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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 289
Gots: 284 | 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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004)
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Photo of Verecund
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mystery batch. I'm guessing 008. Opened on 01.13.2011.

Pours a bright, sunglow yellow with half a finger of frothy white head. The head recedes a good degree, but the lacing blankets the side of the glass.

Bright, balanced nose comprised of peach, lemon, a light brett, dry earthiness, and Belgian yeast (imparting some phenolic and floral character).

Straw malt with an unexpected earthy hoppiness (which interplays nicely with the beer's dryness). There's some citrus, though not much, but more graininess, floral notes, and soft brett. Ends with lemon pepper. There's just a fingertip touch of tartness. Refreshing.

Light-medium body, effervescent, a little bit dry.

Very nice for the style. So crisp, and surprisingly complex. Thanks, Eric.

Verecund, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of treyrab
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother, Ian, for getting me this bottle for Christmas. Very pumped to get it, as I have not had this batch (batch 008). I opened it this Sunday evening while watching NFL playoffs. Poured into my Russian River "-tion" glass (which he also got for me last Christmas).

A: The cork pops with a slight pop. I was surprised as I thought the carbonation would have been greater, thus causing more of a pop. But I yanked the cork out and poured the beer. The beer is incredibly light yellow (similar to Hoegaarden), which a completely white head. The head sticks around for a bit and leaves some cobweb lacing along the glass. The look is stunning being so light. It was clear, until I poured the last part of the bottle in, which included the yeast, making the glass cloudy yellow.

S: The smell is is very nice. Extremely light, but the nice dry Brettanomyces and light lemon really shine. Really funky Belgian yeast with some pepper and freshly squeezed lemons. Very complex smell for such a small ABV beer.

T: For how low in alcohol this is, the flavor is really packed, yet so refreshing. Tons of dry horseblanket and Brettanomyces. Very funky Brettanomyces that reminds me somewhat of Jolly Pumpkin yeast. Very funky with some pepper as well.

Overall, this is a great beer. The mouthfeel is nice, dry, and crisp. Perfectly carbonated. This is a great sessionable beer by Russian River.

treyrab, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of gameface23
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw color with a head that is small by Belgian ale standards but it does leave decent lacing.

S: Yeast phenols, must, certain herbs.

T: Euro hop astringency, grainy malt and a mineral quality.

M: Light bodied and a nice level of carbonation.

D: It's a decent beer, but cannot compete with every other Russian River beer I've ever had. However, it was 1/3 of the price, so it has that going for it.

gameface23, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of silentjay
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear neon yellow with a beautiful pure white head that sticks around forever and leaves artwork behind on the glass.

definitely yeasty, with some light bread aromas and some slight mustiness but not quite tartness. some light fruitiness and pilsner malts.

flavor is fruity, musty, and grainy with some lemon pepper and tartness. not quite puckering but definitely a bit tart. aftertaste is a bit herbal.

rather light bodied yet velvety with slightly prickly carbonation.

drinks rather well. a bit more tartness would be welcome, though this drinks fine as is. Russian River continues to impress.

silentjay, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Rjhami
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light yellow golden glowing hues. Slim lacing spreads sporadically.

S - Clean wheat with hints of coriander. Reminds of a German hefe. Bready finish.

T - Crisp and it comes off slightly sour, in a good way. Very refreshing. All kinds of flavors coming through; I get lemon, banana, pineapple.

F - Extremely light and balanced. Perfect amount of effervescence. A bit dry near the end.

D - Could easily session this brew. Would be an excellent summertime choice.

Served from 375ML to tulip

Rjhami, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of jminsc76
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a Duvel tulip.

Initially pours a large, foamy white head atop a light golden body, murky in tone. The head reemerges thick upon agitation, with thick legs sliding down the side as I tilt.

Medium-strength aromas, with a small quantity of floral smells producing an overall pleasant bouquet.

Flavors are slightly peppery, estery - and similar to the aromas - mildly floral. Borders on being a light saison, with a mild earthiness that blends well with the dry hoppy characteristics to make it refreshing and light.

Mouthfeel is thin, but pleasant from the high quantity of carbonation.

Overall, a well-balanced ale that doesn't pack a lot of punch; rather perfect for a nice mid-afternoon aperitif on a hot summers day. Oh, and I didn't have a proper cheese to pair it with at the time, so I consumed with fresh banana and kiwi and the combo is dessert-like and tasty. I'm thinking future pairings with a fruit-tart/custard would be appropriate.

jminsc76, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Douglas14
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers ever? I'm not sure. One of my favorite beers right now? Definitely. I want to say I've had this beer 50 times (on tap and in the bottle) and it's finally time I give it a review.

Redemption pours a bright blond color with a nice white head. It is super effervescent during the pour, which opens an awesome bouquet of light malt and Belgian yeast. The taste is similar to the nose, but there is a certain peanut butter/nutty flavor that I've always gotten from this beer. It's a flavor I almost always get from the 500 yeast and I absolutely love it! The light body and mouthfeel make this beer unbelievably drinkable! I hate that this beer is no longer in 750's :(.

Anyway, what a beer. It'll be one of my favorites for the foreseeable future.

Douglas14, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Ambiorix
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle.

A: Clear golden pour, very bubbly, foamy bright white head. Good lacing. Excellent.

S: Clean, fresh malt aroma. Slightly yeasty, lemony.

T: Clean malt flavor, Fruity, slightly floral hops, yeasty esters, lemony, nicely bitter finish.

M: Bubbly, light, refreshing.

D: Excellent. This would be a big hit as the daily beer for any monk around. Light on the palate, refreshing, full of flavor.

Ambiorix, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= Pours a beautiful yellow color with a nice bright white head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass. Beautiful looking BPA.

S= A little peppery and slightly lemon zesty. A little belgian yeast spice to it that puts it together nicely. Really nice smelling beer.

T= This beer taste just like I would hope it would. Light and peppery with a little lemon zest to it. Apples and a little Belgian yeast spice to it. There is a nice little hop character to it and a slightly grassy character.

M= Delicious light and airy. Perfection.

D= This may be the most drinkable beer I've ever had. This is awesome and reminds me a little of Westy Blonde. If I could drink this everyday I would. Amazing beer.

jjanega08, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wonder if Russian River can "kraft singles". LOL!! There's only one way for me to find out: drink the beer;

It's looking like faded urine yellow. Only the hazyiness gives you the impression that it's not another macro lager. The foam on top is kicking up a show of lacing on my snifter. Some might say that The nose gives hints of green apples, hay, and a distinct fruity yeast aroma. I might even add that it's a little funky.

Weird, but complex. And very likeable. I'm getting all sorts of flavors in this one: pilsner malt, grass, green apple, horse blanket....even a tease of bitterness. And it doesn't end there; it's very dry and uplifting with its tingling carbonation. Is it possible that the Gouda and crackers I'm eating while drinking this is enhancing my palate?

Lovely stuff. On par with many of the other Russian River offerings.

DoubleJ, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a clear pint glass. Batch 008. Paid $3.79 at Whole Foods in San Rafael, CA.

A-Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow toward. A two finger bright white head ensued with fantastic lasting retention. Heavy, sticky lace. Nice appearance.

S-Aroma is fruity, yeasty, with sweet candy and spice notes.

T-A crisp, clean, and refreshing beer that is sweet like pears with a zesty lemon twang, and a pepper like yeast taste that leaves no doubt this is a Belgian style ale.

M-Very smooth. Carbonation level is perfect. Light to medium body and very dry. Very satisfying.

D-Very drinkable indeed. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian ales, but this hits the mark nicely.

velosuds, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008

A: Hazy, straw yellow with a solid inch of thick, fluffy, white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

S: Lemons, malt, grass, spices, yeast.

T: I'm a fan. My first thought was that I need to get more of this ASAP. Incredibly drinkable beer, this is well balanced and light, with a plethora of flavors, including lemons, fruity yeast, coriander, lightly toasted grain, etc.

M: Crisp and refreshing with a healthy carbonation level.

D: Can Russian River do no wrong?!? The best brewery in America hits another home run with Redemption.

Huhzubendah, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of beagle75
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
The bottle is labeled as Batch 008.

A: Hazy, bright golden color with a head consisting of an off-centered iceberg of lofty white foam. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Yeast and dusty flour combine to resemble something like paste in the smell. Faintly estery, fruity, displaying coconut, breadfruit, and unfermented white grapes. Overall very clean and mild; not a smell of great distinction or character.

T: Begins very dry, intensely grassy, herbaceous, with bright acidity. Fruity esters, sharp black pepper, and mint emerge in the middle. Mild but astringent bitterness is present in the finish as is an occasional whiff of savory cooking herbs (thyme, parsley, coriander) and honey.

M: Thin viscosity, fluid and cleansing on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Described on the bottle as an abbey "single", this beer is a challenge to judge against others of that category due to their rarity. The practical alternative is to compare it to some of Russian River's other low-gravity offerings. Unfortunately it is found lacking--Gaffer's bitter, Little White Lie, or even OVL stout are all more worthy and interesting. This beer comes across as a very light saison, with little more character (and possibly less) than the Bruery's Seven-Grain saison. Ultimately it is a less than perfect comparison as Redemption fails to cross a threshold of appeal for that style. A curious choice for bottled distribution, to say the least.

beagle75, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enormous gratitude to scottfrie for this generous extra in our trade a bit back! Thanks!

375ml bottle, Batch 008. Poured into an Allagash chalice.

Pours a cloudy honey-gold with a 2-finger white head on top. Retention is firm; left some sheets of globby lace on the glass. The nose is fairly mellow on this one. Mild funk, faint yeast, and hints of citrus, like orange and pineapple. I don't know, I expected a bit more potency, but this is mild.

The mouth is firm with ample carbonation and a dry finish. Not too spritzy, as some others of the style. Nice mellow sweetness with a citrus background. Mild breadiness comes through, and just a touch of bitterness on the finish. Wonderfully executed. Should I expect less from these guys? Drinkable? All-day-long. Great beer.

Onenote81, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Tonight I pulled out my new favorite glass my, Dogfish Head tulip which is not only cool looking but really delivers the beer nicely to your palate. I proceeded to twist off the wire cage and wrestle the cork out of the tiny 375ml bottle. Surprisingly the cork was fairly easy to pull out, unlike some of the other ones I have tried which were a mess. (Troegs Splinter Blue) Once the cork pulled out there was a nice slight pop noise which was a sign of the carbonation to come. On the pour I decided to go straight on and try to get a nice thick head, and as I proceeded I was greeted with a beautiful two finger thick bone white head that hung around for quite awhile. As I hold my glass up to the light the color resembles bright golden hay and fresh cut lemons with tiny champagne like bubbles flowing up the glass. When I give a swirl the viscosity appears to be very low and thin while not even sticking to the glass.


The initial smell is quite grainy that has a very earthy touch to it which resembles a fresh cut farmers field. Very faint amounts of fruit are poking through which include melons, peaches and some green apples. In the back there is a touch of something spicy that resembles peppercorns and cloves. Also lets not forget the brett aroma which add a layer of tart complexity.


This is very light and crispy on the palate that almost scrubs your tongue with every sip. Right off the start there is a cereal like bready flavor complimented by some very light bittering hops. Swirling around my mouth I can get the fruits coming through, apples, pears, honeydew, and even a faint resemblance of cantaloupe are present. Just as quick as all the flavors are there they go away and there is absolutely no lasting lingering taste leaving your mouth bone dry. I can taste the brettanomyces, that adds a touch of tartness and sweetness but nothing overly sour compared to their other beers.


Overall this was a excellent session/table beer that I could drink all day. The light subtle flavors are amazing and it really makes this beer extra fun trying to pick apart all the little nuances going on here. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys light bodied crisp Belgian beers or to someone who maybe is on the fence about craft beer and looking for a good gateway beer. If you get the chance to try this beer or trade for it, be sure to snag it up because this is a real winner.

Bmoyer0301, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redemption 375ml bottle, batch 008, listed as 5.15%, opened with a pop! gentle pour into wb tulip. still created huge white head, it dissipated but stuck to the glass. Beautiful orange color with golden highlights. Nose of grass and hay, like a unfiltered farmhouse ale. I don't think there is still brett in these batches? Not too funky but a little musky. Not off putting at all. Taste of yeast, citrus, biscuit with some spice. Refreshing, even though a little dry. Dry and slightly bitter ending.

acurtis, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nanoslugs for this one. Batch 008, served in a Surly tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that settles to a chunky collar and thin cap, leaving a few fingers and splotches of lace. The body is a hazed white-flesh peach color.

S - Rock candy, fruity esters, lightly toasted malt, grains of paradise, and a yeasty and slightly lactic note in the periphery.

T - The taste has much less sweetness, with more grains, and some grass and hay hop character. There is some light stone fruit sweetness mid-palate, followed by a yeasty and slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium-light body, with slightly tingly carbonation. The finish is extremely dry.

D - This is really easy to drink, and thankfully doesn't have medicinal quality I get from some Belgian Pales. However, it doesn't "pop" (flavor-wise) in the same way that Westvleteren Blonde or Westmalle Extra do. I'm curious how different the Brett version was.

MasterSki, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of sweethome
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating this based on an abbey single ale style. What a pour - big fluffy head, very light color - a little lighter than what I expect. Nice grassy/spicy nose. Yeast slurry.

Entry is smooth, crisp and flavorful for style. Nice malts, spice, lemongrass. Fresh cut apples. Lingering spiciness. Crisp, fresh, refreshing. Fresh beer.

What a wonderful example of style. For a light beer in alcohol, it packs flavor and character.


sweethome, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of LevitatedEep
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into my Chimay glass.

A - Very light in color looks like a lager and I can see lots of carbonation bubbles near the bottom of the glass.

S - Smells like cheese and dank/funky fruits. I kind of like the chees smell for some reason.

T - Tastes like apple juice that has been sitting out (tastes better then that sounds heh). Little sour but not overwhelming.

M - Goes down smooth and easy lots of carbonation....feels good on the tongue.

D - Goes down super easy since its not too sour...great thirst quenching brew.

LevitatedEep, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Trueant1
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Light yellow color. Huge white and very thick head. Smells of nice yeast and mild sweet fruits. Some corriander like smells . White roses abound as well in the smell department.
Nice bitterness through the malts. Strong alcoholic flavors followed by sweet fruits. Sour apples that have been rotted mildy. Very nicely carbonated, dry and smooth. Well above average drinkability. Very complex and interesting brew. Would love to session this one.

Trueant1, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Alex, batch 8.

A - Light, straw colored beer with a nice sized white head. Head sat around for a while, pretty nice looking lighter beer.

S - Smells very dry, with a lot of yeast. There is a fruity presence to it, but it is not particularly sweet. Some grass, maybe a little banana.

T - This is alright, but slightly bland. Yeasty, but not overpoweringly so, slight amount of funk, little sugary syrup coating that just doesn't quite get sweet. Small herbal hop notes, but you have to look for them.

M - Light bodied, nice carbonation, makes this a lighter style beer.

D - This is an alright beer, but nothing I would call profound. Something just seems to be missing from it, a bit bland. Granted, I am not a fan of this style, but it seems stuck between being a light beer and a full on triple, would rather it just pick a direction.

AgentZero, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle courtesy of GRG1313. Batch#8. Served in my ST tulip. Pours a light, hazy, yellowish-orange with a loose, half inch white head that quickly dissipates into a loose skim with dense dollops dispersed across the surface. Nose is style consistent - cloves, lemon rind and a trace of coriander. Taste consistent with nose - flavor profile is quite herbal with perhaps the addition of rosemary. Citrus character is a bit more subdued than suggested by the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively, almost prickly carbonation and a dry finish. A good Belgian Pale ale; however, perhaps a bit too herbal for my liking. Nonetheless, a solid example of the style.

Jwale73, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Large volumous head, very clear light light light golden body. The nose is an odd strong crushed white pepper aroma, musty brett, but not at all in a leather/horse style, not at all. The flavor is very unique in an indifferant way, three are alot of interesting flavors, but they arn't super apealing flavors, but not bad in any sort. A lot of salty and peppery soft cheeses and dough, with a hard stale bread wheaty-ness. very light and drinkable mouthfeel, not super crisp in the carbination dept, and this is more enjoyable as a sipper, but it's very easy to drink none the less.

ChadQuest, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow, with a big white head. In the aroma, quite yeasty and hints of fruit. In the taste, fruity and a dry to small tart yeastyness.A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice fruit presence and nice small tartness, almost saison like.

OWSLEY069, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Jemonster
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light straw color with thin white head. Medium bubble carbonation.

S: Clean and fresh, slight citrus and yeast. A little bit of stone fruit; peaches and apricot sweetness. Not much else going on.

T: Some wood in the beginning, hops in the middle that fades quickly, and a citrus and wheaty aftertaste. Actually seems pretty one dimensional to me, but it's good. It really is the kind of beer that one drinks with food because it doesn't have a lot of boldness. Maybe it's good for the style, but the style seems like it might be kind of boring.

M: Light and cool. Doesn't feel very carbonated. It seems like a hot day beer.

D: Pretty good. Just makes me think of something that one would drink at a barbecue. It's good, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get one. I could drink a number of these since it's light and not too filling, but I wouldn't really want to. It's a good beer, but its just not that special.

Jemonster, Nov 29, 2010
Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.