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Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale

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1,511 Ratings

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Ratings: 1511
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,511 | Reviews: 596 | Show All Ratings:
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby brown with a small tan head. Head falls to nothing. Not much lace.

Mild hop aroma. Somewhat sweet.

Hops in the taste yet sweet at the same time. Ends mild s very mild bitterness.

Medium bodied with average carbonation.

Not too bad. Fairly easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 17:52:56 | More by dstc
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Outback Steakhouse in Lahaina, Hawaii. Served in a mug.

Appearance is quite clean. Amber-colored liquid with no head that leaves a nice bit of lacing. Smell is on the light side, with a distinct malt character and just a subtle wafting of citrus fruits. Could have been because it was served in a chilled mug, so I'll have to try it without one.

Taste is refreshing and malty off the bat, followed by the hoppy bitterness and rounding off with a dryer finish than I expected. It tastes like a milder, more rounded version of Nugget Nectar, and that's a good thing. Mouthfeel is good, not too light, not too heavy. What little carbonation there is tickles the tongue just enough to spread the flavor around.

Definitely could have had another one, thanks to the pleasant taste and easy mouthfeel. A very good experience for my first beer from the Hawaiian islands and looking forward to more from Kona.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 01:29:54 | More by r0nyn
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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at their pub in the Honolulu airport, served in a tall pils glass (it was probably like $10!), Fire Rock Pale Ale is bright orange with a small eggshell head leaving very pretty lace.

Smell is sweet malt and light herbal hops.

Taste is generic, malty pale ale with only a light amount of hops. Clean finish, bittersweet.

Mouthfeel is dry on the finish, with creamy carbonation and a medium body.

Drinkability is OK, not as good as I recall, although the last time I had it I was on my honeymoon so it was probably more of a situational impression.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 22:48:28 | More by ccrida
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United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noticed this on the beer list at the Burger Bar (Las Vegas) and thought, why not, how often do I see a beer from Hawaii?

Clear amber with an off-white head, looked almost like a pale ale from the UK.

I was expecting the aroma to be purely hops (as so many US pales seemed to be), but this had a malt content along side the citrusy notes from the hops.

The flavour was an intermix of the aforementioned malts and hops, with the hops winning in strenght, but only just.

The aftertaste was interesting, I got mild grapefruit esters as my mouth dried, not unpleasant, but unexpected.

All in all, not bad, plus I get to tick off another state as I attempt to drink around the world and the states of America.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 07:58:48 | More by BlackHaddock
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South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Nick's in Clemson...

Pours a dark amber color with some lighter brown/orange highlights. The head on the beer was only about a finger high, but it hung around for a while and left some decent lacing around the glass.

Lots of caramel maltiness present in the nose, but some definite citrus and piney hops in use here as well.

The flavor mirrors the nose in that it's mainly malty... very caramely, slightly toasty, but malty all the way through with the citrus and pine flavors emanating from the hops thrown in to balance out the malt, not vice versa. A different take from some pales I've had before, but definitely not bad.

Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation; all good in my book. Doesn't stand out but certainly doesn't suck.

All in all, Fire Rock was a solid pale ale, tasty with a solid flavor and body on it. Although it's not the best I've had, I certainly wasn't disappointed with my choice of beer on tap for the evening.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 07:37:03 | More by feelmefoam
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copperish color into a pint glass, with about a finger of white head and good lacing. There was a slight citris smell with a touch of caramel . The hoppy citris taste quickly turns into a sweeter malty finish. It was medium bodied and had medium to low carbonation. Overall an average beer, which has decent drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 06:10:58 | More by Dhoff1109
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color into a pint glass, with a finger of white head, little carbonation, and good lacing. The smell had the feintest hint of lemon citrus, and was instead dominated by caramel and maltiness. The taste confirmed this, with the citrus aspect fading instantly to maltiness mid-palate and through to the finish. This beer would certainly benefit from more hop balance. The body was thinner than expected, given the smell and flavor, but after all, this is a pale ale. The thinner body did help this beer's sessionability. I wouldn't mind sitting down and throwing a few back.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2010 05:53:47 | More by donniecuffs
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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orangish /amber with good carbonation and a small dirty head. Nose is floral, nutty nose, slightly hoppy and malty. Taste is bready malt profile and predominantly sweet with a little hoppiness in the finish. Easily drinkable but pretty heavy due to bread and caramel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 02:44:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber pour, with a smaller head with decent retention.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malts and hops

Taste is hoppy with a decent malt backing, balance is fine on this one. Caramel malts work well in this one with the stronger but not so overbearing hop profile

Mouthfeel is medium, slight carbonation. Drinkability is good, decent pale ale here.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2010 22:47:31 | More by kshankar
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3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2009 20:39:38 | More by jnezda
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Plan B sizzle

A - Dark copper - very clear. Small head

S - Malty, fruity, minimal hops. Not impressed.

T - Oranges and malt dominate. Thankfully some hops to balance out.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Nice feel to it.

D - Not a bad pale ale. Has some umph to it. I'm feelina Kona so far.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 04:08:45 | More by DNICE555
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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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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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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Little to no head or lace on this beer. It may have been served a bit too cold. The body is a copper gold.

S: Not a ton of nose, but a decent hop aroma with toasted and some caramel malt

T: Althought a good bit of malt character and some caramel flavors there is a soapy character to the hops. I could also use less crystal malt in this.

M: Decent mouthfeel with ample carbonation

D: Not too bad, I was slightly surprised and could enjoy a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2009 00:45:52 | More by rtratzlaff
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear amber colored beer with a nice lace, and respectable carbonation.
Aroma is malty, slightly bready
Malt forward taste with this beer. No real hop bitterness stands out here. Fairly well balanced beer.
Light to medium bodied beer that is fairly drinkable. It's a good example of a an American Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 12:54:13 | More by deanhead
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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 19:45:07 | More by Durge
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Woody's City Market served in a Newcastle pint glass a crisp orange with a very nice frothy off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice subtle amount of crisp sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste is a nice amount citrus and pine hops balanced nicely with sweet malts with a hint of caramel. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing, especially for summer. This is a very enjoyable Pale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 21:05:00 | More by atsprings
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Rhode Island

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

Had this for the first time at East Ave Cafe in Pawtucket RI. I was amazed at the overall balance of this beer. I can't mention one particularly good thing about this beer because it was so well balanced. The head was medium sized and lasted for a while. There was a pleasing amount of maltiness with a little caramel and the hops were light but present. Maybe a little under-hopped for some but well within the style guidelines. Overall a very tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2009 02:10:13 | More by edbeer
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is light some sweet malt with citrus hops

T - The taste is also light with sweet malt first then the citrus hops come in to finish it off

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - Taste just wasn't strong enough for me I'm used to more aggressive APAs with more hops to them I guess but if was one of the better choices at a bar I wouldn't skip over it

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2009 22:42:36 | More by armock
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/15/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel up front, followed by a good hops presence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while, but overall it's just an average pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2009 14:16:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts and a nice "firey" hop aroma that lets me know this is going to have some kick to it.
T: Very nice sweet malt base followed by a nice spicy kick of earthy/piney/citrusy hops.
M: Very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, I think it would have been less drinkable if it had less hops in it, but then I suppose it wouldn't be called Fire Rock. Overall it was really nice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2009 10:54:31 | More by erosier
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3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this the other night at Rudy's Pub in Foothill. Not much else on tap and I'd never had this beer so I thought I'd give it a try.

A: Must have been sitting on the bar for a while. By the time it got to me, there was no head to speak of, just some foam floating.

S: Slightly sweet. Hoppy.

T: No bitterness of hops came through. Good body and flavour. Held up well with the pulled pork and half my wife's burger.

M: Smooth. No excessive carbonation.

D: I'll order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 06:30:34 | More by bacabuck
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Kona brewpub while vacationing on the Big Island last week.

Brew pours a copper color with a slight haze. Head is off white with good retention. Nose is tropical fruits with citrusy hops blended with toasted malts. Taste is caramel malts that are somewhat sweet balanced by a smooth bitterness that is not too overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Finish is refreshing. Overall drinkabiity is good as this seems to be more of an English PA style as it was more balanced to the point Da Boss could quaff it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 00:28:50 | More by arizcards
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Served up in a pint glass; color is a copper-tinged amber. The small off-white head is more likely than not a testament to the pourer than the beer, as it may have had more size and retentive properties; as it is, the small half-finger of creamy foam leaves behind some slight rings of lacing.

A nice welcoming vivid, floral and fruity hop bouquet fills the nose and beckons.

Medium-bodied, with a middling level of carbonation. Faint hints of caramel and sweet bread up front, with a big middle of fruity hops, containing notes of apricot, grapefruit, cherries and blueberries, falling into a mildly bittersweet finish.

Quite tasty overall; a nice fruity example of the style that is well-balanced and easy-drinking. Nothing mind-blowing, but nothing less than solid, either.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2009 16:19:32 | More by superdedooperboy
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2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2008 18:41:53 | More by hoplover82
Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,511 ratings.