Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,482
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 290
Gots: 291 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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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3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12.68 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a cloudy lemon yellow/light orange color with a thick, fizzy head of two fingers. Retention is pretty good, and the head leaves tight lacing as it recedes.

S - Light candi sugar, sweet fruit, coriander, clove, faint hints of ethanol, and light crystal malt. Light and delicate. Nothing spectacular though it is inviting.

T - Hops are present in the taste that weren't evident in the nose. They help balance the beer though. Clearly fermented with a high proportion of candi sugar as the body is light and airy. The yeast are restrained and mild, perhaps too much so, but what flavors are there are very nice. Probably almost ideal, just too light and mild for my tastes.

M - Light, highly carbonated, and dry. Ideal for the style.

D - Highly drinkable and high quality. If you're a fan of the style, definitely worth a try. Too mild for me, though.

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4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/4/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours a hazy straw yellow with some nice gold highlights peeking through as sunlight hits the glass. A thick, tight bubbled, 2 fingers tall white head quickly forms and sticks around for quite a while, leaving a coating of lace behind as it recedes.

Aroma: (4.5)
Aromatics of fresh banana and a light pepper-y-ness from the Belgian yeast strain burst forth from the glass into your nostrils as soon as you raise the glass to your face. Fresh cut grass and a juicy citrus scent augments the yeast forward nose beautifully, giving the ale a wonderfully refreshing zestiness. Some sweet cracker-like malt lingers in the background.

Taste: (4.5)
Your palate is greeted with huge Belgian yeast presence; banana, clove and a distinct pepper-y-ness. As in the nose, the yeast is quickly followed by a zesty fresh hop character in the form of fresh orange juice and grass. The beer finishes bone dry with long, lingering notes of bready malt, bitter orange peel and more banana and spices from the yeast. Very freshing.

Medium bodied with moderate to high, lively carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
Crisp, refreshing and super flavorful; The orange forward hops(I'm guessing Styrian goldings?) really meld effortlessly with the fruit forward and spicy Belgian yeast. These flavors, coupled with the lively carbonation lend the beer a very thirst quenching character. Belgian "single" ales aren't too common to find, but this is one definitely worth seeking out.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There really aren't enough top notch Belgian Pale Ales. Redemption is a beer that doesn't try too hard to do too much. It's crisp and refreshing, clean on the palate, and dry enough to sparkle. Perfectly balanced throughout, there is enough complexity to keep it interesting, but not too much so as to overwhelm the palate with detail. Though not quite a Westvleteren Blond, it might be close to the next best thing.

It pours a cloudy honey gold color with a small head that fades quickly. The nose is full – though not overpowering – and has aromas of honey, lemon, clove, fresh bread, and buttermilk biscuits.

The taste is where this beer really wins; this is a beer that lets the yeast do the work. Pleasant cloves, light banana, slightly herbal, always light, and a nice long, dry (slightly hoppy) finish, this brightens up the mouth and raises the spirits. And at only 5.15%, it has to rank among the best session ales.

If you are looking for an excellent summer Belgian, this might just be it. Well done, once again, Russian River!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a heavy 375mL corked and caged bottle into an NB globe. RR does not skimp on glass - it's damn heavy.

Pours slightly hazed pale straw yellow with a very nice white three finger cap of fine creamy froth. Lacing it fine, tight, and tends to blanket the glass.

Aromas are lemon zest, pear, green grapes, some straw grass, and Brettanomyces.

Flavors reflect the aroma - lemon tinged with pear and grape, slightly grassy, with Brett hovering over a subtle grainy character.

This beer has a great feel due to the high carbonation that produces some of the smallest bubbles I've ever seen in beer. Nice and creamy, but sparkling at the same time.

The bottle states this is a Belgian single which is typically not brewed for market, but historically brewed by monks for themselves as a mealtime brew. I like to think of this as Belgian Strong's easy drinking little sister. Which I had better access to RR.

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Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,482 ratings.