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Fire Rock Pale Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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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 SheepNutz
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy medium apricot color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is nice and floral, lots of hop presence. There's some underlying malt, but I'm loving the hops. The taste is nice and malty at first, but then there's a nice rush of citrusy hops. Lots of citrus going on here, especially orange. The mouthfeel is decently thick for a pale ale, and the drinkability is great. A nice solid pale ale! Thanks to Kev or Chris (I can't remember which, dammit!) for this fine brew.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Light crackery malt nose with a touch of earthy and slightly woody hop character. Clean fermentation notes.

Appearance: Deep amber pour with a thick and sudsy off-white head.

Flavor: A touch of bready sweetness up front followed by more earthy and slightly citric hop character. Minerally water profile which adds to the depth and character of the flavor. Balance is nearly even with a slight nod to the hop character. Finish is long and slightly bitter. Aftertaste is clean leaving the palette wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Just a touch of creaminess and even a little resiny/oily. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: An immensely drinkable, complex, and refreshing pale ale. Seems a bit heavier handed on the malt than what I'm used to but really enjoyable. Nicely done.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed copper in color, with a moderate cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, faint floral hop note
Taste-Toasted malt, herbal and floral hop notes, citrus -rind bitterness snakes in and out balanced by caramel and a bit of mineral essence. Very tasty and exceptionally well-balanced. Nothing over-the-top, just classic American pale. Excellent flavor and character. Great with a hunk of aged white cheddar.

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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 EliottJW
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THIS... was a really solid beer... I'm not really the biggest fan of the kona beers I've tried so far, but this pale was a really solid showing.

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice 1.5 finger, light tan head was produced. it lingered for a while and as the inner bubbles subsided, a thin layer remained on the glass as high as the head initially reached. a nice light shade of orange, this beer looks light aaand inviting on a hot afternoon.

smells of sweet malts and just a hint of mild hops... maybe a little citrus, but really not much. the smell was really a solid indicator of what to expect as as soon as I took this one in, it was a blast of mildly sweet malts with a HINT of hops... this was a really well balanced pale ale. There was just enough bite from the hops to be able to call this a malty pale, but the malts are not overwhelming AT all. in fact, towards the end, the mild hops give way to a nice bready yeast. again, great balance.

a great light to medium body really compliments the flavor of this brew. it's just light enough to drink at any time. awesome for a hot hot, great for a night out... could be a great session beer. I could drink this for days and days.

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Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happened upon this on tap at Maggie McFly's Restaurant in Brookfield, Connecticut, this was a nice golden amber color with a big off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is subtle piny / herbal hop and caramel malt, somewhat thick and appetizing. The flavor follows suit with a mid-plus body feel, smooth and creamy with a hop blend very similar to the aroma. Add some vanilla and more caramel malt, maybe even some banana nut. Quite tasty. It is politely carbonated and easily a sessionable brew, a fine pale ale and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear pale amber color that is completely appropriate for an APA. A half finger of foam tops the beer. Aroma is a little stale, carboardy, but not much hops or malt detected.

First sip is nicely malty, with a bit of a bitter kick and subtle hop flavor. A bit of fruitiness, passionfruit, orange, is detected. Nice malty sweetness. All in all quite drinkable and refreshing.

I remember drinking this beer by the pool during my honeymoon in Maui... however, I think it tastes a little better in paradise. Not bad by any means - still a very good APA.

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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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Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a cloudly light amber ale topped with a dense, marbled, bubbly off white foam. The aroma is of pine and citrus. It has a smooth, soft, medium body that leaves the mouth dusty. It has a very mellow flavor that's wooden, piny and a touch fruity. It's a nice, solid pale ale.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/25/14. A little past its peak, but with 6% ABV and that avowed hop character, it should still be a fair representation for this Kona creation.

Poured in to an IPA glass, the unique look of this beer immediately catches my eye. Despite the fact that the head disappeared about as quickly as it formed, with scant lacing to be found, I am struck by the appearance. The tangerine-grapefruit color of the beer looks almost electric when its chilled haze meets the light. Interesting. The aroma promises bright tropical fruit, with a subtle essence of pine. A little biscuity malt in the background rounds out the nose. The flavor brings sweet bread, subtle dried fruit, lightly toasted malts, and a balanced hop character. Mild pine and grapefruit. This is a well-rounded brew. The mouthfeel is on point, with just enough body and carbonation to keep this refreshing. I believe the few extra months have mellowed this beer, as I remember it being more vibrant when it was in season. As it stands, this is superbly sessionable, perhaps more so now that time has reigned in the flavors a bit. I have enjoyed it either way. It's nice to see an American Pale Ale that is not trying to masquerade as an IPA and brings it's own unique qualities. I put this near the top of my list when a Pale Ale is in order. Fresh or mellowed, it's always delicious.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = copper and clear with 2 finger soap sudsy head. Moderate carbonation.

S = malty

T = Very nice pale ale. crisp finish with sweet and caramel start

Mouthfeel - very creamy on toungue. Feels much heavier than it is

Overall - A really nice pale ale. One of the better ones I've sampled so far.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on date 03/21/10. Purchased in a mix 6 at the Ingles in Loganville.
Pours a pale copper color with a decent off white head. Aroma has some earthy sents and floral hops.
Taste: a little citrus and tangy taste that has a light bitter and dry bite.
Malty on the tongue and then hoppy on the swallow with a dry malty finish.
This had some good balance and I enjoyed it alot.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Slightly dulled amber with a light beige head and small strings of fine bubbles.

S: Tropical fruit and sherbet. Has a very slight pong. Very subtle almonds.

T: Slightly earthy, fruity – papaya and pineapple perhaps, not over the top though. Nice and balanced. When taking a swig I get a subtle nose of almonds.

M: Not particularly sharp, which I like, but it looses its fizz incredibly quickly.

O: Good. I much prefer American ale when the fruity flavours are played down a bit.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" off-white head that left a nice lacing over honey-amber liquid.

S: Citrus and grassy hops and sweet malt.

T: Tangerine, pine, and grassy hops with a honey-malt backbone.

M: Medium level of viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Quite drinkable, sweet with a nice level of bitterness.

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Photo of alkemy
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy copper/orange in color with a finger of slightly off white head that quickly thins to a mere veil over the brew. There's floral hops, oranges, lemons, and roasty malts in the aroma. The taste is much the same as the smell only slightly more pronounced. The lemon was also absent in the taste. This is a good sessionable and refreshing beer. Nothing even remotely offensive about it. Had a nifty bitter tone at the finish. This would be a great gateway beer for folks wanting to get into craft brews.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fiery orange with a small, bubbly head that doesn't stick around too long.

Full aroma, quite malty but the hops show up with a pleasant perfumey, floral scent and a bit of bitterness.

Medium bodied, lots of flavor. Roasted malts and citric fruitiness come first, followed by a light orange flavor that moves into a citrusy bitter finish. Bitter malt flavor remains in the aftertaste.

Very fine pale, not like many other West Coast pales in terms of hop choice, nice balance between malt and hops. I could easily put a few of these away sitting on a Hawaiian beach.

Edit:I had this from a bottle, not on-tap.

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Photo of JayQue
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at "Cheeseburger Oasis" at the Alladin Hotel in Vegas. Don't know if it was the 105 degree weather or the beer, but I thought this one was a winner. Pours a cloudy copper color. No head (at least not in the frosted beer mug), light lacing, good hops smell. Great taste of bitter hops and spices. This is not a hops bomb, but has enought bite to satisfy a hop head. It reminded me a little of Harpoon. Mouthfeel was fairly rich, not at all watery. Drinkability is good, both with food and as a sessions beer. I had this one with the fish tacos, but I could easily see myself drinking several of these. Would like to try this again in a climate below boiling to see if I went overboard on this one. Maybe I'll have to go to Hawaii.

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Photo of idurra
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear copper in color, with a very small head that disappears very rapidly. Smells floral and citrusy. The taste is like the smell, floral, crisp, with a very pleasant sweetness, and less than expected bitterness for a pale ale, and a metallic aftertaste. Carbonation is on the lively side. Overall, less hoppy than expected, but very pleasant and balanced.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pkgd Jul2406. Pours a clear copper color with creamy off-white head that sticks all over the glass. Fresh citrusy hops dominate the smell with a bit of malt. Taste is a bit more malty than the smell but there still is a good layer of hops in the background making it really nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and creamy. Good craft beer in Hawaii? I never would have thunk!Overall, this is a very nice brew that I would not mind having again in the future. Definately recommended.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale is not so pale.

I was surprised, it poured a dark amber color.
The head was off white and left some lacing on the sides of my glass.

Smells really good. Citrus hops and roasted malts.

The taste is of roasted malts that is perfectly off set by the hop bitterness.

The beer is a little on the heavy side, but easily drinkable.

The mouthfeel is hard to describe. Not watery, not creamy, but has an oiliness that coats the mouth and leaves a bitter but pleasant after taste.

A very good beer.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a sweeter pale ale that pours to a light orange color with a small level of foam that doesn't hold up for long. The nose on this beer is mild, with the scent of caramelized malt and a small amount of fruit.

Taste- wise, Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a softer, gentler pale ale but still quite enjoyable. Flavors like caramel malt, pale malt, citrus and other fruits- perhaps even a touch of passion fruit- greet the palate as you sip. The taste is sweet overall, finishing with only a touch of bitterness and the taste of honey.

I usually go for the fuller- bodied pale ale but Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale is a tasty little pale ale. The body of Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale tends toward the medium to light side and the hops offered here are not over the top, nor are they very bitter. The Galena hops contribute to a flavor that reminds me of a fine English Pale Ale and the beer is highly drinkable and very pleasant. Add to that the citrus fruit taste enhancement from the other hop varieties and you have a nice combination of flavors. It's a good pale ale choice when you want some hops but don't want an overwhelming taste of spice and bitterness.

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Photo of Riverevir
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a case on a whim and I have enjoyed it.

Solid and very drinkable beer. Did not scream "pale ale" to me as it didn't have the strong hops I've come to expect, which was a pleasant surprise. Smooth to drink and a solid taste, but nothing flashy. I would drink this again, but I don't know that I will crave it. A good intro to Kona's offering and enough to make me willing to try some more of their stuff.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 2 fingers of beige head disappeared like a magician. There was almost no carbonation or lacing. It had a pleasant amber color.

S - Initially sweet, tones of tropical flowers, hops, and caramel malts. The smells were complex and delightful.

T - The initial flavor is definitely hoppy. I found at least 2 distinct flavors right away. Hop heads could enjoy this. There is a noticeable West coast hop presence here, but the nice thing is that it's not so strong as to dominate all the other flavors. There are some nice malty tones and yeast/ester flavors too. The balance was overall very nice.

M - Smooth but dry. A bit more carbonation would be nice.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. Complex smells and a well balanced flavors make this one of my favorite APAs. Good for most meals and situations.

Note: Born on date was four months before this review.

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Photo of I3eck
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Craft Beer Glass

A: Crystal clear, bright copper color, 1/2" creamy light tan head, spotty stumpy lacing with a slight ring as the beer recedes.
S: Caramel malt, white chocolate, subtle hops, yeast/dough.
T: Nice toasty malts, smooth caramel, floral, nice low-key hoppy finish, citrus accents, nice minerally crispness.
M: Very crisp and refreshing brew, great CO2, medium to light bodied.
O: I enjoyed the minerally characteristic of this brew. It comes off as a peppery/flintiness that just makes that beers finish fantastic. Great drinkability.

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Photo of marburg
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little cloudy, hazy... Definitely a flame-colored orange color. Thin white head. Pretty standard pale ale stuff. Great hoppy aroma with a sweet but roasted malt underneath. Very well-balanced flavor -- nothing too original but just a great, drinkable flavor and texture. Solid malt base with light citrus (borderline grapefruity) and decent herbal hops. Nice, clean brew. Hit the damn spot tonight. And hey, it was a present from good friends who just returned from their honeymoon in Hawaii. So it had a solid dose of love and affection to boot. Can't go wrong.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 2,323 ratings.
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