Fire Rock Pale Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

2,363 Ratings
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 scratch69
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EOC
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Onenote81
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from a 'make your own sixer' at the Fresh Market. Pours a nice copper deep orange color with a 2-finger white foamy head. Fairly good retention and lacing. Not extremely sticky.

Smell of buttery biscuits and malt. Hint of nice hop scent. Smell a little bit of alcohol.

Taste is very surprising. I really dig this APA. Nice biscuity malt taste but with a nice cover of hop bitterness that doesn't leave the biting aftertaste. A little banana on the finish.

Very smooth and creamy. Excellent drinkability. Very good brew from the Kona boys. This is my first offering from them, and I like it.


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Photo of Sleeb
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Iski100
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Auraan
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with a one finger white head that receded to a ring of white lace. It looks like a typical filtered American Pale Ale, not bad, but not really the point of the beer. Scents of citrus pith, grapefruit, pine, light floral aromas and tropical fruit. Not near as intense as in a standard West Coast IPA, but a very similar, more nuanced and subdued version of the scent profile. Quite nice. Taste is mildly bitter, with pine resin, grapefruit pith, some faint grassy and floral hop notes, and a bitter finish. There is a nice, yet subdued caramel malt backbone keeping the flavor balanced. It's not too sweet, nor too bitter, very true to the style. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-drying finish. It's nice and easy to drink, but maybe a bit too light and a little too drying, overall quite nice though. Overall this is a pretty good pale ale. It's not the best in it's style by a long shot, but it's not bad and a good choice when nothing else is around.

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Photo of racer2k
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into my favorite pint glass

A - Dark copper pour with a frothy one two finger white head which leaves plenty of lacing around the glass

S - A mixing bowl of sweet malt and a solid hop aroma with hints of citrus, grapefruit and oranges

T - The initial taste starts with a toasted malt flavor which leads to a very smooth sweet and hoppy finish. I really enjoyed the transition of the flavor profile in this beer.

M - Light carbonation is in order with a medium body texture to the beer.

D - This is a very drinkable beer which tastes even better from what I remember of my trip to Hawaii in 1997. Now that this is distributed locally I will be grabbing some more.

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Photo of Quinnspub1
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber/copper color with a small head. A touch cloudy. Smells fruity, malty, and slightly hoppy. Actually nice aromas coming off of this beer. Toasted malt and fruity flavors,very nice and smooth. Hop flavors are way in the background, earthy and citrusy. It was hard to taste the hops, but the bitterness does kick in on the finish to leave a nice sweet toasted malt,bitter flavor. Maybe could have used some more hop flavor, but that would make more like every other american pale ale and I actually like the flavor the way it the way it is. This is my 3rd beer from Kona (porter and lager) and I'm really impressed, they are all very well crafted....I could drink these all day.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Served up in a pint glass; color is a copper-tinged amber. The small off-white head is more likely than not a testament to the pourer than the beer, as it may have had more size and retentive properties; as it is, the small half-finger of creamy foam leaves behind some slight rings of lacing.

A nice welcoming vivid, floral and fruity hop bouquet fills the nose and beckons.

Medium-bodied, with a middling level of carbonation. Faint hints of caramel and sweet bread up front, with a big middle of fruity hops, containing notes of apricot, grapefruit, cherries and blueberries, falling into a mildly bittersweet finish.

Quite tasty overall; a nice fruity example of the style that is well-balanced and easy-drinking. Nothing mind-blowing, but nothing less than solid, either.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had never even seen a brew from Hawaii before and today I'm detouring through the beer aisle at my local grocery (Lowe's Foods on High House Road in Cary) after picking up the wife some sinus medicine for her insanity headaches she gets every once in a while (like today), and I stumble across this stuff. Fire Rock, okay I'm game. NC getting on the map, indeed.

Fire Rock pours an impressive bright rust color with a slight translucency and not much head, just a thin cap. The nose is balanced and lively with healthy doses of west coast hops and caramel and roasted flavors to meet the hops half way.

Taste is similar to the nose, with early hops and late malt and a light bitter backround that follows through to the aftertaste. Caramel, woody, a little oily. Not bad at all. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would prefer.

This didn't have to be a good beer because it was from Hawaii. The fact that is is pretty decent is just a bonus. I can see this being sweet on a Big Island beach.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color with an off white head. Head settles nicely and there is good lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel sweetness roasted malt, toasted grains, slight orange zest aroma. Floral hops are very fresh smelling and in good quantity.

T: Roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, citrus and herbal hop flavors all in a good balance.

M: Smooth and slightly creamy with medium body.

D: Very good pale ale and refreshing for the summer season. No real faults to this one. If you find it try it.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought online from

Poured an amber colour. Light tan head poured quite loose and faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation and very little lacing...

Aroma - Grassy and piney hops, good caramel maltiness, faint nuttiness, some light buttery traces, ground pepper, floral honey notes, some herbal hints, some saltiness, grapefruit and citrus fruitiness...

Taste - Quite malty first then the piney and grassy hops come to the fore... some sweet honey traces, grapefruit and orange fruitiness, toasted bread traces, quite floral, some saltiness, the faintest of metallic notes..

M&D - Quite crisp and dry... light / medium bodied... Very refreshing and drinkable and pretty sessionable...

Overall - A pretty decent APA - nothing groundbreaking just a good, clean well made APA... recommended...

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is light copper in color with a finger of head that enjoyed some good retention. There is a mellow hop nose to this slightly fizzy offering. The flavor profile is mildly malty and sweet with a nice hoppy finish.

Not sure what makes this "Hawaiian-style" but it is a great APA.

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Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I chose a hawaiian beer to savour the latter half of the UCL semi final "el clasico" at the village pourhouse in the LES.

Didn't of course know what to expect from a beer from HI. but it turned out much closer to my perception than I'd anticipated.

Pours a thin golden to amber hue, fully translucent with a small very quick fading head, hardly any lacing. Smell-wise, it has a very marginal malt-hop blend, not very strong but giving away enough to peg this beer as it is (a pale ale).

The taste was nice, but it turned out overall to point to my hawaiian perception: a low-key, not so strong sort of beer in the land of hops. very much so, since it is among the few pale ale's from america that I've tried that focus on the sweet malt feel much above a very undermined and simply complementary set of hops; the bitterness is all too hidden and such fact, on such beer made it appear as maybe slightly watered down (even though it probably is not).

In all, a good beer for a hot day (at the beach surfin hawaii or something). Not above many other APAs out there, but not far below the standard. worth a try.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Very close to bright clearness, but there is a little haze to it. Very soft brown color, hints of orange. Nice lace sits on the top where a nice white head used to sit. Somewhat tart in the nose, black currant and cherries, meshed with hops and wet grain feed. Alcohol right in the beginning of the taste, wasn't expecting that. Some cinnamon, and toasted grain in there as well. Really nice aftertaste, hops and crushed pepper. A little watery maybe, but really not a lot of complaints here. I'm enjoying this more than I thought I would...

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the bottle, I thought it went a bit 'flat' and thin too quickly. Tried it last night on tap and was quite impressed. The body stood up better throughout the durration of the glass. Creamy, bready, rich and full from start to finish. Caramel, toasted sweetness balances with spicy American hops, a tough of ginger and nutmeg. The head retention and carbonation remained consistently firm. A much better experience with this beer.

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Photo of leaddog
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from ABC store in Honolulu.

Appearance- Pours a pale copper colour with a half finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell- Roasted malts, caramel, plum/cherry

Taste- Roasted malts, caramel, and plum/cherry come through nicely. There is a light bitterness and toasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A well executed pale ale. I enjoyed the aromas and taste form this brew. This is my first Kona Brewing offering and was impressed. A definite try while in Hawaii.

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Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle brought back from a trip to Hawaii.

"Nalu- Waves" printed under the cap. The Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona pours an attractive orange amber color and a small rocky white head. Nose is that of green grapes, cantalope, oranges and peaches with gentle hop notes. The taste is very quick and to the point, it rushes in...hops. fruit, malt...gone! It leaves a celery and pepper like taste on the tongue at the finish. Again, very straight forward, nothing to complex here, but a decent show of the style none the less. I wish my father had brought me back more than one bottle, i could drink a 6 of about an hour!

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Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While in Hawaii I tried to get to all the local brews I could. Wasn't very hopeful for Kona for some unknown and completely unjustified reason, and I was pleasantly surprised with what each one tried. Tried This one poured a dark amber with a one-finger tan head that faded fairly quickly. Smelled a bit hoppy and tasted slightly hoppy with a hint of citrus and a good sweet malt base. Very drinkable and tasty brew that I found perfect for a good beach session.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a mug glass, this is a medium-amber colored beer with excellent lacing despite a smallish head. Aroma is hoppy, very citrusy, but with some pleasant malt as well. Flavor is well-balanced, with enough hoppy flavor for a PA, though bitterness is perhaps a tad on the low side. Lightly fruity and nicely malty, with a neutral finish. Body is a tad thin, but otherwise, a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Shuffledaddy
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this beer out of a bottle into my trusty pint glass. Had many times and is arguably my favorite APA. Surprised I hadn't reviewed it yet, so here we are.

A - Pours a pale copper/golden yellow color. Light carbonation and a relatively small head, maybe 1 1/2 finger widths. Head retention and lacing are pretty unremarkable.

S - I notice a pineapple aroma with some citrus notes. Not very prominent nose for an American Pale Ale. Still pleasant, though.

T - Very balanced taste. In my opinion, the perfect blend between hops and malt. Hoppier than, say, a Sierra Nevada, but the hop character doesn't overwhelm the beer. Pineapple notes are apparent at the beginning, giving way to grapefruit accents in the finish. Biscuit malts also mingle alongside the grapefruit toward the end.

M - Pretty average. I think this is the only true weak point of the beer, the mouthfeel to me seems watery and slightly undercarbonated.

O - A very good APA that is a good counterpoint to maltier Pale Ales and is recommended as a session beer, especially if you like hoppier beers. A little more fizz and it would be truly amazing.

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Photo of bobbyc881
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange with a thin white head, some lacing. Hazy. Sweet bread and citrus aromas.

Taste up front is sweet caramel malts, slightly buttery... finishes only slightly bitter with a some moderately hoppy citrus flavors. Nothing is over-the-top. Very well balanced, sessionable pale ale.

Moderate carbonation, balanced flavors and medium body make this a highly drinkable ale. Overall a well put-together beer.

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Photo of ManWithNoName
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JDizzle
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 2,363 ratings.
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