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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 290
Gots: 292 | FT: 16
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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 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.

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.

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.

Photo of cbutova
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.

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.

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!

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body with an ample pillowy white head. Great lacing. Looks like a really nice refreshing beer.

Smell - Brett, slight funk, hay, lemon, and some grassy smells. Almost smells like a saison, with some hops in the background. Interesting.

Taste - Brett flavors up front, not as much funk, but some. Mix of grassy and lemon flavors in the middle with a little bit of a bitterness in the end. Nothing over the top, but nice flavors all around.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, but not dry. Kind of a wet finish to it, almost feels sluggish, but it isn't. High carbonation makes it feel tingly.

Overall - Very nice. Really hits the spot on a hot afternoon. I'd drink this again, but probably not at the prices I've seen it for.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml brown glass cork and cage bottle at The Drafting Room, PA. Batch 008.

Pours crystal clear pale yellow with thin white head. Nose is dominated by grain husks and wheat, something like smoky citrus. Dense and explosive carbonation is prickly on the palate. Flavors or grain, wheat, cactus pads, lemongrass and hay.

Tasty but not my favorite. Duvel and Damnation trump this for the style.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: minimal head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices, pineapple, funk, and hay

Taste: honey and hay at the start, then the Belgian spices and funk come in with a bit of apple rind

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation,sweet and funky in the beginning with some bitterness to the end.

Drinkability: A very good Belgian Pale Ale that I wish I had more access to. The flavors are nice and funky, a bit soft, but blend really well. I could have a couple of these.

Photo of FUNKPhD
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 008

Pours out a nice bubbly blonde, with very little transparency. Slight lingering head, but very nice lacing. Smells of tart pears and apples. A nice bubbly mouthfeel ending in rather dry.

It wasn't exceptional, but it was enjoyable. If I saw it on the shelf, I would probably pick it up from time to time, but wouldn't trade for it.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin white lace, light gold body.

Funky nose, kinda tart.

Mild taste, some white grape, some chardonnay.

Nice, coarse-ish texture.

Light and rather mild, but not too much there for me to pick apart. But I think my sense of taste may have been off that evening.

Photo of NickRivers
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a hazy yellow, with a 2 finger foamy white head. Reeks with lemon peel, very pungent like Pinesol. Some banana, belgian yeast, with a hint of earthiness and alcohol.

T&M - The super light body hits you mouth crisp and sour, tons of citrus, a little wheat along with other malts, a little oakiness, with a some alcohol finish followed by a piney aftertaste.

O - Overall a great brew. Ill be picking up some more if I see it around. I'd definitely drink this over similar brews like Festina Peche. This beer resembles everything good about Hefes, Saisons, and Berliner Weisses. Nice hop profile that doesn't shine until your half way done, nice Saison style yeast, as well as that BPA alcohol burn. Excellent brew from RRBC.

Photo of AlohaRicky
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12oz bottle
Those in the Torrance area. Total Wine had more than 20 bottles when i left on Sunday.

A. Light golden and bubbly.
S. Little lemon and some hops.
T. Nice and clean but nothing special.
M. Bubbly and not to thin.
O. This is my first try of a Russian River beer. Maybe I expected to be blown away. Sorry I had such high expectations. Very good beer but not worth $5 for a 12oz bottle.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright pale yellow with lots of bubbles and a small white foamy head.

Smells like chardonnay, banana and a little oak. A little citrus/lemon as well.

Taste is very slightly tart lemon up front with some banana and spice leaving a very crisp clean aftertaste.

Body is extremely light and carbonation is high.

Russian River has wowed me again. I don't love this brew, but expected to hate it as I do most Belgian pales. Not their best sour, but very easily drinkable.

Photo of jcartamdg
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a thick fluffy cloud like head with unbelievable lacing. Great aroma of citrus, slight banana and sweet malts. Taste follows the bitterness of the hops cuts into the sweetness of the malts produces a crisp refreshing beer that I could get used to drinking

Photo of dcloeren
2.63/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murky honey yellow with 2 fingers of fizzy head. The fizz didnt last too long and quickly receded into a thin film

The smell was lacking... got some lemon, maybe some white wine and some honey

Taste was made up of carbonation and lemon. I feel like I am drinking some tonic water with a lemon wedge...

Light bodied with an obscenely amount of carbonation. Slight drying aftertaste...

Overall, I am thoroughly disappointed in this beer. A- my ass. This beer only receives the reviews it gets because it is a Russian River beer. If this beer was made by a lesser known brewery, it would not be getting the scores it has. Just another over rated beer on this site.

Photo of sk8man121
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for FooFaa for this unexpected extra!

12.68 oz bottle poured into Delirium Tremens tulip.

A: Pours a completely opaque burnt-gold with light-yellow highlights. 2-finger creamy head with nice retention coats the glass with lacing.

S: Citrus, pineapple, banana, belgian yeast, slight herbal characteristics, tobacco.

T: Herbal up front with banana esters that follow. Herbal, hoppy bitterness extends well into the exceptionally dry finish. Similar in many ways to Orval, with perhaps less funk.

M: Medium-high carbonation lends this a very creamy mouthfeel. Very nice body and not at all thin.

O: Although a very good beer in its own right, Redemption is probably the least exciting Russian River beer that I've tasted, and not necessarily one that I would warrant spending more than $5 on if available in the area. That said, I'm glad I got a chance to try this, as I've always been curious about it.

Worth at least one try.

Photo of AwYeh
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #009, thanks madvermin for setting me up with this.

A: Pours a light, slightly hazy, yellow-golden color with a finger of light foamy head. Nice lacing, considerable carbonation bubbles flowing.

S: Grass and pear most prominent here; straw, yeast, and pepper are in there too.

T: Light, grassy, peppery, with a bit of yeast. Soft citrus tones in the middle of the flavor. Pleasant grassy finish lingers for a long time.

M: Light/medium-bodied with lively carbonation, dry finish.


Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #008

A - Slightly more than two fingers worth of voluminous fluffy white head with a rocky top... Awesome retention... The color is of pale straw... There is a slight haze... Some small bubbled quick paced carbonation can be seen rising in the center of the glass... A bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Lemon zest... Pear... A bit of grass... Granulated sugar... Green grapes... Some slight yeasty notes... A very light spiciness... Subtle yet complex...

T - Lemons... Fresh cut grass... A touch of yeast... A touch of spice... Some pear... Some apple... Slightly tart green grape skins...

M - Medium bodied... Crisp... Clean... A bit rigid and starchy... The carbonation is a tad on the harsh side... Dry throughout...

D - A very solid offering from Russian River... Not exceptional, but definitely more than worthy for fans of the style... Loaded with complexities... Sophisticated... A sipper, even given it's low ABV...

Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.