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Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,872
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 36
Gots: 178 | 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 erosier
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts and a nice "firey" hop aroma that lets me know this is going to have some kick to it.
T: Very nice sweet malt base followed by a nice spicy kick of earthy/piney/citrusy hops.
M: Very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, I think it would have been less drinkable if it had less hops in it, but then I suppose it wouldn't be called Fire Rock. Overall it was really nice.

erosier, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber/copper color with a small head. A touch cloudy. Smells fruity, malty, and slightly hoppy. Actually nice aromas coming off of this beer. Toasted malt and fruity flavors,very nice and smooth. Hop flavors are way in the background, earthy and citrusy. It was hard to taste the hops, but the bitterness does kick in on the finish to leave a nice sweet toasted malt,bitter flavor. Maybe could have used some more hop flavor, but that would make more like every other american pale ale and I actually like the flavor the way it the way it is. This is my 3rd beer from Kona (porter and lager) and I'm really impressed, they are all very well crafted....I could drink these all day.

Kromes, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New arrival at my beer store... my first, and probably only, Hawaiian beer.

Pours a cloudy copper color, small head to it, some lacing. Nothing crazy about the aroma, now time to taste. Light bodied and crisp, nice mouthfeel to it. For a pale ale it's definitely more malty than I expected, but finishes smooth. Pretty interesting taste to it.... could definitely tell it apart from a 100 other pale ale's. While not spectacular by any means, it's a solid refreshing ale that would be good on a nice warm, summer day.

Sixer for $7.49.

oriolesfan4, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale copper color with a dense off-white head that slowly settles. The aroma is sweet, some caramel malt perhaps, and a spicy/grassy hop. Sweet caramel malt upfront, honey, with some bitter hops in the end. Definitely more of a malty APA, quite balanced. Moderate feel, little bready, prickly carbonation, good balance between sweet and bitter. Decent APA overall, could use some more flowery hop flavor. Drinks easy, could beer to use as a change of pace.

Gmann, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We just hit town, staying at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach, and in the first 20 minutes of walking around we saw two convenience stores that had Kona Fire Rock (one was around $12/6 pack and the other was $10/6 pack). Neither price seemed that steep for the extremely hot location, and I was surprised to see such a good product widely available. Honolulu seems to have benefited from free enterprise (competition).

It's a nice brew. Not at all strong or offensive in any way, yet flavorful. It goes down very creamy and smooth and multiple beers should be very nice.

I am really tired from a long day of flying, so this hits the spot nicely. I hope to try more things from Kona while we are here.

I also had this on tap and it tastes exactly the same. This must mean the bottling process is doing a good job.

schoolboy, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is amber colored, clear with an off-white, orange tinted head. Nice head texture with a combo of super fine + large bubbles. That combined with the bits of lace already forming make this look hoppier than your average pale ale. It turns out to be about average. Aroma is basic and pleasant. Sweet bread dough malt, light caramel, and some spicy earthy and orange hops. Flavor includes a balance of malt + flavor/aroma hops, similar to the smell, with a small punch of hop bitterness. Its more bitter than I expected from the intensity of the smell but the bitterness is certainly welcome. Mouthfeel is alright. Appropriate sized body but the carbonation is a little sharper than it needs to be. This is easy to drink overall.

This could be a decent session-able back up if you're not in the mood for something more exciting.

tastybeer, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of wedge
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-amber with a small head that disappears rather quickly. Aromas of bready grains and floral, fruity sweet hops. Toasty grain, tea, and citrus rind flavor. More citrusy aftertaste as it sits around in the glass. Medium bodied and pretty easy to drink.

Meh...fairly balanced but nothing memorable.

wedge, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of bacabuck
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this the other night at Rudy's Pub in Foothill. Not much else on tap and I'd never had this beer so I thought I'd give it a try.

A: Must have been sitting on the bar for a while. By the time it got to me, there was no head to speak of, just some foam floating.

S: Slightly sweet. Hoppy.

T: No bitterness of hops came through. Good body and flavour. Held up well with the pulled pork and half my wife's burger.

M: Smooth. No excessive carbonation.

D: I'll order it again.

bacabuck, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

wow, 271 reviews as of this writing. I think I'm late to the beach party! I enjoyed this over a nice stirfry centered around a spicy tropical fruit sauce. I think this comes across as a nice session brew albeit lower hopped than I've come to expect from an APA. That said, if I was in Hawaii or CA I would be happy having ordered this.

barleywinebrewer, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Kona brewpub while vacationing on the Big Island last week.

Brew pours a copper color with a slight haze. Head is off white with good retention. Nose is tropical fruits with citrusy hops blended with toasted malts. Taste is caramel malts that are somewhat sweet balanced by a smooth bitterness that is not too overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Finish is refreshing. Overall drinkabiity is good as this seems to be more of an English PA style as it was more balanced to the point Da Boss could quaff it.

arizcards, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/17/2007 (Tap @ Grills, Cocoa Beach, FL):

Pours an amber red color, good sized head, slight yellowish. Somewhat hoppy aroma, some sweet malty aroma. Sweet taste, but different sweetness than say a honeybrown or a fat tire. Clean taste, slight sweet aftertaste. But a little watery. Refreshng. Not much taste after a while.

jujubeast6000, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of BryanCarey
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a sweeter pale ale that pours to a light orange color with a small level of foam that doesn't hold up for long. The nose on this beer is mild, with the scent of caramelized malt and a small amount of fruit.

Taste- wise, Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a softer, gentler pale ale but still quite enjoyable. Flavors like caramel malt, pale malt, citrus and other fruits- perhaps even a touch of passion fruit- greet the palate as you sip. The taste is sweet overall, finishing with only a touch of bitterness and the taste of honey.

I usually go for the fuller- bodied pale ale but Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a tasty little pale ale. The body of Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale tends toward the medium to light side and the hops offered here are not over the top, nor are they very bitter. The Galena hops contribute to a flavor that reminds me of a fine English Pale Ale and the beer is highly drinkable and very pleasant. Add to that the citrus fruit taste enhancement from the other hop varieties and you have a nice combination of flavors. It's a good pale ale choice when you want some hops but don't want an overwhelming taste of spice and bitterness.

BryanCarey, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a huge, billowy off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, beer is a golden amber

Smell- Pale amber malts and hoppy nose

Taste- Biscuity malts and middling hops that take their time unfurling a touch of citrus and pine. Complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability- Enough body and flavor to be interesting, light enough to session.

olmatty, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Served up in a pint glass; color is a copper-tinged amber. The small off-white head is more likely than not a testament to the pourer than the beer, as it may have had more size and retentive properties; as it is, the small half-finger of creamy foam leaves behind some slight rings of lacing.

A nice welcoming vivid, floral and fruity hop bouquet fills the nose and beckons.

Medium-bodied, with a middling level of carbonation. Faint hints of caramel and sweet bread up front, with a big middle of fruity hops, containing notes of apricot, grapefruit, cherries and blueberries, falling into a mildly bittersweet finish.

Quite tasty overall; a nice fruity example of the style that is well-balanced and easy-drinking. Nothing mind-blowing, but nothing less than solid, either.

superdedooperboy, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Dmann
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this is my new session beer, and one of my new gateway beers to show newbies what's up. The pour was a nice burnt orange color with a slight haze to it. Head was nice and web like and stuck to the glass very well. The smell was kind of bland to me at first and surprised me a bit since I was expecting a more intense smell, but it hinted at the subtle flavor to come.

Something about the flavor of this beer is just irresistible. It has more in common with and english pale ale rather than and apa but it works perfectly. Up front are the toasted malts that give it a great slightly sweet and at the same time dry flavor, followed by a slight hop flavor and a perfect mouthfeel that makes you reach for another sip. I am not usually a fan of malt-up-front beers, but the fact that the malt in this one is not super sweet and cloying makes it perfect. Get out and try this one now, you will not be sorry!

Dmann, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden to amber color with bright white head that retains well. Nose is on the light side, with lager-like breadiness, and faint fruitiness - peaches perhaps. Palate is a mixture of bland maltiness and hops with sharpness but not much in the way of positively contributing to flavor. Slight fruit. Mineral taste too. Easy drinking.

yemenmocha, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of AltBock
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a neat looking drawing of a Hawaii volcano ready to erupt. At the bottom of the picture are two tourists ready to capture the moment when the volcano spews molten hot lava all over the place. That would make for an awesome picture! It's either that or they're photographing the Titanic looking ship on the water. On bother side of the picture is where you'll find the mandatory US information. The neck label has all the info. It has a paragraph about the beer and the brewery. On the neck somewhere, there should be an inked packaged on date. Mine was packaged on June 11th, 2008.

When poured into a DFH pint glass, "Fire Rock" was a hazy fiery orange color with a small tint of golden copper. The beer's color goes well with the name of the beer. It's too bad there wasn't any yeast particles floating around to act as the rocks. On top of fiery beer was a standard 1/2 an inch head of pure white foam. It had decent retention that left behind a few islands of bubbles, a small string of white rings, and only a few spots of white lace.

The aroma was malty and wheaty at the same time. I can't figure out how they did that. I clearly smelled malts and then out of the back, malted wheat. Very unique. The only thing after the malted grains was a tiny touch of juicy fruits. Not the most complex aroma, but it was very pleasing to smell.

The taste was pretty much the same. It was malty and wheaty at the same time, but with the taste, it tasted like I was drinking cream of wheat sometimes. Hiding behind the malted grains was a speck of juicy fruits, a touch of sweet yeast, and then this beer finished up with a slight hop bitterness. Unique too, but I liked the uniqueness of the aroma more than the taste.

This was a light bodied Pale Ale with a slightly crispy aftertaste of malted wheat, malts, a hint of juicy fruits, and a subtle touch of sweet yeast.

I enjoyed this little Pale Ale. This was also my first beer from Hawaii. Hopefully not the last I have from that state either. I bought a six pack of this beer and found out this beer really isn't that consistent from one bottle to the next. This was one of the better of the bunch. I had one or two that were yeast disasters. When you drink one, I hope you get a good bottle and not a yeast disaster.

AltBock, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of stale wheat malt and slight fruits. Flavor of raisins, lots of malt. Rather malty for an American pale ale. Just ok for me, would have preferred some more hops in this.
6/4/7/3/13 (3.3/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of rgrholmes168
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pretty nice amber color with about a one finger head. The foam disappated fairly quickly, but left plenty of lace on the sides of the glass. The beer was nice and clear with plenty of carbonation showing in the glass.

This APA is a little bit heavier on the malt than the others that I have had. The beer is a medium body beer that does not have a trace of hops or bitterness. There is a good hint of caramel in the taste of this beer and you get the same caramel in the aroma.

This is a pretty good APA. I really like how it is a little bit heavier on the malt than other APAs. This set its a little bit apart from others.

rgrholmes168, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a sample on tap and it was one of the worst pale ales Iv'e had. It was so bland.

Pours a good pale golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves quickly but with some lacing.

Aroma is bland of pale malts and almost no hops.

Flavor is the same as above. Pale. :(

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and a little watery.

I guess it's drinkable but I won't have another.

hoplover82, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of GreenCard
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light-brown to copper, slight haze, good layer of off-white spongey foam, OK head retention

Aroma: seductive passion-fruity/citrusy hops folded through a toasty malt caramel

Flavor: medium malt sweetness balanced by a smooth bitterness that's not too overpowering; slightly burnt caramel and toffee; finishes semisweet with a lingering citrus-peel bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, crisp but soft, slight alcohol warmth

Other comments: This is a tasty multi-purpose pale ale and it really does bring to mind volcanoes because of the caramelized sweetness. Maybe what happens when wort meets molten lava? That's not to say that this beer smells or tastes like sulphur, though!

GreenCard, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper pour with a medium white head. Sweet malt aroma, with a hint of hops. Crisp taste with mild hops, more of the citrus variety. Wanted more of something. Kind of like an APA-lite. Not really much more to say about this beer, curse the 250+ character limit.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at The Blue Seats in New York City, New York.
Appearance: A deep but transparent amber color, toped with a small light tan head having decent retention.
Smell: Caramel malt and citrus hops.
Taste: Predominately the caramel maltyness is what came through, but it was a bit watery.
Mouthfeel: Thin.
Drinkability: Ok, but not great.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label depicts two hikers overlooking a bay at the base of a smoking volcano as a cruise ship steams by. Packaged on May1408. Bottle cap has a Hawaiian lesson; BRAH = dude.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of light tan head. This settles quickly to the barest of coatings, leaving some lacing. The beer itself is the color of bright copper, with a slight chill haze. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet honey and caramel malt. Some bubblegum like esters.

Taste: Very mild malt, ever so slightly sweet flows into a mixed bitterness. Bitterness is somewhat from hops and somewhat more like bitter orange rinds.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Good. Maybe a little less bitter and spicy than many American Pale Ales, but still a good representation.

beveritt, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Bagman007
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap and poured into a pint glass.

A- Brown, copper color. Not much head at all.

S- Has a nice hoppy, spicy smell.

T- A tad hoppy, but not too bitter at all. Very crisp and a little spicy.

M- A little hoppy, but it goes down well. Very crisp feel to it.

D- Very drinkable beer. Excellent pale ale. One of my favorites.

Bagman007, Dec 02, 2008
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,872 ratings.