Fire Rock Pale Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

2,356 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 theaudist
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Just got this brew in Alabama; and my local store got it in on Friday afternoon as I was leaving work. Perfect! Time to try something new.

Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass.

This is possibly the best looking pale ale I've ever seen. Pours a rich caramel/orange color with a creamy, thick head that doesn't go away and leaves a monstrous amount of lacing in its wake.

Aroma is very...well, hard to detect. Its not even there. Maybe slight bit of malt and sweet pear. Maybe.

Taste is very well balanced. Creamy, almost milky taste up front followed by a roasted nut and bitter hop bite finish. Ever so slightly spicy, but very quaffable.

Mouthfeel is very viscous, yet very refreshing. Its near about perfect.

Overall, this is a beer you need to try. Me? I'm going to stick to my Back Forty Naked Pig Pale Ale. This isn't my forte, and the taste is just to underwhelming to be a repeat purchase. A solid brew, but not one I'll visit often.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A substandard pale ale. Pours, looking all sanitized and clean. Nothing impressive. Lacking any distinct aroma, at this point, looks hospital grade. Tastes similar, not bad per se, but gimme something to hang my taste buds on! Lacks a hop bite that I want in a pale ale. Just replaces hops and bitterness with carbonation.

Mouthfeel, this is a very straightforward, lacking complexity beer. Seems a bit much to pay $7 for 6 of these, they are very standard, easy to drink and all. These are something to give to non serious beer drinkers to segue into something better.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep orange body with a thin white film and a gentle carbonation

S- The pine and pith hints give way to a pale malt note when it opens a bit but the aroma is pretty clean over all.

T- The fizzy covers much of the taste except a pungent bitter hop after taste. There is a field corn note that comes through as the beer opens and the fizz dies down.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a full scrubbing fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The fizz and hop bitterness is about all there is making it not very sessionable and a bit one-dimensional. The hops are mostly bitterness and no any flavor or aroma to them.

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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 kingcrowing
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep golden amber with a small white head. Nose is very lager-esque. A bit of sulfer and lightly sweet and malty.

Ale? wtf? This tastes like a fancy pbr or something. It's light and fizzy but still ok. eck, as I drink it I see how bland this is, skip it.

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

Appearance: Lovely red-gold brew in appearance, somewhat cloudy. Light pillowy head of dense bubbles that dissipate fairly quickly. Heavy carbonation of tiny bubbles, no lacing effects.

Smell: Hops predominate, but there's a strong undercurrent of sweel malt. Floral and grassy notes.

Taste: Sweeter than expected from a pale ale. Almost tea-like in composition, without the hops overriding everything else like many brews in this style.

Mouthfeel: Thin and yet still cloying, the aftertaste is sweet.

Drinkability: The iced-tea feel to this brew subtracts points, but it's not a bad brew, overall. Drinkable, but there's other APAs out there that are better.

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Photo of SaltofOH
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle dated Sept. 14, 2016! DFH Tulip.

A: pours a slightly hazy orange copper with loads of carbonation and 1 finger bright white head.

S: pretty dull, as you'd expect at this age. Some faint malt, but really a whole lot of nothing.

T: mild, slightly citrusy arrival, turning to a lightly bready malt with some grassy bitterness.

M: lighter end of mid-bodied and very well carbonated.

O: a refreshing classic American pale ale, deadened by my ignorance in buying such an old bottle. Should give it a second go round some other time.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer presents a ruby highlighted copper coloring with a thick, smooth, foamy white head. The beer has caramel sweet and nutty aromas, with a thick, cloying character. Flavors are dark roasted caramel, with coffee tones, as well. No hops whatsoever. This brew is a bit more like an amber to me. The carbonation comes through at the end of the palate. Sharp, toasted aftertaste of roasted caramel. The finish is sweet and smooth. Decent beer stand alone, but within the style, not overly impressive.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into sparse lacing within seconds. The aroma is of grapefruit, and pine. I feel like I've smelled this same aroma dozens of other times. The taste is similar to the aroma, and leans heavily toward the sweet side of things. In fact, I detect virtually no bitterness whatsoever. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lower than optimal carbonation, and a sticky texture. Overall, this is a pretty mundane pale ale that I will pass on next time.

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

I tried this beer at the Kona Brewing Co's pub at the Koko Head Marina Center (Oahu, HI). I figured the best possible place to try a new (to me) beer from the Kona folks was at their house.

I was not particularly impressed with this beer, but I would choose it over quite a few brews I've had in the past. The body of the beer is a crystal-clear red-brown upon which sits a thin and quickly thinning light tan head. A ring of bubbles rests atop this beer while you enjoy it, but it is only the smallest of "heads."

Smell was not particularly notable to me. Honestly, though, if you look back in my tastings you'll see my oft-made confession: "I have a terrible sense of smell." All I could get out of this glass was some oat and bitter hop notes.

Taste is somewhat bland, but certainly pleasant. The beer is definitely full-bodied, and it has a few complimentary flavors - plus plenty of bitters besides.

Finish is very clean and aftertaste is minimal. Alcohol content is relatively high, but since when was that a problem? I guardedly recommend this beer; try it, you just might like it.

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

Review #600 for me.

A clear dark orange color. Almost no head retention whatsoever, though a thin layer does remain on top.

The smell is bitter pale malts, with a bleachy hop smell. Seems to be of the German (Hallertauer/Saaz) variety. A tad off-putting.

The taste is bitter hops at the front of the tongue, almost like chlorine. A bitter amber malt flavor, with hints of some crystally pale thrown in. More malty than hoppy.

The feel is a thick and fizzy body. Dances on the tongue, then sticks around. It's drinkable enough, but too overly bitter for my tastes, without enough balance.

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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 SuperSpy
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A rich amber color and a lot of protein haze. A mediocre, eggshell colored head that does down pretty quick but leaves some lace behind.

S - The aroma is biscuit malt with some resiny hops. The smell is not that complex, but what's there smells wonderfully tasty.

T/M - Lighter bodied than expected with more hops than expected. The malt is hard to find and the hops are much more prevalent in the taste than in the aroma and unfortunately are more bitter than flavorful. This beer tastes ok but it is not what I was expecting based on the aroma and there is very little going on except bitter, weakly flavored hops.

D - I would drink another one of these, but I would also have no regrets with moving on to something else.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque orange body with off white head that quickly disappears.
Rich malty aroma, almost citrus sweet.
Complex flavor. Rich malt flavor tastes darker than the color of the brew led me to expect. Buttered popcorn. Earth. It just does not balance out. Oddly sweetish earth on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium
Drinkability: Not without food.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of clarity, you can tell this is an Inbev pale ale. Has the yellow/copper color appearance, nice 1/2" white head on it. Looks professional. Aroma is very mild grain and hop amounts.

Taste is a mild pale ale, they keep the ibus down by using Mt. Hood and Galena, not really "hoppy" hops. Its very gateway. No off flavors, pretty tame stuff all around. Carbonation is high. Keeps it light bodied even moreso.

There's a definite market for this stuff.

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Photo of D1noB
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crisp beer taste up front that goes away rapidly, directly into a grassy, wood taste that finishes it off.

Taste Rating in Words: Have you ever chowed on bark (crunchy) or ate (chewed) grass, yeah its chewy. It's a lot like that. . . Yaaaay nature.

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Photo of Risser09
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - bottled 3/23/09

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with orange highlights. The head only goes to 1/4" with it's off-white color. No retention and just a few spots left as lace.

Smell: A sweet, malt ridden aroma of caramel malt. Cherry, strawberry, rose, hyacinth, honeysuckle, but not a hop cone to be smelled.

Taste: Malt and hops are equals in this beer. A bitter forefront of earthy, vegetal hops quickly gives way to sweet caramel malt. Cereal grains push through as well to kick in some grit. So do nutty almond flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, decent carbonation, not much bitterness, smooth. A little bit of booze.

Drinkability: Okay. This isn't much of a pale ale. It needs a better/bigger hop profile to stand out. A decent New Hampshire brew.

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Photo of Zimbo
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose piercing sweet nose in the bottle but duller in the glass. To compensate it takes on a sort of spicy sappiness.
Light golden oragne colour with a decent off white head which steadily decreases over time but never completely disappears.
Fairly flat tasting, mellow, maybe a very slight bit of marmalade in there but by the mid palate it just flatlines before ending with a fairly faint taste of rubber before a return to not so much. Concludes with the odd carnobic burp.
No length, light , unchallenging but would make a reasonable starter for the craftbeeroskeptics out there who need to be weened off corn and rice beers.

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Photo of stcules
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clean amber, not too much foam.
Resinous hop in the smell, maybe a note of green apple. Some malt.
Balancing malt in the taste, too, with bitterness and resinous. Quite easy to drink.
Average body, caramel in the afertaste, a bit too much. Then a quite long bitterness.
Some work to do for the aftertaste.

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Photo of hoplover82
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a sample on tap and it was one of the worst pale ales Iv'e had. It was so bland.

Pours a good pale golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves quickly but with some lacing.

Aroma is bland of pale malts and almost no hops.

Flavor is the same as above. Pale. :(

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and a little watery.

I guess it's drinkable but I won't have another.

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Photo of 24Beer92
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out with hardly any head at all and quickly dissapates into no head at all. Very bright copper color, Shows alot of carbonation at first than dies down rapidly. Smells very sweet which throws you off when you take your first drink and get the overwhelming bitterness of an IPA, not what i normally expect in an APA. This beer is very smooth going down, that was probably my favorite part of this beer. Overall my opinion is biased based on the fact i am not the biggest fan of this bitter of a beer but if thats your cup of tea than i would suggest it to you. I am a fan of Kona's longboard and other beers so just shop around their different selections. overall a great brew just not mine.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange/amber color, cream colored head with good retention. Creamy with very good lacing.
Smell is spices, fruit, malt. All light but well balanced.
Taste malt, hops, spice in aftertaste. Decent, lightly flavored but good.
Medium/full body with light-ish effervescence. Smooth, slightly crisp finish with a hint of dryness. A good beer but not one that announces itself well, too subtle.

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Photo of stevoj
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
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 goochpunch
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a slightly hazed orange-honey with a barely-there head that leaves some sticky lace. Smells of sticky, syrupy, sweet, toasted malts with some clementine hops character underneath. Taste is about the same. A bit too sweet for me. The orange comes out well though, and I like that. Toasty and slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and the body is moderate in weight. Bubbles kind of prick the tongue. Average all-around. I wouldn't refuse this, but I don't think I'd be buying it again. There are better pales for the same price or cheaper available to me.

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Photo of selecter70
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since Kona is not regularly available, I was happy to see it at a bbq, as a friend there is the brother of one the brewers. So, needless to say, I was a bit excited...I had tried a coffee stout that was good a couple years prior. Needless to say, this pale ale under-whelmed on all fronts, sadly enough. The pour was an average coppery brown with decent head & lace, but little aroma other than a malt-hop. The flavor was a basic pale ale a la Bass when I expected more. Simple hops & sweet malts prevailed with nothing else of note...not a bad beer for a bbq, just a let down. The feel while somewhat crisp & bubbly, was dry & scratch almost, reminding me of dry grasses. While I would drink if offered, I would not go out of way to get again....

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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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