Fire Rock Pale Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

675 Reviews
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 NODAK
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has a definite mix of floral and citrus notes to it, certainly on par for a decent APA. Not very powerful, but pretty middle of the road.

Taste certainly has much of the same notes as the nose, with a floral presence, but more so of a tangy citrusy, tropical (orange? apricot?) flavor that gives the beer a distinctive flavor compared to many other APA's. It finishes off with a slight grain taste that is certainly in the background but noticeable along with a small dryness.

I found this to be a pretty tasty rendition of an APA. Pretty light on the hops to be honest, but the flavor that it has is pretty delectable and I find that that's what really matters in the end.

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Photo of mytireisfat
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12oz tall brown bottle. date: June 10 10

A: One finger head, that retains well. no lacing. Amber color.

S: Caramel malts, hops, sweetness.

T: A Good hops flavor to this one. Slight roasted malts.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink. great rounded beer. really enjoyed it!

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Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Cocoa Beach Pier in Florida. Poured a nice amber color with an off white head that settled into a nice cap leaving behind some nice lacing. Nice aroma of caramel malts and some fruity hops. Hops flavor is more on the grassy, fruity side rather than piney. Nice balance between the hops and malts. Creamy mouthfeel and an excellent session pale. I was happy to find this one among all the BMC beers at the bar. Good stuff!

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Photo of PintOHops
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears slightly cloudy, deep copper with a hue of orange in color. Very nice lacing, thin head with medium carbonation. Smells of bright pungent fruity notes, along with beautiful dry pine & hops. Sweet caramel & honey notes, with rich cake like malt. Very good balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet caramel/honey, with dry pine & bitter hops. Bitterness doesn't linger on the palate, sip by Sip, it leaves one wanting more & more. Caramel malt with small notes of banana. Not much change as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit chewy. Has a medium body.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This Pale Ale is highly drinkable, hops aren't to strong & don't linger on. So it kind of leaves you wanting more sip by sip. This is a pretty good Pale Ale, I recommend you give it a try. Cheers!

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Photo of Rschis16
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and brilliant orange color with a sea foam white head that doesn't seem to want to go away, but does want to leave lots of lacing down the side. Smells are pleasant: sweet orange aromas come to mind with a healthy citrus hop backing.

Some good things going on in the complex taste. Tangerines are the closest thing I can think of to the fruity taste that is offered up in the beginning of the sip. the sweetness from lemons as well I think. Its followed by a swirling of citrusy hops and an easy-going malt that helps bring a really solid beer together. It's certainly hoppy but the fruitiness stands up nicely to it. Just a slight twinge of booze as it warms up. Its got a clean and smooth mouthfeel, definitely on the creamier side, and definitely one of the reasons this beer works.
The balance of all these things combines perfectly into this very solid beer.

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Photo of changeup45
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice tasting Pale Ale from Kona Brewing that has more hops than some IPAs I've tried. Copper color, medium head with some lacing. Very nice full hoppy citrus flavor with sweet malts. It's not going to blow you away but it's simple, easy to drink, and tasty. I had this several times within the past week. Also note that I had this bottled and on tap in Hawaii... so probably very fresh.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely coppery orange, a bit cloudy with a very nice creamy white head which leaves nice lacing.

Smell is citrusy hops (orange) with a slightly sweet malt presence. Not strong but clean.

Taste, this beer has a strong malt backbone, sweetish but with a nice crisp and bitter finish from the hops. Tones of caramel and orange. Very nice. My wife swears she detects a watermelon like flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit chewy, with a nice level of carbonation.

Very drinkable and goes well with food. This has been my standby Pale Ale for the past six months or so and I'm so glad it's available locally (and inexpensively) at Publix grocery stores here.

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Photo of pls2087
4/5  rDev +10.5%

A: Pours golden-orange. Decent head, dissipates quickly.

S: Citrus, floral

T: Surprisingly limited hoppiness. Solid citrus flavor (even detect hints of pineapple).

M: Crisp, clean. No lingering.

O: Different than other APAs I've had. Solid.

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Photo of slyke
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Fire Rock Pale Ale pours a hazy orange-amber color with a half-inch white head.

Smell: An inviting hoppy/citrus (perhaps orange) aroma. The smell of this one made me anxious to take a taste.

Taste: Hoppy at first, malty in mid-taste and finishing with the hops again. "Dances" a bit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Good, a little "thicker" mouthfeel than I'm used to with APAs, but by no means too thick.

Drinkability: This is a pretty drinkable American Pale Ale. I could sip a few of these on a warm afternoon - something Hawaii doesn't seem to run short of.

I like this beer and would encourage those of you who like the flavors of hops to give it a try.

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Photo of confer
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber and crystal clear with an off-white head.
S- Mild citrus hops.
T- All citrus hops in the flavor but at a very mellow smooth level
MO-A very solid easy drinking beer, just like an APA should be. Definitely one of the better Hawaiin brewed beers that are available in bottles/cans.

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Photo of ryantho00
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes in Kauai.

Didn't pour this into anything, taking a tour of the Napali Coast on a catamaran.

I got hints of fresh hops, citrus, a slight pineapple tinge. This was most drinkable, wonderful balanced frshness and an underlying grain and toasted malt, citrus, great wonderful smoothness. Very well done, I had heard Mauai brewing was the only 'good' brewer in Hawaii, but from my Kona experience, there is at least another!!! (By looking at their lineup, I wish I would have visited their brewpub!!!)


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Photo of markaberrant
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy amber colour. Nothing but a ring for head. A little bit of noticable carbonation.

S - Hop aroma is more spicy than citrus, seems like the Mt Hood hops are sticking out more than the Galena or Cascade.

T - Citrus hops come through much better in the taste... very nicely blended. Website says it contains honey malt, and I'm really enjoying the sweetness it lends, similar to Winterfish IPA. Sweetness and hop bitterness linger into the finish, and a little dry biscuit shows just for good measure.

M - Light carbonation is good for the style.

D - Can I have another? If I ever get to Hawaii, I want a cooler of these sitting beside me on the beach.

I find this pale ale to have a very complex taste. The brewer has built interesting hop and malt profiles. In my opinion, very balanced as a pale ale shoul be, yet the hops still remain at the forefront.

Thanks to Noxious26 for the bottle!

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Photo of ale1
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

we found this in Publix supermarket and picked up a sixer,

poured into a Guinness pint glass

i feel redeemed after the last 3-4 ales we recently have tried here's a keeper,

served @ 50°
clear light amber colour, carbonation 2 inches tall,with lacing, appears natural carbonation ..malty & hop nose, crisp light hop finish ...cascade hops .... nice balance,hop finish not strong but there.
This is a very good ale, the way it should be, sorry to hear the owner has passed on, but a tribute to his zymurgy craftsmanship.

-cheers ale1 jupiter, fla

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Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear deep amber color with a nice thin white hear and some decent lacing.

The smelll is sweet and pineapple like with a faint but still noticeable scent of floral with a touch of pine.

Tastes the same but more pronounced citrus notes and a distinct bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and frothy while giving way to a slght creaminess. A solid bitter dry finish is very pleasing to the palette in this beer.

Light and non dominant, very drinkable.

Nice new brew I tried tonight. Not super amazing but has some good qualities for a pale ale.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (brewed in Portsmouth, NH) purchased at Hannaford. Pours a crystal clear golden amber body with a short lived off-white head. Citrussy hops dominate with a fair bit of bready and caramel malts to balance it out. Citrussy, minty, slightly pithy hops share the flavor with some nice caramel malt. Balance is what strikes me about the flavor. Moderate in both mouthfeel and carbonation, and an easy drinker. A solid American Pale Ale, balanced and pleasant.

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper in color with a nice light tan head.

It's got a good aroma of floral hops and hints of toasted malt.

The taste swings the malt side from the hoppy aroma. Very nice biscuit and toasted flavors. But don't think there aren't some nice spicy hop notes as well as a good amount of bitterness upon swallowing.

The body is smooth and slick, but not light.

Overall this is a very nice beer. I'm impressed with Kona Brewing. It's especially amazing that beer flown from Hawaii to Florida tastes so fresh. Is this brewed on the mainland?

A nice session beer and a good go-to ale.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a nice clear copper color with a 1.5 finger off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thin film and nice lacing.

S - A slight toasted malt aroma with some floral and slightly fruity hop aroma.

T/M- The beer has a nice toasted malted barley which is complemented well with a soft bitterness and a pleasant fruity/piny hoppiness. Medium to Medium/Light body with decent carbonation the hop oils add a dry floral finish. The beer finishes clean with a nice toasted malt flavor.

D- It's hard not to reach for another.

Overall, this is a very good Pale Ale. I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-02-2011 15:10:16

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Photo of GeorgeAldi
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-gold pour with a thin white head. Aroma is mostly pale malts, a bit of bready malts and a bit of fruitiness. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Flavor is clean, if not a bit mild. Not a whole lot of hop character. Slight bitterness on the finish. Maybe I’m imagining it, but it does taste sorta "Hawaiian". Maybe there’s some pineapple in there? Overall not bad. I wasnt really expecting much from a Hawaiian brewery but this is a pretty good session ale.

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Photo of Vancer
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sitting in Jax Fifth in Orlando, HIGHLY enjoying this brew in the cool breeze. Great clear amber orange with sheets of ivory lace – whata start.

Fairly malty aroma, with nice touches of floral. And then, with the sippy quaff; notes of pine pops up in the finish. Nice balance – sweet and malty beginning, and finishes with a chewy pine cone. Oh, the burps were double enjoyment.

This lil’ brew sure traveled a long way for me, and I’m glad it did. Try one whenever possible.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper hue forms a vibrant white head with thin streaks of lacing left between each sip. Aromatics offered here are built largely between floral and sharp acidic citrus notes from the hops. A very mild metallic twang with some smooth caramel malt sweetness evident. Flavor brings excellent balance to the palate healthy dose of hops make their presence felt on the palate throughout each sip, but the malts bring out enough nutty caramel biscuit sweet notes to make the barrage of citrus and flowery hop flavors and bitterness manageable. A beer I tried at least five years ago on draft out at the Yardhouse it's always nice to reacquaint with an old friend, this is definitely a solid all around pale ale. Mouthfeel doesn't get to oily but I will call it slightly slick with hop oils moderate even carbonation flows smooth nothing abrasive about this pale. Drinkability it's at the high end of the sessionable abv limit but damn if I had a twelve pack of this I would definitely enjoy a few of these without any problems.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color that creates a little fizzly head that retains for a couple seconds, then fades.

S: The first thing I notice is a yeasty (almost Belgian yeast) note followed by a strong citrus peel, a metallic note, and a little sourness. Pretty nicely balanced with the hops

T: Nice and mellow, definitely a session beer. Hops balance nicely with the malts, citrus peel (lemon and orange), a strong yeast strain, and some spiciness to follow.

MF/D: Nice carbonation, light/medium in body, smooth citrus refreshing finish.

Try this on tap!!

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA dmamiano for this one.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a best by date of 7/19/08. I'm about a week late but still hopeful. Got a nice deep copper color, clear and pretty, with about an inch of thick off-white head. The head fades slowly and there is maximum sticky lacing left behind on the glass. So far so good :-)

Aroma has a nice earthy hop character, roasty caramel malt and a nice smooth sweetness behind it all. I get a not-at-all-unpleasant hint of horse barn. Interesting. Taste has a good hob bite, though it's not typical of the APAs that I have experienced. This is not at all unfavorable. The hops are balanced very well by a good malt backbone, a caramel sweetness that I liken to some of the bigger American IPAs. Nicely done by Kona at the small level.
Balance is the big winner here.

Good body, not big and filling, but definitely has some feel. I think this one is highly drinkable and complex for this style.

I am glad for the chance to try this beer, and will actively seek it out again. Looking forward to trying others from this brewery.

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Photo of Phocion
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found these notes scribbled on a napkin from some pizza joint in Yorba Linda, CA about a month ago in a jacket pocket today.. figured I might as well put them up here... It was poured skillfully into a pint glass a dark gold with about a finger of frothy white head. Excellent retention and nice lacing left around the glass.

Aroma was overpowered by grapefruit hops, a little more than I was expecting from an APA. Nice roasted maltiness as well, but mostly the hops.

Okay, maybe my nose was being overpowered by the pizza in this place, but the hops bouquet in this thing is even more impressive than the aroma. Nice blend of orange/grapefruit citrus and a sort of earthy floral hops as well. Just enough caramel malts to add a nice balance, but still a strong bitter finish.

Very sharp and crisp mouthfeel, though perhaps a little thin. Overall an excellent choice and one of the better APAs I've tried, on tap at least. I'd definitely recommend this one.

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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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Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 2,356 ratings.
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