Rising Sun Pale Ale | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Rising Sun Pale AleRising Sun Pale Ale
BA SCORE
56.5%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 161 ratings
Rising Sun Pale AleRising Sun Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Japan
bairdbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 06-23-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,022
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
161
Liked:
91
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
12.06%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/20/2014. Labeled as 5.5%. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, apple, peach, apricot, mango, light pepper/pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, apple, peach, apricot, mango, light pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, peach, apricot, mango, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness after the finish from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American pale ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Even with the obvious English yeast counterpart, I feel this still fits the American style with it’s citrus and tropical flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange color with off-white head. In the aroma you get sweet tangerines and other citrus fruits. Taste is also sweet and fruity at first and gets more balanced and slightly bitter with grapefruit notes on the finish. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a decent, easy to drink pale ale.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large styrofoam like head of off white presented off the pour. Body color is a hazy dull amber orange. Lots of staying power and retention. On closer inspection though, body displays partials that are dark black specs, and some hazy clouds of yeast in the middle of the glass.

Real nice earthy pine and grass light hop smell on the nose with some light malts also. Smells very nice and solid.

Light hop and black pepper sense, mixing with a dirty grass and soil lemon bitter. Malt presence takes some sweetness in the finish with also herbal black tea characteristics. Just a hint of wet but not too bad for mouthfeel and some slight carbonation.

Overall not too bad, it sort of looks disgusting but tastes pretty darn good..

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of tea, pine, hops, sweet malt, slight spice, hint of alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hops, pine, tea, hint of pale malt, and a hint of spice. Overall, good appearance and aroma, body and blend are more muted, so an average APA.

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Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, light stone fruit, citrus, lightl grassy hops. Flavor is bready malt, grassy and citrus hops with a light fruity component. Medium bodied. A fairly full bodied pale ale that has more malt depth than usual. The hops seem tired in this one, possibly due to age on this imported bottle with no dating. I really liked the almost estery fruit and malt base for this enough to wish I knew what the hops tasted like fresh. A nice tasting pale ale with good hop presence, but not much hop herbal flavor. Another enjoyable Baird ale.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Rising Sun Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Beer rating: 56.5% out of 100 with 161 ratings
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