Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 637
Hads: 2,138
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 46
Gots: 373 | 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: 637 | Hads: 2,138
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.

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

Born on date 03/21/10. Purchased in a mix 6 at the Ingles in Loganville.
Pours a pale copper color with a decent off white head. Aroma has some earthy sents and floral hops.
Taste: a little citrus and tangy taste that has a light bitter and dry bite.
Malty on the tongue and then hoppy on the swallow with a dry malty finish.
This had some good balance and I enjoyed it alot.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Slightly dulled amber with a light beige head and small strings of fine bubbles.

S: Tropical fruit and sherbet. Has a very slight pong. Very subtle almonds.

T: Slightly earthy, fruity – papaya and pineapple perhaps, not over the top though. Nice and balanced. When taking a swig I get a subtle nose of almonds.

M: Not particularly sharp, which I like, but it looses its fizz incredibly quickly.

O: Good. I much prefer American ale when the fruity flavours are played down a bit.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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

Hazy copper/orange in color with a finger of slightly off white head that quickly thins to a mere veil over the brew. There's floral hops, oranges, lemons, and roasty malts in the aroma. The taste is much the same as the smell only slightly more pronounced. The lemon was also absent in the taste. This is a good sessionable and refreshing beer. Nothing even remotely offensive about it. Had a nifty bitter tone at the finish. This would be a great gateway beer for folks wanting to get into craft brews.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/25/14. A little past its peak, but with 6% ABV and that avowed hop character, it should still be a fair representation for this Kona creation.

Poured in to an IPA glass, the unique look of this beer immediately catches my eye. Despite the fact that the head disappeared about as quickly as it formed, with scant lacing to be found, I am struck by the appearance. The tangerine-grapefruit color of the beer looks almost electric when its chilled haze meets the light. Interesting. The aroma promises bright tropical fruit, with a subtle essence of pine. A little biscuity malt in the background rounds out the nose. The flavor brings sweet bread, subtle dried fruit, lightly toasted malts, and a balanced hop character. Mild pine and grapefruit. This is a well-rounded brew. The mouthfeel is on point, with just enough body and carbonation to keep this refreshing. I believe the few extra months have mellowed this beer, as I remember it being more vibrant when it was in season. As it stands, this is superbly sessionable, perhaps more so now that time has reigned in the flavors a bit. I have enjoyed it either way. It's nice to see an American Pale Ale that is not trying to masquerade as an IPA and brings it's own unique qualities. I put this near the top of my list when a Pale Ale is in order. Fresh or mellowed, it's always delicious.

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Photo of EliottJW
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THIS... was a really solid beer... I'm not really the biggest fan of the kona beers I've tried so far, but this pale was a really solid showing.

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice 1.5 finger, light tan head was produced. it lingered for a while and as the inner bubbles subsided, a thin layer remained on the glass as high as the head initially reached. a nice light shade of orange, this beer looks light aaand inviting on a hot afternoon.

smells of sweet malts and just a hint of mild hops... maybe a little citrus, but really not much. the smell was really a solid indicator of what to expect as as soon as I took this one in, it was a blast of mildly sweet malts with a HINT of hops... this was a really well balanced pale ale. There was just enough bite from the hops to be able to call this a malty pale, but the malts are not overwhelming AT all. in fact, towards the end, the mild hops give way to a nice bready yeast. again, great balance.

a great light to medium body really compliments the flavor of this brew. it's just light enough to drink at any time. awesome for a hot hot, great for a night out... could be a great session beer. I could drink this for days and days.

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Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happened upon this on tap at Maggie McFly's Restaurant in Brookfield, Connecticut, this was a nice golden amber color with a big off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is subtle piny / herbal hop and caramel malt, somewhat thick and appetizing. The flavor follows suit with a mid-plus body feel, smooth and creamy with a hop blend very similar to the aroma. Add some vanilla and more caramel malt, maybe even some banana nut. Quite tasty. It is politely carbonated and easily a sessionable brew, a fine pale ale and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear pale amber color that is completely appropriate for an APA. A half finger of foam tops the beer. Aroma is a little stale, carboardy, but not much hops or malt detected.

First sip is nicely malty, with a bit of a bitter kick and subtle hop flavor. A bit of fruitiness, passionfruit, orange, is detected. Nice malty sweetness. All in all quite drinkable and refreshing.

I remember drinking this beer by the pool during my honeymoon in Maui... however, I think it tastes a little better in paradise. Not bad by any means - still a very good APA.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard ale glass.
A - Copper w/ 3 finger off white head that leaves an average amount of lace

S - A pleasing, exciting aroma of crystal malts and cascade hops. An after scent of piney hops comes through with a gentle swirl

M - Medium bodied w/ a citric hop feel. Maltiness gives a nice balance with a sweet finish.

T - A masterful blend of citric hops. A nice pale ale since the taste has woodiness, crystal malt flavor with nutty and dry tastes, but still sweet enough to balance the bitterness that all the flavoring hops have to offer.

D - A great tasting pale ale. So well balanced and this version deserves its place among the top American pale ales

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Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a cloudly light amber ale topped with a dense, marbled, bubbly off white foam. The aroma is of pine and citrus. It has a smooth, soft, medium body that leaves the mouth dusty. It has a very mellow flavor that's wooden, piny and a touch fruity. It's a nice, solid pale ale.

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Photo of stevecee2003
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of thekanna
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange bordering on brown color with quite active carbonation and a thin, white head.

S: Sweet citrus with some toasted malts and a good helping of hops.

T/M: Sweet malts, apricot, orange and other citrus lead to a moderate hop bite and a good bit of juiciness. Smooth to a slight bite... I like that.

D: Fairly impressed with this Hawaiian beer. Overall, Kona did a good job.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy medium apricot color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is nice and floral, lots of hop presence. There's some underlying malt, but I'm loving the hops. The taste is nice and malty at first, but then there's a nice rush of citrusy hops. Lots of citrus going on here, especially orange. The mouthfeel is decently thick for a pale ale, and the drinkability is great. A nice solid pale ale! Thanks to Kev or Chris (I can't remember which, dammit!) for this fine brew.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Light crackery malt nose with a touch of earthy and slightly woody hop character. Clean fermentation notes.

Appearance: Deep amber pour with a thick and sudsy off-white head.

Flavor: A touch of bready sweetness up front followed by more earthy and slightly citric hop character. Minerally water profile which adds to the depth and character of the flavor. Balance is nearly even with a slight nod to the hop character. Finish is long and slightly bitter. Aftertaste is clean leaving the palette wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Just a touch of creaminess and even a little resiny/oily. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: An immensely drinkable, complex, and refreshing pale ale. Seems a bit heavier handed on the malt than what I'm used to but really enjoyable. Nicely done.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites during a recent vacation to Oahu. Ubiquitous on the island.

Nice copper color with a light tan head that drops but leaves some nice lacing and depth markings with each sip.

Aroma of mint and citrus with a grainy caramelly middle.

First sip of caramelly malt, mint and citrus hop flavors, a little grainy. Nice broad bitterness. Not overpowering, but a good balance. Fruit esters from the yeast. Finish is medium with a dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium. Dry.

Very good drinkability. I could sit by the pool and drink this all day. Very nice sessionable beer. Nothing aggressive.

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Photo of JDV
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a big, big lasting head all the way to the end with nice lacing to boot. Big juicy, caramelly aromatic sweetness with light hops in the smell. Taste consists of a quite nice hop presence along with some good sweetness to go along with it. Quite a flavorful pale, balanced, and one of my favorites for sure. Just what I hoped for. Overall very good, and one I wish I could get here.

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Photo of nosbocaj
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of melloashello
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of magine
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of psyphin
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Ryne0h
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this beer thinking that it would pair well with pizza. While I did thoroughly enjoy the beer overall, it did not pair well. The initial smell and taste were fantastic, but the beer was heavier than I anticipated. I will more than likely purchase this beer again.

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