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Fire Rock Pale Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by xlperro on 08-30-2002

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Reviews: 660 | Ratings: 2,268
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bought at the Boise Coop for about $1.40.. shared with my brother.. my half poured in my New Belgium balloon. Listening to the RIS party mix Led Zeppelin Dyer Maker.

Decent looking rocky head... lite amber with alot of bubbles. Lacing is sporadic but still nice.

Nose is citrus and earthy hops balanced by a good amount of caramel malts.. sorta smells sugary.

Flavor is bigger than expected.. toasted and caramel malts.. more grassy hops with a lite pine&citrus finish. Bigger body than expected from a brew from Hawaii. Really pretty good... I've had this beer probably 8-10 times over the last few years, and writing this review makes me think it should probably be part of a bigger rotation.

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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%.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber-orange hue with a clear body and a light, lazy effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. Decent.

Smell: toasty malt aroma with hints of bread and biscuit. Hops are nicely present with a piney, earthy quality. Not bad, but I don't love the biscuity character so much.

Taste: flavor has a fair bit more caramel character that the aroma and overall is a lot more malt-forward; again, I'm not a huge fan of the biscuity malt here. Hop flavor is still present, but the experience is more of a malty-flavored beer with a big bitterness at the end. It seems to me a little bit more in the English style.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a good level of carbonation and a nice, satisfying creaminess. Probably my favorite thing about this beer.

Overall: a decent pale ale, but I probably wouldn't grab for this one again at the store. It just doesn't tickle my palate.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. Smell is of hops, some malts. Taste is good, well balanced combination of malts and hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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

Tasted in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle on April 1, 2016. Look is clear pale copper with a white two finger head and lingering lacing. Smell is hop forward with grain and caramel malt aromas. Taste is hoppy, citrus, juicy fruits, mint with caramel, grain and toasted malt flavors. Feel is medium to light in body with a smooth, clean and slightly dry finish. Much better than the ratings here suggest.

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

Pours a deep orange colour, almost amber, with a fine but very inconsistent head of white. Large bubbles for on the surface, but don't contribute much to the overarching structure of the head. Body is light in weight. Overall, it looks pretty generic—there's certainly nothing about it that gets me particularly excited.

Nose is pleasant, if mild, with some fruity hop characters coming through, along with a bright chlorine character. Light and bright, but again, pretty generic and simple, and certainly nothing to make it stand out.

Taste is similar, but it does have a pleasant cleanness on the palate and a bite of bitterness on the back. Light fruit characters with a touch of leafy hop presence in the finish. Just enough malt to give it structure, but not enough that you notice any sweetness. Feel is clean.

It is indeed, very standard and pretty generic. But, of course, they weren't going for anything else. It's not a wowing beer, but it's clean and drinkable.

Even if that does also mean forgettable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is citrus hops, little sweetness and a light bitter finish. Reasonable pale. Bottled on May 6, 2009. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found this on-tap & by the bottle in Orlando, Fl. The bottle was better (more hop flavour).

A: Amber, off-white head, some retention, a little lace.

S: Citrus with a touch of caramel.

T: A unique citrus-rind flavour with some quality pale malt (biscuity).

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: Quite quaffable, but doesn't really draw me in.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep orange body with a thin white film and a gentle carbonation

S- The pine and pith hints give way to a pale malt note when it opens a bit but the aroma is pretty clean over all.

T- The fizzy covers much of the taste except a pungent bitter hop after taste. There is a field corn note that comes through as the beer opens and the fizz dies down.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a full scrubbing fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The fizz and hop bitterness is about all there is making it not very sessionable and a bit one-dimensional. The hops are mostly bitterness and no any flavor or aroma to them.

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Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Sundog's in Corolla, NC during Penn State's whooping of Oregon State.

A: The pale ale is a medium-hued amber color, crystal clear with a finger and a half of white head.

S: The nose is malty, biscuity with caramel and a faint trace of citrusy hops.

T: The ale is nicely balanced, giving equal attention to both the hops and malts (and attention must be paid). The grains are caramel and biscuit flavored, almost bready if not a little thin. A citrusy hop flavor, grassy with grapefruit bite. A nice beer for sipping at a bar while watching a football game.

M: A malt-focused ale, the carbonation is lively and the hops pop up at all the right times.

D: The ale is nothing too exciting but it gets the job done with a well-balanced flavor.

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Photo of stevoj
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice looking, but overall a pretty bland beer. Nice coating on the glass, faint hoppy aroma. Taste equal parts malt and hops, some lingering hop bitterness.

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

From tap to shaker pint glass at Tarpon Bend Food & Tackle on 6/4/12
*From notes

A: Amber dark sunset golden. Clean and filtered. A half finger fizzy head leads to no lacing and a small white collar.

S: Sweet bready grains, some floral hops and maybe a bit of lime or some type of citric fruit.

T: Bitter and slightly juicy up front. Golden, untoasted malt dries the mid to finish. Dried fruits unload on the finish.

M: The feel is solid enough. Medium bodied, properly carbonated and the texture is well above average.

O: More then decent stuff. I could drink a few of these in a night, no problem. I'm finding myself warming to many of these Kona offerings, as I may have judged this book prematurely by it's CBA cover. Recommended.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale orange pour with a light, lazy and spacious rise of effervesce. Light beige head of small statue dissipates after a fair rate of time leaving a light speckled lace.

S: Oranges, fresh floral is found on the first impression of the nose. Very light aromatic wise very shallow complexity wise.

T: The flavor shows a sour fruitiness, some fresh grass and pale grain backing. A bit of sour citrus, pineapple on the trail. Moderately hopped for a pale. Slight instances of sweet toasted malt character.

M: light, slick textured and lacked much carbonation and crispness. A rather lazy mouthful with a weak farewell of hops.

O: Overall an average drinking pale with nothing that really stands out or grabs your attention. Think they missed the mark here, a light drinking crisp pale with some tropical fruitiness (pineapple, mangos, kiwi) both on the nose and flavor might have been a bit obvious and expected, but would of served much better the locale then this ordinary tale. Some level of hop awareness but the flavor remains mundane and could of better represented.

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

Bottle marked Mar2311-15:36 NH. The pour is amber-copper with a quick fizzy head that dissolves almost instantly. Roasted caramel malts and some light hops are noted in the aroma. The body is thin but not watered down. There is a solid malty character in the taste with a slightly dry hopped ending. But there is this faint berry like fruit character in the background.

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Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a light amber color with about a half-inch of light tan head that had decent retention but no lacing.

The aroma was an unremarkable blend of malt and hops, with no particular highs or lows. The flavor was the same, not terrible but not notable either. The body and drinkability were both typical for the style. Overall, this a typical example of this style, you can do better, but it's Ok for a Plan B beer.

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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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Good head retention and a little bit of lacing.

The smell is a mix of grassy hops and sweet malt.

The taste starts of with some caramel malt and it turns toward a bitterness from the hops but I'm not getting anything really flavourable from the hops; I think they are there just to add the bitterness and try to balance the malt.

To be fair, I popped the cap on this bottle while it was still iced cold from the liquor store. I'm going to let it warm up some and continue from there.

Well, after letting it warm up, nothing much has changed. I'd call this one a good entry level Pale Ale but, at least for me, it doesn't have the flavours that I look for in the style.

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

A: Clear copper color. Poured a 2 fingger creamy off-white head that slowly dissipated to a almost a 1 finger skim. Patchy lacing most of the way down.

S: Toffee and bread. A little citrus zest; a hint af vanila.

T: Sweet and malty; predominantly the toffee flavor like in the nose. Hop character is muted; primarily citrussy. Long, lingering bitter to balance.

M: Medium body. Maderate carbonation. Flavorful and balanced. Smooth and creamy.

D: Flavorful and balanced. Very drinkable.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant amber with a 1” offwhite foam cap, spicy hop nose, some malt and biscuit, very creamy rich, a touch of sweetness, almost a hit of cocoa nut. Some bitterness but not big. Light fruit, just a touch of bitterness to balance.

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