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Rising Sun Pale Ale | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Rising Sun Pale AleRising Sun Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 156
Photo of SFLpunk
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$5 purchased at Winooski Bevearage Warehouse. 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle, no date.

Pours a hazy golden amber with 1.5 inches of rich off-white head. Nose has that faded/plastic-y hop quality that I can never put my finger on but associate with imported IPA's/Pale Ales that are a bit past their prime. Biscuity malt too. Palate is pretty bright, decently bitter, with the flavor emphasizing the malt profile, not citrusy hops. Maybe a little orange blossom honey aspect too.

Notes: A "solid" pale ale, but it seems like it's not in it's prime. Per my tradition, the Overall points suffer due to the lack of date coding.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

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Photo of BierFan
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I like the Japanese, they know how to make cool trousers (you know the ones I'm talking about that Samurai used to wear, like 90's rapper pants). They also know how to "mix that shit up" when it comes to beer. My guess is that because their alcoholic beverages are so different in flavour to what us Westerners (though Australia is technically further east than Japan) have been imbibing over the generations that when the Japanese started brewing beer themselves they must have thought "Why the f__k do they drink this shit? We're going to make beer easy to drink"... and I'm not talking about their "Super Dry" Lagers (dorai sensō), I'm talking about their craft beer industry, which is 超幻想的な素晴らしい時間!

Poured from a 360ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: A nice cloudy amber Pale Ale, just the way God/Buddha/Allah/Jesus/Spaghetti Monster intended. There is a head, it is whitish and thin on top, just like my hair will be when I turn 50.

S: In two words and a conjunction: Muted and balanced. There are notes of citric hops; more mandarin than orange, along with a caramel malt base and a hint of melon with papaya in the background. Nothing really dominates the aroma though... which can be good or boring, hopefully the former.

T: Really noticing mandarin in the flavour, followed by that caramel base, some lychee hints show up now and a smattering glutinous rice cake in the finish. With an overall fruity hop flavour and restrained bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with a light, almost flat carbonation (the beer was however warm... IHMF: I Hate My Fridge).

D: Gets better towards the end, and it is quite warm now, which can help when it comes to light flavoured brews (the only negative I could come up with for this). I'm really digging these Japanese craft beers - they know how to MTSU! (Mix That Shit Up) I Used That Acronym Earlier, Pay Attention (IUTAEPA)... NIJBS (Now I'm Just Being Silly). *deep breath* Now that I have that out of my system; this brew is sessionable to the max. Drinks easy with an interesting spin on a classic style.

Food match: Sashimi off the body of a naked Geisha.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Format: a very solid dark brown 360mL bottle with a fancy label - looks like a piece of art. Very different to the package shown on BA...

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy and solid yellow in colour with a half-finger of off-white head that drops to a thin cap.

Aroma: citrus, nuts, biscuit malts and a touch of some other florals or fruit. Perhaps berries? Good spread of flavours but smells a bit flat, stopping it from rating a 4.

Taste: lots of the flavours from the nose, with that berry flavour fairly strong too. Edit: Thanks to @metter98 - it is gooseberries! Pretty decent here, and somewhat smooth.

Aftertaste: hop bitterness as expected, with some of the hop flavour hanging about.

Mouth feel: the feel is moderate but watery, with fuller carbonation. I think the watery feel causes the flatness in the aroma and the mouth.

Overall: this is a decent and drinkable APA - pretty standard but with a bit of extra florals to make it a bit different. It is, however, AU$160 for a case of 24. What the hell?? The price of Baird Brewing beers are completely out of this world - this is the third I have had, and none of them are mind-blowing, but each is well and truly over $130 a case. Not worth it.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me a few days ago.

Appearance- cloudy copper color, thin head

Smell- malt, hops, seems kind of sweet

Taste- hops, malt, pretty good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. It was kind of cloudy which I don't usually see in a pale ale and a little more malty than I hoped. But still pretty good.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neon orange brown color--like a rich pale ale--and a lasting flaky cream head that swamps out for the duration of the drinking.

The taste is light bodied and highly hoppy, so hoppy that I wondered what the IPA would taste like. Small malt roundness and not too sweet. Very low carbonation combined with the dry hoppiness creates something of lockjaw on the mouth. I needed another sip to clean it out.

Pretty tasty brew we got here.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of tjd25
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

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Photo of theghost3
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of bbothen
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Pale amber with a fizzy head.

Citric, with pale malts, and light spicing.

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

Crisp, but not incredibly smooth.

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

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: January 29, 2011

Price = ?

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Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Baird straight pint glass.

A: Rising Sun pours a hazy amber color with a thin head of creamy white foam that does not dissipate. Lacing is good with thick swaths of residue clinging to the glass.

S: Strong backbone of malt and orange with faint hints of black pepper and honey flowing through the air.

T: The initial flavor that hits your tongue is that of lemon and orange peel, with a honey wheat malt flavor, yeast and some nuttiness finishing off your sip.

M: This is a nice full-bodied APA with medium carbonation. The mouth feel is slightly creamy and sweet with a nice dry finish.

O: This is a very refreshing APA that quences your thirst on a hot summer day. Not the best, but above average and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of meeekyh
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of basica
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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)

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Photo of mjryan
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dirty, orange colour with light frothy white head that laces well

S - Loads of citrus aromas including orange, peach and apricots, lemon with a little sweet malt and hint of toffee apple.

T - Similiar to the nose but not as pronounced, some citrus including orange, peach, more of a grainy bitter lemon.

M - Medim carbonation and light to medium body

O - Lacks any serious punch to have you begging for more. Fairly bland and not for me.

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Rising Sun Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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