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

Photo of jbphoto88
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant looking amber brew with orange and yellow highlights. The head isn't very impressive due to a lack luster showing of suds. Dismal as the head my be the beer still looks clear crisp and refreshing or maybe I'm reacting to the 105 thermometer outside. A glass of mud would be refreshing in this heat.

Back to the brew we have a very lovely smelling pale ale. Good fresh malts paired with a bouquet of citrusy hops. Not overly fragrant but nice and clean. Can't wait to dive in.

The flavor is good but not great. The malt bill and the hops follow through from the nose but are subdued to the point of being washed out. The flavor is slightly off balance with a bigger emphasis on the grain then the hop. Slightly disappointed.

The mouthfeel adds to the disjointed theme of the beer with a super solid bitterness that doesn't have the flavor to back it up. This could be a great beer but it just comes up a little short. I'm happy to have tried it but wouldn't come back to this APA.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked Mar2311-15:36 NH. The pour is amber-copper with a quick fizzy head that dissolves almost instantly. Roasted caramel malts and some light hops are noted in the aroma. The body is thin but not watered down. There is a solid malty character in the taste with a slightly dry hopped ending. But there is this faint berry like fruit character in the background.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really like Kona Brewing - I guess since I really like visiting Hawaii - but there is something that leaves me a little wanting with their offerings.

This particular brew - the Fire Rock Pale Ale - is for the most part good. Looks great in the glass, has a nice white head and staying power. But for a pale ale, which I'm admittedly not a huge fan of pale ales, has the strongest of aftertastes I have ever experienced. If you put that aside, it really has a nice pale ale taste - bold and refreshing - definitely a good summertime brew to share with good friends and during relaxing times.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ted Nugent sets rocks on fire. Get used to it. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by a finger of lightly off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild pine needles, mild caramel, and light orange rind. The taste brings in more of the same, with more orange and a touch of flowers. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice, if not altogether distinguished, brew. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of Miami66
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured hazy golden amber with an almost white head which rose well and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a fruity and citrusy hop punch. The aroma was lightly piney and resinous and contained and orange note.

The flavor was less exciting than the aroma. It was muted malt, mostly caramel and muted hops. The flavor was lightly fruity with a decent bittering, but no backbone.

The finish was even with just a bit of lasting fruity character. The body was medium and the carbonation was fine for the style. Not a very exciting brew, but not bad.

12 ounce bottle, PKGD ON MAY2505. Many thanks to mentor for the wedding present!

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Photo of SickBrew
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good brew from that island out in the Pacific.

The brew pours a good golden amber hue into my favorite pills glass. I've got a bit of a cold but the aroma is fair with some malt and hops peaking through along with some caramel notes. For a pale ale I though it taste was good but not great, although I've not been drinking them lately. Mouthfeel is average and there is a bit of thinness to it. Overall is has a fair to good drinkability and I would go for it again.


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Photo of luke12345
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robertas
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby-copper with good foam and decent lacing. Not too much carbonation.

Smell: Sweet caramel and dry hay. Not incredible, but a nice balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dry hay and a hint of caramel. A bit too sour in the background. Pretty active carbonation, but flattens in finish.

Overall Drinkability: Not as good as Pipeline Porter or Coconut Brown...not even close. Enjoyable to start, but not great in the end.

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Photo of EroticPanda
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bgraney
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber color, lots of bubbles, 2-finger creamy white head.
Surprised by the bready aroma with a light hop background.
Enjoyable hop tang right off the bat with a smooth malty follow through.
Thin mouthfeel with a slight lingering hop flavor.
Very smooth & drinkable. I can definitely see knocking a few of these down on a beach in Hawaii.
Enjoyable beer but not in the same class as the elite pale ales in my opinion.
The Kona beers seems to have a unique flavor and I'm not sure what it is, but I like it.

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Photo of therica
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely looks and hits like fire-rock hot-lava.

Found on-tap at LuLu's Surf Club in Waikiki (see my separate review for that establishment which I added). I was with my sons, we had 3 on-tap Hawaii beers brought to us (Fire Rock Pale Ale, Kona Big Wave Ale and Longboard Lager). We each seemed to prefer a different one. This was my choice for the first round, but I switched to another one for the second-round.

A= medium-gold with tones of deep rich cabernet-color through a glass, thick but not over-huge off-white foamy head.

S= exciting, intriguing, various tropical florals and fruits evident plus some nice hoppy-scent.

T= the strongly hoppy, bitter taste caught me off guard, given the tropical overtones of the scent. I'd love this stuff if I were in my strong-hops-bitters season. It's a bit rich and heavier than expected, as well. Bold, I suppose would be the operational-term here.

M= lots of hops-bitters in the aftertaste, and some grapefruit-ish tang on the tongue.

D= if you're in this kind of mood, you could probably really go on this stuff. If you're not in the mood, at least try it, especially if you find it on-tap.

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Photo of ism
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle marked August 2006, brought back from Hawaii September 2006, enjoyed now in a pint glass. Pours a nice, cloudy amber with some copper tones, topped with a rich straw-colored head. Nose is initially hops, which quickly gives way to rich caramel which dominates. Thin but pleasingly smooth and creamy body, flavor profile dominated by caramel malt, a touch of grassiness and biscuit, and snappy grassy finish. Fairly sweet and singleminded, but very refreshing and pleasing.

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Photo of oldman1473
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GClarkage
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/21/04- Given to me by a friend that was visiting in Hawaii.

Appearance- Nice inch+ head. Beautiful lacing all the way through the whole beer and a nice dark gold/amber color.

Smell- Didn't have a huge scent. Hops and some floral and spicy notes.

Taste- At first taste I thought to myself....Am I drinking Sierra Nevada? But as I kept drinking I saw that the hops were not as bitey and not as much pine-hoppy tastes in ther either. Nice bit of malt and pretty nice hops. Subtle hops.

Mouthfeel- Goes down smoothly, not a lot of aftertaste and good level of carbonation.

Drinkability- A pretty nice pale ale. If you want something with a bit less bite than Sierra Nevada, grap this one for a try. Could be a good session beer.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.
Pours an average amber color with a finger of tiny bubbly head.
Aromas are bready and some mild yeast. Light aroma.
Flavor is astonishingly weak and thin. Had to stretch to find real flavor, waited for the beer to warm substantially and finally found some mild malt. Nothing off, just no real flavor on my palate.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, this beer wasn't bad per se but nearly devoid of flavor and aroma.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from a six pack. This pours a light copper orange with small white head. Smells fruity, tropical, with some caramel from the malt. Taste of pineapple, not much hop bite, slightly sweet on the palate. Pretty decent goes down easy with medium carbonation and relatively light mouthfeel. Solid summer beer, but not the bite I was hoping for.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer, when poured into a glass mug was a deep golden color, with little head, however some lacing was produced as the beer was consumed.

S: There is a strong smell of malt, however I do get an aromatic that i'm picking up on the tail end that is a bit floral.

T: A very well balanced sweet and bitter delivery with a lingering flavor of hops.

M: A fairly balanced beer that proved itself a verry good attempt.

D: I'd rate this higher if I could get it back on the mainland.

Overall, good beer, but when drinking beer in Hawai'i, what can be better? Anyway, Cheers!

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Photo of daythree16
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very cloudy honey-brown, almost the color of weak iced tea. Creamy two finger head with good retention. Leaves tons of lace all over the glass as it fades.

Aromas of caramel, vanilla, and citrus. Maybe some herbal hoppiness as well. Taste is a little bready with some grapefruit giving it a slightly bitter finish. Something just seems to be missing from this one. It smells good and tastes ok, but it's like the flavors are really subdued. Nothing really jumps out, as far as taste goes. Just kind of ho-hum.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly full bodied. Drinkability is good, but I'd probably choose a lot of other pale ales over this one.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. / 355 ml bottle, bought at the Great British Beer Festival 2008 for takeaway. ABV is 6.0%. Amber to orange colour, pours very fizzy with a moderate head. The aroma has a dominant malty sweetness, also notes of caramel, honey and moderate fruity hops. The flavour also has a dominant sweetneess (too sweet), then grapefruity hops make their presence known, leading to a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish amber in color with nice fluffy, faintly off-white head. Smell is forward of floral hops and bready malts with a hint of carmel and pine resin. Taste is very malt forward, heavy in the bread and carmel department. Floral hops take a backseat and faint hints of piney hops as well. Medium body, slightly oily feeling. More akin to an English IPA in terms of the malt/hops balance. Decent beer.

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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,397 ratings
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