Single Take Session Ale
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Single Take Session AleSingle Take Session Ale
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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #141
Ranked #28,100
3.81 | pDev: 6.82%
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Single Take Session AleSingle Take Session Ale
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper with no carbonation, a hint of sunlight thin haze, and 3 fingers of off white, well sustained head.

Smells of cardboard, a hint of skunk, and some citrusy, phenolic notes as well.

Tastes of phenols, Belgian yeasts, peaches, and pears. Light bitterness on the end.

Light body, moderate carbonation. Clings to the tongue like an abbey beer.

Got in Chiang Mai, drinking here Feb 11, 2017. Surprising brew. 'Session' brought up ideas in my head of an IPA style, but they are going for a Belgian style session ale, which I find super creative.

Feb 11, 2017
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chogm54 from Australia

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

curious about this beer - i hear that there are a few different hop types (amarillo, saaz for instance) but low IBUs (20).

A - looks good, pours a nice thick creamy head that stays around. cloudy, amber.

S - Its got a lot going on here, floral hops, yeasty odour. Some ginger in there.

T - Not as much here - slight sweetness (think orange) at begin, with a slight lemony sourness finish. Minimal bitterness.

M - dry, crisp finish, medium body, lively carbonation for a belgian pale ale.

O - definitely drinkable - its nice cold and goes down easily. But its a bit dull, and at this price ($9), I could think of many other ales worthy for a session for much cheaper. Get it if it is your mate's shout at the bar!

Apr 26, 2014
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doktorhops from Australia

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Number 2 out of the 3 Baird Brewing beers bought before because bottle-shop bargains bade better for my purchase... ran out of 'B' words to keep that tautogram going, oh well. Looking forward to the rest of these Baird beers as I was mightily impressed by the well-crafted Rising Sun Pale Ale.

Poured from a 360ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents like a glass of cloudy scrumpy apple cider, with a pale head that leaves some light dusting on top. It's pretty damn appealing when you see a nice murky clouded ale, mmmm, yeast.

S: Light floral hops upfront, with some nice grapefruit aromas present as well. Not much else apart from that though, hard to tell from a whiff if this will be a malty or hoppy beer. My money is on a hoppy brew.

T: First sip is distinctly grapefruit, then another adds some musty yeast and floral hop back notes. The malt base is much less noticeable and there is an astringent sloe berry/ume flavour happening mid-palate where you would normally find sweetness. Definitely a grapefruit flavour throughout this ale. The feeling is that it could use a little less restraint though.

M: Mid to light body with medium carbonation, well balanced mouthfeel for a brew that is practically a mid-strength, well to me anyway.

D: It's decent enough, well-crafted, with an astringent after-taste that makes me want to have another gulp, and another, and another, and anoth... damn my glass is empty now. Overall, personally, Rising Sun kicks this beer in the balls and runs off giggling like a prank-playing catholic school-boy. But I can see why others would prefer this (their taste buds probably haven't been as battered by Belgian Trippel's and American IPA's as mine) and at least they give their beers some very different personas.

Food match: Takoyaki or Kitsune udon.

Feb 24, 2014
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wl0307 from England

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 360ml slim brown bottle, BB 31/03/2014, served mildly chilled in a long-stemmed wine glass.

Appearance: pours a cloudy, dark amber colour with hues as of blood oranges, coming with a thick and well-lasting creamy off-white beer head and constant flows of lively carbonation.
Smell: very interesting aroma, witnessing Belgian yeasts in lively interaction with resinous hops; the exotic fruit-estery notes of mainly mild bananas and un-sweet green mangoes intertwine with rich, resinous hops which manifest in aroma of old lime peels, sweet pines, dried grass, against a rather moderate pale malt dominated backbone, while a tinge of spiciness and even leather from the Belgian yeasts stays firmly in the background. Each good swirl would wake up the rounded, full aroma of the exotic yeasty, dried green mangoes and even peaches. Complex and nicely hoppy!
Taste: semi-tangy, chewy and dry-ish exotic fruity hoppiness on the entry leads towards the main malty body that features pale malts and (spicy) ryes, where the spicy-bitter yeasts muddle the flavour balance and so no distinct flavour of each single component is pronounced enough to stand out in the finish; random hints can be picked up such as dried hawthorn fruits, old lime peels, dried spices, etc., where the tangy and dry-ish palate lingers nicely with a restrained tart-bitter funky note on the side.
Mouth & Overall: refreshingly carbonated and never too fizzy, the medium body retains itself well being a 4.5%abv. low gravity ale, while the flavour is always full of exotic elements to keep my palate busy. All in all, a very well bottle-conditioned and decently flavoured product based on a forward looking fusion-brewing concept. I really like it.

Jul 05, 2013
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Oakenator from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden in color with a light carbonation and little lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicey, citrusy, and some hops. Flavor is nice and consistent with the aroma. The taste brings more floral spice than revealed in the smell. Agree with the session panelling of this beer - at 4.7% could have several of these, yet for that strength provides excellent flavor and balance. One of the best flavors in this category of "light" beer.

Sep 16, 2012
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased for me by @LaitueGonflable from Slowbeer. Shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a slightly hazed orange-copper colour, with a eggy white foamy head that leaves branching, intricate lace. Body is light, but solid, and leaves amazingly fine carbonation. Surprisingly good.

Nose is light, but pleasant enough. Some fine yeasty notes and a touch of estery spice, balanced with a slight fruitiness that might be hops. This is all overlaid, however, with a touch of carbonic acidity—something that just makes it feel a little bit muted, perhaps a little bit too old.

Taste is light and clean, with a slight prickle of spice on the back, giving a hint of fennel and allspice. Some yeasty notes come through again, leaving a brusqueness that almost feels like a bite of lemon acidity on the back palate. Feel is smooth, but light.

Overall, this is pretty solid stuff. I feel like this particular bottle might be showing its age, but it has some very pleasant characters to it nonetheless. Nice.

Aug 31, 2012
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

360ml bottle. Wow, I can actually make out the artwork imagery on the label, and it pertains to the beer's name, even.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of bubbly and finely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some undulating seashore swaths of lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of sweet pastry biscuit malt, some creamy citrus, mild pine/spruce bitterness, white pepper, and earthy and somewhat musty yeast. The taste is grainy, kind of bready malt, some simmering grapefruit and lime citrus, leafy, and earthy hops, a muddled, sedate spice jab, and a very subtle wisp of yeast.

The bubbles are hefty, yet fairly tender in their frothy application, the body an aerated middleweight, and deftly smooth. It finishes fairly off-dry, with the grainy and crackery malt lingering, amongst some equally persistent white pepper spice and citrusy hop notes.

A tasty enough pale ale, and definitely low on the Belgian character quotient. Just a straight-ahead, sturdy lower-ABV ale, so as the white elephant in the room might say - 'tusking' sessionable. The irony of this beer's name sure beats my attempt at humour, that's for sure.

Jun 12, 2012
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 360 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy amber hue, capped by a short creamy ivory head that retains.

Sweet esters and dry hops on the nose, grapefruit rind and mild grainy malt.

Clean grainy malt up front, citrus esters in the middle, mild leafy, floral hops on the finish, clean aftertaste.

Light-bodied mouthfeel, smooth fuller texture, with some brisk carbonation.

This one delivers what the name suggests, a quenching and simple brew that offers more for the palate than domestic macros. Very reminiscent of a Saison as well. If this is available to you on a regular basis this is your new upscale lawnmower beer, or something to throw back on a patio on a hot sunny day.

May 28, 2012
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose is very phenolic, big peppery and clove-like characters along with doughy Belgian yeast and lemon notes
Lots of lemon as a flavours too as well as the doughy yeast. Also some sweet light malt and soft pear notes. Finishes very dry.
Carbonation is too high.
Very nice, refreshing stuff!

Sep 14, 2011
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ADZA from Australia

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow hue with a three finger white creamy head with bubbles all through it and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is white chardonay grapes,bready belgian yeast,peaches and light boiled candy,the mouthfeel is light bodied and a tad watery for my liking but very sessionable and refreshing with tastes of sav blanc grapes,goosberries,lemon sorbet and a touch of sherbet at the finish with also that constant bready belgian yeast making itself known from start to finish and overall i have to agree with previous reviewer of how this would be hard to class as it definately borderlines between styles for me while the taste is alright its nothing memorable and the mouthfeel is too light for my liking but at the right price a great session brew.

Aug 11, 2011
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MrKennedy from Australia

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

360ml bottle purchased from Warners at the Bay and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a murky deep gold with a large head of white foam (3 fingers), with the little white bubbles sitting down at a quarter of an inch for the duration.

Aroma is very yeasty with a hint of rye and some spice. Some sweetness too, it is a little intriguing and welcoming.

Taste is quite yeasty with a touch of spice, backed with a little bit of noble hop flavour. Not a lot of bitterness, but refreshing.

The lack of bitterness makes this quite approachable and lives up to its name. Sessionable, but refreshing and aromatic with some complexity.

Overall, hard to classify, is it a Belgian Pale or a farmhouse style ale? I was iffy on both, it was iffy on both. Anyway, it's a nice session beer that does what it says.

Jul 09, 2011
Single Take Session Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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