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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 290
Gots: 292 | FT: 16
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 Bajasith
3.95/5  rDev -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
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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
3.18/5  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
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.98/5  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
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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
4.33/5  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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....

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

Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.