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Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,694 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,694
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 27
Gots: 107 | 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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gymst20

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

04-28-2013 23:38:24 | More by gymst20
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kpowledge

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

07-24-2014 23:30:00 | More by kpowledge
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spiatt

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

10-12-2013 19:26:55 | More by spiatt
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Ismaeljm

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

08-07-2013 01:01:14 | More by Ismaeljm
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MikeH210

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

12-21-2011 02:27:41 | More by MikeH210
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1p5v

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

03-31-2012 03:49:53 | More by 1p5v
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Mojoman8561

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

03-10-2013 14:34:30 | More by Mojoman8561
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jameyp

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

08-31-2012 00:36:50 | More by jameyp
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pigvomit

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

05-03-2013 13:36:54 | More by pigvomit
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Mitchster

Michigan

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
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ChopsMeister

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

02-10-2013 06:49:57 | More by ChopsMeister
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cgarwood


4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

12-24-2012 15:20:21 | More by cgarwood
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wceaton

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

06-12-2012 01:53:34 | More by wceaton
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and sweet. (What my wife wishes I was.) Enjoyed this on tap at the Outback on Oahu. (We went to the Kona Brewing pub in Hawaii Kai but settled on buying t-shirts because it was 11:00 in the morning.) Extremely gorgeous carmel/orange color in the glass--and this was one of those great frosted mugs. Huge head that lasted like suds through the first half of the mug and brought a bite of hops and a rich, malty sweetness to the mouth. I didn't know what to expect when I ordered it, but this was a pleasant surprise and one of those beers that I'll consider (at least on tap) any time, anywhere it's available. The sweetness was not cloying, but rather a welcome balance to the prominent hops flavor. Excellent. Ono Brah!

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2006 21:17:03 | More by tugdriver7
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Braudog

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(#2, 8/2002) This pours with little head, but maintains an invitingly beautiful copper color. The initial aroma hints of its citrusy hoppiness. Although pretty it has a light texture, the taste is wonderfully tart. Excellent American PA. I like how in Hawaii the pronounce it Pal-ey, Al-ey.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2007 23:09:22 | More by Braudog
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Jemonster

California

4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date on the bottle says Apr 27 '10.

A: Very attractive beer! Poured into a glass, it looks like the beer that you would see a picture of in the dictionary under "beer". Orange tan color, a bit darker than the pale ales I'm used to seeing.

S: Smells like tropical iced tea mixed with beer. I can smell pineapples and oranges along with the yeast. Smells wonderful.

T: Sweet at first with that tropical fruits thing going on. Increasingly bitter hops as it sits on the tongue, maybe a little too much for its style. Overall, a very tasty beer. I can't give it a 5, but I've given lesser beers a 4, so its a 4.5.

M: Medium bodied so that the flavor coats the mouth, but not as crisp and refreshing as I would expect given the flavor. It could be my fault, since it seems like a beer that should be served very cold, and I'm drinking it at about 50F.

D: I could drink a good number of these I think. The flavor goes well with the sausage pizza that I am eating with it. At 6% alcohol, it's session-able for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 21:41:01 | More by Jemonster
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RJLarse

Washington

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
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle indicated 6% ABV.

Clear copper/amber color with a decent white head from what I could tell. The lightning in the restaurant was bad, so my perception of the apperance could have been off. Nose is of a nice, but not overwhelming, smell of hops. But of maltiness as well. Taste is very well balanced. There's a definite hoppiness and a very mild bitterness. Malt presence. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Extremely drinkable. Downed two of these without batting an eye. Will definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 23:20:22 | More by Mavajo
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Hawaii. Didn't get to try any of these when I was actually on the islands, as I was too young then. Pours a light amber color with a small head that doesn't stay around and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a bit of caramel and a nice mellow citrus hop presence. The flavor is nice. Very smooth and easy to drink. Good hop character and nice malt backing. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2004 15:28:11 | More by clvand0
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into my crystal mug and produced a clear amber with a white, one finger high bubbly head. It dissipates slowly and leaves great lacing.
The smell is almost IPA like, but that is a plus in my book! Flowery hops and a malty background.
Tasting the beer those flavors are confirmed. Fruity hops up front, balanced by some more earthy flavors and malt. Great bittersweet finish!
Great brew! A fantastic pale ale!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 03:08:21 | More by Hopfenpeter
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HeightsEats

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lisa's Pizzeria in Rodanthe, NC. Pours a deep golden color with a minimal head. Aroma is sweet and slightly bready. Flavor is clean but complex with a distinct, almost fruity caramel followed by a dry but not overly bitter hop finish. Unique, tasty and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 19:58:11 | More by HeightsEats
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Boca-X

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle in to snifter. Slightly off white head, decent lacing. Beautiful copper, amber colored...the two marry in a foggy hazy glaze, very pretty beer.

Molasses, honey and caramel on the nose...warm, sweet and inviting.

Medium carbonation, tiny bubbles burst upon the tongue...followed by a inviting sweet malty extravaganza. Dark molasses mingles with the layers of caramel, creamy cashews and macadamia nuts. A rather quick bitter finish then a pleasant touch of sweet burnt brittle is left on the lips.

I can't lie...I tend to think many pale ales are boring and lack character...that can not be said of this Kona brew. It's wonderful to look at and even better to drink...full of creamy, sweet in depth flavors...this is a very good PA...probably one of my favorites. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:28:09 | More by Boca-X
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Bagman007

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 03:28:44 | More by Bagman007
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 6/16/10
A) Pours with a quarter inch head - creamy and wispy. Lacing is thin and sticky. Body has just a slight haze with mellow upward carbonation. Bronze with amber tones.
S) Caramel. Subtle vanilla. Some floral notes. Toasty.
T) Blast o' malt up front - yum! Nutty. Buttery. Toasted bread. It's like caramel popcorn with a sassy hop bite. The combination of malt and hops are well balance and interact well with each other. Finishes with a nice caramel and floral sweetness.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Medium body. Crisp in the finish.
D) A delicious Pale Ale. Well done Kona!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 00:17:02 | More by u2carew
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walshclimb

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy copper body. Nice aroma - solid malt with just a little hops and maybe caramel sweetness. This is a very tasty pale ale that is very well balanced between malt and hop bitterness. The aftertaste is a little more on the bitter side but just barely. This is the end of my first sixer (not all today!), and I will definitely buy it again. I don't think I have had many of Kona's offerings, but I will not hesitate to try more. THe moutfeel is right about where it should be - medium bodied with a good carbonation and a crip finish. This will be one of my new favorites for American Pale Ales I think. Not overwhelmingly hoppy and well balanced malt base. Good for just one or as a session. I would highly recommend it if this is your style.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 04:01:29 | More by walshclimb
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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