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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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1,784 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,784
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 HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 'Kona Brewing Co.' pint glass yielding a deep golden color and a thin off white head which offered short retention and very light, spotty lacing. Incidentally the glass itself was random, don't know where I got it!

Smells of pine and yeasty malts with a bit of citrus once settled. More of a buttery Cascade hop than on tap.

Taste and mouthfeel are very good. Definite malt sweetness with some hops in the taste, slightly chewy, and offers a well balanced lingering finish. Carbonation is just about right. I've had this on tap a few times at a local restaurant and I remember it being darker(more amber), more lightly carbonated and offering less of a malty/bready taste. Guess I'll have to go back and reexamine. More complex in the bottle.

A rather smooth and refreshing medium bodied pale ale. Bottle claims 6.0% ABV, which, while not that high, was well cloaked by the light toasted malt structure that carries from start to finish.

HalfFull, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper hue forms a vibrant white head with thin streaks of lacing left between each sip. Aromatics offered here are built largely between floral and sharp acidic citrus notes from the hops. A very mild metallic twang with some smooth caramel malt sweetness evident. Flavor brings excellent balance to the palate healthy dose of hops make their presence felt on the palate throughout each sip, but the malts bring out enough nutty caramel biscuit sweet notes to make the barrage of citrus and flowery hop flavors and bitterness manageable. A beer I tried at least five years ago on draft out at the Yardhouse it's always nice to reacquaint with an old friend, this is definitely a solid all around pale ale. Mouthfeel doesn't get to oily but I will call it slightly slick with hop oils moderate even carbonation flows smooth nothing abrasive about this pale. Drinkability it's at the high end of the sessionable abv limit but damn if I had a twelve pack of this I would definitely enjoy a few of these without any problems.

WVbeergeek, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the last time I stopped into I was shocked to see this one sitting on the shelves. I had heard we were getting Kona, I just did not think it was coming so soon. Poured this one into a pint glass straight out of the fridge and served it for dinner last night. A nice bright golden amber color with crystal clear clarity came out of the bottle. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent throughtout the session with chains of bubbes rippling up through the glass. A nice two inch hight pillow of white foam then came over the top and settled down qucikly leaving a bare centered crown in its wake. No appreciable side glass lace, but still a more the decent look to it.

The aroma was light with hints of light citrus, lemon mostly mixed in on top of a cereal grain filled base. Lots of whaeat and light earthy aromas blending in, but as it warmed a light hop presenced was dulled out way in the back, the aroma overall though was far too light to be really a knockout in any way. A nicel ight, crisp, and clean flavor was then produced. It was a classic light pale ale flavor, clean with a light wheat base, some light floral, citrus notes spprinkled through, orange, light lemon grass, especially in the finish. Great mouthfeel, with a carbonation that held thoughout the session. Easy drinkability as the flavors were light, crisp and clean, with almost no aftertaste. I could easily session this one over the course of a night.

Overall while not really spectacular, this was definitly a solid offering all around. There is no really I could not put down more then a few and this is not a bad offering for a BBQ or to get someone into craft beer a little bit more. I would go for this one again.

mikesgroove, May 31, 2008
Photo of scooter231
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amberish color, thin, not too much head, and very little lacing. Looks like a pale ale. Smells sweet and malty with a light grassy hops smell. Nothing exciting, but a nice nose.

Taste is not very different from the smell- malty, hoppy, grassy, light light light grapefruit citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thin, a little watery. Fairly drinkable, especially on a hot day. A simple, solid pale ale. Nothing terribly noteworthy, but not bad at all.

scooter231, May 29, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, listed as 6%,

A: Pours a cherry red, with a small white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Light mix of citrus a toasty malt.

T: Roasted biscuit and bread takes a sharp bite as the beer first enters the mouth. Then the hops come out - flavours of bitter pine at first, and light grapefruit. Good flavour overall, but not as full-bodied as I would have liked.

M: Fairly light-bodied, watery at times, but solid enough.

D: A pretty good beer from Kona, easy drinking beer from Hawai'i, even at 6%.

Halcyondays, May 27, 2008
Photo of chaunur
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this as part of a 5 beer flight on new(to this bar) pale ales. Not being a fan of overly hoppy ale I was alittle afraid of what I was getting.
The beer had little head but thats not surprising in a sampler but had a nice citrus aroma with a mild presense of hops. I was very impressed with the overall flavor and texture of the sample and after the flight ordered a full pint. The full pint came with a nice frothy head and seemed to have a bit more fizz- I think maybe my sample had sat around for awhile
I thought the beer had a great balance of hops to malt to the citrus flavor and would recommend

chaunur, May 25, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer had an amber color and fairly thin consistency. There was almost no head at all and only a little lacing.

S: A slightly citrusy aroma along with a bit of malt and yeast.

T: The citrus dominated the flavor more than anything, but overall it was thin. Not that complex in the least.

M: Lower than average in the carbonation section, with an oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is kind of average beer when you get down to it. Not the worst thing I've ever had, but certainly not the best.

avalon07, May 21, 2008
Photo of mrkrispy
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this while in Maui, 2008.

Pours a clear amber with heavy orange tones. Bubbly.

Aroma of citrusy hops. Fruit aromas of orange zest and tangerine. Slight bready yeast.

Taste of a moderate hop with orange and citrus notes. Moderate bitterness and body. Malts are subdued. Orange and citrus notes left behind on the palette.

A good, surprising even, pale ale that goes down easy and has a good balance and character.

mrkrispy, May 18, 2008
Photo of bobbyc881
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange with a thin white head, some lacing. Hazy. Sweet bread and citrus aromas.

Taste up front is sweet caramel malts, slightly buttery... finishes only slightly bitter with a some moderately hoppy citrus flavors. Nothing is over-the-top. Very well balanced, sessionable pale ale.

Moderate carbonation, balanced flavors and medium body make this a highly drinkable ale. Overall a well put-together beer.

bobbyc881, May 12, 2008
Photo of RobH
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit more hops-forward than I was expecting from a warm-weather brewer of a Pale Ale. Not IPA hopiness, but hop heads should appreciate this one within the Pale Ale style.

Trying to figure out when I'd most yearn for this beer. It's not "sessionable" to me for a hot day, yet may be too light bodied for a truly cold day. A conundrum.

Nevertheless, I'd call it a quality brew in the grand scheme of crafts.

RobH, May 09, 2008
Photo of PEBKAC
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two liter growler generously filled to the brim at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema down south. Beautiful industrial-style flip-top growler. Thanks to ballewblake for sharing.

Now sharing is a fuzzy word. Schedules got mixed up, Beer Mails were missed, & once I flipped it open, I didn't bother coming up for air much. We're all friends here right? :P

Poured into my DFH pint glass, a large curdling head develops over a hazy, perfectly amber brew. Some activity underneath, but pretty still overall.

Smell is a soft mix of toast, flour, margarine, salt, pepper, yeast, a faint amount of spinachy hops & a very minimal amount of zest. Very, very mild.

The taste reminds me a lot of Butternuts Porkslap, but with more crispness & a cleaner finish. Also a good bit drier, which lends much to the drinkability. There's diacetyl in there, but unlike Porkslap, the hops here make more of an impact. A zesty bite that all but wipes out that slick feel, leaving just the sweeter side of it. The finish rides that sturdy hop bite along with a good mouthful of toastiness that fades within a couple breaths. Just a single step from being a really savory beer.

Carbonation was on the level & made every gulp I took twice as large. The beer felt foamy & frothy sloshing around. The alcohol never made itself known during or after the 70 or so ounces. A little more condensed when cold then warm, it felt just a little too thick. ... Once I got near the end, I left half a pour to sit while I grabbed dinner. When warm, the beer became much more salty & acidic. Don't leave any stragglers. Drink it all up like a good boy. :)

PEBKAC, May 09, 2008
Photo of Onslow
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light cappuccino foam coloured head : lacing is pretty good, average for a APA ... light golden colour .. light rust hop pine smell ... taste is nice, maybe a bit muddled .... "if you find a cheaper lion, you must be in africa" ... the 6 % is quite well hidden so its worth a try but there are better APA's...

Onslow, May 05, 2008
Photo of jenbys2001
4.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I deeply enjoyed this beer, in fact, I wish I was drinking one right now. A surprising flavor and texture for an American pale ale - a style which doesn't usually appeal to me. The color is a deep orange, almost rusty shade, with almost no head. But what I really enjoyed about this beer was the smoothness. The hop and malt flavor is extremely well balanced. The carbonation lends the beer a great mouthfeel that makes this one very drinkable. Although the flavor is a tiny bit thin and mildly fruity, I thought it was worlds better than other pale ales in the American "canon" (Sierra Nevada springs to mind). This may become my new default beer.

jenbys2001, May 05, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had never even seen a brew from Hawaii before and today I'm detouring through the beer aisle at my local grocery (Lowe's Foods on High House Road in Cary) after picking up the wife some sinus medicine for her insanity headaches she gets every once in a while (like today), and I stumble across this stuff. Fire Rock, okay I'm game. NC getting on the map, indeed.

Fire Rock pours an impressive bright rust color with a slight translucency and not much head, just a thin cap. The nose is balanced and lively with healthy doses of west coast hops and caramel and roasted flavors to meet the hops half way.

Taste is similar to the nose, with early hops and late malt and a light bitter backround that follows through to the aftertaste. Caramel, woody, a little oily. Not bad at all. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would prefer.

This didn't have to be a good beer because it was from Hawaii. The fact that is is pretty decent is just a bonus. I can see this being sweet on a Big Island beach.

daliandragon, May 05, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy amber with gold highlights. Thin tan head dissipates quickly.

S - Malty sweet background with floral hops in the foreground.

T - Well-balanced malt sweetness with a nice hop accent.

M - A little thin, but well carbonated

D - I think I may have found a new favorite beer. This is smooth and drinkable. Wow.

hiikeeba, May 02, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. Transparent, light amber color with a a beige 2 finger head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is of faint tropical citrus hops and not much else. Flavor is mildly hoppy up front, with some grassy twang. The hops then meld into a shortbread cookie-like maltiness. There's also a bit of a lemon curd note in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, drinkability is high. An interesting and clearly tropical take on the APA style.

illidurit, May 02, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly chill hazed copper color with a small white head. Fades pretty fast and leaves large fish eye bubbles on the top.

Very nice citrus and grassy aromas. A solid malt backbone assists in the endeavor. Slightly bready. A tiny bit of figginess in the aroma as well.

Great flavor. Terrific hop flavor with perfect bitterness and just the right amount of maltiness to add great balance. Bitter finish with a touch of sweetness in the end as well. A great flavor in this one.

This was a great pale ale. Perfectly balanced, perfect hop flavor and bitterness. Slightly watery on the mouthfeel but a nice, lingering hop bite. Fits the style perfectly. What else can I say; a great APA.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at the Yardhouse in Rancho Cucamonga for $5.50 yesterday afternoon, probably could have bought a six pack of it for the same price at the BevMo a couple hundred feet away

A-Amber color with some golden orange, 1/2 inch creamy white head that settled pretty fast, not much retention, some lacing at first

S-Some floral hoppiness, grassy accents, different citrus aromas, bread, malt, straw, and strong yeast

T-Tasted hops first and foremost, some malt that was leaning towards the bready side, some floral qualities in the finish and a little bit of dryness, did not change much as it warmed except for the grapefruit and lemon tastes in the aftertaste, nicely balanced, would have liked to see it have more hops though, nice tasting beer on a hot day

M-Dry, crisp, and slightly chewy mouthfeel, seemed like more of a biere de garde to me, lots of carbonation, medium body, taste lingered

D-Could drink a couple pints of this, ABV is low, pretty light on the stomach, smooth, no alcohol in the taste, nice session beer

Needed something on the lighter side after the tripel I drank, biggest surprise here was the color because it was one of the darkest pale ales I have ever had, would probably drink again, worth a try

Floydster, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of phishgator
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 22 oz. pint glass. Nice carbonation and inch thick head. The head stays for the sitting. A deep pale color. The aroma is of a solid floral hop. The taste is nice and balanced. There is a slight bite up front and then again at the end. In between the bitterness there is a great bready, whole grain flavor. The body is full for a PA, something I like to match a slightly higher abv. (5.8%). This one I will try again and again.

phishgator, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Offa
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This sums up much of what I don't like to see, and encounter all too often, in US pale ales: it's bland, one-dimensional, and relies too much on grapefuity hops, bitterness, and alcohol.

It's amber with a very thin, off-white tan head that vanishes quickly to leave a very thin ring.

The aroma is caramel and grain with citrus, mostly grapefruit.

The taste is faint caramelly malt with a lot of grapefruit pulp and a bitter finish. It is very alcoholic, which took me aback when I tasted it. It's otherwise characterless and has too little flavour, complexity, or body to carry the light bitterness or alcohol. The latter seems utterly unjustified in this instance.

Offa, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed Kona's Longboard Lager so I gave the ale a try. Pours a tinged copper, a little too thin looking for my taste but many many ever rising bubbles gives it a decent white head. Smells mildly floral hoppy with pineapple maybe or do I just have Hawii on the brain? Tastes surprising flavorful for its thin appearance with decent hop and malt balance. The tiny bubbles makes it easy on the tongue. Aloha!

Portertime, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body capped by a small, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts and fragrant citrus. Keepin' it simple at Kona. I like that.

Taste: Standard pale maltiness with a mild sweetness. Citrusy hops with a medium, balancing bitterness. Lingering bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, albeit basic pale ale. I'm sure it'd be 100% better to be enjoying this beer in its home state.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Good head retention and a little bit of lacing.

The smell is a mix of grassy hops and sweet malt.

The taste starts of with some caramel malt and it turns toward a bitterness from the hops but I'm not getting anything really flavourable from the hops; I think they are there just to add the bitterness and try to balance the malt.

To be fair, I popped the cap on this bottle while it was still iced cold from the liquor store. I'm going to let it warm up some and continue from there.

Well, after letting it warm up, nothing much has changed. I'd call this one a good entry level Pale Ale but, at least for me, it doesn't have the flavours that I look for in the style.

Bitterbill, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of babaracas
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with small head, spotty lacing. Smell: sweet, fruity, floral and spicy hops. Taste: well balanced malt sweetness and floral and citrus hops, pine and lemon flavors. Feel is a little light, but overall this is a very drinkable pale ale.

babaracas, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright reddish-amber hue with a big foamy head. The head was quick to fall but left nice big thick spots of lace.

S: A nice mixture of sweet fruit and spicy hops. There is a bready malt backbone as well.

T: Good balance of hops and malt. Maybe a bit more malt than hops. Nice and bready with hints of hops.

M: Light and body with ample carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable.

Overall: I am glad Kona has come to Florida, it's not the best APA for real hops heads but it is enjoyable nonetheless.

tpd975, Apr 06, 2008
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,784 ratings.