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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 283
Gots: 274 | FT: 15
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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 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
Photo of crosamich
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-straw color, slightly cloudy, thin head fine bubbles
S-slight bubble gum & just a hint of funk in the nose
T-light, smooth, bubble gum/fruity
M-astringent, little mouth-puckering dryness, light and yet full
D-easy-drinking, could drink A few of these. But it does leave a little bit something behind in the mouth

crosamich, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of levifunk
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - pours cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head.

s - nose is grass and belgian yeast.

t - light floral hops throughout. grassy flavor. light lemon and malts. very refreshing.

m - light body. bigger carbonation. a bit dry on the finish

overall - very solid beer. I could drink a lot of this, especially in the summer. amazingly drinkable. i have to restrain myself from chugging it.

levifunk, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a vrey light pilsner malt scent along with a hint of musty farmhouse funk. It's extremely light and earthy; very nice. The taste is good. It has a quaffable pilsner malt flavor with a slight hint of Brett in the finish. It not overly complex, but it's damn drinkable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an extremely drinkable beer; complex yet easy drinking.

WesWes, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.8oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

Thanks to Arbitrator for this generous extra. Another RR beer I can check off the list.

A- Pours a brilliant golden, lemon peel yellow with a small half finger head. The head recedes quickly but leaves very nice lacing on the side of the glass. Just a slight haze to the beer after a careful pour.

S- Belgian yeast sticks out right away but not overpowering like some. A little bit of lemon zest and slight funkiness. I also pick up some grapes, like a sparkling wine.

T- The malt is very present in the taste. The Belgian yeast is barely even noticeable. I also pick up a fair amount of wheat. This reminds me of a "tripel lite". I can see why they call it a single.

M- Very crisp carbonation makes your mouth pucker a little bit right at the first sip. Lighter bodied that is pretty dry on the finish.

D- This is an interesting beer. The flavors are a little weak but still good. Very good mouthfeel. I would be interested in trying this if brett were added or if it were aged in some kind of wine barrel.

Wisconsinality, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008

Slightly hazy, milky yellow color with a white head. Delicate lemony and spicy phenols in the aroma. Light lemon pepper flavor, yeasty with a bitter herbal hop finish. A great beer to have a few of. Packaging is very dramatic for a beer like this though.

BearsOnAcid, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 008

A-Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy 2 finger head that sits atop the beer and refuses to die down.

S-Yeasty and clovey. Smells a bit funky as well. A bit of citrus is detectable as well. Quite an interesting smell. Excited to sip it.

T-Like the nose, the yeast hits the taste buds immediatley. Clove flavor lasts and lasts. There is some lemon as well. A slight amount of funkiness comes through. A subtly delicious belgian. Finishes mildly bitter.

M-Light body. Well carbonated. Can feel the carbonation in my stomach after I take a sip.

D-Extremely easy to drink. The taste is unique but not overpowering. Almost no alcohol burn.

Belgians are not my favorite and I have not tried many but I am a fan of this beer. Russian River never disappoints.

VelvetExtract, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. The head crackled and then receded leaving behind wisps of white lace on the glass.

S - Almost smells wild - some mild funk and barnyard aromas with a yeasty kick. There is a mild aroma of grains, too.

T - Yeast hits you first with a bitter bite. Nice grain flavor mixed with some fruitiness. The funkiness is very mild.

M - It was crisp, very sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This truly is a sessionable Belgian-style ale that is absolutely delicious.

zeff80, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of ekardz
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - looks alive, full of carbonation - pale/hazy off yellow, no head

S - smells like a belgian, some grape/light fruit notes, some earthy tones being picked up as well.

T - delicious! very surprised by this belgian pale ale, they rarely do it for me. Subtle hop profile, yeast esters

M - light, smooth, great carbonation

D - definitely drinkable, only 5% abv and delicious might I add. If these were common out east, I might have a new session beer.

ekardz, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Falling Rock, into a wine glass.

Redemption is a pale golden yellow color with a slightly hazy appearance. The head is thick and white with good retention.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a nice lemon citrus character.

Flavor is really nice and refreshing. There is the same fresh lemon citrus from the nose but also some more bitter orange zest and hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate-low carbonation.

Overall a very good version of the style. Hopefully it will be available in bottles (in Colorado) soon.

GilGarp, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

37th Review on BA
375 ML corked/caged batch #8
Poured to tulip

App- Very light yellow with a nice solid two finger head that is not going away for a long time. It's also one of the most bubbly beers I have seen. Left a nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell- It's belgian in style thats for sure with the characteristic yeast smell. It's light and citrus tinged with some small pepper notes.

Taste- It's bland to me. It's not a bad bland I just think my expectations were a little higher but reading its supposed to be brewed as a single it makes sense. Flavors are muted on the palate but its still a nice taste all the same.

Mouth- Carbonation is spot on. Russian River does a good job with the textures of all their beers. The sour series especially.

Drink- Very light and clean. Would be a great session beer in my opinion if not for the cost per bottle.

FosterJM, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side at the brewpub with Sanctification. Both were awesome.

Beer is hazy shade of summer, yellow with a white head of medium and small bubbles that fades slowly, leaves some lacing on the glass. Moderate to high carbonation in this one. Looks good.

Aroma is bready with good yeast esters and some lemon / spice, almost black pepper. Interesting.

Citrusy in flavor, some hoppiness to it too. The finish is some wheat grains and the esters come out in the middle a lot. The beer is relatively light in body (although next to the Sanctification its not that light) and the carbonation is appropriate in the mouth. Its not distracting at all, just really present. It drinks easily and I really enjoy it. I'd have ti again. Maybe I'll pick up some bottles of it.

drabmuh, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light gold with a 2 finger white head with nice retention and lacing. There appears to be a lot of carbonation in this beer. The aroma has Belgian yeast, lemons, hay. and pepper. The aroma is somewhat light, but very nice.

The beer tastes pretty much like it smells. Lemon, yeast, pepper, and oranges, which I did not pick up in the aroma. Light to medium bodied, highly carbonated, smooth, and easy to drink. I am glad I was able to get this from South Bay Drugs before they ran out.

hardy008, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of kylers
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden straw colored.

S: Tiny bit of citrus and fruit not overpowering, yeasty and a bit of barnyard probably from the yeast.

T: Light and elegant, faint touch of spice and breadyness.

M: Medium mouthfeel, went down smooth.

D: Could definitely drink few of these if they weren't so hard to get on the East Coast.

Serving type: bottle

kylers, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Batch 008.

The beer pours a very light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemons, wheat, oranges and Belgian yeast. The flavor is yeast, citrus fruit, pepper and bubblegum. The beer is very juicy tasting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not incredibly complex, but a nice, flavorful Belgian single. Glad I got to try this one.

Mora2000, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Fluffy starched white head, hazy pale golden straw. Looks like some wits I've had.

S: Hay, spice, Belgian yeast and light fruit

T: Light biscuit, perfumed Belgian yeast esters and herbal hop bitterness. Subtle spices throughout.

M: Carbonation came off a bit high but settled down after 20 minutes

D: This is a light and far too easy to drink. A perfect entry level beer for those new to Belgians and a well crafted brew all around.

Lazerlobe, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky yellow golden color with one finger of fluffy white head with nice retention and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of yeast, wheat, bready malts, and very light lemon and pepper/spice. As it warmed up more of that pepper came out.

t - Tastes of lemon, citrus, pepper, Belgian yeast, and wheat.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - I thought this was a very drinkable Belgian Pale Ale. The low ABV and light body made me think I could drink a lot of this. I would have liked more citrus than pepper in the taste, but a good beer I would drink again.

mdfb79, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to deadeye for this one! Poured from a Batch 8 375ml bottle into my Russian River "-tion" Belgian glass.

A: Pale, straw-colored, hazy blonde with a nice white formation.

S: Fresh Belgian yeast, sourdough bread, and cracked wheat.

T: Doesn't have the traditional fruity/banana flavor of a Belgian. Ever so slightly sour and delicate and finishes with a beautiful spice profile.

M: Perfectly carbonated - I can feel the quality of this beer.

D: The best feature of this beer. It's quite a thin beer under that carbonation which makes it go down oh so easy.

Overall, a pleasure to try. Thanks Charlie!

hoppymcgee, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap up at the Oskar Blues Restaurant in Longmont, CO. Pours a bright golden color with a big white head. Light peppery hops on the nose, along with bananas and a little Belgian yeast. On the palate, this one is crisp and light bodied, with earthy bitterness, herbal hops and a crisp finish. Overall not bad, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

emmasdad, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of jamex
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a RR tulip. Paid around $4.49 or so for a 12.68oz. I had a sample (4 oz) on draft and wasn't that impressed - I decided to give it another shot. The bottle is thick and heavy.

A - A very light, pale, hazy yellow.
S - Faint malt and lemon, with a pronounced champagne-like aroma...maybe trippel-like. Hint of white pepper.
T - I'm getting watered-down trippel with this one, maybe with champagne or chardonnay. Some spiciness. I'm also getting a bit of soda-water aftertaste and 'dirty' hops.
M - Carbonation is pretty high on this one, but I don't mind. A little thin.
D - I can't see myself getting this one again.

jamex, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of ZX6Chris
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into my Green Flash tulip glass.

A-The lightest shade of yellow I've ever seen a craft beer. Hazy with a small white head that leaves great lacing and a thin cap of medium sized bubbles. That layer lasted the whole beer. It doesn't sound like all that but it really is a beautiful beer.

S-Light malts, lemony, citrusy, a touch of spice and some wet hay. As it warms up you get a little funk out of it.

T-Lemon, wet hay, a fragrant perfumey taste and a little spiciness and maybe a tad bit of funk.

M-Smooth, very coarbonated and a nice dry finish. Actually it's very dry and it leaves alot of lemon flavor on your tongue

D-A very easy drinking beer with a surprising amount of flavor. Great job Russian River.

ZX6Chris, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Redemption pours a pilsner gold color (although not a pilsner). It has loose carbonation that is about one finger high and fades rather quickly to some floaters and a ring. This smells more like a saison to me than anything-I get straw, hay, grass and just a touch of light horse blanket. Aroma is on the faint side. Some noble hops too. Tastes are of biscuit, some sweetness, a little straw and grass flavors with a bitter hop finish. There is a mild fruityness mid palate. Redemption could use a bit more carb and body. Its a little watery honestly. Drinks really really well despite disappointing mouthfeel. Highly sessionable. Glad to have a few of these as I will be aging them for some time.

pmlondrigan, Oct 25, 2010
Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.