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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 283
Gots: 275 | FT: 15
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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004)
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

bcerv-ca, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of DLSheidy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

DLSheidy, May 07, 2014
Photo of dubinsky
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008 poured into my RR "snifter".

A - Pours a straw yellow, almost blond with a nice foamy one finger white head. The head is very fine and creamy leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S - Smells a bit farmhousey and musty . Definitely has lost of Belgian elements present in the aroma. Some sweetness is present, and spices such as and clove finish off the nose.

T - Belgian yeast is apparent along with some sweetness and light malt presence. Some earthy hops add to the bitterness along with lemon and orange zest.

M - Medium bodied with great carbonation which creates a nice dry finish on the tongue.

D - I find this to be a really session-able Belgian. Its a complex beer that you would think has a higher alcohol content but at 5.15% ABV its very drinkable.

dubinsky, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of army01
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

army01, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of TheCondor
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

TheCondor, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of WetCoaster
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

*Caged and corked 750 ml
*Batch 001

There is nothing more exciting than seeing a new RR beer turn up on the shelf. I've really been looking forward to this guy too; a Belgian single. How cool is this?

Appearance: Move over Duvel, there's a new champ. The most mammoth head I have ever seen. Period. Massive, billowing berg of whipped cream foam -- there's even a head IN the bottle! Eternal retention; you could probably go on vacation and return to an inch of froth. Clear, pale gold and obviously well carbonated.

Smell: Basically BSPA light, sweet pale malts, citrus and yeast, just very mild. Nice, but won't change your life.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very, very good. Tangy orange citrus flavor with bitter, herby, woody bite from the bretts. Yeast spice is there, followed by a drying, lemony aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and quite crisp; it simply dissolves on your tongue.

Drinkability: A miracle of flavor and low abv; you'll want to drink this all night and guess what? You can! Too bad it's not more widely available, because this could be a wildly popular beer if it were. Very highly recommended.

WetCoaster, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of RPH2327
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

RPH2327, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of snpub540
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy pale yellow almost the color of straw. It was topped by an nicely foamy whitehead, that kept some nice lift before turning into a ring of white bubbles. Nice lacing stuck to the glass after every sip.

Nose was earthy and floral. Very refreshing aroma.

Taste was slightly tart from the acidic citrus notes. other flavors were spices and peppery tastes.Very nice crisp and dry finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the carbonation was playful and not over the top. Extremely drinkable. I put this one away and was definitely left wanting more.

snpub540, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of guytyping
4/5  rDev -0.7%

guytyping, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of uncccegr
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

uncccegr, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of levifunk
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - pours cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head.

s - nose is grass and belgian yeast.

t - light floral hops throughout. grassy flavor. light lemon and malts. very refreshing.

m - light body. bigger carbonation. a bit dry on the finish

overall - very solid beer. I could drink a lot of this, especially in the summer. amazingly drinkable. i have to restrain myself from chugging it.

levifunk, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of mocktm
4.08/5  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!

mocktm, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Mealhouse
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Mealhouse, May 02, 2014
Photo of OlieIPA
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color with a very bold and frothy white hue head with lacing that encompassed most of the glass.

S: A banana and lime citrus aroma upfront with a delicate and complimentary light malt backbone.

T: Tastes like a typical mellow blonde/belgian pale ale with perhaps some added oak character. The two things that stand out the most about this brew is the overall balance and banana-like flavors.

M: Light body and mild carbonation, which I think is suitable for this style.

D: A good tasting brew that is quite drinkable.

Overall: I can see myself buying a bottle of this and enjoying it a hot summer day, but won't go out of my way in acquiring it. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Large, pillowy, rocky head coning in the middle, nice Brussels lacing cascasdes down the glass, sticky. Firm golden, straw like in color.

N - Very herbal, spicy, white pepper spice, clove-like, musty, soft suggestion of blue cheese, earthy, musty reminds of Moinette but a little milder, mushrooms, bean sprouts. Crisp wheat-like notes.

T - Thin up front, nice oily texture like a gueze w/out the sour funkiness. The mustiness didn't really follow through anywhere but it was more refreshing, spritzy, Champagne-like, nice amount of carbonation to soften the mouthfeel. Clove-like dryness in the finish.

D - Great sessionable, summer time beer.

LiquidBread219, Jul 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Warlocks-Passage, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of hawks10
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked & caged bottle - Batch 008 - Poured into my Russian River stemware...

Pours a pale straw yellow, slightly hazy with three fingers of fluffy, bright white head which leaves some lacing behind...

Strong aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, peppery with clove and coriander. A bit musty and funky, decent amount of brett in the nose too, but overall this is a very yeasty smelling beer, spicy and dry with just the slightest touch of fruit...

Beer starts out spicy with a very dry taste/feel. A slight fruit twist tries to be heard from, but it is barely noticeable...yeasty, dry and simple...

Light bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation. Thin and light with a strong lingering spice and dryness...

Not bad, pretty one sided beer, a bit boring, but I guess that is the style they were going for...

hawks10, Oct 16, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

TGS, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

koolk, Nov 26, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

cfadams17, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Oakhtar
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Oakhtar, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

apocalypsezombie, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of SaucyA
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 004 - 5.65% ABV

A - A fine-looking brew in a tulip. A frothy, rocky white head sits atop a fairly carbonated, clear, golden body. Bubbles rise up to the surface at a rather slow rate of speed, but there sure is a lot of them. Lacing.

S - Lighter fruits, green apples, yeasty esters. Slight spiciness. Nothing remarkable, but smells wonderful nonetheless.

T - Rather sweet, but not cloying. Yeast is prevelant, and it has the tendency to transform a bit in your mouth. It seems all the spots are hit with this... sweet, sour, dry, bitter... all without becoming a jumbled mess. For a lighter brew, this really doesn't hold back. Could it stand to be less muted? Sure... but then we'd be getting into BSPA categories. For what it is, it's a damned fine brew.

M - Light and crisp, with a slightly coating finish.

D - This could be cloying on a bad day, I'm sure. Right now, I'm chillin out, just got off work, enjoyin this mild 73 degree day. Can't think of many other brews I'd pick over this right now.

Notes: Got this from Largadeer in my second trade and finally delved into it. My first RR turned out to be a tasty example of their craftsmanship. If anything, I'm even more stoked to try the other offerings in my cellar. Shit, my mom liked this.

SaucyA, Jul 01, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very light golden yellow. Crystal clear and filtered. Little head.

Smell: Pale yeasty malts interact with a slightly bitter hoppiness.

Taste: Banana esters. Balmy. Mild hops. Slightly bitter feeling on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light.

Drinkability: This a nice beer with some delightful qualities but I would probably opt for a a slightly heartier beer in exhange.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Feb 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

msarver16, Feb 09, 2012
Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.