Fire Rock Pale Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale
BA SCORE
46.1%
Liked This Beer
3.62 w/ 2,390 ratings
Fire Rock Pale AleFire Rock Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
konabrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,789
Reviews:
687
Ratings:
2,390
Liked:
1,102
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
12.71%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
533
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,390 |  Reviews: 687
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/3/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, light caramel, biscuit, honey, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, biscuit, light caramel, honey, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Light earthy floral/pine bitterness; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange/lemon zest, pear, biscuit, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of citrus hops with malt sweetness; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. All around well balanced citrus hop and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Kona's fresh, floral, and citrusy hops are evident in the nose as you admire its dark-gold/amber body and frothy "vanilla" head. The flavor is a bit more malty, however, but it's nicely balanced and has just the right amount of hop flavor to keep you interested. The bitterness is solid enough to balance its lightly bready malt, and it lingers a bit in the finish with a smattering of citrusy and floral hop flavors. Quite nice!

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely orange/golden with plenty of highlights when held to the light and an ample off-white head.

Aroma: rather mild with a character of an average but light Pale Ale: perhaps some English or Asian influence here.

T - a nice fruity and acceptably sweet taste but too sweet and insufficient hops to score well as a PA.

M - Medium-light body; good carbonation; very smooth

O - very pleasant and easy drinking, especially on a hot day. A fruity but low-hop PA.

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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try Kona for a while now, and it finally made it to MA.

A: Pouring into my SA perfect pint glass with a healthy pour yields a very small head covering that fades quickly despite a huge number of bubbles rising from the etch in the bottom. Aside from the billion bubbles blocking the view, it's pretty clear with an auburn amber toasty orange brown color.

N: Mostly a slightly sweet malty toasted aroma. Some light English style bittering hops seem to caress the aroma along with a touch of some fruity American hops. The hops are very light on the nose though, but it has some nice subtle aromas.

T: Starts again with a malty kick, mostly some lighter malts, a little crystal, maybe Munich. A touch of toasty roasted sweetness in the malt category. Then comes the bitterness and some hop kick. A slight chewy and fruity American hop kick, with more English hop flavors. Slight pale malt flavors. A slight citrus flavor as well comes with the pale hop flavors.

M: Medium to lighter body with a little lower than expected carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly pale bitter, with a little citrus, acidity, and some more of those fruity hops. A slight sweetness that seems to stay but it also seems to dry off a bit with the pale bitterness. Despite all the nice flavor it also seems to have a nagging off flavor bitterness, some hop characteristic that I'm not really digging, or it seems more like a burnt malt bitter flavor that doesn't go well with a pale ale. I think the biggest problem is the trip over here from the brewery, which is quite a long trip, probably harsh on the beer. If I'm ever over there I'll def drop in to try some fresh.

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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To my knowledge this is the first Hawaiian beer I have had,poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter copper with a tight formed 1/2 white head that settled into a somewhat frothy mass.Very light aromas I did get a little spike of piney hop at bottle opening but it faded quickly to just a hint of tasted malt,very balanced pale here a big toasty cereal-like malt presence up front with a touch of caramel that melds into a piney-citric finish that lingers nicely.A balanced pale ale that is food friendly went well with a pizza with spicy sauce,not over the top flavor wise but very quaffable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a moderate orange-copper with a slight white head and not too much lacing. The nose brings some very, very mild hops along with some pale malt and light caramel. The taste pulls back so that the hops are nearly non-existent, not even to the level of a mild. Fairly light feel without really any bitterness. No off flavors and the malt is fairly nice, but not what I expect from an APA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/15/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel up front, followed by a good hops presence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while, but overall it's just an average pale ale.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, reddish-copper colored body. The head settlesrapidly and leaves light lace.

S - musty pine hops and some caramel malt.

T - sweet malt up front with some toasted notes. Caramel and herbal hops in the middle. Finishes with sweet, bready malt and more toasty caramel.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweety finish.

D - not bad, a bit heavy for the style with a darker malt profile than most pale ales.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color in the chalice. Some coarse foam but not a lot. Good nose of resin and pine. First sip is suprisingly good-- lots of flavor. Plenty of malt and some nice . Bitterness takes over the other flavors.

Aromatics are good. Each sip starts out promisingly, but I think it's just over-hopped with an unpleasant variety. I wish for a nicer creamy carbonation as well.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a mostly clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma is simple: fair balance of pale malts and slightly citrusy hops. Again in the taste, decent balance of malts and hops up front, but the maltiness soon comes to dominate, leaving a bit of staleness in the finish. Medium body, and decent for the style.

FYI Kona comes from Portsmouth Brewery in New Hampshire, not Hawaii, contrary to popular belief.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Fantastic body. Bright orange, copper and bronze. Light off-white head sits low with poor, but hangs around with nice retention.

S – Fresh leaves, honey suckle, and a touch of tart apricot marmalade.

T – Acidic and mineral opening. Herbal, earthy hop center. A brisk smack of alpha-oil bitterness and wax brings around a bitter-sweet marmalade finish.

M – Light/medium body is smooth with a nice carbonation. Lightly dry finish.

O – A solid pale ale.

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Photo of russpowell
4.49/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Born on date od 14 dec 05, made in oregon still???

Pours caramel to orange, with a 3 fingers+ rocky as hell offwhite head. Head retention and lacing are average

Smell:: Malty sweetness, piney hops, followed by some caramel

Taste: Rich fruitiness, piney/floral hops& caramel dance together. A nice hoppy/bitter & slight dry/finishing finish

MF: Slight thickness with good carbonation. Great balance in this beer

Very drinkable, great session ale. When fresh,I highly reccomend this, a very well put together PA! Or as they'd say on the big island: onolicious!!

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive three-finger head that leaves nice ring lace on the glass. Hazy, neutral amber color. Head dies slowly.

Extreme caramel aroma; reminds me of cotton candy. No hop; no alcohol to the nose.

Mostly malty with lots of biscuity and grainy flavors. Light hop shows up on the swallow and the aftertaste. Very full bodied for the style. Moderate carbonation.

In the end, there's too much candy (but still not sweet) to this beer.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body capped by a small, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts and fragrant citrus. Keepin' it simple at Kona. I like that.

Taste: Standard pale maltiness with a mild sweetness. Citrusy hops with a medium, balancing bitterness. Lingering bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, albeit basic pale ale. I'm sure it'd be 100% better to be enjoying this beer in its home state.

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3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 46.1% out of 100 with 2,390 ratings
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