Fire Rock Pale Ale
Kona Brewing Co.

Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,354
Ranked #40,546
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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3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Born On DEC 20 11) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1 1/2-finger cream-colored head that slowly fades to a thick coating and thick foam ring. The body is a clear copper amber with an amazing amount of carbonation bubbles coursing through nearly every available area of liquid. Thick lacing coats the glass in a never-ending blanket of white foam.

While this beer may not be the most aromatic, it is both balanced and enjoyable. Piney and citrusy hops aromas carry notes of tangerine and mandarin oranges. Light malts form a nice backbone with notes of caramel and graham crackers. A slight spiciness adds an extra layer to the nose.

Bitter, grassy hops are balanced by caramel malt. As the beer is swallowed, more grassy hops are met by citrus hops and more caramel and toffee malts flavors. As these fade, a slight bitterness clings to the tip of the tongue as a watery and dulled grassy hops flavor lingers on the rest of the tongue.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is creamy and easy-drinking. The body is smooth and drinkable but slightly watery in the finish. The carbonation is well hidden but could use a bit more strength during the swallow.

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Photo of marburg
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little cloudy, hazy... Definitely a flame-colored orange color. Thin white head. Pretty standard pale ale stuff. Great hoppy aroma with a sweet but roasted malt underneath. Very well-balanced flavor -- nothing too original but just a great, drinkable flavor and texture. Solid malt base with light citrus (borderline grapefruity) and decent herbal hops. Nice, clean brew. Hit the damn spot tonight. And hey, it was a present from good friends who just returned from their honeymoon in Hawaii. So it had a solid dose of love and affection to boot. Can't go wrong.

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Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a cloudly light amber ale topped with a dense, marbled, bubbly off white foam. The aroma is of pine and citrus. It has a smooth, soft, medium body that leaves the mouth dusty. It has a very mellow flavor that's wooden, piny and a touch fruity. It's a nice, solid pale ale.

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Photo of MemphisKev
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of edificio5
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of p-wagz
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of q33jeff
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


AROMA: Light Hops and Barley.
LOOK: Light copper appearance, darker than I would expect for a "pale" ale.
TASTE: Light Hops and Barley, but also a faint coffee flavor, which gives a little character.
FEEL: Very light drinking, but with good flavor.

A very nice drinking beer.


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Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head is small, pale tan, dense foam. It leaves a sticky ring of lacing all around the glass. Color is very clear, pale, amber-gold. Quite nice. Aroma of sugar, roasted grain, burnt caramel. Sweet caramely front leads to fizzy, fullish, sweet caramel middle. Nutty, fruity finish with bitter citrus and a surprising alcohol kick. Not bad at all. Quite sweet and fruity with a bitter, nutty, alcohol finish.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark copper/brown color; somewhat opaque, light just barely makes it through. There is a half-finger head which dissipates quickly, some of it sticks around until the end. Light lacing.

The smell is mostly caramel and roasted malts. Some sweetness, bready, lemongrass and pine.

The tastes is thick caramel malts, bread, pine, grapefruit and some other type of fruit I cannot identify.
The feel is thick, bready and chewy. There is some pine prickliness left on the tongue after swallowing.

This is a somewhat complex but not a "blow me away" type of Pale Ale. It is a solid Pale Ale even though it has a low hop content. However, without the 'in your face' hops this brew might make a good "session" brew.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into glass

Pours dark golden color, white head. Mild earthy hop aroma. Well balanced flavor. Thinner bodied. drinkable, but nothing special.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Hearneator
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rebel1771
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a head that disappears quickly.

S: Aroma of sweet toffee along with a strong punch of pine needles.

T: Slight flavor of sweet malts in the beginning quickly overpowered by the hops, finishes dry.

D: Not bad, not quite mellow enough for a session beer but tasty enough to have a couple.

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Photo of beerN3RD
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a nice amber color with nice head. Head was average thickness, slowly faded away. Smell was kind of fruity . Taste a little like a spiced apple juice. I really enjoyed it. Mouthfeel was creamy, but also had a bite. Nice well rounded beer. Drinkability was enough for me to drink again.

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3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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