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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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1,935 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,935
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 37
Gots: 226 | 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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Photo of DoktorZee
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a schooner.

A - light head that dissipates quickly wih a bit of lacing, amber and clear, moderate visible carbonation

S - expecting some hops on the nose and instead found some light caramel malt; not particularly fragrant

T - very light hop profile up front, some mid range bitterness resolving into a very light caramel malt (lightness seems to be a bit of a theme - not a lot of oomph with this one)

M - nicely carbonated with a sharp bite; balanced and smooth

D - quite drinkable; would be a decent patio beer in the summer as it quenches and goes down pretty easy

Ok beer, certainly not exceptional.

Photo of ChristianBlack
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-amber color, one-finger head, leaves some lacing.

High level of carbonation, a bit cloudy.

Aroma is floral, citrusy, sweet.

Has a medium-bodied feel to it, modest hop bitterness.

Taste is a nice sweet, caramel malt.

Drinkability is pretty high. I remember drinking a bunch of these in Hawaii. But, my score is probably based on it having to travel all the way to the East Coast. Probably not all that fresh.

Photo of nrbw23
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours reddish orange color with a bit of hazy to it. A ok white head pops up and has fairly light retention and leaves light spotty lacing.

S- Not a whole lot here everything appears to be pretty light. A touch of citrusy hops, and some caramel malt.

T- Again fairly light and started up front with malts. Not at all the citrus hop rush I wanted. A bit of a metallic taste too.

M- Medium in body and a bit lower in carbonation.

D- Easy to drink quite a few of them. Very sessionable. Not the best but different and I'd drink this again. Its not my favorite and it pops up I'd try it again.

All in all its nothing terrible nor is it really excited.

Photo of kytashie
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper, finger width white foamy head, decent lacing.
Not much here to the nose, looked better than it smells. Immediately hit with straw, hay....sand? Flat and forgettable...once again not much here...it's decent, not off putting...just average. Dry finish, not much to this beer. Drinkable but forgettable. Definitely an average beer, I wouldn't go looking for this.

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A- Clear copper color with a billowy off-white head that dissipates to a thin film of suds and sticks to the glass. Amazingly, the head returns fluffier than ever with a few swirls of the glass. I love this Sam Adams glass, definitely recommend it.

N- Floral and slightly pungent hops with a hint of toasty malt.

T- Nice toasted malt flavor accented by a soft bitterness and a refreshing fruity/piny hoppiness. The hop oils create a deliciously semi-dry floral finish. Some pleasant grainy maltiness in the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, sticky finish from the hop oils.

D- This is a quality pale ale. Nice refreshing beer that leaves you craving another.

Photo of pharmer
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper colored brew with maybe a 1-finger head of white foam. Maintains a light lacy head and leaves some lacing on the glass as well.

S: Hops and some very faint fruity notes.

T: Nice citrusy hops balanced here with a decent malt backbone. Juicy in the middle with a bit of a dry finish.

M: Medium-bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

D: I enjoyed this beer. Would make for an excellent intro brew for the uninitiated.

Photo of dhowe
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Appropriate copper color. Decent head with retention but no lace. 4

S - Somewhat metallic. 2.5

T - Most hop flavor is from bittering hops, no fresh hop bite or evidence of

dry hopping. 2.5

M - Ok mouthfeel. 3.0

D - For being my favorite style, this was disappointing overall. More of a

dry feel with not much, if any fruity notes. 2.5

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

We pour this offering a light golden coppery color. It has a half finger head of fizzy white bubbles that disappear rather quickly. The carbonation looks actively medium, and there is no sediment in this utterly translucent brew. The aroma is sweeter than expected. There are notes of green apple and pear, dark pit fruits, light malts, honey, and a gentle balancing of hops. As we taste we begin with fruity malts, with a vibe that is almost bubblegum. These push through to an even fruitier middle which, while they began as more traditional fruits, now present as tropical, sweeter fruits. Hops come through rather robustly at the end, washing away the possibility of a cloying sweet domination. They are grassy and bitter enough, without overpowering any other aspects of the beer. The aftertaste breathes some of that green apple from the nose, with a bit of hops. The body is evenly medium and the carbonation is medium to high. The mouth is cooled from the hops, and otherwise satiated. There is not any coating or real slickness, but it does feel faintly syrupy to the lips. The abv is standard, and it drinks quite nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fruit throughout. There was a variety through the nose, which only expanded within the taste. Something else that was particularly nice, to note, was the balancing from the hops. In the end, this was a nice pale ale, despite some favorable liberties taken with the addition of other ingredients.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

#22. I've had this for a while. Stamped date on label says 11-03-10 which is not a BBD date. I'm really always in the mood for Pale Ales, so hopefully this won't disappoint.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a room temperature pint glass.

(Appearance) Pours a hearty two-finger depth head that is borderline fizzy, retains average and leaves behind a decent amount of foamy lacing. Beer is bold copper with very orange hues, almost late sunset like, a tad darker than my average Pale Ale. Not crystal clear, but close. Theres a tad bit of haziness in the center. Some carbonation is present, but it's not super active. Albeit the sub-par head retention, this beer looks pretty good. 3.5

(Smell) Weaker than I anticipated. In fact, malts smell on par with hops in this APA, which creates a fair balance of sweet, fruity and floral aromas. Despite not being as bold as I would hope, this beer smells pleasant. This could be a great starter for people getting into APA beers that are looking for a small step up. 4

(Taste) Wow. Hops definitely take a backseat to the other flavors in this beer. Malts are more present than I have ever had in an APA here, plus a hint of honey and some not very intrusive low-acid sweet fruit flavors. Grain taste is slight. There's a very light subtle finish that adds just a hint of piney essence and citrus zest to this beer. Good for some, perhaps, not so good for hopheads who really want to "feel" this drink. I really don't mind; it's something quite different. It's much sweeter than I expected, but is a good drink. 4

(Mouthfeel) Medium body. Surprisingly, this beer falls close to flat on the carbonation level, which is a rare issue for me thus far. It drinks very smoothly, like a lot of malt-heavy or dark beers might. Finish is subtle bitterness and zest paired with some lightly discernible alcohol aftertaste but friendly and easy to pass by. I almost never say this, but a little more carbonation wouldn't kill this drink. This is the weak spot. 2.5

(Drinkability) For a malt fronted, average alcohol content Pale Ale, the lack of hoppy tastes upfront make this a very easy drinker. I largely enjoyed this one and am a bit distraught that I didn't purchase a full pack of them while I was at the supermarket. I could easily go for more of these. 4.5

Verdict: I went in to this expecting another average APA, but breweries like Kona are constantly reminding me that bending the rules in brewing beer can often come up with curious and exciting combinations. I recommend this based on the fact that it was something I found original. Hopheads might be a little repulsed by the beers overall sweet tooth, but I imagine that this will have more takers than givers. You shouldn't regret your purchase. B+ (3.8)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6er bottled on 10/28/10. At least someone puts useful dates on their bottles. Poured into a pint glass.

The color is coppery amber, pretty clear, capped by a head that produces pretty impressive lacing. Cobweb-like lacing adorns the side of the glass all the way to the bottom.

The aroma is fairly benign; almost non-existent, even with a pour that produces a big billowy head. I do smell caramel malts with some coarse grainy notes, as well as a sprinkling of piney hops. The taste provides some more hop character, though there is almost no bitterness, and the pine and floral notes are underwhelmning. The coarse grainy flavors are gone, but it just doesn't impress me.

Mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated and a touch thin, but the real problem that I'm having is that it just isn't a great beer. Average, and a good fall back in the case of a shortage of good craft, though I wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange, with a thin head that is somewhat disappointing in retention and lacing.
S- Good balance of pale malts and earthy and slightly citric hops.
T- While the flavor is pretty basic APA, I love how balanced this is. Sturdy malt background supports a more citric hop presence than aroma indicated.
M- A touch light for my personal preferences but weighted enough I suppose. Carbonation is lively.
D- A good, basic, balanced pale ale. this is a beer that is better than the some of its parts (a,s,t,m,d) and quite approachable as well.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a true deep gold with a rapidly disappearing downy head.

Doesn't offer your nose much. A bit of biscuity malt and some earthy hops, and that's it.

Not much life to the hops on the taste buds either. There's a bit of biscuity malt and some dry bitterness at the end, but otherwise this beer is just a refresher. Nothing more. Nothing less . No complexity at all. If you're at a resort and your other options are from BMC, it is worth taking refuge here. Otherwise, I wouldn't seek this out.

Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a slightly hazy orange/amber with a finger of foamy white head. Some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit creamy with some milky flavor that has a small bitterness in the background. Some powered cream flavor is evident in the nose so I move on.

The taste is hits with a scream of creamy screen. It may have been there or it could have been in my mind but all the mix of flavors is fighting off this net, some orange flavor that slits through first and announces itself loud. Some bitterness is pulling back the curtain as the full story is reveled.

This beer has a high then usual ABV, it does not hit at first but toward the end there is a bit of a smoother warm presence. It goes down easy with a little effort. A really smooth beer.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An orange body with yellow highlights crowned with a white head that disipates rather quickly, but leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and hops upfront with hints of malts and grapefruit.

T: A biscuity malt up front, followed with tropical fruit hints and hoppy middle, and finishes with light bittering hops and a grapefruit aftertaste.

M: A light body, lean texture, with decent carbonation.

D: A very good go to beer. Nothing too complex or too interesting, but a decent APA. Love to have this while chilling outside or watching football.

Photo of huxcrunner
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beer is you pretty average pale ale, it had good body to it. It was a little dry and bitter tasting but overall this was not a bad choice. It had good color to it with about a fingers worth of white head and alright lacing. This is one that im glad i tried but there are other that i would prefer over this beer

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy and bubbly golden orange. A half finger worth of head and it fades quickly but leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Some clean citrus hops and a little tropical fruit. Some sweet malt and something that reminds me of red licorice.

T- The hops are if the tropical variety and a small amount of pine. Some good biscuity malt and grassy notes on the tail end.

M- Medium to lighter bodies with bubbly carbonation. Just a tad dry on the finish.

D- Nothing overly impressive but it has decent flavor and makes for a nice beer to drink on the beach. I sure had my fair share in Honolulu.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from bottle to glass in Maui in Sept. 2010.

Appearance: beer pours a nice clear pale amber color. Light lacing and minimal head.

Smell: faint hop aroma on this one, but I wasn't complaining....first beer after touching down in HI

Taste: solid little pale ale. Nothing to amazing about it. Comparable to other craft pales.

Mouthfeel: easy drinking and smooth going down.

Drinkability: definitely a nice beer to enjoy on the islands. Won't knock your socks off, but doesn't have to....you're in HI man!

Photo of speter
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in LA

A: Pours a medium amber with a one-finger tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hops over a sweet malt.

T: The front is dominated by a biscuity malt that goes over to piney hops in the center. The finish is nicely bitter with more citrus in the hops. The aftertaste is rather grapefruity.

M: Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. The last bit still had nearly a one-finger head.

D: This is an excellent APA. The key to this, as with any APA, is to get it fresh.

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice copper color, looks very enticing, but almost no head on the bottle I had.

Smell is really nice, fruity and a little sour.

Taste is quite sweet and malty, with a very fruity taste; there's definitely a hop presence, although somewhat subtle. The bitterness is subdued but pretty good in tone, and I think the hops lend to the fruitiness (it reminds me somewhat of Anchor brews in that respect). A slight mineral/metallic taste. While not a hop monster, it has what I think is a decent balance. Hmm, fruity!

Mouthfeel is thick, maybe a bit too thick (as someone noted, "syrupy" may be a good description), but it's pretty drinkable nonetheless.

Maybe not a prize-winner, but quite tasty and very easy to drink. Did I mention it was fruity?

[Somehow this strikes me as being halfway between American and British pale-ale tastes...]

Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a moderate orange-copper with a slight white head and not too much lacing. The nose brings some very, very mild hops along with some pale malt and light caramel. The taste pulls back so that the hops are nearly non-existent, not even to the level of a mild. Fairly light feel without really any bitterness. No off flavors and the malt is fairly nice, but not what I expect from an APA.

Photo of capra12
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo served out of a slender pint glass.

Appearance: orange and cloudy brown in color, poured a 1 1/2 finger of coarse head.

Smell: I got a ton of caramel malt in this brew.

Taste: Opens with a brown ale malt profile as a subtle hop bitterness peeks through at the end. One dimensional here but what was I expecting with a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and medium bodied. This brew leaves my palate coarse.

Drinkability: The unfortunately is a one and done for me. I get too much malt in this pale ale with almost a syrupy mouthfeel. Not my favorite pale ale. I recommend this to those seeking a strong malt presence with a medium body.

Photo of melloashello
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with little to no head. Smell of floral hops and sweet malty goodness. At first sip, I immediately noticed the abundance of hop presence. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale, which I love! The beer is not too heavy and I could easily throw back of a couple of these. Overall, pretty impressed with this beer.

Photo of Sudsy89
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled

Pours a copper-amber color, one-finger head, leaves some lacing. High level of carbonation, a bit cloudy. Looks somewhat like a Hefeweizen.

Aroma is floral, citrusy, sweet. Has a medium-bodied feel to it, modest hop bitterness. Taste is mostly sweet, caramel malt. I do think the carbonation is too much, though. This particular bottle is seven months old, so I will say the hops may be more dull by now. I think this is a decent Pale Ale, but nothing really great or unusual. Drinkability is pretty high, but it is 6% abv, not very heavy but moderate. Would probably go well with pizza or spicy BBQ. I'd prefer it over Bass but Sierra Nevada's pale ale is my preference.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish color with lacing and a rim of foam. Mild hops and gentle malt hints coming off the nose. The attack is gently hoppy and there are some flavors of the grains swirling around with a malty backdrop. There seems to be some irish moss or peat flavor kicking around there as well, especially in the aftertaste. I must admit this was better than I expected. I have recently been seeing the Kona stuff at various places around the country and I was afraid it was going to be some mass produced swill that was capitalizing on the fact it was from Hawai'i. This wasn't the case and I am glad I finally purchased some to try.

Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish copper color. A 2 to 3 finger, off-white, foamy head that quick dissipates. Leaves some very nice lacing on the glass though.

S - Lots of dark malts, and VERY hoppy. Slightly floral as well.

T - the taste of this beer is an intense caramel malt sweetness up front, with a nice hope bite on the finish. The taste can be summed up that simply, but it is very very good.

M - This beer is medium to heavy bodied with a very sticky resiny quality to it.

D - The drinkability of this beer is fairly high, although personally I dont think I could have more than two of these due to its stickiness.

Final thoghts: Very suprised, and would reccommend to IPA and PA drinkers, and Hopheads in general.

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,935 ratings.