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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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1,739 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,739
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 31
Gots: 133 | 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 Sigmund


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

12 fl. oz. / 355 ml bottle, bought at the Great British Beer Festival 2008 for takeaway. ABV is 6.0%. Amber to orange colour, pours very fizzy with a moderate head. The aroma has a dominant malty sweetness, also notes of caramel, honey and moderate fruity hops. The flavour also has a dominant sweetneess (too sweet), then grapefruity hops make their presence known, leading to a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

11-03-2008 17:38:24 | More by Sigmund
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -8%

My first beer from Kona. The nose on this beer was decent, it had a mold swwetness that was obviously floral from the hops. Th nose was light with hoppyness and very subtle all in all.
The tast was a little tart and bitter but sweet on the initial sip. The taste had a sweet and tart citrus note in it with a mild honey and almost malty mouthfeel. Good drinkability, not anything too rough or light, a decent balance for an IPA.

10-24-2008 02:44:16 | More by chaz410
Photo of tgbljb


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured a hazy deep amber color with sparse white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Smell demonstrates a light hop presence, but little else.

Taste also has a light hop character, with a modest amount of dryness.

Thin at the end with little taste retention.

Average at best.

10-20-2008 21:01:49 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Overlord


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

This beer seems like a clone of Sierra Nevada.

Pours a metallic copper. Large white head. Smells faintly of citrus hops. Taste ... again, some light citrus hops, a bit of balancing malt (just a bit), and a pleasant crisp aftertaste.

Quite drinkable.

10-18-2008 02:19:15 | More by Overlord
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

Picked this up from a 'make your own sixer' at the Fresh Market. Pours a nice copper deep orange color with a 2-finger white foamy head. Fairly good retention and lacing. Not extremely sticky.

Smell of buttery biscuits and malt. Hint of nice hop scent. Smell a little bit of alcohol.

Taste is very surprising. I really dig this APA. Nice biscuity malt taste but with a nice cover of hop bitterness that doesn't leave the biting aftertaste. A little banana on the finish.

Very smooth and creamy. Excellent drinkability. Very good brew from the Kona boys. This is my first offering from them, and I like it.


10-09-2008 21:33:57 | More by Onenote81
Photo of BlackBearForge


4/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a lovely coppery orange, a bit cloudy with a very nice creamy white head which leaves nice lacing.

Smell is citrusy hops (orange) with a slightly sweet malt presence. Not strong but clean.

Taste, this beer has a strong malt backbone, sweetish but with a nice crisp and bitter finish from the hops. Tones of caramel and orange. Very nice. My wife swears she detects a watermelon like flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit chewy, with a nice level of carbonation.

Very drinkable and goes well with food. This has been my standby Pale Ale for the past six months or so and I'm so glad it's available locally (and inexpensively) at Publix grocery stores here.

09-29-2008 20:37:44 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of TrevorGW


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

Had this beer on tap in Kauai a few times and I was very impressed.

Nice looking beer - a bit hazy with a bright copper color.

Aroma is earthy. Perfect American Pale Ale aroma. Balanced and not shy with the hops.

Tastes surprisingly spicy. Whatever hops they use are really shining through and complimenting the sweet, bready, light malt perfectly. The citrus is there from the hops, but the grassier notes are dominating. A bit drier than most APAs, which is nice.

Mouth feel is grainy and prickly, with the heat from the spicy hops coming through from front to back.

This beer has a lot of big flavor and is somewhat "filling," so the drinkability will suffer slightly. But I would drink it all day.

09-23-2008 19:45:44 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Lightly hazy copper in the glass with a wispy thin ivory head. Grassy hops in the nose with underpinnings of sweet pale malt.

Herbal hops in the mouth, hints of citrus. Crisp but with a pleasant supporting sweetness to balance the hops. Good body for a pale ale, easy drinker with a sweetish finish and aftertaste.

Solid pale ale, good summer drinker.

09-22-2008 23:11:32 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of PerzentRizen


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

I tried this one from a good buddy. I really did enjoy this one. I have to say I was taken by surprise.

I poured this one into a Duvel glass to try and capture the aroma. The overall pour was a tad weak for me. I thought I might be able to coax a bit more head out of this pale ale. It had a light lace which retreated to nearly nothing.

The aroma was decent with what seemed like a strong hop charcter. I even thought IPA at first.

The taste was clean and largely bitter up front. The finish was short and left a little to be desired. I think this is a fine pale ale, but pale's (pun intended) to Dale's Pale Ale and many others. Despite this fact I did greatly enjoy this beer.

The mouthfeel was light and slippery. It was the first beer of the night so it went down without contention.

The drinkability of this beer is very good, but since I would not seek it out as a session beer I would not call it great. If I saw this beer and the price was right I might be tempted to buy a six pack, but no more. Enjoy, but don't expect miracles from this one.

09-20-2008 00:02:14 | More by PerzentRizen
Photo of daythree16


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very cloudy honey-brown, almost the color of weak iced tea. Creamy two finger head with good retention. Leaves tons of lace all over the glass as it fades.

Aromas of caramel, vanilla, and citrus. Maybe some herbal hoppiness as well. Taste is a little bready with some grapefruit giving it a slightly bitter finish. Something just seems to be missing from this one. It smells good and tastes ok, but it's like the flavors are really subdued. Nothing really jumps out, as far as taste goes. Just kind of ho-hum.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly full bodied. Drinkability is good, but I'd probably choose a lot of other pale ales over this one.

09-15-2008 23:51:35 | More by daythree16
Photo of hunteraw


3.73/5  rDev +3%

I'm fairly certain this is my first beer from Hawaii. This beer has traveled a long way, purchased in South Florida.

Appearance: Honey in color, quite clear. One finger head with mediocre retention and some lacing.

Smell: Not as hoppy as I had expected from the style. Both citrusy and herbal. Hints of berry and sour orange juice.

Taste: Citrusy hops, floral jamaica tea, dry cereal finish. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick light-medium body, carbonation a tad on the light side.

Drinkability: Fairly mediocre APA, but drinkable.

09-15-2008 01:01:02 | More by hunteraw
Photo of ckeegan04


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

A - Clear golden brown color with a thick bubbly off-white head. Head has good retention and there is decent lacing in the glass.

S - Very faint aroma of citrus hops, primarily grapefruit. Lightly mingled with a fain taroma of biscuity malt. Not a bad smell, just a ver mild aroma.

T - A biscuity maltiness up front. A nice light hop bite comes through with tastes of grapefruit and hints of pine. A very well balanced flavor array for an APA.

M/D - Medium bodied and very well carbonated. A great and easy drinking APA.

09-14-2008 01:58:35 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of usmittymc


3.8/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler glass.

A: Pours a coppery orange liquid with a thin white head that reduces quickly to a ring. Very little lacing.

S: Malt, caramel, faint hops.

T: Malty on the front with a quick citrusy hop punch that disappears as quickly as it presents itself. Bitter finish.

M: A tad slick or oily IMO. Decent carbonation.

D: Very drinkale Pale Ale. Not the best for the style, but definitely worth a try.

09-13-2008 23:55:58 | More by usmittymc
Photo of grs8313


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance: 12oz bottle packaged on June 23 2008. Pours a hazy copper color with a thick white head that has good retention. Some nice lacing, but it is not extensive.

Smell: Sweet malts, hops, and dried fruit. An average aroma, not extremely aromatic.

Taste: Malty, with hints of hops and citrus. Hints of caramel as well. Malts are the first flavor, and they are then balanced out nicely by the hops, with the citrus notes at the finish. A slightly malty and bitter aftertaste, but it is not over powering.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slightly syrupy. The beer does not feel overly carbonated, and it leaves the mouth feeling slightly dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and a great pale ale. I would enjoy a few of these in a night, but at 6% ABV this would not be my first choice for a session beer.

09-12-2008 19:26:03 | More by grs8313
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

All the way from the Big Island of Hawaii comes this offering in a bottle. It poured a slightly hazy, copper/amber color with a one and half fingers of head. Sticky lacing at first but the retention was not very good. The nose was floral hops, biscuity malt and maybe a hint of caramel malt. Balanced and pleasant. The flavors were almost exactly the same, floral hops first, then the malt backbone and some lingering sweetness towards the end. The aftertaste was semi-bitter, reminiscent of orange peel which can probably be attributed to the utilization of some citric hops. Medium body and carbonation, right down the line in every way.

09-09-2008 14:29:28 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of glid02


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Got this on-tap at Brewhouse Cafe in Atlanta.

Appearance...well I had a hard time with this one because it was served in a dark blue pint glass. At first I cursed the server, but as it turns out this was an actual Kona pint glass. Strange. Anyhoo, from what I could see, there was a one-finger white head that dissipated into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing was somewhat sticky, but disappeared after a while.

Smells good. A lot of floral hops with a bit of a malty aroma as well.

Tastes similar to the smell, but not quite as strong. There's a good floral taste up front, followed by some malt sweetness and backended by some mild bitterness. Not great but pretty solid.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a good thickness there but I thought it was mildly overcarbonated.

Drinkability is good. It's not really lacking anything, but the tastes could be better balanced.

Overall I was mildly impressed. I was underwhelmed with their Longboard Lager but this was a pretty solid beer.

09-09-2008 03:55:11 | More by glid02
Photo of akorsak


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Served on-tap at Sundog's in Corolla, NC during Penn State's whooping of Oregon State.

A: The pale ale is a medium-hued amber color, crystal clear with a finger and a half of white head.

S: The nose is malty, biscuity with caramel and a faint trace of citrusy hops.

T: The ale is nicely balanced, giving equal attention to both the hops and malts (and attention must be paid). The grains are caramel and biscuit flavored, almost bready if not a little thin. A citrusy hop flavor, grassy with grapefruit bite. A nice beer for sipping at a bar while watching a football game.

M: A malt-focused ale, the carbonation is lively and the hops pop up at all the right times.

D: The ale is nothing too exciting but it gets the job done with a well-balanced flavor.

09-08-2008 01:43:57 | More by akorsak
Photo of walshclimb


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

Pours slightly hazy copper body. Nice aroma - solid malt with just a little hops and maybe caramel sweetness. This is a very tasty pale ale that is very well balanced between malt and hop bitterness. The aftertaste is a little more on the bitter side but just barely. This is the end of my first sixer (not all today!), and I will definitely buy it again. I don't think I have had many of Kona's offerings, but I will not hesitate to try more. THe moutfeel is right about where it should be - medium bodied with a good carbonation and a crip finish. This will be one of my new favorites for American Pale Ales I think. Not overwhelmingly hoppy and well balanced malt base. Good for just one or as a session. I would highly recommend it if this is your style.

09-04-2008 04:01:29 | More by walshclimb
Photo of SickBrew


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

A good brew from that island out in the Pacific.

The brew pours a good golden amber hue into my favorite pills glass. I've got a bit of a cold but the aroma is fair with some malt and hops peaking through along with some caramel notes. For a pale ale I though it taste was good but not great, although I've not been drinking them lately. Mouthfeel is average and there is a bit of thinness to it. Overall is has a fair to good drinkability and I would go for it again.


08-26-2008 01:18:07 | More by SickBrew
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

A- Light gold with an orange tinge. A modest head forms upon pouring and quickly dissipates into a persistent ring of lace.

S- Nice and hoppy with a solid malt backbone. A caramelly sweetness frames the citrusy hops nicely.

T- The solid malt profile carries through into the taste. Nice balance between the hops and the malt. A mineral taste is evident as well. The bitterness on the finish is fairly mild, but definitely present.

M- The medium-thin body works well with the active carbonation to give this beer a crisp, refreshing feel.

D- Pretty high. The alcohol is a little too high to make it a session beer, but otherwise, it's quite drinkable. I'd have a couple in a sitting no problem.

This is a quality pale ale. It's flavorful and refreshing, and overall just a solid beer. It perhaps falls just a notch below SNPA (the benchmark for the style), but it's not too far behind. I'd consider getting it again, especially to have on a warm day. Recommended.

08-25-2008 20:13:30 | More by vtfan77
Photo of changeup45


4/5  rDev +10.5%

A nice tasting Pale Ale from Kona Brewing that has more hops than some IPAs I've tried. Copper color, medium head with some lacing. Very nice full hoppy citrus flavor with sweet malts. It's not going to blow you away but it's simple, easy to drink, and tasty. I had this several times within the past week. Also note that I had this bottled and on tap in Hawaii... so probably very fresh.

08-24-2008 20:17:21 | More by changeup45
Photo of BeerSox


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Honey amber hue with a thin off white head that settles to a razor thin cap.

Slightly toasty grain with a strong aroma of caramel. The hops are sharp and piney.

The grain is light and buscuity, with a bit of spicy and citrusy hop flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is the lingering bitterness from the hops.

A decent Pale Ale, goes well on a warmer day. Nothing special but gets the job done.

08-23-2008 19:49:12 | More by BeerSox
Photo of schoolcb


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours very clear and copper colored. Small off-white head faded, but carbonation kept a lace of foam going steady. Aroma's of malt and hops. Hops jump out front in the taste, but this is a fairly malty beer. Nice american pale (more like amber) ale.

08-22-2008 01:10:47 | More by schoolcb
Photo of Wetpaperbag


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

A- Nice hazy copper color. Nice head, leaving a good lacing. There is a slight bubble activity in the beer itself.

S- There is a malty smell that comes through quit a bit. Almost a honey wheat bread smell. The hops smell is there, but more on the subtle side if things.

T- The malt flavor is there thoughout the taste of the beer. The hop taste is there as well but more as a supporting role. There is a slight herbal spicyness that is there as well. As for the after taste I get a bit of a sugarless bitter sun tea taste.

M- The fell in the mouth is good, it feels like a good beer, not too thick for this style.

D- Easy to drink.

08-18-2008 03:25:34 | More by Wetpaperbag
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2.98/5  rDev -17.7%

Appearance is dark copper leading towards amber with no signs of head or lacing. Clear.

Aroma is earthy, piney hops, maybe simcoe, balanced quite nicely with a bready malt backbone.

The flavor is nice and hoppy, with a tiny sweet malt note, but about halfway through it gets very harsh, tannin-like, and a little tinny towards the end. Not the greatest lasting impression.

Mouthfeel is a bit too highly carbonated, but average for a bottle in this style.

I wouldn't buy it again, but I'd get it on tap if it were the best available. Too many other fantastic choices out there for this one to rise to the top.

08-14-2008 23:36:02 | More by bboven
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