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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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1,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,994
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 42
Gots: 266 | 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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Ratings: 1,994 | Reviews: 640
Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured an amber colour. Light tan head poured quite loose and faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation and very little lacing...

Aroma - Grassy and piney hops, good caramel maltiness, faint nuttiness, some light buttery traces, ground pepper, floral honey notes, some herbal hints, some saltiness, grapefruit and citrus fruitiness...

Taste - Quite malty first then the piney and grassy hops come to the fore... some sweet honey traces, grapefruit and orange fruitiness, toasted bread traces, quite floral, some saltiness, the faintest of metallic notes..

M&D - Quite crisp and dry... light / medium bodied... Very refreshing and drinkable and pretty sessionable...

Overall - A pretty decent APA - nothing groundbreaking just a good, clean well made APA... recommended...

Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a small head that fades slowly to decent lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and mild citrus with a bit of malt sweetness.

T: Starts with a mild sweetness up front that fades to a nice bitterness that continues through to the finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp and refreshing. Well balanced.

O: I normally do not associate beer with Hawaii but what the heck, this is good stuff. Looking forward to trying other Kona beers.

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

A - Poured a hazy amber with a minimal off-white head. Lacing is non-existant.

S - Earthy malts, grassy with some floral hops.

T - Sweet malt up front slowly fades to a hoppy bitterness, carmel, toffee & butterscotch.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

D - Very decent beer. A little sweet, and a little lacking in hops. A very nice malty pale ale.

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking golden yellow color. The head was fluffy and white. The lacing is decent but nothing too great. The smell of the beer had a good amount of hops and malts. The taste was nicely balanced. The malts were sweet and the hops were lightly citrusy. The mouthfeel was crisp, clean and refreshing. Overall this beer is pretty good. I enjoyed it.

Photo of vfgccp
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Fantastic body. Bright orange, copper and bronze. Light off-white head sits low with poor, but hangs around with nice retention.

S – Fresh leaves, honey suckle, and a touch of tart apricot marmalade.

T – Acidic and mineral opening. Herbal, earthy hop center. A brisk smack of alpha-oil bitterness and wax brings around a bitter-sweet marmalade finish.

M – Light/medium body is smooth with a nice carbonation. Lightly dry finish.

O – A solid pale ale.

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with a very tiny tan head.
The smell is rich of sweet maltiness, not what I was expecting. I hope the beer tastes like it smells.
The taste is a bit better than many other American Pale Ales I've had, but it still has many of the unpleasant flavours that I don't like in my beer. Namely, apricot, grass, wheat-like flavours, and a bit of yeastiness. The good thing about this beer is that it's got some sweet maltiness to balance it. Many pale ales are light in colour, body and flavour to bring out those nasty hop flavours, allowing them to even further dominate the beer. Luckily, this beer has some balance.

Photo of HeightsEats
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lisa's Pizzeria in Rodanthe, NC. Pours a deep golden color with a minimal head. Aroma is sweet and slightly bready. Flavor is clean but complex with a distinct, almost fruity caramel followed by a dry but not overly bitter hop finish. Unique, tasty and very drinkable.

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

Copper-gold pour with a thin white head. Aroma is mostly pale malts, a bit of bready malts and a bit of fruitiness. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Flavor is clean, if not a bit mild. Not a whole lot of hop character. Slight bitterness on the finish. Maybe I’m imagining it, but it does taste sorta "Hawaiian". Maybe there’s some pineapple in there? Overall not bad. I wasnt really expecting much from a Hawaiian brewery but this is a pretty good session ale.

Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely orange/golden with plenty of highlights when held to the light and an ample off-white head.

Aroma: rather mild with a character of an average but light Pale Ale: perhaps some English or Asian influence here.

T - a nice fruity and acceptably sweet taste but too sweet and insufficient hops to score well as a PA.

M - Medium-light body; good carbonation; very smooth

O - very pleasant and easy drinking, especially on a hot day. A fruity but low-hop PA.

Photo of 24Beer92
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
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
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
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
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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
3.51/5  rDev -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
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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