Fire Rock Pale Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale
2,390 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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #202
Served On: 07/26/2012
Glassware: DogFish Head Chalice
Labeled ABV: 6.0%
Date/ Code: 04/02/2012

Found this at Dewey Beach Liquors while visiting Coastal Delaware.

Look: The color was a fairly clear copper. Head was a frothy white foam at about 1-finger. Lacing was minimal.

Smell: Crisp and light medicinal hop aroma. Very clean nose with some sweet malts and grassy hops.

Taste: Sweet malts started things off with some faint grassy pine in the middle. The finish was rather dry and had hints of biscuit and lingering hops.

I found this Pale Ale to be very typical with a slight bit of complexity. I wouldn't put this one above SN Pale Ale, but it was certainly inline.

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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this beer out of a bottle into my trusty pint glass. Had many times and is arguably my favorite APA. Surprised I hadn't reviewed it yet, so here we are.

A - Pours a pale copper/golden yellow color. Light carbonation and a relatively small head, maybe 1 1/2 finger widths. Head retention and lacing are pretty unremarkable.

S - I notice a pineapple aroma with some citrus notes. Not very prominent nose for an American Pale Ale. Still pleasant, though.

T - Very balanced taste. In my opinion, the perfect blend between hops and malt. Hoppier than, say, a Sierra Nevada, but the hop character doesn't overwhelm the beer. Pineapple notes are apparent at the beginning, giving way to grapefruit accents in the finish. Biscuit malts also mingle alongside the grapefruit toward the end.

M - Pretty average. I think this is the only true weak point of the beer, the mouthfeel to me seems watery and slightly undercarbonated.

O - A very good APA that is a good counterpoint to maltier Pale Ales and is recommended as a session beer, especially if you like hoppier beers. A little more fizz and it would be truly amazing.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, slightly cloudy copper, head dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: Slight hops with bready malts, a bit fruity with some caramel.

T: Bready/caramel malt debuts first but is quickly pushed aside by a nice wave of citric and somewhat tropical hops. Ends with a nice balance and a slightly toasted character.

M: Light bodied and crisp. Very refreshing and drinkable. Without even realizing it i threw this down pretty quick.

Overall: Very enjoyable. An excellent session beer and great for warm weather.

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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden colour on the cusp of amber with limited white head and minimal lacing. Carbonation is muted but mouthfeel remains pleasant, albeit subtly oily.

Beautiful aroma of caramelized malts and tropical fruits. Flavours are well balanced and transition from those sweet malted grains into a citrus hop medley, delightful across the entire taste profile i.e. from start to nicely bitter finish.

The only "Hawaiian" pale ale I have tried before is a decent Ontario concoction brewed with pineapple juice (Spearhead). I expected something similar but this is a true American pale ale and is a much nicer surprise. Definitely a beer I would recommend.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from ABC store in Honolulu.

Appearance- Pours a pale copper colour with a half finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell- Roasted malts, caramel, plum/cherry

Taste- Roasted malts, caramel, and plum/cherry come through nicely. There is a light bitterness and toasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A well executed pale ale. I enjoyed the aromas and taste form this brew. This is my first Kona Brewing offering and was impressed. A definite try while in Hawaii.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep copper colored brew that has a one finger thick frothy, white head. Nice lacing...clumpy and clinging to the sides of the glass. Nice island floaters here...

Smells of oily, earthy hops with a faint biscuit malt.

Tastes of roasted caramel malt with a nice, mild, earthy - oily hop character some bright fruits and a hint of spice in there as well.

Light, crisp and refreshing.

A slightly different take on a traditional pale ale. Kona brewing has been in my rotation recently. I have not been disappointed in the least. A crowd pleaser for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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