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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,472 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,472
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 289
Gots: 286 | FT: 13
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 mmercede
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/yellow color with a fluffy white head which settles to 1/8" with some lacing.

S: dry citrus notes: lemon, grapefruit, lime. Also some melon, honey, and pear scents as well. A slight funky/peppery belgian yeast smell. light biscuit notes.

T: nice peppery yeast notes and mild bittering hops up front. Nice toasted biscuit and brown sugar flavors with a dry citrus finish. Lingers nicely on the pallet for a very crisp finish. Not over the top with any particular flavor and very well balanced.

M: Light effervescent mouthfeel with a creamy carbonation aspect to it. Very refreshing. This is my favorite sessionable beer I've tasted.

D: This is my idea of an amazing session drinker. Still delivers very complex flavors while remaining light and refreshing at the same time. This is a great beer to introduce people to belgian styles.

mmercede, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thankyou Trenton Road Takeout for getting this one in. Poured into my snifter. Slightly hazt yellow with a bright frothy white cap.The heading stayed almost perfect from the pour through the entire tasting. Alive bubbly action all over the place.

Smell and Taste are hand and hand. Apples,pears,citric lemon blasts,along with some the belgian notes of spicey hops and some corriander. A nicey grainy finish.

Mouth is extremely crisp, clean with tremendous carbonation and a nice light body. Very alive in the mouth which just attack's the palate.

Very well done another score from Russian River. I really have to make my way out there to meet brewer.

TheFightfan1, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 008. Poured from 375ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light pale blonde with a finger of fluffy white head.

Smell: Lemony, apple, distinct yeast aroma.

Taste: Lemon zest, sour apple, some tartness, nice yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: This falls under the radar of the other beers in the Russian River line up but is a very well crafted beer. Easy to drink and full of flavor.

Axic10, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Blanco
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beer was poured on tap in traditional tulip with very little head. Color is golden and clear with some carbonation. Smell is of belgian yeasts. Very inviting. Taste is similar. Hard to describe, but definitely sweet and fruity with nice belgian yeast flavors. Mouthfeel is traditional belgian...lively. Nice drinkability. This beer is one that I would venture to call very sessionable. My only wish is that this was Summer right now so I can sit on the porch and drink several of these.

Blanco, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip with a hazy, straw colored body. 1 finger, meringue-like head with good lacing.

Smell was fruity and estery. Good malt presence. Yeasty. Slightly earthy and funky.

Taste had a light fruit and estery flavor. Slight peppery/lemony taste. Light maltiness. Earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel had a light body. High carb. Crisp/dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Very light.

riored4v, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of avaccani
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 009

Poured into a New Belgium Tulip.

A - Hazy golden straw colored. Nice tight 1 finger bright white head.

S - Getting the typical Belgian yeast funk. Some earthy and leathery tones.

T - Great flavor. Loving the taste here. Just enough yeast funk to balance the tartness. I am really surprised how tart it is. Not wild tart, but very similar.

M - Very pronounced carbonation, nice dry finish.

D - Wow at only 5.15% this one is an all nighter (if you can afford it). I'd drink this all the time if I could get ahold of it easier.

avaccani, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a stemmed tulip/chalice glass at TJs in Paoli.

A: A hazy yellow straw color with a half finger white head. Full glass lacing lingers.

S: Fruity with lemon, apple, pear and nice yeasty notes. A bit funky but very restrained.

T: Fruity flavors jump out with lemon, apple, pear. Fruit mixes in with some nice yeasty flavors that don't go over the top. Very subdued with some spice and pepper creeping in. Finish is crisp, dry with slight hops that leaves a bit of sour in the mouth. I'm not getting any brett flavors.

M: Light, crisp, clean and a little funk.

D: High, real high. Very drinkable beer.

Overall I was actually a little underwhelmed by this beer. In terms of BPA their damnation is better. I know they are meant to be different, but this one just didn't "wow" me like most of the RR stuff does. It's almost trying to be a sour and a BPA both at the same time and never quite is either. Still a solid drinker and I'm glad I got to try it on tap.

Kadonny, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A friend shared this with me at a recent bottle share/tasting.

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass.

The beer pours a light and hazy golden straw yellow color with a inch or so of frothy head, that slowly faded, leaving some nice lacing.

The aroma's remind me of a freshly washed hay barn. Not overly funky, just some notes of must, herbs, coriander, hay or bread. Some yeast in there as well.

The flavors in the taste are more muted then the nose, but do compliment. Tropical fruit notes of pineapple, lemon, banana. Some wheat and sweet malt in the middle, with a dry and crisp finish. Just a tinge of bitterness and hop notes, but it is fairly light. Not overly sour, but refreshing and smooth.

The mouth feel is light, dry, and has a nice consistent carbonation level.

Full disclosure, I'm still developing my palate when it comes to sours (though this is classified as a Belgian pale ale) but of the ones I have had, this one was very accessible in terms to drinkability. It was light, with unique characteristics, dry and would make a good summertime beer.

Retsinis, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip, split with oglmcdgl, never had this one before.

Bright gold almost white looking in spots. This kinda reminds me of Allagash White with some orange traces in between. A bright white foamy tight head on top, great retention, little stick.

Blond Ales or singles are not the most complex biers out there so Im was not looking for a blast. Redemption is simple in scent with some signature Belgian yeast lightly layered with slight tropics and some grass and faint malt.

Again, very simple in taste. This fresh ass bottle is still very light on hops, they don't come off bitter or very fruity, fairly grassy, floral and the like. Some pale biscuit and that great balance that only RR can do.

Very light bodied and zesty. A light spicy character as well. Finishes kinda dry. This is refreshing and carbed nice like ALL RR products. Very drinkable and I can't wait to get pints of this stuff.

BARFLYB, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr. Thanks for the chance bud. Poured into duvel tulips.

A- a hard pour yields about three finger of the most brilliant white head that holds and holds. After a bit the head begins settle but not before it leaves behind a massive amount of chunky sticky lace all over the glass and a killer sudsy cap. Hazy very pale straw yellow in color, almost bordering on looking like lemonade. I must say this is a spectacular looking brew.

S- powdery yeast and green grassy vegetation. Light citrus fruits and some even lighter flowery sweetness.

T- grassy and herbal with a bone dry yeasty hit that leads nicely into the lightly sweet pale malts. There some slightly bitter citrus zest and a faint touch of grapefruit juice. Background florals but not perfumy.

M- quite light on the palate and brightly carb bringing the flavors to new levels. Very dry finish.

D- this is a great bpa. One of the best I've ever had in fact. I'm guessing this is the base beer for some of their barrel aged brews. I tossed some killer cheese at this and wow what a great pairing. Russian river never fails.

oglmcdgl, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another necessary tick for my RR -tion Quest! Big thanks goes out Estocker and Kshock for allowing me to have multiple bottles of this one! Batch 008! Served from bottle into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured a slightly hazy pale yellow with a three finger pure white head that subsided to one and a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, wheat, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, dark fruit, wheat, grain, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. This one honestly reminded me of a Hefe on the aroma in a way. On the flavor, it felt more like a cross between a Belgian Pale and a Saison. This was nice as it basically kept me guessing the whole time. Pretty nice flavors going on here though and the aroma was quite excellent. An absolute must try without doubt.

thagr81us, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to PlinyTheKid for the bottle
375 mL bottle batch 8 poured into a tulip glass

A- A hazy light yellow with a three finger white head. I know this is a pale ale, but this is too pale.

S- A big banana/yeast smell, nice spiciness, hint of hops and sweet malts.

T- More complex than the nose, but very close to the nose. The yeast flavor really stands out, getting a smell lemon zest.

M- Smooth, light, refreshing.

D- This is a solid beer and I wish I could buy it near me. I found this very enjoyable but would not want to drink a lot of it. I got this as a extra in a trade and am very happy about it!

larryi86, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very light golden yellow. Crystal clear and filtered. Little head.

Smell: Pale yeasty malts interact with a slightly bitter hoppiness.

Taste: Banana esters. Balmy. Mild hops. Slightly bitter feeling on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light.

Drinkability: This a nice beer with some delightful qualities but I would probably opt for a a slightly heartier beer in exhange.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of benclimbs
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

look is off opaque with a 1 finger head

smell - big time wet dog smell, this mixed with a bit of spice and skunk but can't shake the wet dog character - really dissapointing nose

taste - nice pleasant blonde character with a bit of lagery taste, fniishes with some lemon and some dry hops

overall this is probably the most dissapointing RR beer i've had

benclimbs, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of letsgopens
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale and slightly cloudy with a golden wheat colored body. Fine textured, off-white, effervescent head that fizzles out to thin rings on the surface.

Crisp and floral in the nose with plenty of mild Brett character. Dry grain mixes with mild funk. Grassy with plenty of spicy yeast.

Yeasty with lightly toasted grain. Complex funk from the Brett with tartness of juicy, light fruits: tart apple and white peach. Clean and crisp with honey and lemon. Come faint estery character blends nicely with floral notes. Lingering semidry finish with subdued booze. Clean but still with a little barnyard feel sticking around.

Crisp and bright with effervescent bubbles fade to a warmer, chalky ester/yeast feel. Lingering palate coating yeast and tart with mild bitterness. One of, if not THE, most complex renditions of the style I've had. When it comes to sours, it's hard to top Vinnie and the folks a RR.

letsgopens, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of AdamGarcia
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served in Duvel tulip.

A: Cork comes off with a light pop. Pours a very light straw color. Clear with a constant stream of carbonation. Fluffy, pure white head lasts a while and leaves some clingy lace. Looks quite at home in a Duvel tulip.

S: Sweet bready aroma. Mild yeastiness. Faint green, grassy hops. Just a hint of honey. A little bit of floral aroma. Slightest bit of spiciness. Subtle and restrained.

T: Crackery pale malt. Mild hoppiness expressed as floral and citrus with a little spicy bite. Understated and subtle. More complex than most seem to be giving it credit for here. Not earth shattering in any way, but a supremely enjoyable beer.

M: Soft, creamy carbonation carries the beer to all the right places of the palate.

D: Finishes wonderfully clean and dry so that you can't help immediately desire another sip. I could drink this one after another.

AdamGarcia, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of 321jeff
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a bright cloudy yellow, almost like lemonade, with a bright and fluffy white head that slowly fades to a thin layer with a formidable collar.

Aroma has lots of spicy Belgian yeasts with some barnyard funk. Also some notes of lemongrass in the background. Very nice and clean aroma, even with the "funk".

Taste has lots of lemons and a light bitter hop profile. There's also a light sweetness in there, but it's hard to associate it with a particular flavor. Almost reminds of me a really good witbier rather than a Belgian Pale, but it's really good and enjoyable, either way.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and kind of fluffy, but that's to be expected. Lots of prickly carbonation dances around on my tongue. Drinkability is definitely high on this one, it goes down nice and easy. This would make for a very refreshing summertime beer, I guess I need to stock up on some since the warm weather is coming....

321jeff, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of modernartblues
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an Extra from cduckett (thanks Chris!)

Reviewed from Notes

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: clear straw yellow, fizzy and bubbly- champagne like body, thin head retention---last pour got some yeast and made it a bit hazy

N: meaty, spicy, estery, not getting much funk from the bret

T: lemony, estery, touch of yeast, --funk on the finish, gets more complex as warms

M: light, but slightly chewy, interesting, feels good on the palate

D: high, with the light mouthfeel & complex flavor profile, I could definitely session this one

modernartblues, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of oakbluff
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle batch 8. Pours a cloudy yellow straw colour with a one finger finger head and soapy lacing. Nose- lemon, lime, very slight spice. Taste- lemon grass, lime leaves,pepper, bready yeast and moderate hopping for nice punch of bitterness. Very crisp mouthfeel and refreshing as hell. A fantastic belgian style session ale.

oakbluff, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of psuKinger
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from Batch #008 (Brewed 8/4/2010, bottled on 9/1/2010) poured into my Penn State pint glass. I've never had this, and I'm not sure if I've ever had anything like it, so I have no pre-conceived notions going in.

A: Pours a very light yellow color with a thick frothy 2+ finger white head on top.

S: The nose is very yeasty, and I pick up some spiciness and maybe a hint of alcohol.

T: Taste follows the nose. Very yeasty, with some "spiciness" to it, this reminds me of basically a "light triple". I pick up notes of lemon zest also, and I lack the vocabulary necessary to better describe that "spiciness" that I pick up.

M: Light and bubbly.

D: This kind of beer just isn't my personal preference.

psuKinger, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 008: bottled 9/1/10
Poured to NB globe.

A: pours a murky blonde. single finger fluffy white head retires to leave a thick quilt of the same. edges hug the glass. lacing is heavy, persistent.

S: Belgian yeast. Grain, light, earthy hops. Hints of coriander.

T: See above, add lemon rind and zest. Very pleasant. Leaves a lemon balm aftertaste. Very nice. Best blonde I've had.

M: Light, high carbonation. Interactive.

D: This is a superb summer beer. Gotsta get me some more.

harrymel, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of shoduke
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Great opaque wheat color with a yellow tinge.

S- Smells a little too fruity for me, but still very distinct.

T- A little too citrus-ey for me but still a great taste.

M- Very smooth.

D- Goes down great, will definitely drink more often and put into the "rotation".

shoduke, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to ggwheeler for this one in a recent trade! Review is from notes taken on 2/11/2011 and poured from the bottle (batch 9) to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is bright yellow in color and it starts with a big 2 finger, fluffy white head with decent retention and becomes slightly rocky and pockmarked as it dwindles; body is quite cloudy, but still shows pretty strong carbonation; head fades to a full and pretty firm cap and it leaves behind some strands and a couple spots of lacing.

Smell: Not quite as robust as I thought it was going to be, and I feel that "delicate" is probably the best word to describe it in an overall sensibility; a lot of dry graininess; bit of a bitter citric lemon peel-like acidity; slight Belgian spiciness and just a touch of yeast.

Taste: Really good, and really close to the nose; at first I feel that there is a healthy blend of the dry grains and lemony-citric hoppiness; following that combination, the slightly floral spiciness with a touch of coriander and Belgian strain yeast; again, like the nose, it just seems "delicate."

Mouthfeel: Body is pretty light in terms of weight, and the carbonation is plentiful, yet softer and provides a fair amount of liveliness; a thin stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth and it comes across as semi-dry, really holds the spice aspects into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: This beer is super solid (and yet I still used the word "delicate" twice above...) and has a nice light body that doesn't feel like it's going to weigh you down, and an ABV that's very moderate at just over 5%; nice flavors with quite a bit to think about keeps it from being boring as well. If it was readily available to me and affordable, this could become a staple.

bamadog, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice golden appearance that is almost sillky looking. The white head leaves a ton of lacing.

The aroma on this beer is full of citrus belgian funk. YOu smell figs and some apricot. I really enjoy this smell.

Flavor was a little weak for me. The beers has the typical yeast and bread flavors but that is about it.

The beer was almost too carbonated for me. It was also pretty light.

leakyfaucet12, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of joshuacavett
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer, but not what I expected. The golden pour with a slight to medium head. I was anticipating a sweet golden ale, but this is a much more bland, pale ale with a slight tart nose. Described on the bottle as a beer that is enjoyed by monks 1/2 bottle with lunch and 1/2 bottle with dinner, this beer is very drinkable. Carbonation is much more prevalent on mouthfeel. Things coming to mind while drinking this are gym socks, lagerish, lavender and malty. Would recommend this beer for the price, but probably will not buy again.

joshuacavett, Feb 09, 2011
Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,472 ratings.