Fire Rock Pale Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale
2,391 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 chrisdopeee
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of edthehead
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daveb78
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of ryfree
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright pomegranate with meringue-y white head that craters. Nose is poundcake and red berry. Brown sugar and fruit punch malts with slight twig twang at the end. Thin and not sticky.

Easy to drink, but too light. Been a while since I've had an APA with such weak hops.

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Photo of clickpush
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Amber body with lots of visible carbonation within. A thin white head that's gone before you know it, leaving almost nothing by way of lacings.

Nose: Light grapefruit hop presence. Some honey w/ yeast and malt dough-y-ness, touches of cinnamon.

Mouth: Strong mouthfeel right off the bat. Lots of good hops touched up w/ more flavors of cinnamon. Bitter hop flavor that's kind of tingly remaining in the mouthfeel. Graham cracker taste w/ banana notes and brown sugar.

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Photo of rmank
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattmarinucci
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of nrbw23
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours reddish orange color with a bit of hazy to it. A ok white head pops up and has fairly light retention and leaves light spotty lacing.

S- Not a whole lot here everything appears to be pretty light. A touch of citrusy hops, and some caramel malt.

T- Again fairly light and started up front with malts. Not at all the citrus hop rush I wanted. A bit of a metallic taste too.

M- Medium in body and a bit lower in carbonation.

D- Easy to drink quite a few of them. Very sessionable. Not the best but different and I'd drink this again. Its not my favorite and it pops up I'd try it again.

All in all its nothing terrible nor is it really excited.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, listed as 6%,

A: Pours a cherry red, with a small white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Light mix of citrus a toasty malt.

T: Roasted biscuit and bread takes a sharp bite as the beer first enters the mouth. Then the hops come out - flavours of bitter pine at first, and light grapefruit. Good flavour overall, but not as full-bodied as I would have liked.

M: Fairly light-bodied, watery at times, but solid enough.

D: A pretty good beer from Kona, easy drinking beer from Hawai'i, even at 6%.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark orange in color with a finger white head. Seems to have decent retention and some decent lacing. Smell is some citrusy, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and there is definitely some sweet malt in the background to balance things out. Definitely smells like a pale ale as it smells well balanced. Taste is quite a bit more on the malty side and the hops really don't shine here. Hard to tell if it's a little old or there just isn't much hop presence in the beer as there is no dating on the bottle. Regardless, the 6/pack I found on the shelf is pretty malt forward and whish there were more hops here. Mouthfeel is fairly good as it is thicker than I would have thought. Overall the beer smells fairly decent but really doesn't come through with the taste. This seems to be a malt bomb with a tiny bit of bitterness.

Edit: After drinking a few more mouthfuls I can get more hops and bitterness than at first. It actually seems true to style or maybe a little more malty than I would like but it seems more true to style after a few gulps.

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Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Better than average IPA that suffers from a watery feel. The beer pours dark for an IPA, almost the color of an amber ale. On the other hand, the head was quite respectable. The nose is a bit weak but nicely balanced for what is there. The taste has some nice, mild hop tones with pleasing bitterness. There's an underlying tinniness to the beer which is a shame. Sometimes, I wonder if the tininess is from my glassware, but I faithfully took a sip straight from the bottle and got the same notes. The feel is really the least positive aspect of the beer. There's some carbonation but it gives way to significant wateriness quickly. I liked Kona's Pipeline Porter better, but it's close. We'll see if that Wailua Wheat can pull out a victory in the trio of Konas that I bought.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, it's just a decent pale.

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Photo of B33R501
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this was ok. glad i paid $2.50 for this pint, only a few craft beers left on chaps norristown pa 1/2 price craft menu. surprisingly went well with my hot wings.

pale copper appearance not my favorite. smell was just ok, bready malts, not much hops in the aroma. taste little better, bready malts up front, with a nice hoppy middle, dry finish. just enough hop flavor to make a nice, refreshing beer with dinner.

as i enjoy mostly big beers, this is like drinking a light beer now. could make a decent session beer for some i suppose.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #202
Served On: 07/26/2012
Glassware: DogFish Head Chalice
Labeled ABV: 6.0%
Date/ Code: 04/02/2012

Found this at Dewey Beach Liquors while visiting Coastal Delaware.

Look: The color was a fairly clear copper. Head was a frothy white foam at about 1-finger. Lacing was minimal.

Smell: Crisp and light medicinal hop aroma. Very clean nose with some sweet malts and grassy hops.

Taste: Sweet malts started things off with some faint grassy pine in the middle. The finish was rather dry and had hints of biscuit and lingering hops.

I found this Pale Ale to be very typical with a slight bit of complexity. I wouldn't put this one above SN Pale Ale, but it was certainly inline.

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Photo of grs8313
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle packaged on June 23 2008. Pours a hazy copper color with a thick white head that has good retention. Some nice lacing, but it is not extensive.

Smell: Sweet malts, hops, and dried fruit. An average aroma, not extremely aromatic.

Taste: Malty, with hints of hops and citrus. Hints of caramel as well. Malts are the first flavor, and they are then balanced out nicely by the hops, with the citrus notes at the finish. A slightly malty and bitter aftertaste, but it is not over powering.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slightly syrupy. The beer does not feel overly carbonated, and it leaves the mouth feeling slightly dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and a great pale ale. I would enjoy a few of these in a night, but at 6% ABV this would not be my first choice for a session beer.

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Photo of Sebas
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mooseisloose
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed from a short beer ( pronounced sho-aht bee-ah) glass at the Ritz in Orlando. Nice light head when delivered. Orange in color with a white head. Sweet and syrupy with a light consistent hop belt. Went great with the seared tuna appetizer, tenderest I've ever had filet main course and following cheese plate. ( switched to Cabernet for desert) Not sure if it was as good as it would be fresh on the big island, but tasty none-the-less.

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Photo of MykeJ
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, the brew looked a pale amber color with a few centimeters of foam above. Not a bad looking brew, really. Some flowery notes in the aroma are offset by a dose of fermented caramel grain. The aroma is played out on the palate with a strong grainy sweetness. Some bitterness from the hops is apparent at the end but more would be appreciated to offset the grains.

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Photo of BVukelich
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass. Nice copper color, very minimal head but leaves good lace. Offers a decent hop flavor. Not much for aroma going on. I thought the mouthfeel was a little better than okay. I'd say overall it is a little better than average. I probably won't go out of my way for it but if someone is offering or the variety 12-pack is on sale next summer, I may pick it up. My wife likes the Wailea that comes in the pack.

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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at David's Club in the Hilton Orlando.

Pours a dark hazy amber color with golden apricot/orange edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lastig ring. Sporadic rings, streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly floral aroma with hints of light fruit, subtle earthy hops and toasted malt. The malt is most prominent with hints of caramel and biscuit. This is countered by hintsnof crisp, light fruit, especially apricot and orange.

Medium bodied with a decent balanced of floral crisp hops, pale toasted malt and light fruit notes. There is a subtle bitter hop bite up front that provides a slight dry flavor that lingers throughout. This is balanced mid-palate by a light pale malt presence with subtle hints of caramel, rye and biscuit. Sweet light fruit, especially apricot makes an appearance toward the end along with some more earthy hops.

Overall this beer was decent but nothing spectacular. A little watered down and easy to drink with a decent balance of sweet and dry bitter flavor.

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3.41/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of rbrandt22
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,391 ratings
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