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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,499
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 299
Gots: 292 | FT: 13
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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 robwestcott
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

batch 009, poured cold from the bottle a murky sunlight gold to a dogfish head signature glass with a big bubbled, foamy, long lasting snow white head.

big aroma of belgian yeasts and lemon rind - perhaps a bit of clove-y spice in the wayback.

a bit tart from the first sip, yeasty, subtle bitter to the very tip of the tongue, fading to a mellow semi-sweet, yeasty, spicy delight.

medium bodied, big carbonation, long lasting bubbles from the etched dogfish, super dry finish.

drinkable - yep.

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

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a bone white soft head that mostly disappears leaving light lacing. Beer is a crisp straw color with very minimal activity

S- Smells earthy... with lots of yeast and sour aroma

T- Has a light bitterness at first, then is accompanied by a great yeasty sour flavor before a smooth finish

M- Light body with light carbonation

O- Like other RR brews... outstanding, pricey... but worth it IMO


Photo of MbpBugeye
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch 009

Keeping the yeast sediment in the bottle achieves a semi hazy pale golden beer. Lots of rising bubbles are seen rushing up to feed a stark white head. Retention is fine and lacing is copious.

Right away I could smell this beer's musk. It has a musky, yeasty, beery smell. The yeast is chalky and fruity. Lots of pear and mealy apple. A healthy dose of peppercorn furthers the spiciness of the yeast character. Hidden notions of bubblegum, strawberry and lemongrass are seen in varying strengths.

This one is delicate and well balanced. Things are kicked off with fruity yeast, lots of pear and a little hint of golden apples. A chalky, earthy yeast spice brings white pepper along with a mineral water type flavor. The mineralliness gets stronger and pushes into the finish and aftertaste. Just before the finish there is some banana and a little bit of lemony and citrusy hops that only act to balance this beer.

This beer has a great feel. Its medium bodied but still drinks lightly on the palate. Very dry with a nice even keeled prickle from the lively carbonation. The finish is bone dry and super clean, its nearly devoid of any lingering flavors.

This beer is an example of when I'll miss the drinkablility scores. I can see why this Belgian Single or Enkel style was created by monks for their table beer. It won't overpower any meal and quenches the thirst very well. That said, this beer really has no wow factor at all and is pretty light on flavor.

Photo of weazal
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

SMELL: Bright earthy notes. Sweetly pungent citrus, particularly lemon rind with faint traces of funkiness. Similar to Saison spices.

TASTE: Starts off unassumingly dry and flat then flavor seems to build in the BACK of your palate slowly billowing forward as a the beer's unexpectedly thick mouthfeel lingers - causing multiple swallows. All the components are expertly balanced, yet strikingly separated through the wonderfully extended tasting process. The flavor is pronounced, but not overwhelming and still plays perfectly with the carbonation and slight tartness. That tanginess makes it exciting and is probably most defined by a grapefruit-like citrus flavor.

Photo of callmescraps
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about damned time for me and this beer. Surprisingly, found it in DC after never running into it in SoCal. Always excited by RR beers.

App- A cloudy yellowish gold color. Very minimal head, turns into a ring, and does not lace much.

Smell- A nice mustiness. Some horse blanket for sure. Very grainy. Some biscuit. A little white wine and fruit. Some apple. Very nice, very brett-y.

Taste- Nice light grains. It's got some of that nice funkiness. As well as some apple and possibly pear. Also some lemon, it's pleasant a lightly fruity. Lightest hint of hops. Very nice, mellow.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation. Nice and light, not overwhelming.

Drinkability- Very nice, easy to drink.

This is a very nice beer, and a good example of the style. Nice and mellow, some good fruitiness and grains. I really like this beer, and am glad to have it, but not going to the effort it takes to get it typically.

Photo of lnashsig
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to AugustGarage for the chance to taste this long time want. Poured into my Dfh snifter, pours a very light yellow hue with a little bit of head that forms a top layer of the beer. Smell- some white wine flavors, tart blonde scent. Taste- big carbonation hits the front of the palate- light, airy, refreshing. The white wine flavors are there, this is unlike any blonde ale I have ever had. Very refreshing, I would seek this out again for sure.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of these and a Damnation over at Connecticut Wine & Beer after their renovation. Seems they're getting them once a month or so. Great experience - I had been excited to find my first Russian River for awhile now after seeing it in Philly for an outrageous $30/bottle.

This beer was completely worth the wait. A perfectly balanced light Belgian single. What makes it so unique is that it gets at citrusy/floral notes really easily, but isn't too lightheaded. It balances those tastes with some really nice medium body that's both smooth and sweet. I hear in California it goes for $5 a bottle, and that's a great price. I got it here in D.C. for $15, so I don't think I'll have this again soon, but I can't wait until I can.

Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to nataku00 for this from our trade!

Batch 009

A: The cork came out easily and with a nice "pop". Pours a lovely, bright, and hazy pale straw-gold color with three fingers of creamy bright-white meringue on top. Retention was excellent due, in part, to the very ample carbonation. Gobs and sheets of lace were left all over the inside of the glass.

S: A flash of clove and banana, mild red apple, and subdued citrus. Suprising herbal/grassy hop notes.

T: Once again, a flash of clove and banana, with some orchard fruit, and maybe a touch of apricot. Very nice herbal/fresh cut grass flavor that comes on a bit during the middle and dominates the finish. As it warms, the grass of the finish takes on a definite piney quality.

M: Very dry and almost what I'd describe as "grainy". Interesting hint of tart citrus pops up here and there as does a bit of white pepper sizzle.

O: I really liked this beer. I also like that they chose to brew this as a single, a very unrepresented sub-genre to the BPA style. Subtle, delicate, and delicious.

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.

Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.