Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale

Here’s the second review of the night. I haven’t had any brews from Baird, but I have seen them around in my local beer shop. They also almost always end up in the beer books that I have. Add to that, the label is pretty cool and I’m always a sucker for a good pale ale. Onto the review…

ABV: 5.1%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to, “Rising Sun is a 1992 internationally best-selling novel by Michael Crichton about a murder in the Los Angeles headquarters of Nakamoto, a fictional Japanese corporation. The book was published by Alfred A. Knopf. Although a detective/murder mystery novel at first glance, Rising Sun deals with the controversial subject of Japanese-American relations, and questions the premise that foreign direct investment in the high-technology sectors of the United States is beneficial. Throughout the book, the differences between the Japanese and Western mindsets are highlighted, especially in the areas of business strategy and corporate culture.”

Random: I picked this beer up because it was in one of the beer books I got last Christmas, 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die.

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that took forever to dissipate. Once it did, it didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy burnt orange with low carbonation. The nose of the brew was pretty much mango and lemon with a hint of toffee. This was definitely different than what I was expecting. The taste started with the mango that was apparent in the nose and then move a bit towards the malty sweet side with a hint of caramel. This was probably more of the complex pale ales that I’ve had. After a few sips, I also got some hints of tangerine and pine. The body was thin with lower than expected carbonation. The finish was pretty quick with low booze. This was a very interesting pale ale. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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