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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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1,818 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,818
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 35
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 jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is citrus hops, little sweetness and a light bitter finish. Reasonable pale. Bottled on May 6, 2009. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of oelergud
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label is showing a nature scene dominated by a volcano.
Translucent copper body topped by a white head that falls quickly and leaves little lace.
Pleasant sweet inspired white bread scent with mild peppered butter.
Nice hop presence with a clear malt note throughout and into the aftertaste. Yeast, wheat, faint vegetables and wooden vanilla.
Medium body with some residual sugars.
Good drinkability.


oelergud, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of burnstar
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark gold with a large head. Lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. Aroma is mostly grassy hops. Taste has a rounded caramel and slightly toasty malty sweetness. Herbal grassy hops in the finish with a little bitterness. Pretty well balanced. Not as strongly hopped as a lot of APA's. Medium bodied. Easy to drink and pleasant overall.

burnstar, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a beach town in New Jersey. It was the only interesting brand in the bunch so i thought I'd give it a try. I got it along with the pale lager. This was also better than i expected for how far it traveled. A very unique flavor that is both classic pale ale but also an interesting malt flavor. I can drink a lot of these, which is good because I bought a lot.

david18, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a bottled on date on the label but it is hard to read, all I can make out is that it was brewed sometime in 2009. (Sampled on 6-11-09)

Appearance: The body has a deep amber color with good clarity and a small bright white head on top. The head fades down to just a small ring of foam which makes for some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma malty and sweet with just the slightest hint of hops.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor malty and sweet with caramel and sugary notes. The hops add some mild citrus notes and light bitterness for some balance. The finish is still a little bit on the sweet side with just a mild touch of hop bitterness. Its palate is smooth and medium bodied with mellow carbonation.

Notes: Overall it is a nice pleasant but average Pale Ale.

generallee, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A fairly clear orange/amber color with almost no head and no lacing.

S: Very citrus forward, mostly orange. Caramel malt in the background.

T: Fairly sweet, citrus, not really too much bitterness until a bit on the finish.

M: Light-medium body with very little carbonation.

D: Not an outstanding beer, but it's an easy drinking beer that you could have a few of.

womencantsail, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Elimination
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

into pint glass, pours a brownish gold, with very little head. smell of hops come from the pouring right away.

taste is pretty hoppy, and honestly maybe this is in my head but a bit of a camp fire taste, mixed with the smell. I would love to have this by a beach fire chilling with friends. drinkability is pretty good, ive bought a few cases over the last couple months.

overall its a descent beer for chilling with friends, and really adds to the ambiance if your ever in the cool beach situation.

Elimination, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish-copper...one-finger, pillowy white head...good retention...pretty decent lacing as well

S: more citric hops than anything else...a little bit of caramel comes through as it warms

T - follows the aroma...small amount of citrus bitterness up front...seems to follow with some sweeter maltiness...caramel notes as well

M - pretty smooth...fairly well balanced...nice amount of lingering bitterness

D - nice drinking pale ale...nothing outstanding, just really good

RickKrumenacker, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Hunter
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Lovely red-gold brew in appearance, somewhat cloudy. Light pillowy head of dense bubbles that dissipate fairly quickly. Heavy carbonation of tiny bubbles, no lacing effects.

Smell: Hops predominate, but there's a strong undercurrent of sweel malt. Floral and grassy notes.

Taste: Sweeter than expected from a pale ale. Almost tea-like in composition, without the hops overriding everything else like many brews in this style.

Mouthfeel: Thin and yet still cloying, the aftertaste is sweet.

Drinkability: The iced-tea feel to this brew subtracts points, but it's not a bad brew, overall. Drinkable, but there's other APAs out there that are better.

Hunter, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a glass.

Pours a clear light brown amber with a white steady head.

Sweet smell of citrus hops with a biscuity malt.

Taste is a slightly earthy biscuit with a dry finish. Slight sweet fruit initially. not great, but a quality beer.

Good mouthfeel and very drinkable.

aubuc1, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of SuperSpy
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A rich amber color and a lot of protein haze. A mediocre, eggshell colored head that does down pretty quick but leaves some lace behind.

S - The aroma is biscuit malt with some resiny hops. The smell is not that complex, but what's there smells wonderfully tasty.

T/M - Lighter bodied than expected with more hops than expected. The malt is hard to find and the hops are much more prevalent in the taste than in the aroma and unfortunately are more bitter than flavorful. This beer tastes ok but it is not what I was expecting based on the aroma and there is very little going on except bitter, weakly flavored hops.

D - I would drink another one of these, but I would also have no regrets with moving on to something else.

SuperSpy, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of EliottJW
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THIS... was a really solid beer... I'm not really the biggest fan of the kona beers I've tried so far, but this pale was a really solid showing.

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice 1.5 finger, light tan head was produced. it lingered for a while and as the inner bubbles subsided, a thin layer remained on the glass as high as the head initially reached. a nice light shade of orange, this beer looks light aaand inviting on a hot afternoon.

smells of sweet malts and just a hint of mild hops... maybe a little citrus, but really not much. the smell was really a solid indicator of what to expect as as soon as I took this one in, it was a blast of mildly sweet malts with a HINT of hops... this was a really well balanced pale ale. There was just enough bite from the hops to be able to call this a malty pale, but the malts are not overwhelming AT all. in fact, towards the end, the mild hops give way to a nice bready yeast. again, great balance.

a great light to medium body really compliments the flavor of this brew. it's just light enough to drink at any time. awesome for a hot hot, great for a night out... could be a great session beer. I could drink this for days and days.

EliottJW, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of deanhead
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear amber colored beer with a nice lace, and respectable carbonation.
Aroma is malty, slightly bready
Malt forward taste with this beer. No real hop bitterness stands out here. Fairly well balanced beer.
Light to medium bodied beer that is fairly drinkable. It's a good example of a an American Pale Ale.

deanhead, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a creamy off-white head. Retains a solid cap throughout drinking and leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Pretty nice mix of hop aromas with some citrus tones as well as some spicy, herbal, earthy hop smells. Sweet, caramel malt balances it out.

T - More malt than hops in the flavor, which i didn't really expect from the aroma. Toasty, bready, sweet malts up front with the hops bringing up the back end. The hop flavor is more on the earthy, herbal side of things with a bit of a citrus hint. Pretty nice, crisp, slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied and pretty smooth drinking. Nice, moderate level of carbonation.

D - Quite a drinkable offering. Fairly refreshing and a pretty solid combination of flavors. This could definitely be a solid session beer on a hot day.

GarrisWH, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jwhawkins81, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Durge, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of mirish72
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mirish72, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

atsprings, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of stawn
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

stawn, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of edbeer
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

edbeer, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jdubjacket, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Risser09
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Risser09, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Aenema
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Aenema, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of dkoehler42
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

dkoehler42, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BWMKappaSig, Jun 01, 2009
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,818 ratings.