Rising Sun Pale Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
02-26-2012 21:04:29 | More by matjack85
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
01-29-2012 04:07:50 | More by Brad007
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
12-20-2011 03:44:07 | More by rudzud
3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
12-15-2011 15:49:16 | More by mrfrancis
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
11-26-2011 03:53:07 | More by jeffjeff1
3.2/5 rDev -15.8%
$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.
10-21-2011 01:28:23 | More by SFLpunk
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
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..
10-05-2011 23:40:23 | More by smakawhat
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
09-08-2011 04:23:42 | More by CrazyDavros
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
08-06-2011 04:54:35 | More by chrisrhoppe
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-03-2011 00:40:03 | More by distantmantra
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-13-2011 02:46:44 | More by Florida9
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-22-2011 03:05:21 | More by JayQue
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
05-05-2011 00:16:01 | More by getgetgettleman
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
03-23-2011 00:52:27 | More by meeekyh
3/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
03-22-2011 01:24:03 | More by cudmud
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Rising Sun Pale Ale | 355 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2010
Brewer: Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Glass: Ommegang witte
Pale amber with a fizzy head.
Citric, with pale malts, and light spicing.
Citrus--orange peal, grapefruit--with grainy, barely toasted malt.
Crisp, but not incredibly smooth.
It's well balanced--kudos--but boring the more you sip.
Would I get it again?:
Served: January 29, 2011
Price = ?
02-01-2011 02:05:00 | More by BeerNemesis
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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)
12-10-2010 17:44:53 | More by basica
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
10-29-2010 05:09:50 | More by ADZA
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
10-07-2010 03:49:28 | More by BierFan
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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
09-18-2010 03:52:31 | More by wordemupg
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
09-16-2010 22:14:55 | More by biboergosum
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
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...]
07-11-2010 08:52:41 | More by snogglethorpe
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
05-22-2010 02:30:43 | More by Haybeerman
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
04-01-2010 11:15:36 | More by brendan13
Rising Sun Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.