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Rising Sun Pale Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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BA SCORE
85
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | 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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 22:14:55 | More by biboergosum
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snogglethorpe

Japan

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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...]

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 08:52:41 | More by snogglethorpe
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 02:30:43 | More by Haybeerman
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brendan13

Australia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 11:15:36 | More by brendan13
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 22:35:18 | More by ianjsullivan
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 01:18:11 | More by tugdriver7
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movingtrain

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 23:04:57 | More by movingtrain
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 03:33:00 | More by drpimento
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nickfl

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 04:53:14 | More by nickfl
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Shakujin

Japan

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 01:07:57 | More by Shakujin
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Seanibus

California

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 22:55:06 | More by Seanibus
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 04:05:47 | More by jwc215
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 03:46:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 23:34:31 | More by Sammy
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:13:57 | More by scruffwhor
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 03:10:36 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 01:24:52 | More by Georgiabeer
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 09:58:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:54:42 | More by theghost3
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 13:54:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 09:01:53 | More by philipquarles
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 01:48:35 | More by aforbes10
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kiya

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 04:28:38 | More by kiya
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Rainintheface

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 23:41:16 | More by Rainintheface
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 18:10:25 | More by tmoneyba
Rising Sun Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.