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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the last time I stopped into I was shocked to see this one sitting on the shelves. I had heard we were getting Kona, I just did not think it was coming so soon. Poured this one into a pint glass straight out of the fridge and served it for dinner last night. A nice bright golden amber color with crystal clear clarity came out of the bottle. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent throughtout the session with chains of bubbes rippling up through the glass. A nice two inch hight pillow of white foam then came over the top and settled down qucikly leaving a bare centered crown in its wake. No appreciable side glass lace, but still a more the decent look to it.

The aroma was light with hints of light citrus, lemon mostly mixed in on top of a cereal grain filled base. Lots of whaeat and light earthy aromas blending in, but as it warmed a light hop presenced was dulled out way in the back, the aroma overall though was far too light to be really a knockout in any way. A nicel ight, crisp, and clean flavor was then produced. It was a classic light pale ale flavor, clean with a light wheat base, some light floral, citrus notes spprinkled through, orange, light lemon grass, especially in the finish. Great mouthfeel, with a carbonation that held thoughout the session. Easy drinkability as the flavors were light, crisp and clean, with almost no aftertaste. I could easily session this one over the course of a night.

Overall while not really spectacular, this was definitly a solid offering all around. There is no really I could not put down more then a few and this is not a bad offering for a BBQ or to get someone into craft beer a little bit more. I would go for this one again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive three-finger head that leaves nice ring lace on the glass. Hazy, neutral amber color. Head dies slowly.

Extreme caramel aroma; reminds me of cotton candy. No hop; no alcohol to the nose.

Mostly malty with lots of biscuity and grainy flavors. Light hop shows up on the swallow and the aftertaste. Very full bodied for the style. Moderate carbonation.

In the end, there's too much candy (but still not sweet) to this beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard ale glass.
A - Copper w/ 3 finger off white head that leaves an average amount of lace

S - A pleasing, exciting aroma of crystal malts and cascade hops. An after scent of piney hops comes through with a gentle swirl

M - Medium bodied w/ a citric hop feel. Maltiness gives a nice balance with a sweet finish.

T - A masterful blend of citric hops. A nice pale ale since the taste has woodiness, crystal malt flavor with nutty and dry tastes, but still sweet enough to balance the bitterness that all the flavoring hops have to offer.

D - A great tasting pale ale. So well balanced and this version deserves its place among the top American pale ales

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Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A fairly clear orange/amber color with almost no head and no lacing.

S: Very citrus forward, mostly orange. Caramel malt in the background.

T: Fairly sweet, citrus, not really too much bitterness until a bit on the finish.

M: Light-medium body with very little carbonation.

D: Not an outstanding beer, but it's an easy drinking beer that you could have a few of.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ted Nugent sets rocks on fire. Get used to it. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by a finger of lightly off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild pine needles, mild caramel, and light orange rind. The taste brings in more of the same, with more orange and a touch of flowers. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice, if not altogether distinguished, brew. 'Nuff said.

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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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Fantastic body. Bright orange, copper and bronze. Light off-white head sits low with poor, but hangs around with nice retention.

S – Fresh leaves, honey suckle, and a touch of tart apricot marmalade.

T – Acidic and mineral opening. Herbal, earthy hop center. A brisk smack of alpha-oil bitterness and wax brings around a bitter-sweet marmalade finish.

M – Light/medium body is smooth with a nice carbonation. Lightly dry finish.

O – A solid pale ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper hue forms a vibrant white head with thin streaks of lacing left between each sip. Aromatics offered here are built largely between floral and sharp acidic citrus notes from the hops. A very mild metallic twang with some smooth caramel malt sweetness evident. Flavor brings excellent balance to the palate healthy dose of hops make their presence felt on the palate throughout each sip, but the malts bring out enough nutty caramel biscuit sweet notes to make the barrage of citrus and flowery hop flavors and bitterness manageable. A beer I tried at least five years ago on draft out at the Yardhouse it's always nice to reacquaint with an old friend, this is definitely a solid all around pale ale. Mouthfeel doesn't get to oily but I will call it slightly slick with hop oils moderate even carbonation flows smooth nothing abrasive about this pale. Drinkability it's at the high end of the sessionable abv limit but damn if I had a twelve pack of this I would definitely enjoy a few of these without any problems.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this for the first time at the local this week, thought I'd give it a try. It came in a mixed 6 pack with 3 different brews.

Pours a clear, dark golden almost copper color with a thinnish off white head that sticks around for a little while. Smells of grainy malt and yeast esters. A bit of citrus pokes through, but is overwhelmed. Taste is mildly fruity with some green apples apparent. Has a crisp hop bite. Citrus and esters dominate. Has a tart finish that feels out of place. Mouthfeel is almost creamy but not quite. Body is medium, carbonation is medium to high. Not bad for a mainstream pale ale, but there are definitely more flavorful choices out there.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aloha!!! Trying the Kona Brew Fire Rock....its decent. The beer pours a nice clear copper with a finger thick white head that is leaving a lace. The smell is mostly caramel type malt....not much hops. The taste is a well balance pale ale, but the malt is more pronounced than the hops. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a tasty beer and would be good to session.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orangish-amber with a half of an inch of off white, loose, foamy, crackling head that has great retention. The nose is big, malty, biscuity, and very bready with an underlying citrusy aroma. The taste is very malt up front with a bready, biscuity malt character. It's then followed by a balanced, bitter, citrusy, grapefruity, lemony hop character. There's a slight astrigency in the finish leaving the mouthfeel a bit tart and sweet. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit crisp, but overall smooth and well carbonated.

This is a smooth, quaffable, refreshing, enjoyable beer that you can definitely have more than one of.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Body is quite amber red, with hints of orange hues and microscopic rising carbonation. Head is light white and maybe a little tan, with a thin soapy slightly two finger head and a thin puck left while drinking. Fairly clear but slightly hazy also.

Nice sense of biscuit and caramel smelling malts. Slight jammy fruit esters a little also, hinting of strawberry. Not bad, not much of a hop angle noticeable.

Palate sense lots of biscuit and cream. Hints of banana slightly which seems to knock the fruit angle up differently. Clean finish but some dense malts. Mild herbality on the finish hop wise but not much going on even for a pale ale.

This reminds me more of English bitter strangely, but there's no complaints here.

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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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle on Aug. 30, 2006 (three months before tasting)
Pours bright copper with a thin head that soon becomes a thin patch before virtually disappearing.

The smell is bready with flresh, floral citrus. It's quite thin, but what is there is decent.

The taste is of chewy, bready and cirtusy hops upfront. Sweet caramel and honey soon enter and balance out the hops more and more as the drink progresses. A slight hint of tea-leaf in the middle. By the end, the malt catches up to the hops, surpassing it in the end to leave a honey-like sweet finish.

The feel is of a chewy creaminess. Smooth with a solid medium body.

This is a fine interpretation of a classic APA. It is well-balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. The alcohol was well-covered. Nothing particular "wowed" me, and I was considering a 3.5 for flavor, but decided, especially after another, that is just makes the higher score because, while the taste is mild, it is nice and has some complexity to it. I recommend this one if you are in the mood for an easy drinking, well-balanced pale ale.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear tangerine countenance, suitable creamy froth holds it down.
Citric aroma, with toasty, caramel-apple tones, but overall, bitter notes and orange/lemon flavors dominate.
Smooth and crisp, with a prevailing hoppy bite. Nicely fruity, quite quenching. Bright berrries join other fruity associations.
Medium bodied, but a bit too watery and thin, with a soft, fading finish, that pleases the palate plenty before it leaves, letting the tongue rest briefly on the warm, round, appealing taste.
Very easy drinker, but could stand to have a bit more depth.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer presents a ruby highlighted copper coloring with a thick, smooth, foamy white head. The beer has caramel sweet and nutty aromas, with a thick, cloying character. Flavors are dark roasted caramel, with coffee tones, as well. No hops whatsoever. This brew is a bit more like an amber to me. The carbonation comes through at the end of the palate. Sharp, toasted aftertaste of roasted caramel. The finish is sweet and smooth. Decent beer stand alone, but within the style, not overly impressive.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, slight citrus, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a low carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, and slight spice. Overall, well-blended, smooth, nice body, and good aroma.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.44/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle on April 1, 2016. Look is clear pale copper with a white two finger head and lingering lacing. Smell is hop forward with grain and caramel malt aromas. Taste is hoppy, citrus, juicy fruits, mint with caramel, grain and toasted malt flavors. Feel is medium to light in body with a smooth, clean and slightly dry finish. Much better than the ratings here suggest.

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Photo of stevoj
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice looking, but overall a pretty bland beer. Nice coating on the glass, faint hoppy aroma. Taste equal parts malt and hops, some lingering hop bitterness.

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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.

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Photo of tempest
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. Smell is of hops, some malts. Taste is good, well balanced combination of malts and hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden, almost amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale, Carapils, and crystal malts. There are some light bisquit notes as well. Hops are present, but mild in comparison. The taste is decent as well. It has a moderate bitterness along with a solid malt character. I'm not a huge fan of the malts used in this one. It's got a lot going on, but maybe a bit too much for a simple APA. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but nothing spectacular.

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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.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 2,355 ratings.
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