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Rising Sun Pale Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 145
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 6.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | 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

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-23-2003

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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 145
Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of getgetgettleman
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (489 characters)

Photo of meeekyh
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,260 characters)

Photo of cudmud
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (518 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rising Sun Pale Ale | 355 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Glass: Ommegang witte

Appearance:
Pale amber with a fizzy head.

Aroma:
Citric, with pale malts, and light spicing.

Taste:
Citrus--orange peal, grapefruit--with grainy, barely toasted malt.

Mouthfeel:
Crisp, but not incredibly smooth.

Harmony:
It's well balanced--kudos--but boring the more you sip.

Would I get it again?:
No

Bottled: ?
Served: January 29, 2011

Price = ? (518 characters)

Photo of basica
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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) (697 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (723 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 (620 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,339 characters)

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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...] (1,499 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (464 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most enjoyable beer experiences I've had in a long time. Maybe it's because a 12 oz bottle costs almost $5; and it had better be good. But the beer poured rich and gold to cloudy amber in the glass and a giant cream-colored head that nearly overflowed the glass and stayed for a very long time. As expected, some sediment that never settled out and provided an interesting flavor enhancement. Rich, biscuity smooth malt and a strong yet well-balanced spicy hops that provided a subtle bitterness to the aftertaste. Fantastic, bordering on (near) perfect. Well done, Baird. Youku dekimashita! (602 characters)

Photo of movingtrain
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a 12 ounce snifter.

This is interesting...an American Pale Ale brewed in Japan. This one carries a hefty price tag ($5 for 12 ounce bottle). Perhaps because of the place of origin? Perhaps this beer is astounding? Let's find out.

Pours as a Pale Ale should...nice lacing on the glass...a somewhat transparent copper color in the beer itself.

Smells of rich caramel, syrup, hops, sweet fruit (grapes, melon), and some bitterness in the nose, as well.

The flavor is very biscuity and bitter. Pretty dry on the tongue. There are some raisiny notes in there, along with an alcoholic bitter sting on the tip of the tongue. Some bubblegum flavors, and do I detect a rice element here?

Overall, this beer is good, but nothing to write home about. It would be a good, refreshingly bitter ale for a hot summer day. It's a standard example, a bit on the bitter side, and slightly heavy on the price. (923 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of Shakujin
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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. (742 characters)

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. (860 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (817 characters)

Rising Sun Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.