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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,398 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 283
Gots: 274 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

11-14-2011 18:31:52 | More by udubdawg
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roodie

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 18:18:40 | More by roodie
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 18:15:17 | More by JRod1969
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 17:51:19 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

375ml Bottle - thanks to zacs for this one

BA Review #900

Appearance – Hazy yellow colour with a smaller size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, coriander, oranges

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with lemons and a bit of spice (coriander/cloves). There is also some orange flavour and a bit of a honey sweetness. It ends with a slightly tart lemon and spice aftertaste.

Overall – It really does taste like a hefe and the flavours are very fresh and vibrant. I enjoyed every sip and I could honestly drink this beer every day. It would work especially well on a warm summer day. Another fantastic beer by RR.

11-14-2011 17:49:12 | More by spinrsx
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SourNotes

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 16:29:55 | More by SourNotes
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mikennat

Missouri

5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-14-2011 16:17:36 | More by mikennat
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 15:31:17 | More by sbricker
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hannydawg

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 15:06:34 | More by hannydawg
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 14:31:17 | More by Rollzroyce21
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 13:48:22 | More by s1ckboy
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BlastBeats

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2%

Here goes my very first Russian River beer.. I've heard many great things about this brewery, but since I live in Illinois, bottles are hard to come by. Thankfully, I was able to land a few..

Appearance: caged and corked (I've never seen this on a 12 oz. bottle before). Pours golden blonde with a surging, voluminous near-white head.

Smell: there's some similarities to a hefeweizen in the nose.. faint clove, with a bit of fruity esters as well.

Taste: Prior to Redemption, I've never had a Belgian style single; so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's not overly complex, yet there are some delicate flavors woven in. Soft fruit (pear perhaps?), Belgian yeast, and champagne are detectable.

Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel is a little on the effervescent side, which makes initial sips feel a bit spritzy. Finishes smooth.

Overall: To be completely honest, I felt a little underwhelmed drinking Redemption.. only because my expectations for my first beer from Russian River were through the roof. I do however understand they're highly revered for a reason, and perhaps I should've chosen another one of their offering to drink first. Don't get me wrong though, Redemption is still a quality brew.

11-14-2011 09:14:51 | More by BlastBeats
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 07:01:04 | More by avaldivia
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +14.9%

Batch # 10. Once again, these RR guys hit the ball out of the park. I let the bottle warm some out of the fridge, then poured according to label. Got a smallish, frothy, sudsy, off white head that soon settled to a thin cover and a bit of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with loads of large bubble trails. Aroma has a lot going on with yeast, malt, citrus, apples, balsamic vinegar, perfume, wet grain. Flavor is similar to nose with the carbonic tang hitting you then all those other things & it's fairly dry. Body n carbonation are perfect for style. Finish is like flavor, plus it also leaves "sweet spit", I guess as mouth's reaction to the acids. Clean and average length. Sipping beer and I bet it'd be a blast to cook with.

11-11-2011 20:41:33 | More by drpimento
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2%

Corked and caged. This blonde ale pours a soft cloudy yellow with no head. Smells of Belgian yeast spice, cloves. Tastes pretty typical.. Spices, banana, cloves, some oaky notes. Strong carbonation, very fizzy mouth feel. Slightly bitter and drying end. What I do like about this compared to most is the over all balance.

*Batch: 008

11-10-2011 16:41:57 | More by JustinMatthew
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -0.7%

First non Pliny I've had from Russian River.

A: 2 fingered, soapy white head with decent retention and good lacing tops this cloudy golden yellow bodied brew.

S: Banana, clove, some spice, and good amount of belgian yeast.

T: Similar to the smell, was able to detect a good level of malts along with the light citrus, grasses, and cloves.

M: Creamy light bodied brew, very easy to drink.

O: Not a bad brew, thanks RR!

11-08-2011 22:45:42 | More by tjkinate
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warnerry

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

11-06-2011 02:23:20 | More by warnerry
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monitorpop

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Batch 10

A: Bold almost opaque yellow, with 2 finger white head and substantial lacing

S: Sweet honey, peach, plus some bread and subtile alcohol.

T: A balance of subtile flavors. A bit of lemon (but not tart), slightly sweet peach, some pepper and earthy funk, mild grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

M: Light but slightly creamy body. Start off with an active high carbonation, but fades to low half way through.

O: Refreshing and very drinkable. Starts off great, but goes down hill as it warms up an looses carbonation.

11-03-2011 02:11:12 | More by monitorpop
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Batch 8, poured from 375 ml bottle into a SA perfect pint glass, hazy yellow pour, very big white head. The aroma is floral, lemony, fruity. A very fruity beer, lemons, some bannana, apples, the finish is dry. The body is light, high carbonation, very easy drinking. A nice, easy drinking, sessionable brew.

11-02-2011 23:44:21 | More by bonkers
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Philousa

California

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

350ml Bottle. Batch 10. Pours a pale yellow, opaque with one finger head. Visibly very active carbonation which leaves a delicate lace on the glass. Crisp banana, spicy, bitter yeast in the nose. A bit of banana flavor starts it off, then tart, bitter lemon. Spicy clove and bitterness remain. This is a smooth, drinkable beer with a dry finish.

How I would describe this beer in one word: delicate. It is balanced well with lots of light flavors. Lemon flavor is strong, but hidden by the clove and other yeast characteristics very well. I think I need to try this a few more times to get some other complexities out of it, to which I look forward considering its session alcohol strength.

10-31-2011 01:54:45 | More by Philousa
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

A: Poured a cloudy golden color with a great foam head that was very rich and dense.

S: Very nice honey aroma, along with some sweet breadiness from the malt.

T: It has a really nice herbal hoppyness, along with some sourdough breadiness. I don't get a sourness, yet, from the Brett, but I do get some of the funk coming through already.

M: Medium carbonation with a nice rich mouthfeel.

O: Definitely very drinkable fresh, and with some nice aging the Brett will definitely show through very nicely. I really enjoyed the herbal hoppyness that came from this blonde ale. A lot of blonde ales tend to be overly, malty sweet, but this hits the mark with some great hoppyness and balanced maltiness. Definitely, a great beer that is very well done.

10-29-2011 06:34:35 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2%

Bottle purchased from the Russian River brewery and consumed later at Hotel Tomo in SF. The final beer of my RR pillage on the 23rd, what a great day it was! Batch 010.

A- Pale golden yellow body with a frothy white, one-two finger head. Good retention and a nice pillow stays around on the beer. Plentiful lace.

S- Relaxed but a nice, crisp Belgian yeast nose. Spice, apple/light fruit, lemon zest and some estery banana and clove.

T- Once again, it has a nice light apple/white grape fruit character up front with some spice (clove/coriander). Good yeast presence and some raisin. Hops are grassy/spicy Euro hints.

MF- Creamy light body with a nice smooth, crisp feel. Good foamy carbonation and bitter finish.

Solid, lighter Belgian ale with a good light fruit profile. Good interplay between yeast, light fruit and spice.

10-29-2011 04:48:19 | More by cbutova
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy saison/farmhouse-like aroma with subtle floral, earthy hops, pale malt and light fruit. Hints of apple, pear and grape along with some peppery spice and faint alcohol.

Medium bodied with some soft carbonation up front. Funky with and earthy/bretty flavor along with light fruit notes, faint hops and alcohol sweetness. The Brett is complimented by an earthy hop presence and is nicely balanced by the ester/fruit character. Hints of apple and pear followed by some pale malt that lingers into a slightly dry finish. Well balanced and very quaffable.

10-28-2011 02:35:47 | More by corby112
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

On tap at the brew pub

A: Pours a hazy yellowish, with a brown twinge color. Provides a thick white foam head with excellent retention. There is tons of lacing down the side.

S: Some citrus, mostly lemon and pink grapefruit with some wet hay and grass.

T: Starts off with some barn yard funk and some wet hay. In the middle there is a lot of lemon and bitter grapefruit flavors. On the back end, there is a mild undertone of cut grass. Brew reminds me of a Saison.

M: A nice medium bodied brew that was not as crisp as expected but it was nicely carbonate.

O: A well designed Belgian Pale Ale. Another success by RR. Would certainly drink this again!

10-21-2011 01:35:09 | More by IronCitySteve
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Hands22

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Batch 10. Served from a 375 mL bottle into a snifter. 

A- pours a light straw color with a thick, fluffy white head with good retention. Good clarity. 

S- tart fruitiness reminiscent of pears. A little bit of spicy phenols too. Some clove. 

T- tastes similar to the aroma. The phenols dominate the palate. Slightly dry finish.

M- highly carbonated. Medium-light body. 

O- a fairly straight-forward session Belgian pale ale. Very refreshing and enjoyable. 

10-20-2011 22:15:11 | More by Hands22
Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.