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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,328 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,328
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 265
Gots: 265 | 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 womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Redemption is a pale golden beer with a fluffy white head and lots of lacing.

S: The aroma of this beer is quite fruity. Lots of banana esters, citrus, and quite yeasty. There is also quite a strong floral aroma.

T: The flavor has a lot of yeast and malt. There is also quite a bit of banana, pear, and citrus flavor, along with a lot of floral and earthy hops.

M: The carbonation is ample and provides a nice light mouthfeel.

D: This isn't really my favorite style, but Russian River never really seems to disappoint. This beer has some good flavors and a nice light mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 22:07:03 | More by womencantsail
Photo of eyncognito


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 7, poured into my Russian River stemmed glass. Big thanks to Nanoslug for the extra.

Pour produces a golden straw color body, good clarity until the second pour stirs up some yeast, adding a touch of haze. This is a knock out of a blonde. A bone white head is produced and lingers. The aroma contains some spices, lemon, even some apple.

Taste is just outstanding. The belgian yeast is dominant, with spices upfront, slightly peppery, and orchard fruits-apples and pears with just a hint of malt sweetness. A citric bitterness finishes each sip or gulp, dry. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is airy, ample, creamy, and smooth.

I am having a hard time savoring this bottle. Redemption is easily a beer that is more than the sum of its parts, hence the 5 for drinkability. Together it just shines bright. A manageable abv makes for easy drinking. Would be a great lunch time beer, quenching, light. Highly recommended. Russian River is a brewery without many peers.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:22:27 | More by eyncognito
Photo of bulletrain76


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

75cl bottle, batch 005, thanks to larryLSB for picking this one up at the brewpub today. Golden body with a big rocky head and lots of visible carbonation. The aroma is a little fruity, with pear and lemon, some spice and honey. Light to medium bodied with a clean scrubbing feeling from the carbonation. Goes down light but super smooth and drinkable. Flavors of yeast and light apple-pear fruitiness, ending pretty dry and with an assertive herbal, leafy hoppy bite. Drinks like a perfectly balanced Bohemian Pilsener, with the added complexity and fruitiness of a Belgian ale. If I could get this in sixers, I think I would be drinking this all summer. Very light and refreshing, but not lacking in flavor and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 08:12:55 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of OlieIPA


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color with a very bold and frothy white hue head with lacing that encompassed most of the glass.

S: A banana and lime citrus aroma upfront with a delicate and complimentary light malt backbone.

T: Tastes like a typical mellow blonde/belgian pale ale with perhaps some added oak character. The two things that stand out the most about this brew is the overall balance and banana-like flavors.

M: Light body and mild carbonation, which I think is suitable for this style.

D: A good tasting brew that is quite drinkable.

Overall: I can see myself buying a bottle of this and enjoying it a hot summer day, but won't go out of my way in acquiring it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 22:16:20 | More by OlieIPA
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River in August 2009.

A: Pours a bright gold with a nice and fluffy white head that drops down into a few nice rings of lacing.

S: A little bit of earthiness to go along with some citrus and yeast.

T: A little bit of sweetness from the malt as well as some citrus fruits and yeast characteristics; floral and earthy hops make it slightly bitter.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and a great example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2009 16:11:56 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of SurlyDuff


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the brew my wife started with during our visit to Russian River (saison for myself). I ofcourse obliged to take more than a couple sips once she decided that she wanted an IPA more.

Poured a very light golden yellow with a slight haze.
Light crisp fruit (apple, tart pear, etc.) and a lemony honey thing going on in the finish and aftertaste. Creamy and light mouthfeel and overall a really good beer. It's totally too light and mild compared to the rest of my RR adventures, but this was a really good brew!

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2009 17:23:18 | More by SurlyDuff
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District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright, hazy, yeasty yellow-straw-gold. Beautiful pale-white head, nice lacing.

Smell: Big brett on the nose, followed by yeast, honey, bananas, fiji apples, pears, lemon, and light spices.

Taste: More brett, similar to the nose, with yeast, bananas, lemon grass, grass, pears, and light spices. Not much wood.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, perfect for the style. Lots of breweries should take note, although I am sure the low ABV helps greatly. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for me, but only by 2-3%

Drinkability: High, not my favorite for the style, but I very much appreciate the low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 16:09:57 | More by craytonic
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this goodie in a recent trade with ipa247, a most worthy West Coast trader. Thanks much my friend.

Always feel a little extra pep in my step when I dive into a new Russian River offering that us East Coasters don't get the opportunity to sample.

A - Poured from the bottle into my Rochefort Trappist glass. A nice puffy white creamy looking head perked up to meet me.

S/T - Pretty tame and consistent with Belgian gold ale style. Pleasant aroma and taste with typical yeast, corriander zest, and a touch of what seemed like honey to me. For a nice hot summer day, this was quite a treat.

M/D - Again, pretty consistent with the style and what has to be the most sessionable of all the RR beers. Noted on the bottle as the sister beer to the Damnation, which sounds about right.

All in all, not a beer that makes you sit up straight and ponder away as to how they did that in a bottle. Pretty straight forward and enjoyable. I would definitely drink this one again. A nice easy beer to enjoy on a hot summer day day.

Thanks again ipa247, I'll be back again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 03:28:55 | More by Beerisheaven
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my trusty Duvel tulip. This bottle is Batch 003. The ale appears a clear golden straw yellow color with about two fingers of foamy white head. The head leaves a minimal lace on the inside of my glass. Aromas and flavors consist of fruits such as pears, white grapes, apples, beautifully toasted grain and caramelized malt, a great balance of sweet and bitter. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Mildly pungent/sour/bitter finish and a little spicy as well. Killer drinkability and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 03:55:34 | More by ClockworkOrange
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4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 005

A - Pours medium gold and clear. The white head starts out looking good and sticks around for a while. It eventually recedes to a nice thick frothy cap. This is due to the abundant active carbonation that is going on here. Lacing looks to be nice.

S - The aroma quite pleasant. Apple comes through first and some pear could be present as well. There is a nice pale malt base that really boosts the aroma but doesn't take over the other aromas. Some hay and a little Belgian funk round it out. Alcohol is not apparent in the nose.

T - There is a pale malt sweetness that hits the palate first. This beer starts out with a tame flavor and then...wham! It really hits hard with some excellent Belgian Pale Ale flavors. Fruitiness is covered by some apple and white grape. A little earthy in the middle with grass and hay. Almost crosses in to a pine flavor. Alcohol is barely noticed at the very end.

M - Amazing. Just amazing. Somewhat lighter bodied with a nice active carbonation that barely tickles the palate and throat. Smooth and silky at first with a very nice crisp finish.

D - Drinkability is very good. The low alcohol makes this one easy to quaff and the overall flavor just keeps you picking up the glass again and again. The alcohol is almost completely masked behind the delicate Belgian flavors. 750ml? No problem. This is a brew that I could work on for an entire session. Overall, this beer is great and an exceptional take on the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 04:39:27 | More by csmiley
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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to csmiley for bringing over the 750.

Batch #005

Redemption pours a mildly murky gold color. I suspect haze becomes more prevalent with each glass. It's topped with a nice, foamy white head that stands over a finger tall. Retention was excellent. The Sam Adams motor at the bottom of the glass kept it going quite a while. Lacing was a little on the light side.

The nose is impressive. I like it. Some sweet apple and pear notes are notable from the first whiff. It has a musky presence from Brett that permeates throughout, though it never gets to a "funky" level. Rather, it gives it a nice earthy vibe. It's a wonderful addition to the nose here and is easily the highlight. Some light spices appear to be present. Pepper is most prominent, but the spices are secondary features that never seem too strong. Belgian yeast is rather prevalent throughout. It smells absolutely delicious and never ceases to amaze me. Toward the end, a bit of hops seem to surge through that really drives things home. Very nice touch. No alcohol is noted. Damn good smelling Belgian Pale here.

The flavor profile is equally impressive. This is damn good stuff. It's sweet and fruity up front. Apple and pear flavors kick it off nicely. The impact of Brett on the flavor really can't be understated here. It imparts a strong earthy character on the beer and gives it a very tasty musk-like flavor. It's still not quite "funky," but it works extremely well and is the driving force behind Redemption's great flavor. It's a little spicier than I initially expected, but that is a secondary aspect. Pepper is noted in addition to some others, to a lesser degree, that I can't identify. Belgian yeast is rather prominent throughout and plays very nicely with the other components. I'm a big fan of that flavor and Redemption delivers on that front. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Not too surprising given the style. Whatever needs to be redeemed, consider it done.

Redemption features a light body that leans a little toward medium. Carbonation is active, but not quite crisp. It's very smooth and goes down far too easy. Drinkability is extremely high. I could drink this stuff all night and then some. The bottle indicates the abv is 5.65% for this batch. It's damn tasty and not intimidating at all. On the other hand, it's very inviting.

I'm not sure that Vinnie and crew had anything in particular that needed to be redeemed, but if they did, this more than does the trick. Redemption is a top notch Belgian Pale that fits pretty squarely within its style guidelines. The use of Brett here works wonders. It complements its Belgian Pale characteristics wonderfully. There's no question that Russian River brews wonderful beer and Redemption is no exception. Do yourself a favor and find a bottle...now.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 02:20:18 | More by prototypic
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The bottle I am drinking is batch 006 - too bad I would prefer 007 (just kidding I'm just happy to have a bottle).

Redemption is a great example of Belgian Pale Ale and I'm lucky to get a chance to try this bottle. The color is a golden straw color with whisps of yeast still running through the unfiltered nectar. The puffy white foam atop this beer is fading quickly but still looks great.

The aroma is very similar to a Piraat and Matilda blend (or what I would expect from it). There is a nutty sweetness, lightly hopped, and some light candy sugar in the nose.

The taste is exquisite. There is a lot of malty sweetness, more hops than in the nose, and a twang of tartness that makes this beer very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is very light and consistent with regard to varying temperatures. I think this beer may be a touch overcarbonated for the style but is not bad. I was surprised this bottle didn't have more of a pop when I opened it as the beer itself is very carbonated.

I could and would drink this all night if I had access to it. At 5.65% this beer isn't hurting anyone. The look, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, finish, and drinkability make this an amazing beer to drink. I would love more of this one. Time to check out the trading forum.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 02:47:05 | More by PerzentRizen
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the generous cloudskipper who sent this one my way in a winter-time BIF. Everything I've had from Russian River has been baseline very good (or much better!) so this is coming with some expectations on the good RR name.

Pours pale, macro blond. My wife doesn't like floaties, so I am the one with a bit of sludge suspended in the brew. No biggie to me, I like to chew my beer as well as drink it...smells vaguely hefe, sweet, grassy field that has been recently rained on & grazed by Arabian stallions.

Taste is very close to a good hefeweizen as well. Very wheaty, Breakfast of Champions style. The yeast makes its presence known with a light bit of funkish, with a light hand on the fruits & a very dry, timid hop intrusion at the end.

The brew is high & dry, easy on the palate, easy on the eyes, easy on the tongue. The lack of wetness leads to frequent sips.

Redemption is a very good beer. I don't know if it's heresy to speak so of a Russian River creation, but after just a few sips of this I was ready to go fire up the lawnmower. Nice summer sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 00:26:33 | More by maximum12
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003.

Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, yellow body with a thin, well-fluffed, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented arrangement of malts dotted with various notes of spice, honey, white wine, and fruits, including white peach, canned pears, and citrus.

Taste: Sweet light pale malts with perhaps some pils and wheat malt throw in the mix as well. A touch of wildflower honey and spice splashed with some Viognier and tossed with fresh-cut fruits. Hints of doughy yeast here and there. Pleasing floral qualities throughout. Light, earthy hops with just a bit of bitterness. Drying, crisp, but it's also quite smooth on the satisfying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Redemption is beauty and glamor and mystique and intrigue, all with a supremely high drinkability and level of refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 21:46:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass. Body is a nice warm golden color, with a good bit of suspended sediment hanging around. A light, airy white head crowns the top, receding to a thin skin after a few minutes.
Aroma of light, spicy Belgian yeast, slightly sweet pale malt, a touch of citrusy hops, and a faint whiff of coriander. Palate is well-balanced between mildly sweet malt and the sublimely sweet, fruit hop profile. Notes of honey and coriander are detectable. The lively, effervescent body subsides into a smooth swallow, followed by a dry finish. A pleasant, drinkable offering that I would definitely seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 05:13:25 | More by ElGordo
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by georgiabeer at the BSP.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a short lived white head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves only spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet with wheat and yeast as the main contributors with some light fruits as well. There is an herbal spice presence that leaves a little bit of burn in the nose.

The taste has the same sweetness with wheat forming the backbone for the other flavors. There is some fruity sweetness in the middle before the finish brings in the herbal spices and also a hints of lemony tartness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth for the style with lots of carbonation.

Another in the long line of solid Belgian style brew from Russian River. This one is very drinkable and, while not the most complex of their brews, makes an extremely good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 03:21:46 | More by gford217
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of georgiabeer - thanks!

Pours a clear honey-golden color with a one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of apricots and pears with solid amounts of citrus rinds. The malt aromas serve as an anchor for the rest.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front, followed by good amounts of pears and apricots, in that order. Light citrus flavors jump in near the middle of the sip but aren't as intense as they were in the aroma. The ending is mildly dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness for such a low ABV and active carbonation makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This is probably one of the most sessionable Belgians I've ever had, not necessarily because it tastes that good (though it's certainly not bad) but because the ABV is so low.

Overall this is a very nice beer from a style that doesn't have a whole lot of entries. Certainly worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 21:18:52 | More by glid02
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, Batch 003, into red wine glass. Huge thanks to Henry (Bankhead) for this take on one of my absolute favorite styles.

Pours a hazy orangey-gold, with a nice one-finger fluffy white head. head settles down into a soapy cap leaving some beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass.

Nose is really nice - notes of apricot and pear, spicy yeast, and a bit of lemony citrus are so inviting. Just a bit of a grassy hop presence underneath the din.

Taste starts out with peppery yeast and bright golden fruit, bit of candy sugar sweetness. Light, dry cereal hits right before the finish, making way for a light grassy hop bitterness that reigns the whole thing back in and leaves you craving another sip. Finish is a lingering peppery yeast and the beautifully alluring light, grassy hop bitterness that dances on the palate rather than lingering heavily on it.

Mouthfeel is beautifully creamy but light. God but what I wouldn't give to have this beer widely available enough to be my go-to summertime beer. A beautiful example of one of my absolute favorite beer styles, the underrated and underrepresented abbey single.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 21:40:36 | More by JohnQVegas
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. Bottle thanks to mreusch. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sour grapes, sweettart candies, Belgian yeast. Simply heavenly- very Orval-like. Flavor is even better. Beligan candi sugar, sweet-tart candies, and light sourness. Some wheaty notes and a touch of dry hops too. Russian River never fails to impress. This was an awesome beer, something I could drink all the time. Simply superb.
9/4/9/5/17 (4.4/5)

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 02:44:39 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a liquor store in Napa. Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color with a strong dense white/yellow head. Big sticky lacing. Smells of spicy hops, sthanol and oranges. Noticeable fruity yeast on the nose too. Reserved, yet complex flavor. Nice citrus tang, muted and slightly cotton like. Fruity and spicy with a good malt base. Soft ethanol on the finish and a hop bitterness too. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied. Drinks very nicely. Perfect at the end of a long day and after a good homecooked meal.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 17:08:12 | More by aforbes10
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle (Batch 006) in a goblet. Acquired in a trade with mwompus.

A - A light golden ale with a slight haze and a moderate white head.

S - A spicy, crisp scent with some clove, cinnamon and a hint of orange.

T - A dry, spicy and crisp taste with a nice Belgian flavor though a bit tamer than the real thing. Slightly bitter and fruity in the finish.

M - Good consistency and high carbonation with very fine bubbles.

D - One of the better American brewed Belgians and at 5%, a very nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 11:02:19 | More by GJ40
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3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Malt and herb flavors. A hint of sweet carmel, funk. No Brett? Yeast strain must be wild as it has a very odd complex funk going on. Creamy texture is nice. Could of told me it was belgian and I'd believe it. Reminded me of other beers but I can't put my finger on exactly which one. Could see this improving with bottle age, though this was from Keg at O'Briens 15th annv.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 00:35:34 | More by paytoplay
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4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden pour accompanied by a finger of white head and sticky lacing. Looks sooo lively and appetizing.

S - Bananas, Floral, Belgiany, Citrus.

T - Light floral and yeast notes. Lightly sweet in the middle ends lemony and tangy. A very juicy beer, a lemon rind finish.

M - Wonderful mouthfeel, lively carbonation, excellent bottle fermentation characteristics.

D - So much flavor for a beer with a lower ABV. A lovely highly sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 23:35:54 | More by LilMatrix
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewerB for this one!

Batch 005 - 750 ml cage-corked bottle, served into a tulip glass:

Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Doesn't have the stream of carbonation in the middle that the style often has, but it does have a very nice colour and retention. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of orange and herbal notes with a slight mustiness.

The taste is of grass, orange and subtle herbal notes. Bubblegum sweetness mixes with lemony tartness and a touch of herbal bitter - some bready yeasty notes come in, as well. Complex, yet in a more subtle sort of way.

The feel is light and creamy with a buttery smoothness.

A very drinkable, well-balanced creamy Belgian-style pale with a soft, pleasant floral aftertaste. Very well-done!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 04:07:17 | More by jwc215
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden yellow with a big frothy white head. Nice lacing on the glass

S: Banana, spice, clove, some breadiness.

T/M: Nice lemony spice, with some lingering cloves. Slight bit of bitterness from some hops. Quite yeasty. A little sour. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

D: Could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 02:31:00 | More by abfraser
Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.