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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,481 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,481
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 290
Gots: 291 | FT: 15
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004)
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Photo of prdstmnky
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375mL ~ Batch 009

Very little pressure on the cork. Nice pour into an over sized tulip. Clear, straw colored body with a finger of bone white head - not much in the way of retention though.

The nose is full of Belgian aromas, lots of yeasty spicy clovey goodness. Also some lemon and floral notes. The taste seems to be the exact opposite of the smell - the earthy / floral / lemon aspects are much more in the forefront, some hops too, and a bit of a dry spiciness in the finish. Its got a nice mouthfeel, lighter bodied and the above average carbonation isn't a distraction.

Photo of turnstile
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright and a a couple shades lighter than golden. Pours with a white, two inch head that settles into a nice surface covering of bubbles. The nose is spicy, herbal and fruity with notes of black pepper, lemon and red apple most prominent. Faint hop aroma and yeast detectable. Belgian malt and yeast character is spot-on with an agreeable tartness. Mild bitterness in the finish with a subtle funk giving it some character. The body is light-medium with prickly carbonation yielding to a creamy mouthfeel. A great example of a rare style, and one of the most drinkable Belgian-style ales I've ever tasted.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a wine glass. (it was all I had, and preferable to a pint glass in this case) Hazy bright yellow with one finger of bright white frothy head. Lemon, grain, floral, yeasty, stale hops on the nose. Malty, lemony palate, dry finish. Fine, creamy carbonation. This beer is extraordinarily drinkable and has enough going on to keep things interesting and leave me wanting more.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a brandy snifter.

Pours golden with a nice white head with good retention. Nose is yeast and spice. Taste is yeast, spice, and mild fruit. Carbonation keeps it light bodied; very refreshing. Overall, a good beer. It sucks that I had to go clear across the country to get my hands on RR.

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

A- Pours a vibrant, hazy golden color, lots of carbonation, produces a thin white head.

S- Yeast, lots of yeast, also a big dose of spicy clove, some barnyard grassy musty smell, a touch of fruit.

T- Loads of musty, earthy yeast, light, refreshing fruit, more clove spice, bitterness is kept pretty low. The flavor overall is simple and refreshing. Alcohol isn't detectable.

M- Medium to light body, crisp feel from the high carbonation, medium dry finish, very refreshing.

O- A great, very drinkable beer, the bottle describes it as a "single," I've never had one before but this is definitely a beer I would drink again.

Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having never tried this brew before, I received it from two awesome traders in the same week, KevSal and gcphilli.

A - pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice head that leaves a nice creamy rim around the head.

S - smell opens up with nice pears and apples with some lemony zestiness

T - sweet green apples and soft pears are on the front of the palate. As this moves down the tongue, more of lemon and citrus flavors come through. this finishes with a bit of bitter rind on the finish, not much, but it is there.

M - very dry throughout with a nice amount of carbonation

D - pretty solid BPA here. Nice depth and very refreshing taboot. Usually I can loose interest in this style rather easily, but this was well done. Thankfully I have another bottle.

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

Enjoyed at the Stone Bistro on 6/30/11. Batch #10.

A - Poured a cloudy yellow/orange colour with a very small amount of white head.

S - Citrus, cloves, belgian yeast.

T - Citrus, cloves, a slight sourness and a slight bitterness.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this one and wish I could buy more bottles of it locally.

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

Tasted June 21rst 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - a cloudy golden/yellow, one finger very white head and no lacing

S - lots of sweet and sour yeast, wheat and nice fruit and grass nose

T - a very sweet but sour yeast up front, some grass notes, a bit floral, some wheat notes, very fruity and slight hops

M - fluffy, light bodied, medium to low acidity and a medium finish

D - drinks like a heffe or wit bier, but has more complexity and a better flavor. Very nice and easy to drink beer

Final thought - price is high $4+, low ABV 5%. But all in all, I enjoy this beer quite a bit. If I made a lot of money, this would be my daily summer beer

Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Large, pillowy, rocky head coning in the middle, nice Brussels lacing cascasdes down the glass, sticky. Firm golden, straw like in color.

N - Very herbal, spicy, white pepper spice, clove-like, musty, soft suggestion of blue cheese, earthy, musty reminds of Moinette but a little milder, mushrooms, bean sprouts. Crisp wheat-like notes.

T - Thin up front, nice oily texture like a gueze w/out the sour funkiness. The mustiness didn't really follow through anywhere but it was more refreshing, spritzy, Champagne-like, nice amount of carbonation to soften the mouthfeel. Clove-like dryness in the finish.

D - Great sessionable, summer time beer.

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy silvery-yellow body with two thick fingers of creamy white foam. Lots of apparent effervescence; a good looking beer.

Smell: very nice aroma of pear and a little bit of apple, very much like a tripel. There's also a hint of a funky, dank, chalky aroma which just adds a touch of character. I quite like it.

Taste: a light malt flavor backs up an orchardy fruit flavor. There's a very mild tanginess and a little bit of a bitter bite toward the end. A very well-crafted beer, with complex if somewhat mild flavors. I like it quite a bit but I feel like it could be a touch stronger.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a glorious bottle-fermented carbonation. Creaminess is great, although with a touch more body this beer would be exemplary.

Overall: a refreshingly light beer with a satisfying complexity. If this beer were just a touch heavier, I think I would love it all the more. Still, this beer is a very pleasant quaff.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow color with a dense white head and excellent lacing.

Aromas are yeasty, phenolic, and a tad musty.

Toasty grain, bread crust, lemon zest, yeasty spice and a dry finish. A complex and balanced Belgian pale. Not funky, but a little musty.

Medium body with seemingly appropriate carbonation.

Understated for sure. Redemption let's not quality stand out too far. Another excellent if less eye-popping offering from the good folks at Russian River.

Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden straw color, moderate cap of bubbles of varying sizes, minimal retention save for some edging and center spot. Scent is muted... Combines notes of sourdough, mild earthiness with lightly tart watery fruit. Taste is quite straightforward and follows scent... Earthiness is quite muddled with an odd metallic/bitter tone. Lighter side of medium bodied, dry finnish, slightly under carbonated. Good beer but not up to the same standards of some of RR's other offerings.

Photo of dantheman13
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light lemon yellow, with a white foaming head. Somewhat cloudy with a vigorous pour (not recommended as per the bottle). Suds stay lightly coating the edges of the glass as the beer is enjoyed.

S: Light Belgium spices, but a woody smell perhaps maybe due to the malt. This is a unique smelling blond ale.

T: Light Belgium blonde ale taste but balanced with the mouthfeel. I haven't had anything like it. There are the typical spices, and light fruit tastes of banana and mango. However, these are not over pronounced. This is a very dry Blonde Ale compared to most. Only lightly sweet on the front of the mouth, and dry at the end. Perhaps only a light estery finish, but so much less so than most blond ales.

M: The carbonation on this is interesting. It seems to go from bubbly on the front of the tongue, to silky in the finish.

O: Perhaps the only balanced blond ale I have had. Not too sweet or spicy, but not watery. The resulting mouthfeel is perfect for this style of beer. I have a theory that they use several yeasts to produce this beer. Unlike a lot of sweeter blond ales, which tend to be good before or after a meal but not during, this would go nicely hand in hand with many foods. I verified this by heating up some left over Thai spicy catfish to accompany the last of my glass of this beer. Wow, this is heaven.

Photo of scbrew
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005: Pours pale gold with a thick chunky white head. Great fruity nose with some definate clove aroma. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very clean Belgian-typical flavors. A great belgian blonde from a great brewery. Leaves you wanting more.

Photo of calebroberts811
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here it goes. Another trade gem.

A - Slightly hazy, golden blonde, straw yellow. Pretty fluffy meringue-like one-finger head.

S - Funky yeasts straight up the nostrils, almost dill-like. Bananas, pineapple, sour peaches, etc.

T - True to the aroma, I got that super funky yeasts that were so dry, they make you pucker. Carbonation is quite effervescent, like Pelligrino or another soft sparkling water. While I'm not sure if it is barrel-aged, it had strong oak cask notes to it. Also get bananas and some mild bitterness.

M - Soft and fluffy.

O - I was redeemed. Delicious.

Photo of Duffman929
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at the house of 1000 beers in pittsburgh.

Appearance is a light yellow with minimal head.

Smells of lemons and orange peels.

The taste is light, smooth lemony with minimal aftertaste.

There is a fair amount of carbonation that hits the mouth, but it doesn't distract from the experience.

Overall, a solid beer that I would enjoy again on a nice summer day.

Photo of Dan3279
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to thank my friend Nick for hooking me up with this bottle. I poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to a find a straw yellow body with a bit of haze. There was a quarter inch white head with some nice bubbles and a sticky white lacing.

The aroma was dominated with yeast and lemon and had very clean, crisp aroma. The taste was good with a smooth, strong citrus taste with light bready notes.

I thought that there was a fair amoint of carbonation but in a good way because it was still easy to drink.

Overall I enjoyed the beer but I wasn't blown away by it. The style isn't at the top of my list and if I ever get another chance to get some beer from Russian River there are several others that I would go for first.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to G311 for the brew. 375ml/#008

A - Pours a bright straw yellow, slightly hazed, and is capped with a big frothy white head; massive lacing ensues. Stellar looking.

S - The nose is crisp, bready, sweet and fruity; it is like a peach pie or apple cobbler, sans cinnamon. There is a pleasant floral quality as well. I am very impressed. As it airs out, the melange gets more splendiferous, including notes of melon, green cardamom, and custard-apple. Awesome.

T - The flavor is everything that was promised by the nose; it is deliciously fruity, bready and crisp, though the sweetness is put in check by some mellow herbal hops. Fruity notes range from luscious peach, strawberry and aromatic pear, to underripe lychee, plantain and green banana. This is one of the most tropically fruity profiles I've encountered (for an unfruited brew) and also quite unusual in its specific palate.

M - Beautiful feel; creamy, softly effervescent, very refreshing.

D - Amazing; one of the best beers I've had from Russian River, and a good reminder of why RR is considered to be a world-class brewery (and they totally deserve the acclaim.) This is not supposed to be a stunner, is it? No pre-release hype clamoring for a BPA? Shame, with a beer this good there should be.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, Batch 008, poured into an Oerbier tulip.

A: It pours a light straw yellow color with a healthy two finger white head. The clarity is first rate along with excellent head retention and a lovely effervescence. As the head begins to recede it forms chunky white clouds of foam and laces the glass with sticky foam.

S: The nose is initially full of floral, herbal noble hops. There are pleasant spicy aromas from the yeast as well as a hearty doughy scent that emerge as it warms. The malt is present as well with the scent of lightly toasted barley wafting from the glass. The more it warms some estery fruit enters the fray.

T: The noble hops are the first thing to hit my palate, albeit in a very subtle way. Hints of wild flowers, bitter herbs, and some white grapes. There is an understated doughy center to this beer that effortlessly fades into a clean mildly toasted finish.

M: Light and airy, it lends itself extremely well to the restraint shown in the overall flavor profile.

O: This is a great take on a Belgian table beer, one that I will surely revisit.

Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a, tasty, but light-bodied beer. It is bright gold with tiny bubbles, and a huge white head that slowly shrinks down to a permanent thin head that’s creamy and leaves some foamy lace. The aroma is tropical fruit, banana, a hint of pine, generally rather sweet but light. The taste is light and sweet with a lot of light fruit, citrus, hints of pine and herbs, and some yeast. It has a light sweetness with a balancing bitterness and a very faint yeasty sourness. It’s light and crisp, refreshing and easy to drink, very satisfying.

Photo of biga7346
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a jolly pumpkin tulip

A - Large, pillowy, rocky head coning in the middle, nice Brussels lacing cascasdes down the glass, sticky. Firm golden, straw like in color.

N - Very herbal, spicy, white pepper spice, clove-like, musty, soft suggestion of blue cheese, earthy, musty reminds of Moinette but a little milder, mushrooms, bean sprouts. Crisp wheat-like notes.

T - Thin up front, nice oily texture like a gueze w/out the sour funkiness. The mustiness didn't really follow through anywhere but it was more refreshing, spritzy, Champagne-like, nice amount of carbonation to soften the mouthfeel. Clove-like dryness in the finish.

D - Great sessionable, summer time beer.

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

375mL bottle poured into a tulip; batch 9

Pours a translucent golden straw color with little streams of bubbles forcing their way upward. The head rose quickly and fell in due time, settling to a bubbly collar. Some straggly lace.

An herbal, medicinal, astringent aroma with just a touch of pear and damp hay. Not a whole lot going on, straightforward.

The flavor profile lends itself to some lemon and band-aid/medicinal funk. The finish is incredibly dry and a bit peppery.

I was a little worried this would be prickly and have a medicinal astringency, but I am glad I was wrong. This guy is smooth and creamy. This guy just lifts itself off the palate leaving lemons, pepper and a dryness in its wake.

Overall, I enjoyed this guy. A fine example of the style and easily quaffable.

Photo of josiahschlender
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's exciting to see some Russian River beers at the local Trader Joe's. This bottle says batch 9.

Speaking of bottles, I love the champagne cork and hefty bottle. Great presentation. It pours quite pale golden, with a yeasty haze into my wine glass. Not a huge head, but it sticks around well, leaving no lace.

I poured it too cold out of the fridge, but it still has nice light fruity aromas like golden rasins and pineapple with very sweet honey-malts, too. Aromas expand as I savor and let it warm up, they're very pleasing. And very Belgian.

Nice complex and subtle flavors. I was expecting maybe a bigger, more intense beer, but keeping the reins in a bit on this beer works great. Some of those light, sweet fruit in the aroma are also present, along with mellow but substantive malts. It ends with a surprisingly hoppy citric twang that pulls me back out of Belgium and back into the West Coast. The lemon-zest finish lasts a long time, but doesn't clash with the more traditional characteristics.

That long finish and complex mix of flavors are balanced artfully by the medium-light body and gentle carbonation. This is a well crafted beer! One of the beers to me that the sum is greater than the individual parts.

Photo of Chizoad
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one a lot more than what my ratings are telling me.

Clear pour into a goblet, but then I dumped all the yeast into it. Pale straw colored then cloudy. Nearly no head to speak of.

Nice aromas of Belgian yeast, some banana.

Initially a little funk, then bittering hops. This eventually dissipated into a crisp fruitiness (apricot?) with balanced bitterness. All of it was very subdued, gentle even. Amazingly harmonious and flavorful for such a light beer.

Crisp carbonation and light body fit ideally with the flavors.

I don't typically drink this style, and wouldn't go out of my way to have this again, but for what it is I really liked it.

Photo of kbutler1
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Batch 008. Poured into a tulip galss a cloudy golden yellow straw color with a bone white head that quickly settles. The aroma is rather subtle with notes of; bread, wheat, lemon, and a slight brett like funkiness. Medium/light mouthfeel. Slight sweet start with notes of white fruit like peach, some wheat like notes, and a minimal amout of bitterness in the end. it’s pretty decent.

Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,481 ratings.