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Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
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1,780 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,780
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 32
Gots: 152 | 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 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.

JohnQVegas, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

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!

KTCamm, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of techcommdood
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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!

Appearance
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.

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

Taste
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.

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

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

Overall
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. ;)

techcommdood, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of gobias
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

gobias, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Yeastcakes, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
3.33/5  rDev -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.

wiseguy142, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

erosier, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

Kromes, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

oriolesfan4, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Gmann, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

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

schoolboy, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

tastybeer, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of wedge
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

wedge, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of bacabuck
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Had this the other night at Rudy's Pub in Foothill. Not much else on tap and I'd never had this beer so I thought I'd give it a try.

A: Must have been sitting on the bar for a while. By the time it got to me, there was no head to speak of, just some foam floating.

S: Slightly sweet. Hoppy.

T: No bitterness of hops came through. Good body and flavour. Held up well with the pulled pork and half my wife's burger.

M: Smooth. No excessive carbonation.

D: I'll order it again.

bacabuck, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

wow, 271 reviews as of this writing. I think I'm late to the beach party! I enjoyed this over a nice stirfry centered around a spicy tropical fruit sauce. I think this comes across as a nice session brew albeit lower hopped than I've come to expect from an APA. That said, if I was in Hawaii or CA I would be happy having ordered this.

barleywinebrewer, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Had this at the Kona brewpub while vacationing on the Big Island last week.

Brew pours a copper color with a slight haze. Head is off white with good retention. Nose is tropical fruits with citrusy hops blended with toasted malts. Taste is caramel malts that are somewhat sweet balanced by a smooth bitterness that is not too overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Finish is refreshing. Overall drinkabiity is good as this seems to be more of an English PA style as it was more balanced to the point Da Boss could quaff it.

arizcards, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%

Reviewed 5/17/2007 (Tap @ Grills, Cocoa Beach, FL):

Pours an amber red color, good sized head, slight yellowish. Somewhat hoppy aroma, some sweet malty aroma. Sweet taste, but different sweetness than say a honeybrown or a fat tire. Clean taste, slight sweet aftertaste. But a little watery. Refreshng. Not much taste after a while.

jujubeast6000, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of BryanCarey
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a sweeter pale ale that pours to a light orange color with a small level of foam that doesn't hold up for long. The nose on this beer is mild, with the scent of caramelized malt and a small amount of fruit.

Taste- wise, Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a softer, gentler pale ale but still quite enjoyable. Flavors like caramel malt, pale malt, citrus and other fruits- perhaps even a touch of passion fruit- greet the palate as you sip. The taste is sweet overall, finishing with only a touch of bitterness and the taste of honey.

I usually go for the fuller- bodied pale ale but Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a tasty little pale ale. The body of Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale tends toward the medium to light side and the hops offered here are not over the top, nor are they very bitter. The Galena hops contribute to a flavor that reminds me of a fine English Pale Ale and the beer is highly drinkable and very pleasant. Add to that the citrus fruit taste enhancement from the other hop varieties and you have a nice combination of flavors. It's a good pale ale choice when you want some hops but don't want an overwhelming taste of spice and bitterness.

BryanCarey, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Appearance- Pours a huge, billowy off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, beer is a golden amber

Smell- Pale amber malts and hoppy nose

Taste- Biscuity malts and middling hops that take their time unfurling a touch of citrus and pine. Complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability- Enough body and flavor to be interesting, light enough to session.

olmatty, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Enjoyed this on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Served up in a pint glass; color is a copper-tinged amber. The small off-white head is more likely than not a testament to the pourer than the beer, as it may have had more size and retentive properties; as it is, the small half-finger of creamy foam leaves behind some slight rings of lacing.

A nice welcoming vivid, floral and fruity hop bouquet fills the nose and beckons.

Medium-bodied, with a middling level of carbonation. Faint hints of caramel and sweet bread up front, with a big middle of fruity hops, containing notes of apricot, grapefruit, cherries and blueberries, falling into a mildly bittersweet finish.

Quite tasty overall; a nice fruity example of the style that is well-balanced and easy-drinking. Nothing mind-blowing, but nothing less than solid, either.

superdedooperboy, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Dmann
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%

I think this is my new session beer, and one of my new gateway beers to show newbies what's up. The pour was a nice burnt orange color with a slight haze to it. Head was nice and web like and stuck to the glass very well. The smell was kind of bland to me at first and surprised me a bit since I was expecting a more intense smell, but it hinted at the subtle flavor to come.

Something about the flavor of this beer is just irresistible. It has more in common with and english pale ale rather than and apa but it works perfectly. Up front are the toasted malts that give it a great slightly sweet and at the same time dry flavor, followed by a slight hop flavor and a perfect mouthfeel that makes you reach for another sip. I am not usually a fan of malt-up-front beers, but the fact that the malt in this one is not super sweet and cloying makes it perfect. Get out and try this one now, you will not be sorry!

Dmann, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours golden to amber color with bright white head that retains well. Nose is on the light side, with lager-like breadiness, and faint fruitiness - peaches perhaps. Palate is a mixture of bland maltiness and hops with sharpness but not much in the way of positively contributing to flavor. Slight fruit. Mineral taste too. Easy drinking.

yemenmocha, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of AltBock
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz. bottle with a neat looking drawing of a Hawaii volcano ready to erupt. At the bottom of the picture are two tourists ready to capture the moment when the volcano spews molten hot lava all over the place. That would make for an awesome picture! It's either that or they're photographing the Titanic looking ship on the water. On bother side of the picture is where you'll find the mandatory US information. The neck label has all the info. It has a paragraph about the beer and the brewery. On the neck somewhere, there should be an inked packaged on date. Mine was packaged on June 11th, 2008.

When poured into a DFH pint glass, "Fire Rock" was a hazy fiery orange color with a small tint of golden copper. The beer's color goes well with the name of the beer. It's too bad there wasn't any yeast particles floating around to act as the rocks. On top of fiery beer was a standard 1/2 an inch head of pure white foam. It had decent retention that left behind a few islands of bubbles, a small string of white rings, and only a few spots of white lace.

The aroma was malty and wheaty at the same time. I can't figure out how they did that. I clearly smelled malts and then out of the back, malted wheat. Very unique. The only thing after the malted grains was a tiny touch of juicy fruits. Not the most complex aroma, but it was very pleasing to smell.

The taste was pretty much the same. It was malty and wheaty at the same time, but with the taste, it tasted like I was drinking cream of wheat sometimes. Hiding behind the malted grains was a speck of juicy fruits, a touch of sweet yeast, and then this beer finished up with a slight hop bitterness. Unique too, but I liked the uniqueness of the aroma more than the taste.

This was a light bodied Pale Ale with a slightly crispy aftertaste of malted wheat, malts, a hint of juicy fruits, and a subtle touch of sweet yeast.

I enjoyed this little Pale Ale. This was also my first beer from Hawaii. Hopefully not the last I have from that state either. I bought a six pack of this beer and found out this beer really isn't that consistent from one bottle to the next. This was one of the better of the bunch. I had one or two that were yeast disasters. When you drink one, I hope you get a good bottle and not a yeast disaster.

AltBock, Jan 04, 2009
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,780 ratings.