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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,482
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 290
Gots: 290 | 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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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...

Photo of DelMontiac
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of dgilks
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale straw colour with an almost white colour. Great, small creamy white head with good head retention.

Bready, citrussy and dried fruit aroma. Stunning balance and nicely complex.

Fresh and fruity with moderate dried raisin notes. Some clove and very mild lemon. Well balanced fruit and spice flavour. Great.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Great.

A really tasty ale with yeast notes that almost don't match the appearance. Very tasty.

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

375ml bottle, somewhere around here - the cheapest of the russian river 375 line. batch 010

appearance: corked and caged 375ml bottle, served in my ale asylum chalice, hazy straw-golden bdoy, frothy white cap

smell: yeast, very grassy, pear, white pepper

taste: grassy, fresh, quite yeasty, pear, white grape, lemon peel, white pepper, clove. The spice results in a pretty dry finish. I really dig the belgian pale style - eliminates virtually any desire for a wit/hefe in my book.

mouthfeel: well spiced - dry finish, fresh, light citrus

overall: strong american version of the styl

Photo of biglobo8971
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into RR tulip. The color is a faint golden yellow with just a faint head with faint lacing. Very effervescent and bubbly. Can taste the wine and a very slight sweetness, easy to drink, just a little bit lacking in flavor for my tastes. Slight tartness with an after taste of sweetness. Not my favorite, but my wife loves this beer. So if you are wondering why this is on my want list, because happy wife, happy life.

Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the beers i've been seeking out ever seen i went through my first early summer belgian pale kick.

pour is yellow golden with a white head of very tight bubbles that disappear and leave a film of carbonation.... this is in waves much like something that would have a much higher FG. nose is grassy and brisk. the quintessential hop note that least such a nice dry feeling on the tough. similar feel to another favorite the derank... but more lemon grass. zest and light bodied. nice feel and very easy to drink on a hot day. this is my mowing the lawn beer perfection.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 009.

A- Pours a cloudy lemon yellow body with a nice 2-finger head that stick around for a while.

S- A little funk, grassy, lemon peel, slight fruitiness, and a little grain.

T- Lemon grass, little funk, fruit sweetness, and a slight grain flavor.

MF- Nice moderate body with a lot of carbonation which lets all the flavors bounch around on the palate.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml corked and caged bottle into -ation glass
Batch 008.

A lightly hazy straw golden body with a fluffy spritzy white head that hangs on quite well but only leaves the slightest streaks of lace.
Smells bretty with some light fruity notes and a light grainy malt and some lemony citrus to keep it clean.
The flavor is exactly what the nose had me expecting: light grainy malts with an earthy Brett character with a crisp lemony citrus note on the finish.

The body feels pretty overcarbed to me. It is VERY light and bubbly.

Overall, the beer is decently crisp and refreshing, but not a beer I would go crazy over. Certainly one of the lowest reviews I've given a beer by RR!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try yet another member of the Russian River Family. Picked this up in Seattle on my last trip out there.
Pours with a fizzy bright white head that forms and fades in two quick motions. The beer is a bright gold color with a great deal of carbonation releasing to the surface. A few bubble cling to the glass, not sure I’d call it lace though.
Aroma is fresh and of pear and peach with some candied sweetness.
Flavor is quite nice. Is this a Russian River session beer? Wow, quite nice. Not saying it tastes like Taras Boulba, but it reminds me of the style/type/quality. That’s a compliment. Very fruity with a nice light sweetness just rounding things out. A touch of yeast and a note of spice.
Delicate body, refreshing. Really nice.
I picked the perfect time to drink this and I really enjoy this. Well done!!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml C&C bottle poured into my Bruery tasting glass.

Batch 0010

A - Pours a pale, cloudy light yellowish-orange with a one finger fluffy white head. It fades a bit and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Yeasy, and some slight spices.

T - Similar to the smell, some slight floral tones come through as well.

D - Good carbonation, lighter body.

O - A nice belgian pale, RR does it again.

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow, one finger head. No lacing.

S-Some lemon, a little bit of yeast and wheat.

T-Lemon, grassy notes. Finally some yeast and wheat/bread.

M-Light and highly carbonated.

O-So far the least impressive of the RR beers. Still a decent beer but there are better BPAs out there. Ommegang's comes to mind.

Photo of auroracrisis
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml into a RR tulip, batch 010

Pours a cloudy blonde with a tiny ring of foam around the edges.

Smells like crusty sourdough bread and lemon zest. Spicy esters and white pepper twirl in the background with subtle hints of vanilla and clove.

Taste is forward with lemon zest and soft, clean Belgian yeast. Spices like clove and white pepper present a drying character to the flavor, and extend itself into a hint at other fruit zests. Subtle and complex, the flavors aren't ending anytime soon and leave a dry, bitter yet fruity flavor in your mouth once swallowed.

Mouthfeel is thin-medium with tiny bubbles. Soft on the palate with moderate carbonation.

A great authentic tasting American Belgian pale ale. Subtle complexity, great yeast and zesty flavors. Something I wish were cheaper and in a six pack around me. I could drink this by the pail.

Photo of stxSS07
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from OrangeAmps...thanks man!

375ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Batch 10.

A- Nice pop off of the cork. Pours a hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger soapy white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast notes along with a nice bready presence. Scents of banana and clove.

T- Nice notes of the Belgian yeast on the front. Sweet fruitiness from the nose is absent, but replaced with a bit of a funkiness. Not as much spiciness as I would have expected, but still a refreshing brew.

M- Medium-light and crisp on the tongue with lively carbonation.

O- A pretty solid beer. Really refreshing for my first BPA. Wasn't aware RR even brewed this guy so I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I have had Russian River, and I was really excited to finally get my hands on a bottle.

This is a beautiful example of a blonde. The coloring is of light straw, the head is very present, and the carbonation is very light.
The lacing left behind looks really pretty on my tulip glass.

The smell and taste are really clean. It is very refreshing to sip. There is a light smell of wheat coming off the top.

I really enjoyed this beer, and I really wish I could get more Russian River. Please distribute to northern New Jersey.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a very pale straw color with a paper thin, quick fading white head. About standard

S- aroma is pretty pungent, and I'm getting a lot of lemons, apples, and grapes

T- tastes very much like vinegar. There is a decent bit of tart lemon in here as well, but the vinegar is the prevailing taste

M- paper thin. Disappointing

O- this is NOT a beginner sour...very abrasive tasting, and a total sipper

Photo of jar2574
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large wine glass, close to tulip shape like the bottle suggests. Excellent head, full three-fingers at the start. Great lacing. White head over extremely cloudy, dense, yellow colored beer.

Smell is Belgian yeasts, citrus, and hops. Nice enough, but could be a lot stronger.

Taste is extremely mellow. Very, very drinkable. But I expect some spice or some zest with a Belgian pale, and find this a little lacking. This is mostly malty.

Mouthfeel is good - pleasant density and texture. A tiny touch of bubbly soapiness on the backend of the mouthfeel.

Overall - a good beer for a hot summer day. Very drinkable. It may be the first time I've tried this style, and I just find it a little mellow.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden, hazy body, solid finger head, decent lacing.

S: fresh belgian yeast, firm malt aroma

T: sweet bel. yeast front, solid malt throughout,
crisp spicy finish

M: light/med body, partial dry mouth

O: Quite nice, not world class, but great
session/summer brew. I have had much
better Belgian Pale Ales, but this was
rather enjoyable and would get it again.


Photo of CurtisLoew
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Admittedly, I am not a big fan of the style. I've pretty much disliked every belgian pale I've tried aside from New Glarus Stone Soup (which was average). This is my favorite example of a belgian pale I've tried thus far. Yellow, straw, zesty, lemon, refreshing. Good beer. Would go good with fish. I would like to try it again.

Rating the beer alone, this would probably be a B/C. Rating to style, this is an easy A for me.

Photo of Spider889
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6/9/11.

Batch #9 bottle.

Very stubborn cork. Poured into a tulip. Very nice golden wheat color. Slight haze to it with a very tall frothy white head. Excellent retention with dense lace pillars. Lots of highly visible vigorous carbonation.

Smelled pretty traditional - lots of classic Belgian yeast aromas with a smattering of crackery malt.

The taste was very nice. There's an initial spicy bite with some wheat flavors. Dry dusty funk and some bitterness on the finish make this a little more unique. I prefer the flavor of Redemption to Damnation.

The mouthfeel is dry and with a lingering taste of CO2 on the palate. Dense body with a slick feeling that again suggests some wheat was used.

Overall this isn't something I would normally seek out, but would be happy to receive as an extra. A very high quality Belgian Blonde.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into glass snifter.
Batch No. 10

A: Cloudy straw body topped with a tight two finger head that quickly dissipates leaving behind light lacing and a thin foamy cover.

S: Light citrus immediately and then almost a funky aroma. Light spicy hops round out the profile.

T: Bready malt creates a wonderful backdrop for spicy phenolics and spicy hops. Simple brew, but wonderful. Finishes with just a slight hop bite.

M: Light to medium body and heavy carbonation. Crisp.

O: Really straight forward beer that is easy to drink and extremely refreshing. Would love to spend a warm summer night drinking this on tap.

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

Redemption pours out the bottle with a foggy lemon-peel appearance that is cheerfully bright into the light and reservedly concealed away from it; clarity obviously depends on which angle you view it at. Its head is not lush, although it does respond well to swirling. At the rate it drops out, however, I don't have my hopes up for any lacing.

On first whiff, the aroma has a bit of sweaty sock characteristic, but that all fades once the oxygen has a chance to get in there. The beer turns out very lemony, and not to mention the vividly bready malts or the pear and golden apple fruitiness would be unfair of me. This bouquet reminds me of the blonde ale of a certain monastery that doesn't distribute...

The taste confirms that no bacteria or wild yeasts have inoculated this brew. It has a clean, pale maltiness, soiled only by the esters of a moderately effervescent yeast. The flavour of pear (green, yellow and brown) is impressed into the palate and a very subtle (albeit still perceivable) savory herb note completes this somewhat plain flavour profile.

Redemption is exactly the kind of beer you could have over lunch and return to duties, not inebriated, but satiated and ready for an afternoon's work. Liquid grains have a definite restorative property - quick carbs! - and when they're done up so tastefully, dressed in yeasty mustiness and lightly bittered by grassy herbals, then they're all the more gratifying.

It's incredibly rare to find Belgian-inspired ales with the same levels of quality and character being brewed outside of Belgium; while Santa Rosa, California is in another country - and is a story of different worlds as much as different beers - somehow it produces finer Belgian ales than many of those from within the country itself. Redemption is certainly one of them.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden straw in color. A quarter finger of white head with really nice head retention. Very clear at first and got hazier and it got to the bottom of the bottle.

S: Very nice fresh malt smell. Bready A clean but estery yeast profile as well. Not that much to make you go wow but dead on to style.

T: Just like the nose. The malt is super crisp. I get quite a bit of pils with a touch of two row and something else. Probably to give it a little bit of body. The yeast is estery without being overpowering. The malt really shines in this one.

T: Light medium bodied. It can feel a little bit thin at points but it helps make it quaff-able.

O: All day long. The price kind of sucks but it is a really solid beer. Glad I finally got to try it.

Photo of wchollif
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a 375 of batch 10 into a tulip, thanks to womencantsail. Cork came out, but it took some work. Carbonation was light but present. Very small amount of tiny bubbled head formed on a light clear blonde brew. The nose is nice malty sweet with a little earthiness. The taste is sweet with a creamy mouth feel. Lighter touches of banana and melon and spice with a little yeasty malty funk. I really love this style pale, low hop profile, big malt profile, very balanced and drinkable. I enjoyed the complexity and drink ability but would caution others about the overt sweetness.

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