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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,499
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.15% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 375ml bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/5/11
*From notes

Batch 009

A BIG thanks goes out to SirRuss for this one. Cheers, Geez!

A: White apricot in appearance. A careful, slow pour yields a massive 2.75 finger head. The lacing is quite sticky, and the beer clouds as I introduce a small amount of the dregs.

S: Lemon zest and fresh scones.

T: Slightly bready on the palate, with subtle hints of lemon meringue, lavendar and yeast. The finish is ever so slightly hopped; it's faint and mingles beautifully with the citrus.

M: Light and bubbly, a bit more carbonation then I'd expected. It feels like champagne - very crisp and dry.

O: I enjoyed Russian River's Redemption more then I'd expected to. It drinks like a lemon mimosa - it's light and really quite a pleasant sipper. Though I typically find the Belgian Pale style to be quite blasé, this stands out. Very well done and something I'd certainly return to.

Photo of travis224
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 008

Pours a pale yellow, almost lemonade color with a small bright white head. The smell is citrusy, lemons maybe a little banana or clove, not too much alcohol up front. The taste is a little disappointing to me. While this maybe a good session beer there is nothing that really stands out to me. The mouth feel is a bit thin. Honestly, the way it looked was the best thing about this beer and i really like Russian River. I got this in a trade but the sticker on it says $6.99. If I paid that much I'd be a bit disappointed. If it was a six pack that cost $9 or $10 not so much. Maybe I expect too much from Russian River.

Photo of BigMike
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 008

A: Pours a super pale yellow color that looks BMC'ish. I know its not going to taste like BMC but it look like them. A thin soapy head thats pure white tops it off. Maybe a half finger's worth.

S: Smells light a crisp. Some lemon zest mixed with a touch of clove like spice. A small amount of citrus underneith everything.

T:Wow. Talk about a refreshing beer. This thing is perfect for the near 90 degree temps right now. Crisp smooth clean but a lot of nice flavors mixed in. Lemon, clove, a touch of pepper and some citrus.

M: Perfect. Light smooth and so clean.Great carbonation thats lets you know its there. So easy to drink.

Overall: My first Belgian single and it's pretty much the perfect summer beer. If this stuff was half the price i would constantly drink it all summer long. At 5.15% abv. it's extremely sessionable.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle of batch 008 courtesy of bmwfan1987. Pours a mostly clear yellow color with a light coating of white head. Clings to the glass well for such a light dusting of foam.

Nose is fruity - pears, papaya and starfruit. Grainy malt with a distinctive belgian yeast character. Nice.

Light and airy - dry and fruity. Not sweet, but grainy. Hop character really adds a pleasant bitterness on the finish. Biscuity and delicious for such a mild mannered brew. Good stuff, this is more of a beer that I would like to see sold in 6-packs for 8-9 bucks than a single, expensive bottle though...Id drink it every day if I could!

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle picked up from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $5. Into an old school NB Globe.

A: Slightly hazy lemon yellow color with a stark white head about half an inch thick or so that quickly recedes to a cap of white bubbles. Nice gobs of lacing.

S: The first whiff was strongly reminiscent of a sulfury mineral like pilsner, but a second smell reveals a nice estery fruity yeast profile and some earthy hops. Smells like a nice Belgian pale.

T: Nice malty profile, pale malts, slight little bit of lemon in the flavor as well. Decent amount of esters from the yeast. Slight bit of bitterness on the end, but its very faint. Really a simple, well thought out beer.

M: Thin, light and refreshingly dry, effervescent carbonation. Spot on here.

O: Really a nice beer, great flavors, very refreshing, but still low in ABV. Unfortunately it is definitely on the expensive end of the spectrum for the beer. Which hurts it overall. Still a nice beer though. If and a big IF RR were to put beers in 6 packs, this would be a prime candidate.

Photo of xnicknj
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a hazed golden straw color with a thin white head, collar of lacing left along the glass with little retention.

Light fruit with pear and apricot, slight funky yeast and sweetness. Soft hoppiness as well.

Floral hop bite right up front with dryness. Fruit flavors with banana, pear, and apricot. Slight citrus juice with corriander. Biscuit and straw malt base, very light and easy. Finishes sweet and dry.

Lighter medium body, higher carb, tingly and refreshing, dry. Really nice example of the style, great flavor, another hit from RR.

Photo of katybee
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow straw color with a half finger of bubbly white head that quickly dissipates, but long-lasting lacing.

Smells only lightly. No hoppiness; and light smell is a plus in my book.

Taste of citrus, grass, a little spice, and yeast. Slightly sweet tingle at the finish.

Mouthfeel is light weight with lots of tingling from the carbonation and spices. Very refreshing and with little resin makes this a nice refreshing brew.

Very drinkable brew, but a bit high-priced for the experience which is not much different than PBR

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 04.16.2011 from a 375ml bottle with a batch #009 poured into a big red wine snifter.

A: Pours a golden yellow straw w/an soft looking bubbly head that leaves a good lacing as it subsides.

S: Light, bready malts with earthy aromas, kind of grassy. An as expected aroma for a Belgian single, just not exceptional.

T: Crisp, refreshing flavor. Light, malt flavors with slight hop flavors (Saaz?).

M: Soft, like a feather pillow for the tongue. The level of carbs is medium to high, but it's a softer carb.

D: Quite, this beer is very drinkable, as intended by the style - half at lunch, the other half at dinner.

Photo of youradhere
2.66/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy straw blonde with a fluffy white cap, fine carbonation creeps up the side of my pint glass (ya thats right, I disobeyed the instructions on the cork deliberately, my tulip is sitting dry tonight!) Smells kind of like a bock, sort of metallic, slight hay, sulfurous aromas, not very appealing for me. Taste is bock like, but with a pleasant bitter twang to offset the metallic sulfur notes. Sligh grain flavors, followed by delicate hop presence. Mouthfeel is light, if this were more slick like SN Glissade I'd end up dumping it. Carbonation is medium and prickly, overall not my cup of tea but I'll finish it. Not sure I'd revisit it though. If it werent for the dry bitterness, this beer would be undrinkable for me.

Photo of zeledonia
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 008. My first Russian River brew, to be followed by Damnation. I know that's probably the wrong order as far as the fate of my soul goes, but that's the way it is.

Pours a very clear pale straw yellow with a slight golden hue, with a fair bit of white head that sticks around for a while, but leaves little lacing. Tons of bubbles flooding up. Looks like champagne!

Smell is nice slightly sharp yeast up front, and grassy wheaty light malt aromas behind it.

Tastes like a blonde! Very crisp light, slightly sweet malts. Wheat flavors. Nice yeast spice comes on after that, wit a crisp, fairly dry finish.

Light-bodied and well-carbonated. Adds to the beer's clear, crisp feeling. The carbonation really helps to bring the flavors out, especially the tang from the yeast.

A lovely blonde ale. Crisp, rather dry, and quite flavorful.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 008. Thank you slentz for the trade!

Small simple pop off the cork. Pours light gold lemon out of the bottle and gives a great glowing orb of slight cloudy yellow. White rock head but a little soapy not so tight. Falls at a good pace. Nice visible carbonation.

Musty yeast, hint of Belgian sugar?, arid sweet smell in the back and a champagne like crispness. Some nut as well it seems.

Taste is at first a sense of sweet, it almost feels like a Belgian style IPA is coming but then a sharp hop it seems takes over, and the sweet bread/yeast candy like feeling of this style is completely gone or very much but on hold. Finish is a nice bread with sharp carbs but this feels more like a spicy hoppy beer than a Belgian style ale. Crisp refreshing almost Pilsner like and dry.

Still overall no complaints, it's actually really interesting take on the style. Neat, I think I really like it.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a HotD tulip on 4/13/11.

Pours a cloudy yellow straw color with a half finger of bubbly white head that quickly dissipates to no lacing.

Smells of citrus, grass, a little spice, and yeast. Not a whole lot of complexity to this one. I was expecting more but it still smells good.

Taste is the same lots of yeast and spices. Also more grass and citrus tastes.

Mouthfeel is light weight with lots of tingling from the carbonation and spices. Very refreshing and with little resin makes this a nice refreshing brew.

Drinkability is moderate to high. Not to many thing to knock this brew but not a ton of standout either. Light mouthfeel and crisp taste would make this perfect for hot summer days when I need something to quench my thirst.

Photo of srandycarter
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky straw, not much head, resolves to a thin disk. Some cling lace and action around the ring.

S - Wheat and lemon come to mind. Light coriander.

T - Light clean malt, light tart.

M - Light body, good carb, clean balance.

D - Very easy to drink. Nice job.

Photo of meatyard
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly clear, pale yellow with a 2-finger, white head that has good retention and dabs of lace.

The smell is a little lemon zest and yeast.

The taste is spicy, light citrus and the Belgian yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, well carbonated and a bit dry.

Overall: This is a very tasty, easy to drink beer that RR has done a nice job in replicating in style. Expensive but recommended.

Photo of tbern007
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blonde Ale, refermented in bottle. Corked.
Pours gold/lemon, hazy, huge head, lasts forever, tons of thick lace. Very fine carbonation - like champagne.
Smells like a Belgian beer is on the way- yeast, grain, citrus, spice. A little grainy though.
T - yeast, light sweetness, spice, citrus.
M & D - very refreshing, crisp, finishes very well. Good balance. One of my favorite Belgian beers thus far. Very good.

Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head dissipates quickly leaving just a trace.

Smell: I'm picking up the malt with a trace of citrus and some spice from the yeast. Smells very nice.

Taste: Doesn't have a super strong taste. There is a very crisp malt flavor along with a hint of citrus, just like the smell. At the finish I'm picking up spice from the Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body with a medium high level of carbonation. The bubbles are very delicate and the finish is somewhat dry.

Overall: The only problem I have with this beer is that it tastes and feels a bit watery. The flavors balance very well, I just wish there was a bit more.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA in Feb. 2010. This is from batch 008. Poured into a Victory snifter.

A: Pours a pale, hazy yellow. Nice two finger pure white head. Good carbonation, little tiny bubbles. Beautiful lacing for this style of beer.

S: Lots of spicy hints here! Yeast as well.

T: For not being my favorite style of beer, this is delicious! Spicy, yeasty goodness. Very easy drinking wheat beer. Especially clean and crisp.

M: Not mouth coating at all. Very easy drinking.

D: Loved it and would have again and again....if easier to find in these parts.

Overall, love Russian River and pretty much everything they do. This doesn't disappoint.

Photo of Docer
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, batch 9, poured into a tulip..

- Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a light glowing golden yellow straw color, slightly cloudy and unfiltered, perhaps a bit of fine yeast about. Thick and fine hald inch of head.. sticks around quite some time. Very bubbly brew.

- Smell: (4.0)
Very bready, grainy, biscuity and zesty smell. Tart and bright yeast notes with a bed of wet velvet grain. Bit of a wit touch, biscuit, and fresh baked bread. Zest is a bit of lemon, orange, with a slight nutty approach.

- Taste: (3.5)
Smooth and full flavored all the way. Light clove, zesty bitterness from both light grassy hop, and citrus yeast zing. Wheat must be used with some lovely bready malts. This beer seems like a golden promise.

- Mouth Feel: (4.5)
Light bodied, yet creamy in texture. Very carbonated and bubbly. Leaves the tongue a bit dry, and layers a fine film about the mouth of bready grain sugars.

- Overall: (3.5)(Price, and packaging do NOT affect my judging of a beer one bit)This is one fantastic blonde Belgian brew. Well carbonated (almost too much), well balanced, and very robust in it's wheaty, grainy, and zesty approach. This is a light alcohol, full flavored brew. A beef of mine is its price and packaging. I feel a brew like this should be in a regular bomber for about $6. Perhaps a 6-pack of cans around $11. Yes, it's bottle conditioned, well made, and I am sure a tedious brew.. but this is 2011. There are many of these around.. in greater quantities, for much less money.

Photo of nhindian
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Russian River '-tion' glass. Bottle generously provided as an extra by crosamich, thanks Adam!

Batch 008

A - This beer opens with a small pop and after pouring, it pours the biggest head of any '-tion's I've had previously. There's about 2-fingers worth of eggwhite head, with great retention. The body itself is a very light straw color, and it is a bit hazy as well. Lacing is pretty good and has thick lacing that sticks to glass.

S - Smell is relatively similar to Damnation in that it is heavily spiced and has a distinct dryness to it. Noticeably Belgian, it also has elements of grass, lemon, citrus, and coriander.

T - Taste is similar to the nose and has a big Belgian yeast influence to it. A bit spicier than fruity, the coriander shines here. Actually getting more of the grass and earth tones than the citrus, however, it does have a lemon zest finish to it. Alcohol is non-existent, and this is incredibly refreshing.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light with high carbonation. If you are looking for a bone dry Belgian, look no further. It's a little puckering with the citrus, but the spices really help cut that.

D - Drinkability is high. I found myself drinking this very quickly without realizing it. It has an addicting finish that makes you want to drink more and more... would be a problem if it weren't for the low ABV!

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.

Photo of jsanford
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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!

Photo of jradams76
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of notyourdadsbeer
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of abuliarose
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.