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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,482
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 290
Gots: 290 | 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 JAXSON
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
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 -11.2%
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 +1.2%
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
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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 +7.9%
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
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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 +10.9%
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
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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%
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 +5.5%
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
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -0.7%
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 +11.7%
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
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of klikger
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour at brewery served in a tulip

A - Light, golden ale; decent white head and great lacing

S - Belgian yeasts & apricot

T - Yeasts, a little bit of honey, lemongrass, and some fresh, light malts up front. Apricot makes an appearance halfway through. The end is dry and slightly bitter - a great finish to a complex Belgian pale.

M - Light to medium in body, this feels crisp and dry.

D - I could drink quite a few of these. Very drinkable.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up this 750mL bottle at Whole Foods in San Francisco last November, lost it in my beer refrigerator behind a ton of other bottles, and recently found it again. It's from batch 007, and I popped the cork and poured while sitting on my deck on a sunny day.

Apparently I tried this on tap at the brewpub in 2006. I re-read that review first, mainly I felt the beer was sweet with a little touch or Bret. This review will be similar, but I think I'm liking it more than the first review would indicate.

The cork pops with a low report, plenty of carbonation but no gushing. The beer is a pale golden color, maybe 3 degrees SRM, clear with a thick eggshell foam. Lots of chunky lace too.

The aroma is near perfection for a light Belgian pale ale, I could smell this for hours. Pale clean malts, just a hint of sweetness, barely any hops but a small dose of Brettanomyces that adds some complexities in the hops' place.

The bottle calls this a "single", meaning a monk's table beer like Chimay Doree or Westmalle Extra I guess, and in that way this approaches every sense with a light touch. The beer tastes a little citrusy and crisp, with just hints of the horse blanket or barnyard or whatever you get from Bret. The sweetness is really light too, making this a delicious beer to sip through an entire 750, nearly perfect again. Light bodied and low alcohol, this is what drinkability is all about. I will never hesitate to buy this again when I see it, highly recommended.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to solomon420 for sending this beer my way.

Pours a golden yellow straw color with an amazingly soft looking bubbly head that leaves awesome lacing as it subsides.

Smell is of light bready malts with earthy aromas, kind of grassy. Great aroma for a Belgian pale.

Taste is terrific, such a crisp and refreshing flavor. This beer was tailor made for a lovely summer afternoon. Very light malt flavors with slight hop flavors, maybe saaz hops. All the flavors just exist together in harmony.

Mouthfeel is soft, like a feather pillow for the tongue. The level of carbonation is medium to high, but it's like a softer carbonation, hard to explain awesome to drink.

So drinkable, this beer is exceptional. I recommend to any and all.

Photo of MicahBlack
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 007
Drinking right now, from a goblet

Appearance- Pours like a champagne, only darker in color; a peachy orange tone. Tiny bubbles come up from the center of the glass. Fizzy, one-inch white head quickly dissolves to about a third-inch frothy head with milky swirls.

Smell- Musky, sweet Belgian smell. Faint smell of apple juice and wheat.

Taste- Woody, earthy, a little more bitter than sweet.

Mouthfeel- Dry and moderately spicy, mild chalky feeling. Sparkling bubbles burn the tip of your tongue in a pleasant way.

Drinkability- Very light and thirst quenching. I find myself gulping more than sipping.

Photo of bmerz
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 007 from City Beer SF

A: Clear and light with champagne like bubbles forming a big lasting head then thick long lasting lace.

B: Not big but clean somewhat restrained citrus and spice

C: Some sweat light fruit, peppery spice, and citrus well balanced against the malt and less bready yeast than I'm used to in belgian ales.

D: The bubbles almost clean the palate. Very pleasant.

D: I really could drink these all night and give them all my friends who are not so adventurous. Wish they were easier to find out East. Reminds me of what I like about the most balanced and simple German beers but with Belgian attributes

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Arbitrator
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007. Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at Whole Foods. The supply of this recently dried up, leading me to pick some up and actually try it, for once, instead of just trading it. Funny how that works.

A: Pours a clear, lemon-gold color with a finger of head in my Duvel tulip. The off-white bubbles stick around for nearly a minute, frustrating me as I want to drink! Not that I'm dependent, or going through withdrawal -- whoops, my hand shook a moment there -- but I have places to be, and important things to do, like drinking more beer. After the head vanishes, there are beautiful ivy patches of sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Palt malts -- I want to say pilsner -- with a pleasant blend of earthy and floral aromas. Some yeast and a light stone fruit bouquet (peaches, apricot).

T: Pale malts -- again, possibly pilsner -- with a clean earthy hop flavor that delivers a light touch of bitterness. Some floral flavors with a lightly spicy finish. A small yeasty presence. Lemon rind on the way down. A bit simple, perhaps, but it seems right for the style, and there's no denying that it is tasty, especially for 5.65% as the bottle claims.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, and dry. The carbonation seems a tad low for a Belgian-style ale; it would be great to step it up a bit and enhance the tingle.

D: A tasty, refreshing beverage the likes of which I sadly overlook most of the time. I should get more of these. A very well-crafted "single" ale, although at $8 to $9 it's not something I'll pick up often.

Photo of mikey711
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy and golden/yellow. white fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Pepper and yeast notes dominate. Some sweetness and some grape notes very pleasnt

T: Same as it smelled with some hay notes as well. Also a nice amount of fruity tones as well

M: light with a good amount of body. no harshness at all

D: A great table beer that is easy to sit back and enjoy a few of

Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL caged and corked bottle - Batch 007 - 5.65% ABV. Poured into my Troubadour tulip.

Very pale, and mostly clear citrine body with a mountain range of ghost-white dense powdery foam. Better retention than many Belgian examples of the style, but is more uniform in texture. Icy sheets of lacing are pushed down slowly and broken into diverse patterns by a thin line of tears.

Clean malt and yeast aromas with light spice, alfalfa, and faint citrus (possibly from hops?).

Hay, lemon zest, sourdough, green pears, and some orange on the palate. More winter fruit and light hop bitterness leads into the finish which is malty yet dry (and almost peppery).

Medium-light bodied, but very well carbonated - the effervesence enriches the mouthfeel greatly.

An excellent "table beer," light in flavor, but very well balanced.

Photo of mjl21
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River. Poured into a RR Belgian tulip glass. Comes in at 4.80% and 23 IBUs.

A-Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger almost white colored head. The head lasts throughout the duration that the beer is in the glass and leaves some nice lace.

S-Lots of Belgian elements are noticeable. There is plenty of Belgian yeast, some sweetness, and spices such as corriander and clove.

T-Like the nose, plenty of Belgian yeast is apparent along with some sweetness and pale malt. I pick up on some earthy hops which gives it some bitterness that seems higher than the advertised 23 IBUs. As it goes down I get some lemon zest flavor.

M-Medium bodied and is somewhat chewy for a RR beer. It is nicely carbonated.

D-Always a good low abv Belgian style beer from RR.

Haven't had a Redemption in at least 18 months. It's a really flavorful Belgian style beer that is low in the abv department. An ideal session beer if you love Belgian styled beers.

Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,482 ratings.