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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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1,692 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,692
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 27
Gots: 106 | 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 atigerlife


3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Kona brewpub in Hawaii Kai.

Poured a brownish red with a slightly off-white head that had decent lasting power.

Aroma of hops with some sweetness in the background.

Taste was quite enjoyable with hops leading the charge with some malts following.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with some good cleansing power. Rather dry feeling.

Overal, quite drinkable. Certainly one of Kona's better offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2006 04:53:35 | More by atigerlife
Photo of eballard


3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer with some nice fried chicken. It poured a nice amber color with a light lace. It has a light sweet hops smell. The taste is sweet with a little bit of bitterness. It has nice hops spiciness and a sweet finish. The feel is clean and refreshing with a crisp finish. This is a great beer for a hot summer evening. Clean and light with a good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 21:20:36 | More by eballard
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found this on-tap & by the bottle in Orlando, Fl. The bottle was better (more hop flavour).

A: Amber, off-white head, some retention, a little lace.

S: Citrus with a touch of caramel.

T: A unique citrus-rind flavour with some quality pale malt (biscuity).

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: Quite quaffable, but doesn't really draw me in.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 00:49:50 | More by Derek
Photo of Dithyramb


3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Secret Santa offering from Mr. AlohaC.
Pours the requisite amber color. Head had a heavier, less long lived quality with limited lacing. Some faint funky hops and some grassy overtones on the aroma.
Had this one directly after a Deschutes. This one had a good initial bite of hops, it demured to a grassy/chalky backbone afterward. Not bad, worth drinking with a pizza and watching WSOP. Finished very clean. Drinkable in a hanging out and talking $hit kind of way.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 01:01:46 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with June 06 packaged on date. The head is white in color and about 1 inch high that falls down to a thin topper. The lacing is only specks. The color is a perfectly clear amber.

The aroma is somewhat citrusy, along with light pepper and some honey sweetness.

The flavor is a fairly nice blend of hops and blended malt. The mouthfeel is slightly tangy. I think this beer is very refreshing and goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 02:08:04 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark golden with a tight bubbled head that is small.

Smell has some dry hoppiness up front and an earthy profile- somewhat like an English ESB.

Not bad. An up front hoppiness with spicy piney hops. Fairly decent for a pale ale. The hops are followed by a vague fruitiness and little cereal grain sweetness. Nice hop flavors, but the hops could be longer and overall al ittle more balanced. Definitely better than I was expecting when I bought the bottle.

Round mouthfeel. Maybe a little thin and a little too spritzy, but not bad. Could use a little more body.

Pretty drinkable- could down a couple of these on a hot day- more if it weren't for the residual sweetness after the hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 02:01:34 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of theozag


2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer at the Kona Brewing Co's pub at the Koko Head Marina Center (Oahu, HI). I figured the best possible place to try a new (to me) beer from the Kona folks was at their house.

I was not particularly impressed with this beer, but I would choose it over quite a few brews I've had in the past. The body of the beer is a crystal-clear red-brown upon which sits a thin and quickly thinning light tan head. A ring of bubbles rests atop this beer while you enjoy it, but it is only the smallest of "heads."

Smell was not particularly notable to me. Honestly, though, if you look back in my tastings you'll see my oft-made confession: "I have a terrible sense of smell." All I could get out of this glass was some oat and bitter hop notes.

Taste is somewhat bland, but certainly pleasant. The beer is definitely full-bodied, and it has a few complimentary flavors - plus plenty of bitters besides.

Finish is very clean and aftertaste is minimal. Alcohol content is relatively high, but since when was that a problem? I guardedly recommend this beer; try it, you just might like it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2006 06:03:38 | More by theozag
Photo of BEERchitect


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the bottle, I thought it went a bit 'flat' and thin too quickly. Tried it last night on tap and was quite impressed. The body stood up better throughout the durration of the glass. Creamy, bready, rich and full from start to finish. Caramel, toasted sweetness balances with spicy American hops, a tough of ginger and nutmeg. The head retention and carbonation remained consistently firm. A much better experience with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2006 13:12:15 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of BeerRun13


3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden amber. Small off white head and some okay lacing.
Very toasty aroma with some nice hops in the nose.
Toasted malty flavor, with a slight bitterness in the back of the throat.
Lighter maltty body with a hoppy sort of dryness to it.
Highly drinkable Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 19:24:50 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of scottoale


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz brown bottle with a PKGD ON date of Jun 14,06 pours a copper ale with clarity and a 1/2 inch of off-white head. Decent carbonation and some nice lace make this beer quite attractive.

The smell is mildly sweet, earthy malts with a grassy hop in the background, nothin fancy.

The taste starts faintly sweet and malty then pans out crisp and clean with a nice hop finish. Nice balance with nothing outstanding, a good smooth mouthfeel and a real easy to drink, medium-bodied ale.

Mild ABV with a pleasant flavor...probably tastes even better where it's brewed (while on vacation). Definetly worth tasting and reasonably priced in the US (mainland that is). Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 07:59:58 | More by scottoale
Photo of JayQue


4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at "Cheeseburger Oasis" at the Alladin Hotel in Vegas. Don't know if it was the 105 degree weather or the beer, but I thought this one was a winner. Pours a cloudy copper color. No head (at least not in the frosted beer mug), light lacing, good hops smell. Great taste of bitter hops and spices. This is not a hops bomb, but has enought bite to satisfy a hop head. It reminded me a little of Harpoon. Mouthfeel was fairly rich, not at all watery. Drinkability is good, both with food and as a sessions beer. I had this one with the fish tacos, but I could easily see myself drinking several of these. Would like to try this again in a climate below boiling to see if I went overboard on this one. Maybe I'll have to go to Hawaii.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2006 16:46:18 | More by JayQue
Photo of hanco005


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack of this at Publix in Orlando on a recent visit to see my folks. I drank one there and put the other 5 into my carry on. I am reviewing one of the other 5. 12 oz bottle, indicating it was packaged on Apr 17 06, poured into a pint glass. The under side of the bottle cap informs me that lilo means lost in Hawaiian. The Lilo and Stitch movies just became clear to me…

A—pours cloudy copper with a 1 inch fizzy tapioca colored head, gone almost immediately, lacing disappears as fast as it is produced

S—citrus hops, a little bready and sweet, some pine fragrance, too

T—citrus hops are dominate, sweetness is present in the middle with some toasted malt taste, finishes dry

M—smooth and clean, medium bodied, medium carbonation

D—a good pale ale, easy drinking and more are welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 15:26:11 | More by hanco005
Photo of RJLarse


4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six-pack of Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale at the grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a copper/gold color and is clear. A foamy one-finger white head forms and is quite resilient. The head dissipates to a thin creamy lid on the top of the beer, and laces the sides of the glass nicely.

The smell is quite strong, with a bold scent of hops and an aroma of evergreen, juniper or pine.

The taste is also quite hoppy, with a powerful but mild hop flavor, very little malt taste, and remarkably low bitterness. The hop flavor is very well done. It tastes a little like an IPA.

Mouth feel is light, crisp and refreshing. The beer is fairly heavily carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer, and not at all what I expected. Given it’s price point and availability, there’s a good chance I’ll have Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale again. It is a very nice pale ale, especially for the summer season.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 05:54:07 | More by RJLarse
Photo of garymuchow


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up on Orlando. A Hawaiin beer in Floriday. Makes sense...I guess(?).

This has all the elements to be a good APA, but just lacks boldness and umph. Kinda' an APA light.
Light grassy hop aroma with little to no malt presence. Pretty simple and straight forward.
Amber of gold and brownish orange. Clear. Decent tannish head with some persistence.
Malt show greater presence in flavor and that's a good thing as it rounds this off nicely. The malt is quite sweet up front, almost like honey and a really sweet fruit. It's brief. Hops then until finish with mild dryness and mild astringency. Again pretty simple hop character that's not unpleasant, just not complex. Plus the flavor of the bitterness isn't always that enjoyable. There seems to be some inconsistency between bottles.
Average feel with some softness of carbonation. About as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 03:05:32 | More by garymuchow
Photo of LuckySevens82


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass.
Popped the cap and noticed a word under it. Apparently, "Moana" means "Ocean" in Hawaiian. Neat, you DO learn something new every day.
Anyway, pours a very very clear copper color with a 2 finger slightly off white head. Retention and lacing are very very good.
Smell is caramel, fruit (apples, pears, etc), very little hoppiness, and just a hint of candy-like sweetness.
Taste is pretty solid for a pale ale. Sweet, malty caramel is balanced with a strong, but not overwhelming hop bitterness, a very easy drinking beer indeed.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but as far as a session beer is concerned, this is just about where I want to be.
Overall, a notable pale ale, and with the added novelty of being from Hawaii, I can say that this is an enjoyable brew, even if it doesn't require a whole lot of thought.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 01:51:14 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of russpowell


4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Born on date od 14 dec 05, made in oregon still???

Pours caramel to orange, with a 3 fingers+ rocky as hell offwhite head. Head retention and lacing are average

Smell:: Malty sweetness, piney hops, followed by some caramel

Taste: Rich fruitiness, piney/floral hops& caramel dance together. A nice hoppy/bitter & slight dry/finishing finish

MF: Slight thickness with good carbonation. Great balance in this beer

Very drinkable, great session ale. When fresh,I highly reccomend this, a very well put together PA! Or as they'd say on the big island: onolicious!!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 06:10:10 | More by russpowell
Photo of Drew966


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pitcher of this on tap with some friends tonight. It was a copper color, with a small head. Taste is pretty good, it is a bit sweet as other reviews have mentioned, but I don't find that a bad thing in this brew. The hops were predominant as would be expected, and there was a nice malt backbone. I thought this was a nicely balanced and very drinkable pale ale. I would definitely drink this again, and I would recommend trying it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2006 04:49:51 | More by Drew966
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured hazy golden amber with an almost white head which rose well and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a fruity and citrusy hop punch. The aroma was lightly piney and resinous and contained and orange note.

The flavor was less exciting than the aroma. It was muted malt, mostly caramel and muted hops. The flavor was lightly fruity with a decent bittering, but no backbone.

The finish was even with just a bit of lasting fruity character. The body was medium and the carbonation was fine for the style. Not a very exciting brew, but not bad.

12 ounce bottle, PKGD ON MAY2505. Many thanks to mentor for the wedding present!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 00:54:35 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of DogFood11


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper, full eggshell head, minimal lacing.

A bit watery in the nose, some citrus hops, lazy malts, citrus fruit.

Much bigger on the palate. Hops are definately sweeter than most, whether its the variety or some outside additions they come across sharp up front and sweet at the end. Malts combine nicely with a fruity (pineapple, orange) presence to creat a pleasant sweet finish that is cleansed quickly.

I would welcome trying this on tap as I think this would even be better. Nice brew and the best I've tried from the Islands.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 18:08:29 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color with a moderate head. The taste is like no other Pale Ale that I've had. There is something really fruity about it, much like sweetened hops, or almost pinapple...which would work with the hawaiian connection. This puts the beer in a novelty category and away from other serious microbrews, but still it has a lot of character. This goes down really easy, but its still hard to enjoy more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 06:52:52 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of Mitchster


4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first brew from Hawaii! Pours out to a hazy copper, forming a large whipped off-white head of fine bubbles with excellent retention and very good clumpy lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is really nice...freshly crushed citric, piney resinous hops, more akin to an IPA. Swirling brings out some MJ skunk. Sweet pale malts and vanilla round it out. The taste is also more akin to an IPA...the hops are upfront and in the boatload. A touch of marijuanna skunk is infused with a nice balanced backbone of crystal and pale malts. There might be some Munich in there, too. There is a slight mineral water taste only as a forethought in the middle. Apple esters in the middle, with a very well-balanced bitterness and lingering pine and grapefruit in the aftertaste. The finish is clean and the mouthfeel is very good. Imagine a Stone IPA with less bitterness, more body, and more crystal malt. Obviously dry-hopped, which for a pale ale, instills a sense of pride from the brewmaster. No perceptable off-flavors. Alcohol is imperceptable.
Color me impressed. I was a little skeptical, as Hawaii obviously hasn't made much of a dent in the brewing industry, if only for financial reasons. This brew proves that Kona BC means to do business, and they do it very well. What a great find! I'd love to try their IPA!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 23:24:23 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Bcant


3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with a large flat white head that tapers off but sticks around. Good bouquet, pine and lemon zest with light notes of honey. The taste is decent, with some bidder citrus tones, a touch of coriander spice and some but it really lacks depth and aggressiveness. Pretty oily in the mouth but not excessively so, crisp and refreshing. Almost like you were chewing wood with tea-tree oil at the very end, thought without the numbing effect. Still not quite bold or interesting enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 05:30:43 | More by Bcant
Photo of Morris729


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a golden orange hue and a creamy off-white head. Nose is biscuity malt with a touch of buttery diacetyl blended with a strong aroma of fresh citrusy hops. The same biscuity malt that was present in the aroma comes across in the taste along with a bit of caramel. Peppery hops with notes of fresh grapefruit follow and leave a bitter aftertaste. A bit heavier on the malt than I was anticipating but certainly enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 03:29:03 | More by Morris729
Photo of UnionMade


3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from my Denver trip. Bottle marked in yellow ink "PKGD ON JUN2105".
Hazy golden amber. Short topping of whitish foam, holding a solid misty coating. Cobwebby lace. Hoppy aroma. American, with a cascade-like citrus/floral tanginess. Sweetish pale malt keeping the balance right on. The flavor opens with unadorned pale malt up front. Toasty, cleanish in the Sierra Nevada style, allowing the floral quality of the hops to shine. Gushing hops, juicy, high on flavor, with modest bitterness in the finish, staying impeccably balanced. Finishes on the dryer side, with a crescendo of floral, orangey hop flavor. My only complaint is that the aftertaste is very mild, leaving off citrusy, with a touch of watery nothingness. A more lingering presence would be more to my liking. Medium bodied, on the lighter side, with a milder level of carbonation that makes for supreme quaffability.
Amazing balance, very tasty hop flavor, this is a stand-out pale ale. Not terrifically complex, but sometimes a simpler, more minimal beer is more to my liking. This would be my regular "drinkin' beer" if I lived on Hawai'i.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 09:12:14 | More by UnionMade
Photo of redmosquito


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice hazy copper color with a white head. Aroma of nutty munich sweet caramel malt, followed by a light floral hop. Good malty flavor, with significant hop bitterness, and mild hop flavor and yeast frutiness. The beer has decent body and handles the 6% pretty well. Overall the beer is pretty well made, it could be slightly better balanced and rides a fine line between APA and IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 18:58:50 | More by redmosquito
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