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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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BA SCORE
82
good

634 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 634
Hads: 2,122
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 46
Gots: 355 | 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: 634 | Hads: 2,122
Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly low.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a clear caramel.

Sm: Floral notes, hops, and light caramelized malt. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Quite hoppy, with some floral and caramel tones. Nothing special. Fairly bland for a pale ale, but has some flavour. It's balanced and built alright. Largely uninspired and boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet, roughly suiting the flavours. A touch too thin.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but also forgettable. Even fans of the style won't find this particularly appealing. I'd try it on draught, but Kona needs to step up their game if they want to really make good beer. (829 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper hue forms a vibrant white head with thin streaks of lacing left between each sip. Aromatics offered here are built largely between floral and sharp acidic citrus notes from the hops. A very mild metallic twang with some smooth caramel malt sweetness evident. Flavor brings excellent balance to the palate healthy dose of hops make their presence felt on the palate throughout each sip, but the malts bring out enough nutty caramel biscuit sweet notes to make the barrage of citrus and flowery hop flavors and bitterness manageable. A beer I tried at least five years ago on draft out at the Yardhouse it's always nice to reacquaint with an old friend, this is definitely a solid all around pale ale. Mouthfeel doesn't get to oily but I will call it slightly slick with hop oils moderate even carbonation flows smooth nothing abrasive about this pale. Drinkability it's at the high end of the sessionable abv limit but damn if I had a twelve pack of this I would definitely enjoy a few of these without any problems. (1,047 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive three-finger head that leaves nice ring lace on the glass. Hazy, neutral amber color. Head dies slowly.

Extreme caramel aroma; reminds me of cotton candy. No hop; no alcohol to the nose.

Mostly malty with lots of biscuity and grainy flavors. Light hop shows up on the swallow and the aftertaste. Very full bodied for the style. Moderate carbonation.

In the end, there's too much candy (but still not sweet) to this beer. (434 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear tangerine countenance, suitable creamy froth holds it down.
Citric aroma, with toasty, caramel-apple tones, but overall, bitter notes and orange/lemon flavors dominate.
Smooth and crisp, with a prevailing hoppy bite. Nicely fruity, quite quenching. Bright berrries join other fruity associations.
Medium bodied, but a bit too watery and thin, with a soft, fading finish, that pleases the palate plenty before it leaves, letting the tongue rest briefly on the warm, round, appealing taste.
Very easy drinker, but could stand to have a bit more depth. (560 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/3/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, light caramel, biscuit, honey, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, biscuit, light caramel, honey, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Light earthy floral/pine bitterness; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange/lemon zest, pear, biscuit, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of citrus hops with malt sweetness; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. All around well balanced citrus hop and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,233 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely orange/golden with plenty of highlights when held to the light and an ample off-white head.

Aroma: rather mild with a character of an average but light Pale Ale: perhaps some English or Asian influence here.

T - a nice fruity and acceptably sweet taste but too sweet and insufficient hops to score well as a PA.

M - Medium-light body; good carbonation; very smooth

O - very pleasant and easy drinking, especially on a hot day. A fruity but low-hop PA. (472 characters)

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. (1,082 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden, almost amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale, Carapils, and crystal malts. There are some light bisquit notes as well. Hops are present, but mild in comparison. The taste is decent as well. It has a moderate bitterness along with a solid malt character. I'm not a huge fan of the malts used in this one. It's got a lot going on, but maybe a bit too much for a simple APA. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but nothing spectacular. (626 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber color with a very small white head. The aroma has some orange and mango notes as well as some bread and biscuit malt. The flavor is orange citrus, as well as some flowery and perfume-like hops, mixed with biscuit malt. Low bitterness. The mouthfeel is about medium and the carbonation is pretty low. Decent. (320 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/21/04- Given to me by a friend that was visiting in Hawaii.

Appearance- Nice inch+ head. Beautiful lacing all the way through the whole beer and a nice dark gold/amber color.

Smell- Didn't have a huge scent. Hops and some floral and spicy notes.

Taste- At first taste I thought to myself....Am I drinking Sierra Nevada? But as I kept drinking I saw that the hops were not as bitey and not as much pine-hoppy tastes in ther either. Nice bit of malt and pretty nice hops. Subtle hops.

Mouthfeel- Goes down smoothly, not a lot of aftertaste and good level of carbonation.

Drinkability- A pretty nice pale ale. If you want something with a bit less bite than Sierra Nevada, grap this one for a try. Could be a good session beer. (742 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orangish-amber with a half of an inch of off white, loose, foamy, crackling head that has great retention. The nose is big, malty, biscuity, and very bready with an underlying citrusy aroma. The taste is very malt up front with a bready, biscuity malt character. It's then followed by a balanced, bitter, citrusy, grapefruity, lemony hop character. There's a slight astrigency in the finish leaving the mouthfeel a bit tart and sweet. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit crisp, but overall smooth and well carbonated.

This is a smooth, quaffable, refreshing, enjoyable beer that you can definitely have more than one of. (640 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77. This is not a bad way to continue the day - getting Fired up!

From the bottle: "Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromised quality."; "We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!"; "Fresh, Responsible, Always Aloha"; "Go With the Flow! Active volcanoes on the Big Island pf Hawaii leave visitors awestruck by their power. The glow of lava as it meets the ocean is an amazing sight. Our Fire Rock Pale Ale is inspired by this place with a bright copper color and rich roasted malt taste. Aloha!"; "Liquid Aloha".

I did as they directed and simply allowed the lava, I mean, liquid flow from the bottle and into my glass. This set up a pseudo-cascade which then settled into three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. As the head slowly fell, it left nice lacing in its wake. Nose had a light grapefruit-citrusiness to it along with a caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was intensely citrusy and probably pushes the envelope between an APA and an AIPA. As a self-avowed hophead, this was right in my wheelhouse, but for style mavens, it might be just a tad too hoppy. Finish was semi-dry with a light caramel sweetness kicking in to better align it with its style. I now await its release in CANs. (1,541 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a fluffy 2" head. Light amount of carbonation bubbles slowly rise to the surface.

Smell: light caramel and floral hops are detectable.

Taste: caramel, light orange citrus, and a floral bitternss makes up a basic APA. Flavors are a bit muted but pleasant.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is very brief. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff - a definite session beer. But one may become a bit bored with this after a few. (511 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy gold color with a tan head that disappears after a bit. There is a hoppy aroma of candid citrus fruit, malt, and a hint of alcohol. Sweetish with a nice toasted biscuits and malt flavor up front. This beer finishes with a solid hop flavor and a nice sharp bitterness. I get notes of toffee, orange, hay, tropical fruit, and herbs. This is a pretty good pale, light bodied, and easy drinking. (412 characters)

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

12 ouncer, bottled on dating etched onto the label, nice. Pours lighter tangarine amber, with a slight haze. Delicate off white head/film/lace. Mild bready nose. On the lighter side of the style flavor and hop wise. Respectable, smooth hop undercoating and a rather thin resiny hit of hops in the background. Decent sessioner, warm weather ale. (344 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle, listed as 6%,

A: Pours a cherry red, with a small white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Light mix of citrus a toasty malt.

T: Roasted biscuit and bread takes a sharp bite as the beer first enters the mouth. Then the hops come out - flavours of bitter pine at first, and light grapefruit. Good flavour overall, but not as full-bodied as I would have liked.

M: Fairly light-bodied, watery at times, but solid enough.

D: A pretty good beer from Kona, easy drinking beer from Hawai'i, even at 6%. (520 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 BlackHaddock
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-draft near the Orange County Airport where my friend's band was playing, on to the beer:

Light bronze color topped by a creamy head. It's right there with many of the hooped APA's with it's citrus flavors, but a little lighter in taste, presumably to cope with the warm climate it hails from. The smooth feel is a welcome addition and is wraped up with a dry bready finish. (386 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle from the Party Source in Syracuse. The label reads that the beer was brewed in Portsmouth, NH, by Red Hook I'm told. This was just a simple pale ale with fruity crisp hops and a slightly nutty bread crust malt flavor. It's not a bad beer, but the aftertaste is far too weak for the style. Pale ales don't need to knock you over the head with flavor, but they need some staying power on your palate. (424 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale pours a dark orange with a soapy yellowish head and some lacing.

Aroma is strong of hops, little malt gets in the way.

Taste is bitter, earthy hops upfront. Vague citrus qualities are to be found. Malt dials in sweet caramel and honey which does its job to balance. As the beer approaches room temperature, the hop bite is very strong making the drinkability suffer.

All in all, a decent hoppy pale ale, best served ice cold to hide some mild astringencies. (484 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark golden with a tight bubbled head that is small.

Smell has some dry hoppiness up front and an earthy profile- somewhat like an English ESB.

Not bad. An up front hoppiness with spicy piney hops. Fairly decent for a pale ale. The hops are followed by a vague fruitiness and little cereal grain sweetness. Nice hop flavors, but the hops could be longer and overall al ittle more balanced. Definitely better than I was expecting when I bought the bottle.

Round mouthfeel. Maybe a little thin and a little too spritzy, but not bad. Could use a little more body.

Pretty drinkable- could down a couple of these on a hot day- more if it weren't for the residual sweetness after the hop bitterness. (718 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this for the first time at the local this week, thought I'd give it a try. It came in a mixed 6 pack with 3 different brews.

Pours a clear, dark golden almost copper color with a thinnish off white head that sticks around for a little while. Smells of grainy malt and yeast esters. A bit of citrus pokes through, but is overwhelmed. Taste is mildly fruity with some green apples apparent. Has a crisp hop bite. Citrus and esters dominate. Has a tart finish that feels out of place. Mouthfeel is almost creamy but not quite. Body is medium, carbonation is medium to high. Not bad for a mainstream pale ale, but there are definitely more flavorful choices out there. (671 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at David's Club in the Hilton Orlando.

Pours a dark hazy amber color with golden apricot/orange edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lastig ring. Sporadic rings, streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly floral aroma with hints of light fruit, subtle earthy hops and toasted malt. The malt is most prominent with hints of caramel and biscuit. This is countered by hintsnof crisp, light fruit, especially apricot and orange.

Medium bodied with a decent balanced of floral crisp hops, pale toasted malt and light fruit notes. There is a subtle bitter hop bite up front that provides a slight dry flavor that lingers throughout. This is balanced mid-palate by a light pale malt presence with subtle hints of caramel, rye and biscuit. Sweet light fruit, especially apricot makes an appearance toward the end along with some more earthy hops.

Overall this beer was decent but nothing spectacular. A little watered down and easy to drink with a decent balance of sweet and dry bitter flavor. (1,063 characters)

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

Pours a clear red amber colored beer.

Smell is sweet and malty with pleasant citrus hop scent and slight sour scent in the background.

Taste is sweeter than expected like a Hawaiian dinner roll. Fairly strong Grapefruit hop flavor to this brew. Clean aftertaste; get very mellow after a while.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good, a typical West Coast Pale with the strong Hop flavor you would expect. The brew get very mellow as you drink it. (459 characters)

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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