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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Ratings: 2,391 |  Reviews: 687
Photo of Hessian257
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Tilley4
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice little brew here...

Piney hop aromas mingle with a sweet caramel toffee maltiness to blend together quite nicely... Very hop forward with the balsam/pine aspects taking the forefront....

Tangy piney hoppiness rules the day here with a strong malt backbone coming in a close second... Pretty good flavors with this one.

Pleasantly surprised

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. 6% ABV according to label. bottled on JUN 7, 2011 (about 2 months old). label looks like a hollister ad.

pours out a nice orange copper color with a 1-2 finger white head that faded to a thick retentive layer. some light spotty lace. fairly clear body, just the slightest bit cloudy.

the initial aroma is very metallic. behind that there is some strange fruity smell i dont quite have a name for, apricot?, and hints of grainy, caramel malt.

a lot of the same in the taste. quite metallic, wierd off fruity apricot, a little citrus hop balanced by a grainy, biscuity malt. finishes fairly bitter like your standard pale ale.

lighter side of medium bodied, decent feeling carbonation. slightly resinous.

very metallic and too many off flavors here to make this enjoyable. behind all of this, i can taste a decent pale ale. not something i would ever come back to or recommend.

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

Photo of Bammer21
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveMiller
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of robebo44
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

Photo of magictrokini
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper pour with a medium white head. Sweet malt aroma, with a hint of hops. Crisp taste with mild hops, more of the citrus variety. Wanted more of something. Kind of like an APA-lite. Not really much more to say about this beer, curse the 250+ character limit.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color with an off white head. Head settles nicely and there is good lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel sweetness roasted malt, toasted grains, slight orange zest aroma. Floral hops are very fresh smelling and in good quantity.

T: Roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, citrus and herbal hop flavors all in a good balance.

M: Smooth and slightly creamy with medium body.

D: Very good pale ale and refreshing for the summer season. No real faults to this one. If you find it try it.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden brown color with a thick bubbly off-white head. Head has good retention and there is decent lacing in the glass.

S - Very faint aroma of citrus hops, primarily grapefruit. Lightly mingled with a fain taroma of biscuity malt. Not a bad smell, just a ver mild aroma.

T - A biscuity maltiness up front. A nice light hop bite comes through with tastes of grapefruit and hints of pine. A very well balanced flavor array for an APA.

M/D - Medium bodied and very well carbonated. A great and easy drinking APA.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A very clear amber, light light bubbles on the body with a head that dissapates before sipping. Head white maybe 1/10" (maybe).

Smell: Toasty hops and believe it or not light floral essence. Granted it is light.

Taste: This bitter feel with light floral taste and believe it or not grapefruit. .It is still sweet and wouldn't be surprised if a little orange played a role in the brewing of this fine ale.

Mouth: Medium smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: Not a bad brew, for you that wonder this is very close if not already an India Pale Ale, little bitter and definitely quite tasty. Hope you enjoy as much as I did, Salud!

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Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of albern
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent APA with some interesting notes in the body. It is also a bit more full bodied than I was expecting. The beer pours a clear amber with reddish hues. There is zero head to this beer, no lacing. There isn't tons of carbonation either. The nose is loaded with crystal malts, earthy grains, caramels, and just a touch of florals. The nose is good on this beer.

The taste is very malty with some citrus bite, in the apple family. There is plenty of caramel malts in the beer, a nice earthiness to the malts, a bit drying in the finish. The beer is a touch heavier than say your typical lawnmower APA, but very drinkable nevertheless. There is a roasted quality to the malts that is also coming through and that coupled with the earthiness and caramels define this beer. The slight dryness and hop bite in the finish do not necessarily serve the beer as well. There is a combination of hops going on here, that are pulling things in different directions. This is a decent beer, not brilliant, but very drinkable.

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

Photo of leaddog
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from ABC store in Honolulu.

Appearance- Pours a pale copper colour with a half finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell- Roasted malts, caramel, plum/cherry

Taste- Roasted malts, caramel, and plum/cherry come through nicely. There is a light bitterness and toasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A well executed pale ale. I enjoyed the aromas and taste form this brew. This is my first Kona Brewing offering and was impressed. A definite try while in Hawaii.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't believe that I've ever had a Hawaiian beer's good to drink your way around the world!

A - This is a clear apricot-amber brew with a one finger eggshell head. The color of the beer compliments the tones of the bottle's label well, with the beer being a mix of the amber color of the bottle glass and the mustard yellow of the label. Not a whole lot of lace sticks to the glass, but the head stays at a nice thin cap for the duration.

S - Big fat juicy mandarin orange hops pop right out of the glass and up into my schnoz. Sweet and citrusy notes abound in the fruity pale ale. I really like the notes found here...the only minor complaint is that it's a bit one dimensional...but that one dimension is nicely done.

T - Much like the nose, this is really sweet and juicy, like little fat slice of canned mandarin orange. I like the taste better than the nose as it's a little bit more complex, and I can detect more of he malt support.

M - Gritty, bitter, fruity, and sweet all at the same time. Initially very sugary, the slight dryness of the finish and the agresive carbonation washes the palate clean.

D - This is a good summertime pale ale for when you want a good hop fix, but also something a little lighter and fruitier than a big stinky hop bomb. This is very thirst quenching, and I can imagine that it's well suited for drinking after a day of surfing in Hawaii.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy slightly orange golden color with small, tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of some toasted malts with a nice citrus hop character.

Tastes of a solid amount of hops backed up by caramel malt. Hops a have a mostly citrus and grassy character, but there is also some earthiness to it. Not particularly bitter. Malts has notes of toasted bread with some amount of caramel sweetness, but the beer stays pretty balanced between sweet bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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