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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
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1,935 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,935
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 37
Gots: 226 | 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:
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a hazy brown with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bread/biscuit-like malt and some subdued hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest and floral hops up front with a solid malt backbone. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale with a nice balance between the malt and hops in the taste.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, slightly cloudy copper, head dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: Slight hops with bready malts, a bit fruity with some caramel.

T: Bready/caramel malt debuts first but is quickly pushed aside by a nice wave of citric and somewhat tropical hops. Ends with a nice balance and a slightly toasted character.

M: Light bodied and crisp. Very refreshing and drinkable. Without even realizing it i threw this down pretty quick.

Overall: Very enjoyable. An excellent session beer and great for warm weather.

Photo of amvrana
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the second Kona beer that I picked up at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge recently. I didn't expect this to be like other Pale Ales that I've tried and as soon as I poured it out of the bottle, I knew that that would be the case. This had a nice fiery-reddish hue to it to go along with the name of the beer, and the aroma wasn't overwhelming with hops like so many other offerings in this style. Nevertheless, I thought this was great and a welcome change from what I've had lately!

The head didn't last long on this beer and the lacing was minimal too, at best. Caramel hit me up front but not enough to make this beer feel sticky. It faded nicely into the roasted notes that had some currant and dark plum underneath. The hops were not that strong and could be felt in the aftertaste, which came and went like one of the low-tide waves on the big island itself. This felt a bit like a Belgian IPA with the mild strength of the alcohol and the flavors that went with it, and the carbonation was just enough to felt when this beer was swished.

I thought there was just a bit more alcohol in this than what it was in actuality. It wasn't so much in the taste, but in the warmth that I could feel it. Like a few others, I was disappointed to find out that Kona's beers are brewed on the U.S. mainland but nevertheless, this is certainly worth a shot since there's nothing quite like it on the shelf at your retailer. Those who like darker and moderately stronger Pale Ales with a good mouthfeel and mild flavors will delight in this beer, just like I did!

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

Particulate-laden, medium orangish amber. I had this bottle stored on its side so I must have kicked up the yeast in the process of getting it into the glass. The head is rich cream in color with big rounded craters on top, has fairly good retention and deposits fat, broken rings of lace.

It smells like both American- and English-type hops are in use. I can pick out orange and grapefruit zesty notes as well as herbal, earthy ones. I have the exact same impression after tasting. The flavor is an Anglo-American mix that just has to be due to a combination of hops from those two countries.

The malt backbone is as solid as a (fire) rock. It's certainly more substantial than in most beer of this style. There's a fair amount of butterscotchy, caramel-like flavor to go along with the citric fruitiness of the hops. The finish is increasingly bitter and is on the lengthy side thanks to the medium-full APA body.

Fire Rock Pale Ale is malty, hoppy and just plain good. I'd love to drink it on-tap, as fresh as possible. Of course that would necessitate a trip to the islands, a sacrifice that I'd be willing to make for the good of my vocation.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord NH. Label stamped as bottled on 060910 (June 9 2010).

A: Copper colored brew generates 1/2" of tan foam that settles slowly to a respectable layer and a big meniscus around the glass. Generates a little lace as I sip it.

S: Big buttery toffee nose, tons of diacetyl. After it breathes a bit, maybe some floral and hoppy notes emerging, but still the toffee clearly dominates.

T: Smooth and creamy, diacetyl and vanilla on a moderately sweet malt backbone. Like the ice cream part of a root beer float. Hops are present but subdued, definitely take a back seat, just a subtle rounded citrus, maybe as mellow as apricot.

M/D: Moderately thick, very creamy, soft carbonation, no alcohol detected. Highly drinkable , a bit heavy, very enjoyable. Not a typical APA, not by a long shot... too creamy and not enough hops. But very tasty nonetheless. Reminds me of a Yankee Candle my college roommate used to burn, sugar cookie or something like that. I don't think the Fire Rock name fits, unless it refers to lava burning through a warehouse full of vanilla beans.

Photo of BrianRocha
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TylerTheTerrible
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Chrismulk22
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dryndantheman
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of PerzentRizen
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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 merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper body is topped by a small beige head. Nice lacing. Subdued aroma features citrusy grapefruit, caramel, and a hint of pine. Medium body with strong carbonation. Taste is well balanced between the citrusy and pine hop bitterness and sweet caramel maltiness. A very drinkable American Pale Ale that, while not outstanding, is quite respectable.

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

Appearance - Pours a clear, precise copper with an off-white, finger width head. Decent retention. Leaves behind a thin but consistent lacing.

Smell - A bit of spice. A bit of citrus. A sweet caramel malt is present in the aroma, but subtle.

Taste - A well balanced ale. Follows the nose. The citrus hops stand out just above the rest, but notes of sweet caramel malt, and a delicate spice sit just under the surface.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Smooth. Could use more bite?

Overall - I was not a fan of this beer the first time I tried it a good 5 years ago. I avoided it for the next 4, and then on a whim, I tried it again about a year ago. It was much better than I remember. Not my favorite PA, but it's certainly far from the bottom of the pack, and it does have unique qualities which make it stand out from your average pale.

Photo of wingman14
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Rok Bistro in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a dark copper with a small off white head that didn't stick around. The smell was suble, sweet notes added to the hoppy backdrop. The taste was a bit more subtle, with a bitter hop flavor throughout, with the hoppy and sweet notes. The aftertaste wasn't bitter at all, the hops linger for awhile. This one wasn't very smooth, had a medium body, and good carbonation. An easy drinking pale ale, with a good flavor, worth checking out.

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

Two liter growler generously filled to the brim at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema down south. Beautiful industrial-style flip-top growler. Thanks to ballewblake for sharing.

Now sharing is a fuzzy word. Schedules got mixed up, Beer Mails were missed, & once I flipped it open, I didn't bother coming up for air much. We're all friends here right? :P

Poured into my DFH pint glass, a large curdling head develops over a hazy, perfectly amber brew. Some activity underneath, but pretty still overall.

Smell is a soft mix of toast, flour, margarine, salt, pepper, yeast, a faint amount of spinachy hops & a very minimal amount of zest. Very, very mild.

The taste reminds me a lot of Butternuts Porkslap, but with more crispness & a cleaner finish. Also a good bit drier, which lends much to the drinkability. There's diacetyl in there, but unlike Porkslap, the hops here make more of an impact. A zesty bite that all but wipes out that slick feel, leaving just the sweeter side of it. The finish rides that sturdy hop bite along with a good mouthful of toastiness that fades within a couple breaths. Just a single step from being a really savory beer.

Carbonation was on the level & made every gulp I took twice as large. The beer felt foamy & frothy sloshing around. The alcohol never made itself known during or after the 70 or so ounces. A little more condensed when cold then warm, it felt just a little too thick. ... Once I got near the end, I left half a pour to sit while I grabbed dinner. When warm, the beer became much more salty & acidic. Don't leave any stragglers. Drink it all up like a good boy. :)

Photo of Atlas1
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 soju6
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 bump8628
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 mutt
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer I found to be surprisingly good.

I had on tap and it was a dark amber color that had a creamy head that lingered for a while. Smell was strong and sweet with a touch hops and honey. Taste was good. Not to strong, and not to thin. I drink this ale often as it is priced right and easy to find on the space coast. I also find it in a lot of pubs and restaurants in the area and notice a big movement with it. It's an obvious pleasure. Drink One....

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Andnkuhn
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,935 ratings.