Fire Rock Pale Ale
Kona Brewing Co.

Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,339
Ranked #40,237
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
Reviews: 703 | Ratings: 2,465
Photo of ManlyWealth
4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A pale ale brewed with roasted malts, what a good concept. Pours a beautiful gold-copper color with a loud healthy off white head that makes a lot of fizz noises. A constant flow of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of my glass even as the head fades leaving traces of lacing on the glass. Has a fantastic bouquet of hop and malt. Outstanding, refreshing taste of a hoppy pale ale slathered in malt with just enough bitterness. Very good! Overall, Fire Rock is an outstanding beer that goes down easy! I'd say its one of Kona Brewing's best brews. Outstanding work Kona!

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Photo of andrewh995
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good! Lots of grain and caramel. A citrusy flavor comes along that actually surprisingly gives me the impression I would expect a Hawaiian beer to give.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent looking beer if not a bit more amber than you'd expect. Jeez im not sure I get much on the nose. Slight hops(melon?) with a malt center. This is an APA? I'm calling the taste a malty type beer with a watery finish and ever so slight bitterness in the back. Not bad but not really what I'm expecting for an APA.

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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 D1noB
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crisp beer taste up front that goes away rapidly, directly into a grassy, wood taste that finishes it off.

Taste Rating in Words: Have you ever chowed on bark (crunchy) or ate (chewed) grass, yeah its chewy. It's a lot like that. . . Yaaaay nature.

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Photo of bft1
2.33/5  rDev -36%
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 KevinSku
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Has something about it's aftertaste that even after drinking primarily IPA's my entire drinking career, tasted bitter in an off putting way. Almost as if the fire rock in the name is really an ashed cigarette.
Despite the aftertaste, the pour is smooth, and the taste tastes good if you don't count the last ten percent of a sip.
I'll get the Liquid Aloha again, but not if there's other Kona varieties available.

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Photo of MFMB
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour. Nose of floral and malt. Taste of roasted malts, biscuit grainy, light citrus(grapefruit rine) and floral bouquets. Medium mouth feel dry finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of clarity, you can tell this is an Inbev pale ale. Has the yellow/copper color appearance, nice 1/2" white head on it. Looks professional. Aroma is very mild grain and hop amounts.

Taste is a mild pale ale, they keep the ibus down by using Mt. Hood and Galena, not really "hoppy" hops. Its very gateway. No off flavors, pretty tame stuff all around. Carbonation is high. Keeps it light bodied even moreso.

There's a definite market for this stuff.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is among the best american pale ales I've ever had. You can drink one after the other and you won't get tired of them, even if you're not a fan of pale ales.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear orange/amber body, jaundiced shallow coarse head that fades to a mere veneer, layers and dots of lace, streams of carbonation. Smell contains orange rind and tropical fruits, flowers, and minerals. The flavor is exclusively made of nearly every 'detail' APA flavor I don't enjoy- orange rind, biscuit malt, raw grain husk, chalk, and a bitter finish with no offsetting sweetness. Body is crisp, lively carbonation, slightly syrupy.
Some good hop stuff on the nose, but the flavor lost the cornucopia melange of fruit notes and brought in distasteful malt. The texture was also good, but overall a disappointing brew.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ko Olina Marriott. Not real pale, as others have mentioned however it's a solid offering and will go down just fine as I take in the scenery and awesome weather here in Hawaii.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pale ale isn’t all that pale. It’s a bold copper color with the typical Kona minimal head. The smell is malty with just a hint of citrus. The flavor is much bolder than the previous two reviews. It has a strong malt flavor that is well balanced by a surprisingly strong hop presence for a semi-mass produced pale ale with a heavier body than most. It has a nice roasted flavor with a very faint hint of possibly orange and a slightly bitter, slightly alcoholic hoppy finish. This is a really nice pale ale with a lot of character, not just for a mass produced pale ale, but for a pale ale in general.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: 4-0 - Pours a crystal clear light amber/dark gold color. Left an off white head that stuck around while I fiddled with the laptop camera.
Smell: 3.5 - Got a nice hop aroma with malty notes. Citrus and caramel/toffee.
Taste: 3.75 - Great hoppy citrus flavor and that malt backbone holding it together. Even though it's only 5.8% ABV I'm still able to get that warm alcohol feeling in the back of my mouth.
Feel: 3.75 - A medium bodied and moderate carbonation make this pale ale feel light and bubbly especially when served at fridge temp, as it warms up it's getting a little heavier and giving more malt feel to it.
Overall: 3.75 - Would buy again, was hoping for a lighter crisper taste and got some more malt backbone instead; it was still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice pale ale from Kona Brewing. I'm going to be taking a trip to the big island this summer, and if this beer is any indication of the brewery's quality, I'll be sampling several of their offerings while there. A very drinkable and easygoing beer that still manages to be quite complex.

Very nice amber hue, hoppy caramel on the nose, hops and caramel is joined by citrus fruit and some light medicinal qualities on the tongue. Lightly bitter finish. Medium body, very smooth.

Quite good.

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Photo of stcules
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clean amber, not too much foam.
Resinous hop in the smell, maybe a note of green apple. Some malt.
Balancing malt in the taste, too, with bitterness and resinous. Quite easy to drink.
Average body, caramel in the afertaste, a bit too much. Then a quite long bitterness.
Some work to do for the aftertaste.

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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 Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 JuicesFlowing
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Deep clear copper colored body with a thick foamy cream colored head that retains well. Thick bands of lacing in the glass. Beautiful.

Aroma: A heavy malt bill brings sweetness, toffee, and some woodiness. Subtle spicy hops.

Taste: Malt-heavy with spicy hops to balance. Caramel sweetness and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Overall: Wow. I like pale ales that have a good malt precence and this is one.

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Photo of CraigP83
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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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Photo of importedfromdet
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
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 dacrza1
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: February 14, 2016... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint.. OCCASION: A great Valentine's Day ends with SNL and the love of my life... APPEARANCE: clear copper body with a slight bubbly effervescence... a two-finger white cap of a head settles evenly to a hazy, creamy tabletop...lacing is appropriately like surf... AROMA: the Galena hops imbue a spicy, punchy dimension to the grapefruit, citrus and fruits akin to apple and pear... a grittiness lingers, like pepper or prunes... PALATE: light and drinkable, with an aftertaste that suggests maltiness... some fizziness early, but holds a reasonable strength... TASTE: citrus, yes, with the mix of grapefruit, orange peel, coriander, and light spices.... the maltiness is surprising, with biscuit balancing the experience... OVERALL: thanks to Dave for gifting our Super Bowl party with the Kona... a beer that fits in well with the case, but does not stand out in any one facet... the balance is more pronounced than the label suggests... with some fruit and malt, this is not on par with other pales as a stand-alone...

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Photo of jmasher85
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

If "Hawaiian-Style" means bland and uninspired, then I've been getting the wrong impression from all those episodes of Hawaii Five-0. No car chases, no sunsets, no pizazz, no exotic bird thieves, no lacing, little color, thin body; just a light, simple, neutrally flavored, ever-so-slightly bitter and mineralic pale ale. On the one hand, this would be a perfectly fine beer for throwing back on the beach, and I do like the label a lot. It's also a good way to tick off Hawaii on your 50-states challenge, if you have one. On the other hand, who needs it?

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Photo of Dentist666
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into pint.
Pours slightly hazy copper/amber beer with 2-finger golden head, so-so retention.
Smell - rather weak, earthy hops and caramel notes.
Taste - toasted, grassy hops, slightly resiny, neutral and dry palate.
Light to medium body, soft carbonation.

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Photo of Steve1993
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours Copper, with a quickly dispersing head.
Aroma is faint, detection of mild hop and notes of caramel.
Taste is a struggle to find, a little hoppy, slight citrus.
Overall, it leaves a lot to be desired, however, in saying that, I could drink this all night long, just don't go out of your way for it.
Great label!

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 2465 ratings