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Rising Sun Pale Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Rising Sun Pale AleRising Sun Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 108
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%


Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-23-2003)
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doktorhops

Australia

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I like the Japanese, they know how to make cool trousers (you know the ones I'm talking about that Samurai used to wear, like 90's rapper pants). They also know how to "mix that shit up" when it comes to beer. My guess is that because their alcoholic beverages are so different in flavour to what us Westerners (though Australia is technically further east than Japan) have been imbibing over the generations that when the Japanese started brewing beer themselves they must have thought "Why the f__k do they drink this shit? We're going to make beer easy to drink"... and I'm not talking about their "Super Dry" Lagers (dorai sensō), I'm talking about their craft beer industry, which is 超幻想的な素晴らしい時間!

Poured from a 360ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: A nice cloudy amber Pale Ale, just the way God/Buddha/Allah/Jesus/Spaghetti Monster intended. There is a head, it is whitish and thin on top, just like my hair will be when I turn 50.

S: In two words and a conjunction: Muted and balanced. There are notes of citric hops; more mandarin than orange, along with a caramel malt base and a hint of melon with papaya in the background. Nothing really dominates the aroma though... which can be good or boring, hopefully the former.

T: Really noticing mandarin in the flavour, followed by that caramel base, some lychee hints show up now and a smattering glutinous rice cake in the finish. With an overall fruity hop flavour and restrained bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with a light, almost flat carbonation (the beer was however warm... IHMF: I Hate My Fridge).

D: Gets better towards the end, and it is quite warm now, which can help when it comes to light flavoured brews (the only negative I could come up with for this). I'm really digging these Japanese craft beers - they know how to MTSU! (Mix That Shit Up) I Used That Acronym Earlier, Pay Attention (IUTAEPA)... NIJBS (Now I'm Just Being Silly). *deep breath* Now that I have that out of my system; this brew is sessionable to the max. Drinks easy with an interesting spin on a classic style.

Food match: Sashimi off the body of a naked Geisha.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 00:31:38 | More by doktorhops
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PolarBear3

Australia

3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dirty, orange colour with light frothy white head that laces well

S - Loads of citrus aromas including orange, peach and apricots, lemon with a little sweet malt and hint of toffee apple.

T - Similiar to the nose but not as pronounced, some citrus including orange, peach, more of a grainy bitter lemon.

M - Medim carbonation and light to medium body

O - Lacks any serious punch to have you begging for more. Fairly bland and not for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 06:48:56 | More by PolarBear3
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has some particles visible being propelled around like a lava lamp by a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down a bit, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries are present in the nose along with some hints of orange citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of gooseberries but there are also notes of toffee and subtle hints of caramel malts and yeast. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has interesting aromas and flavors imparted by the hops. I only wished it had a little bitterness from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:04:12 | More by metter98
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with a small white head. OK lacing.

Some sweet citrus fruits on the nose with a grainy malt profile and maybe some floral hop components.

Some slight citrus up front before more of the grainy malt character takes over. Finishes slight spicy on the back end.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel. There's a little harshness from bittering from the end, but not bad. Appropriate carbonation.

Solid beer although nothing about this one wowed me. In Japan, this probably stands out though and I'd be happy to drink one anytime.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 20:54:43 | More by jmarsh123
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dgilks

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a creamy, off-white head. Fair head retention.

Bright fruity aroma. Lots of citrus with oranges and mandarin dominating. Good tropical fruit notes. Quite complex and very nice.

Moderately malty and backed up with a hefty bitterness. Juicy, tart, citrus hop notes. Some nicer apple and lychee tones.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A solid American Pale Ale. I'm always sceptical of APAs as they are a very difficult style to master but this is quite good.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2012 09:24:49 | More by dgilks
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance Is amber to brown in color - deeper than than many pale ales. Head present at pour but doesn't last the session. Some mild lacing at the top of the glass (when it had some head). Floral hop presence upon smell. Taste is crisp and refreshing with some citrus presence - reminds more of a pilsner style but with a bit more body. Still a nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2012 09:53:22 | More by Oakenator
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from @Slowbeer for me by @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a pleasantly burnished, slightly hazy golden-copper colour, with a fine, slightly bubbly head of pure white. Lacing forms in solid Urdu typography. Body looks very hefty for its ABV. Looks good.

Nose is clean, fresh and bright. Aromas of peach, sweet orange and lavender caress the senses, while a mild, slightly grainy sweetness gives some body. The lavender comes through more as it warms, banging off the sweetness to give an almost salty, sea-water freshness. It's really pleasant, actually, and a little bit unusual.

Taste is lighter, which is not unexpected, with mild smooth grainy malt forming a basis, before some mild citrus juiciness draws out the back palate. A slight crackle of pepper on the back cleans out the palate, but even then it feels a bit abrupt and abbreviated, without an oomph which allows the beer to finish properly.

Feel is smooth, however, with a lovely clean ride over the palate.

Overall, this is good stuff. It's light on the palate, which makes it easy to drink, but it has plenty of interest when you go looking for it. Another strong beer from Baird.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 07:58:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Baird Brewing Company continues to infultrate the U.S. with an attitidue about brewing that's right at home. Where the beer shares much in common with classic American pale ales, it relies heavily on British influence as well.

The rich pour of burnt orange and honeyish amber carries with it a dense haze that gives the beer a bright rust aesthetic value. Creamy carbonation patienty lifts to the surface with a thick sheet that spans the surface. Light pocket lacing and medium retention settles the foam character of the beer with a slight lazy or lumbering demeanor.

Rich aromas of malt and hops mingle in the nose. Malty rich with the nutty and caramelly scent that gives a biscotti note from English malts. Citrus, grass, and other earthy hop aromatics blend with the citrus character that share the stage with both American and English hop notes. But the beer's aroma doesn't stop there, it also introduces estery notes of apple, peach, dates, and figs that remind the olfactory senses of light fruitcake.

Flavors of malt also rise first in taste- sweet with rich caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a dash of brown sugar. But the mid palate balances with hop flavors of ripe red grapefruit, dried oranges, peach, apricot, mango, and earthy grasses and woods. The hop compounds develop into a semi-sharp, semi-broad bitterness that again speaks to American hop zest and Brittish hop broadness. Sweetness also accompanies a bready taste that seems almost stale and yeasty in aftertaste.

With low-lying cask ale-like carbonation, the bready-sweet weight of unresolved barley rests weightedly on the tongue and relies on the stripping agents of alcohol, hop resins, and light ferment acidity to close the beer malty-dry and mostly clean.

I personally think that more English pale ale attributes are present with this ale. Regardless, the beer is very pleasant and non offensive to any lover of pale ales in general.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 16:42:31 | More by BEERchitect
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 6, 2012. The pour is medium-amber with a short-lived foamy head but I am looking at it through a cloud. Sweet malts greet the nose with a light hop note but a slightly more powerful citrus, or more specifically, wild berry aroma. The body runs about light to medium, which seems appropriate for the style. There was an upfront, high bitter hop quality in the taste but it still had a very clean finish. Not an amazing pale ale but definitely a drinkable one.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:40:45 | More by puboflyons
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matjack85

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for the hefty price of $4.99 a bottle. No freshness date, but a very cool looking label.

The beer poured a hazy golden/amber color with a huge 4-finger white head that lasts a long time. It also produced a ton of lacing.

Lots of fruity hop aroma (mangos, peaches, and orange) with some mild malt sweetness underneath.

The taste is very underwhelming. There's a very mild maltiness to it, but it's not sweet at all, despite the detection of a kiss of honey. Some citrusy hops provide most of the flavor. Orange and orange peel are the predominant flavors. Bitterness is mild for an APA. It tastes alright, but I'm not wowed over like I should be for that kind of price.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Not sure about the actual alcohol content as BA lists it as 5.1%, the Baird website lists it as 5.3%, and my bottle doesn't list it at all, but in any case it's well hidden and easy to drink. My complaint is that it's not that exceptional to demand that kind of price.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 21:04:29 | More by matjack85
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Brad007

Vermont

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the Japanese beers I've had have been macro brands, except for Hitachino Nest and now Baird Beer.

Pours a nice golden/amber color with a thin head into my glass. Very nice colors for the style.

Sweet, buttery malt with nary a hint of hops in the nose. Smells more like an English Pale Ale to me.

Taste confirms my suspicions. Pine resin and buttery malt mix in the most unusual manner.

Whatever hops there are, they were left to the aroma. Just sweet.

No freshness date so no way to know if this is what the brewer intended. Still, this is a solid example and I believe I'm correct in assuming that it's closer to the English version of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 04:07:50 | More by Brad007
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Julios and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pured a nice crystal clear light amber with a creamy almost two finger head that slumps down to leave a rather nice blanket.

S - Smell is rather average here. Lots of malty sweetness and no hops really. Think this just might be old.

T - More of the same. Rather sweet with just a faint amount of citrusy hops. Must have been really nice and fresh at some point sadly now it just isnt that.

M - Nice feel, not too thin with a nice clean finish.

O - Overall, this beer is just okay...now. Tastes like it must have been pretty nice at somepoint. A shame really.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 03:44:07 | More by rudzud
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a tight white head.

S: Aromas of toffee, mango, peach, tangerine, and lemon take some time to reveal themselves. I was expecting something much more assertive and complex.

T: Notes of toffee, biscuits, mango, tangerine, lemon, pine, and sage are present on the palate. The finish is quick and simple with pine and citrus notes.

M: Medium bodied and dry. Carbonation is crisp. This ale is very straight-forward and drinkable.

O: This is a decent APA, but I feel that it is missing something. I was expecting a beer with much more hop character, much greater complexity, much more personality. In the end, this ale isn't bad, but it is also neither unique nor memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 15:49:16 | More by mrfrancis
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jeffjeff1

California

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me a few days ago.

Appearance- cloudy copper color, thin head

Smell- malt, hops, seems kind of sweet

Taste- hops, malt, pretty good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. It was kind of cloudy which I don't usually see in a pale ale and a little more malty than I hoped. But still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 03:53:07 | More by jeffjeff1
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$5 purchased at Winooski Bevearage Warehouse. 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle, no date.

Pours a hazy golden amber with 1.5 inches of rich off-white head. Nose has that faded/plastic-y hop quality that I can never put my finger on but associate with imported IPA's/Pale Ales that are a bit past their prime. Biscuity malt too. Palate is pretty bright, decently bitter, with the flavor emphasizing the malt profile, not citrusy hops. Maybe a little orange blossom honey aspect too.

Notes: A "solid" pale ale, but it seems like it's not in it's prime. Per my tradition, the Overall points suffer due to the lack of date coding.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:28:23 | More by SFLpunk
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large styrofoam like head of off white presented off the pour. Body color is a hazy dull amber orange. Lots of staying power and retention. On closer inspection though, body displays partials that are dark black specs, and some hazy clouds of yeast in the middle of the glass.

Real nice earthy pine and grass light hop smell on the nose with some light malts also. Smells very nice and solid.

Light hop and black pepper sense, mixing with a dirty grass and soil lemon bitter. Malt presence takes some sweetness in the finish with also herbal black tea characteristics. Just a hint of wet but not too bad for mouthfeel and some slight carbonation.

Overall not too bad, it sort of looks disgusting but tastes pretty darn good..

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 23:40:23 | More by smakawhat
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows fruity hops at the forefront, with melon, orange blossom, grapefruit and piney notes. Underneath is faint sweet clean malt.
Similarly hoppy flavours, though there's little of the aforementioned fruit, it's more about the piney resin. Not much malt, just some soft caramel and and toasty characters hiding under the hops. Very sharp, harsh bitterness.
Carbonation is very high, leading to a dry finish.
Could really use more malt. The bitterness is pretty overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 04:23:42 | More by CrazyDavros
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chrisrhoppe

Puerto Rico

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden color with choppy yet stable rocky head of about 2 fingers. On the nose is pure lupulin enjoyment with a slight grain backbone. The taste… PUMM! Citrus and piney hops tickle the tongue and linger and linger and linger, the malt takes it’s time but eventually washes the pallet clean leaving a refreshingly dry finish.

This is not your typical Japanese beer, a great sign of hope in the international craft beer movement.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 04:54:35 | More by chrisrhoppe
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distantmantra

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Baird straight pint glass.

A: Rising Sun pours a hazy amber color with a thin head of creamy white foam that does not dissipate. Lacing is good with thick swaths of residue clinging to the glass.

S: Strong backbone of malt and orange with faint hints of black pepper and honey flowing through the air.

T: The initial flavor that hits your tongue is that of lemon and orange peel, with a honey wheat malt flavor, yeast and some nuttiness finishing off your sip.

M: This is a nice full-bodied APA with medium carbonation. The mouth feel is slightly creamy and sweet with a nice dry finish.

O: This is a very refreshing APA that quences your thirst on a hot summer day. Not the best, but above average and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 00:40:03 | More by distantmantra
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Florida9

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dull orange-amber in color. More than a bit hazy. Forms a very stable and very fluffy 3/4" of white head. Good lacing.

S: Orange, bready malt and some musty yeast.

T: Lightly sweet grainy malts. Citrus: dull orange and light lemon. Toasty. Mild to moderate bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation slightly on the higher side. A little prickly in the mouth.

O: A surprisingly good and quite tasty pale ale offering a nice blend of malt, hops, and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:46:44 | More by Florida9
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JayQue

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 oz bottle at Superior Market, a Russian supermarket in Sunnyside Queens, NY - a great place to buy beer while in NY.

Paid $5.39...looks like that is about average for this beer.

Pours a light orange/dark gold color with a big white head that fades down to 1/8 inch and has good retention at that size. Thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Smell is bitter citrus hops and what appears to be caramel malts. Taste is balance as well - citric bitterness balanced by slightly sweet bready malt. Both the bitterness and the maltiness are pronounced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Overall a good beer. However $5.39 for a 12 oz APA is a bit over the top. I enjoyed it, wouldn't want another at that price.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 03:05:21 | More by JayQue
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getgetgettleman

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes of 4/10/11.

I received this bottle from my friend Toby in a 6 pack grab.

A = Amber yellow color. 2 finger bubbly, stiff head. Cloudy with minor sediment. Visible carbonation.

S = Hoppy. Clover and grass notes,

T = Hoppy with sweet roasted nut. Solid full flavor.

M = Full body. Hoppy on the front. Mild and sweet on the back. Dry finish. Refreshing.

O = I liked this. Baird Brewing always dependable with brewing somthing interesting and with a quality approach.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 00:16:01 | More by getgetgettleman
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meeekyh

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I figured with the recent tragedies in Japan trying a beer from there would be appropriate. Some small contribution to the Japanese export market.

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Initial impression is a clean hop smell resembling many an IPA, citrus and a bit of pine.

Color is a deep amber with turbidity and an off-white head that is both tall and full.

Smells include a hint of Orval-twang and the aforementioned hop notes along with a bit of grain sweetness.

Tastes are balanced and clean. I am pleased with the slight grain sweetness and the big hop finish. There is a bit of bitterness but nothing to fear. The tartnesses just right for a drinkable beer and the overall impression is very good and rather more complex than the standard 'American' pale. I am betting on a unique yeast strain as the source of the major complexity, though both the hops and the malt must also have been chosen with care.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation and a dry finish that lingers a bit with the tartness that add so much to the drinkability of this fine ale.

"Overall' this is a fine beer with a hefty price tag ($4.99 or thereabouts for the 12 oz bottle) though not quite on par with Mikkelller's offerings.

Slainte and Kampai.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 00:52:27 | More by meeekyh
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cudmud

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer has a cloudy orange color with two fingers of rocky head that produces major lacing.

Smell: This sample has a faint smell of hops and a hint of black pepper. In the background there is a smattering of malt.

Taste: Mostly tastes of malt with a slight taste of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and creamy.

Overall: This is a thirst quenching beer with average flavors from the hops and malt. I don't pick up any flavors or smells from the hops. This would be a refreshing beer on a hot summer's day.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 01:24:03 | More by cudmud
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BeerNemesis

New York

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rising Sun Pale Ale | 355 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Glass: Ommegang witte

Appearance:
Pale amber with a fizzy head.

Aroma:
Citric, with pale malts, and light spicing.

Taste:
Citrus--orange peal, grapefruit--with grainy, barely toasted malt.

Mouthfeel:
Crisp, but not incredibly smooth.

Harmony:
It's well balanced--kudos--but boring the more you sip.

Would I get it again?:
No

Bottled: ?
Served: January 29, 2011

Price = ?

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:05:00 | More by BeerNemesis
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Rising Sun Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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