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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,356 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,356
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 273
Gots: 266 | FT: 14
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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Photo of alli4051


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a perfect pint, unfortunately didn't have the proper globe as dictated by the bottle.

Pours a bright but hazy golden color with a bone white head. Head is thick and fizzy, recedes slowly, and leaves some nice lacing. Scent is spicy and citrusy. Taste is a nice balance between that funky belgian yeast flavor, a nice spiciness, and some faint hop notes. Clean and crisp and a little fuller than I expected. A solid brew that I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:01:56 | More by alli4051
Photo of jsanford


4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Russian River globe. Batch 008.

A - Pours a beautiful glowing gold with a thick, creamy white head that settles to thick mounds of foam. Think whipped egg whites. Great retention, leaves sheets of sticky lacing.
S - Crisp, bready malt, coriander, lemon zest, bubblegum Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and a very faint whiff of hops. No doubt about this being a Belgian Pale, spot-on for the style.
T - Light and clean, tastes of more bready malt with a slight toast on it, lemon peel, candi sugar, and that unmistakable Belgian bubblegum-and-coriander yeast. Wonderfully delicate yet complex beer.
M - Crisp and refreshing, with a medium-light body and sharp carbonation.
O - A fantastic take on a Belgian Pale Ale, and at around 5% ABV this could be wonderfully sessionable, if only it were easier for me to get!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 18:43:29 | More by jsanford
Photo of jradams76


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 009 Thanks JohnDoe8 for this.

A- Poured into an FFF glass with a white soft head that mostly disappears leaving light lacing. Beer is a crisp golden straw color.

S- Smells of fruit and yeast.

T- Has a light bitterness at first, then is accompanied by a great yeasty sour flavor before a smooth finish

M- Light beer with light carbonation.

O- First RR Belgian and was very pleased with it. Will have to get another one sometime.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:34:06 | More by jradams76
Photo of notyourdadsbeer


4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle at Fresh Craft into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw appearance. Head is present but fades rather fast, not a lot of action or stability but the lacing is very pretty.

S: Musky and yeasty right off the bat. Hints of spice linger on through the aroma with wild funk backing it up. A hint of earthiness and apples rise and fall through the nose.

T: Very delicate beer. Incredibly balanced between the yeast spice notes with caramelized malts. While not cloying the sugar is present but not the main flavor going on. Pears and apples dominate the fruit but only backup the spice and yeast. Hops are low and malt is high, lemon grass, terroir, earth, and musk are the main flavors. Finishes clean and refreshing. Moderate linger.

M: Moderate but not heavy in weight on the palate. Cotes the palate very evenly and lightly. The carbonation is fantastic and balances the richness of this beer.

D: Lovely beer! Sipping this reminds me of what the monks would drink while eating their bread. Very balanced, soft, and delicate with great earthy musty notes balanced with spice and yeast and rounded out with pears and soft green apples.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 04:46:55 | More by notyourdadsbeer
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 009, poured into a goblet. Pours an impossibly clear light golden with a few fingers of airy off-white head. Very, very pretty. Smells spicy and Belgian with a sweet vegetal/corny underpinning. Very nice for a pale.

Tastes light, slightly sweet, slightly spiced and slightly corny in the way I expect a nice Belgian yeast would give its beer. Though it is sweet, the finish is somewhat dry and makes you keep coming back. Carbonation is voluminous and lively, adding a decent amount of substance to a body that is just substantial enough to hold it. Ridiculously drinkable beer.

Overall I really like this rendition of the style. One of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:11:32 | More by abuliarose
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 009

Poured into a Goose Island goblet (thanks Chris!). Clear, chardonnay body with a fingers worth of white, foamy head. Great lacing. Very classy looking.

Orange peel citrus and a touch of coriander on the nose. Bready malts and yeasty. No mistaking this is a Belgian Pale. Light earthy hops mix nicely with the Belgian spice notes.

Bready malts, a bit of lemon grass, orange and some nuttiness. Earthy straw notes. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is somewhat foamy upfront, but finishes crisp and clean with a touch of bitterness. Body is light, yet substantial for the style.

Overall, this is a solid Belgian Pale. Russian River has executed the style flawlessly. Not overly complex, but damn drinkable and great flavor. One of my favorite Belgian Pales to date. Wish I could pick this up NH/VT.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:10:05 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of robwestcott


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

batch 009, poured cold from the bottle a murky sunlight gold to a dogfish head signature glass with a big bubbled, foamy, long lasting snow white head.

big aroma of belgian yeasts and lemon rind - perhaps a bit of clove-y spice in the wayback.

a bit tart from the first sip, yeasty, subtle bitter to the very tip of the tongue, fading to a mellow semi-sweet, yeasty, spicy delight.

medium bodied, big carbonation, long lasting bubbles from the etched dogfish, super dry finish.

drinkable - yep.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:04:22 | More by robwestcott
Photo of bbeane


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a bone white soft head that mostly disappears leaving light lacing. Beer is a crisp straw color with very minimal activity

S- Smells earthy... with lots of yeast and sour aroma

T- Has a light bitterness at first, then is accompanied by a great yeasty sour flavor before a smooth finish

M- Light body with light carbonation

O- Like other RR brews... outstanding, pricey... but worth it IMO


Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 03:52:59 | More by bbeane
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch 009

Keeping the yeast sediment in the bottle achieves a semi hazy pale golden beer. Lots of rising bubbles are seen rushing up to feed a stark white head. Retention is fine and lacing is copious.

Right away I could smell this beer's musk. It has a musky, yeasty, beery smell. The yeast is chalky and fruity. Lots of pear and mealy apple. A healthy dose of peppercorn furthers the spiciness of the yeast character. Hidden notions of bubblegum, strawberry and lemongrass are seen in varying strengths.

This one is delicate and well balanced. Things are kicked off with fruity yeast, lots of pear and a little hint of golden apples. A chalky, earthy yeast spice brings white pepper along with a mineral water type flavor. The mineralliness gets stronger and pushes into the finish and aftertaste. Just before the finish there is some banana and a little bit of lemony and citrusy hops that only act to balance this beer.

This beer has a great feel. Its medium bodied but still drinks lightly on the palate. Very dry with a nice even keeled prickle from the lively carbonation. The finish is bone dry and super clean, its nearly devoid of any lingering flavors.

This beer is an example of when I'll miss the drinkablility scores. I can see why this Belgian Single or Enkel style was created by monks for their table beer. It won't overpower any meal and quenches the thirst very well. That said, this beer really has no wow factor at all and is pretty light on flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 17:28:19 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of weazal


4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

SMELL: Bright earthy notes. Sweetly pungent citrus, particularly lemon rind with faint traces of funkiness. Similar to Saison spices.

TASTE: Starts off unassumingly dry and flat then flavor seems to build in the BACK of your palate slowly billowing forward as a the beer's unexpectedly thick mouthfeel lingers - causing multiple swallows. All the components are expertly balanced, yet strikingly separated through the wonderfully extended tasting process. The flavor is pronounced, but not overwhelming and still plays perfectly with the carbonation and slight tartness. That tanginess makes it exciting and is probably most defined by a grapefruit-like citrus flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 09:43:39 | More by weazal
Photo of callmescraps


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about damned time for me and this beer. Surprisingly, found it in DC after never running into it in SoCal. Always excited by RR beers.

App- A cloudy yellowish gold color. Very minimal head, turns into a ring, and does not lace much.

Smell- A nice mustiness. Some horse blanket for sure. Very grainy. Some biscuit. A little white wine and fruit. Some apple. Very nice, very brett-y.

Taste- Nice light grains. It's got some of that nice funkiness. As well as some apple and possibly pear. Also some lemon, it's pleasant a lightly fruity. Lightest hint of hops. Very nice, mellow.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation. Nice and light, not overwhelming.

Drinkability- Very nice, easy to drink.

This is a very nice beer, and a good example of the style. Nice and mellow, some good fruitiness and grains. I really like this beer, and am glad to have it, but not going to the effort it takes to get it typically.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:58:11 | More by callmescraps
Photo of lnashsig


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to AugustGarage for the chance to taste this long time want. Poured into my Dfh snifter, pours a very light yellow hue with a little bit of head that forms a top layer of the beer. Smell- some white wine flavors, tart blonde scent. Taste- big carbonation hits the front of the palate- light, airy, refreshing. The white wine flavors are there, this is unlike any blonde ale I have ever had. Very refreshing, I would seek this out again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 20:14:09 | More by lnashsig
Photo of petacutlasaurus


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of these and a Damnation over at Connecticut Wine & Beer after their renovation. Seems they're getting them once a month or so. Great experience - I had been excited to find my first Russian River for awhile now after seeing it in Philly for an outrageous $30/bottle.

This beer was completely worth the wait. A perfectly balanced light Belgian single. What makes it so unique is that it gets at citrusy/floral notes really easily, but isn't too lightheaded. It balances those tastes with some really nice medium body that's both smooth and sweet. I hear in California it goes for $5 a bottle, and that's a great price. I got it here in D.C. for $15, so I don't think I'll have this again soon, but I can't wait until I can.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 18:39:41 | More by petacutlasaurus
Photo of GbVDave


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to nataku00 for this from our trade!

Batch 009

A: The cork came out easily and with a nice "pop". Pours a lovely, bright, and hazy pale straw-gold color with three fingers of creamy bright-white meringue on top. Retention was excellent due, in part, to the very ample carbonation. Gobs and sheets of lace were left all over the inside of the glass.

S: A flash of clove and banana, mild red apple, and subdued citrus. Suprising herbal/grassy hop notes.

T: Once again, a flash of clove and banana, with some orchard fruit, and maybe a touch of apricot. Very nice herbal/fresh cut grass flavor that comes on a bit during the middle and dominates the finish. As it warms, the grass of the finish takes on a definite piney quality.

M: Very dry and almost what I'd describe as "grainy". Interesting hint of tart citrus pops up here and there as does a bit of white pepper sizzle.

O: I really liked this beer. I also like that they chose to brew this as a single, a very unrepresented sub-genre to the BPA style. Subtle, delicate, and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 14:19:07 | More by GbVDave
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.
Batch: 009

A - Pours a nice pale yellow with slight straw golden hints. A nice soapy and fluffy white head that is about 1.25 inch tall is present nice and pure white. Quite hazy.

S - Phenols mixed in with some slight barn-house funk and some slight clove hints. A refreshing and mild tartness also comes up with hints of white grapes and white wine. Nice grainy earth tones are perceived with some slight grassy hops on the back end.

T & M - Starts off crisp and dry with some nice fresh grain notes. Bread and some slight corn husk are present. There is some slight funk in the taste as well as very slight phenolic notes. It is dry and clean in flavors with a slight dry and bitter finish. Not much tartness in the flavor in fact not at all. The finish is very nice with good bready grain and crispness. Pretty straight forward. Nice light body with crispness and good CO2.

O - Overall this is a solid representation of the style. Easy to drink with low ABV and good flavors but not crazy intensity. Solid offering although not one of their Home Run beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 21:23:26 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of plfahey


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle (corked and caged, batch 009) poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Pale yellow gold with just a touch of haze. Relatively thin white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Yum-poached pear esters, a hint of peaches in syrup, light spice phenolics (pepper) from the yeast, and a slight citric tartness. Some perfumy alcohols. Malt is almost imperceptible, but slightly grainy.

Flavor-Yeast phenolics make a much stronger showing in the flavor, with notes of black pepper and hints of cloves. Fruity esters are restrained, with just a touch of tart cherry in the background. Also a light citrus tartness. Very light floral/woodsy hop flavor with low hop bitterness. Perfumy, flowery alcohols abound in the dry finish, with grainy malt, green hops, and faint spice flavors carrying into the aftertaste. In no way in your face, but complex, understated, elegant, and refined.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Smooth and almost a bit creamy.

This is a delicious and quite drinkable beer. Subtle, complex, and yet still very accessible. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 01:50:48 | More by plfahey
Photo of grittybrews


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, cloudy yellow into a tulip with two fingers of vivid white head. Yeasty aroma dominated by lemon, biscuit, and elements of Belgian spice.

Moderate carbonation and a light, prickly mouthfeel. Lemon and spice up front followed by a thick biscuity quality and a smooth finish with some pleasantly tart citrus. Fairly dry with a lingering bitterness that seems to intensify as the glass empties.

Not my favorite Russian River brew (that's some tough competition!), but there was a nice complexity of flavors in such a "small" beer. Really refreshing and easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 03:46:31 | More by grittybrews
Photo of billab914


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. It poured golden yellow in color, with a big fluffy white head to it. The head settled a little, but had excellent retention overall. Great lacing as well, thick white foam was all over the glass as I drank it. Pretty perfect looking beer for the style.

The aroma has a bright, citrusy flavor to it with some lemon, coriander and orange peel coming through. Some pale, somewhat grainy malts come through and add some sweetness to it. It's light, crisp and pretty appealing overall.

The taste shows a lot of the same flavors that were present in the aroma. I get the lemony citrus flavor with some notes of coriander and orange peel coming through. The Belgian yeast gives off a bit more spice in the taste. The pale malts also show through a little more in the taste adding more grainy, sweet flavors. In the finish I get just enough bitterness to help balance it out some.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability was good, it was a good beer overall and went down very easy this evening. It had a lot of bright flavors to it, but manged to stay relatively balanced. Not one of my favorite styles, but one of the better ones I've had. Very solid beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 01:10:37 | More by billab914
Photo of olmatty


3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-Golden hued and slightly clouded with a very thin white head.

Smell-Very light aroma of pale malts and just a bit creamy, meaty yeast aroma a whiff of citrus all so light that quite frankly, there's just not much happening in the aroma.

Taste-Light, crisp, pale malts with a hint of honey sweetness in the opening and a clean citrus orange snap with a yeasty middle which gives way to a spicy, bitter tannin finish. Is this the second runnings? Sure tastes like small beer.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body and more carbonated than is apparent at the pour. A crisp wash of the palate with each sip. A significant bitter aftertaste lurks for a long time.

Drinkability-Although this beer grew on me the more I drank it, overall it was my least favorite Russian River experience to date. Based upon style it';s probably closely in line with what it's supposed to be, but it doesn't appeal to my tastes much.

Style ambiguity-This beer is listed on BA as Belgian Pale Ale while the bottle is labelled Blonde Ale on the front, and Belgian Style "Single" implying "single abbey ale" or (AKA monk's table beer) on the back label. To my knowledge and looking at BJCP style guidelines, blonde and BPA are different styles. It would not surprise me in the least to learn that this beer is a Belgian style Singel made from second runnings.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 07:34:58 | More by olmatty
Photo of CharlesRiver


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68oz brown bottle, corked and capped. Batch 009 What a pain in the butt the cork is!!! Wow! Pours out a lovely light yellow with a HUGE white head. Tons of bubbles on this one.

Smell is awesome! Yeasty and spicy with some biscuit notes in there as well. Some slight lemon or other fruit notes.

Taste is bigger than I initially thought. Spicy hops and yeast notes still coming through. Lemony bread hints with a long aftertaste. Very dry ending which I really love. Thicker mouth feel than I was expecting and it cuts the drinkability ever so slightly.

Haven't had a RR brew in years cuz I can't get it in CT. This is just great and I can't wait to try more.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:50:20 | More by CharlesRiver
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3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 009

This was $6 for the corked and caged 375ml bottle. Served at room temp, in a pint glass. Hazy straw with a thin beige head. Nose has some light Brett, candy malts and not too much else. Lacks depth. Taste is way too big for the style. Over malted and way too boozy. Not very sour, Brett is quite subtle, but the one thing that is on target for teh style. Medium body way thick for the style. Not a bad beer, but don't brag about being a single when it's not even close.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 04:36:24 | More by rye726
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Brian for picking up two bottles of this down in Philly. He brought them into the office and I almost popped one open while I was having my tuna salad sandwich at my desk...but I did the prudent thing and waited till I got home. Gorgeous color after pouring most of the bottle into a burgundy wine glass. Reminds me a little of an Absinthe louche. Bready and sweet smelling. Head has mostly dissipated, leaving just a fine whiteness on the top. Taste is clean and very refreshing. I like this. Carbonation is great, not too heavy. I have that second bottle calling my name...

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 02:39:38 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of wagenvolks


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review 1111!

375ml corked & caged batch 009 into a Unibroue tulip. Thanks to OrgasmicChemist for the extra!

Even with the most delicate of pours, this beer shows a cloudy limoncello color. The white head is steadily supplied by a stream of carbonation rising from the laser etching. The nose is rife with wild herbs and lemon peel, zesty coriander and light pale malts.

The flavor zips across the palate with a dry, crackling biscuit malt body with a hint of honey, spiced citrus, and floral hops. Light, bubbly body fills the mouth with ample carbonation. Mouthfeel is thin, but crisp and well carbonated enough to add some substance to each sip. Overall, a tasty "Belgian Single" from the seemingly unlimited talent at Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 23:13:10 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of LittleDon


4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. in a squatty tulip at Downtown Johnny Brown's, San Diego.

Golden, clear, lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. Head quickly disappears. Left in its wake is a film atop this beer with what's left collecting at the edges. Aroma has green apples and spice (cinnamon?) in it. Light up front with a light middle that has apple and light smoke characteristics. Very light finish with subtle bitterness. Light body and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 01:25:46 | More by LittleDon
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West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow, tan, 1/2 creamy head

Smell - Floral yeast, lemon, grapes. Some trace of sourness also.

Taste - The yeast which is funky and wild tasting, dominates the beer. Grassy and lemonish but mild and a little bland to me. Much like a belgian wit ala blue moon, has corriander and wheat flavors. Not impressed really.

Mouthfeel - Thin and yeasty. Not much sweetness or diversity to it. Mouth will be mildly bitter but recover fast.

Drinkabilty - This aint for me. Too bland and flavor easy for my taste. I didnt care for the sour aftertaste or the yeasty wheat flavor. Tried once, wont bother again. But as far as drinkabilty, its only 5.15%, if your a fan of this style, you could drink it all night im sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 07:26:33 | More by wvsabbath
Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,356 ratings.