Fire Rock Pale Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

675 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 hophead723
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
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 MobBarley
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours more of an amber-orange, with a flaccid, white bubbly head that recedes rapidly. Nice color though. Aroma is tangy/piney hops up front with a thick, bready backbone. The taste is well rounded, with toasty sweet malts dominating before a dry and citrusy hop finish. The mouthfeel is good and chewy with a slight oily texture that makes it a winner with spicy meals. Drinkability is absoutely tops. I could drink this all day...a new fave. This drinks a bit more like an amber than a pale, but I really like the sweet smoothness and balance.

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Photo of unionturf
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from Hawaii too! Pours out to a hazy copper, forming a large whipped off-white head of fine bubbles with excellent retention and very good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is really nice...and I really like. Taste is almost perfect for me and being new to IPA's I am very happy. I could have a few of these in a row ith no problems, one of the best IPA's I have had.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
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 Neorebel
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fire Rock Pale Ale is a beautiful color, somewhere between copper and golden brown. It's head is off-white and frothy. There is a slight haze to it and carbonation is noticeable. It smells great- I am picking up pineapple, grapefruit, as well as some nice malt sugars. The citrus scent is also present, as advertised. Wow, this is a magnificent APA! Great balance of fruity notes, toasted malts, and unique hops. This beer coats the mouth nicely and the sugary taste fades out to a somewhat dry finish. Medium bodied and slightly warming on the way down. When I first tasted this on tap at Firewaters in Atlantic City, I thought it was almost hoppy enough to be like an IPA, but I am not getting that at all this time from the bottle. Overall, a real treat... do not hesitate to buy!

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours a slightly hazy copper color, a short off white head, a few patches of lacing.

Aroma - Subtle citrus, toast, grainy, earl grey tea.

Taste - Starts out with a deep mellow and oily hop flavor, really not as much citrus as in the aroma, hops seem more earthy and resinous to me, there's a faint fruitiness here that is equal parts tangy and sweet, really nice. Malt comes in with a very light toffee, bread crust and subtle sweetness. Aftertaste has that lingering earthy/floral hop note. Bitterness is kept in check. Balanced.

Feel - Medium bodied, creamy, crisp carbonation.

Overall - Didn't know what to expect from this. The aroma screamed basic American pale ale to me but the flavor was much more unique and balanced. Nicely done.

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Photo of tmm313
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Transparent dark amber. 1 finger creamy head. Quickly dissipating. Nice lacing.

Smell: On the light side. Sweet malts, caramel and orangey citrus.

Taste: Malt forward followed by a nice citrusy hop bitterness. Sweet citrus is present throughout. Finish reminds me of burnt bread and lingering citrus with slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Slightly oil finish with lightly lingering citrus sweetness and hop bitterness.

Overall: This is pretty good. I wouldn't see anything wrong with picking up a six pack of these from time to time. Nicely balanced and flavorful. Its almost like a light IPA, especially as it warms; the orangey hop flavors become much more pronounced. I'm sure I'll have this again.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass
A- Poured a clear orange color with lots of visible streaming carbonation, off-white frothy head left lots of dense glass coating lace
S- Big aroma of peach, grapefruit, mango, and tropical hops
T- Lots of peach, grapefruit, and mango hop flavors. Very tropical and fruit forward. Moderate to mild bitterness.
M- Dry, medium body and carbonation
O- A very good fruit forward pale ale with lots of tropical hop flavors, fitting I suppose for a brewery in Hawaii.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
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 socon67
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper pour with very nice lacing. Clear and with a white foam head that settles nicely.

S - Scent of fresh malt, some interesting hoppy smell, and a bit of floral vibe.

T - Really enjoying this. A bit of sticky hops that has a good mellow taosted flavor. What is more surprising is the coplexity in flavors for a pale ale.

M - Solid beer that is sessionable and good with food.

O - A really good pale ale that I'd have again. Glad to see more Kona in NY.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out to a creamy white head and moderate lacing. Color is a brilliant orange copper. Aroma is hop dominant, with citrusy hops and crystal malts to balance. Flavor is supremely balanced between sticky, biscuity malts and citrus/floral hops. Bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and I am liking this. Overall, a tasty, rich but sessionable APA.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We just hit town, staying at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach, and in the first 20 minutes of walking around we saw two convenience stores that had Kona Fire Rock (one was around $12/6 pack and the other was $10/6 pack). Neither price seemed that steep for the extremely hot location, and I was surprised to see such a good product widely available. Honolulu seems to have benefited from free enterprise (competition).

It's a nice brew. Not at all strong or offensive in any way, yet flavorful. It goes down very creamy and smooth and multiple beers should be very nice.

I am really tired from a long day of flying, so this hits the spot nicely. I hope to try more things from Kona while we are here.

I also had this on tap and it tastes exactly the same. This must mean the bottling process is doing a good job.

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Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Good retention,and a very nice lace. Aroma is of sweet fruit and citrus hops. Body is light to medium with some carbonation.Taste is of fruit and piney citrus hops. Hints of bready malts are also there. This is one good beer!!

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Photo of chefhatt
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had this on-tap at a local pizza place. Review is from notes.
It has a nice amber color body, no head but a little bit of lace around the edge of the glass. The smell is malty and with some slight citrus hops. The taste is of malt first then some bitter hops with a pepper after taaste. The mouth feel is very nice and crisp. Overall this is a good pale ale and i would drink it again.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pretty nice amber color with about a one finger head. The foam disappated fairly quickly, but left plenty of lace on the sides of the glass. The beer was nice and clear with plenty of carbonation showing in the glass.

This APA is a little bit heavier on the malt than the others that I have had. The beer is a medium body beer that does not have a trace of hops or bitterness. There is a good hint of caramel in the taste of this beer and you get the same caramel in the aroma.

This is a pretty good APA. I really like how it is a little bit heavier on the malt than other APAs. This set its a little bit apart from others.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, transparent orange-brown with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is not strong but appetizing, malty with touches of spice and fruit. Flavor is rich, mainly malty with spicy hints and a nice hoppy edge. Mouthfeel is edgy so it seems to dance on the tongue.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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 psyphin
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep clear copper with a 1 inch off white head that left lots of lacing.

S - Moderate malt backdrop gives way to american citrus hops with a great tangerine and grapefruit aroma.

T - Oranges and munich malt dominate the palate with a solid bitterness.

M - Perfect to style, medium bodied with a small bubbled carbonation.

D - My favorite beer when I go to the islands. Ive consumed more of this beer than I should probably admit.

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Photo of Ryne0h
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this beer thinking that it would pair well with pizza. While I did thoroughly enjoy the beer overall, it did not pair well. The initial smell and taste were fantastic, but the beer was heavier than I anticipated. I will more than likely purchase this beer again.

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

Poured a copper color with little to no head. Smell of floral hops and sweet malty goodness. At first sip, I immediately noticed the abundance of hop presence. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale, which I love! The beer is not too heavy and I could easily throw back of a couple of these. Overall, pretty impressed with this beer.

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

Re-reviewed, bottle sold in Texas.
Well, since learning that this beer is actually brewed on the mainland when you find it in a bottle (draft on the islands is from the Hawaii brewery), I feel a little deceived by all the Hawaiian marketing all over the bottle.
My first review is pretty much on target. The malt is a bit under attenuated and overly sweet. The hops are pleasant but nothing exciting. The body is a bit heavier than I remembered.
A fair beer, but there are so many better pales out there.
Overall: 3.25

Got a sixer in Hawaii. Noted "packaged on OCT2704" and "Hawaii style"
Aroma: Biscuit malts and Grapefruit hops.
Appearance: Dark golden brown with a thin white head that collared.
Flavor: Nice mild grapefruit/hop taste on a solid clean malt base. There is also a slight spicy note that might be from the hops.
Mouthfeel: Firm carbonation with a clean finish
Overall Impression: Very refreshing and enjoyable. I get the Hawaiian style bit, it has a slight tropic fruit edge. Enjoyed it greatly.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was caramel and toffee looking. About an inch of head. Lacing on the top was noticeable and seemed to last a long while. Decent amount of film on the sides that stayed sporadic throughout the tasting.

Good smelling pale ale that comes off like nothing else. Carmel malts come in there with light citrus notes.

First taste was caramel malts. A bit of some roasty malts with a bitter alcohol bit at the end. Very malty.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Good beer to start off my Kona variety 12-pack. Really what a pale ale should be.

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

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear dark copper, with an off white small head. Head settles to a lace layer. Some patchy lace. Good carbonation and bubbles rise as it sits. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of a good balance of caramel malts and floral and citrus hops. Good balanced nose.

Brew is good and balanced; sweet caramel and nutty malts. Good floral and citrus flavors here. Brew is very easy drinking and mellow. Great flavors and balance. Honestly a great tasting and drinking APA here.

This is a case worthy brew here; great flavor and balance. Could drink it by the truck load. My first brew from Kona Brewing and I am very impressed. Great stuff - a stand out APA here.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites during a recent vacation to Oahu. Ubiquitous on the island.

Nice copper color with a light tan head that drops but leaves some nice lacing and depth markings with each sip.

Aroma of mint and citrus with a grainy caramelly middle.

First sip of caramelly malt, mint and citrus hop flavors, a little grainy. Nice broad bitterness. Not overpowering, but a good balance. Fruit esters from the yeast. Finish is medium with a dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium. Dry.

Very good drinkability. I could sit by the pool and drink this all day. Very nice sessionable beer. Nothing aggressive.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 2,356 ratings.
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