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Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

636 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 636
Hads: 2,125
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 46
Gots: 358 | 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: 636 | Hads: 2,125
Photo of ToasterChef
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from my notes.

The beer is translucent and colored a mixture of copper, orange and rust. Head head is large, tan, and made up of small bubbles. There is a little bit of lacing and some rising carbonation.

There are some candied malts and a few hops in the aroma.

The taste has some brown sugar sweetness from the malts. A little hop bitterness is in the finish. There is also a buttery or vinegar-like quality to the finish. It is a fine yet unremarkable flavor.

The beer has a light body and lots of carbonation. There isn't much coating, but I can still feel the effects of the carbonation bubbles on my tongue after I've swallowed.

This beer has average drinkability. Too much carbonation and an odd aftertaste limit it. I wouldn't purchase this beer in a six pack, but depending on my choices, I may order a pint in a bar. (840 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle provided at a friend at a performance by the Ash-Lawn Opera Company at Ash-Lawn Highland in Charlottesville, VA. Wonderful day for a beer!

Appearance: Nice copper penny body with one-finger of white head on top. Carbonation is slow but steady.

Aroma: Leafy, citrusy hops - an earthy, herbal zest - but mostly lots of strong, buttery, biscuity malt. A little too buttery and malty, but that's a matter of opinion.

Taste: Similar to the nose, and a little one-dimensional in my opinion. It's very sweet and very buttery, slightly roasted, and there's some vegetal leafiness around the perimeter. Not what I look for in a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, with a small head/body in the mouth, but what is there is even.

Drinkabililty: Total is a little less than the sum of the parts here - this one sort of wore on me after a while, and it's a little too sweet/buttery to be too drinkable, in my opinion. (918 characters)

Photo of oggg
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

So I hear this bottled version of Fire Rock is contract brewed by Widmer in Oregon.

Color is about right. Copper and clear. My whole six pack is undercarbonated and virtually flat. Head is minimal.

Aroma is sweet caramel.

The beer goes down as a flat syrup. Hops are a bit player. I wait for the biscuity malt to surge, but the wave never comes. Every once in a while I'll imagine some breadiness towards the end. Finish is syrupy.

It's just a travesty that the tap version is so good and the bottles suck. (518 characters)

Photo of huxcrunner
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beer is you pretty average pale ale, it had good body to it. It was a little dry and bitter tasting but overall this was not a bad choice. It had good color to it with about a fingers worth of white head and alright lacing. This is one that im glad i tried but there are other that i would prefer over this beer (316 characters)

Photo of jameaterblues
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Notes.
A- Rich dark amber, orangish tint....minimal head that is just on the surface of the beer. thin watery lace.
S-Hops cascade among others....light citrus and spice.
T- Much more to it than expected, but mostly hops....all throughout the body...not balanced very well....bitterness, and citrus not a whole lot more.
M/D- Medium boded, bitter, light carbonation....I don't know what I was expecting...maybe something a little more exotic being from Hawaii...I feel like the tried to take the notch up one more on the classic american pale, but something did not quite work. (587 characters)

Photo of jnezda
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer for breakfast anyone? I was in the DFW airport heading off to the west coast for some hiking and trying to get over a slight cold so thought I would stop in at Blue Mesa for some spicy tacos and a beer. They have just recently added Kona Fire Rock to the taps so I thought I would give it a whirl.

As a complement to tacos this beer could does not work out so well. Virtually no head, which I will chalk up to the establishment, light amber in color and slightly cloudy. The color was a little misleading since it was much darker than I expected for a pale ale. The smell had strong hints of fruit, berries mostly and would seem more fitting for a amber ale than for a pale. The taste was the same with hints of fruit and a clean and otherwise forgettable finish. Slightly bready with a full mouthfeel but all in all I was expecting a bit more with a name like fire rock. For a breakfast beer this would have gone better with fruit pancakes than tacos. This was my first Kona beer and is not leaving me longing to try the others. (1,036 characters)

Photo of hawks10
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Bell's pint glass...

Pours a nice clear copper color with two fingers of soft off white head which leaves some lacing and takes a while to dissipate...

Smells of abundant toffee and caramel malts, no trace of hops...not very nice...

Again, abundance of caramel and bready/toffee malt, tastes like an ESB minus the B...not bitterness, no balance, not my cup of tea...

Medium bodied with good carbonation, crisp and clean, refreshing, but would be much better with a balanced taste...

Still within the expected freshness period, but tastes like all the hops are gone, or maybe they were never there... (631 characters)

Photo of scooter231
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amberish color, thin, not too much head, and very little lacing. Looks like a pale ale. Smells sweet and malty with a light grassy hops smell. Nothing exciting, but a nice nose.

Taste is not very different from the smell- malty, hoppy, grassy, light light light grapefruit citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thin, a little watery. Fairly drinkable, especially on a hot day. A simple, solid pale ale. Nothing terribly noteworthy, but not bad at all. (460 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. 6% ABV according to label. bottled on JUN 7, 2011 (about 2 months old). label looks like a hollister ad.

pours out a nice orange copper color with a 1-2 finger white head that faded to a thick retentive layer. some light spotty lace. fairly clear body, just the slightest bit cloudy.

the initial aroma is very metallic. behind that there is some strange fruity smell i dont quite have a name for, apricot?, and hints of grainy, caramel malt.

a lot of the same in the taste. quite metallic, wierd off fruity apricot, a little citrus hop balanced by a grainy, biscuity malt. finishes fairly bitter like your standard pale ale.

lighter side of medium bodied, decent feeling carbonation. slightly resinous.

very metallic and too many off flavors here to make this enjoyable. behind all of this, i can taste a decent pale ale. not something i would ever come back to or recommend. (943 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is citrus hops, little sweetness and a light bitter finish. Reasonable pale. Bottled on May 6, 2009. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. (309 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange-brown in color, clear, 1/3 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: citrusy hops and malt

Taste: toasted malt,citrusy hops, and a bit of sugar or sweet fruit towards the end

Mouthfeel: bitter start that gets less bitter towards the finish. medium body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is an average inoffensive pale ale. I like how the ending gets sweeter, but otherwise, nothing jumps out. (418 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 3/4" off white head recedes slowly, significant lacing, copper color with moderate carbonation
Aroma: significant malt presence, caramel, bread, some citrus hop aroma
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and sticky. Semi dry finish.
Flavor: very malt forward. Reminds me more of a scotch style ale than a traditional pale ale. nicely balanced between sweet caramel and bready malt combined with a noticeable citrus and earthy hop presence.
Overall: this is a very nice beer and I recommend it. Although it is session-able at 5.9% abv, it is also rather filling (nearly 180 calories in 12 oz serving). (603 characters)

Photo of BigIrishman
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours light amber, not much head and little lacing.

Smell: Maybe a bit of a grassy spicy hop note, not a lot though. Mostly smell sweet pale malts here.

Taste: Not too much in terms of hop flavor, maybe citrus or a cut grass but it's not too powerful. The caramelish/buttery malt sticks out and it finishes with a little tingle and the tongue (like it's trying to have a SNPA bitterness but never really gets there).

Mouthfeel: Drying and fairly clean and light.

Drinkability: This is probably one of the only times I'll grab the lager over the pale. The flavor was kind of all over the place and lacked any real direction. Not hoppy, but not smoothly balanced...so what is it? Not sure but at least it's fairly non offensive. (742 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish color with lacing and a rim of foam. Mild hops and gentle malt hints coming off the nose. The attack is gently hoppy and there are some flavors of the grains swirling around with a malty backdrop. There seems to be some irish moss or peat flavor kicking around there as well, especially in the aftertaste. I must admit this was better than I expected. I have recently been seeing the Kona stuff at various places around the country and I was afraid it was going to be some mass produced swill that was capitalizing on the fact it was from Hawai'i. This wasn't the case and I am glad I finally purchased some to try. (623 characters)

Photo of iSip
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale: Why drink beer brewed in Hawaii when you live in Colorado? Good question with no answer. The Fire Rock, once in the glass has a burnt copper color which is translucent, thin white head that fades and just a whiff of aroma. The flavor is mostly roasted malt, with not much hop or bitter coming through. Hops must be expensive in Hawaii! Anyway, the Fire Rock is an easy drinking ale. My tastes would prefer some more hops and complexity. (461 characters)

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. (835 characters)

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. (574 characters)

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. (453 characters)

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. (1,104 characters)

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. (560 characters)

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. (484 characters)

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. (503 characters)

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. (520 characters)

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. (669 characters)

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. (749 characters)

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.