Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,520
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 298
Gots: 297 | FT: 13
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.15% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004

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Reviews by Trueant1:
Photo of Trueant1
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Light yellow color. Huge white and very thick head. Smells of nice yeast and mild sweet fruits. Some corriander like smells . White roses abound as well in the smell department.
Nice bitterness through the malts. Strong alcoholic flavors followed by sweet fruits. Sour apples that have been rotted mildy. Very nicely carbonated, dry and smooth. Well above average drinkability. Very complex and interesting brew. Would love to session this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one was a very light yellow in color with a terrific retentive head that left some beautiful Belgian lacing.

Smell – The raw Belgian yeast comes out nicely at the nose. The hops are subtle yet balancing as are the traditional Belgian spices.

Taste – The big white pepper and coriander come out sharp at the taste. The yeast makes a big splash as well and carries along the respectful hop balance from the nose.

Mouthfeel – This one was in between light and medium-bodied. It had a tremendous, fluffy mouthfeel and was very smooth on the palate.

Drinkability – This is a great combination of fluffy carbonation and exceptional Belgian flavors.

Photo of MadScientist
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. I'm always excited to have a new Russian River brew sitting before me. Here we have the Redemption Blonde Ale in a 750ml bottle, refermented with brettanomyces. Cork explodes out somewhat violently and almost takes my head off! No wonder Vinnie said to keep this in the fridge. It slowly pours into my tulip glass a crystalline sunshine gold with a huge head of bubbly, sticky white foam. Lots of active cabonation rising from the bottom. Aroma is very vibrant with a sweet sun dried grain backdrop along with a wonderful fruity aspect featuring lemon zest and citrus. Yeast is there with a definite underlying brett twang and floral notes. Really enjoyable, reminds me of a warm summer morning.

First sip brings a crisp, light sun kissed pale grain maltiness that's accentuated by a mix of light fruit flavors and lemon zest. Spicy yeast tones work in followed by a trail of brett. Mellow vinegar and musty hints, the brett shines through nicely without becoming overpowering. I get somewhat of a grape flavor throughout as well. Finishes with a touch of sourness. Everything ends up so well integrated, this is a tasty brew without a doubt.

Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and dry with plenty of carbonation as well. Goes down easily and is quite refreshing. I could easily see myself drinking mass quantities of this brew if it was readily available. The low abv combined with the wonderful flavor makes it a no brainer. Another solid brew from Russian River. Thanks to Callenak for sending this one my way!

Photo of warnerry
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 9; poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with one finger of white head. Head dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing.

S - Smells of bread, Belgian yeast, a bit of lemon and pepper. Very nice.

T - Similar to smell, a bit of lemon up front followed by Belgian yeast and some spice, mostly pepper. Taste of bread follows. A bit of earthiness on the finish. This is very enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a dry earthy finish.

O -- Really enjoyed this and would definitely get this again.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed several samples of this tasty brew at the Bluezapalooza beer fest @ Mammoth Mtn, in the Sierra, reviewed from notes (yeah I was that guy at the fest taking notes.) Poured cloudy light yellowy amber, with a wispy, fine, active near white head, and leaving plenty of fine lacing. Spicy nose and flavor notes, yeast, coriander and tasty Belgian spice. Love the style, so it was a treat to try this highly drinkable brew fresh on tap and have a chance to chat with some of the friendly RR servers. Highly recommended.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: minimal head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices, pineapple, funk, and hay

Taste: honey and hay at the start, then the Belgian spices and funk come in with a bit of apple rind

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation,sweet and funky in the beginning with some bitterness to the end.

Drinkability: A very good Belgian Pale Ale that I wish I had more access to. The flavors are nice and funky, a bit soft, but blend really well. I could have a couple of these.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Batch 008.

The beer pours a very light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemons, wheat, oranges and Belgian yeast. The flavor is yeast, citrus fruit, pepper and bubblegum. The beer is very juicy tasting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not incredibly complex, but a nice, flavorful Belgian single. Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of magictrokini
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Stone Beer Gardens. Pours clear gold with good carbonation and a frothy white head. Yeast esters, banana, clove, and spice fill the nose. Light mouthfeel compliments the taste. Banana, lemon, breadiness up front with malt and spice in the back. Like a Belgian Pale crossed with a trippel. Yum.

Photo of deebo
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from batch 11 poured slowly into a tulip to allow the yeast to remain in the bottle.

A-3 fingers of large bubbled foam that breaks down moderately fast. A clear (thanks to leaving the yeast in the bottle for now), light golden brew with lots of lively effervescence.

S-Fruity esters with a hint of sourness, hints of clean malt as well.

T-Yeast dominates upfront but is balanced nicely with a fair amount of malt. Slightly sour. A hint of hops gives a bit of an aftertaste, but relatively clean, crisp and dry.

M-High carbonation that works perfectly in this beer-crisp and carries the flavors present. Nice body for this kind of a beer.

D-Outstanding-this is a great beer to enjoy multiples if I just had more.

O-A really nice, well put together beer. Definitely tastes Belgian.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, batch 008.

Pours a really light yellow thats a bit cloudy and a bit odd looking, almost no head, just some light white bubbles. Nose is yeasty and bready.

Taste is very mellow and tame, there's not a lot of character here to me, it's a bit light and forgettable. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy with good carbonation. Finish is crisp, clean and leaves a yeasty flavor.

Photo of pat61
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very faint yellow, fluffy white head and great lace. Aroma is almost wheat like light, lemon, belgianesque slight clove, possibly banana.

Taste, refreshing and light spice to it, doesn't do the odd spice or belgian clove taste, even better. Really crisp. One of my favorite summertime beers, right up there with Bruery's hottfordavidleeroth.

Photo of mondegreen
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008. Poured into a Founder's Tulip. Sent as an extra in a trade with dubinsky. Thanks!

Pours a light straw yellow with a thin white head. Smells of light Belgian yeast with citrus and light banana esters.

Taste is nice. Nothing too overpowering, but a good dose of yeast flavors followed by a light citrus bitterness. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouth is light but very well carbonated.

Drinks like a champ. Each sip leaves me wanting another. This isn't typically a style I seek out, but this is a very nice beer.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in the brewery in a shaker pint glass

A - Pale straw, slightly hazy, with 2 finger froathy white head with excellent retention and clingy lacing.

S - Bready, wheat, some lemon zest.

T - Very fruity, bready and a bit of earthy funk yeast tones. Has a very creamy character and a sweet slightly sour finish.

M - Medium body, moderate-high carbonation, creamy.

O - A really fantastic summer beer. It would be so nice to live in Santa Rose just to drink beer like this on tap every chance one could get.

Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of mocktm
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375 ML Bottle, Batch 011. This is my first shot at this beer, and I love Damnation, so I have high hopes.

Straw yellow in color and a bit murky, obviously unfiltered. Small amount of head quickly fizzles out, appears a bit flat.

Loads of bread yeast aromas with some slight pepper and a hint of citrus. Nose is heavily subdued compared to that of Damnation. A bit simple, but I suppose that is what Vinny was going for.

As with the nose, this tastes mighty yeasty, a bit funky with some light fruit and white pepper. Smallest notion of a hop presence at the end, but I find it rather sweet overall.

Medium bodied and absurdly dry, yet, incredibly creamy. This probably sets the standard for the style. This beer really follows the saying "simplicity, the ultimate sophistication" to the letter. Drinks incredibly easy and is really refreshing.

I have to be honest in saying that I was a bit disappointed by this at first, but the further I get into it, the more I get and appreciate what is supposed to be going on here. Really nice beer for a rare style, although for the price point, I'd rather pick up a Damnation 99% of the time. Still though, a solid offering, Cheers!

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of georgiabeer - thanks!

Pours a clear honey-golden color with a one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of apricots and pears with solid amounts of citrus rinds. The malt aromas serve as an anchor for the rest.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front, followed by good amounts of pears and apricots, in that order. Light citrus flavors jump in near the middle of the sip but aren't as intense as they were in the aroma. The ending is mildly dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness for such a low ABV and active carbonation makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This is probably one of the most sessionable Belgians I've ever had, not necessarily because it tastes that good (though it's certainly not bad) but because the ABV is so low.

Overall this is a very nice beer from a style that doesn't have a whole lot of entries. Certainly worth a shot.

Photo of kylers
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden straw colored.

S: Tiny bit of citrus and fruit not overpowering, yeasty and a bit of barnyard probably from the yeast.

T: Light and elegant, faint touch of spice and breadyness.

M: Medium mouthfeel, went down smooth.

D: Could definitely drink few of these if they weren't so hard to get on the East Coast.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of rastaman
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap@Russian river Brewpub. Tastes half American influenced and half Belgian. Belgian yeasty lemon and apple, with some piney hops, not too bad, but doesn't quite work in my opinion, still its a very drinkale beer, nothing offensive or anything, pleasant...

Photo of acurtis
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redemption 375ml bottle, batch 008, listed as 5.15%, opened with a pop! gentle pour into wb tulip. still created huge white head, it dissipated but stuck to the glass. Beautiful orange color with golden highlights. Nose of grass and hay, like a unfiltered farmhouse ale. I don't think there is still brett in these batches? Not too funky but a little musky. Not off putting at all. Taste of yeast, citrus, biscuit with some spice. Refreshing, even though a little dry. Dry and slightly bitter ending.

Photo of mully
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick creamy head fades slowly leaving a strong lace beautiful blonde/gold color
Spicey peppery hints of sweetness and a little tart on the end

pale malt honey peppery light hop bitterness great balance finishes with a delicate sourness
good carbonation - dry very clean
Pairs great with food, it would compliment, not overwhelm it's pairing very good beer, just wish it wasn't so difficut to come by in Minnesota.

Photo of sloejams
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL ordered directly from Russian River, Batch 001 refermented with Brettanomyces

This pours a murky straw blond with a thick cloud head. The aroma is yeasty – most notably the Brettanomyces, with some citrus and coriander. Vanilla comes through in the taste with the yeast flavors. It’s light and refreshing with a surprisingly big Belgian taste for a beer under 5% ABV.

Russian River never disappoints.

Photo of lnashsig
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to AugustGarage for the chance to taste this long time want. Poured into my Dfh snifter, pours a very light yellow hue with a little bit of head that forms a top layer of the beer. Smell- some white wine flavors, tart blonde scent. Taste- big carbonation hits the front of the palate- light, airy, refreshing. The white wine flavors are there, this is unlike any blonde ale I have ever had. Very refreshing, I would seek this out again for sure.

Photo of watermelonman
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a bright but solid golden color. It was described as a junior version of their Damnation, and that was a really accurate statement.

My pint had little head and gave little lace. Banana flavors are present in both the smell and taste but are pretty subtle. The malt profile tastes good but seems a little plain.

No surprises here, the drinkability goes up when the rest of the beer is toned down.

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Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
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