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

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: 671 | Ratings: 2,338
Photo of Tastesalot
1.02/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: pale orange pour, foamy white head

S: wet cardboard, oxidation, corn

T: adjuncts, paper, off-flavors (especially off-bitterness)

M: watery, thin

O: This is without a doubt, the worst excuse for a beer I've ever had. It makes Rolling Rock taste good. I'm glad someone gave it to me to try, and that I did not actually spend any money on it. Heat may have gotten to this bottle, but even taking that into consideration, it still has no redeeming qualities. I'd give it an even lower rating if I could. Avoid.

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Photo of jcalabre
1.78/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I originally sampled this beer on 7 January 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This pours a hazy amber color with a small head
Mouthfeel: It is sharp and stinging in the mouth.
Overall: Pass. This isn't a very good beer. Go find yourself a different brand

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Photo of jhartley
2.06/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got on tap from a near by tavern. Served in a shaker pint glass.
Body was a clear golden amber color with a thin barely 1/2 finger head of small bubbles.
Got very little smell off of this one, what I did get reminded me an adjunct lager more than a pale ale.
Taste was very disappointing. Not even the littlest hint of any hops at all up front; small amount at the end. Was hoping for more from this, especially based on the ratings.
Very watery thin mouthfeel, not much at all in the way of a mouth filling flavor.
Overall a very disappointing beer, wouldn't look for this one again, unless of course it would be a freebie.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
2.24/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a true deep gold with a rapidly disappearing downy head.

Doesn't offer your nose much. A bit of biscuity malt and some earthy hops, and that's it.

Not much life to the hops on the taste buds either. There's a bit of biscuity malt and some dry bitterness at the end, but otherwise this beer is just a refresher. Nothing more. Nothing less . No complexity at all. If you're at a resort and your other options are from BMC, it is worth taking refuge here. Otherwise, I wouldn't seek this out.

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Photo of bft1
2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Kind of heavy, wooden malty taste. Sweetish. Weird overall. Not a fan of this style maybe, but this one is almost un drinkable. They should probably stick to the light tropical lager style....

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Photo of Offa
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This sums up much of what I don't like to see, and encounter all too often, in US pale ales: it's bland, one-dimensional, and relies too much on grapefuity hops, bitterness, and alcohol.

It's amber with a very thin, off-white tan head that vanishes quickly to leave a very thin ring.

The aroma is caramel and grain with citrus, mostly grapefruit.

The taste is faint caramelly malt with a lot of grapefruit pulp and a bitter finish. It is very alcoholic, which took me aback when I tasted it. It's otherwise characterless and has too little flavour, complexity, or body to carry the light bitterness or alcohol. The latter seems utterly unjustified in this instance.

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Photo of Onslow
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light cappuccino foam coloured head : lacing is pretty good, average for a APA ... light golden colour .. light rust hop pine smell ... taste is nice, maybe a bit muddled .... "if you find a cheaper lion, you must be in africa" ... the 6 % is quite well hidden so its worth a try but there are better APA's...

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Photo of dhowe
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Appropriate copper color. Decent head with retention but no lace. 4

S - Somewhat metallic. 2.5

T - Most hop flavor is from bittering hops, no fresh hop bite or evidence of

dry hopping. 2.5

M - Ok mouthfeel. 3.0

D - For being my favorite style, this was disappointing overall. More of a

dry feel with not much, if any fruity notes. 2.5

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Photo of Cresant
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into aDFH shaped pint glass. Packaged 2/21/08. The body was golden/amber. Minimal off white head which quickly faded to a ring.

Smell was floral hops. Earthy. Caramel malts.

Taste was a bit tart (not bitter). Understated sweetness. Something about this one did not appeal to me. Not especially flavorful - nothing bad, just rather bland. The hops and malts did not seem to accentuate one another. The elements were present they just did not meld well.

Mouthfeel was on the thinner side of medium. Zippy carbonation.

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Photo of cameraman
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An amber color, that fades to a light orange, with very little evidence of a head. Very malty fragrance with a slight bit of bitterness right at the end of each scent. That malt is just as strong in the flavor, a mild bitterness comes in halfway and takes over til the very end. A medium bodied feel, leaving a slght bit of dryness on the palate. I fairly disappointed, I was expecting an APA, instead this is closer to an english style pale ale. It is still fairly drinkable, I'll slip some to my Miller Lite buddy and see what happens.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/17/2007 (Tap @ Grills, Cocoa Beach, FL):

Pours an amber red color, good sized head, slight yellowish. Somewhat hoppy aroma, some sweet malty aroma. Sweet taste, but different sweetness than say a honeybrown or a fat tire. Clean taste, slight sweet aftertaste. But a little watery. Refreshng. Not much taste after a while.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a finger of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is faint citrus and pine.
The taste is watery with some mild malt and hardly any note of bitterness.
It has a higher carbonation level which is annoying with medium body.
A below average pale ale. No real flavor and the mouthfeel was too fizzy.

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Photo of stawn
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a light golden amber with a short cap that disapates quickly.

S - Smells slightly bready. No hop aroma at all.

T - Nice medium body with low amounts of bitterness. Sweet aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

OK beer, but middle of the road. Nothing stands out and makes you say wow.

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Photo of kytashie
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper, finger width white foamy head, decent lacing.
Not much here to the nose, looked better than it smells. Immediately hit with straw, hay....sand? Flat and forgettable...once again not much's decent, not off putting...just average. Dry finish, not much to this beer. Drinkable but forgettable. Definitely an average beer, I wouldn't go looking for this.

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Photo of mentor
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours nearly a finger of off white head over a brilliant enticing copper liquid. A couple of slow streamers rise to the top. Smells toasted or strong biscuit malt with earthy hops. Nearly a chocolate malt character. With searching, some lemony from hops.

Tastes very biscuity malt rounded by hop aromatics. Almost like roast malt. More earthy hops than citrusy, so I'm not sure this is classified properly as an APA. This beer is wet and heavy, which is not to style for an APA. Minimal esters and mild, but stingy carbonation. Mouthfeel is dextrinous, which I think contributes to the perceived wet sweet. Decent beer that I'd certainly have agin. It's certainly not to APA style. I rate to style, so the low score does not indicate an unpalatable beer, instead a beer not to style.

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Photo of spagel1919
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not always a big fan of floral tasting beers, but I found this pretty smooth compared to some others tried with similar qualities. More of a floral smell but not a harsh finish. More of a Kona Castaway fan.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6er bottled on 10/28/10. At least someone puts useful dates on their bottles. Poured into a pint glass.

The color is coppery amber, pretty clear, capped by a head that produces pretty impressive lacing. Cobweb-like lacing adorns the side of the glass all the way to the bottom.

The aroma is fairly benign; almost non-existent, even with a pour that produces a big billowy head. I do smell caramel malts with some coarse grainy notes, as well as a sprinkling of piney hops. The taste provides some more hop character, though there is almost no bitterness, and the pine and floral notes are underwhelmning. The coarse grainy flavors are gone, but it just doesn't impress me.

Mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated and a touch thin, but the real problem that I'm having is that it just isn't a great beer. Average, and a good fall back in the case of a shortage of good craft, though I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a moderate orange-copper with a slight white head and not too much lacing. The nose brings some very, very mild hops along with some pale malt and light caramel. The taste pulls back so that the hops are nearly non-existent, not even to the level of a mild. Fairly light feel without really any bitterness. No off flavors and the malt is fairly nice, but not what I expect from an APA.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper pour with a medium white head. Sweet malt aroma, with a hint of hops. Crisp taste with mild hops, more of the citrus variety. Wanted more of something. Kind of like an APA-lite. Not really much more to say about this beer, curse the 250+ character limit.

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Photo of importedfromdet
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a Nov 2015 bottle. A brilliant clearish gold pour with a nice 1 finger head. Lots of carbonation upon pour.

Smell does not reveal much. I pickup the smell of alcohol and grain.

Taste is nearly of a lager. Heavy grain taste that fades into grassy hops for the finish, which leaves a dark pepper taste. Was not what I was expecting and nothing too wowing.

Not a bad mouthfeel. Good amount of refreshing carbonation.

Not a standout.

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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.

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Photo of Lahoi
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad, but not my favorite APA. And I really like APAs. Maybe my favorite. But I'd much prefer Sierra Nevada, deschutes or sweetwaters APA to this. It seemed to be lacking something. Or maybe it's that it was too malty. I'm too much of a green horn to know for sure.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Middle of the road pale. Drying finish. Don’t plan on ever having another. Wouldn't get again.

I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now. This sure ain’t poetry.
Beer reviews can be like that sometimes.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this one in MA and it states it is brewed by Kona Brewing in Portsmouth, NH

A: Light amber brown hue with 3/4 fingers of off white creamy head. Light crown around the edge of the glass with a minute amount of lacing.

S: Smell of hay with light tones of citrus and grass

T: Pale malty flavor mixed with a grassy earth hop taste that finishes with a bitter almost coffee like bite. Not very complex tasting beer, but it does have hints of butter and toasted nut to go along with the pale malt base.

M: Thin mouthfeel that is more creamy than fizzy.

D: Decent drinkability. I could have a few of these but the taste doesn't exactly have me longing for more. Not bad, but not a great pale ale either.

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Photo of CraigP83
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bummer, I wanted this to be good but it lost all it's hops and just tasted like malty honey. Checked the packaging date and it was 6months old. If I ever come across it again I'll re-rate but this bottle is not good

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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