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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,233 Ratings
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Ratings: 1233
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Uncle Mattie. This is the batch 002 with no bret. It is all about yeast and a touch of funky aroma after the initial glass. Very drinkable and sessionable but not that complex. Soft on the tongue, this is a changeup for the RR brews I have had to date. Cloudy and lace.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 02:50:19 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a slightly murky orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight bitterness with each sip that quickly fades from the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make this one quite easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 04:50:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. Bright, lemony gold with an amount of carbonation that would make champagne blush. A second pour adds a blizzard of yeast that increases the beer's attractiveness quite a bit. The alabaster crown isn't as wonderful as what one might see on most good Belgian beer. It's stiff, yet sticky, and leaves a surprising amount of lace that looks like aerosol snow.

Brettanomyces is easily noted in the nose. In fact, as is usually the case, it's the master of all it surveys. Cruising along beneath all the glorious funk is a golden fruitiness reminiscent of lightly spiced apples and pears. That description might not sound like much, but that's due more to my incompetence than the nose's. It's an exotic, tremendously appealing aroma.

Russian River should be commended for yet another outstanding beer. Redemption is easily the best Begian single ale that I've ever imbibed (let's throw Belgian pale ales in there as well, since BA doesn't recognize the Belgian single style). If I remember correctly, the others were simple fare at best. This beer is anything but simple.

Even without the Brett, this would still be an excellent ale. The orchard fruitiness is at once sweet, tart and bitter, and is a tremendous foil for the wackiness of the yeast. Lemony and grassy notes are present as well. I'm happy to report that, as the nose indicated, the yeast doesn't obliterate everything in its path. Rather, it complements the base beer in the best possible way. Vinnie is an absolute magician. I'd say that even if he wasn't responsible for the best beer on the planet (Pliny The Younger).

I'm trying to factor out the still crazed carbonation from my assessment of the mouthfeel. I'm trying to wait out the bubbles, but the beer is so damn delicious that I can't stop drinking. By the bottom of the bottle, the silky, lightly slick nature of the mouthfeel is noted and allows me to feel confident in the score granted.

For my money, Allagash and Russian River are the only two American craft breweries that consistently release world-class Belgian-style ales. Energetic mouthfeel or not, Redemption has no need to seek redemption from me. It's an outstanding version of an often overlooked style that is improved immeasureably by the inspired use of Brettanomyces. I'm a Russian River fan for life.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 22:49:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this one in a trade a while back and just got around last night to finally pulling it out of the fridge. Nice 750ml corked and caged bottle that I served right out of the fridge and poured it into the Mock Turtle.

Appearance - The pour was very nice and I have to give it credit for that. A gorgeous golden ale was presented in front of me. Deep cloudiness and haze rippling through it and lots of sediment on the bottom. Good carbonation could be seen straightaway as it rippled up toward the surface. A nice towering two inch layer of foam came up over the top and only barely settled down leaving behind tons of side glass lace and a nice white pillow in its wake.

Smell - The aroma was very light, almost too light to be honest. Nice amount of pepper like spices mixed in, with hints of light fruit and a touch of lemon. Some strong wheat notes as it warmed, but everything overall was quite light.

Taste - The flavor was ok as well. I was really expecting a little bit more from this one to be honest, but it is what it is. Starts off with some nice light yeast notes, hints of peaches or pears maybe, touch of grass, all very light with a definite warm weather like quality to it. Some subtle hints of citrus rolling around in the back and making the whole thing come together quite nicely. The finish was quick, with a clean sweep of the palate and not much in the way of a lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel - The feel was very decent with a good carbonation profile that really just let everything pop in just the right way. I was very pleased with this. Lots of activity and a nice light body.

Drinkability - This would make an outstanding session beer, especially on a hot day. It was just light and fruity, with a beautiful carbonation profile and a nice light and bubbly nature to it. I could see myself drinking this when its 100 outside( which incidentally it was yesterday)

Overall I thought this was an excellent beer. However with that being said, has to be my least favorite of all the Russian River offerings I have tried. Just something about it was not right, or a little off. Oh well though, still better then half the other offerings out there. Definitely go out and try this one. It is a great thing for the hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 01:46:33 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Redemption is a pale golden beer with a fluffy white head and lots of lacing.

S: The aroma of this beer is quite fruity. Lots of banana esters, citrus, and quite yeasty. There is also quite a strong floral aroma.

T: The flavor has a lot of yeast and malt. There is also quite a bit of banana, pear, and citrus flavor, along with a lot of floral and earthy hops.

M: The carbonation is ample and provides a nice light mouthfeel.

D: This isn't really my favorite style, but Russian River never really seems to disappoint. This beer has some good flavors and a nice light mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 22:07:03 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden color with a thin, but rocky head that persists as a film and leaves a reasonable amount of lace

Smell: Fruity (pear, green apple), yeasty with a modicum of peppery spice

Taste: Opens with a tangy light fruit flavor, with green apple and pear flavors forward; by mid-palate, the flavor gets more lemoney and sour; after the swallow, the lemon flavors recede for the moment, leaving the yeasty and fruity flavors in command; at the very end, the lemon flavor provides a puckerish finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Extraordinarily drinkable, with plenty of complexity; I like the way it stays dry throughout

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 02:33:44 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (Courtesy of Jimbowood): Poured slightly hazy yellowish ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention. Perfect aroma of Brett is very nice with dry hops and some floral malt. Taste is mildly sour at first with some nice floral peak and ends with a dry finish. Body is quite full which kind of surprise me because of the low ABV I was expecting some light beer. Overall, this is a truly wonderful beer and I very much appreciated the fact that even though the alcohol is low enough the taste and body are reasonably strong.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 14:08:32 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River in August 2009.

A: Pours a bright gold with a nice and fluffy white head that drops down into a few nice rings of lacing.

S: A little bit of earthiness to go along with some citrus and yeast.

T: A little bit of sweetness from the malt as well as some citrus fruits and yeast characteristics; floral and earthy hops make it slightly bitter.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and a great example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2009 16:11:56 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high fizzy off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with some hints of sourness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of yeast along with notes of spices and subtle hints of sourness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is lots of dryness, particularly in the finish.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and the subtle sourness from the brett lend some complexity to the beer. This would be a good choice for someone that is just getting into sours.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 19:38:33 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003.

Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, yellow body with a thin, well-fluffed, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented arrangement of malts dotted with various notes of spice, honey, white wine, and fruits, including white peach, canned pears, and citrus.

Taste: Sweet light pale malts with perhaps some pils and wheat malt throw in the mix as well. A touch of wildflower honey and spice splashed with some Viognier and tossed with fresh-cut fruits. Hints of doughy yeast here and there. Pleasing floral qualities throughout. Light, earthy hops with just a bit of bitterness. Drying, crisp, but it's also quite smooth on the satisfying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Redemption is beauty and glamor and mystique and intrigue, all with a supremely high drinkability and level of refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 21:46:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nanoslugs for this one. Batch 008, served in a Surly tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that settles to a chunky collar and thin cap, leaving a few fingers and splotches of lace. The body is a hazed white-flesh peach color.

S - Rock candy, fruity esters, lightly toasted malt, grains of paradise, and a yeasty and slightly lactic note in the periphery.

T - The taste has much less sweetness, with more grains, and some grass and hay hop character. There is some light stone fruit sweetness mid-palate, followed by a yeasty and slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium-light body, with slightly tingly carbonation. The finish is extremely dry.

D - This is really easy to drink, and thankfully doesn't have medicinal quality I get from some Belgian Pales. However, it doesn't "pop" (flavor-wise) in the same way that Westvleteren Blonde or Westmalle Extra do. I'm curious how different the Brett version was.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 15:48:16 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

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

Bottle graciously shared by kmpitz2...

Cork pops and the ale starts to rapidly foam into a nearby glass. The foam sparkles slightly, like dish soap almost. A good three fingers of foam rises to form irregular peaks and crags. Lacing galore. Tiny racing rivulets of carbonation make their speedy way to the surface. Liquid is a hazy golden tone.

Inital olfactory impression of wet stones, damp basement, with a healthy dose of Brett funkiness. Fairly subdued, it's merely present and not horsey or ripe.

Tart apple, vague lemon and spice, Brett again, with a fleeting earthiness. Mildly bitter hops. It hits the palate slightly prickly, then evaporates into sublime dryness. The effect is crisp and refreshing, with a champagne-like velvet character.

The 4.8% abv on the bottle isn't at all apparent, making for an exceptionally refreshing session ale. Now tracking down more is my new task...

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 01:55:34 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a vrey light pilsner malt scent along with a hint of musty farmhouse funk. It's extremely light and earthy; very nice. The taste is good. It has a quaffable pilsner malt flavor with a slight hint of Brett in the finish. It not overly complex, but it's damn drinkable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an extremely drinkable beer; complex yet easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 01:02:07 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side at the brewpub with Sanctification. Both were awesome.

Beer is hazy shade of summer, yellow with a white head of medium and small bubbles that fades slowly, leaves some lacing on the glass. Moderate to high carbonation in this one. Looks good.

Aroma is bready with good yeast esters and some lemon / spice, almost black pepper. Interesting.

Citrusy in flavor, some hoppiness to it too. The finish is some wheat grains and the esters come out in the middle a lot. The beer is relatively light in body (although next to the Sanctification its not that light) and the carbonation is appropriate in the mouth. Its not distracting at all, just really present. It drinks easily and I really enjoy it. I'd have ti again. Maybe I'll pick up some bottles of it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 19:02:52 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:39:04 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. The head crackled and then receded leaving behind wisps of white lace on the glass.

S - Almost smells wild - some mild funk and barnyard aromas with a yeasty kick. There is a mild aroma of grains, too.

T - Yeast hits you first with a bitter bite. Nice grain flavor mixed with some fruitiness. The funkiness is very mild.

M - It was crisp, very sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This truly is a sessionable Belgian-style ale that is absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 01:23:28 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this one, just arrived today and I couldn't wait. Batch 009.

Pours a pasty white 1+ finger head that fades at a medium pace, over super hazy golden honeysuckle colored beer.

Nose has some nice golden ale aromas, some light golden Belgian malts, almost wheat like but not quite, light citrus and very light Belgian yeast spices, hints of very light grassy hops and hints of zest and a light pale hop demeanor, a slight sweet almost candi sugar like aroma.

Taste is light and airy, a nice Belgian golden malt flavor, plenty more Belgian yeast flavors with a bit of citrus, spice, zest, and a sweet light candi sugar like flavor. Some nice hop flavors, a light noble like hop, with some light grassy and plenty of citrus flavors, it gets a decent bitterness with some lemon zest and orange peel like flavors, but keeps soft and delicate. It seems to dance around the palate, tickling here and there, but in a nice fashion, and balanced pretty well. Finishing fairly bitter, more lingering citrus zest, as well as some slightly sweet Belgian malt flavors but fairly dry at the same time.

Mouth is medium to a bit lighter bodied but feels nice, with tons of carbonation.

Drink is pretty good, low abv, delicate and tasty, the bitterness and zest gets a little heavy at times, but otherwise pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:53:52 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, Batch 001, Sampled January 2006
This beer is already explosively carbonated; I turned my eyes for a split second after popping the cork and the bottle foamed up and disgorged about a third of its contents onto my counter & floor (oh well the dogs enjoyed the mess). The beer pours a hazy gold color (with a definite contribution from the sediment kicked up from the bottom of the bottle) and is topped by a quickly disappearing, initially four-finger thick, pale white head. The Brettanomyces has already set in to the aromatics as well; musty notes are mixed with a sharp light acidity and some notes of urea even. It is almost like a musty cotton ball, or at least what I would imagine one smelling like. I get some notes of lemon zest, hints of ginger and something like the aroma of grains of paradise. The Brett has really added quit a bit to the nose. I really like the nose on this one.

The beer is sharp, which is a combination of the prickly carbonation and a light lemon like acidity. The Brettanomyces character, while definitely evident, is not as pronounced as it is in the nose. The Brett adds some light mustiness; it almost evokes a bit of cotton mouth astringency. The beer is quite light, but has oodles of character. The light palate in combination with the lemon-like notes almost make this refreshing, and definitely so for a beer.

I am a sucker for these light, yet full flavored, Belgian-inspired beers. Especially with a touch of Brett; in fact the Brett really makes this beer. I don't need all that boozy alcohol, and in your face malt and hops, give me complexity and flavor in a light refreshing tipple and I will be a happy man. I am a bit afraid that these are not going to last long, they are already incredibly carbonated, much more of it and the bottles are going to start exploding (though I did serve this on the warm side, about 58°F). I will definitely cold store these from here on out, hopefully I can eke out a couple months more of age.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 20:32:21 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewerB for this one!

Batch 005 - 750 ml cage-corked bottle, served into a tulip glass:

Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Doesn't have the stream of carbonation in the middle that the style often has, but it does have a very nice colour and retention. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of orange and herbal notes with a slight mustiness.

The taste is of grass, orange and subtle herbal notes. Bubblegum sweetness mixes with lemony tartness and a touch of herbal bitter - some bready yeasty notes come in, as well. Complex, yet in a more subtle sort of way.

The feel is light and creamy with a buttery smoothness.

A very drinkable, well-balanced creamy Belgian-style pale with a soft, pleasant floral aftertaste. Very well-done!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 04:07:17 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5

Pours a clear light amber with a creme head. Nose is doughy funk. Citrus is quite present too. Flavor is nice. Smooth with a bit of an edge that's mostly funky. Bit of an acidic bite to it. The most consistent flavor character is an earthy dough. Feel has an attacking carbonation that seems to linger on the tongue. Liquid is thicker and a bit sticky really. A nice drinker. An earthy BPA, but a nice one to drink. Another tasty RR production.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 23:35:24 | More by RblWthACoz
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Halcyondays

California

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68 oz. bottle, Batch 008,

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow with a poofy very long-lasting white head, considerable lace.

S: Classic yeasty Belgian smell. Peppery, lemon, some hop character.

T: Dry white pepper, lemon zest and earthy hops. The American influence can be tasted somewhat here.

M: Very dry, light-bodied, smooth.

D: Solid BPA, the regular unsoured Belgian style beers from RR haven't impressed me too much, but I did enjoy this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:41:08 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a straw yellow color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, some bubbles and lacing

S: Hay, lemon tartness and barnyard funk

T: A lemony tartness upfront, with some hay, barnyard funk, tad honey, a dry and light bite on the end

M: Light body, perhaps a tad to much carbonation, bland, tartness and funk

O: Not sure what RR was going with this.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 04:09:57 | More by barleywinefiend
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is something different from russian river. at first taste i declared, "this is my least favorite russian river beer ive ever had". after reading the label and hearing it described as a belgian single (huh?!), i decided i like it quite a bit. pours cloudy and very light straw yellow color with a very bubbly white head that fades out but leaves some lacing. smells like wheat malt, sorft of hefe yeast mixed with monk's yeast, and some light herbs, corriander? flavor is very light, wheat malt type base, germanesque for a second, before relaxign into a balanced light ale with tons of great yeast happening. feel is nice, more than nice, like all of their beers, its bubbly and foaming and expansive and clean. i love the feel. body is light light light, but it works with this flavor profile. again, this aint to supplication, but its a nice drinkable blonde ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 02:32:22 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky yellow golden color with one finger of fluffy white head with nice retention and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of yeast, wheat, bready malts, and very light lemon and pepper/spice. As it warmed up more of that pepper came out.

t - Tastes of lemon, citrus, pepper, Belgian yeast, and wheat.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - I thought this was a very drinkable Belgian Pale Ale. The low ABV and light body made me think I could drink a lot of this. I would have liked more citrus than pepper in the taste, but a good beer I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 23:42:49 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml brown glass bottle with a cork and wire screwcap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high because Russian River is me favourite brewery in North America and me second favourite globally (behind Mikkeller). The bottle is vintage 2010. The only other singles I remember having are Chimay Doree and Westvleteren 6.

A: Pours a four finger head of very slight soft cream, very thin, with good retention. Colour is a dark transparent yellow. It's actually not that appealing, but I suppose it's par for the style.

Sm: Very pleasant straw, yeast, and light lemon notes. It's mild in strength but rather appealing.

T: The lemony flavour complements the simple foundation nicely, and the yeast gives it a special touch, but overall it's very simple. It's effective and balanced, but I expect more complexity and boldness coming from Russian River. Compared to other singles I've had, it's lackluster.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a nice zesty curtail right at the end - probably its best feature. The mouthfeel complements the flavours but doesn't feel tailored to them.

Dr: It's very drinkable, suiting the style. I could certainly down it all night, but at its high price point and limited quality, I wouldn't want to. I think in fairness, Russian River did what they could within the style, but it's just not up to snuff compared to other beers I've tried from them.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 07:00:22 | More by kojevergas
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Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.