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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 289
Gots: 284 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004)
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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of georgiabeer - thanks!

Pours a clear honey-golden color with a one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of apricots and pears with solid amounts of citrus rinds. The malt aromas serve as an anchor for the rest.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front, followed by good amounts of pears and apricots, in that order. Light citrus flavors jump in near the middle of the sip but aren't as intense as they were in the aroma. The ending is mildly dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness for such a low ABV and active carbonation makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This is probably one of the most sessionable Belgians I've ever had, not necessarily because it tastes that good (though it's certainly not bad) but because the ABV is so low.

Overall this is a very nice beer from a style that doesn't have a whole lot of entries. Certainly worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, Batch 003, into red wine glass. Huge thanks to Henry (Bankhead) for this take on one of my absolute favorite styles.

Pours a hazy orangey-gold, with a nice one-finger fluffy white head. head settles down into a soapy cap leaving some beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass.

Nose is really nice - notes of apricot and pear, spicy yeast, and a bit of lemony citrus are so inviting. Just a bit of a grassy hop presence underneath the din.

Taste starts out with peppery yeast and bright golden fruit, bit of candy sugar sweetness. Light, dry cereal hits right before the finish, making way for a light grassy hop bitterness that reigns the whole thing back in and leaves you craving another sip. Finish is a lingering peppery yeast and the beautifully alluring light, grassy hop bitterness that dances on the palate rather than lingering heavily on it.

Mouthfeel is beautifully creamy but light. God but what I wouldn't give to have this beer widely available enough to be my go-to summertime beer. A beautiful example of one of my absolute favorite beer styles, the underrated and underrepresented abbey single.

JohnQVegas, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. Bottle thanks to mreusch. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sour grapes, sweettart candies, Belgian yeast. Simply heavenly- very Orval-like. Flavor is even better. Beligan candi sugar, sweet-tart candies, and light sourness. Some wheaty notes and a touch of dry hops too. Russian River never fails to impress. This was an awesome beer, something I could drink all the time. Simply superb.
9/4/9/5/17 (4.4/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a liquor store in Napa. Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color with a strong dense white/yellow head. Big sticky lacing. Smells of spicy hops, sthanol and oranges. Noticeable fruity yeast on the nose too. Reserved, yet complex flavor. Nice citrus tang, muted and slightly cotton like. Fruity and spicy with a good malt base. Soft ethanol on the finish and a hop bitterness too. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied. Drinks very nicely. Perfect at the end of a long day and after a good homecooked meal.

aforbes10, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle (Batch 006) in a goblet. Acquired in a trade with mwompus.

A - A light golden ale with a slight haze and a moderate white head.

S - A spicy, crisp scent with some clove, cinnamon and a hint of orange.

T - A dry, spicy and crisp taste with a nice Belgian flavor though a bit tamer than the real thing. Slightly bitter and fruity in the finish.

M - Good consistency and high carbonation with very fine bubbles.

D - One of the better American brewed Belgians and at 5%, a very nice session beer.

GJ40, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of paytoplay
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Malt and herb flavors. A hint of sweet carmel, funk. No Brett? Yeast strain must be wild as it has a very odd complex funk going on. Creamy texture is nice. Could of told me it was belgian and I'd believe it. Reminded me of other beers but I can't put my finger on exactly which one. Could see this improving with bottle age, though this was from Keg at O'Briens 15th annv.

paytoplay, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of LilMatrix
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden pour accompanied by a finger of white head and sticky lacing. Looks sooo lively and appetizing.

S - Bananas, Floral, Belgiany, Citrus.

T - Light floral and yeast notes. Lightly sweet in the middle ends lemony and tangy. A very juicy beer, a lemon rind finish.

M - Wonderful mouthfeel, lively carbonation, excellent bottle fermentation characteristics.

D - So much flavor for a beer with a lower ABV. A lovely highly sessionable beer.

LilMatrix, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewerB for this one!

Batch 005 - 750 ml cage-corked bottle, served into a tulip glass:

Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Doesn't have the stream of carbonation in the middle that the style often has, but it does have a very nice colour and retention. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of orange and herbal notes with a slight mustiness.

The taste is of grass, orange and subtle herbal notes. Bubblegum sweetness mixes with lemony tartness and a touch of herbal bitter - some bready yeasty notes come in, as well. Complex, yet in a more subtle sort of way.

The feel is light and creamy with a buttery smoothness.

A very drinkable, well-balanced creamy Belgian-style pale with a soft, pleasant floral aftertaste. Very well-done!

jwc215, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of abfraser
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden yellow with a big frothy white head. Nice lacing on the glass

S: Banana, spice, clove, some breadiness.

T/M: Nice lemony spice, with some lingering cloves. Slight bit of bitterness from some hops. Quite yeasty. A little sour. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

D: Could drink a lot of this.

abfraser, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4 poured from a 750mL caged and corked bottle shared with a few friends.

Light yellow straw color with a small pillowy white head. Active carbonation. Fruity nose, but much milder than its sister beer, damnation. I get some bright lemon as well. Refreshing.

Not bitter by any means, but some hops are noticeable along with the fruit flavors. Once again with some yeastiness- a little estery and peppery. Alcohol not present at all- as it should be with this low ABV, sessionable brew. As I stated in my Damnation review, I would choose Damnation over this. To boot, from what I understand, Damnation is much more readily available throughout CA and even PA. Makes it a clear decision for me.

Ineedabeerhere, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of popery
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5. It's not a great looking beer, but that's one of the few less than entirely positive things that I'll say. The color is nice. There's little head. It looks a bit like apple cider. The nose is sweet and earthy with notes of citrus, cardamom, nutmeg and farm. The flavor is spicy and very full for a 5% abv beer, even a good Belgian 5% abv beer. It's crisp and cleanly Belgian. There's some lemon in the front and some interesting and light malt through the middle. The beer ends with a lingering bitter finish. The feel is sparkly and spicy. It has a lot of flavor and fullness even for a Belgian Pale Ale. On top of everything, it's a very drinkable beer, easy on the palette, the stomach and the head.

popery, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Stone Beer Gardens. Pours clear gold with good carbonation and a frothy white head. Yeast esters, banana, clove, and spice fill the nose. Light mouthfeel compliments the taste. Banana, lemon, breadiness up front with malt and spice in the back. Like a Belgian Pale crossed with a trippel. Yum.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 005

A - Hazy golden yellow color with a thick, foamy white head. Head has excellent retention and leaves big, chunky sheets of lace.

S - Light, sweet, fruity aroma. Some hints of banana, pear, and a little sourness. Faint pale malts provide adequate backing.

T - Very light and spicy initially. Corriander comes to mind. A tart fruitiness begins to come in mid-drink and causes some slight puckering. Finishes on the spicy side. Excellent combonation of flavors.

M/D - Light and clean in the mouth. Very crisp and incredibly easy drinking. An exceptional beer that enjoyed more than its big brother, Damnation.

ckeegan04, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle that I got in a trade. Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer! Batch #005. No mention of Brett on the bottle. Poured into my Piraat Tulip glass.

A-Body is a translucent golden hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head that eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Tons of lacing is left all the way down the glass. When held up to the light one can clearly see some chunks of yeast sediment floating throughout the glass. Not too much...but enough to make it almost, but not quite, perfect.

S-A nice blend of slightly tart apples, citrus, and floral hops hits the nose first. This is followed by a slight sugary sweetness and bready yeast.

T-The flavor is fairly mild upfront and showcases a hint of apple and citrus fruit flavors with a fairly mild funky yeast backbone. A big burst of floral hops comes through for the finish along with the bitterness that comes with it and a slightly funky yeast backbone. A very minimal residual bitterness lingers but is mostly dry.

M-Medium to high tingly carbonation and light somewhat yeasty body. Thinner than I would prefer in this style but still above average.

D-This is a very good Belgian Pale that could be quite sessionable. The execution of this style is done well here by Russian River. A beer that I would trade for again. Looking forward to trying more Russian River brews in the future!

PittBeerGirl, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden color with a thin, but rocky head that persists as a film and leaves a reasonable amount of lace

Smell: Fruity (pear, green apple), yeasty with a modicum of peppery spice

Taste: Opens with a tangy light fruit flavor, with green apple and pear flavors forward; by mid-palate, the flavor gets more lemoney and sour; after the swallow, the lemon flavors recede for the moment, leaving the yeasty and fruity flavors in command; at the very end, the lemon flavor provides a puckerish finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Extraordinarily drinkable, with plenty of complexity; I like the way it stays dry throughout

brentk56, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of lhaqq
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold, with a white head.
S: Jasmine, green tea, barley. Great aroma; haven't smelled many others like it.
T: Tastes like a dulled-down triple with some hoppy bitterness.
M: Smooth, but too little carbonation.
D: Pretty good for drinkability, but not terribly high abv.

lhaqq, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

25.4oz bottle, Batch 005, into my Duvel tulip. Got a couple of these from RblWthACoz and johnmichaelsen, thanks guys!

A: Pours a clear orange with a two-finger thick white head that recedes slowly, leaving patchy foam. Tons of carbonation, this looks pretty!

S:On the nose, there's some spice in the form of a hint of mace, cinnamon and pepper along with a faint hint of bubblegum. There's some mild sweetness as well with a floral and honey-like component too. Smells refreshing and delicately complex.

T: This beer starts off mildly spicy with a hint of black pepper to go with a mild sweetness reminiscent of honey and fruits (pears) before a long, dry and mildly bitter finish take over. Bitterness is more along the lines of a lemon rind bitterness minus the sourness, if that makes any sense.

M: Excellent carbonation, light in body and a refreshing and dry finish make this a wonderful drinking experience

D: This whole 750 is disappearing way too fast. What a drinkable beer!

DefenCorps, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful pour that is shimmering golden and quite clear. Great steady carbonation and a creamy white head that has unbelievable retention. It remains through the entire 750ml bottle and leaves sticky lacing down the glass. A refreshing smell that is light and airy but very complex. Soft and sweet fruits. Pear, orange, green apple, lemon. A light bready yeast and just a slight sour tinge in the end. Taste is excellent. Some sour up front along with the fruit. Slightly earthy as well with the slightest hint of funkiness and spice. Light grain and bread with a drying finish. In the mouth it's crisp and extremely smooth. A nice dryness in the finish with a tingle on the tongue, perfect carbonation. This is a memorable beer for sure. One that I wish I had on hand at all times. Complex, refreshing, and very approachable. I owe younger35 a big, big thank you for sending this as an extra many moons ago. I didn't know what to expect but what I got was pretty amazing to say the least. One of my favorite brews in recent and long term memory.

ncvbc, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a trade with Jhenry04. Thanks for sending RR to the East coast for me!

A yellow body with a small white head.

Smells of pale malts, fruit notes, slightly sour.

This is a pretty damn good blonde. Pale malts, with a good bit of sourness. Fruit notes that remind me slightly of apples. A little sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied, well-carbonated.

Pretty drinkable beer, another good brew from Russian River.

Hojaminbag, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer tasting at the Shack. Friend brought it in for all to sample.

A - Light golden yellow, foamy, leaves a light lacing.

S - Biscuit, malts, and almost a woody flavor, as if it were flavored with cedar or balsa chips.

T - Biscuit, light malts, and earthiness.

M - Carbonated and very strawy.

D - Very drinkable. There is a nice offset between the malts and the hops.

MisterClean, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple bottles of this about a eightish months ago when I visited Russian River. I went at absolutely the worst time of the year as Younger was getting tapped in two days and they cashed Elder literally hours before I showed. Karma sucks. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute. Batch 004.

Appearance- Pours a super light straw colored yellow with a giant two finger bright white head. The head really never recedes maintaining a quarter inch cap that leaves ring after ring of sticky lacing.
Smell- Bright and deceivingly fruity as green apple and pear sting my nose slightly. A bit dirty with some "funk" notes but I definitely wouldn't describe this nose as funky. More of a slight mustiness like that after too much rain. Slightly bready as well under those little yeasties.
Taste- Starts with the slightest of pale malt sweetness as the soft doughy grains lead the way. A bit of lightly fruity bitterness shows with hints of pears and earthy hops. The light graininess and just a tinge of yeast make this exactly what I was hoping it would be. Finishes with a slight lingering toffee sweetness and light citric bite.
Mouthfeel- Very light and crisp with a clean feel and fairly good carbonation with a soft dry finish.
Drinkability- My favorite of any of the brews that I've had so far from Russian River has been Temptation. It's a barrel aged Blonde Ale and absolutely delicious. This is a simpler version of that and I don't want to say I like it better, but it's exactly what I was hoping for. I love the drinkability and how well crafted and "simple" this brew is (I use simple as a description of the deliciousness, I know this brew is far from simple to make). A ridiculously awesome brew that I wish I would have grabbed a case more of.

younger35, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to hopasaurusrex for sharing this treat. Batch 001!!!!

A - slightly hazy straw yellow color, frothy white head.

S - slight lemony musty aromas dominate with a hint of bready undertones.

T - dry chardonay, lemon zest, touch of musty brett tartness

M - light bodied, nicely carbonated crisp dry clean finish

D - wow, that was a great beer! I could drink this again easily!

barleywinebrewer, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle (batch 5) from the brewpub poured into my Russian River Barrel Aged beers goblet, Redemption is a clear, spritzy gold with a large, dense white head that's very long lasting and leaves very heavy lace.

Smell is grainy, a touch of honey sweetness and minty hops, with a slightly musty, 'shroom like funk.

Taste is overall pretty simple, a bit heavy plastic phenols early on, fading to dusty, bready graininess with a yeasty finish. I really wanted more depth from the brett, but here it's really just a bit of corkiness.

Mouthfeel is full of soft carbonation, a little yeasty, medium bodied.

Drinkability is OK, a pretty simple little beer, not really my taste, I'd prefer fruitier esters or more brett funk, which is very subdued at this point. I have another bottle, and am in no hurry to open it. Maybe it will funk up a bunch in a few years, maybe it will fall apart...either way, this was boring enough that I'm willing to wait and see.

ccrida, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of ibbjamin
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $7.49 for an Austrailian Longneck from Monument in Concord, CA. Poured into a snifter.

A large inch and a half fairly frothy white head. Moderately transparent shiny gold color. Excellent head retention. Strong thick lacing.

Strong aroma of yeasty breads and wheat. Grassy and earthy hops in the background.

A pleasantly strong yeasty flavor with sweeter malts to balance. The hops are not as apparent as they were in the nose.

Rather watery. Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Decent drinkability.

For the flavors this beer represents, I enjoyed it. So, if you are a fan of the style, I'd definitely recommend. Personally, I probably won't be getting this one again.

ibbjamin, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours is a beautiful, effervescent, straw golden color with a substantial frothy head and great retention. Redemption smells of lemon and spices. The taste is bitter up front and spicy. There are some mild citrus notes and the finish is dry. The mouthfeel is creamy and the beer is well carbonated.

HopHead84, Aug 31, 2008
Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.