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Rising Sun Pale Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Rising Sun Pale AleRising Sun Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

113 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-13-2013 17:53:04 | More by Mattias
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-08-2014 02:35:37 | More by wrightst
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bbothen

California

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

Popped open a gusher here.

Pours a deep golden color with a think frothy 2 finger white head. Lot sof sediment at bottom of glass.

Sweet malt aroma & faint earthy hops.

Has a citrus & floral hop flavor, some spiciness, a slight tartness, enough sweet malt to balance things out.

Dry, chewy, a bit too much carbonation for my tastes, lingering dryness.

Refreshing beer for a hot sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 18:22:01 | More by bbothen
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Offa

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is pretty good, but not all that great. It's fairly tasty, but light, rather dry and fruity, and not really my style.

Somewhat hazy amber, it has a huge pale tan head, steadily shrinking and leaving a little weak lace.

The aroma is apples, mostly green apples with peels, honey, hay, lemon, pear.

The taste is apple, apricot, peach, hay, grass, light fresh grapefruit. it has a light zesty feel.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 06:34:34 | More by Offa
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BlazerT

Poland

3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Teku glass.

A: amber, with big, medium lasting, white head, medium lacing;

S: low aroma of citrus (lemon, orange), low aroma of caramel/honey based malts, hints of floral/herbal aromas

T: low to medium orange peel-like bitterness, some caramel and bread notes, bitterness from medium till the end is consistant not so strong, also some peppery notes, quite well balanced.

M: light body, semi-dry, thicky, moderate carbonation, finishing is lightly hoppy and dry , no alcohol warmth.

O: Very simple pale ale, quite refreshing, little bi too dry on palate. There is on info about bottled date I think mine could be quite old and all the described tropical and citrus hoppy aromas could go away.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 15:36:25 | More by BlazerT
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BierFan

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. ABV of 5.0%.

Appearance: Head rises up quickly and is way too large. White head and a hazy light amber.

Smell: Some perfumey tartness. It smells really good but according to other reviews it's not supposed to be this way. I'm guessing it has some sort of infection.

Taste: Caramel and puckering tartness. Good amount of yeast.

Mouthfeel: Kinda flat because the explosive head upon the initial pour kinda zapped the carbonation.

Definitely a little infection going on in this bottle. I'm posting this review nonetheless because it was no doubt the fault of the brewer and there should be bad bottles represented in reviews. All things considered it was still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 03:49:28 | More by BierFan
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange amber. Small white head maintains, mild lacing on the glass.

Pleasant citrus hop aroma with a mild malt backbone.

Citrusy hops upfront, medium bitterness. Mild malt taste as it finishes clean and dry.

Rather light body, mild carbonation.

Nice pale ale, well balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 02:37:22 | More by MaltyGoodness
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acrawf6

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out bright orange amber with a small bit of a haze to it, head is slightly tan and drops to a thick layer of fat bubbles.

Smell. Has a very nice balance of sweetness and creaminess; has a sweet caramel flavor to it, but aroma stays rich and creamy. There is a small citrus hoppiness in the aroma, but it stays predominantly sweet.

Taste. A bit more of the citrus comes out, and a lot of the caramel sweetness drops out. Flavor is not as rich as i thought it would be, tastes a touch watered down. The sweetness comes back in as it warms, but overall tastes on the mild bitterness side; lemon/lime citrus.

Mouthfeel. Body is on the thinner side, but not bad. Has a nice balance to it. The carbonation is at a good level, and also with the body and flavor, this beer is certainly on the refreshing side.

Overall, not a bad beer at all. I enjoy it, but I think i payed close to $4 for this bottle, which is definitely not worth it. I like the aroma the most, but the flavor is still pretty good as it brings a nice hoppiness that is not overly bitter and is refreshing. A good beer, but not one i will get again...too expensive and there are better ones out there more available.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 00:55:17 | More by acrawf6
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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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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber hue with a stron three finger, spongey brain of a head. This reduces to a layer o' foam. Nice bubbling. Evergreen and orange hops with just some faint bready malts. The taste starts with hop bitterness of citrus and some pine resin notes. The malts act to balance out some of the hops flavor. Very balanced, but still pretty hoppy beer. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:13:57 | More by scruffwhor
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mondial 2009. Golden colour with little head, they were careful in the pour. A solid American style ,pale, very drinkable with some orange , and grapefruit. Good balance, though leaning on the bitter side.Moderate aroma that reflects malt as well as hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 23:34:31 | More by Sammy
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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

Appearance - pours into a sampling glass with a good showing of foam, well over a finger in depth. Good cling to the glass as it falls back. The beer is a hazy tangerine color with a lot of particulate in suspension.

Aroma - very orangey, like the heavy fruitiness of a Dipa but without the intensity and depth.

Taste - crackery base malts, on the sweeter side, followed by an expected fruity hop character. Very orangey and with a light but not very pronounced hoppiness, a little like orange Pez. More of a hoppy bite on the swallow, ending almost medicinal. They really tried to get max flavor from whatever hops they used. Nice dryness on the finish, very clean.

Mouthfeel - good crispness, average weight.

Drinkability - easy enough pale ale to drink, but at $5 a bottle, not one I'm in a hurry to try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 03:10:36 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Shakujin

Japan

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

Baird Sising Sun Pale Ale

Appearance: Glass bottle into pint glass. Color is golden amber with yellow hihglights. More or less clear. Id guess 9 SRM

Smell: Light malt smell, slighty sour in there, but mostly I would describe it as alsmost a green apple kind of thing, sweet slightly sour

Taste: Highly level of carbonation, little bit...tangy! Very sligh malt taste but Its in there. Light malt finish of dry hops. As I drank through the pint the more subtle florals kind of disipated, and I was left with more of a blended malt/hop taste.

Mouthfeel: I was epxecting watering but it holds together suprisingly well, medium body

Drinkability: Relatively low ABV, enough taste to be interesting, light enough to want another. Good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 01:07:57 | More by Shakujin
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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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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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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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

360ml bottle, 5% ABV, nothing on the back label to tell me anything more about this offering, unless I read Kanji, that is.

This beer pours a hazy dark tarnished golden apricot hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, and thickly foamy off-white head, which melts away rather slowly, leaving a decently intricate pattern of spectral lace around the glass.

It smells of a mildly acrid mandarin orange rind and pine needle bitterness, earthy, sort of green-seeming yeast, a reserved biscuit/toffee malt sweetness, and further sugary tropical fruit hop esters. The taste is bready caramel malt, more diluted orange citrus flesh, ethereal yeast, a faded leafy pine astringency, and floral, bitter fruity hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the low side, barely a perceptible tickle here and there, the body medium-light in weight, generally smooth, and maybe a tad creamy, in that airy kind of sense. It finishes clean, and on a drying trend, those floral and citrus hops closing up shop.

A fairly enjoyably hopped-up APA, one still with prominent mirror-world deltas from the Americanized pale ales of my home turf - the particular fruitiness (so, the hops), and the yeast coming most readily to mind. Agreeable enough for one go-around, but I'm not sure, given the single-bottle sticker price, that I'd want to keep having a go at this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 22:14:55 | More by biboergosum
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bheilman

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like hoppy beers, so generally I will not turn away a Pale Ale. This isn't exceptional, but I could sit and drink a few at a time. It's not extremely memorable, but I do like to support the Japanese Beer industry because with the creativity of their cooking, I imagine their beer scene is going to keep improving in the next few years. The label on this site is nice; the label on mine was less attractive, but I assume the beer tastes the same and that should be the point. I would conclude by quoting my good friend Makoto and say, "This was not a suck!"

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 14:38:53 | More by bheilman
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

360ml bottle poured into tulip sept17 2010

A hazy pale orange with enough clarity to see some bubbles and suspended particles. two finger head slowly falls to a 1/4in film that leaves some patches of lace

S some orange rind and caramel

T some spicy hops on top of what I smell, just a little pine decent but not amazing

M more carbonation then I could see creams it up more then enough to please

D I could session this with no issues except an empty bank account

worth trying and it's good knowing if I'm ever in Japan there's plenty too drink, luckily I can find many good brews from there right here in Alberta

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 03:52:31 | More by wordemupg
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morimech

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a large white head that has good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface. Fine particulate matter is suspended in the liquid. Strong noble hop aroma, spicy and grassy. Unusual for a pale ale to use noble hops. The flavor is dominated by the hops as well. Pepper, cloves, lemons, and a very faint earthyness. A little toasted malt is evident. The Baird website says this was brewed in the American West Coast style, but I couldn't not detect the citrus from the hops. I thought it more closely resembled a German Pilsner. Body is light with abundant, bordering on harsh carbonation.

A bit different take on a pale ale with the use of noble hops. Worth a try but I am not a fan of their bottle conditioning.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 23:19:00 | More by morimech
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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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ADZA

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer from this brewery so looking forwards to it,it pours a cloudy apricot hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a very frothy two finger head and lacing here and there,on smell im getting apricot,tangello and some bitter grapefruit aromas,it has a pleasant mouthfeel which is between light and medium and well carbonated and on the first sip apricot stands out followed by mandarins,some light toffee and also a tiny touch of lemon zest bitterness right at the end but its not really bitter at all,overall its a nice drop thats tasty without being too complex and if it was cheaper could easily see this as a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 05:09:50 | More by ADZA
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Seanibus

California

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Am I perpetuating some kind of stereotype if I describe a Japanese Pale ale as having a Saki-like edge? Perhaps. But here goes.

Pours a hazy amber with a gigantic blast of carbonation - almost overcarbonated. The head is sticky and clings nicely to the glass. The aroma is mild and slightly flowery, a little clover-like. The flavor is very polite and delicate - and this is where the Saki bit comes in. It's clearly a pale ale in the American tradition, but it has a restraint and dryness that I associated more with Saki. It's bone dry on the back of my mouth. The hops are slight and the malt has a slight sourness or bitterness, not unpleasant, but distinct and unusual for an American-brewed beer.

This is a good beer, and interesting to see how other brewing traditions intersect with the American one, but it is not a pale ale I will visit with often.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 22:55:06 | More by Seanibus
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-29-2013 01:54:16 | More by tbryan5
Rising Sun Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.