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Rising Sun Pale Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-23-2003

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Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Shakujin
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of theghost3
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of philipquarles
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Photo of kiya
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Rainintheface
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of mjryan
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy orange colour with a violent head... gusher. Smells tangy, as all gushers tend to do. Tastes pretty good though...citrus and neutral, bready malt. Decent bitterness. Way thin in the body due to the extreme carbonation. Whatever little beastie that got into this beer has at least left me somewhat of a shadow of what this beer is supposed to be. I like that its from Japan and I would really love to try it fresh as Im sure its a pretty damn good beer. Oh well, to bad its infected.

Photo of bheilman
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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!"

Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes

Pours a slightly chill hazed honey with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Average lacing with zero head retention

S: Light lemony hops, & some breadyness

T: Breadyness, grapefruit, & astringency up front. Leafy hops & grapefruit take over as this warms, plus some apricot. Finishes with more grapefruit & leafy hops

MF: light/medium body, okay balance & moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, an alright take on the style

Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of bobsy
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of NHGrafx
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Rising Sun Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
84 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.