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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
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Gots: 292 | FT: 16
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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 JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.
Batch: 009

A - Pours a nice pale yellow with slight straw golden hints. A nice soapy and fluffy white head that is about 1.25 inch tall is present nice and pure white. Quite hazy.

S - Phenols mixed in with some slight barn-house funk and some slight clove hints. A refreshing and mild tartness also comes up with hints of white grapes and white wine. Nice grainy earth tones are perceived with some slight grassy hops on the back end.

T & M - Starts off crisp and dry with some nice fresh grain notes. Bread and some slight corn husk are present. There is some slight funk in the taste as well as very slight phenolic notes. It is dry and clean in flavors with a slight dry and bitter finish. Not much tartness in the flavor in fact not at all. The finish is very nice with good bready grain and crispness. Pretty straight forward. Nice light body with crispness and good CO2.

O - Overall this is a solid representation of the style. Easy to drink with low ABV and good flavors but not crazy intensity. Solid offering although not one of their Home Run beers.

Photo of plfahey
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle (corked and caged, batch 009) poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Pale yellow gold with just a touch of haze. Relatively thin white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Yum-poached pear esters, a hint of peaches in syrup, light spice phenolics (pepper) from the yeast, and a slight citric tartness. Some perfumy alcohols. Malt is almost imperceptible, but slightly grainy.

Flavor-Yeast phenolics make a much stronger showing in the flavor, with notes of black pepper and hints of cloves. Fruity esters are restrained, with just a touch of tart cherry in the background. Also a light citrus tartness. Very light floral/woodsy hop flavor with low hop bitterness. Perfumy, flowery alcohols abound in the dry finish, with grainy malt, green hops, and faint spice flavors carrying into the aftertaste. In no way in your face, but complex, understated, elegant, and refined.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Smooth and almost a bit creamy.

This is a delicious and quite drinkable beer. Subtle, complex, and yet still very accessible. Yum.

Photo of grittybrews
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, cloudy yellow into a tulip with two fingers of vivid white head. Yeasty aroma dominated by lemon, biscuit, and elements of Belgian spice.

Moderate carbonation and a light, prickly mouthfeel. Lemon and spice up front followed by a thick biscuity quality and a smooth finish with some pleasantly tart citrus. Fairly dry with a lingering bitterness that seems to intensify as the glass empties.

Not my favorite Russian River brew (that's some tough competition!), but there was a nice complexity of flavors in such a "small" beer. Really refreshing and easy-drinking.

Photo of billab914
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. It poured golden yellow in color, with a big fluffy white head to it. The head settled a little, but had excellent retention overall. Great lacing as well, thick white foam was all over the glass as I drank it. Pretty perfect looking beer for the style.

The aroma has a bright, citrusy flavor to it with some lemon, coriander and orange peel coming through. Some pale, somewhat grainy malts come through and add some sweetness to it. It's light, crisp and pretty appealing overall.

The taste shows a lot of the same flavors that were present in the aroma. I get the lemony citrus flavor with some notes of coriander and orange peel coming through. The Belgian yeast gives off a bit more spice in the taste. The pale malts also show through a little more in the taste adding more grainy, sweet flavors. In the finish I get just enough bitterness to help balance it out some.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability was good, it was a good beer overall and went down very easy this evening. It had a lot of bright flavors to it, but manged to stay relatively balanced. Not one of my favorite styles, but one of the better ones I've had. Very solid beer overall.

Photo of olmatty
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-Golden hued and slightly clouded with a very thin white head.

Smell-Very light aroma of pale malts and just a bit creamy, meaty yeast aroma a whiff of citrus all so light that quite frankly, there's just not much happening in the aroma.

Taste-Light, crisp, pale malts with a hint of honey sweetness in the opening and a clean citrus orange snap with a yeasty middle which gives way to a spicy, bitter tannin finish. Is this the second runnings? Sure tastes like small beer.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body and more carbonated than is apparent at the pour. A crisp wash of the palate with each sip. A significant bitter aftertaste lurks for a long time.

Drinkability-Although this beer grew on me the more I drank it, overall it was my least favorite Russian River experience to date. Based upon style it';s probably closely in line with what it's supposed to be, but it doesn't appeal to my tastes much.

Style ambiguity-This beer is listed on BA as Belgian Pale Ale while the bottle is labelled Blonde Ale on the front, and Belgian Style "Single" implying "single abbey ale" or (AKA monk's table beer) on the back label. To my knowledge and looking at BJCP style guidelines, blonde and BPA are different styles. It would not surprise me in the least to learn that this beer is a Belgian style Singel made from second runnings.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68oz brown bottle, corked and capped. Batch 009 What a pain in the butt the cork is!!! Wow! Pours out a lovely light yellow with a HUGE white head. Tons of bubbles on this one.

Smell is awesome! Yeasty and spicy with some biscuit notes in there as well. Some slight lemon or other fruit notes.

Taste is bigger than I initially thought. Spicy hops and yeast notes still coming through. Lemony bread hints with a long aftertaste. Very dry ending which I really love. Thicker mouth feel than I was expecting and it cuts the drinkability ever so slightly.

Haven't had a RR brew in years cuz I can't get it in CT. This is just great and I can't wait to try more.

Photo of rye726
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 009

This was $6 for the corked and caged 375ml bottle. Served at room temp, in a pint glass. Hazy straw with a thin beige head. Nose has some light Brett, candy malts and not too much else. Lacks depth. Taste is way too big for the style. Over malted and way too boozy. Not very sour, Brett is quite subtle, but the one thing that is on target for teh style. Medium body way thick for the style. Not a bad beer, but don't brag about being a single when it's not even close.

Photo of Ralphs66
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Brian for picking up two bottles of this down in Philly. He brought them into the office and I almost popped one open while I was having my tuna salad sandwich at my desk...but I did the prudent thing and waited till I got home. Gorgeous color after pouring most of the bottle into a burgundy wine glass. Reminds me a little of an Absinthe louche. Bready and sweet smelling. Head has mostly dissipated, leaving just a fine whiteness on the top. Taste is clean and very refreshing. I like this. Carbonation is great, not too heavy. I have that second bottle calling my name...

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

Review 1111!

375ml corked & caged batch 009 into a Unibroue tulip. Thanks to OrgasmicChemist for the extra!

Even with the most delicate of pours, this beer shows a cloudy limoncello color. The white head is steadily supplied by a stream of carbonation rising from the laser etching. The nose is rife with wild herbs and lemon peel, zesty coriander and light pale malts.

The flavor zips across the palate with a dry, crackling biscuit malt body with a hint of honey, spiced citrus, and floral hops. Light, bubbly body fills the mouth with ample carbonation. Mouthfeel is thin, but crisp and well carbonated enough to add some substance to each sip. Overall, a tasty "Belgian Single" from the seemingly unlimited talent at Russian River.

Photo of LittleDon
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. in a squatty tulip at Downtown Johnny Brown's, San Diego.

Golden, clear, lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. Head quickly disappears. Left in its wake is a film atop this beer with what's left collecting at the edges. Aroma has green apples and spice (cinnamon?) in it. Light up front with a light middle that has apple and light smoke characteristics. Very light finish with subtle bitterness. Light body and very drinkable.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow, tan, 1/2 creamy head

Smell - Floral yeast, lemon, grapes. Some trace of sourness also.

Taste - The yeast which is funky and wild tasting, dominates the beer. Grassy and lemonish but mild and a little bland to me. Much like a belgian wit ala blue moon, has corriander and wheat flavors. Not impressed really.

Mouthfeel - Thin and yeasty. Not much sweetness or diversity to it. Mouth will be mildly bitter but recover fast.

Drinkabilty - This aint for me. Too bland and flavor easy for my taste. I didnt care for the sour aftertaste or the yeasty wheat flavor. Tried once, wont bother again. But as far as drinkabilty, its only 5.15%, if your a fan of this style, you could drink it all night im sure.

Photo of ghetto90007
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a little late to the party with Batch 009. 375 mL bottle, served in the snifter.

A - Pale and cloudy. Be careful with your pour, there's a bit of yeasty sediment still sitting in the bottle - take it slow, as you're not going to get a colossal amount of head out of this one anyway.

S - A little funky, a little malty, a little citrusy. No, I take that back, lemony.

T - Hints of sour lemon, but there is a tad of sweetness as well. This one is a single, which the bottle reminds is almost never brewed in the US and is rare in Belgium to boot. There's some spiciness, but it's fairly straightforward.

M - The carbonation has a pop to it, but it is not particularly active. After it settles a little, it gets pretty stationary. It's not light, but it's not a full-bodied beer either.

D - A surprising offering for Russian River in some ways. It's a little below the radar, low ABV. But there is something special about it; it's simple in some ways, yes. But it is well done. Nothing wrong with that.

Photo of Bajasith
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours it's style, golden pale blond with a fluffy single finger head...
Smell of yeast phenols and tart...
Taste of lemon peel zest with slight funk aftertaste as the carbonation blends it all quite well...
Mouthfeel is soda like with all the carbonation with bitterness at the end...
Flavours come together making this blond very drinkable in a warm day.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, there are immediate scents of honey and lightly toasted cereal as the beer pours. It is a slightly hazy, vibrant straw-yellow coloring with a nice, thick, big bubbled head. On further nasal investigation, you get some citrus highlights with some underlying coriander spice. Smells really good! The beer is spicier than the smell lets on, with a strong coriander (and a bit of clove) flavor sliding along the slightly lemony-citrus malt flavor. There is also some sour characteristic to the flavor, which blends with the beer very well. The beer is very crisp and light in mouth, and leaves a slightly sour and spiced aftertaste in your mouth that transitions into a slight puckering sour if you space out the sips long enough. The finish is smooth and clean, and the lingering tastes are pleasant. This is a good drinker.

Photo of patm1986
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

thank you, hulmeville inn, for the great RR tappings on 1 march 2011

a- translucent. dilution. no head apparent and no lacing evident. looks like a tall glass of white tea. very watery, almost completely clear.

s- apples, nutmeg, mild banana, more like banana peel. very faint aromas of said elements.

t- sort of bland. mealy fruit flavors. with some spice, it tastes of mildly cooked apples. metallic aftertaste.

m- very thin, watery. lacks a crispness it seemed it'd have. sort of soft on the palate, too.

d- if the flavor is there for you, this is highly drinkable, quaffable actually. there just isn't enough flavor to keep me satisfied or to pursue another serving.

to be fair, this was consumed after Younger, Elder, and Sanctification, so there's a great chance it was underwhelming in comparison to those strongly conceived flavors. if anything is delightfully subtle in this beer, it was probably lost due to its placement in the tasting. sorry, redemption, it wasn't planned that way. we shall meet again. you shall receive your namesake.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml into a Chimay Goblet.

A: Very pale yellow with a fuzzy white head. Would almost think this is some BMC if you didn't know what was in your glass. Lacing is leaving some clumps down the side of the glass.

S: Smells of the distinct Belgian yeast characters. Bananas and some spice up front, but also has a nice toasty malt aroma. Definitely on the sweeter side of aromas. Has a very light quality to it, not overly agressive. Impressive for an American attempt. The bready yeast pulls through nicely along with the sweet fruity notes and a touch of clove.

T: A toned down sweet and malty. Some nice bitterness comes through from the hops that resemble some noble hop characters. Leafy, earthy and green. Of course there is notes from the yeast of the normal variety...bananas and clove and such. Very nice for the style.

M: The creaminess of the head is exceptional, yet the beer lacks the crispness of carbonation. Lingers on with a battle between hops and malts, which is interesting.

D: For the style, this is above par. Drinkability is definitely notable, just can't put my finger on what is missing here. Something seems to be lacking.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at TJs. Reviewed from notes. An appropriate beer to drink after work when I stayed at the damn office too late to land a pint of the Younger. This was poured into a tulip glass.

Crystal clear body, I can see right through this. Not a touch of haze or murkiness at all. The color is light amber, almost the same color as an AAL. Topped by foam that reaches 1cm in height before it disappears quickly. Despite the lack of retained foam, each sip produces some solid delicate spiderwebs.

The aroma is complex for such a light beer. Spices...coriander, white pepper, and a hint of clove. Fruity esters of pears, peaches, and lemon zest. There is also a touch of dry funkiness. The flavor is very good, but much less complex, in my opinion, than the aroma. The spices fade to the background leaving mainly citrus notes as the pears and peaches are somewhat dominated by lemon zest and the funky dryness.

Redemption is refreshing, light on the palate, nicely carbonated, and crisp on the palate. The dry finish adds a nice capstone to an enjoyable beer. Easy to drink, this is a very solid BSA.

Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased and consumed at the Toronado in San Diego during a recent trip. Poured into a goblet.

A - Pours cloudy straw yellow with a thin film of white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - The nose is a tad spicy from all that yeast. The yeast leaves a dry impression that will carry on throughout the glass. A nice light funk provides a bit of earthiness and works well with some citrus fruits to offer some type of contrast to all that yeast.

T - My immediate reaction was to check and make sure I had the right bottle, this thing could easily be from Belgium. Light funk with a touch of zest up front but that flavor is quickly overtaken by a dry, overbearing, yeast presence. Some light spices and a bit of sweetness are an excellent contrast to the strong yeast core. Pretty good for a lighter beer. Glad I tried it.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Refreshing feel from the light funk, drying the pallet quickly. Finish is a bit chewy with some of it lingering long after consumption.

D - Pretty good. I enjoyed this one but it wasn't mind blowing by any means. Solid stuff none the less. Glad I finally got to try this one.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (batch 008) into snifter glass. Pours a slightly cloudy golden blonde color along with a solid white head and good lacing throughout the session. Dry aromas, sweet malts, and pale. Picking up some honey, biscuits, with a light flowery hop aroma. Definitely tasting some honey like butter and honey on a biscuit. Wonderful pale malts. Lightly hopped, with notes of apricots. Slightly dry mouthfeel, very clean and crisp along with decent carbonation throughout.

Photo of mmercede
4.34/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Blanco
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of avaccani
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 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.

Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,491 ratings.