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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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552 Reviews
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Reviews: 552
Hads: 1,584
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 301
Gots: 322 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.15% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004

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Reviews: 552 | Hads: 1,584
Photo of FriedSlug
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice cloudy gold that smells like banana bread, yeast and cloves. Tastes like it smells with a nice bitterness and a bit of tartness. Tastes like a typical Belgian style beer but a good one.

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Photo of Myotus
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle (bottled on 12Jun15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam (I wasn't expecting a big head because I had to pour it gently as to not disturb the yeast settlement at the bottom of the bottle) that cuts down to a line after 30 seconds. Rising bubbles are small and subtle. Pale yellow in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Lacing is thin and subtle, but stays on the glass.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of bananas, pears, white grapes, lemony zest, and cloves that meet with subtle pale malt aromas and hints of sour yeast.
TASTE: Strong lemony zest flavors and mild pear and white grape enter initially and are immediately followed by subtle banana and clove flavors. Mild sour yeast continue the taste symphony as banana and clove flavors fade to subtle. Finally, mild spicy hops (weren't detected in the aroma) and hints of pale malts enter as all previous flavors decrease a notch in strength.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down a little rough due to the carbonation. Finishes with a beautiful crispness.
NOTE: A elegantly complex brew. I loved it.

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Photo of LouAleHead
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My First Russian River brew, and yes, it lived up to the hype. Beer ours a nice golden color, nice head that has some lacing, the aroma intensified the drinking experience, as you smell some funkiness and spice, and the taste is a nice sour spicy taste with no acidity. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and I wish Russian River distributed here in Texas.

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Photo of jooler
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is great with great lacing. Smell is a little funky with some citrus notes. Taste is initially mild sweet with a citrus funk aftertaste. One of the best belgium pale ales I have tasted so far.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at the brewery this week, bottled on 06/12/15.
Pours nicely into the tulip, with a golden straw colored body and a beautiful dense white head. A very impressive look overall. Initial aromas show a strong yeasty character with notes of banana and citrus fruit. A bready malt undertone as well. Taste follows up with a great balance of fruity esters and a peppery spice note. On the sweeter side overall, but very refreshing as well.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Golden, pale, straw color with a decent amount of carbonation streaming, hazy, cloudy, white head, not much head retention, some minor lacing.

A: Grainy, hay, earthy aromas, some spice, cloves, banana, pears, smells really good.

T: Hay, grains, spice, cloves, bananas, pears, finishes dry and malty, very well done.

M: Light, fluffy, dry mouthfeel, medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, complex, depth, nice frothy light mouthfeel, very enjoyable. Would definitely pick this up again if I ever see it as RR beers are hard to find.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 06-12-15.

Hazy golden pour.

Scent of banana and clove, hay, faint sweet fruit and crackery malt.

Banana and clove flavors with a moderately bitter hoppy presence over light crackery malts.

The carbonation is soft and pillowy. Delightful.

Definitely in the style of a Belgian Pale, this is well rounded and a joy to drink.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw gold with small white head that goes quickly (possible dishwasher residue in glass killed head retention). Smell is like a Belgian saison, light yeast esters and lemon. Very nice. Good malt and yeast flavor, but light and very refreshing. Light to medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation adds to refreshing aspect. Overall excellent.

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Photo of dbossman
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Gold and effervescent; sudsy thin head that dissipates somewhat quickly; not much lacing

S: Grainy and a bit funky with remnants of cheese, hay, barnyard elements; dry and bready and funky

T: Such a nice balance of toasty grainy malts, citrus and light bitterness, and a cheesy grassy funk from the brett; so tasty

F: Dry and crisp up front with a creaminess from the yeast as it finishes; good carbonation

O: This is refreshing, slightly funky, awesome beer

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Photo of GPHarris
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 011

A - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a tulip glass that left good lacing throughout.
S - honey, floral and bready with yeasty esters.
T - dripping with honey. Cloves and peppery spice.
M - prickly carbonation.
O - excellent and so drinkable.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Russian River's Belgian offerings are too often overlooked in favor of their hoppy stuff. This is fantastic stuff, masterfully executing a balance of bright fruit notes with fluffy, yeasty body. Excellent.

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Photo of pat61
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

I have had this fresh, at one year old and this is a two year old bottle.
Nose: Light funk with apricot to peach mixed with light pineapple.
Pours a hazy peach under a rapidly descending off-white finely bubbled foam cap. Lacy.
Palate: peach and caramel with hints of apricot and cherry.
Very creamy medium light body with medium high carbonation.
Verdict - the younger the beer the more vibrant the fruit flavors are and the head lasts longer the younger the beer is. Even at 2 years it is a very drinkable beer but it is better fresh.

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Photo of Robloc303
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Batch 012. Appears cloudy golden, with aromas of yeast and floral notes, maybe a hint of citrus. Not too much on the palate other than the expected taste of yeast and a trace of lemon and a mild bitterness. Very well carbonated and easy to drink. The finish is dry, but the yeasty flavor sits for a long time. Very refreshing. I could easily drink multiple bottles. I would say this is a good average Belgian Ale.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Having never partaken of a Russian River product, to say I was excited when I learned my neighbor had returned from a trip to California with this beer is somewhat of an understatement. Unfortunately he could not get the Pliny's, but nonetheless, I was ready to try this one. Side poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice hazy golden color with a good, two finger head that has good retention (about halfway through the beer) and leaves little lacing. Exactly what I expected.

Smell - Citrus, cloves, bananas, tartness, and big wheat and yeast. A good nose on this beer.

Taste - Follows the nose closely. Wheats and yeast are certainly present, with the tartness of orange peel and lemon zest adding some zip to the taste. the spices are also intermixed throughout, making for a complex and very drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel - Finishes clean, smooth, and fresh. Medium carbonation and body.

Overall - This is a good example of the style, and a good beer. It didn't blow my hair back, and maybe because of the hype surrounding the brewery this review isn't the most impartial. I think I did a good job though. However, for the difficulty of obtaining this beer, there are a dozen others that are just as good. Condor recommended, Condor approved.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a super-cloudy orange that almost looks like it could be OJ. The pour kicks up a thick, creamy off-white head that fades relatively quickly and leaves a nice amount of lace.

Aroma is dried lemons, cardamom, cloves, bananas, and the other smells typical of yeasty belgian blondes. More emphasis on cardamom here than normal, though.

Taste is similar, with cardamom and cloves taking the lead, and a nice dark-fruitiness makes itself known mid-palate, bringing some raisins and grapes into the mix. Finish is slightly drying and a little bit spicy, and the aftertaste is a nice mix of all the flavors. This one tastes a lot more meaty than most other Belgian blondes I've had, probably due to the heavy-handed emphasis on cardamom here. It's a little overpowering, but welcome to me since this is a style I don't often like as much as this.

Mouthfeel is amazingly silky. Medium-bodied, with a nice creaminess imparted to every sip from the lingering foamy cap.

Overall, this is a really nice Belgian blonde. It manages to keep the trademarks of the style (yeast, lemons, cloves, etc), while tweaking them slightly to make it a bit more interesting.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale straw color, slightly cloudy, thin white lacing

S: Lemon, citrus, tequila, vanilla, fresh and slightly funky

T: Similar to the smell, funky yeast with lemon and bread, clean, refreshing finish

M: light carbonation, minimal finish

O: Not my favorite style but much less cloying and sweet than other Belgian styles-- drier and crisper. Well-made.

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Photo of JohnG190
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw with a small quickly fading white head. Lacing was excellent. Smells of lemon, clove, and banana with hints of light sourness and yeast. Grassy, earthy hops with hints of lemon and sourness. Medium light bodied with high level of carbonation. Overall, a supremely drinkable sour pale.

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the RR brewpub in Sant Rosa.

A: pale hazy light golden. Somewhat weak head still leaves some sticky lacing.

Aroma: tart and fruity, mostly citrus. tart.

Flavor: nice light fruity tartness, light malts and a very nice mix of hops. Very good lingering aftertaste.

Feel: smooth; light body; good soft medium carbonation.

O: excellent; refreshing.

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Photo of Antnego
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw color, with a thick, three-finger head and intense lacing - leaves a layer of foam on the side of the glass. There is a continuous stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

S: Skunk, bile, soap, followed by hay and a light fruitiness. A very weird smelling brew, indeed. It's almost off-putting, but interesting also.

T: Intense wheat with sour grapes, cherries, bread and yeast. Slightly boozy finish.

M: Simply gorgeous. Redemption coats your mouth with a layer of velvet, with very fine carbonation.

O: Weird smell, yet fantastic taste. The mouthfeel and appearance alone are worth searching this one out.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle poured into a Russian River "tion" goblet. Bottled on 04/04/2013.
A: pours a couple fingers of egg shell white head with a pale golden body. Simple but appealing.
S: gentle yeast phenols of white pepper and bubblegum, some lemon tartness and a grainy malt backbone. Lots of earthy yeast. Notes of wheat though I am unsure if there is any used.
T: white pepper up front with some lemon tartness and bubblegum sweetness in the middle and a doughy malt. Less earthy yeast than in the nose but more barnyard funk.
M: super light and fluffy. A bit of prickly carbonation but overall very smooth. Good texture.
D: highly drinkable and thirst quenching.
M: while this is my first time having a single, I see the appeal as it's got pleasant flavors while being very easy to drink. Ideal for lunches and mowing lawns.

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Photo of Paincane
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden w/ white short-lived thin head. Not much in the way of lacing.
S: Fruit, Chardonnay & yeasty aromas make for a Belgian nose that portends sweetness.
T: Flavors of grapes, bread & white wine.
M: Light bodied & slightly sweet. Dry and smooth. Easily drinkable.
O: Delightful blonde ale.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden color with a white head.

S: Banana, tropical fruit and pine in the nose.

T: Banana, papaya, passionfruit, mango, tastes delicious.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation for the style. Pretty drinkable.

O: Far from their best beer, but still delicious just about sums it up.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden beer with a light haze. It pours with a finger of cream colored, rocky foam and leaves a a fine, light lacing on the glass.

S: A medium strong peppery phenol dominates with a soft malt aroma. A mild orange and apricot fruitiness.

T: Moderate spice, mostly pepper with a touch of clove. Moderate light colored fruit. A soft Pils malt sweetness against a medium-light bitterness giving a balance that is about even. The finish is fairly dry with a light spice in the aftertaste.

M: A fluffy beer with a medium-light body and strong level of carbonation.

O: It's right up there with the best examples of this style with that distinct Belgian yeast character of moderate spice and fruit that dominates this beer.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz to a snifter, bottled 7/18/12

Pours a hazy yellow gold with about 10% transparency. A half finger of foam has receded pretty quickly into a ring. Lacing's okay, very mild carbonation

Smells of sour Belgian funk, apple, pear, and some pale malt, and white wine

Taste is initially pretty fruity- much of the apple and pear from the nose, a touch of cinnamon spice, with notes of oak and white wine and a bit of sweet malt on the finish

Feel is a light/moderate body with a wet finish. Leaves a nice tingle on the palate as it goes down

Overall a really solid Belgian, especially for the price

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is about 10 months of age.

A: Murky golden straw, off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Banana, apple, orange citrus. Bright yeasty character, like a saison-dubbel cross.

T: Crisp apple, slight spiciness, funky undertone that puts an old earth character in the background. Some gentle sweetness from the malts.

M: Crisp, light, and dry. Very nice.

O: A pleasure to drink! I didn't expect a lot from this beer but it delivered great complexity without weight. It reminded me a lot of drinking a gently brett'ed saison but with a Belgian twist.

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Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.