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Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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1,512 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1512
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%


Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-30-2002)
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BucannonXC5

California

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was caramel and toffee looking. About an inch of head. Lacing on the top was noticeable and seemed to last a long while. Decent amount of film on the sides that stayed sporadic throughout the tasting.

Good smelling pale ale that comes off like nothing else. Carmel malts come in there with light citrus notes.

First taste was caramel malts. A bit of some roasty malts with a bitter alcohol bit at the end. Very malty.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Good beer to start off my Kona variety 12-pack. Really what a pale ale should be.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 04:39:03 | More by BucannonXC5
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" off-white head that left a nice lacing over honey-amber liquid.

S: Citrus and grassy hops and sweet malt.

T: Tangerine, pine, and grassy hops with a honey-malt backbone.

M: Medium level of viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Quite drinkable, sweet with a nice level of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 23:31:11 | More by DaftCaskBC
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 22:55:50 | More by bubseymour
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stevecee2003

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can see this beer being my favourite (everyday) beer.

Served in (apparently the new design) bottle. Came with "packaged on" dating stamped on the neck.

Pours wonderfully. Cloudy Amber color. Soft white head, filled with cotton. The smell has hints of slight citrus. Orange maybe? With the hops coming through.

The taste is full, rich with hops, yet a nice malt flavor that seeps through, like butterscotch with some honey. And of course that bit of citrus. A very nice combination. This is one nice tasting beer! Not too strong as IPA's are prone to be. With the Fire Rock designation, it is a nice Pale Ale.

Although a nice feel on the tongue, I don't know how drinkable it is as a session beer. For me it may be a bit strong. For others it may well be just right. Certainly it has a nice taste.

Notes: This beer was a real surprise. I have tried Kona before, and just related them to some sort of Island Micro-Brewery that got picked up by the big guys. But this- this has some REAL flavor!

I can see this beer being my favourite (everyday) beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 03:47:39 | More by stevecee2003
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psyphin

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep clear copper with a 1 inch off white head that left lots of lacing.

S - Moderate malt backdrop gives way to american citrus hops with a great tangerine and grapefruit aroma.

T - Oranges and munich malt dominate the palate with a solid bitterness.

M - Perfect to style, medium bodied with a small bubbled carbonation.

D - My favorite beer when I go to the islands. Ive consumed more of this beer than I should probably admit.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2009 16:23:19 | More by psyphin
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HardTarget

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

05-28-2008
Re-reviewed, bottle sold in Texas.
Well, since learning that this beer is actually brewed on the mainland when you find it in a bottle (draft on the islands is from the Hawaii brewery), I feel a little deceived by all the Hawaiian marketing all over the bottle.
My first review is pretty much on target. The malt is a bit under attenuated and overly sweet. The hops are pleasant but nothing exciting. The body is a bit heavier than I remembered.
A fair beer, but there are so many better pales out there.
Overall: 3.25

01-08-2005
Got a sixer in Hawaii. Noted "packaged on OCT2704" and "Hawaii style"
Aroma: Biscuit malts and Grapefruit hops.
Appearance: Dark golden brown with a thin white head that collared.
Flavor: Nice mild grapefruit/hop taste on a solid clean malt base. There is also a slight spicy note that might be from the hops.
Mouthfeel: Firm carbonation with a clean finish
Overall Impression: Very refreshing and enjoyable. I get the Hawaiian style bit, it has a slight tropic fruit edge. Enjoyed it greatly.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 03:38:32 | More by HardTarget
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melloashello

Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with little to no head. Smell of floral hops and sweet malty goodness. At first sip, I immediately noticed the abundance of hop presence. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale, which I love! The beer is not too heavy and I could easily throw back of a couple of these. Overall, pretty impressed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 01:44:41 | More by melloashello
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed copper in color, with a moderate cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, faint floral hop note
Taste-Toasted malt, herbal and floral hop notes, citrus -rind bitterness snakes in and out balanced by caramel and a bit of mineral essence. Very tasty and exceptionally well-balanced. Nothing over-the-top, just classic American pale. Excellent flavor and character. Great with a hunk of aged white cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 18:14:25 | More by hosehead83
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nosbocaj

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper color with a small white head that leaves little lacing.
S: Smells of floral and citrus hops. The smell is also fairly light.
T: Great flavor. Tastes of light malts and floral/citrus hops. Very enjoyable.
M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Very high. A solid Pale Ale thats easy to drink and tastes great.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 18:42:02 | More by nosbocaj
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magine

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear dark copper, with an off white small head. Head settles to a lace layer. Some patchy lace. Good carbonation and bubbles rise as it sits. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of a good balance of caramel malts and floral and citrus hops. Good balanced nose.

Brew is good and balanced; sweet caramel and nutty malts. Good floral and citrus flavors here. Brew is very easy drinking and mellow. Great flavors and balance. Honestly a great tasting and drinking APA here.

This is a case worthy brew here; great flavor and balance. Could drink it by the truck load. My first brew from Kona Brewing and I am very impressed. Great stuff - a stand out APA here.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 02:22:28 | More by magine
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out to a creamy white head and moderate lacing. Color is a brilliant orange copper. Aroma is hop dominant, with citrusy hops and crystal malts to balance. Flavor is supremely balanced between sticky, biscuity malts and citrus/floral hops. Bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and I am liking this. Overall, a tasty, rich but sessionable APA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 01:51:51 | More by EagleTalon
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, transparent orange-brown with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is not strong but appetizing, malty with touches of spice and fruit. Flavor is rich, mainly malty with spicy hints and a nice hoppy edge. Mouthfeel is edgy so it seems to dance on the tongue.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2008 01:46:50 | More by Cyberkedi
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rgrholmes168

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pretty nice amber color with about a one finger head. The foam disappated fairly quickly, but left plenty of lace on the sides of the glass. The beer was nice and clear with plenty of carbonation showing in the glass.

This APA is a little bit heavier on the malt than the others that I have had. The beer is a medium body beer that does not have a trace of hops or bitterness. There is a good hint of caramel in the taste of this beer and you get the same caramel in the aroma.

This is a pretty good APA. I really like how it is a little bit heavier on the malt than other APAs. This set its a little bit apart from others.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 02:02:58 | More by rgrholmes168
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riversider76

New York

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Good retention,and a very nice lace. Aroma is of sweet fruit and citrus hops. Body is light to medium with some carbonation.Taste is of fruit and piney citrus hops. Hints of bready malts are also there. This is one good beer!!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 00:02:01 | More by riversider76
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had this on-tap at a local pizza place. Review is from notes.
It has a nice amber color body, no head but a little bit of lace around the edge of the glass. The smell is malty and with some slight citrus hops. The taste is of malt first then some bitter hops with a pepper after taaste. The mouth feel is very nice and crisp. Overall this is a good pale ale and i would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 06:01:35 | More by chefhatt
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We just hit town, staying at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach, and in the first 20 minutes of walking around we saw two convenience stores that had Kona Fire Rock (one was around $12/6 pack and the other was $10/6 pack). Neither price seemed that steep for the extremely hot location, and I was surprised to see such a good product widely available. Honolulu seems to have benefited from free enterprise (competition).

It's a nice brew. Not at all strong or offensive in any way, yet flavorful. It goes down very creamy and smooth and multiple beers should be very nice.

I am really tired from a long day of flying, so this hits the spot nicely. I hope to try more things from Kona while we are here.

P.S.
I also had this on tap and it tastes exactly the same. This must mean the bottling process is doing a good job.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 04:05:08 | More by schoolboy
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socon67

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper pour with very nice lacing. Clear and with a white foam head that settles nicely.

S - Scent of fresh malt, some interesting hoppy smell, and a bit of floral vibe.

T - Really enjoying this. A bit of sticky hops that has a good mellow taosted flavor. What is more surprising is the coplexity in flavors for a pale ale.

M - Solid beer that is sessionable and good with food.

O - A really good pale ale that I'd have again. Glad to see more Kona in NY.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 17:16:14 | More by socon67
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass
A- Poured a clear orange color with lots of visible streaming carbonation, off-white frothy head left lots of dense glass coating lace
S- Big aroma of peach, grapefruit, mango, and tropical hops
T- Lots of peach, grapefruit, and mango hop flavors. Very tropical and fruit forward. Moderate to mild bitterness.
M- Dry, medium body and carbonation
O- A very good fruit forward pale ale with lots of tropical hop flavors, fitting I suppose for a brewery in Hawaii.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 00:25:50 | More by Hoptometrist
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unionturf

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from Hawaii too! Pours out to a hazy copper, forming a large whipped off-white head of fine bubbles with excellent retention and very good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is really nice...and I really like. Taste is almost perfect for me and being new to IPA's I am very happy. I could have a few of these in a row ith no problems, one of the best IPA's I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 08:21:41 | More by unionturf
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fire Rock Pale Ale is a beautiful color, somewhere between copper and golden brown. It's head is off-white and frothy. There is a slight haze to it and carbonation is noticeable. It smells great- I am picking up pineapple, grapefruit, as well as some nice malt sugars. The citrus scent is also present, as advertised. Wow, this is a magnificent APA! Great balance of fruity notes, toasted malts, and unique hops. This beer coats the mouth nicely and the sugary taste fades out to a somewhat dry finish. Medium bodied and slightly warming on the way down. When I first tasted this on tap at Firewaters in Atlantic City, I thought it was almost hoppy enough to be like an IPA, but I am not getting that at all this time from the bottle. Overall, a real treat... do not hesitate to buy!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 21:45:01 | More by Neorebel
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tmm313

Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Transparent dark amber. 1 finger creamy head. Quickly dissipating. Nice lacing.

Smell: On the light side. Sweet malts, caramel and orangey citrus.

Taste: Malt forward followed by a nice citrusy hop bitterness. Sweet citrus is present throughout. Finish reminds me of burnt bread and lingering citrus with slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Slightly oil finish with lightly lingering citrus sweetness and hop bitterness.

Overall: This is pretty good. I wouldn't see anything wrong with picking up a six pack of these from time to time. Nicely balanced and flavorful. Its almost like a light IPA, especially as it warms; the orangey hop flavors become much more pronounced. I'm sure I'll have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 13:27:58 | More by tmm313
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Portertime

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed Kona's Longboard Lager so I gave the ale a try. Pours a tinged copper, a little too thin looking for my taste but many many ever rising bubbles gives it a decent white head. Smells mildly floral hoppy with pineapple maybe or do I just have Hawii on the brain? Tastes surprising flavorful for its thin appearance with decent hop and malt balance. The tiny bubbles makes it easy on the tongue. Aloha!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 18:58:10 | More by Portertime
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly chill hazed copper color with a small white head. Fades pretty fast and leaves large fish eye bubbles on the top.

Very nice citrus and grassy aromas. A solid malt backbone assists in the endeavor. Slightly bready. A tiny bit of figginess in the aroma as well.

Great flavor. Terrific hop flavor with perfect bitterness and just the right amount of maltiness to add great balance. Bitter finish with a touch of sweetness in the end as well. A great flavor in this one.

This was a great pale ale. Perfectly balanced, perfect hop flavor and bitterness. Slightly watery on the mouthfeel but a nice, lingering hop bite. Fits the style perfectly. What else can I say; a great APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 20:21:24 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my more favorite Pale Ales, Fire Rock has the ability to refresh me and give me the hops I crave.

It is bitter enough for me to feel sustained for a short period and a color that is almost like a red ale. It has a nice floral aroma and the body is pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 03:51:13 | More by Spineypanda
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MobBarley

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours more of an amber-orange, with a flaccid, white bubbly head that recedes rapidly. Nice color though. Aroma is tangy/piney hops up front with a thick, bready backbone. The taste is well rounded, with toasty sweet malts dominating before a dry and citrusy hop finish. The mouthfeel is good and chewy with a slight oily texture that makes it a winner with spicy meals. Drinkability is absoutely tops. I could drink this all day...a new fave. This drinks a bit more like an amber than a pale, but I really like the sweet smoothness and balance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2004 07:17:37 | More by MobBarley
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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