Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 634
Hads: 2,108
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 46
Gots: 339 | FT: 1
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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Photo of bmwats
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates slowly, but not completely. Fairly persistent, but light, spiderweb lacing.

S: Light pine, fresh tea leaf, with a nutty tone.

T: Pine hop, with bitter nut shell.

M: Crisp body with something a steely, dry finish. That steeliness lingers on the palate throughout.

D: Sessionable, although the bitter (slightly off-putting) finish will compel a slower progression.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Deep hue, fair head, and some persistent albeit light lacing. Nose is piny with a nutty character. Crisp pine hop with bitter nut shell, and a steely finish. Overall, this is a good quaff. (698 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date September 21, 2013 printed on the label. A new beer to me from Kona Brewing Co., a brewery I'm not too familiar with, but a style I enjoy. My bottle lists a 6.00% abv, rather than the 5.90% abv listed on BeerAdvocate. Expectations are decent enough.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours a bright citrusy orange colored body with a slight haze. Just over a finger of fluffy off-white head sits for a while. Looks decent for what it is.

S - Smell is light and subdued. Honeyed graham cracker malts, grains, faint citrus lemon zest, and some dirty earthy hoppiness.

T - Taste follows in suit of the nose: dry grain, corn, honey, graham cracker, faint citrus, lightly floral, dirty herbal hop bitterness, and some bready pilsner malt. Not my favorite flavor combination, but it's okay.

M - Feel finishes bready, grainy, and dry. Fairly clean, with not a lot of bitterness left behind.

Overall, I'd say it is a fairly mediocre brew from Kona Brewing Co. It was nice to try, but I will definitely not be wanting this one again.

Kona Brewing Fire Rock Pale Ale ---3.5/5 (1,122 characters)

Photo of BVukelich
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass. Nice copper color, very minimal head but leaves good lace. Offers a decent hop flavor. Not much for aroma going on. I thought the mouthfeel was a little better than okay. I'd say overall it is a little better than average. I probably won't go out of my way for it but if someone is offering or the variety 12-pack is on sale next summer, I may pick it up. My wife likes the Wailea that comes in the pack. (428 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is light copper in color with a finger of head that enjoyed some good retention. There is a mellow hop nose to this slightly fizzy offering. The flavor profile is mildly malty and sweet with a nice hoppy finish.

Not sure what makes this "Hawaiian-style" but it is a great APA. (289 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-clear copper color with a large white head that lased the glass nicely
S-hoppy smell with a pear smell also
T-good hop flavor then the malts take over leaving you with a light hops and grapefruit aftertaste
M-medium body and carbonation
O-good hop taste that made this beer very good (285 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Body is quite amber red, with hints of orange hues and microscopic rising carbonation. Head is light white and maybe a little tan, with a thin soapy slightly two finger head and a thin puck left while drinking. Fairly clear but slightly hazy also.

Nice sense of biscuit and caramel smelling malts. Slight jammy fruit esters a little also, hinting of strawberry. Not bad, not much of a hop angle noticeable.

Palate sense lots of biscuit and cream. Hints of banana slightly which seems to knock the fruit angle up differently. Clean finish but some dense malts. Mild herbality on the finish hop wise but not much going on even for a pale ale.

This reminds me more of English bitter strangely, but there's no complaints here. (774 characters)

Photo of HopAlongG
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent PA...hoppier than most PAs, with a nice twang. I looked at the bottle and saw that the "expiration" date was 4/15/13 and I just bought it last week...not sure if it matters. Also, learned that it is brewed right here in Portsmouth, NH...nowhere near Hawaii (not that I care). I'm guessing that the Portsmouth Brewery is doing a little side work with recipes imported from lands afar. PB produces quality so I'm good with that detail.

In any case, I wasn't blown away. Worth another try since when I had it on tap in FL a few years ago it was fantastic. (560 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 Celtics17
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a solid Pale Ale, I don't taste caramel like some have tasted, but I do get some fruit notes. I would say it's more on the mango, or peach side of a Pale Ale. The peach note is very slight. I thought it wasn't very bitter. The balance was just right.

Appearance: Beautiful shade of amber. Very easy Pale Ale to drink. This beer does feel like a tropical beer, or like a beer from Hawaii. I would have this beer again. (427 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark copper/brown color; somewhat opaque, light just barely makes it through. There is a half-finger head which dissipates quickly, some of it sticks around until the end. Light lacing.

The smell is mostly caramel and roasted malts. Some sweetness, bready, lemongrass and pine.

The tastes is thick caramel malts, bread, pine, grapefruit and some other type of fruit I cannot identify.
The feel is thick, bready and chewy. There is some pine prickliness left on the tongue after swallowing.

This is a somewhat complex but not a "blow me away" type of Pale Ale. It is a solid Pale Ale even though it has a low hop content. However, without the 'in your face' hops this brew might make a good "session" brew. (726 characters)

Photo of dbriesemeister
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at a local MN beer bar.

Look - rich amber color, limited head, but strong lacing

Smell - fresh smell, freshly cut grass, some floral notes of lavender

Taste - sweet malty flavor, good bite of bitterness

Feel - medium bodied, crisp refreshing carbonation, lingering (but appealing) bitter flavor

Overall - solid representation of an American pale ale (363 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Carmel colored body, almost too dark for a pale ale, quickly dissapating head that left very nice lacing around the glass. Nose was nicely balanced between fruity, citrus hops and toasty sweet malt. Great mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation; the taste follows the nose with sweetness from caramel malts, biscuity nutty flavor, lightly roasted malts, hop flavor is floral forward and floral/fruity back. A tasty and satisfying ale that is a cross between a pale and amber, color and flavor wise. (501 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased by my wife and brought home from Hana Hou's Hawaiian Restaurant in Yomitan, OKinawa...

A - Pours a gorgeous copper color with a big creamy three fingers of tan cream on top

S - Sweet citrus, and ripe fruits on the nose, cascade hop like aroma is prominent

T - Bitter floral hops hit the front matched in stride with thick rye-like malts, pit fruits such as raisins and fig make an enjoyable balance

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little warmth and staying power from the after -taste

Overall I'm not sure if it is because I'm starved of the good american craft beer scene out here in Japan, but this was much better than I remembered it. Don't drink it too cold, and the flavor is fantastic. And for those reviewing this who say it doesn't have enough IBU's... try an IPA, this nailed my pale ale fetish. (829 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really like Kona Brewing - I guess since I really like visiting Hawaii - but there is something that leaves me a little wanting with their offerings.

This particular brew - the Fire Rock Pale Ale - is for the most part good. Looks great in the glass, has a nice white head and staying power. But for a pale ale, which I'm admittedly not a huge fan of pale ales, has the strongest of aftertastes I have ever experienced. If you put that aside, it really has a nice pale ale taste - bold and refreshing - definitely a good summertime brew to share with good friends and during relaxing times. (594 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice traditional strong copper color with some golden hues. There is a thin white head to forms that is quite dense.

The aroma is nice and quite traditional earthy and bready grain notes in the nose. Slight caramel sweetness form the pal malts. Aroma is nice and grassy as well. Not too strong of a hop backbone which is refreshing though.

Flavor starts off nice and bready. Notes of grain and earthy toasted malt. There is a nice robust and herbal grassy hop character that adds a nice balance of bitterness to the bready sweet malt. THe mouthfeel is nice and light with good carbonation.

Overall. Pretty solid APA. Great bready notes that has some good sweetness. There is a nice herbal and grassy hop note that is also slight piney. Pretty good brew. (810 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful shade of amber. Decent foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Toasted malts, floral hops, hints of citrus.

Taste: Toasted malts, citrus, caramel, floral. Hints of spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, slight bitter hop aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. Very well balanced and moderately complex. My first exposure to Kona left me underwhelmed, but I'm beginning to become a fan. Considering that they are partially owned by Anheuser-Busch, (along with their sister brewery Widmer Brothers) they continue to crank out some pretty good stuff. (569 characters)

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. (487 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle

Clear beers don't do much for me and this is no exception. It's fairly dark for a 'pale' ale, as it pours an orangey amber color. The problem is it's so clear you can still see right through it. The head isn't awful. It starts off pale ale-ish, but it doesn't retain very well.

The smell is non-descript. The Cascade hops try to make an appearance, but they're too subtle. You mostly get a variety of malts and a floral hop note.

The taste isn't really pale ale-ish, but it's really good. Lots of malts with a variety of different flavors melding together. There's a bit of spice and the caramel really comes through. There's honey in the background. However, I don't pick up much in the way of hops, even in the finish, which has little bitterness. Earthiness maybe, but no really hoppiness.

A good bit of feel. Sweet, spicy, only the faintest bitterness. Medium bodied. Kind of a sticky, spicy-sweet finish with some balancing bitter only deep in the swallow.

Overall, it's a pretty good beer. Probably misclassified as a pale ale, but whatever. Brown ale might be a better description. Once you get past the look and commonplace smell, it's an easy beer to drink. (1,187 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into sparse lacing within seconds. The aroma is of grapefruit, and pine. I feel like I've smelled this same aroma dozens of other times. The taste is similar to the aroma, and leans heavily toward the sweet side of things. In fact, I detect virtually no bitterness whatsoever. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lower than optimal carbonation, and a sticky texture. Overall, this is a pretty mundane pale ale that I will pass on next time. (525 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby-copper with good foam and decent lacing. Not too much carbonation.

Smell: Sweet caramel and dry hay. Not incredible, but a nice balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dry hay and a hint of caramel. A bit too sour in the background. Pretty active carbonation, but flattens in finish.

Overall Drinkability: Not as good as Pipeline Porter or Coconut Brown...not even close. Enjoyable to start, but not great in the end. (423 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses. This beer pours a clear medium to copper/amber/dark golden color with a white head that is initially 1 inch when first poured. Settles pretty quickly to a medium to thick ring lining the inside of the glass with a pretty good film layer of foam hanging out on the beer's surface. Pretty decent lacing too. Aromas of slightly toasted caramel malt and some grassy, floral hop notes. Decent flavors of some slightly toasted caramel malt and some grassy floral hop bitterness. Good balance of the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness, but the hop bitterness does tend to be the more dominant flavor profile here. Has a crisp, yet smooth, oily and even slightly rubbery medium to full bodied mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be.

Eric (835 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Kona Brewing variety pack - served in an Imperial nonic glass

A: Dark caramel color nearing a copper-amber really with some light hazing towards the center. Otherwise near perfect clarity. Thin half finger of light retaining khaki suds float on top leaving behind some light etch work and dots of lace.

S: Toasted biscuit and caramel malts with some understated earthy hops. There are faint stone fruit like esters coming through as well. Real bready aroma overall.

T: Tastes of caramel malts, toasted bread, and biscuit. Some nice stone fruit juiciness and light earthiness there with a moderate amount of bitterness. Has a flowery finish with a suggestion of citrus fruits. Alcohol is completely hidden and there is a pleasant balance to the beer overall but this is definitely a malty Pale.

M: Moderate to lighter body with a nice frothy smooth feel from the ample carbonation. There is a nice drying effort in the finish with some residual hop oils and malt sugars lingering on the palate.

D: Perfectly average pale ale that boasts a malty profile with some complementary bitters. Has some nice balance in flavors actually just offers very little to get excited about. (1,199 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought this as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL, making them $1.67 each. 12oz brown bottle with a brewed on date of Jan 13 of 2013, making this bottle about 3 months old.

The beer poured a deep copper color with a 2-finger off-white head that lasted a few minutes and left lots of spotty lacing on the glass.

There's not much smell to this - just some very weak malt.

Lots of caramely sweetness along with other toasted malts to give this a big malt forward profile. Some juicy fruitiness adds to the complexity, and there's just the perfect amount of hops to keep it balanced and to give it a gentle bitterness. It's delicious.

Light to medium bodied, crisp, and with medium high carbonation.

This is by far the best beer from this brewery. (800 characters)

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