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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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1,935 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,935
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 37
Gots: 226 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-30-2002

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
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Photo of 24Beer92
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out with hardly any head at all and quickly dissapates into no head at all. Very bright copper color, Shows alot of carbonation at first than dies down rapidly. Smells very sweet which throws you off when you take your first drink and get the overwhelming bitterness of an IPA, not what i normally expect in an APA. This beer is very smooth going down, that was probably my favorite part of this beer. Overall my opinion is biased based on the fact i am not the biggest fan of this bitter of a beer but if thats your cup of tea than i would suggest it to you. I am a fan of Kona's longboard and other beers so just shop around their different selections. overall a great brew just not mine.

Photo of Tilley4
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice little brew here...

Piney hop aromas mingle with a sweet caramel toffee maltiness to blend together quite nicely... Very hop forward with the balsam/pine aspects taking the forefront....

Tangy piney hoppiness rules the day here with a strong malt backbone coming in a close second... Pretty good flavors with this one.

Pleasantly surprised

Photo of dogfishandi
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. 6% ABV according to label. bottled on JUN 7, 2011 (about 2 months old). label looks like a hollister ad.

pours out a nice orange copper color with a 1-2 finger white head that faded to a thick retentive layer. some light spotty lace. fairly clear body, just the slightest bit cloudy.

the initial aroma is very metallic. behind that there is some strange fruity smell i dont quite have a name for, apricot?, and hints of grainy, caramel malt.

a lot of the same in the taste. quite metallic, wierd off fruity apricot, a little citrus hop balanced by a grainy, biscuity malt. finishes fairly bitter like your standard pale ale.

lighter side of medium bodied, decent feeling carbonation. slightly resinous.

very metallic and too many off flavors here to make this enjoyable. behind all of this, i can taste a decent pale ale. not something i would ever come back to or recommend.

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

Ontap in a plastic cup.
A: reddish ruddy amber. Nice lasting creamy light tan head.
S: caramel, toffee, and light hop aromas-piney, earthy, grapefruity?
T: light to medium sweet caramel malts are well balanced by a smooth hop bitterness.
M: nice and frothy. Light to medium body.
O: not bad, woulda liked more hop character.

Photo of tito42
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. 17 MAY 2011 stamped on label.

A: Cloudy copper with a nice off-white head that sticks around and leaves excellent lacing.

S: Strong oily hops aroma and a bit of honey.

T: Hops up front with caramel roasted malt and biscuit following up strongly. A very pronounced roast flavor, with a caramel sweetness following. Enjoyable.

M: Solid malt backbone, smooth throughout, hops up front and at the finish, and a pleasantly dry finale.

O: A good APA. Sweeter with more of a malt presence than the average APA.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the second Kona beer that I picked up at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge recently. I didn't expect this to be like other Pale Ales that I've tried and as soon as I poured it out of the bottle, I knew that that would be the case. This had a nice fiery-reddish hue to it to go along with the name of the beer, and the aroma wasn't overwhelming with hops like so many other offerings in this style. Nevertheless, I thought this was great and a welcome change from what I've had lately!

The head didn't last long on this beer and the lacing was minimal too, at best. Caramel hit me up front but not enough to make this beer feel sticky. It faded nicely into the roasted notes that had some currant and dark plum underneath. The hops were not that strong and could be felt in the aftertaste, which came and went like one of the low-tide waves on the big island itself. This felt a bit like a Belgian IPA with the mild strength of the alcohol and the flavors that went with it, and the carbonation was just enough to felt when this beer was swished.

I thought there was just a bit more alcohol in this than what it was in actuality. It wasn't so much in the taste, but in the warmth that I could feel it. Like a few others, I was disappointed to find out that Kona's beers are brewed on the U.S. mainland but nevertheless, this is certainly worth a shot since there's nothing quite like it on the shelf at your retailer. Those who like darker and moderately stronger Pale Ales with a good mouthfeel and mild flavors will delight in this beer, just like I did!

Photo of jbphoto88
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant looking amber brew with orange and yellow highlights. The head isn't very impressive due to a lack luster showing of suds. Dismal as the head my be the beer still looks clear crisp and refreshing or maybe I'm reacting to the 105 thermometer outside. A glass of mud would be refreshing in this heat.

Back to the brew we have a very lovely smelling pale ale. Good fresh malts paired with a bouquet of citrusy hops. Not overly fragrant but nice and clean. Can't wait to dive in.

The flavor is good but not great. The malt bill and the hops follow through from the nose but are subdued to the point of being washed out. The flavor is slightly off balance with a bigger emphasis on the grain then the hop. Slightly disappointed.

The mouthfeel adds to the disjointed theme of the beer with a super solid bitterness that doesn't have the flavor to back it up. This could be a great beer but it just comes up a little short. I'm happy to have tried it but wouldn't come back to this APA.

Photo of Mora2000
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber color with a very small white head. The aroma has some orange and mango notes as well as some bread and biscuit malt. The flavor is orange citrus, as well as some flowery and perfume-like hops, mixed with biscuit malt. Low bitterness. The mouthfeel is about medium and the carbonation is pretty low. Decent.

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

Bottle marked Mar2311-15:36 NH. The pour is amber-copper with a quick fizzy head that dissolves almost instantly. Roasted caramel malts and some light hops are noted in the aroma. The body is thin but not watered down. There is a solid malty character in the taste with a slightly dry hopped ending. But there is this faint berry like fruit character in the background.

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a rich amber color with a finger thick head that takes a good long time to melt, with lingering lacing. The smell says "HOPS!" with some hint of malt behind it. The taste doesn't quite deliver the promise of the smell, but is still pretty good for a pale ale. Nice crisp finish with a lingering of hops on the palate that makes you go back for more. Personally, my favorite pale ale is from another brewer, but would this stop me from getting this one again, or recommending it? Definitely not. Glad I bought a sixer so I can have more..

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

Fresh in Oahu, available just about everywhere in sample packs.
Small cappe bottle poured into a pint glass.

Golden colored, off white head with below average lacing and retention.
Floral hoppiness on the aroma, some citrus notes. Light to medium bodied, reasonably well balanced with a predominance of hops, along with biscuity malts.
Decent, but lacks body, depth. Better than the other regulars.

Photo of zac16125
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with a fingers width of sea foam white head. The head dissipates to a solid thick film and leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

S: Lots of yeast, white bread, mild citrus hops and a hint of piney hops.

T: Mostly citrus hops. A little bit of the bready yeast that was present in the aroma and a subtle hint of roasted malt. Its pretty light up front, but has a nice significant hop bitterness on the back end.

M/D: Light bodies and pretty heavily carbonate. Certainly easy to drink. I could see it being a good beer to drink on a hot day.

O: Overall this is a pretty solid beer. Nothing spectacular, and a little light for my liking, but certainly worth drinking. I wouldn’t run out to buy more but I definitely won’t have a problem finishing this 6 pack.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale orange yellow in color with a white head. Pretty sticky and looks the look. The aroma is quite light with a dollop of orange glo and pale malts. Standard APA fare.

The flavor is pleasant and balanced, but tame even for style. I think Kona was going for something light enough for Hawaiian summers. The hops are piney and citric, and there are definitely enough of them - the malts are fairly overwhelmed. Fortunately for drinkability, it's well carbonated and finishes clean enough.

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

Pours a nice clear reddish amber, fire red highlights with a 2 inch high shell colored head. Rather poor retention, gives off a rocky appearance leaving some thick smudges of lacing on the glass. Fiery body, rocky head.

Plain sugarcane and bready malts with a touch of cereal grain, hops are almost strictly limited to pine with a touch of citrus and apricot wafting in and out.

Caramel and sweet bread malts with a higher grainy note than on the nose and not as sweet. Equal balance with the hops which are a lemony citrus up front changing to a conventional grapefruit rind and pine finish. Slight bitterness but finishes more crisp with a glancing blow of acidity.

Not exactly clean or drying but nice crisp feel at the end. Moderate body and adequate carbonation.

Very sessionable pale ale, falls nicely in the middle of American and English styles. Ultimately very balanced and satisfying.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer presents a ruby highlighted copper coloring with a thick, smooth, foamy white head. The beer has caramel sweet and nutty aromas, with a thick, cloying character. Flavors are dark roasted caramel, with coffee tones, as well. No hops whatsoever. This brew is a bit more like an amber to me. The carbonation comes through at the end of the palate. Sharp, toasted aftertaste of roasted caramel. The finish is sweet and smooth. Decent beer stand alone, but within the style, not overly impressive.

Photo of Hibernator
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fire Rock Pale Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled on 01/03/11
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a copper amber color, light towards the bottom of the glass. Mini head on top.

Malty nose with whiffs of baked bread and hops.

Caramel malt base with a tight finish and some sugary sweetness. Peppery hop finish. Easy drinking, but rather nondescript overall. A middle-of-the-road ale.

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

Hazy and brilliant orange color with a sea foam white head that doesn't seem to want to go away, but does want to leave lots of lacing down the side. Smells are pleasant: sweet orange aromas come to mind with a healthy citrus hop backing.

Some good things going on in the complex taste. Tangerines are the closest thing I can think of to the fruity taste that is offered up in the beginning of the sip. the sweetness from lemons as well I think. Its followed by a swirling of citrusy hops and an easy-going malt that helps bring a really solid beer together. It's certainly hoppy but the fruitiness stands up nicely to it. Just a slight twinge of booze as it warms up. Its got a clean and smooth mouthfeel, definitely on the creamier side, and definitely one of the reasons this beer works.
The balance of all these things combines perfectly into this very solid beer.

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

Pours a nice amber with white head. Smells very citrusy and a lot of hop in the nose. The tase has the same. Tons of citrus and plenty of hops to go around. This is a very well rounded beer. Its my first kona and I will be back for more for sure. So there you have it.

Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color in the chalice. Some coarse foam but not a lot. Good nose of resin and pine. First sip is suprisingly good-- lots of flavor. Plenty of malt and some nice . Bitterness takes over the other flavors.

Aromatics are good. Each sip starts out promisingly, but I think it's just over-hopped with an unpleasant variety. I wish for a nicer creamy carbonation as well.

Photo of hoppyhampy
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler. Bottled on 4/26/11. Pours a classic pale orange color with two fingers of frothy foam but almost no carbonation visible. Good lacing. Nose is nicely balanced between lightly sweet malt and citrusy hops with a scent of mango. Flat mouthfeel makes it seem heavier than it should. The palate hits the right bases though. A nice, slightly roasted and sweet malt contrasts with clean, fresh hops. Finish is balanced and clean. Overall, balanced the way a pale ale should be but not displaying any qualities that jump out at you.

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

A- Amber and crystal clear with an off-white head.
S- Mild citrus hops.
T- All citrus hops in the flavor but at a very mellow smooth level
MO-A very solid easy drinking beer, just like an APA should be. Definitely one of the better Hawaiin brewed beers that are available in bottles/cans.

Photo of idurra
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear copper in color, with a very small head that disappears very rapidly. Smells floral and citrusy. The taste is like the smell, floral, crisp, with a very pleasant sweetness, and less than expected bitterness for a pale ale, and a metallic aftertaste. Carbonation is on the lively side. Overall, less hoppy than expected, but very pleasant and balanced.

Photo of suspect
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper color. Aggressive pour leads to a thin one finger head that disappears almost as soon as I finish the pour. No lacing to speak of whatsoever.

S: Unexpectedly hoppy for an APA. Sweet caramelly malts quickly replace the hop presence.

T: Again, supremely hop-forward. Has more complete hop flavor than some IPAs I've tasted recently. The toasted malt presence here is welcomed after all of the hops. It presence as a sparky APA with good balance.

M: Average carbonation, light body feel. Little to no aftertaste or mouth coating

O: This was a really nice APA. A ballsy take on a somewhat boring style which is exactly what I'd expect from a brew made in Hawaii. Aloha!

Photo of dtivp
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange copper with a small white head, little retention and very light lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts and citrus.

Taste followed the nose with a slight sweetness, malt and citrus.

Mouthfeel was a medium leaning light body with good carbonation, very smooth.

Overall it was an average beer, I would have liked a touch of bitter hops for some balance.

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.

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,935 ratings.