:49 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of Durge


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

Happened upon this on tap at Maggie McFly's Restaurant in Brookfield, Connecticut, this was a nice golden amber color with a big off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is subtle piny / herbal hop and caramel malt, somewhat thick and appetizing. The flavor follows suit with a mid-plus body feel, smooth and creamy with a hop blend very similar to the aroma. Add some vanilla and more caramel malt, maybe even some banana nut. Quite tasty. It is politely carbonated and easily a sessionable brew, a fine pale ale and a pleasant surprise.

07-09-2009 19:45:07 | More by Durge
Photo of mirish72


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

Picked up a sixer as you don't see too many Hawaiian beers on the east coast. I didn't have high expectations, so this purchase was a bit of a surprise as the beer was better than I would have thought.

Poured dark amber, with little head and lacing. No real hint of hops, seemed more malty than anything. Tasted malty with hints of caramel, with a low hope profile. Tasty, but definitely not what I expected in a pale ale. That being said for what its worth it wasn't bad at all. Not sure if I would go out of my way to pick more up, but not a bad beer for a back yard BBQ.

07-06-2009 18:46:58 | More by mirish72
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

On-tap at Woody's City Market served in a Newcastle pint glass a crisp orange with a very nice frothy off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice subtle amount of crisp sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste is a nice amount citrus and pine hops balanced nicely with sweet malts with a hint of caramel. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing, especially for summer. This is a very enjoyable Pale.

06-30-2009 21:05:00 | More by atsprings
Photo of stawn


2.73/5  rDev -24.6%

A - Pours a light golden amber with a short cap that disapates quickly.

S - Smells slightly bready. No hop aroma at all.

T - Nice medium body with low amounts of bitterness. Sweet aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

OK beer, but middle of the road. Nothing stands out and makes you say wow.

06-29-2009 21:49:35 | More by stawn
Photo of edbeer

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Had this for the first time at East Ave Cafe in Pawtucket RI. I was amazed at the overall balance of this beer. I can't mention one particularly good thing about this beer because it was so well balanced. The head was medium sized and lasted for a while. There was a pleasing amount of maltiness with a little caramel and the hops were light but present. Maybe a little under-hopped for some but well within the style guidelines. Overall a very tasty beer.

06-24-2009 02:10:13 | More by edbeer
Photo of jdubjacket


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

New neighbor from across the street brought a six-pack of these over the other night. Poured an amber color with very little head and almost no lacing. Smell had a slightly metallic tint with some...musky bread...? Taste is pretty unremarkable... some bready and malt taste. Almost no hops prominent, which is surprising for a pale ale. Watered down mouthfeel. Not a very good pale ale.

06-22-2009 23:05:57 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of Risser09


2.93/5  rDev -19.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - bottled 3/23/09

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with orange highlights. The head only goes to 1/4" with it's off-white color. No retention and just a few spots left as lace.

Smell: A sweet, malt ridden aroma of caramel malt. Cherry, strawberry, rose, hyacinth, honeysuckle, but not a hop cone to be smelled.

Taste: Malt and hops are equals in this beer. A bitter forefront of earthy, vegetal hops quickly gives way to sweet caramel malt. Cereal grains push through as well to kick in some grit. So do nutty almond flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, decent carbonation, not much bitterness, smooth. A little bit of booze.

Drinkability: Okay. This isn't much of a pale ale. It needs a better/bigger hop profile to stand out. A decent New Hampshire brew.

06-15-2009 17:22:06 | More by Risser09
Photo of Aenema


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance - Clear caramel with a thin, off-white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.
Smell - Citrus, sweet malt.
Taste - Sweet, bready caramel malt with a fine hop presence in the background. Not much hop flavor though.
Mouthfeel - A little too light and fizzy carbonation. I'd say this is light-medium bodied and the carbonation is a bit too fine and fast, though it still does not really scrub the palate.
Drinkability - Very easy to drink.

06-13-2009 04:28:23 | More by Aenema
Photo of dkoehler42

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

This ale from Hawaii is a tasty surprise. I picked it up from a local place just because it was from the West Coast island. Fortunately, it has a nice amber color and a bold hoppy taste. It is lacking in mouthfeel though, it seemed a bit watery. Not much in the way of aroma either.

06-13-2009 03:28:45 | More by dkoehler42
Photo of BWMKappaSig


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

12oz bottle, bottle date 4/23/09

A: Deep orange, immediately reminiscent of Anchor's Liberty Ale, but with almost no head retention.

S: A little floral hops and a pretty biscuitty nose. Yet, strangely weak, for the style.

T: An initial hoppy bitterness with that same bready yeastiness to the taste. The malts have a little bit of roast to them, almost as if this was just adding hops to an amber ale recipe. Slight astringency reminds me of some of my earlier homebrews gives me the feeling that the malts were slightly scorched in the boil.

M: Decent carbonation, light to medium body, but a rather noticable yeasty aftertaste that I'd expect to find more in a beligian ale than in the APA style.

D: Less drinkable than I'd hoped, I'm left slightly confused by this beer. It seemingly strays from the American Pale Ale malt profile, but is moderately enjoyable nonetheless.

Mild recommendation.

06-01-2009 21:42:49 | More by BWMKappaSig
Photo of Jayli


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer pours a clear copper color with a 2 finger slightly off white head. Head retention is quite good, some thin wispy lacing is left on the glass. Nose is of caramel malts, fruits (apples and possibly pears), very little hoppiness. Taste is sweet, malty caramel that is balanced with hop bitterness, a very easy drinking beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, medium bodied though slightly thin with medium carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer - goes down easy, not filling. It's an average pale ale with nice drinkability.

05-22-2009 19:35:26 | More by Jayli
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Not a bad beer, though not an outstanding pale
Galena, Cascade & Mt. Hood hops. Not so familiar with Galena.
Big carbonation was a bit much, but still getting the hops, they did not skimp, and a tad of fruitiness. This would be interesting on cask. Fruity colour with moderate off-white head. Drinkable stuff.

05-17-2009 05:39:54 | More by Sammy
Photo of williamherbert

New York

2.95/5  rDev -18.5%

Review #600 for me.

A clear dark orange color. Almost no head retention whatsoever, though a thin layer does remain on top.

The smell is bitter pale malts, with a bleachy hop smell. Seems to be of the German (Hallertauer/Saaz) variety. A tad off-putting.

The taste is bitter hops at the front of the tongue, almost like chlorine. A bitter amber malt flavor, with hints of some crystally pale thrown in. More malty than hoppy.

The feel is a thick and fizzy body. Dances on the tongue, then sticks around. It's drinkable enough, but too overly bitter for my tastes, without enough balance.

05-14-2009 00:39:59 | More by williamherbert
Photo of sulldaddy


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 +0.3%

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 +1.7%

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 +7.2%

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 -3.3%

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 +16.6%

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 +5.8%

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 +0.8%

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 -12.2%

**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
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

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 +2.2%

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
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,754 ratings.