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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,497
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 297
Gots: 293 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004.

Appearance - Bright and clear blond. The first pour provides about two-and-a-half inches of thick froth. Head retention is exceptionally good, leaving behind rings of sticky lace down the glass.

Smell - Earthy and grainy. Estery and sweet with notes of pear and banana. Hints of floral hops.

Taste - Bready, biscuity malts, graham cracker-like sweetness, hints of citrus and banana. Mild hoppy bitterness comes out in the finish, drying the palate and creating an excellent contrast to the initial sweetness. Impressive complexity coming from such an easy-drinking beer.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Soft but ample carbonation from bottle conditioning. The gentle mouthfeel really increases the drinkability of this beer; it was entirely too easy to finish the 750ml bottle by myself.

Notes - It would be foolish to underestimate this beer because of it's low ABV and lack of flash or hype, as it's a truly fantastic brew.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,497 ratings.