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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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Poupae

Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-18-2014 12:30:53 | More by Poupae
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2neardead

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-15-2012 02:57:25 | More by 2neardead
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-29-2013 19:11:54 | More by GraduatedCashew
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished pumpkin with honey colored trim. A generous escape of CO2 on crown cracking produced a generous crown of manila colored foam that is soft and airy. The head looks better as it settles, managing to grace the glass with some decent looking lace in the process.

The nose is an improvement. First of all, it features the citric quality of an American pale ale. Second of all, the brewery says that RSPA is 'crafted in the American West Coast style'. It smells like mostly pale malt, with one or more C-hops added with a moderately heavy hand.

What could be more appropriate than drinking Rising Sun with the rising sun right outside my front window? This is a tasty version (like all Baird beer) that favors balance over hop ferocity. That must have been the brewery's goal, because the label reads 'In balance there is harmony'. While harmony can be good, the beer equivalent of punk rock can be mighty fine as well.

I'm becoming a little less impressed as the ounces flow by. The beer actually tastes more English than American, for whatever that's worth. There simply isn't enough hop flavor for this hophead. Flavors include orange peel, grapefruit peel and apricots, alongside *barely* toasted malt. In the end, the beer is a little too simple and a little too polite. To be fair, bitterness builds by the bottom half of the bottle.

No complaints about the body/mouthfeel. A somewhat generous amount of malt helps to fill things out and keep any potential rough edges smoothed over. Despite initial fears, the carbonation isn't fizzy in the least.

Rising Sun Pale Ale is my least favorite Baird beer so far. Having said that, if you enjoy the style (and happen to be placing an order at Liquid Solutions), it's a worthwhile purchase. I don't recall the price, but it's probably too high to be anything other than one-and-done. There's no need to look toward the Land of the Rising Sun for a quality American pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 13:54:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ortie

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-20-2012 01:57:06 | More by ortie
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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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NHGrafx

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this one as a single at Brawley's in Charlotte.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a nice somewhat cloudy golden orange color. Massive bubbly head on this pour, nearly 4 fingers, which turns into a nice foam and dissipates relatively slowly. Has thick foamy lacing. Lots of little bits of yeast in suspension inside the glass. Was also a small layer of yeast sediment in the bottle. The yeast bits eventually settle into a layer of yeast at the bottom of the glass. First time I have seen that with a pale ale.

It has a very nice aroma. Nice floral hop smells with some malts. Slight citrusy sweetness too. There is also a nice earthy aroma that comes through as it warms.

The taste is very nice. Starts off with some sweetness that quickly turns into bitterness from the hops. The yeast in the glass gives it a slight earthy taste. Also some malt flavors can be detected. Nice light to moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice. Feels smooth, carbonation seems relatively low.

Overall this one was excellent. Will definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 00:03:25 | More by NHGrafx
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is clear amber with significant carbonation throughout. The head was 3-fingers thick, frothy white with some yellow highlights. Moderate soapy lacing.

The scent is citrusy hops, apples, pears, & yeast. The flavor is a very good balanced--citrusy hops, earthy, acidic fruits & some sweet malts. Mouthfeel is a little acidic but ends very suprisingly smooth.

This is a drinkable beer, sessionable beer. It's definitely not for someone expecting something really hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:54:42 | More by theghost3
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-amber color. Explosive opening, I lost nearly a quarter of the bottle to the floor. Then, pouring into a 16 oz glass, I could only get 80% of the remainder poured due to the head. This recedes very slowly.

Very pleasant smell of golden malt and mild hop. Inviting.

Nice complexity--malt and hop are married nicely here. Relatively dry with a neutral body and very, very high carbonation (no surprise there). This makes it feel thin. The hop pops up in the swallow but doesn't overwhelm the aftertaste.

An easy to drink pale ale. Predictable in every way after the initial surprise of overflowing bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 21:37:32 | More by smcolw
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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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Rainintheface

Massachusetts

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

A: cloudy orangy copper with a small off white head, decent lacing

S: floral. light fruity aroma, mainly orange and lightly toasted grains

T: a little caramel, oranges, citrichops and a touch spicy

M: crisp, dry, refreshing with carbonation on the high side

D: a very nice pale ale. immensely drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 23:41:16 | More by Rainintheface
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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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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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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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drpimento

Wisconsin

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

Nice beer. I did drink this at about maybe 60 65 degrees F, so your mileage may vary. Poured with a great off white foamy frothy head and lots of lace. Color is almost barely, slightly hazy amber. Aroma is malty, hoppy, a bit of spice and citrus. Flavor is similar but with more malt, good bitter/sweet, a little fruity hard candy. Body is good and good carbonation. Nice finish like flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 03:33:00 | More by drpimento
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

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

Serving: 11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange-copper, hazy, with a think head that has nice retention and clings to the sides of the glass, it also has nice lacing. When held to the light, becomes light orange on the sides, though, there is still a column of copper sits in the middle. Steady carbonation can be seen when held to the light.

S: Piny, floral, and citrus.

T: Citrus, pine, some bubble gum, floral. Interesting, the flavor comes through more at the end and finish rather than at the beginning.

M: Actually takes on a creamy note towards the back of the throat but it still finishes clean.

D: Low alcohol and subtle flavor makes this an easy drinking pale.

Overall: A nice change of pace from your over hopped American micro-brews. Do not get me wrong, I admire and enjoy the limits of beer that are constantly being pushed by American Micro-Breweries, however, it is refreshing to enjoy a beer that has a subtle, almost elegance, to it. The first sip is restrained, the flavor coming towards the end. Honestly, the more Japanese mirco-brews I try, the more they seem to contain this restraint, subtlety, and elegance, much like their food.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 22:35:18 | More by ianjsullivan
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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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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Popeye's in Tokyo.

Cloudy orange body with a long-lasting and well-lacing head. Thick fingers of foam streak my glass, and there's still a good half finger of head left as I drain the last sip. Caramel malt aroma along with some citrus hops has got me thinking IPA - the hops seems a bit more prominent than usual in a pale ale. Good citrus (orange, lemon and grapefruit) in the flavour, combining with floral and grassy hops to provide a decent level of bitterness. Biscuity, toffee malts balance it out well. Body seemed a bit thin, and let the flavour down a little, but the carbonation is on par with your average APA.

This is still a solid effort, and with a slightly heavier body would be a firm winner. Even with that flaw its still far above average for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2008 20:57:05 | More by bobsy
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Highly hazed, bright golden/ peachy appearance, sturdy and rocky cap of foam holding it down.

Lively hoppy aroma, tickling the nose with citrus and pine, vibrant and inviting.

Drinking: citrus fruit, and trickly, enticing hops sliding down the throat, refreshing and definitely downable. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, never ending flavor...soft, yet hoppy finish.

Very nice. Glad, though, I got to try this Japanese delight at 50%...think I'd still pass on it if it was still $5.50...and I'll keep reaching for comparable American versions.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 09:58:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 02:41:44 | More by msubulldog25
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nickfl

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a huge three finger head of fluffy, white foam that settles slowly and leaves nice lace. The body is slightly hazy and reddish orange.

S - Moderate hop aroma that is both musty and a bit citrus like. Some bready malt with a hint of caramel.

T - Grassy hop flavors up front with toasted bread malt. Some light toffee in the middle that lingers during the hoppy finish with moderate bitterness and notes of pine, licorice, and musty hops.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - A drinkable, but somewhat strange, pale ale. The hop character is noticeable and seems to straddle the line between American and British pale ales with notes of pine as well as musty English hops. It is significantly overcarbonated, and while this seems to mask some of the character at first, the hops come out more as the beer warms up. A nice pale ale and worth a try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 04:53:14 | More by nickfl
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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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snogglethorpe

Japan

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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...]

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 08:52:41 | More by snogglethorpe
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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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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
Rising Sun Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.