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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,443
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 289
Gots: 285 | FT: 12
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%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

mikennat, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

hannydawg, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

s1ckboy, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BlastBeats
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BlastBeats, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -0.7%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

drpimento, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of JustinMatthew
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

JustinMatthew, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

tjkinate, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

warnerry, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of monitorpop
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

monitorpop, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

bonkers, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Philousa
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Philousa, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

PaulStoneAnchor, Oct 29, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

cbutova, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

corby112, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

IronCitySteve, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Hands22
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. 

Hands22, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of HugePlume
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A- Bright medium yellow color, with a loose white head. Lower than expected lacing,

S- Nice crisp citrus note, very bright.

T- Crisp malt note, with a nice subdued bitterness in the finish. A slight breath of alcohol. Nothing really dramatic going on here. Its a good brew that exudes quality, but theres nothing really special here. Its like comparing a BMW to a Lexus. The Lexus is a really nice car, but the BMW will run circles around it.

M- Excellent crisp mouthfeel, ideal carbonation, Very refreshing, with a little breeze of alcohol,

O- Its good, and extremely well balanced. Maybe too balanced.

HugePlume, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

kojevergas, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle (batch 009) poured into a tulip. Slightly hazy golden color w/ a nice bright white head - thick & creamy.

Aroma is clean Belgian yeast, pale malt.

Taste is clean & light w/ subtle spice - lemon, white pepper. Great velvety mouthfeel.

Overall a really great, clean Belgian pale ale.

draheim, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of PCampbell
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy light gold / pale yellow with a thick white head that dissipates to a thin layer.

On first smell it gives off a nice bit of spiciness to it, some coriander, lemon grass, the normal Belgian yeast smells. Tastes of spicy phenols, with some coriander and lemon zest and a light malt backbone to support it all. Has a medium tolight bodied feel to it with nice carbonation.

A very nice Belgian Pale, well worth drinking if you are in to the style. Very flavorful and well done.

PCampbell, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cduckett16.

S: Pils malt with a touch of belgian phenolics, some saison spicy components, slight breadiness, very malt forward.

L: Hazy pale yellow, carbonated head that dissipates.

T: Clean pils malt with a prominent herbal hoppiness. Some spicy phenolics, soft cloves mostly. Finishes slightly spicy and semi-dry. Clean overall.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium-light bodied.

Really good, enjoyed the clean maltiness with just a touch of phenolics. Would definitely have again.

bum732, Oct 04, 2011
Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,443 ratings.