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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
85
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

philipquarles, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

aforbes10, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of kiya
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

kiya, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Rainintheface
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Rainintheface, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

tmoneyba, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of mjryan
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

mjryan, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of bheilman
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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!"

bheilman, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  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

russpowell, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

morimech, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Offa, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  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.

smcolw, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

bobsy, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

NHGrafx, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of acrawf6
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

acrawf6, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a single of this beer at Root Cellar in Kenwood, OH.

A: Pours a cloudy, fuzzy orange with a big 2 inch evenly sized bubbled head. Head retention is good, but no immediate lacing detected.

S: Smells of lemon zest, light orange and mildly toasted malts.

T: Much like the nose. Lemon zest, lightly toasted malts, bread and other floral scents.
M: Light to medium bodied and a bit grain. Semi-dry with a lingering finsh.

D: Nice and enjoyable, but I had to pay $4.99 for this. Way to overpriced in my opinion - even as an import - no thanks.

beachbum1975, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Monkeyknife, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

bbothen, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

MaltyGoodness, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy gold touched brown with a nice thick crème head. Nose is earthy and citrus. Flavor is earthy as well with a nice touch of citrus character. So well balanced. Sweet, but earthy all the same. And everything is in order. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is nice. Man, this is pretty good stuff. Masterfully crafted and a real pleasure to drink. It would be real interesting to see this on cask, but that's a pipe dream I'm sure. If this is the future of brewing in Japan, I'm booking my flight now.

RblWthACoz, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

msubulldog25, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a medium off-white head with minimal retention. Strangely carbonation is really low on that one. Aroma of floral and sweet malt as well as nice hops is clearly evident. Taste is kind of overpowered by slightly bitter hops with an underlying sweetness that doesn’t really do it for me. Ok without being anything too special.

Phyl21ca, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish orange, like those coral necklaces, a spritzy head that died off eventually.

Smell: An enticing scent of tangerines and jasmin tea, this really had an oriental spin to it.

Taste: Again, it's like taking a trip to the far east in a bottle. The first few sips are like lychees in a mild syrup and the hops are flowery, the bitterness is progressive and creeps up on you and the aftermath was very similar to green tea. I love tea, so this really hit it off for me. As Japanese as an IPA could possibly get.

Goldorak, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange body with a tight white head and fine exceedingly stubborn lacing.
Aroma: Grapefruit and malt.
Taste: Lemon, grapefruit, and floral hoppiness with malt, perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel: Exceedling smooth, with the tiniest carbonation.
With this much citrus, this is a US pale all the way.

Naerhu, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of tjd25
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful persistent foamy dense head on a round and hazy orange color. The smell reminded me of the Angry Boy brown ale: yeasty, with red fruits, maybe some oranges, more like jelly, with less sweetness. The taste was fruity, with more citrus, orange and grapefruit. A deep chocolate like bitterness. The hoppiness is quite thick, very round in the mouth, and harmoniously combines with the first impression of smoothness. Good and drinkable, although I like the angry Boy better.

tjd25, Jun 17, 2004
Rising Sun Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.