Fire Rock Pale Ale
Kona Brewing Co.

Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,343
Ranked #40,374
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: 704 | Ratings: 2,467
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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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.
Pours an average amber color with a finger of tiny bubbly head.
Aromas are bready and some mild yeast. Light aroma.
Flavor is astonishingly weak and thin. Had to stretch to find real flavor, waited for the beer to warm substantially and finally found some mild malt. Nothing off, just no real flavor on my palate.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, this beer wasn't bad per se but nearly devoid of flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Opaque copper-toned amber with fluffy tan head of good retention. Aromas are weak, malty, almost caramelly, for the most part, but I do detect some small measure of grass, resin, and herbal or floral notes. Sweeter malts up front, quite tart throughout, lemony to nearly rindy toward the back, light pepper retro-olfaction. Medium body, sparse, gentle carbonation, on the smoother side.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an amberish-orange color into a typical pint glass with very little head. Can smell the typical piney/citrusy smell of a pale ale and IPA. Initial taste is pleasant with slight pine/citrus and little to no aftertaste. Good lacing too. Overall, it is a good solid Pale Ale but harder to find around here compared to Sierra Nevada. Don't really think its worth any price difference either.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle marked September 14, 2015. Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a little bit of head. Smells of hops and citrus. Smooth feel with some hop bitterness at the end. Very nice. Probably would have pegged this as an IPA if I'd tasted blind, but apparently they're calling it a pale ale.

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Photo of OF001
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml btl on a 24x4 type mix pack.

gorgeous dark sunset orange pour but very little head, although served colder than normal.

smells very malty but with no depth. low on the hops.

much more balanced than I expected. sweet copper malt on the initial hit with a quick floral hop push into a tart balanced, if undefinable, citrus back bone. finish with nice medium hop bittering.

long, long finish. more malt than hops, balanced but clingy like their other beers.

good quaff, especially for the price (just over $1.20 USD per at Costco). lacks a top end hop depth or intensity I am used to (coming from hopland BC mind toy) but I would take their lagers or IPA over it at the same price

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Photo of Bunman3
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A lovely taste of Hawaii, though I'm not certain it is brewed there. Fire Rock is dark, malt forward, and full of great roasty flavours. Limited hop notes, but that really does not detract from enjoying this beer.

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Photo of stevoj
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
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 rjd722
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid orange-amber color, fitting of the Fire Rock brand. Nice white foam head that leaves decent lacing and maintains a thin layer of film throughout the experience. Slight citrus/tropical malts on the aroma, not overly hoppy which is expected for this pale. Floral notes are most apparent in the taste, accompanied by some light citrus and tropical hops.

Crisp with low carbonation, very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
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 delta490
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber/orange with a creamier near white head. The head has good retention and leaves a good amount of tight sticky lacing. The aroma is mild and mostly malt with just a hint of floral hops. The taste is about the same. The body has a nice weight to it, a little heavier than the taste would indicate with a nice slick feel. A little punch in the taste and aroma would make this a great beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange-Amber in color, with a modest white head. The aroma is malty, toasted, and has a flowery sweetness. The flavor is slightly sweet, with an underlying bitterness. Medium in body and approachable. Solid.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice little pale ale with some good light floral notes. Pretty good level of hops in here, but it's the floral touches that makes it stand out a little.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of light dry hoppy notes with light cereal notes also discernable. Taste is dominated by dry cereal notes with light dry hoppy hops notes with faint residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but hops flavours are below par for the style.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours an amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrus and hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a citrus and hop flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent IPA

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love how the style of this brewer is to incorporate the fruits common in places like Hawaii. This variety is a pale ale weighing in at 6.0% ABV.

Look-It pours a crystal clear amber copper with large carbonation bubbles sticking to the glass. The head disappears shortly, but leaves a little bit of fine lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells of fruity malts with a tinge of citrus-floral hops.

Taste-This pale ale deserves the name since it is a malt forward brew with only a little bitterness. I taste pineapple, lemon, and roasted grains, with a floral and citrus hop flavor.

Mouthfeel-It is smooth and crisp as well as moist. It is medium-bodied but on the lighter side I would say, but then again I am a hop head. It has an oily feel also and a slightly dry finish.

Overall-I would say that this beer is refreshing and complex, but some of the fruits don’t come out clearly enough. I remember their Castaway IPA and I tasted very clearly a plethora of traditional Hawaiian fruits. Nice beer though!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: draft into a 20 oz glass, honey colored with a short white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: light citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, sweet malt balance

T: grain flavors present, biscuit malt, light bitter hops on finish that aren't overpoweringly bitter

M: lighter with lower carbonation

O: well balanced

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Photo of KLHBB
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The APA style is at the happy place of my hop-o-meter. That is, any more hoppy and I won't enjoy it. That said, this is hoppy but in a mellow manner. Orange amber color (beautiful!), good feel, refreshing. I wish I was in Hawaii.

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Photo of Lahoi
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
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 hophead723
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer in Hawaii so it has a special significance. Every time I drink it it takes me back.

Look: Poured a hazy amber honey color with a off-white light caramel colored head. I held it up to the light and it had glorious sunset orange hues with a solid gold core. It left thin lacing on the glass.

Smell: At first caramely and biscuity but then comes a rush of floral, grassy, and peppery hues from the hops which include the high-alpha classic Galena.

Taste: Bitter right upfront with grapefruit rind, lemon, white pepper, and herbs leading to a subtle malty swell of toasted biscuits and honey. There is a peculiar buttery quality throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly crisp, and moist upfront. The finish is oily with a lingering bitterness but it is dry on the back of the palate.

Overall: Delicious, complex, satisfying, rich, and well brewed. It has the robust character of a full blown IPA but the crisp drinkability and quaffable characteristics of a Pale Ale. Definitely give this Hawaiian style beauty a try.

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Photo of spagel1919
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
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 pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant amber with a 1” offwhite foam cap, spicy hop nose, some malt and biscuit, very creamy rich, a touch of sweetness, almost a hit of cocoa nut. Some bitterness but not big. Light fruit, just a touch of bitterness to balance.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Second bottle from the variety pack; bottling date is February 16th, 2015.

Nice orangey color to this one. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is always a good first impression for a pale ale. Clear, with some little bubbles rising up from the bottom, though it's just dark enough in color (or maybe just slightly hazy?) that I can only see them very well around the edges without shining some light through. The first bottle I had didn't form much foam on top, but I poured a bit faster and a bit more directed toward the bottom of the glass this time and got a nice, fluffy white head -- just short of filling the glass completely. I may have overdone it just a bit, heh. Anyway, the foam shrinks away after a bit, leaving a layer on the surface and some trails on the sides.

Smell is mostly bready, and not all that strong at first. Got a slight hint of piney hops when opening the bottle and I think I may be picking up just a tad of something tropical on the end of a sniff now, but overall seems pretty malt-forward for a pale ale. There is a definite "something else" in the smell, I'm assuming hop-related, but it's so faint I'm having difficulty placing it. What's there is kinda nice, but it's fainter than I expected. Gets a little iffier in the smell department as the beer warms up a bit -- not to the point of being offensive, but simultaneously stronger and less pleasant than it was at first, so I'm marking this one down a bit in the smell area.

Taste is an improvement over the smell. The malt has this really nice toasted sort of thing going on, reminding me of lightly toasted bread crust or a bran-flake cereal kind of thing. Hops are still fainter than I would expect of a pale ale, but I am getting a little bit of citrus and some leafy bitterness in there, too. I think I went into this one with my expectations set a little too high the first time I had it, but drinking a second one knowing that it's going to be a bit maltier than other pale ales I've had, I'm able to appreciate it a lot more. I get a hint of citrus and some bitterness right away, and then that blends into the malt, with the bran-flake sort of thing (and sometimes, some leafy flavor and bitterness) lingering for a bit afterward. Burps are a bit fruity. Can't say enough good things about that toastedness in the malt, though -- while the amount of hop flavor still doesn't seem like quite enough to me (for an American-style pale ale at least), the malt flavor in this is great.

Feel is pretty nice. Very, very drinkable, which is a feature that I've appreciated from all of Kona's beers so far -- though this one may just be the "heaviest/maltiest" feeling out of the variety pack, it's still easy to gulp down a bit more at a time than I normally would. There's that "just a hint of stickiness" going on much like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale -- which, like in the appearance category, is a good thing to have similarities to. Nothing negative to say about the mouthfeel here at all.

Overall, this is pretty good. Not amazing, but certainly not anywhere near bad -- it's one that I find myself appreciating much more the second time around compared to the first, and the presence of that toasted malt is definitely a bit of a nice change from all the hop-forward beers I've been having lately. I'll be sure to try this again if I can find it on tap, or in a bottle that's not already several months old -- maybe the hops stand out more when it's super fresh. If so, I can see this easily going from "pretty good" to "great" -- it's definitely got one of the nicest malt flavors I've ever experienced in a pale ale already, the hops just need to stand out a bit more.

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Photo of Miles_Wilson
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep inviting copper as the bottle states, bubbly head but not overly carbonated like some brews. Not much by the way of smell on this pale ale without taste but it could be my olfactory sensors themselves. The taste itself is bright, the first notes are floral and sweet followed by a roasted malt finish. Some might think this is bitter but the finish lingers with such effect. A lot of flavor for the price paid, and quite enjoyable. Would be perfect with barbecue in my opinion, less of a beach beer by that right. The pale designation may be misleading to newcomers, as this ale packs plenty of flavor and finish in an appealing bottle and pour. I enjoyed it even more than Kona's "Longboard" variety. Solid 3.5+

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a bubbly white head but the real winner is the beer itself. The beer color is a clear reddish orange copper that has a very nice glow in the sun. It definitely looks like it's glowing and on fire!

The beer smell is a bit light. The floral hop notes are pretty nice but annoyingly weak. The smell has a nice sweet and bready malt not that helps the smell. For some reason, the smell is mute to me, but that might be my own sense failing me.

The beer taste is interesting. The hops are fruity and floral, which bring out a pineapple taste. The malt note is also fairly bready and sweet. Interestingly enough, the beer also has a slight metallic taste in the aftertaste. The taste definitely comes out as fruity.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a pale ale but it's nice and smooth.

Overall, a pretty good and interesting tropical pale ale. Recommend getting and putting into rotation.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 2467 ratings