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Fire Rock Pale Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale

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642 Reviews

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Reviews: 642
Hads: 2,165
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 47
Gots: 389 | 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: 642 | Hads: 2,165
Photo of bgraney
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber color, lots of bubbles, 2-finger creamy white head.
Surprised by the bready aroma with a light hop background.
Enjoyable hop tang right off the bat with a smooth malty follow through.
Thin mouthfeel with a slight lingering hop flavor.
Very smooth & drinkable. I can definitely see knocking a few of these down on a beach in Hawaii.
Enjoyable beer but not in the same class as the elite pale ales in my opinion.
The Kona beers seems to have a unique flavor and I'm not sure what it is, but I like it.

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Photo of stephendr
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of dark golden , with a acceptable whitish head - nose of sweat , mild hops , and sour grapefruit – taste of red grapefruit , hint of dry bitter hops , dough , and malts- body is medium , sharp , and with medium to high carbonation – aftertaste of hops , some sweetness , and medium duration

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Photo of ggaughan
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Delux in Phoenix, AZ. The beer came with a nice amber body and a slight white head leading to solid lacing on the sides. The aroma was a bit of citrus, slightly sweet and touch earthy. The taste is a nice balance of the malty sweetness and a good hop bitterness that leaves a pleasant taste on the tongue. The body is solid and makes for drinkable session beer.

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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.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber/orange beer with a slight haze. Has a small creamy head with some nice lace. A lot of light hoppy esters get airborn as you pour it into a glass. Notes of spice and grapefruit with a sweet caramel malt backbone. A quick hint of grapefruit bitterness on the tip of your tongue. With a spicey/piney hop presence along the sides. Hints of smokiness along with the sweet caramel note before the nicely balanced peppery hop finish. I found this in a grocery store in Melbourne, FL. I drank the whole sixer during my stay and enjoyed every bottle.

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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.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle poured a slightly cloudy amber wtih an off-white head and moderate lacing. Aroma was of hops, with some fruit and citrus and is very mild. Mouthfeel is light and clean. Flavor is the same as the nose. Slighly bitter finish. Enjoyaable to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a modest head that leaves some lace shards around the pint glass

Smell: Grainy aroma with some citrusy notes

Taste: Starts out with a slightly fruity but doughy flavor that builds in herbal bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a flash of citrus, but the malt remains prominent; the finish is slightly harsh with some mineral elements, but there remains a subtle underlying honey-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite some of the harsh flavors, I rather like this beer and its peculiar complexities

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Photo of clickpush
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Amber body with lots of visible carbonation within. A thin white head that's gone before you know it, leaving almost nothing by way of lacings.

Nose: Light grapefruit hop presence. Some honey w/ yeast and malt dough-y-ness, touches of cinnamon.

Mouth: Strong mouthfeel right off the bat. Lots of good hops touched up w/ more flavors of cinnamon. Bitter hop flavor that's kind of tingly remaining in the mouthfeel. Graham cracker taste w/ banana notes and brown sugar.

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Photo of mutt
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer I found to be surprisingly good.

I had on tap and it was a dark amber color that had a creamy head that lingered for a while. Smell was strong and sweet with a touch hops and honey. Taste was good. Not to strong, and not to thin. I drink this ale often as it is priced right and easy to find on the space coast. I also find it in a lot of pubs and restaurants in the area and notice a big movement with it. It's an obvious pleasure. Drink One....

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Photo of Braudog
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(#2, 8/2002) This pours with little head, but maintains an invitingly beautiful copper color. The initial aroma hints of its citrusy hoppiness. Although pretty it has a light texture, the taste is wonderfully tart. Excellent American PA. I like how in Hawaii the pronounce it Pal-ey, Al-ey.

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

Orange-red body with an off-white creamy head.

Mild nose, not much beyond a light citrus.

Flavor is a sweet and tasty blend of solid malt and sweet hops. A quenching and drinkable brew for a hot day.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy finish.

Drinkability is high, a good session brew.

Originally reviewed in Hawaii.

Additional thoughts since arriving in Kwajalein:

As the only Pale Ale, (other than Bass), available on this island, it has become my instant favorite beer for the near future. Light on the hops, it certainly is, but still much more hoppy and flavorful than ANY other brew I have seen here. Luckily, I brought a few treats with me for special occasions, (i.e. 3 bombers of Stone 10th etc.).


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Photo of cameraman
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An amber color, that fades to a light orange, with very little evidence of a head. Very malty fragrance with a slight bit of bitterness right at the end of each scent. That malt is just as strong in the flavor, a mild bitterness comes in halfway and takes over til the very end. A medium bodied feel, leaving a slght bit of dryness on the palate. I fairly disappointed, I was expecting an APA, instead this is closer to an english style pale ale. It is still fairly drinkable, I'll slip some to my Miller Lite buddy and see what happens.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium Amber color. Soft hop smell...easy to drink and it's good and malty. Pine flavor and smell that add to the niceness of this Pale. It's not your over hopped Pale Ale, it's nice.

It was a nice to find this under the tree with a Kona sampler pack schlepped back from the Islands by the in-laws...

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was'nt expecting much from a Hawiian brewery, but this was a solid pale ale.

Served at Famous Daves Barbecue on tap.

Poured a rich amber color with a one finger head.

The smell was fairly bland, even for a pale ale.

The taste was suprisingly good. It was somewhat hoppy and piney, with accents of lemon. The amount of hops was very well balanced in this beer.

This was solid pale ale. I will definetly try it again.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and sweet. (What my wife wishes I was.) Enjoyed this on tap at the Outback on Oahu. (We went to the Kona Brewing pub in Hawaii Kai but settled on buying t-shirts because it was 11:00 in the morning.) Extremely gorgeous carmel/orange color in the glass--and this was one of those great frosted mugs. Huge head that lasted like suds through the first half of the mug and brought a bite of hops and a rich, malty sweetness to the mouth. I didn't know what to expect when I ordered it, but this was a pleasant surprise and one of those beers that I'll consider (at least on tap) any time, anywhere it's available. The sweetness was not cloying, but rather a welcome balance to the prominent hops flavor. Excellent. Ono Brah!

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Photo of jameaterblues
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Notes.
A- Rich dark amber, orangish tint....minimal head that is just on the surface of the beer. thin watery lace.
S-Hops cascade among others....light citrus and spice.
T- Much more to it than expected, but mostly hops....all throughout the body...not balanced very well....bitterness, and citrus not a whole lot more.
M/D- Medium boded, bitter, light carbonation....I don't know what I was expecting...maybe something a little more exotic being from Hawaii...I feel like the tried to take the notch up one more on the classic american pale, but something did not quite work.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear on the pour with a rather bright orangish-amber color. The head is slightly off-white and somewhere between bubbles and foam. Lacing was present but minimal. Citrus and caramely malts were the main notes to hit my nose, with a sort of balance that carried through to the taste. Pretty hoppy from the start but not at the expense of the malts. The mouthfeel was good, though a bit oilier than I expected. Still, I wouldn't turn down this APA most any time.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle on Aug. 30, 2006 (three months before tasting)
Pours bright copper with a thin head that soon becomes a thin patch before virtually disappearing.

The smell is bready with flresh, floral citrus. It's quite thin, but what is there is decent.

The taste is of chewy, bready and cirtusy hops upfront. Sweet caramel and honey soon enter and balance out the hops more and more as the drink progresses. A slight hint of tea-leaf in the middle. By the end, the malt catches up to the hops, surpassing it in the end to leave a honey-like sweet finish.

The feel is of a chewy creaminess. Smooth with a solid medium body.

This is a fine interpretation of a classic APA. It is well-balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. The alcohol was well-covered. Nothing particular "wowed" me, and I was considering a 3.5 for flavor, but decided, especially after another, that is just makes the higher score because, while the taste is mild, it is nice and has some complexity to it. I recommend this one if you are in the mood for an easy drinking, well-balanced pale ale.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper body is topped by a small beige head. Nice lacing. Subdued aroma features citrusy grapefruit, caramel, and a hint of pine. Medium body with strong carbonation. Taste is well balanced between the citrusy and pine hop bitterness and sweet caramel maltiness. A very drinkable American Pale Ale that, while not outstanding, is quite respectable.

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Photo of johnbonham1980
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very, VERY drinkable pale ale in my estimation. I'm not a gigantic fan of extremely hoppy beers, and this one has a nice balance. There isn't anything really remarkable about it other than its above average drinkability but it's a good solid beer I'd drink again.

Head on this one is fairly scant, aroma and taste are both pretty average but very good, smooth caramel malt and hops which aren't too aggressive. Worth a try.

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Photo of
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yardhouse, 10/24/06.

Amber in color and slightly hazy. Medium sized light tan head.

Aroma was mostly hops of the citrus variety. Malt was quite subdued initially.

Taste was well balanced. Starts and ends hoppy (oranges). Malt shows up in middle as caramel. Bit of phenol as taste in there. Aftertaste is a lingering sweetness.

Light bodied and medium carbonation. Finish is sweet.

Quite good, easy session beer. I would happily drink again, especially on a 90 degree plus Phoenix fall day...

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured notes of flowery hop, and sweet wildflower honey.

The taste was well balanced. A nice grain bill supported citrusy hop and sweet honey flavors.

The mouthfeel was on the creamy side.

Overall a very drinkable APA. A nice touch of sweetness made this one unique.

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

A solid pale ale offering, with more than enough hopping. A bit more, and this would qualify as an IPA. A very classic hop and malt balance, with a bit of resiny bite to the hops. Smooth finish, wiht a touch of creamyness to the mouthfeel. I bought this for the novelty of adding Hawaii to my list of states sampled, but I would buy this again for the quality.

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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.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.