Fire Rock Pale Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

674 Reviews
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 shaebs99
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this after enjoying it on draft in the past

Pours a golden amber with nice sticky white lacing

Aroma is light, mostly of hops

Taste is of a fairly well balanced pale ale. With good hop character throughout. Light carbonation

Very drinkable beer. Though much less hop aroma and taste than from a keg

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle picked up in St. Louis. Pours into my glass a deep hazy copper color with a fizzy half inch of white head on top. Aromas of caramel and roasted fruity malts upfront from this brew with a slight buttery undertone. I get some herbal, piney hops in the background but they end up being fairly subdued.

First sip brings a caramel, somewhat bready roasted malt upfront with fruity accents as well. It flows down bringing in a slight buttery flavor. As it finishes mellow herbal hops move in, but don't really stand out. Ends up being sweet overall, lacking the bitterness and hop flavor I would normally like with a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with solid carbonation. I really can't argue with the mouthfeel at all as it flows down easily. However, overall for me this pale ale didn't make the cut. It lacks the hop presence I would normally look for and the malts seem a bit muddled with the buttery aspect in there. I'll pass next time.

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

I poured 12 ounces into a frosted pint glass from a mini-pitcher filled from a keg at a local brew bar.

A: It poured a clear golden body with amber tints and a small white head. The head had moderate retention and receded into a lingering over. It produced a dense curtain that clung to the side of the glass deep into the pint.

S: It was difficult to pull out any aromas but several attempts generated odors of white sweet fruit, a white doughy and yeasty bread, and sweet lightly toasted malts.

T: The initial flavors included white sugar, pears and white bread complemented by a diluted piney aroma and hints white spices. There was a slightly bitter profile that lingered and remained as an aftertaste.

M. It was light bodied, thin and smooth with a balanced carbonation and a bitter aftertaste.

D: It is an easy brew that is very session friendly but quite unremarkable.

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Photo of CU570M
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a nice amber color with nice head. Head was average thickness, slowly faded away. Smell was kind of fruity . Taste a little like a spiced apple juice. I really enjoyed it. Mouthfeel was creamy, but also had a bite. Nice well rounded beer. Drinkability was enough for me to drink again.

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Photo of redelephantdane
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured at turtle bay resort in Oahu Hawaii.

a - light amber and clear. one finger head lingers long after first sip. small ring of fine lace wraps around glass.

s - very little to smell in this beer a little pale malt

t - slightly biscuit malt, very little hops.

m - mouthfeel is light, little carbonation, feels more like a lager than a pale ale

d - ok beer for the beach, but lacks hop flavor to make this beer a repeat for me. nothing more than average.

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

Bottle from Albertson’s in Tehachapi, CA. The beer is a clear amber color with a medium off-white head that has decent retention. Stringy lacing. Lightly floral hops aroma with some grass and malt. Medium, smooth body with a moderately hoppy character. Grainy malt, flowers and some citrus flavors are present. The finish is dry and hoppy with a slight citrus aftertaste. Above average overall.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bought at the Boise Coop for about $1.40.. shared with my brother.. my half poured in my New Belgium balloon. Listening to the RIS party mix Led Zeppelin Dyer Maker.

Decent looking rocky head... lite amber with alot of bubbles. Lacing is sporadic but still nice.

Nose is citrus and earthy hops balanced by a good amount of caramel malts.. sorta smells sugary.

Flavor is bigger than expected.. toasted and caramel malts.. more grassy hops with a lite pine&citrus finish. Bigger body than expected from a brew from Hawaii. Really pretty good... I've had this beer probably 8-10 times over the last few years, and writing this review makes me think it should probably be part of a bigger rotation.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear and active bronzed brew with a 2 finger white foam top, good retent. small patches of soapy lacing

S- toasted malts, caramel, citric hops, pine

T- balance of toasted caramel malts and pine and grapefruit hop flavors, subtle hints of cardboard at times, rich, finish and after all hops

M- smooth medium body with a dry finish

D- nice balance but too rich to session, a worthwhile brew

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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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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To my knowledge this is the first Hawaiian beer I have had,poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter copper with a tight formed 1/2 white head that settled into a somewhat frothy mass.Very light aromas I did get a little spike of piney hop at bottle opening but it faded quickly to just a hint of tasted malt,very balanced pale here a big toasty cereal-like malt presence up front with a touch of caramel that melds into a piney-citric finish that lingers nicely.A balanced pale ale that is food friendly went well with a pizza with spicy sauce,not over the top flavor wise but very quaffable.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly drinkable session beer from Kona with a bit of a bite. Pours a pillowy head but dissapated quickly. Almost amber in color, flavors of malts and hops come out if warmed slightly. Tastes really nice, with some nice hoppy goodness with a cherry-like malt on the front. A nice beer that I will try to seek out whenever possible.

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Photo of nosbocaj
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper color with a small white head that leaves little lacing.
S: Smells of floral and citrus hops. The smell is also fairly light.
T: Great flavor. Tastes of light malts and floral/citrus hops. Very enjoyable.
M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Very high. A solid Pale Ale thats easy to drink and tastes great.

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Photo of ism
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle marked August 2006, brought back from Hawaii September 2006, enjoyed now in a pint glass. Pours a nice, cloudy amber with some copper tones, topped with a rich straw-colored head. Nose is initially hops, which quickly gives way to rich caramel which dominates. Thin but pleasingly smooth and creamy body, flavor profile dominated by caramel malt, a touch of grassiness and biscuit, and snappy grassy finish. Fairly sweet and singleminded, but very refreshing and pleasing.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, packaged 7/3/07. Slightly hazy and copper in color, with a white fluffy head. Pretty nice retention, and some good patches of lace.

Slight citrusy and floral notes in the nose. Also blending in are some earthy notes, and a bit of a metallic smell.

Good malt backbone, with a bit of a citrusy bite. A bit more fruity as it warms up. Balanced well.

Good body and carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, but not overly interesting.

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Photo of Jedimaster1
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one fine APA. The appearence is of a classic ale. The smell is of hops, but like the previous reviewer mentioned, the hops give way to a nice carmally malt flavor when slipped. The hops and malt are well balanced in the taste. Nothing overpowering, just a good APA.

If you are looking for a very hoppy Ale, this one should not be on your list. However, if you are looking for a refreshing APA with a balance and a distinct malt taste, this is the one for you.

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

Different label than picture but bottle says its 6% and according to here its 5.8%, maybe they rounded up. Pours a nice clear amber with some orange tones and a 2 finger head that quickly decipates but leaves some behind for the remainder of the glass. Initial smell I notice is hops, but after another check there is a hint of caramel to it as well. Malty taste, nice mix of toasted grains and hops as well. At first this seemed very hoppy in nose and taste but the more I drank the more malt and caramel came out. Low carbonation leads to an almost creamy mouthfeel that goes down smooth and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Overall a pretty good beer, would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of sweethome
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange/amber color. Sweet carmel nose. Somewhat floral, fruity esters of tropical fruit. Carmel comes back. Not sure what is in store from the nose.

The carmel malts dominate the palate. A little bit of grassy hop. Slight bittering on edges of the tongue. The carmel maltiness really controls thoughout. Never approaches cloying, but a malt oriented pale ale. In the final analysis, the lack of hops prevents me from wanting another.

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Photo of jackorain
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Urie's in Wildwood, NJ. It was a pleasant suprise.

A-Dark amber and no head in aplastic cup at the outdoor bar. I couldn't bring myslef to rate this any higher here even though I know it was the serving vessel and the bartenders need to fill this to the rim.

S-There really wasn't much nose here at all, maybe a little husk like standard beer aroma, initially from this, I was not feeling all that good about this beer.

T-What a nice suprise. Started out nice and malty with carmela nd biscuit present. A nice touch of green hops finished out this simple but really nice beer.

M-light to medium body and crisp carbonation

D-Very good, two at the bar while waiting for my table and two more with dinner.

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Photo of Taipans
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this in a 22 ouncer from the 54th street bar and grill.

I liked the color of this, reddish with a nice white head. It smelled pretty good, sweet hoppyness to it. Nothing complex but good. Malty sweetness, with a touch of hops, I would guess Cascade? I liked the flavor and it went well with my steak. Nice smooth mouthfeel, crisp carbonation but not over the top, no complaints. I have had this beer a few times before and enjoyed it each time. Since I had a large serving it did warm as I put it down, but even when the temp came up it had a good flavor. I can imagine a better serving device then the straight walled monster mug would bring out more character.

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Photo of stevecee2003
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can see this beer being my favourite (everyday) beer.

Served in (apparently the new design) bottle. Came with "packaged on" dating stamped on the neck.

Pours wonderfully. Cloudy Amber color. Soft white head, filled with cotton. The smell has hints of slight citrus. Orange maybe? With the hops coming through.

The taste is full, rich with hops, yet a nice malt flavor that seeps through, like butterscotch with some honey. And of course that bit of citrus. A very nice combination. This is one nice tasting beer! Not too strong as IPA's are prone to be. With the Fire Rock designation, it is a nice Pale Ale.

Although a nice feel on the tongue, I don't know how drinkable it is as a session beer. For me it may be a bit strong. For others it may well be just right. Certainly it has a nice taste.

Notes: This beer was a real surprise. I have tried Kona before, and just related them to some sort of Island Micro-Brewery that got picked up by the big guys. But this- this has some REAL flavor!

I can see this beer being my favourite (everyday) beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear copper-gold color with a light head which quickly faded. Lacing was very light.

A very nice malty note to the nose. A hoppy citus note was evident but light.

The taste has a pleasant maltiness and a nice vanilla to it. Very nice.

Light bodied, smooth, with light carbonation to it.

This beer was a pleasant surprise. It actually tastes better than when I had it on tap in Kona. I was very surprised to find it at Global Foods in St. Louis.

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

Copper color with a fair antique head. Smell is typical, hop-forward pale. Taste is maltier than expected with traces of honey and vanilla, unfortunately a bit coppery at the finish, but by no means a deal breaker. This sits nicely on the palate, but is a bit sticky, and is indeed a very drinkable drink.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at john's two bottle only, very good the best of the Kona beers I have tasted.

Fire Rock Pale Ale is a “Hawaiian-style” pale ale they say, I almost felt like I was back on my honeymoon. Its signature copper color results from the unique blend of specialty roasted malts.

There is a pronounced citrus-floral hop aroma comes from the liberal amounts of Galena, Cascade & Mt. Hood hops added to each brew.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kona- Fire Rock Pale Ale

Bought a 6er at Spirits in Toms River, NJ.

Appearance- Firey reddish brown with a thick creamy head.
Smell- Light pine hops and a creamy caramel malt.
Taste- Very subdued hints of green pine hops and a caramel malt base.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and malty up front with a dose of hops but finishing off watery and weak.

Overall- A good tourist beer or 1 to break you into the APA style. A decent offering worth checking out.

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