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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

1,876 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,876
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 36
Gots: 181 | 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:
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)
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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.

kojevergas, Dec 05, 2011
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.

Gueuzedude, May 31, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

GClarkage, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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%.

Halcyondays, May 27, 2008
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.

Gavage, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

BlackHaddock, May 25, 2010
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

imperialking, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Trashcat, Sunday at 09:37 PM
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.

woodychandler, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

corby112, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

weeare138, Nov 07, 2013
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.

Billolick, May 09, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

tempest, Oct 13, 2009
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.

Georgiabeer, Jul 28, 2006
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.

superspak, Feb 12, 2014
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.

barleywinefiend, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

LXIXME, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +10.5%

ejimhof, Apr 29, 2012
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.

akorsak, Sep 08, 2008
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.

DoubleJ, Nov 24, 2007
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 09, 2013
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.

Zorro, Dec 11, 2004
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