Fire Rock Pale Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

2,363 Ratings
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 GratefulEdd
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of RingoBro
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a Kona Brewing Co. mix pack and was not disappointed!

"Active volcanoes on the Big Island of 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!"

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful amber/orange color with a nice, fluffy head

S - Light citrus, malty smell.

T - Tastes exactly like it smells. Nice and light. Hint of mango after-taste

M - Crisp and dry. Slightly bitter

Overall, I really liked this beer. I'm a big fan of pale ales and this one hit the spot. Went down smooth and had a great after-taste. I'll be picking up more soon!

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no date, 6% ABV) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy coppery-orange, glows a bit when held up to the light. Thin skin of off white foam with persistent strands and islands of lacing.

Smell: When first poured, mild grapefruit citrus and pine. Letting it warm up and some mango comes out as well.

Taste: Nicely balanced between hops and malt. Starts with a grapefruit citrus up front, then some sweet middle; partly caramel, partly mango, partly biscuit, then a mild bitter finish, mostly pine, and a crisp bitter finish as well. The finish does not linger like most APAs I've had.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, good carbonation, definite hop oils sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: When first poured I simply thought this was like so many other APAs I've had. As it warmed up and got more balanced and the Mango flavor came out, I liked it more and more and drank it down fairly quickly. Quite a drinkable brew - I could easily have another one without batting an eye. Went well with dinner (pepper + wine sauce chicken, buttered carrots) and I think it would go well all by itself or with other meals as well. I'll have to pick this one up again.

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Photo of Bjlps
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of YeastMode
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Mellow 1/4 inch head with a fringe of auburn. Deep caramel color. Appears more foggy than most Pale Ales.
S - Light floral aroma. Flowery and light. Earthy and deep, tropical as expected.
T - Slight citrus, bite of hops in a quick flair which quickly dissolve. As the profile progresses it has a unique malty-bready-sweetness. Spicy yet sugary.
M - Mouthfeel was unique. very bready and sweet for a pale ale but paired well with some mellow intial hop-bite. Finished cleanly.

O- I was surprised overall by this beer. For a Pale ale i was not expecting it to have such a variety of flavor. Ranging from hop-forward to sweet breadyness. Deffinetly a good brew.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates slowly, but not completely. Fairly persistent, but light, spiderweb lacing.

S: Light pine, fresh tea leaf, with a nutty tone.

T: Pine hop, with bitter nut shell.

M: Crisp body with something a steely, dry finish. That steeliness lingers on the palate throughout.

D: Sessionable, although the bitter (slightly off-putting) finish will compel a slower progression.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Deep hue, fair head, and some persistent albeit light lacing. Nose is piny with a nutty character. Crisp pine hop with bitter nut shell, and a steely finish. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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4.12/5  rDev +13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of cherche
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date September 21, 2013 printed on the label. A new beer to me from Kona Brewing Co., a brewery I'm not too familiar with, but a style I enjoy. My bottle lists a 6.00% abv, rather than the 5.90% abv listed on BeerAdvocate. Expectations are decent enough.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours a bright citrusy orange colored body with a slight haze. Just over a finger of fluffy off-white head sits for a while. Looks decent for what it is.

S - Smell is light and subdued. Honeyed graham cracker malts, grains, faint citrus lemon zest, and some dirty earthy hoppiness.

T - Taste follows in suit of the nose: dry grain, corn, honey, graham cracker, faint citrus, lightly floral, dirty herbal hop bitterness, and some bready pilsner malt. Not my favorite flavor combination, but it's okay.

M - Feel finishes bready, grainy, and dry. Fairly clean, with not a lot of bitterness left behind.

Overall, I'd say it is a fairly mediocre brew from Kona Brewing Co. It was nice to try, but I will definitely not be wanting this one again.

Kona Brewing Fire Rock Pale Ale ---3.5/5

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 2,363 ratings.
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