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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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1,966 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,966
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 40
Gots: 245 | 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 beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a light amber color with about a half-inch of light tan head that had decent retention but no lacing.

The aroma was an unremarkable blend of malt and hops, with no particular highs or lows. The flavor was the same, not terrible but not notable either. The body and drinkability were both typical for the style. Overall, this a typical example of this style, you can do better, but it's Ok for a Plan B beer.

Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An ever so slight fizzy off white head that display no real retention before giving way to a rotating splotchy lace in the center of the glass and a very thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass... A very pale copper color with a faint orangish hue... An ever so slight haze... A moderate amount of moderate paced carbonation...

S - Caramel malts dominate... Pastry dough... Subdued but sweet orange... Quite pleasant...

T - It's no surprise the the strong and solid malt base dominate the palette... Caramel... Loads of bready malts... The hops are slightly more pronounced on the palette, but still rather understated by American Pale Ale standards...

M - Just a tinge of carbonation on the tongue to start... Medium bodied... Smooth... Slightly chewy... Real easy drinking...

D - Highly drinkable... Simple and straight forward isn't a mad e thing... Quite quaffable sip after sip after sip... Definately an enjoyable session brew... Nothing "extreme" about, just an easy drinking offering from our island friends... A job well done by Kona... I would gladly drink again (and again)...

Photo of donniecuffs
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color into a pint glass, with a finger of white head, little carbonation, and good lacing. The smell had the feintest hint of lemon citrus, and was instead dominated by caramel and maltiness. The taste confirmed this, with the citrus aspect fading instantly to maltiness mid-palate and through to the finish. This beer would certainly benefit from more hop balance. The body was thinner than expected, given the smell and flavor, but after all, this is a pale ale. The thinner body did help this beer's sessionability. I wouldn't mind sitting down and throwing a few back.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

A - Carmel colored, with a slight head.

S - Notes of citrus smells in the hops, sweet malty scents as well.

T - Hoppy up front that fades fast into sweeter malty tastes. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, slight carbonation.

D - Not a bad session beer, I enjoyed it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A substandard pale ale. Pours, looking all sanitized and clean. Nothing impressive. Lacking any distinct aroma, at this point, looks hospital grade. Tastes similar, not bad per se, but gimme something to hang my taste buds on! Lacks a hop bite that I want in a pale ale. Just replaces hops and bitterness with carbonation.

Mouthfeel, this is a very straightforward, lacking complexity beer. Seems a bit much to pay $7 for 6 of these, they are very standard, easy to drink and all. These are something to give to non serious beer drinkers to segue into something better.

Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish amber in color with nice fluffy, faintly off-white head. Smell is forward of floral hops and bready malts with a hint of carmel and pine resin. Taste is very malt forward, heavy in the bread and carmel department. Floral hops take a backseat and faint hints of piney hops as well. Medium body, slightly oily feeling. More akin to an English IPA in terms of the malt/hops balance. Decent beer.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orangish /amber with good carbonation and a small dirty head. Nose is floral, nutty nose, slightly hoppy and malty. Taste is bready malt profile and predominantly sweet with a little hoppiness in the finish. Easily drinkable but pretty heavy due to bread and caramel.

Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A medium amber, perhaps a little dark for the style, but oh well.. Not very much head, but merely some white bubbles floating on top.

S: Slight hop notes.. it smells a bit damp and earthy.. There is a bit of sweetness in there, perhaps in the form of a carmel scent.

T: A good bit of citrus hops at the beginning, then a malty caramel sweetness comes across. Fairly well balanced.

M: Slightly slick and perhaps a little undercarbed. I am not a big fan of the mouthfeel on this one.

D: Good over all, but forgettable. A decent session beer, but I probably would choose other options over this one.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, a buddy brought some island brews back for me on a recent trip to Hawaii. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, lacing is good. Aroma is citrusy hops (orange), caramel malt and a bit of floral hops too. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of peppery spice. The hops are the strongest flavor in this brew, but they're not overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's enjoyable to drink. I think it's a good balanced beer, not a bad choice as an occasional session brew.

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Bright, but hazy, reddish-copper with thin white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Distinct citrus and sweet toasted malts.

Taste: Major citrus flavor countered by semi-sweet toasted and caramel malts. Just a touch of bitterness at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Seems like a cross between an American Pale Ale and Amber Ale due to the malt focus and restrained bitterness. Regardless of what it is, this is my go-to Hawaii beer - refreshing, very drinkable and with a good amount of flavor.

Photo of kshankar
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber pour, with a smaller head with decent retention.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malts and hops

Taste is hoppy with a decent malt backing, balance is fine on this one. Caramel malts work well in this one with the stronger but not so overbearing hop profile

Mouthfeel is medium, slight carbonation. Drinkability is good, decent pale ale here.

Photo of taigor
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with medium head that dissipated quickly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Right away there is a fruity, citrusy smell followed by slight hint of malts and hops.

T - Tastes slightly sweet and fruity upfront followed by bitter, hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very good beer and low in abv. Makes you feel warm and cozy like you are in Hawaii.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fire Rock pours a bright, new-penny copper with red highlights under a slight, creamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly. This is a clear ale with no noticeable carbonation.

The caramel scents are strong with lightly toasted malts. Some straw and orange is present, yet this is rather two dimensional.

Kona has presented another fairly well-balanced offering with moderate bitterness. It is a touch salty and the hops reveal light pine flavor with black tea in the background. The long, moderate finish holds bitterness on the tongue.

Light carbonation and no alcohol leave this medium-bodied beer rather dry.

In a pint glass, this is a fair match for any hot weather activity. Fire Rock is probably best with hot dogs and coleslaw.

Photo of alkemy
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy copper/orange in color with a finger of slightly off white head that quickly thins to a mere veil over the brew. There's floral hops, oranges, lemons, and roasty malts in the aroma. The taste is much the same as the smell only slightly more pronounced. The lemon was also absent in the taste. This is a good sessionable and refreshing beer. Nothing even remotely offensive about it. Had a nifty bitter tone at the finish. This would be a great gateway beer for folks wanting to get into craft brews.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer, when poured into a glass mug was a deep golden color, with little head, however some lacing was produced as the beer was consumed.

S: There is a strong smell of malt, however I do get an aromatic that i'm picking up on the tail end that is a bit floral.

T: A very well balanced sweet and bitter delivery with a lingering flavor of hops.

M: A fairly balanced beer that proved itself a verry good attempt.

D: I'd rate this higher if I could get it back on the mainland.

Overall, good beer, but when drinking beer in Hawai'i, what can be better? Anyway, Cheers!

Photo of scottyshades
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color that creates a little fizzly head that retains for a couple seconds, then fades.

S: The first thing I notice is a yeasty (almost Belgian yeast) note followed by a strong citrus peel, a metallic note, and a little sourness. Pretty nicely balanced with the hops

T: Nice and mellow, definitely a session beer. Hops balance nicely with the malts, citrus peel (lemon and orange), a strong yeast strain, and some spiciness to follow.

MF/D: Nice carbonation, light/medium in body, smooth citrus refreshing finish.

Try this on tap!!

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a little hard to tell due to the lighting in the bar, but it seemed a little brownish, amber, golden color similar to what you'd see in an IPA. The aroma was fairly hoppy but the hops were fairly subdued. This was the case with the taste as well. The hops were a little citrusy but fairly subdued. The body is fairly light and its a pretty drinkable APA.

Overall, its ok. I prefer my APAs to have more of a hop kick to them than this one had. Worth a try the next time you're in Hawaii though. Cheers.

Photo of srandycarter
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep honey color, not much head. Some cling lace.

S - Malt is there, not much else.

T - Deep, malty caramel sweet core, bitters out pretty well. Kinda weird twang at end.

M - Medium body, nice coating, pretty good balance. Still too much twang on the side of the tongues at finish.

D - Not a bad session. Could have several at a time with enjoyment.

Photo of jeranbrews
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 2 fingers of beige head disappeared like a magician. There was almost no carbonation or lacing. It had a pleasant amber color.

S - Initially sweet, tones of tropical flowers, hops, and caramel malts. The smells were complex and delightful.

T - The initial flavor is definitely hoppy. I found at least 2 distinct flavors right away. Hop heads could enjoy this. There is a noticeable West coast hop presence here, but the nice thing is that it's not so strong as to dominate all the other flavors. There are some nice malty tones and yeast/ester flavors too. The balance was overall very nice.

M - Smooth but dry. A bit more carbonation would be nice.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. Complex smells and a well balanced flavors make this one of my favorite APAs. Good for most meals and situations.

Note: Born on date was four months before this review.

Photo of frayos
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer resembles and taste like you just mixed Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with Fat Tire.

Color is on the amber side for a pale ale.

small nose, some hops and malt comes through.

This taste like a safe beer / middle ground beer. Could please FYB tastes and tolerable for real beer tasters.

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

pour is orange without murk and some sticky white head. nose is mild citrus fruit, apple malt, and yeast. palate is not much else than that. a bit peppery dry and quite yeasty... weak malt character... that give the beer yeasty, bready quality a bit of a fingernail. carbonation is a bit sharp also.

Photo of rebel1771
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a head that disappears quickly.

S: Aroma of sweet toffee along with a strong punch of pine needles.

T: Slight flavor of sweet malts in the beginning quickly overpowered by the hops, finishes dry.

D: Not bad, not quite mellow enough for a session beer but tasty enough to have a couple.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright pomegranate with meringue-y white head that craters. Nose is poundcake and red berry. Brown sugar and fruit punch malts with slight twig twang at the end. Thin and not sticky.

Easy to drink, but too light. Been a while since I've had an APA with such weak hops.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11-22-09
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark orange color, pretty good carbonation, 1 finger of foam, decent head retention

S - Faint citrus smell and hop smell. Heavy on the malt aroma

T - Medium bodied, heavy in the malt category. Full flavored feeling going down with a bitter aftertaste

M/D - A medium bodied brew with a pretty heavy malt taste. I didn't notice any real sweet taste sine I thought the citrus smell was on the light side. This was the last of a 4-pack of brew that a buddy brought back for me. I'm glad I had tried it but wouldn't look for it in the future. If you get the chance to try one I would recommend it but this brew wasn't there for me.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this one is a light golden color with a white one finger head.

The smell is very faint, but is full of light hop smells with a malt backbone.

The taste is of light hop flavor, sweet sugar flavors coming from the hops. The malt flavor is not very strong, not raosted malts but a caramel malt flavor. Nothing great, this beer is not that great. Granted I have not had it fresh, it is still not that great.


Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,966 ratings.