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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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BA SCORE
82
good

650 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 650
Hads: 2,203
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 51
Gots: 420 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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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Reviews: 650 | Hads: 2,203
Photo of SammiR
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great APA. I bought it as a regular Pale, however, so it's a little bit hoppier than I was expecting. After an adjustment to my palette, I'm more than happy to throw a few of these back.

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Photo of CtyLineBeerBlog
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - Brown with a hint of yellow where the light comes through

S - Light on the nose; Subtle pale ale aroma

T - Strong, clean, citrus taste but very chill and mellow. Just the right amount of bite

F - Light carbonation; medium body

O - It is what you want out of a pale ale and it is a very chill beer. If I did this review on the beach, I'd really get into it. Overall, can't complain about it. I would have this again.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date, but came in mixed pack with others dated around Feb 10th

Look - Pours a reddish burnt orange with small off-white head. Pour retention, okay distribution. Decent lacing. 3.75 paws.

Smell - Mostly malt with sweet marmalade and lemon notes, very little hop presence, but does exhibit citrus rind. Cereal malt notes present as well. 3.25 paws.

Taste - Mostly bready malt with slightly sweet off-dry finish. Tastes of white wine and subtle dankness arise. Bits of raisins, biscuit, and cereal. 3.5 paws.

Feel - Thin to medium bodied, somewhat wet. Tingle on tip and sides of tongue. 4 paws.

Overall - Never been a fan of Kona mainly because I had found their hoppy offerings underwhelming, and this fits into that category. But, this was part of a mixed pack I received as party ransom, and actually enjoyed their lighter beers, Last one to try is Castaway IPA. 3.5 paws.

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

Appearance: The body is a slightly hazy, dark copper in color, with a modest off-white head, which retains well. The lacing is scattered in patchy clumps.

Aroma: Pale malt and caramel vie with moderate herbal hops, the effect of which is pleasant.

Taste: Upon tasting, caramel and white bread present themselves, soon followed by light and moderate fruit flavors as the taste progresses, -the herbal hops offer a moderate bitterness to offset the sweetness of the bread and caramel flavors. The hops, while fairly mild, linger on well beyond the point were all of the other flavors have dissipated.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, with seltzer-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A nicely-crafted, drinkable example of a familiar style

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz 7 month old bottle. Pours orange with foamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of pale malt, caramel and herbal hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal, piney hops, caramel and bready malt and some fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Average brew.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a semi-clear color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is slightly malty. The taste is bold with malts yet has quite a bite to it. Fairly easy drinking with a smooth flavor and a toasted finish. Quite nice overall.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/25/14. A little past its peak, but with 6% ABV and that avowed hop character, it should still be a fair representation for this Kona creation.

Poured in to an IPA glass, the unique look of this beer immediately catches my eye. Despite the fact that the head disappeared about as quickly as it formed, with scant lacing to be found, I am struck by the appearance. The tangerine-grapefruit color of the beer looks almost electric when its chilled haze meets the light. Interesting. The aroma promises bright tropical fruit, with a subtle essence of pine. A little biscuity malt in the background rounds out the nose. The flavor brings sweet bread, subtle dried fruit, lightly toasted malts, and a balanced hop character. Mild pine and grapefruit. This is a well-rounded brew. The mouthfeel is on point, with just enough body and carbonation to keep this refreshing. I believe the few extra months have mellowed this beer, as I remember it being more vibrant when it was in season. As it stands, this is superbly sessionable, perhaps more so now that time has reigned in the flavors a bit. I have enjoyed it either way. It's nice to see an American Pale Ale that is not trying to masquerade as an IPA and brings it's own unique qualities. I put this near the top of my list when a Pale Ale is in order. Fresh or mellowed, it's always delicious.

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Photo of fishmanpa
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Like the label! The beer pours a rich orange, very little head and light carbonation. The aroma is malty with fresh hop overtones. Nice balance. The taste is sweet and malty at first then finishes with a light hop bite. Decent mouth feel and overall a nice offering from Kona. 6.0%ABV

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed from a short beer ( pronounced sho-aht bee-ah) glass at the Ritz in Orlando. Nice light head when delivered. Orange in color with a white head. Sweet and syrupy with a light consistent hop belt. Went great with the seared tuna appetizer, tenderest I've ever had filet main course and following cheese plate. ( switched to Cabernet for desert) Not sure if it was as good as it would be fresh on the big island, but tasty none-the-less.

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Photo of pls2087
4/5  rDev +10.5%

A: Pours golden-orange. Decent head, dissipates quickly.

S: Citrus, floral

T: Surprisingly limited hoppiness. Solid citrus flavor (even detect hints of pineapple).

M: Crisp, clean. No lingering.

O: Different than other APAs I've had. Solid.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: biscuit malts; a bit of tropical fruit hoppiness in the background;

T: well balanced; lightly bitter finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: easy drinking; flavor was a little blah;

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Photo of SurferEric
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Fruit flavors followed by a distinct readiness, caramel, and malts. Good not great pale ale, but perhaps a bit jaded as I live on the islands and can pick this up fairly cheap.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Pour creates a thick head that hangs around. Nice lacing. Not a ton of flavor on the front when cold, but has an ok finish. As it warms the flavor moves to the front, but not a lot of finish then. Decent mouthfeel. Not a bad beer at all, easy to drink, but not a ton of flavor. Certainly wouldn't avoid it, but wouldn't seek it out either.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Opaque burnt amber with a white half finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Guava, mangoes, pineapple.

T: Great malt/hop balance intermingled with Hawaiian fruits. Low bitterness. decent.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. A dry finish.

O: OK, just not a great pale ale. Sessionable.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Very close to bright clearness, but there is a little haze to it. Very soft brown color, hints of orange. Nice lace sits on the top where a nice white head used to sit. Somewhat tart in the nose, black currant and cherries, meshed with hops and wet grain feed. Alcohol right in the beginning of the taste, wasn't expecting that. Some cinnamon, and toasted grain in there as well. Really nice aftertaste, hops and crushed pepper. A little watery maybe, but really not a lot of complaints here. I'm enjoying this more than I thought I would...

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Photo of McStagger
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Pours a nice copper/amber color. Excellent clarity. Finger slight off white head. Moderate retention. Moderate lacing. Minimal carbonation, with bubbles lazily rising to the surface.

S: Some amber notes from the glass. Roasted grain,caramel, a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg. Getting some alcohol, believe it or not. Hops smell mildly oxidized (bottled on June 15th). Little bit of dank fruitiness coming through. Little bit of stone fruit...almost like a mildly ripe peach or nectarine. Some slight citrus in the nose, but it's really hard to ferret out.

T: Pretty decent hit of toasty sweetness and alcohol up front. Transitions to a soapy citrus candy in the mid palate. This resinous quality carries through to the finish. Slightly astringent on the aftertaste, with mildly candied citrus components and a distinct floral soapiness.

M: Beer is medium bodied with just enough of a pop of carbonation to balance out the malts.

O: This one is a bit rough around the edges, but I'm not sure if the off flavors are intentional or due to the two and a half months it sat in it's box. Regardless, this is a surprisingly good pale ale.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber with a hint of red. Normal head, lacing and retention. Light tropical nose (passion fruit) over caramel. Heavy medium bodied with a nice slick oily texture. Average carbonation level with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The taste profile is balanced between the flavors of the nose. It begins with tropical notes, flows to a bit of spice and ends with a light bitterness over caramel.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77. This is not a bad way to continue the day - getting Fired up!

From the bottle: "Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromised quality."; "We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!"; "Fresh, Responsible, Always Aloha"; "Go With the Flow! Active volcanoes on the Big Island pf Hawaii leave visitors awestruck by their power. The glow of lava as it meets the ocean is an amazing sight. Our Fire Rock Pale Ale is inspired by this place with a bright copper color and rich roasted malt taste. Aloha!"; "Liquid Aloha".

I did as they directed and simply allowed the lava, I mean, liquid flow from the bottle and into my glass. This set up a pseudo-cascade which then settled into three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. As the head slowly fell, it left nice lacing in its wake. Nose had a light grapefruit-citrusiness to it along with a caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was intensely citrusy and probably pushes the envelope between an APA and an AIPA. As a self-avowed hophead, this was right in my wheelhouse, but for style mavens, it might be just a tad too hoppy. Finish was semi-dry with a light caramel sweetness kicking in to better align it with its style. I now await its release in CANs.

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Photo of mrjez
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a standard copper with small dissipating head, slight lacing on swishes.
S: I'm getting a pleasant whiff of pine off the top, sticking my nose in there are floral notes, and slightly sweet malt reminiscent of an English pale.
T: great balance in the taste. The malts present well, a little sweetness like the smell, and citrus comes through, subdued and hard to discern which but providing great support on the palate.
F: a tad chewy and oily on the backend, not a lot of bitter presence, but quite quaffable.
O: this was a training wheels beer for me and it was very nice to revisit it after a few years and my palate shifts. Still holds up very well.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is by far my favorite of the Kona beers. I was surprised that this beer was so flavorful seeing as it is a pale ale. I am not the biggest fan of pale ales but this guy is great. Pours into a glass looking just swell, smells fine tastes fantastic. Good beer I would recommend to a friend.

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Photo of Ryne0h
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this beer thinking that it would pair well with pizza. While I did thoroughly enjoy the beer overall, it did not pair well. The initial smell and taste were fantastic, but the beer was heavier than I anticipated. I will more than likely purchase this beer again.

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Photo of jhartley
2.06/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got on tap from a near by tavern. Served in a shaker pint glass.
Body was a clear golden amber color with a thin barely 1/2 finger head of small bubbles.
Got very little smell off of this one, what I did get reminded me an adjunct lager more than a pale ale.
Taste was very disappointing. Not even the littlest hint of any hops at all up front; small amount at the end. Was hoping for more from this, especially based on the ratings.
Very watery thin mouthfeel, not much at all in the way of a mouth filling flavor.
Overall a very disappointing beer, wouldn't look for this one again, unless of course it would be a freebie.

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Photo of Tastesalot
1.02/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: pale orange pour, foamy white head

S: wet cardboard, oxidation, corn

T: adjuncts, paper, off-flavors (especially off-bitterness)

M: watery, thin

O: This is without a doubt, the worst excuse for a beer I've ever had. It makes Rolling Rock taste good. I'm glad someone gave it to me to try, and that I did not actually spend any money on it. Heat may have gotten to this bottle, but even taking that into consideration, it still has no redeeming qualities. I'd give it an even lower rating if I could. Avoid.

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Photo of hreb
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated May1614, presumably from the Widmer/CBA/ABInBev facility. Beer pours orange amber in color and crystal clear, supporting a massive foamy head. Mild aroma of toasty malt. Flavor provides a decent fresh hop flavor, though certainly not a dominant one. A little bit grainy through the middle, with a relatively neutral finish.

I had this on draught in Maui, where it was presumably brewed at the Kona brewery, and I remember, while I had pretty low expectations, I was more impressed with the toasted barley flavor and crispness of this APA. In this form it is still totally drinkable, if unremarkable.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: bottle
Appearance: pale amber
Smell: nothing jumps out. Light biscuit
Taste: medium malt with lingering hop bitterness
Overall: solid beer. Can drink a few of these. No particular element jumps out and grabs you, but tasty just the same. Worth a try.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.