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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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650 Reviews

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Reviews: 650
Hads: 2,204
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 51
Gots: 420 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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: 650 | Hads: 2,204
Photo of orbitalr0x
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle picked up in St. Louis. Pours into my glass a deep hazy copper color with a fizzy half inch of white head on top. Aromas of caramel and roasted fruity malts upfront from this brew with a slight buttery undertone. I get some herbal, piney hops in the background but they end up being fairly subdued.

First sip brings a caramel, somewhat bready roasted malt upfront with fruity accents as well. It flows down bringing in a slight buttery flavor. As it finishes mellow herbal hops move in, but don't really stand out. Ends up being sweet overall, lacking the bitterness and hop flavor I would normally like with a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with solid carbonation. I really can't argue with the mouthfeel at all as it flows down easily. However, overall for me this pale ale didn't make the cut. It lacks the hop presence I would normally look for and the malts seem a bit muddled with the buttery aspect in there. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep golden amber with a small white head. Nose is very lager-esque. A bit of sulfer and lightly sweet and malty.

Ale? wtf? This tastes like a fancy pbr or something. It's light and fizzy but still ok. eck, as I drink it I see how bland this is, skip it.

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Photo of Hunter
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Lovely red-gold brew in appearance, somewhat cloudy. Light pillowy head of dense bubbles that dissipate fairly quickly. Heavy carbonation of tiny bubbles, no lacing effects.

Smell: Hops predominate, but there's a strong undercurrent of sweel malt. Floral and grassy notes.

Taste: Sweeter than expected from a pale ale. Almost tea-like in composition, without the hops overriding everything else like many brews in this style.

Mouthfeel: Thin and yet still cloying, the aftertaste is sweet.

Drinkability: The iced-tea feel to this brew subtracts points, but it's not a bad brew, overall. Drinkable, but there's other APAs out there that are better.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer presents a ruby highlighted copper coloring with a thick, smooth, foamy white head. The beer has caramel sweet and nutty aromas, with a thick, cloying character. Flavors are dark roasted caramel, with coffee tones, as well. No hops whatsoever. This brew is a bit more like an amber to me. The carbonation comes through at the end of the palate. Sharp, toasted aftertaste of roasted caramel. The finish is sweet and smooth. Decent beer stand alone, but within the style, not overly impressive.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into sparse lacing within seconds. The aroma is of grapefruit, and pine. I feel like I've smelled this same aroma dozens of other times. The taste is similar to the aroma, and leans heavily toward the sweet side of things. In fact, I detect virtually no bitterness whatsoever. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lower than optimal carbonation, and a sticky texture. Overall, this is a pretty mundane pale ale that I will pass on next time.

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Photo of theozag
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer at the Kona Brewing Co's pub at the Koko Head Marina Center (Oahu, HI). I figured the best possible place to try a new (to me) beer from the Kona folks was at their house.

I was not particularly impressed with this beer, but I would choose it over quite a few brews I've had in the past. The body of the beer is a crystal-clear red-brown upon which sits a thin and quickly thinning light tan head. A ring of bubbles rests atop this beer while you enjoy it, but it is only the smallest of "heads."

Smell was not particularly notable to me. Honestly, though, if you look back in my tastings you'll see my oft-made confession: "I have a terrible sense of smell." All I could get out of this glass was some oat and bitter hop notes.

Taste is somewhat bland, but certainly pleasant. The beer is definitely full-bodied, and it has a few complimentary flavors - plus plenty of bitters besides.

Finish is very clean and aftertaste is minimal. Alcohol content is relatively high, but since when was that a problem? I guardedly recommend this beer; try it, you just might like it.

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Photo of williamherbert
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review #600 for me.

A clear dark orange color. Almost no head retention whatsoever, though a thin layer does remain on top.

The smell is bitter pale malts, with a bleachy hop smell. Seems to be of the German (Hallertauer/Saaz) variety. A tad off-putting.

The taste is bitter hops at the front of the tongue, almost like chlorine. A bitter amber malt flavor, with hints of some crystally pale thrown in. More malty than hoppy.

The feel is a thick and fizzy body. Dances on the tongue, then sticks around. It's drinkable enough, but too overly bitter for my tastes, without enough balance.

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Photo of redelephantdane
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured at turtle bay resort in Oahu Hawaii.

a - light amber and clear. one finger head lingers long after first sip. small ring of fine lace wraps around glass.

s - very little to smell in this beer a little pale malt

t - slightly biscuit malt, very little hops.

m - mouthfeel is light, little carbonation, feels more like a lager than a pale ale

d - ok beer for the beach, but lacks hop flavor to make this beer a repeat for me. nothing more than average.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A rich amber color and a lot of protein haze. A mediocre, eggshell colored head that does down pretty quick but leaves some lace behind.

S - The aroma is biscuit malt with some resiny hops. The smell is not that complex, but what's there smells wonderfully tasty.

T/M - Lighter bodied than expected with more hops than expected. The malt is hard to find and the hops are much more prevalent in the taste than in the aroma and unfortunately are more bitter than flavorful. This beer tastes ok but it is not what I was expecting based on the aroma and there is very little going on except bitter, weakly flavored hops.

D - I would drink another one of these, but I would also have no regrets with moving on to something else.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque orange body with off white head that quickly disappears.
Rich malty aroma, almost citrus sweet.
Complex flavor. Rich malt flavor tastes darker than the color of the brew led me to expect. Buttered popcorn. Earth. It just does not balance out. Oddly sweetish earth on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium
Drinkability: Not without food.

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Photo of Risser09
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - bottled 3/23/09

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with orange highlights. The head only goes to 1/4" with it's off-white color. No retention and just a few spots left as lace.

Smell: A sweet, malt ridden aroma of caramel malt. Cherry, strawberry, rose, hyacinth, honeysuckle, but not a hop cone to be smelled.

Taste: Malt and hops are equals in this beer. A bitter forefront of earthy, vegetal hops quickly gives way to sweet caramel malt. Cereal grains push through as well to kick in some grit. So do nutty almond flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, decent carbonation, not much bitterness, smooth. A little bit of booze.

Drinkability: Okay. This isn't much of a pale ale. It needs a better/bigger hop profile to stand out. A decent New Hampshire brew.

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Photo of Zimbo
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose piercing sweet nose in the bottle but duller in the glass. To compensate it takes on a sort of spicy sappiness.
Light golden oragne colour with a decent off white head which steadily decreases over time but never completely disappears.
Fairly flat tasting, mellow, maybe a very slight bit of marmalade in there but by the mid palate it just flatlines before ending with a fairly faint taste of rubber before a return to not so much. Concludes with the odd carnobic burp.
No length, light , unchallenging but would make a reasonable starter for the craftbeeroskeptics out there who need to be weened off corn and rice beers.

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Photo of hoplover82
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a sample on tap and it was one of the worst pale ales Iv'e had. It was so bland.

Pours a good pale golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves quickly but with some lacing.

Aroma is bland of pale malts and almost no hops.

Flavor is the same as above. Pale. :(

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and a little watery.

I guess it's drinkable but I won't have another.

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Photo of 24Beer92
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out with hardly any head at all and quickly dissapates into no head at all. Very bright copper color, Shows alot of carbonation at first than dies down rapidly. Smells very sweet which throws you off when you take your first drink and get the overwhelming bitterness of an IPA, not what i normally expect in an APA. This beer is very smooth going down, that was probably my favorite part of this beer. Overall my opinion is biased based on the fact i am not the biggest fan of this bitter of a beer but if thats your cup of tea than i would suggest it to you. I am a fan of Kona's longboard and other beers so just shop around their different selections. overall a great brew just not mine.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange/amber color, cream colored head with good retention. Creamy with very good lacing.
Smell is spices, fruit, malt. All light but well balanced.
Taste malt, hops, spice in aftertaste. Decent, lightly flavored but good.
Medium/full body with light-ish effervescence. Smooth, slightly crisp finish with a hint of dryness. A good beer but not one that announces itself well, too subtle.

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Photo of stevoj
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice looking, but overall a pretty bland beer. Nice coating on the glass, faint hoppy aroma. Taste equal parts malt and hops, some lingering hop bitterness.

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Photo of goochpunch
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a slightly hazed orange-honey with a barely-there head that leaves some sticky lace. Smells of sticky, syrupy, sweet, toasted malts with some clementine hops character underneath. Taste is about the same. A bit too sweet for me. The orange comes out well though, and I like that. Toasty and slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and the body is moderate in weight. Bubbles kind of prick the tongue. Average all-around. I wouldn't refuse this, but I don't think I'd be buying it again. There are better pales for the same price or cheaper available to me.

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Photo of selecter70
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since Kona is not regularly available, I was happy to see it at a bbq, as a friend there is the brother of one the brewers. So, needless to say, I was a bit excited...I had tried a coffee stout that was good a couple years prior. Needless to say, this pale ale under-whelmed on all fronts, sadly enough. The pour was an average coppery brown with decent head & lace, but little aroma other than a malt-hop. The flavor was a basic pale ale a la Bass when I expected more. Simple hops & sweet malts prevailed with nothing else of note...not a bad beer for a bbq, just a let down. The feel while somewhat crisp & bubbly, was dry & scratch almost, reminding me of dry grasses. While I would drink if offered, I would not go out of way to get again....

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Photo of stephendr
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of dark golden , with a acceptable whitish head - nose of sweat , mild hops , and sour grapefruit – taste of red grapefruit , hint of dry bitter hops , dough , and malts- body is medium , sharp , and with medium to high carbonation – aftertaste of hops , some sweetness , and medium duration

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Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. I also noticed it was out of date. Nobody must drink this stuff as every Kona product I have looked at recently was out of date in every store I have looked. Head was an off white and had good lacing. The amber colored beer was bready smelling and a little hoppy. Nothing to smile about here. I'm not buying again.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber with a minimal head. Served far, far too cold by the horrible establishment I drank it in. Even so, aroma was still demonstrably bitter and slightly sweet without being very fruity or citrus-y. Taste was definitely bitter, but not in a really fun or unique way. Mouthfeel was fine. I thought that this was OK and far better than the alternatives presented to me. In the same circumstances (limited selection) I'd no doubt have it again, but with a wider selection, no way.

I had this at "Cheeseburger - Las Vegas," which is definitely not Cheeseburger paradise. Beer list was all Anheuser-Busch distributed beers, which includes the Kona beers. Beer was OK, service was OK, food was lousy and overpriced, with some severely unpleasant and detrimental effects later.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a mostly clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma is simple: fair balance of pale malts and slightly citrusy hops. Again in the taste, decent balance of malts and hops up front, but the maltiness soon comes to dominate, leaving a bit of staleness in the finish. Medium body, and decent for the style.

FYI Kona comes from Portsmouth Brewery in New Hampshire, not Hawaii, contrary to popular belief.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark orange/copper color with a dissapointing head that dissapates quickly. The smell is dry and full of citrus flavor, hint of nuts as well. Maybe dried apricots as well. The taste a little to bland, not enough kick, mild hop bitterness and a little to sweet for my tongue. The almond aftertaste is present, lemon citrus flavor brings up the rear ever so slightly. A light/medium bodied pale ale, an average beer but plenty of better pale ale's out there, maybe the beer to introduce others to the world of beers. I would rate this the starter beer for new beer advocates.

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Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a light amber color with about a half-inch of light tan head that had decent retention but no lacing.

The aroma was an unremarkable blend of malt and hops, with no particular highs or lows. The flavor was the same, not terrible but not notable either. The body and drinkability were both typical for the style. Overall, this a typical example of this style, you can do better, but it's Ok for a Plan B beer.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at The Blue Seats in New York City, New York.
Appearance: A deep but transparent amber color, toped with a small light tan head having decent retention.
Smell: Caramel malt and citrus hops.
Taste: Predominately the caramel maltyness is what came through, but it was a bit watery.
Mouthfeel: Thin.
Drinkability: Ok, but not great.
Don't drink and review.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.