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Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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1,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 33
Gots: 152 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

pigvomit, May 03, 2013
Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
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!

Mitchster, Nov 18, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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!

tugdriver7, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Braudog
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Braudog, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Jemonster
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Jemonster, Jun 22, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

RJLarse, May 20, 2006
Photo of Mavajo
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Mavajo, Oct 11, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +21%
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.

clvand0, Dec 22, 2004
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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