Rising Sun Pale Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Rising Sun Pale AleRising Sun Pale Ale

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 145
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 6.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Japan

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-23-2003

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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 145
Photo of Naerhu
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange body with a tight white head and fine exceedingly stubborn lacing.
Aroma: Grapefruit and malt.
Taste: Lemon, grapefruit, and floral hoppiness with malt, perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel: Exceedling smooth, with the tiniest carbonation.
With this much citrus, this is a US pale all the way. (314 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most enjoyable beer experiences I've had in a long time. Maybe it's because a 12 oz bottle costs almost $5; and it had better be good. But the beer poured rich and gold to cloudy amber in the glass and a giant cream-colored head that nearly overflowed the glass and stayed for a very long time. As expected, some sediment that never settled out and provided an interesting flavor enhancement. Rich, biscuity smooth malt and a strong yet well-balanced spicy hops that provided a subtle bitterness to the aftertaste. Fantastic, bordering on (near) perfect. Well done, Baird. Youku dekimashita! (602 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy gold touched brown with a nice thick crème head. Nose is earthy and citrus. Flavor is earthy as well with a nice touch of citrus character. So well balanced. Sweet, but earthy all the same. And everything is in order. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is nice. Man, this is pretty good stuff. Masterfully crafted and a real pleasure to drink. It would be real interesting to see this on cask, but that's a pipe dream I'm sure. If this is the future of brewing in Japan, I'm booking my flight now. (526 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange, with some significant chunks floating about. Large whiteish head falls off fairly quickly. Smells of lemons, grapefruit and fresh cut grass, with some malt sweetness. Flavor is very good...sweet and lemony, with a good caramel malt base. Bitterness on the finish not overwhleming, just adds a nice kick to the beer. Mouthfeel medium with a sort of chewy quality that's interesting and adds some depth to the beer. A really fun pale ale, and from Japan! (475 characters)

Photo of philipquarles
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy orange/gold with a large white head; not mind-blowing, but as far as pale ales go, this is hard to beat. Nice retention and lacing. Smells of sweet malt, but nice citric yeast and some bittering hops are also definitely present. Tastes similar, with sweet, honey-like malt in the foreground and bitter, floral hops backing it up. A lot of fruit (citrus) esters present as well. Nice, fully carbonated, full-bodied feel. A fantastic beer for the style---as usual, another great beer from Baird. (507 characters)

Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy orange with a good initial head, but this fades pretty quickly to a thin, swirl of a cap. Lots of orange citrus and peel in the aroma with a flash of lime and some nice lingering bitterness. Interesting. The taste has those same unusual and nice citrus components, with bitter orange and lime being foremost. A bit on the bitter, pithy side in the mouth, but crisp and juicy and very dry. Quite interesting and refreshing. (440 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jungle Jim's.

Poured a clear golden color with a huge frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus hops aroma. Medium body and soft carbonation. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met. (296 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub in Numazu, Japan.

This dry-hopped, unfiltered, keg-conditioned pale ale poured a cloudy, oragne-amber color with creamy, off-white foam that clung to the sides of the glass. The smell was malt and mild hops. The taste was malty with some tangy hop flavors (floral, fruity citrus); well balanced. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and low carbonation feel with a nice floral hop aftertaste. This was a good, easy drinking pale ale, quite suitable as a session beer. (505 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger white bubbly head with excellent retention. Broken sheets of tnin lace.

S: Orange rind and citrus hop aroma with pine in the background. Biscuity malt.

T: Bisuity malt much more balanced with floral hops. A slight resiny flavor/feel ahead of an even bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Balances and crisp feeln.

D: Flavorful and balanced. Very good feel. (423 characters)

Photo of tjd25
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful persistent foamy dense head on a round and hazy orange color. The smell reminded me of the Angry Boy brown ale: yeasty, with red fruits, maybe some oranges, more like jelly, with less sweetness. The taste was fruity, with more citrus, orange and grapefruit. A deep chocolate like bitterness. The hoppiness is quite thick, very round in the mouth, and harmoniously combines with the first impression of smoothness. Good and drinkable, although I like the angry Boy better. (481 characters)

Photo of kiya
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly unexpected bottle art from a Japanese brewery, brewed at the base of Mount Fuji. I hope to visit the brewery this spring...

Pours with a great 2" thick bright white head and instantly you're greeted with the smell of fruits and florals with a bit of citrus bite.
Great stone fruit flavor in the front, a hoppy bite and a molasses finish, and super rounded considering the floral side to this ale.
There's a bit of a clove that peeks through once the ale warms up a bit, which impressed me considering clove is a tricky sub-flavor to meddle with strong floral and stone-fruits.

This goes down as one of the most impressive ales i've tasted from Japan, including all the Hitachino limiteds which have come out over the years.
Very impressive and a welcome addition to the small set of brewers producing out of Japan. (826 characters)

Photo of basica
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours into my Samuel Adams Globe pint glass, a hazy amber brown with a thick white rocky and foamy head mild retention and settles pleasantly at a one-finger thick foamy head (4)

S - Strong citric nose of aromatic grapefruits with a mild grassy hop backing (4)

T - Upfront malt sweetness balanced by pleasant tastes of grapefruits and a hoppy finish with grassy, citrus notes, closing off with a medium amount of bitterness in the aftertaste (4)

M - Medium-bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, a foamy smoothness on the texture and finishes slightly dry (4)

D - The strong grapefruit aromas and tastes stands out alongside its balanced nature; very drinkable and sessionable (4.5) (697 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber with a huge foamy head (almost too much at first). The head eventually descends leaving patches of foamy lace on the glass.

The smell is floral/pine with mild citrus and grainy/caramelish. Mildly spicy with a touch of yeast.

The taste is of herbal/floral notes mixing with a grainy/caramelish sweetness. Nicely balanced. There is a citric presence (slightly tart) as well. Nice balance shows through the finish.

It is on the lighter side of medium body. Normally I would ask for more of a body but this works well here. Also, flavors linger nicely.

Nicely balanced between hops and malt, and flavorful, this is truly a "sessionable" beer. (659 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish orange, like those coral necklaces, a spritzy head that died off eventually.

Smell: An enticing scent of tangerines and jasmin tea, this really had an oriental spin to it.

Taste: Again, it's like taking a trip to the far east in a bottle. The first few sips are like lychees in a mild syrup and the hops are flowery, the bitterness is progressive and creeps up on you and the aftermath was very similar to green tea. I love tea, so this really hit it off for me. As Japanese as an IPA could possibly get. (530 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a large, foamy, whitish head.

Smell: Pale malts with a thin vein of graininess. A single, nearly missed drop of wildflower honey. Citrusy hops with just a distant pinch of earthy spice.

Taste: Pale malts with a touch of fresh, steeped grains. Meager, short-lived hint of sweet honey. Touch of apricot pulp. Citrusy hops mainly display a taste of pithy lemon rinds. Medium-plus bitterness. Small hints at delicately toasted grains. Dry, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A quality, well-crafted APA that, while good, didn't quite sing to me as well as my previous Baird beers have. In all honesty, the somewhat heftier cost of this import mars the chance of a re-visit. (765 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neon orange brown color--like a rich pale ale--and a lasting flaky cream head that swamps out for the duration of the drinking.

The taste is light bodied and highly hoppy, so hoppy that I wondered what the IPA would taste like. Small malt roundness and not too sweet. Very low carbonation combined with the dry hoppiness creates something of lockjaw on the mouth. I needed another sip to clean it out.

Pretty tasty brew we got here. (438 characters)

Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (2,133 characters)

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber hued dark orange with a couple of centimetres of fluffy white head that slowly fall away. Plenty of lacing.
S - Piney and citrus fruit hops dominate the aroma. Some biscuit malt hints come through.
T - Taste is much more balanced between piney, fruity hops and biscuity malt.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Noticeable bitterness without being too full on.
D - A very nice APA. Would drink again if available at a good price. (464 characters)

Photo of meeekyh
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,260 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 355ml/12 oz. bottle with a label that's just slightly tweaked from the version shown - same design, but a bit 'rougher'-looking, emulating the style of Japanese block prints. Alc./vol. is a tiny bit lower, too: 5.0%. Poured to a pint glass.

The side label tells me that this Pale Ale is "indescribably complex, but [it] holds tenaciously to Japan's prime aesthetic value - supreme balance."

A: Pours slightly hazy, a fuzzy orange-ness that mostly resembles an apricot. Big fluffy almost-white head, over 3 fingers high from a modest-strength pour. Crackles and pops away over a minute of so, becoming rockier and creamier all at once; drops to about a finger-high then hols steady a while. Steady rising carbonation, thin rings of lace. A little unfiltered grit at the bottom, so decant carefully.

S: Has a fresh, fruity tartness blending nicely a sweet toffee-like malt. Hops mimic tangerines a little, maybe a slight pink grapefruit tart/sweetness; later sniffs bring a sort of candied fruitiness melded with toasted grain, which I can liken only to the cereal 'Fruit Loops'. Still, I like it overall.

T: Huh, now that that 'Fruit Loops' aroma is stuck in my nose, the first taste is, well, 'Fruit Loops' - a sort of vague, sugary tartness that meets a lightly toasted grain body. Hmmm... Fortunately the beer doesn't stay there or I'd be disappointed. What this beer evolves into is a bright, fruity beer that has enough of a dry, spicy kick to it to bring the 'harmony' that the label references. Lemony zest and a touchy of leafy hops, too.

M: Light-medium body, just a bit grainy due to some unfiltered-ness. Carbonation seems soft and light. Lingering dry bitterness.

D: A pleasing, rather refreshing and worthy of 'session'ing Pale Ale. No real complaints, no huge highlights. It's certainly worth a try and its one I'm glad has been introduced to the US by the Shelton Bros. But for a $5 price tag, it's one I'd consider from time to time...

Zen Brewmaster, you have achieved your balance. Kampai! (2,016 characters)

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just ordered this randomly (at the Baird Harajuku Taproom), and wasn't really expecting much, as the description sounded kind of dumb ("holds tenaciously to Japan's prime aesthetic value--balance").

However, it turned out to be quite delicious, and demonstrated well that a beer need not be boring to be "balanced."

It's a nice coppery color (a little hard to tell, the bar was dark), with a smallish head, and a fresh somewhat citrusy smell.

The taste was not overly bitter or malty but had a strong citrus character that I suppose may come from hops. It was more "orange" than "grapefruit," with a refreshing somewhat sour character, not overly sweet, but maybe more sweet than bitter. Mouthfeel was medium, but satisfying. It also had a slight wateriness, but unlike most beers that are "watery", this had a positive effect, and actually worked quite well with the citrus character, making the beer more refreshing rather than "weak."

A pleasant surprise, and a beer that I'll definitely try again.

[Note, I've since ordered this dozens of times, and the taste definitely varies between batches -- sometimes more sour, sometimes quite hoppy (almost an American IPA!), sometimes creamier than the usual "refreshingly light citrus" moutfeel -- but it's always delicious. This has become my real go-to beer at Baird's taprooms and other Tokyo bars that frequently carry it; even when all the cool limited-release beers are sold out (always!), I know I can have a satisfying pint with this...] (1,499 characters)

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