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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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outstanding

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Reviews: 636
Hads: 2,124
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 46
Gots: 356 | 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: 2,124
Photo of confer
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber and crystal clear with an off-white head.
S- Mild citrus hops.
T- All citrus hops in the flavor but at a very mellow smooth level
MO-A very solid easy drinking beer, just like an APA should be. Definitely one of the better Hawaiin brewed beers that are available in bottles/cans. (288 characters)

Photo of ryantho00
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes in Kauai.

Didn't pour this into anything, taking a tour of the Napali Coast on a catamaran.

I got hints of fresh hops, citrus, a slight pineapple tinge. This was most drinkable, wonderful balanced frshness and an underlying grain and toasted malt, citrus, great wonderful smoothness. Very well done, I had heard Mauai brewing was the only 'good' brewer in Hawaii, but from my Kona experience, there is at least another!!! (By looking at their lineup, I wish I would have visited their brewpub!!!)

Cheers!! (525 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy amber colour. Nothing but a ring for head. A little bit of noticable carbonation.

S - Hop aroma is more spicy than citrus, seems like the Mt Hood hops are sticking out more than the Galena or Cascade.

T - Citrus hops come through much better in the taste... very nicely blended. Website says it contains honey malt, and I'm really enjoying the sweetness it lends, similar to Winterfish IPA. Sweetness and hop bitterness linger into the finish, and a little dry biscuit shows just for good measure.

M - Light carbonation is good for the style.

D - Can I have another? If I ever get to Hawaii, I want a cooler of these sitting beside me on the beach.

I find this pale ale to have a very complex taste. The brewer has built interesting hop and malt profiles. In my opinion, very balanced as a pale ale shoul be, yet the hops still remain at the forefront.

Thanks to Noxious26 for the bottle! (924 characters)

Photo of ale1
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

we found this in Publix supermarket and picked up a sixer,

poured into a Guinness pint glass

i feel redeemed after the last 3-4 ales we recently have tried here's a keeper,

served @ 50°
clear light amber colour, carbonation 2 inches tall,with lacing, appears natural carbonation ..malty & hop nose, crisp light hop finish ...cascade hops .... nice balance,hop finish not strong but there.
This is a very good ale, the way it should be, sorry to hear the owner has passed on, but a tribute to his zymurgy craftsmanship.

-cheers ale1 jupiter, fla (553 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear deep amber color with a nice thin white hear and some decent lacing.

The smelll is sweet and pineapple like with a faint but still noticeable scent of floral with a touch of pine.

Tastes the same but more pronounced citrus notes and a distinct bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and frothy while giving way to a slght creaminess. A solid bitter dry finish is very pleasing to the palette in this beer.

Light and non dominant, very drinkable.

Nice new brew I tried tonight. Not super amazing but has some good qualities for a pale ale. (562 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (brewed in Portsmouth, NH) purchased at Hannaford. Pours a crystal clear golden amber body with a short lived off-white head. Citrussy hops dominate with a fair bit of bready and caramel malts to balance it out. Citrussy, minty, slightly pithy hops share the flavor with some nice caramel malt. Balance is what strikes me about the flavor. Moderate in both mouthfeel and carbonation, and an easy drinker. A solid American Pale Ale, balanced and pleasant. (466 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper in color with a nice light tan head.

It's got a good aroma of floral hops and hints of toasted malt.

The taste swings the malt side from the hoppy aroma. Very nice biscuit and toasted flavors. But don't think there aren't some nice spicy hop notes as well as a good amount of bitterness upon swallowing.

The body is smooth and slick, but not light.

Overall this is a very nice beer. I'm impressed with Kona Brewing. It's especially amazing that beer flown from Hawaii to Florida tastes so fresh. Is this brewed on the mainland?

A nice session beer and a good go-to ale. (594 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a nice clear copper color with a 1.5 finger off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thin film and nice lacing.

S - A slight toasted malt aroma with some floral and slightly fruity hop aroma.

T/M- The beer has a nice toasted malted barley which is complemented well with a soft bitterness and a pleasant fruity/piny hoppiness. Medium to Medium/Light body with decent carbonation the hop oils add a dry floral finish. The beer finishes clean with a nice toasted malt flavor.

D- It's hard not to reach for another.

Overall, this is a very good Pale Ale. I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-02-2011 15:10:16 (831 characters)

Photo of GeorgeAldi
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-gold pour with a thin white head. Aroma is mostly pale malts, a bit of bready malts and a bit of fruitiness. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Flavor is clean, if not a bit mild. Not a whole lot of hop character. Slight bitterness on the finish. Maybe I’m imagining it, but it does taste sorta "Hawaiian". Maybe there’s some pineapple in there? Overall not bad. I wasnt really expecting much from a Hawaiian brewery but this is a pretty good session ale. (466 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sitting in Jax Fifth in Orlando, HIGHLY enjoying this brew in the cool breeze. Great clear amber orange with sheets of ivory lace – whata start.

Fairly malty aroma, with nice touches of floral. And then, with the sippy quaff; notes of pine pops up in the finish. Nice balance – sweet and malty beginning, and finishes with a chewy pine cone. Oh, the burps were double enjoyment.

This lil’ brew sure traveled a long way for me, and I’m glad it did. Try one whenever possible. (484 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper hue forms a vibrant white head with thin streaks of lacing left between each sip. Aromatics offered here are built largely between floral and sharp acidic citrus notes from the hops. A very mild metallic twang with some smooth caramel malt sweetness evident. Flavor brings excellent balance to the palate healthy dose of hops make their presence felt on the palate throughout each sip, but the malts bring out enough nutty caramel biscuit sweet notes to make the barrage of citrus and flowery hop flavors and bitterness manageable. A beer I tried at least five years ago on draft out at the Yardhouse it's always nice to reacquaint with an old friend, this is definitely a solid all around pale ale. Mouthfeel doesn't get to oily but I will call it slightly slick with hop oils moderate even carbonation flows smooth nothing abrasive about this pale. Drinkability it's at the high end of the sessionable abv limit but damn if I had a twelve pack of this I would definitely enjoy a few of these without any problems. (1,047 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color that creates a little fizzly head that retains for a couple seconds, then fades.

S: The first thing I notice is a yeasty (almost Belgian yeast) note followed by a strong citrus peel, a metallic note, and a little sourness. Pretty nicely balanced with the hops

T: Nice and mellow, definitely a session beer. Hops balance nicely with the malts, citrus peel (lemon and orange), a strong yeast strain, and some spiciness to follow.

MF/D: Nice carbonation, light/medium in body, smooth citrus refreshing finish.

Try this on tap!! (566 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA dmamiano for this one.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a best by date of 7/19/08. I'm about a week late but still hopeful. Got a nice deep copper color, clear and pretty, with about an inch of thick off-white head. The head fades slowly and there is maximum sticky lacing left behind on the glass. So far so good :-)

Aroma has a nice earthy hop character, roasty caramel malt and a nice smooth sweetness behind it all. I get a not-at-all-unpleasant hint of horse barn. Interesting. Taste has a good hob bite, though it's not typical of the APAs that I have experienced. This is not at all unfavorable. The hops are balanced very well by a good malt backbone, a caramel sweetness that I liken to some of the bigger American IPAs. Nicely done by Kona at the small level.
Balance is the big winner here.

Good body, not big and filling, but definitely has some feel. I think this one is highly drinkable and complex for this style.

I am glad for the chance to try this beer, and will actively seek it out again. Looking forward to trying others from this brewery. (1,098 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found these notes scribbled on a napkin from some pizza joint in Yorba Linda, CA about a month ago in a jacket pocket today.. figured I might as well put them up here... It was poured skillfully into a pint glass a dark gold with about a finger of frothy white head. Excellent retention and nice lacing left around the glass.

Aroma was overpowered by grapefruit hops, a little more than I was expecting from an APA. Nice roasted maltiness as well, but mostly the hops.

Okay, maybe my nose was being overpowered by the pizza in this place, but the hops bouquet in this thing is even more impressive than the aroma. Nice blend of orange/grapefruit citrus and a sort of earthy floral hops as well. Just enough caramel malts to add a nice balance, but still a strong bitter finish.

Very sharp and crisp mouthfeel, though perhaps a little thin. Overall an excellent choice and one of the better APAs I've tried, on tap at least. I'd definitely recommend this one. (961 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 2 fingers of beige head disappeared like a magician. There was almost no carbonation or lacing. It had a pleasant amber color.

S - Initially sweet, tones of tropical flowers, hops, and caramel malts. The smells were complex and delightful.

T - The initial flavor is definitely hoppy. I found at least 2 distinct flavors right away. Hop heads could enjoy this. There is a noticeable West coast hop presence here, but the nice thing is that it's not so strong as to dominate all the other flavors. There are some nice malty tones and yeast/ester flavors too. The balance was overall very nice.

M - Smooth but dry. A bit more carbonation would be nice.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. Complex smells and a well balanced flavors make this one of my favorite APAs. Good for most meals and situations.

Note: Born on date was four months before this review. (855 characters)

Photo of I3eck
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Craft Beer Glass

A: Crystal clear, bright copper color, 1/2" creamy light tan head, spotty stumpy lacing with a slight ring as the beer recedes.
S: Caramel malt, white chocolate, subtle hops, yeast/dough.
T: Nice toasty malts, smooth caramel, floral, nice low-key hoppy finish, citrus accents, nice minerally crispness.
M: Very crisp and refreshing brew, great CO2, medium to light bodied.
O: I enjoyed the minerally characteristic of this brew. It comes off as a peppery/flintiness that just makes that beers finish fantastic. Great drinkability. (564 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little cloudy, hazy... Definitely a flame-colored orange color. Thin white head. Pretty standard pale ale stuff. Great hoppy aroma with a sweet but roasted malt underneath. Very well-balanced flavor -- nothing too original but just a great, drinkable flavor and texture. Solid malt base with light citrus (borderline grapefruity) and decent herbal hops. Nice, clean brew. Hit the damn spot tonight. And hey, it was a present from good friends who just returned from their honeymoon in Hawaii. So it had a solid dose of love and affection to boot. Can't go wrong. (564 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pkgd Jul2406. Pours a clear copper color with creamy off-white head that sticks all over the glass. Fresh citrusy hops dominate the smell with a bit of malt. Taste is a bit more malty than the smell but there still is a good layer of hops in the background making it really nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and creamy. Good craft beer in Hawaii? I never would have thunk!Overall, this is a very nice brew that I would not mind having again in the future. Definately recommended. (490 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale is not so pale.

I was surprised, it poured a dark amber color.
The head was off white and left some lacing on the sides of my glass.

Smells really good. Citrus hops and roasted malts.

The taste is of roasted malts that is perfectly off set by the hop bitterness.

The beer is a little on the heavy side, but easily drinkable.

The mouthfeel is hard to describe. Not watery, not creamy, but has an oiliness that coats the mouth and leaves a bitter but pleasant after taste.

A very good beer. (511 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a sweeter pale ale that pours to a light orange color with a small level of foam that doesn't hold up for long. The nose on this beer is mild, with the scent of caramelized malt and a small amount of fruit.

Taste- wise, Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a softer, gentler pale ale but still quite enjoyable. Flavors like caramel malt, pale malt, citrus and other fruits- perhaps even a touch of passion fruit- greet the palate as you sip. The taste is sweet overall, finishing with only a touch of bitterness and the taste of honey.

I usually go for the fuller- bodied pale ale but Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a tasty little pale ale. The body of Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale tends toward the medium to light side and the hops offered here are not over the top, nor are they very bitter. The Galena hops contribute to a flavor that reminds me of a fine English Pale Ale and the beer is highly drinkable and very pleasant. Add to that the citrus fruit taste enhancement from the other hop varieties and you have a nice combination of flavors. It's a good pale ale choice when you want some hops but don't want an overwhelming taste of spice and bitterness. (1,173 characters)

Photo of Riverevir
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a case on a whim and I have enjoyed it.

Solid and very drinkable beer. Did not scream "pale ale" to me as it didn't have the strong hops I've come to expect, which was a pleasant surprise. Smooth to drink and a solid taste, but nothing flashy. I would drink this again, but I don't know that I will crave it. A good intro to Kona's offering and enough to make me willing to try some more of their stuff. (412 characters)

Photo of idurra
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear copper in color, with a very small head that disappears very rapidly. Smells floral and citrusy. The taste is like the smell, floral, crisp, with a very pleasant sweetness, and less than expected bitterness for a pale ale, and a metallic aftertaste. Carbonation is on the lively side. Overall, less hoppy than expected, but very pleasant and balanced. (369 characters)

Photo of Southernbrew
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fiery orange with a small, bubbly head that doesn't stick around too long.

Full aroma, quite malty but the hops show up with a pleasant perfumey, floral scent and a bit of bitterness.

Medium bodied, lots of flavor. Roasted malts and citric fruitiness come first, followed by a light orange flavor that moves into a citrusy bitter finish. Bitter malt flavor remains in the aftertaste.

Very fine pale, not like many other West Coast pales in terms of hop choice, nice balance between malt and hops. I could easily put a few of these away sitting on a Hawaiian beach.


Edit:I had this from a bottle, not on-tap. (630 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at "Cheeseburger Oasis" at the Alladin Hotel in Vegas. Don't know if it was the 105 degree weather or the beer, but I thought this one was a winner. Pours a cloudy copper color. No head (at least not in the frosted beer mug), light lacing, good hops smell. Great taste of bitter hops and spices. This is not a hops bomb, but has enought bite to satisfy a hop head. It reminded me a little of Harpoon. Mouthfeel was fairly rich, not at all watery. Drinkability is good, both with food and as a sessions beer. I had this one with the fish tacos, but I could easily see myself drinking several of these. Would like to try this again in a climate below boiling to see if I went overboard on this one. Maybe I'll have to go to Hawaii. (740 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = copper and clear with 2 finger soap sudsy head. Moderate carbonation.

S = malty

T = Very nice pale ale. crisp finish with sweet and caramel start

Mouthfeel - very creamy on toungue. Feels much heavier than it is

Overall - A really nice pale ale. One of the better ones I've sampled so far. (297 characters)

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