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Rising Sun Pale Ale | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Rising Sun Pale AleRising Sun Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Japan | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 06-23-2003

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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 151
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Harajuku taproom in Tokyo, Japan.

Medium copper-yellow body. Not much retention or lacing. Smells of moderately fruity grapefruit, mild grainy sweetness, a bit of tapioca. The flavour is similar, but balanced by a slight rind bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but very drinkable. More than a solid APA that drinks fairly well and I would use this as one of my go-to's if I were an expat in Japan.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy amber gold color with a thick and creamy off-white head.

Aroma is one part earthy citrus and one part grainy malts.

The taste is quite malty with a mild bitter hops presence. Finish has a metallic tinge to it. Definitely a pale ale of the English style.

Lighter bodied, dry, and mildly carbonated.

A nice pale ale - nothing memorable.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper peach with few small bubbles that are difficult to see as its cloudy. Topped with 3 dense fingers of yellowish head looking like whipped cream.


S: Peaches, pine, caramel, pine tree bark, light sweet honey scent. Overall its light and balanced and like an IPA but mellow.


T: Very light, peach or watered down peach drink, a hint of pine, light honey and malt, almost a honey biscuit. Fruity and floral opens up in time


M: Medium thick body, light fine carbonation.


O: Well done Japan! I am liking this brewery’s label style and beers. Got on Wishbeer, Thailand, drank in Kunming, China, Jan 15th 2015.

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Photo of matjack85
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Rising Sun Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.