Fire Rock Pale Ale
Kona Brewing Co.

Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,342
Ranked #40,161
3.64 | pDev: 12.64%
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale
Notes: 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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Photo of Johnpaulzay1981
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale from Kona Brewing Company would be the first pale ale that I have ever had from Kona I enjoyed it I thought it was a quality beer with a mild taste mild hop present mild malt very good lacing which is a sign of quality beer head retention really wasn't there only had about a one finger head and then dissipated but overall the beer was very sessionable and would gladly drink again

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Photo of Ronl12
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into IPA glass.
Look is cloudy brown. Smell is mostly malty. Taste follows nose. Feel is light. Overall a very drinkable beer but nothing really special. Would drink again.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a reddish amber with a modest head. Lacing. Scent is of caramel malt that is pleasant with possibly a bit of hops in it as well. Taste is the same, with a touch of hops leaving some bitterness in the mouth. Nice!

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another version of a pale ale by Kona! A better version of a pale by Kona! Finishes cleaner and smoother than the big wave. Has a bit more character on it, the hops are subdued along with the bitterness. This one is more appropraite that would be a sunny day in Hawaii versus the Big Wave from Kona!

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Photo of sjrider
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sammy's in the Kahului airport. Pours an amber gold color with khaki head. Smells and tastes more malty than SN or any other comparable pale ales. Still hit the spot B4 boarding my plane.

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Photo of FLima
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep amber color with a thick one finger beige head with short retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of caramels, malt juice and mild mint.
Flavor with notes of caramels, apples, some mixed citrusy, grassy and floral hops, earth, a bit of toasted malts and toffee. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness. It feels less than its 35 IBUs.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Standard malty APA with a mellow bitterness that was easily tamed by its predominant caramel notes. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of teromous
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the side of the label: "22:47 01 APR2418"

Appearance: The beer has a bronze colored body with hints of golden orange as light passes through it. It has good clarity and a large creamy textured eggshell white head. Perfect head retention and loads of lacing.

Aroma: There is a faint dusty room smell and what smells like old flowers. It isn't an appealing aroma at all.

Taste: Up front there is this sweet tasting caramel flavor mixed evenly with a flowery tasting It has a bit of a hay-grass taste towards the end and just a bit of mint in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and it has a smooth texture. It is an odd feeling texture for a Pale Ale but combined with the sweet tasting caramel it really accentuates the malt in this beer. It finishes with a very mild bitterness.

Overall: The beer doesn't do a lot to accentuate hop flavors. This Pale Ale would best be described as a parity for an East Coast IPA. There is some hop flavor but it is very mellow and it takes on this flowery and grassy character. This character is actually quite nice because it is reminiscent of a baseball field, as odd as that might sound. It is a good beer if you know what to expect. I could see myself drinking it from time to time.

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Photo of dimwit_flathead
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and smooth with a creamy head. Light hoppy smell mixed with dessert essences. Complex taste that vanishes quickly, leaving you with only a hop flavor. At 6.00% ABV, it's quite nice for an outdoor daytime party.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Orangey honey color. Very little head. No lacing to speak of. A very light aroma. A good malty taste with a hop balance. A fruity hint. Fairly ligh, but slightly chewy.

Overall: really enjoyed it. High end of average.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Slightly hop forward but with fairly generic hops on a solid base of caramel malt with a grainy undercurrent. Copper color, medium body, fairly enjoyable but nothing that stands out.

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Photo of chamberscreek
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ordered this beer on draft last night, solely because there were no other options. Needless to say, expectations were low. However, I found this beer to be a decent PA, with enough body to keep it from being the wimpy drink I expected. Definitely on the tamer side of pales, it nevertheless has a solid initial impression (nice malty aroma) that carries through. Very drinkable with a meal or on a warmer day.

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Photo of FrostyFlower
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A softer pale ale than I'm used to, not too pungent, but still gives it the kick it needs. Nothing overwhelming about it. It's an easy drinker. Something about Kona I love that will keep bringing me back.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From estucerveza. In Teku glass. Playing Broken Age. For free as it was 1 month after is bbf date. Plain flavors, with just some light caramel notes in mouth and significant bitterness. A bit metallic

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Photo of Retroman40
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color with a long lasting foamy head and significant lacing. Smell and taste are both light citrusy hops with a biscuit like malt background. While the taste leans a bit towards sweetness, the finish is very clean and perhaps slightly dry. The hops are perfectly balanced with the malt and give a very smooth mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Overall this is a very solid beer. The moderate hopping and ABV as well as the smooth flavor make this an excellent beer to introduce your BMC drinking associates to something perhaps a little (OK, a lot) better. Bought a 1/6 keg for the house and can see keeping it in stock is going to be a problem!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


A: Amber color, clear, with smooth white uniform head.

A: Roasted malts, slightly sweet, with floral citrusy hop aromas.

T: Crisp, with rich malt flavors of caramel and toffee, moderately sweet, with floral hops and moderate hop bitterness, and a semi-dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer has an interesting caramel malt sweetness and floral citrusy hop character that drinks easy enough.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Tiki's Grill & Bar in Waikiki. This is the life.

Orange body with an inch of frothy, tan head. Aromas of earthy pine and pale malts. Simple, drinkable, good pairing with spicy food. Ok.

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Photo of SoccerSeuss
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a variety pack 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Amber color with smooth white head. Clear with nice carbonation.

Roasted malt with a hint of floral in the aroma.

Roasted toffe, sweet on the front with a hint of tang or bitterness on the back. Leaves a sweet aftertaste.

A nice pale ale. I've been impressed with this variety pack thus far, especially given I'm on vacation and though 'from Hawaii and I'm on the beach why not'

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a pale light orange and leaves a half inch white foamy head in my nonic. Minimal light lacing is left and some carbonation is seen rising. The smell is centered around the malts, some light corn, hops are subdued. The taste is sweet around the malts. The palate is light with some light harshness on the tongue. It leaves a sweet aftertaste and a dry finish. Overall, this is just another standard pale ale.

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Photo of Roamer
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sitting out back barbecuing as the Memorial day weekend come to a close. This beer is smooth with a little hop bite. Very drinkable in this got Florida spring.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Bleh. Memorial Day random beer. Reached into a cooler and pulled this out. It's lower in flavor. Light, crisp and easy drinking. I'd say a step up over macro and would probably be pretty refreshing in the Hawaiian heat.

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Photo of bnes09
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bright orange color. Mostly clear. Slight head and no lacing. Earthy, grainy, malty, woody aroma with minimal pine hops. Hops are slightly more assertive on the tongue but the earthy notes are prominent. Medium body and gritty texture. Far from my favorite pale ale but has a few redeeming qualities.

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Photo of kagee
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is refreshing and not the most expensive craft brew out there by far. I have found it hard to come by except in the 12-pack seasonal sampler boxes. I would say with the lacing and the long-lasting head of the pour, it shows there can be some substance with this brew, even though there is somewhat a watery finish. It is very floral in the instant of a sip but in a small gulp there is the carbonation which is going to bring out the hops bitterness. This is a balanced brew with very good hop signature.

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Photo of Packageguy
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Hawaii!!
No. Not really. Well, maybe if you're in Hawaii. But, I'm in New England, so that means it (probably) came from Redhook, Portsmouth, NH...which is fine, I guess.
From a mix pack bottle, into a flare, on a 90℉ day, at the pool, in the middle of May.
This beer is perfect for a hot, lazy, Summer's day, whether you're at the pool, or the lake, or the ocean. As a matter of fact, Fire Rock is the best of the variety.
Although I prefer to drink from a glass, this is the kind of beer that could easily be enjoyed straight from the bottle. And, it stands on it's own, just fine, but also compliments any meal that could be cooked on the grill. And, we liked being able to switch gears throughout the day, between the four offerings in the box, all of which worked well, together.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a pleasant surprise.
Look - Pours a slightly hazy copper color, a short off white head, a few patches of lacing.
Aroma - Subtle citrus, toast, grainy, earl grey tea.
Taste - Starts out with a deep mellow and oily hop flavor, really not as much citrus as in the aroma, hops seem more earthy and resinous to me, there's a faint fruitiness here that is equal parts tangy and sweet, really nice. Malt comes in with a very light toffee, bread crust and subtle sweetness. Aftertaste has that lingering earthy/floral hop note. Bitterness is kept in check. Balanced.
Feel - Medium bodied, creamy but crisp carbonation.

Overall - Didn't know what to expect from this. The aroma screamed basic American pale ale to me but the flavor was much more unique and balanced. Nicely done.

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Photo of SaltofOH
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle dated Sept. 14, 2016! DFH Tulip.

A: pours a slightly hazy orange copper with loads of carbonation and 1 finger bright white head.

S: pretty dull, as you'd expect at this age. Some faint malt, but really a whole lot of nothing.

T: mild, slightly citrusy arrival, turning to a lightly bready malt with some grassy bitterness.

M: lighter end of mid-bodied and very well carbonated.

O: a refreshing classic American pale ale, deadened by my ignorance in buying such an old bottle. Should give it a second go round some other time.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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