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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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1,993 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,993
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 42
Gots: 265 | 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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Ratings: 1,993 | Reviews: 640
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3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Plan B sizzle

A - Dark copper - very clear. Small head

S - Malty, fruity, minimal hops. Not impressed.

T - Oranges and malt dominate. Thankfully some hops to balance out.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Nice feel to it.

D - Not a bad pale ale. Has some umph to it. I'm feelina Kona so far.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

#22. I've had this for a while. Stamped date on label says 11-03-10 which is not a BBD date. I'm really always in the mood for Pale Ales, so hopefully this won't disappoint.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a room temperature pint glass.

(Appearance) Pours a hearty two-finger depth head that is borderline fizzy, retains average and leaves behind a decent amount of foamy lacing. Beer is bold copper with very orange hues, almost late sunset like, a tad darker than my average Pale Ale. Not crystal clear, but close. Theres a tad bit of haziness in the center. Some carbonation is present, but it's not super active. Albeit the sub-par head retention, this beer looks pretty good. 3.5

(Smell) Weaker than I anticipated. In fact, malts smell on par with hops in this APA, which creates a fair balance of sweet, fruity and floral aromas. Despite not being as bold as I would hope, this beer smells pleasant. This could be a great starter for people getting into APA beers that are looking for a small step up. 4

(Taste) Wow. Hops definitely take a backseat to the other flavors in this beer. Malts are more present than I have ever had in an APA here, plus a hint of honey and some not very intrusive low-acid sweet fruit flavors. Grain taste is slight. There's a very light subtle finish that adds just a hint of piney essence and citrus zest to this beer. Good for some, perhaps, not so good for hopheads who really want to "feel" this drink. I really don't mind; it's something quite different. It's much sweeter than I expected, but is a good drink. 4

(Mouthfeel) Medium body. Surprisingly, this beer falls close to flat on the carbonation level, which is a rare issue for me thus far. It drinks very smoothly, like a lot of malt-heavy or dark beers might. Finish is subtle bitterness and zest paired with some lightly discernible alcohol aftertaste but friendly and easy to pass by. I almost never say this, but a little more carbonation wouldn't kill this drink. This is the weak spot. 2.5

(Drinkability) For a malt fronted, average alcohol content Pale Ale, the lack of hoppy tastes upfront make this a very easy drinker. I largely enjoyed this one and am a bit distraught that I didn't purchase a full pack of them while I was at the supermarket. I could easily go for more of these. 4.5

Verdict: I went in to this expecting another average APA, but breweries like Kona are constantly reminding me that bending the rules in brewing beer can often come up with curious and exciting combinations. I recommend this based on the fact that it was something I found original. Hopheads might be a little repulsed by the beers overall sweet tooth, but I imagine that this will have more takers than givers. You shouldn't regret your purchase. B+ (3.8)

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass
A- Poured a clear orange color with lots of visible streaming carbonation, off-white frothy head left lots of dense glass coating lace
S- Big aroma of peach, grapefruit, mango, and tropical hops
T- Lots of peach, grapefruit, and mango hop flavors. Very tropical and fruit forward. Moderate to mild bitterness.
M- Dry, medium body and carbonation
O- A very good fruit forward pale ale with lots of tropical hop flavors, fitting I suppose for a brewery in Hawaii.

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

o, not a bad beer but seems to be lacking a little something. Cant quite put my finger on it. Good gold color and a nice head that slowly melts away with light lacing. Smell is light. Taste is good with a slightly fruity start and a light bready finish. Some light hop ending. A little more kick would take this beer to the next level. Nice job, though !!!

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

wow, 271 reviews as of this writing. I think I'm late to the beach party! I enjoyed this over a nice stirfry centered around a spicy tropical fruit sauce. I think this comes across as a nice session brew albeit lower hopped than I've come to expect from an APA. That said, if I was in Hawaii or CA I would be happy having ordered this.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle brought back from a trip to Hawaii.

"Nalu- Waves" printed under the cap. The Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona pours an attractive orange amber color and a small rocky white head. Nose is that of green grapes, cantalope, oranges and peaches with gentle hop notes. The taste is very quick and to the point, it rushes in...hops. fruit, malt...gone! It leaves a celery and pepper like taste on the tongue at the finish. Again, very straight forward, nothing to complex here, but a decent show of the style none the less. I wish my father had brought me back more than one bottle, i could drink a 6 of this...in about an hour!

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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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.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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