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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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1,907 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,907
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 39
Gots: 197 | 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 Atlas1
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last of the Kona beers my wife brought back from Hawaii last month. T'is a pity to see them go.

Poured from the bottle into my DFH "tulip pint" glass. Appears a cloudy orange-apricot in color with a frothy 2-finger head. Pretty dense looking beer. The foam thins out over time but leaves a nice film on top of the liquid. Not much lace left on the glass though. The aroma is very malty, with some yeastiness and nuttiness as well. Somewhat biscuity. Maybe some hints of dark fruit. No real hop presence, though, in the bouquet at all. The taste echoes the aroma. Rich and malty, this is kind of like an Old Chub junior, but that is a weak, weak comparison, and I know it. Smooth malty taste. Slightly thin, but refreshing. Some woody, nutty flavors, and the faintest hint of strawberries. Slight hop kick right before the finish, which is nice for balance but otherwise unimpressive. I would never have guessed this beer was almost 6% ABV, because the alcohol is masked very nicely. On the whole, this is a very drinkable beer. Much better than the Kona Golden Wave ale I tried before, but not quite as good as the Pipeline Porter. Still, a solid session beer and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery to amber in color, mostly clear with a fair head and lace. It's a pretty color, but could use a bit more head and lace.

Aroma is that of a pretty malty pale ale with a nice hops presence. Citrus and fruit also make an appearance.

Taste follows the aroma pretty well. It's malty up front, with a crispy hops bite and a fruity, citrus, biscuit flavor.

Body is pretty good for a pale ale, medium, crisp and somewhat sweet on the finish, with a lingering malty finish with just a tinge of hops.

Overall this kind of reminds me of Stone Pale Ale. It's malt-forward, and hoppy, but not overly hoppy. It's not going to get confused for an IPA, which is fine by me in a pale ale. I bought this as a single to try/review but I would certainly be happy to buy a sixer of it.

Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a small head that fades slowly to decent lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and mild citrus with a bit of malt sweetness.

T: Starts with a mild sweetness up front that fades to a nice bitterness that continues through to the finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp and refreshing. Well balanced.

O: I normally do not associate beer with Hawaii but what the heck, this is good stuff. Looking forward to trying other Kona beers.

Photo of DCon
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Ingles Grocery Store in Asheville, NC & added to my Mix-A-Six Pack for $8.88. Poured from the Sunset Labeled bottle w/ a Hawaiin Scene in the background into my 16oz Grand Teton Brewing Co. Glass. Has 11 53 NH, NOV 19 11 stamped VERY small underneath Fire Rock Pale Ale in white.

Aroma- Has a nicely blended American/English hop aroma. Very clean and has tons of malt that support the hops here.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that lasts for a great amount of time. Has a dark copper colored body and leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Very hoppy from the beginning with a nice American character. Malts are evident as well and finishes with a light-medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has a sweet finish without a ton of hop present.

Overall Impression- A very refreshing brew from Kona but could have used more hops! More like an English Pale Ale but still enjoyed. Have had before on-tap and wanted to see if it reminded me of the past time. Unfortunately, nothing rang a bell. Enjoyed nevertheless and wouldn't mind starting off the night with one of these!

Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange, with a thin head that is somewhat disappointing in retention and lacing.
S- Good balance of pale malts and earthy and slightly citric hops.
T- While the flavor is pretty basic APA, I love how balanced this is. Sturdy malt background supports a more citric hop presence than aroma indicated.
M- A touch light for my personal preferences but weighted enough I suppose. Carbonation is lively.
D- A good, basic, balanced pale ale. this is a beer that is better than the some of its parts (a,s,t,m,d) and quite approachable as well.

Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a slightly hazy orange/amber with a finger of foamy white head. Some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit creamy with some milky flavor that has a small bitterness in the background. Some powered cream flavor is evident in the nose so I move on.

The taste is hits with a scream of creamy screen. It may have been there or it could have been in my mind but all the mix of flavors is fighting off this net, some orange flavor that slits through first and announces itself loud. Some bitterness is pulling back the curtain as the full story is reveled.

This beer has a high then usual ABV, it does not hit at first but toward the end there is a bit of a smoother warm presence. It goes down easy with a little effort. A really smooth beer.

Photo of amalburg
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a healthy head of white foam. Just a dang solid American pale here. Mild caramel and biscuit with a balancing dose of clean hop bitters. Mint, orange zest, and bit of herb and earth fill out the hop flavor/aroma component. Clean and balanced. Classic, flagship-type pale ale that should pair with all types of food. This bottle washed down some street tacos like a champ.

Photo of tavernjef
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muted coppery orange color with a small white capping of briefness. Picks a few spots to keep some lace otherwise there's not much.

Aroma is dull of some dry cereal grains with a certain unidentifable leafy woodyness about its subtlty with a hint to some sweet mushy fruityness of old apple.

Taste is a nudge better with a simple tone of slightly toasted and cooked buttery/nutty cereal grains, tender little apple and malt sweetness in the undertow as it grabs a nudge of leafy/woody hops that have just faint bite of bitterness like that of an old peach pit.

Body is slightly below medium with a slender grittyness to it that's not to off but bothersome in the first bit of the glass. Virtually simple, clean, tender, mildly sweet and toasty, and easy going enough for good drinking and could be sessionable enough to perhaps three or four.

Photo of amvrana
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A very clear amber, light light bubbles on the body with a head that dissapates before sipping. Head white maybe 1/10" (maybe).

Smell: Toasty hops and believe it or not light floral essence. Granted it is light.

Taste: This bitter feel with light floral taste and believe it or not grapefruit. .It is still sweet and wouldn't be surprised if a little orange played a role in the brewing of this fine ale.

Mouth: Medium smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: Not a bad brew, for you that wonder this is very close if not already an India Pale Ale, little bitter and definitely quite tasty. Hope you enjoy as much as I did, Salud!

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.

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of palliko
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nicely transparent orange color with ivory foam and little lacing. Aroma is composed of brown sugar, fruit and citrus hops. Initial taste continues the lemon and orange theme, plums are detected midway. The body is medium to thin, with a finish that disappoints. This beer needs some work to improve the overall consistency.

Photo of BitteBier
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear on the pour with a rather bright orangish-amber color. The head is slightly off-white and somewhere between bubbles and foam. Lacing was present but minimal. Citrus and caramely malts were the main notes to hit my nose, with a sort of balance that carried through to the taste. Pretty hoppy from the start but not at the expense of the malts. The mouthfeel was good, though a bit oilier than I expected. Still, I wouldn't turn down this APA most any time.

Photo of PerzentRizen
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried this one from a good buddy. I really did enjoy this one. I have to say I was taken by surprise.

I poured this one into a Duvel glass to try and capture the aroma. The overall pour was a tad weak for me. I thought I might be able to coax a bit more head out of this pale ale. It had a light lace which retreated to nearly nothing.

The aroma was decent with what seemed like a strong hop charcter. I even thought IPA at first.

The taste was clean and largely bitter up front. The finish was short and left a little to be desired. I think this is a fine pale ale, but pale's (pun intended) to Dale's Pale Ale and many others. Despite this fact I did greatly enjoy this beer.

The mouthfeel was light and slippery. It was the first beer of the night so it went down without contention.

The drinkability of this beer is very good, but since I would not seek it out as a session beer I would not call it great. If I saw this beer and the price was right I might be tempted to buy a six pack, but no more. Enjoy, but don't expect miracles from this one.

Photo of BrianRocha
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Chrismulk22
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dryndantheman
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

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!

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

We pour this offering a light golden coppery color. It has a half finger head of fizzy white bubbles that disappear rather quickly. The carbonation looks actively medium, and there is no sediment in this utterly translucent brew. The aroma is sweeter than expected. There are notes of green apple and pear, dark pit fruits, light malts, honey, and a gentle balancing of hops. As we taste we begin with fruity malts, with a vibe that is almost bubblegum. These push through to an even fruitier middle which, while they began as more traditional fruits, now present as tropical, sweeter fruits. Hops come through rather robustly at the end, washing away the possibility of a cloying sweet domination. They are grassy and bitter enough, without overpowering any other aspects of the beer. The aftertaste breathes some of that green apple from the nose, with a bit of hops. The body is evenly medium and the carbonation is medium to high. The mouth is cooled from the hops, and otherwise satiated. There is not any coating or real slickness, but it does feel faintly syrupy to the lips. The abv is standard, and it drinks quite nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fruit throughout. There was a variety through the nose, which only expanded within the taste. Something else that was particularly nice, to note, was the balancing from the hops. In the end, this was a nice pale ale, despite some favorable liberties taken with the addition of other ingredients.

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

Poured a hazy deep amber color with sparse white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Smell demonstrates a light hop presence, but little else.

Taste also has a light hop character, with a modest amount of dryness.

Thin at the end with little taste retention.

Average at best.

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

Brown Bottle with a spiffy logo and a packaged on date clearly printed in yellow.

A - A satisfying two fingers of off-white head that quickly settled down to a thin frosting. This pale ale left little lacing during its trip down the glass. It poured an inviting, slightly hazy, deep golden amber. There was little visible carbonation or activity.

S - Malty and hoppy, like a good pale ale should be. A little on the floral-hoppy side of things. This smells pretty inviting at first, but the nose to this beer disappates pretty quickly, so stick your schnoz into this one quickly.

T - Pretty good balance of hops and malts. There is some lively up front carbonation, which quickly subsides into a satisfying hoppy bitterness. The upfront flavors here are also a bit sweet, though comfortable, and nowhere near cloying. The aftertaste is definitely hoppy and a tad astringent, with an almost salty finish.

M - The carbonation takes over at first but it settles away into a moderate body. This is a really smooth ale with a slightly puckering finish, the hops making themselves known again.

D - I haven't gone in for a group of these in a sitting but one went down really easily; I think this is a winner. Not particularly strong or complex as American Pale Ales go, but definitely enjoyable. This beer tastes like a reasonably good stab at the style.

I'd recommend it and I'd be happy any time I see it served.

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

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a weizen glass in the hotel bar.

This beer is a reddish amber color with some white lacing that leaves rings the whole way down.

It's pretty malty, but hops dominate the aroma.

It's got a nice balance of hops and malt. There is a nice alcohol finish.

This beer is medium bodied.

This beer was my 2nd on my vacation. It hit the spot after a long day.

Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Fantastic body. Bright orange, copper and bronze. Light off-white head sits low with poor, but hangs around with nice retention.

S – Fresh leaves, honey suckle, and a touch of tart apricot marmalade.

T – Acidic and mineral opening. Herbal, earthy hop center. A brisk smack of alpha-oil bitterness and wax brings around a bitter-sweet marmalade finish.

M – Light/medium body is smooth with a nice carbonation. Lightly dry finish.

O – A solid pale ale.

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,907 ratings.