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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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1,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,877
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 36
Gots: 180 | 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 smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive three-finger head that leaves nice ring lace on the glass. Hazy, neutral amber color. Head dies slowly.

Extreme caramel aroma; reminds me of cotton candy. No hop; no alcohol to the nose.

Mostly malty with lots of biscuity and grainy flavors. Light hop shows up on the swallow and the aftertaste. Very full bodied for the style. Moderate carbonation.

In the end, there's too much candy (but still not sweet) to this beer.

smcolw, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of jhtipton
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label is different that the one shown. Picked up a six pack at the Longs Drugstore in Wakiki. Used a tea glass rather than the hotel glass. Nice appearance and smell. Very fruity nose and nice lacing and approx 1 inch of head which dissipated slowly. The taste is pretty good, somewhat citrus and you can taste the hops, somewhat sweeter than other pale ales. Mouthfeel is fine, not too heavy and very refreshing. Definitely drinkable, could make this a session beer. Paired it with a baby swiss and baguette.

jhtipton, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of thekanna
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange bordering on brown color with quite active carbonation and a thin, white head.

S: Sweet citrus with some toasted malts and a good helping of hops.

T/M: Sweet malts, apricot, orange and other citrus lead to a moderate hop bite and a good bit of juiciness. Smooth to a slight bite... I like that.

D: Fairly impressed with this Hawaiian beer. Overall, Kona did a good job.

thekanna, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Nick's in Clemson...

Pours a dark amber color with some lighter brown/orange highlights. The head on the beer was only about a finger high, but it hung around for a while and left some decent lacing around the glass.

Lots of caramel maltiness present in the nose, but some definite citrus and piney hops in use here as well.

The flavor mirrors the nose in that it's mainly malty... very caramely, slightly toasty, but malty all the way through with the citrus and pine flavors emanating from the hops thrown in to balance out the malt, not vice versa. A different take from some pales I've had before, but definitely not bad.

Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation; all good in my book. Doesn't stand out but certainly doesn't suck.

All in all, Fire Rock was a solid pale ale, tasty with a solid flavor and body on it. Although it's not the best I've had, I certainly wasn't disappointed with my choice of beer on tap for the evening.

feelmefoam, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and comes out a fairly dark coppery-orange. A two finger head develops and is off-white and fairly frothy. The head has decent retention and leaves behind a light coat of lacing. A small coat of white stays atop the beer with a pretty creamy ring. Smell is alright. I get mostly notes of fairly toasty, caramel malt and a bready/wheat/yeasty note. If anything, I get a tiny bit of earthy hops in there too. The aroma has decent strength but not much too it. Taste is pretty much the smell with a bit more complexity and some hops. I get the caramel malts and the bready hints. The hops come through and are a tiny bit bitter with grassy, earthy and a tiny bit of fruit to them. Once again, the malt is the prominent character here but it is a bit too caramel for me. Some citrus peel from the hops comes around once in a while as well. The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer. It has a moderate body with a medium level of carbonation. The creaminess is nice and helps make the beer more enjoyable. There is no warmth but a coat of bitterness stays around on the tongue with some malt flavor. Drinkability is good. The beer was one of the cheapest on the shelf, even after being shipped from Hawaii. The taste is decent as well. There really are no bad flavors but they are not exceptional. If the malts were a bit less caramel and the hops were a bit more present I think this beer would be great. I enjoyed this one but wasn't hugely impressed with it. I could session this one and will give it a good drinkability rating.

cbutova, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. I also noticed it was out of date. Nobody must drink this stuff as every Kona product I have looked at recently was out of date in every store I have looked. Head was an off white and had good lacing. The amber colored beer was bready smelling and a little hoppy. Nothing to smile about here. I'm not buying again.

Minkybut, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try Kona for a while now, and it finally made it to MA.

A: Pouring into my SA perfect pint glass with a healthy pour yields a very small head covering that fades quickly despite a huge number of bubbles rising from the etch in the bottom. Aside from the billion bubbles blocking the view, it's pretty clear with an auburn amber toasty orange brown color.

N: Mostly a slightly sweet malty toasted aroma. Some light English style bittering hops seem to caress the aroma along with a touch of some fruity American hops. The hops are very light on the nose though, but it has some nice subtle aromas.

T: Starts again with a malty kick, mostly some lighter malts, a little crystal, maybe Munich. A touch of toasty roasted sweetness in the malt category. Then comes the bitterness and some hop kick. A slight chewy and fruity American hop kick, with more English hop flavors. Slight pale malt flavors. A slight citrus flavor as well comes with the pale hop flavors.

M: Medium to lighter body with a little lower than expected carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly pale bitter, with a little citrus, acidity, and some more of those fruity hops. A slight sweetness that seems to stay but it also seems to dry off a bit with the pale bitterness. Despite all the nice flavor it also seems to have a nagging off flavor bitterness, some hop characteristic that I'm not really digging, or it seems more like a burnt malt bitter flavor that doesn't go well with a pale ale. I think the biggest problem is the trip over here from the brewery, which is quite a long trip, probably harsh on the beer. If I'm ever over there I'll def drop in to try some fresh.

jlindros, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle has an island sunset theme thats rather enticing.
pours copper, maybe an orange-reddish tint to it. not much head, but plenty of bubbling action.

smells of caramel malts. some citrus-y hops in there too. not too strong an aroma.

a bit of a metallic taste. hops stronger than in the aroma. herbal hops at first with some lime citrus in there too. malt stronger though. bready and caramel, and a bit toasty.

medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation, despite the lack of head.

metallic taste takes away from the drinkability a lot. not as hoppy as many pale ales, though thats not always a bad thing. Alcohol is apparent even in a medium-strength beer.

Not bad, but so many better pale ales out there.

silentjay, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Dhoff1109
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copperish color into a pint glass, with about a finger of white head and good lacing. There was a slight citris smell with a touch of caramel . The hoppy citris taste quickly turns into a sweeter malty finish. It was medium bodied and had medium to low carbonation. Overall an average beer, which has decent drinkability.

Dhoff1109, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. Smell is of hops, some malts. Taste is good, well balanced combination of malts and hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dark copper/reddish clay shade with a thin fizz of off-white head.
Smell has a nice bready quality-a light and almost spiced aroma that has a nice hop tingle.
Flavor is light with a yeasty quality up front with it ending in a mild hop bitter/sweet character.
Finish is wet and fairly pedestrian-I've got a nice hop bitter flavor that last ok.
Drinks ok-smooth and a silky flavor help this go down well-the hints at hops are nice for flavor but aren't a block in the road for any drinker.

ThaBobfather, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a light amber color with about a half-inch of light tan head that had decent retention but no lacing.

The aroma was an unremarkable blend of malt and hops, with no particular highs or lows. The flavor was the same, not terrible but not notable either. The body and drinkability were both typical for the style. Overall, this a typical example of this style, you can do better, but it's Ok for a Plan B beer.

beertunes, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An ever so slight fizzy off white head that display no real retention before giving way to a rotating splotchy lace in the center of the glass and a very thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass... A very pale copper color with a faint orangish hue... An ever so slight haze... A moderate amount of moderate paced carbonation...

S - Caramel malts dominate... Pastry dough... Subdued but sweet orange... Quite pleasant...

T - It's no surprise the the strong and solid malt base dominate the palette... Caramel... Loads of bready malts... The hops are slightly more pronounced on the palette, but still rather understated by American Pale Ale standards...

M - Just a tinge of carbonation on the tongue to start... Medium bodied... Smooth... Slightly chewy... Real easy drinking...

D - Highly drinkable... Simple and straight forward isn't a mad e thing... Quite quaffable sip after sip after sip... Definately an enjoyable session brew... Nothing "extreme" about, just an easy drinking offering from our island friends... A job well done by Kona... I would gladly drink again (and again)...

philbe311, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color into a pint glass, with a finger of white head, little carbonation, and good lacing. The smell had the feintest hint of lemon citrus, and was instead dominated by caramel and maltiness. The taste confirmed this, with the citrus aspect fading instantly to maltiness mid-palate and through to the finish. This beer would certainly benefit from more hop balance. The body was thinner than expected, given the smell and flavor, but after all, this is a pale ale. The thinner body did help this beer's sessionability. I wouldn't mind sitting down and throwing a few back.

donniecuffs, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

A - Carmel colored, with a slight head.

S - Notes of citrus smells in the hops, sweet malty scents as well.

T - Hoppy up front that fades fast into sweeter malty tastes. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, slight carbonation.

D - Not a bad session beer, I enjoyed it.

BeerisfoodLLC, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A substandard pale ale. Pours, looking all sanitized and clean. Nothing impressive. Lacking any distinct aroma, at this point, looks hospital grade. Tastes similar, not bad per se, but gimme something to hang my taste buds on! Lacks a hop bite that I want in a pale ale. Just replaces hops and bitterness with carbonation.

Mouthfeel, this is a very straightforward, lacking complexity beer. Seems a bit much to pay $7 for 6 of these, they are very standard, easy to drink and all. These are something to give to non serious beer drinkers to segue into something better.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish amber in color with nice fluffy, faintly off-white head. Smell is forward of floral hops and bready malts with a hint of carmel and pine resin. Taste is very malt forward, heavy in the bread and carmel department. Floral hops take a backseat and faint hints of piney hops as well. Medium body, slightly oily feeling. More akin to an English IPA in terms of the malt/hops balance. Decent beer.

rfgetz, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orangish /amber with good carbonation and a small dirty head. Nose is floral, nutty nose, slightly hoppy and malty. Taste is bready malt profile and predominantly sweet with a little hoppiness in the finish. Easily drinkable but pretty heavy due to bread and caramel.

barleywinefiend, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A medium amber, perhaps a little dark for the style, but oh well.. Not very much head, but merely some white bubbles floating on top.

S: Slight hop notes.. it smells a bit damp and earthy.. There is a bit of sweetness in there, perhaps in the form of a carmel scent.

T: A good bit of citrus hops at the beginning, then a malty caramel sweetness comes across. Fairly well balanced.

M: Slightly slick and perhaps a little undercarbed. I am not a big fan of the mouthfeel on this one.

D: Good over all, but forgettable. A decent session beer, but I probably would choose other options over this one.

Beejay, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, a buddy brought some island brews back for me on a recent trip to Hawaii. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer 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, it's enjoyable to drink. I think it's a good balanced beer, not a bad choice as an occasional session brew.

bluejacket74, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Bright, but hazy, reddish-copper with thin white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Distinct citrus and sweet toasted malts.

Taste: Major citrus flavor countered by semi-sweet toasted and caramel malts. Just a touch of bitterness at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Seems like a cross between an American Pale Ale and Amber Ale due to the malt focus and restrained bitterness. Regardless of what it is, this is my go-to Hawaii beer - refreshing, very drinkable and with a good amount of flavor.

bsp77, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of kshankar
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber pour, with a smaller head with decent retention.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malts and hops

Taste is hoppy with a decent malt backing, balance is fine on this one. Caramel malts work well in this one with the stronger but not so overbearing hop profile

Mouthfeel is medium, slight carbonation. Drinkability is good, decent pale ale here.

kshankar, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of taigor
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with medium head that dissipated quickly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Right away there is a fruity, citrusy smell followed by slight hint of malts and hops.

T - Tastes slightly sweet and fruity upfront followed by bitter, hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very good beer and low in abv. Makes you feel warm and cozy like you are in Hawaii.

taigor, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of SLeffler27
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fire Rock pours a bright, new-penny copper with red highlights under a slight, creamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly. This is a clear ale with no noticeable carbonation.

The caramel scents are strong with lightly toasted malts. Some straw and orange is present, yet this is rather two dimensional.

Kona has presented another fairly well-balanced offering with moderate bitterness. It is a touch salty and the hops reveal light pine flavor with black tea in the background. The long, moderate finish holds bitterness on the tongue.

Light carbonation and no alcohol leave this medium-bodied beer rather dry.

In a pint glass, this is a fair match for any hot weather activity. Fire Rock is probably best with hot dogs and coleslaw.

SLeffler27, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of alkemy
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy copper/orange in color with a finger of slightly off white head that quickly thins to a mere veil over the brew. There's floral hops, oranges, lemons, and roasty malts in the aroma. The taste is much the same as the smell only slightly more pronounced. The lemon was also absent in the taste. This is a good sessionable and refreshing beer. Nothing even remotely offensive about it. Had a nifty bitter tone at the finish. This would be a great gateway beer for folks wanting to get into craft brews.

alkemy, Jan 06, 2010
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,877 ratings.