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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 294
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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 ZX6Chris
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured a straw like yellow with about two fingers of intiial head. Really clear, with no trace of cloudiness, and good carbonation.

Nose is a lot of lemon peel, with a bit of malt sweetness. Some light floral qualities as well.

Taste follows the nose initially on the tongue, but the malt backbone is present to give a nice balance to the tartness from the lemon. Floral bitterness primarily, not from lemon peel.

Light body beer is easy to drink and would make a nice session beer, but it doesn't stand out with any notable qualities.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68 oz. bottle, Batch 008,

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow with a poofy very long-lasting white head, considerable lace.

S: Classic yeasty Belgian smell. Peppery, lemon, some hop character.

T: Dry white pepper, lemon zest and earthy hops. The American influence can be tasted somewhat here.

M: Very dry, light-bodied, smooth.

D: Solid BPA, the regular unsoured Belgian style beers from RR haven't impressed me too much, but I did enjoy this bottle.

Photo of Kaiser81
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 008
375 mL bottle poured into my dad's frosty mug. It was the best glassware I could find @ my parents' house.

A - Blonde color (maybe a hazy straw) with less than a finger width of head. The head settles, but has nice retention and some nice lacing.

S - Light malty swells with a touch of funkiness. I also want to say some light grapes and other light fruits...maybe apples and pears.

T - Light fruits and malts with a touch of earthyness to it. There are some funky notes going on as well. It really packs a good amount of flavor for a 5.15% beer.

M - Light body, but high on carbonation with a semi dry finish.

D - I easily fnished the 375 mL bottle and could have drank more...not that it was the best beer I've ever had, but I could have drank more. It's got nice flavor for a light ABV beer.

Photo of snpub540
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy pale yellow almost the color of straw. It was topped by an nicely foamy whitehead, that kept some nice lift before turning into a ring of white bubbles. Nice lacing stuck to the glass after every sip.

Nose was earthy and floral. Very refreshing aroma.

Taste was slightly tart from the acidic citrus notes. other flavors were spices and peppery tastes.Very nice crisp and dry finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the carbonation was playful and not over the top. Extremely drinkable. I put this one away and was definitely left wanting more.

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

On draft at Tustin Brewing company for Russian River week.

Poured into a tulip with a decent head that dissapated to a ring with some film. Nice lacing. Great pilsner like color.

Pilsner malt aroma with a little Belgian funk. Slight hop aroma too.

Tastes smooth and tasty. Great pilsner taste with the Belgian yeast and then the hops hit. Great hop flavor and bitterness. Very good session beer. Wish I could get 6 packs of this.

Mouthfeel is great. Great carb and foaminess in the mouth I'm assuming from using carapils malt.

Overall and awesome beer that I wish I could keep around my house on the cheap. 6ers of this would be awesome.

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

375ml corked and caged bottle. Batch 8. Thanks to Richard for this one by way of Variety BIF. Poured into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a 2 finger frothy white head with very good retention. Beer is an attractive, slightly cloudy bright lemon. Lacing is frothy, thick, and ring-like and has great cling.

S: Nose is Belgian yeast, floral, clove, lemon, and the slightest bit of citrus. Aromatic, sweet, and very enticing.

T: Opens lemon and cloves with a yeasty bitterness in the back. Slightly bready. Sweetens as it lingers on the palate. Pear comes out towards the middle along with a variety of spices. End is subtle, with a cane sugar sweetness. Finishes is spice and aftertaste is lingering yeast and slight hop bitterness that sticks to the sides of my mouth.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, lively and coarse in the mouth and slightly watery going down. Quenching and abrasive at times. Finish is accented and aftertaste lingers.

D: Russian River is one of those breweries that seems to do everything right and Redemption is no exception. Perfect body for the style and just the right amount of complexity and flavor to keep it interesting. Definitely worth a try along with all of their other offerings!

Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden/yellow color with a bone white head. Aroma is intense Pilsner malt. Very malty and clean. Cereal, crackers, fresh barley on top of some subtle but noticeable fruity esters. The malt stands out more than the yeast character though you can tell this is a Belgian style beer - it's just cleaner than normal. Taste is crisp, super dry, thirst quenching. Fruitiness is in the taste as well but it is subtle and not intense. Quick, bone dry finish. This is very quaffable. I like this style of beer and this is a good example....

Photo of JAXSON
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, most recent batch. Pours a light, clear honey gold with a large white head. Nose is heavy on Belgian yeast, banana, maybe some lighter fruits. Something kind of earthy in there as well. Flavor profile is a bit thin and flat. It seems to have not yet fully matured to the point where the flavor can really express itself. Of course heavy on that abbey yeast, some musty banana, maybe a little bit of spice. Thin and not that interesting, not really up to par for the style either.

Photo of hawks10
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked & caged bottle - Batch 008 - Poured into my Russian River stemware...

Pours a pale straw yellow, slightly hazy with three fingers of fluffy, bright white head which leaves some lacing behind...

Strong aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, peppery with clove and coriander. A bit musty and funky, decent amount of brett in the nose too, but overall this is a very yeasty smelling beer, spicy and dry with just the slightest touch of fruit...

Beer starts out spicy with a very dry taste/feel. A slight fruit twist tries to be heard from, but it is barely noticeable...yeasty, dry and simple...

Light bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation. Thin and light with a strong lingering spice and dryness...

Not bad, pretty one sided beer, a bit boring, but I guess that is the style they were going for...

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My last beer of the night at Russian River. Poured a solid gold with a frothy white finger of head. Smells spicy, Belgian yeasty. Tastes floral, spicy, a bit of citrus and a punch of Belgian yeast to the tastebuds. Creamy, and full of tiny smooth bubbles. Very drinkable. Another winner by RR.

Photo of portia99
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle (batch 008) received in a great trade with grilledsquid. Poured into a Russian River stemmed Belgian glass.

A - Pours a subtley hazy, super pale straw yellow with 2 fingers of fluffy white foam with excellent retention. As the head slowly falls, it leaves excellent thick globs of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Very, very funky on the nose. Spicy, cool cloves surrounded by bretty horse manure, wet hay, and light citrusy oranges. Hay aroma really sits center stage and the other aromas play off this nicely. As a lover of brett fermented/finished beers, this smells outstanding. Can't wait for the first sip.

T - You can really taste the Belgian yeast character up front. Clovey spiciness gives the strongest first impression. Soft malty sweetness sits underneath the spicy aspects as well as some lemony flavors. This is still really young, but the brett apects come thru, although a bit subtley. There is some light horsey funk in the flavor although not at the level that is found in the aroma. There is a mid-level bitterness throughout that balances nicely and adds a crisp bite to the flavors here.

M - Carbonation is very lively and seems to really brings out the cloves and the lemony flavors. The bitterness is crisp but lingers into the aftertaste just a bit. Funk is a little bit on the mild side...perhaps a little age on this will enhance this aspect. Body is on the lighter side of medium.

D - One of the difficulties I have with some of the better Belgian style beers is the high level of alcohol and related heat. This beer shows a flavor level and complexity that to me rivals some of the better tripels out there, but doesn't have the associated burn factor that makes them such sippers. This is truly drinkable...only 5.15% alcohol, no burn. This is a great Belgian session beer. Looking forward to more of this...in the near future and with a bit of age on it too.

Photo of scottfrie
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

350ml bottle into Delirium Tremens glass. Batch 008.

A: Pours a bright golden with a billowing dense white head that faded into thick fuzzy film that left great rings of lacing down the glass.
S: Much less spice than I remember the tap version having. I'm picking up much more citrus, lemon zest and spicy yeast than I was in the tap version. There is still a hint of bubblegum.
T: Sweet citrus and golden fruit notes along with the yeast dominate. Not a ton of hops come through but there is a light bitterness in the finish.
M: Light body with a mouthfeel that's just a tad too thin. Carbonation is light and tingly.
D: I was thoroughly impressed when I had this on tap at the brewery, but the bottle is letting me down a bit. This is still a great beer that is crazy drinkable and impressively complex for a fairly low alcohol brew, but I'd still prefer its Belgian counterparts.

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

batch 008 poured into a RR belgian glass

pours a nice slightly hazy and murky with a effervescence that leaves great retention. great lacing on the sides of the glass.

light lemon, light apple, and a moderate funk. lots of yeasty earthiness.

starts out with a zest of lemon and light apple flavor. a slight sourness kicks in and then turns to earthy barnyard funk. a bit of a pine like hop flavor in the finish.

prickly carbonation with a light body. a bit dry.

quite light and easy with a great combination of flavors that come together well.

Photo of Deuane
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged Batch 006. Picked up by FooFaa in Cali for the low, low price of $7.99!

A-Bright, clear, golden honey with a medium, bright white head that reduced to a thin cap and left light rings of lace.

S-A delightful amalgamation of fruit with notes of honeydew, Granny Smith apple, peach, kiwi fruit and Bartlet pear all sprinkled with a spicy zing of white pepper.

T-A slightly more aggressive, spicy bite of the palate than in the aroma. The fruit flavour is absolutely delectable and while it has a noticeable tartness it simply adds to the overall experience. To quite on of my most favorite movies---"The snozberries taste like snozberries!"

M-Lighter than light! This beer is so light it actually dances across my palate before falling into my gullet. Sharp and crisp with a ton of lingering twang....outstanding.

D-A damn near perfect session "wild" ale, absolutely! This stuff is simply amazing! So light yet so flavourfull this brew could not get much better. Another exquisite concoction from the mind of Vinnie Cilurzo.

Photo of domtronzero
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear light golden yellow with a lot of fizzy little bubbles. Big whitish frothy long lasting head with a little bit of lacing throughout.

S - Clean light sweet pilsner malts, spicy hops and pear-like fruity esters. Very light phenols, almost like cloves?

F/M - Again, up front with clean candy-like pilsner malts and a little bit of bready malts. Lite apple/pear-like fruity esters. Spicy/earthy hop flavor with moderately firm bitterness. Clean dry finish. Medium-light bodied with moderately high carbonation.

D - Light, crisp, refreshing, easy drinking, this is beer is pretty good. Very clean but the light body lends to making the flavors a little muted.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

Hazy straw golden body with about two inches of fluffy white head. Retention is solid with some good lacing left behind.

Smells of spicy belgian yeast. Cloves, some lemon zest, apples. A touch of bread as well.

Taste sports tons of belgian yeast characteristics right off the bat. I get cloves, lemon and orange zest, a touch of apricots, pears, and a hint of green apples. The taste ends on a spicy, leafy and bitter hop note.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, and a bit spicy. A nice dryness as well.

Truly amazing complexity for the low alcohol content. A seriously delicious beer.

Photo of dubinsky
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008 poured into my RR "snifter".

A - Pours a straw yellow, almost blond with a nice foamy one finger white head. The head is very fine and creamy leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S - Smells a bit farmhousey and musty . Definitely has lost of Belgian elements present in the aroma. Some sweetness is present, and spices such as and clove finish off the nose.

T - Belgian yeast is apparent along with some sweetness and light malt presence. Some earthy hops add to the bitterness along with lemon and orange zest.

M - Medium bodied with great carbonation which creates a nice dry finish on the tongue.

D - I find this to be a really session-able Belgian. Its a complex beer that you would think has a higher alcohol content but at 5.15% ABV its very drinkable.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an extremely hazy golden banana yellow into my Russian River Tulip. About a finger of white fluffy head is achieved with a moderate pour, that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Tart apples, pear, wheat, malts, Belgian yeast and other spices such as cloves and coriander.

Taste - The initial taste makes me wonder why this is so much sweeter than the nose led me to believe, but as soon as that thought crossed my mind the flavors instantly change into a more spicy, hoppy characteristic. Overall, once the beer warms up, the flavors are similar to the nose. The flavors are easily picked out...wheat, cloves, slight grassy hops, pears, green apples, and the Belgian yeast. Quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, crisp carbonation, finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability - Extremely quaffable. Honestly, not a beer I would pick up all the time, but definitely glad I was able to get some of these for the future.

Photo of ptykozoon
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy yellow with a huge, strong frothy head and good lacing. Bubbles race upwards.

Smells of apples, pear, sugary treats.

Taste is more pungent than I expected for the low abv. There is also an oaky characteristic, perhaps it is merely the dryness. The fruit I'm getting is subdued and delicate. Yeast and citrus add to the complexity.

Mouthfeel is great, lively carbonation mixed with lovely fruit/floral subtleties and a dry finish.

An awesome session beer and a solid offering from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of impending
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the source. Poured a classic beer light gold, looks like a delicious cliché.

Aroma of hops, citrus and pine, with yeast and spices - a lively upbeat scent.

Flavor has a surprising amount of light skinned fruits just under the surface particularly apricot. Hops make a major flavor contribution. Nicely dry and mildly bitter. Lively crisp light bodied mouthfeel.
shades of Orval

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent pale straw yellow with good retention and a thin head that left nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely got aromas of belgian yeast on the first whiff with faint pineapple notes, malts, slight citrus, and wheat notes. There was also some underlying booze as well.

T: the belgian yeast is pretty dominate on the palate as well alongside citrus, slight booze, and grainy wheat notes. I did get a little spice and coriander accents on the flavor.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, and slight bitter finish.

D: it drank really good and was a good interpretation of a belgian style pale ale. I'm glad I still have a couple more bottles of this in the cellar.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008 from 375ml corked bottle. 5.15 ABV. Pours a very pretty, slightly cloudy golden color with a medium sized white head. Very bubbly. Scent is very strong on the Belgian yeast with hints of lemon, maybe a bit of orange peel, a bit of meat, and a slight hint of funk. Very nice, complex smelling beer. The taste is a little hoppy with a nice clean Belgian finish. Great lemon zest flavors with coriander and other delicious spices. Lots of lemon. The beer has a great mouthfeel with a very dry finish. Drinkability is EXTREMELY high. I'm very glad they bottled this right before I stopped by the brewery last weekend.

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

Poured into a white wine glass. Batch 008.

A-Pours a hazy straw yellow with two inches of fluffy, off-white head.

S-Soft, inviting aromas of wheat and pale malts, with a touch of coriander. Smells like a combination of a Belgian blonde and a witbier.

T-Really tasty and refreshing. Very simple. Wheat, coriander, grain husks, lightly bitter, grassy hops. A spectacularly sessionable Belgian-style ale.

M-Light and soft, with a mouth-watering prickly carbonation on the tip of the tongue that doesn't announce itself right away. Again, this is a standout beer.

D-Among the best non-sour ales I've had from Russian River.

Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
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