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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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642 Reviews

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Reviews: 642
Hads: 2,163
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 47
Gots: 387 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 642 | Hads: 2,163
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of stale wheat malt and slight fruits. Flavor of raisins, lots of malt. Rather malty for an American pale ale. Just ok for me, would have preferred some more hops in this.
6/4/7/3/13 (3.3/5)

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Photo of clark123456
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale:
A: Very light in color. Clear.

S: Hoppy, but I can't nail which hops.

T: Hops are very pronounced with some bitterness. The bitterness isn't overpowering. Not too much malt is coming through. Initially I picked up on a savory flavor, but as I continue to drink the savoriness is dissipating.

M: Average carbonation and it's mouth coating.

D: This beer is drinkable.

Overall: This beer is good and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and floral. A medium bodied pale ale. Malts are fruity and mild. Hops are grapefruity. Mild flavored pale ale. Refreshing and drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of output01x
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Born On DEC 20 11) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1 1/2-finger cream-colored head that slowly fades to a thick coating and thick foam ring. The body is a clear copper amber with an amazing amount of carbonation bubbles coursing through nearly every available area of liquid. Thick lacing coats the glass in a never-ending blanket of white foam.

While this beer may not be the most aromatic, it is both balanced and enjoyable. Piney and citrusy hops aromas carry notes of tangerine and mandarin oranges. Light malts form a nice backbone with notes of caramel and graham crackers. A slight spiciness adds an extra layer to the nose.

Bitter, grassy hops are balanced by caramel malt. As the beer is swallowed, more grassy hops are met by citrus hops and more caramel and toffee malts flavors. As these fade, a slight bitterness clings to the tip of the tongue as a watery and dulled grassy hops flavor lingers on the rest of the tongue.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is creamy and easy-drinking. The body is smooth and drinkable but slightly watery in the finish. The carbonation is well hidden but could use a bit more strength during the swallow.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up on Orlando. A Hawaiin beer in Floriday. Makes sense...I guess(?).

This has all the elements to be a good APA, but just lacks boldness and umph. Kinda' an APA light.
Light grassy hop aroma with little to no malt presence. Pretty simple and straight forward.
Amber of gold and brownish orange. Clear. Decent tannish head with some persistence.
Malt show greater presence in flavor and that's a good thing as it rounds this off nicely. The malt is quite sweet up front, almost like honey and a really sweet fruit. It's brief. Hops then until finish with mild dryness and mild astringency. Again pretty simple hop character that's not unpleasant, just not complex. Plus the flavor of the bitterness isn't always that enjoyable. There seems to be some inconsistency between bottles.
Average feel with some softness of carbonation. About as it should be.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Good head retention and a little bit of lacing.

The smell is a mix of grassy hops and sweet malt.

The taste starts of with some caramel malt and it turns toward a bitterness from the hops but I'm not getting anything really flavourable from the hops; I think they are there just to add the bitterness and try to balance the malt.

To be fair, I popped the cap on this bottle while it was still iced cold from the liquor store. I'm going to let it warm up some and continue from there.

Well, after letting it warm up, nothing much has changed. I'd call this one a good entry level Pale Ale but, at least for me, it doesn't have the flavours that I look for in the style.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coppery golden in color with minimal amount of off-white head.
Aroma of lightly roasted malt and citrusy hops.

Taste: Decent roasted malt backbone with a hop bite that's respectable, but mild for a pale ale. My major issue with this beer is that something is off. There is an astringent, medicinal, bitter character that's overwhelming the good aspects of this beer. It's prominent on the sides of the tongue, but seems to be on the back of the tongue as well.

Mouthfeel is good minus the excessive astringency.
Drinkability obviously suffers due to what I am perceiving as an off-flavor.
I'm curious if this beer is better on tap, but I'd pass on a 2nd offering in the bottle although there seems to be a decent beer lurking underneath.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale orange pour with a light, lazy and spacious rise of effervesce. Light beige head of small statue dissipates after a fair rate of time leaving a light speckled lace.

S: Oranges, fresh floral is found on the first impression of the nose. Very light aromatic wise very shallow complexity wise.

T: The flavor shows a sour fruitiness, some fresh grass and pale grain backing. A bit of sour citrus, pineapple on the trail. Moderately hopped for a pale. Slight instances of sweet toasted malt character.

M: light, slick textured and lacked much carbonation and crispness. A rather lazy mouthful with a weak farewell of hops.

O: Overall an average drinking pale with nothing that really stands out or grabs your attention. Think they missed the mark here, a light drinking crisp pale with some tropical fruitiness (pineapple, mangos, kiwi) both on the nose and flavor might have been a bit obvious and expected, but would of served much better the locale then this ordinary tale. Some level of hop awareness but the flavor remains mundane and could of better represented.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

In my opinion, this bear wasn't bad but not super great either. Just OK. I like Pale Ales and there's a nice amount of hops to this beer without being overly bitter. There's definitely a bit a malt too. The Fire Rock Pale Ale is very easy to drink, and would probably be a lovely addition to any summer tiki party.

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Photo of sweethome
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange/amber color. Sweet carmel nose. Somewhat floral, fruity esters of tropical fruit. Carmel comes back. Not sure what is in store from the nose.

The carmel malts dominate the palate. A little bit of grassy hop. Slight bittering on edges of the tongue. The carmel maltiness really controls thoughout. Never approaches cloying, but a malt oriented pale ale. In the final analysis, the lack of hops prevents me from wanting another.

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Photo of KoG
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled fresh from a newly tapped keg.

Orange-ish hue with a sticky head and decent lacing.

Smell is citric hop all the way. Damn near too citric for my tastes but a very different aroma then a lot of APA's available out west.

Taste is hoppy, bitter and citric. Citric flavor is damn near out of control and masks all the other flavors. Finishes with a slight hint of what may be mistaken for malt.

Goes down clean but not my first choice of pale ale if available.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appears clear, the colour of apple juice. Small head, fades to just a swirl on the top. Decent lacing.

The nose gives a honey crispyness, bready malts and some fruity hops.

There's some hops bringing a scrape to the tongue: primarily citrus, but this is much more of that bready malts. I like my APAs to be a little more crisp and hop-forward, and less malty liquid bread. I realize that may just be me, but this one is primarily those bready malts which do not particularly appeal to me. Good carbonation level, and smoothe enough. There's a honey sweetness that gives it a creamy/smoothe note on the finish.

Not a bad beer, just not the approach to the style that I prefer.

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Photo of pvsob
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear copper color with a one-finger head that has average retention/lacing.

S- Citrus, flowers, and a light, somewhat toasted malt aroma.

T- The malt and hop flavors are very balanced in this beer. Neither one really asserts its dominance over the other. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

M- Lighter side of medium with medium/high carbonation.

O- A decent APA. Worth a try, but I don't see this one replacing all the SNPA and Headwaters in my fridge. Cheers.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this because I'd never had a beer from Hawaii before. Started off pouring a meager 1/8" off-white head which vanished immediately. Very little smell at first, only some mild malt, and not much more even after warming. Appearance is a slightly hazed copper or apricot color. Taste, although alright, was only marginally more than a BMC to me. Granted it had more body than BMCs. Anyway, it's a plenty drinkable beer, and it's cool it's from Hawaii, but otherwise I don't really see anything exceptional to it.

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Photo of silentjay
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle has an island sunset theme thats rather enticing.
pours copper, maybe an orange-reddish tint to it. not much head, but plenty of bubbling action.

smells of caramel malts. some citrus-y hops in there too. not too strong an aroma.

a bit of a metallic taste. hops stronger than in the aroma. herbal hops at first with some lime citrus in there too. malt stronger though. bready and caramel, and a bit toasty.

medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation, despite the lack of head.

metallic taste takes away from the drinkability a lot. not as hoppy as many pale ales, though thats not always a bad thing. Alcohol is apparent even in a medium-strength beer.

Not bad, but so many better pale ales out there.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Pours a nice clear caramel copper with good looking creamy head. Smells like a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. Seriously, honey and grain. Flavor profile is a bit of an enigma but reminds me of potato pancakes and malt o'meal. Was too much like cereal for me.

Overall: next!

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Photo of Taipans
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this in a 22 ouncer from the 54th street bar and grill.

I liked the color of this, reddish with a nice white head. It smelled pretty good, sweet hoppyness to it. Nothing complex but good. Malty sweetness, with a touch of hops, I would guess Cascade? I liked the flavor and it went well with my steak. Nice smooth mouthfeel, crisp carbonation but not over the top, no complaints. I have had this beer a few times before and enjoyed it each time. Since I had a large serving it did warm as I put it down, but even when the temp came up it had a good flavor. I can imagine a better serving device then the straight walled monster mug would bring out more character.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was my first experience with Kona Brewing Co. and I was not that impressed. The pour of my beer left absolutely no head on the beer at all. The beer seemed slightly undercarbonated for a Pale Ale.

The aroma was of citrus hops and a sweet malt character.

The taste was fairly balanced, but strongly hopped in the end with a flavor hop bite that left a lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a slight malt viscousness.

A drinkable brew, but I won't seek this one out on the West Coast.

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Photo of Soonami
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fire Rock Pale Ale is the first beer I've had from Kona (I think, certainly the first reviewed). It's a pretty average beer for the style. There is nothing offensive, but not what I'm really looking for in a APA. Maybe I got an older bottle, but this beer is very malt forward without the hop flavor or mouthfeel that I've grown accustomed to in the best APA's--which have bright citrusy hops and toasty biscuity malt. The malt in this beer even tastes a bit oxidized and a bit too sweet/caramelly. The sweetness at the end of the beer is a little too much without the hops.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kona- Fire Rock Pale Ale

Bought a 6er at Spirits in Toms River, NJ.

Appearance- Firey reddish brown with a thick creamy head.
Smell- Light pine hops and a creamy caramel malt.
Taste- Very subdued hints of green pine hops and a caramel malt base.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and malty up front with a dose of hops but finishing off watery and weak.

Overall- A good tourist beer or 1 to break you into the APA style. A decent offering worth checking out.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

A- Pours a pretty clear orange/amber color. Small 1/2 finger creamy white head. Lacing is soapy at best. Kind of a dull looking beer. Nothing too over the top here but a tiny bit over the average look.

S- Big citrus hops here along with some piney hop undertones. Sweet caramel malts bring a sweet smell to the forefront before fading away again. Kind of confused by this beer a little.

T- Big citrus hops blast right off the get go with this which I expected from the aroma. The middle of this beer is all sweet malts with almost nothing else to balance it until a slight bitter piney hop taste at the end. I was more impressed with the aroma of this beer than the taste.

M- This had a light mouthfeel to it. Carbonation is a praise for this beer but still has a off feel to it. Maybe too many bubbles? Left a sweet malty taste on the palate with a hint of slight bitterness.

D- This beer is average at best. I would drink this over BMC product in a heart beat but would pass it up if other choices were present. Maybe I had a bad bottle. If I get again I will review it.

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Photo of hoppyhampy
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler. Bottled on 4/26/11. Pours a classic pale orange color with two fingers of frothy foam but almost no carbonation visible. Good lacing. Nose is nicely balanced between lightly sweet malt and citrusy hops with a scent of mango. Flat mouthfeel makes it seem heavier than it should. The palate hits the right bases though. A nice, slightly roasted and sweet malt contrasts with clean, fresh hops. Finish is balanced and clean. Overall, balanced the way a pale ale should be but not displaying any qualities that jump out at you.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale pours a dark orange with a soapy yellowish head and some lacing.

Aroma is strong of hops, little malt gets in the way.

Taste is bitter, earthy hops upfront. Vague citrus qualities are to be found. Malt dials in sweet caramel and honey which does its job to balance. As the beer approaches room temperature, the hop bite is very strong making the drinkability suffer.

All in all, a decent hoppy pale ale, best served ice cold to hide some mild astringencies.

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Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer had an amber color and fairly thin consistency. There was almost no head at all and only a little lacing.

S: A slightly citrusy aroma along with a bit of malt and yeast.

T: The citrus dominated the flavor more than anything, but overall it was thin. Not that complex in the least.

M: Lower than average in the carbonation section, with an oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is kind of average beer when you get down to it. Not the worst thing I've ever had, but certainly not the best.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had Kona Fire Rock a few months back at a wedding. It was on tap. I saw the bottle and had to grab it.

A. Fire rock has a lovely dark gold almost a copper hue and is slightly opaque. The was a nice creamy off white head for a few seconds then disappeared. Lacing does not stick around either.

S. There was not any distinct scent from this beer. You get an ever so slight tough of roasted malts.

T. Taste is very light and easy. It has a malty touch but not a lot. Very simple beer yet pretty delicious. Nice summer evening beer.

M. Very soft on the palette. Not much carbonation and not full. Very easy on the taste buds and does not coat.

O. I enjoy the simplicity of the beer. After a hard days work you can kick back to a kona and not have to think about it too much. Just a nice relaxing beer.

Served in a pint glass.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.