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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 556
Hads: 1,604
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 306
Gots: 332 | FT: 13
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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 556 | Hads: 1,604
Photo of Paincane
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden w/ white short-lived thin head. Not much in the way of lacing.
S: Fruit, Chardonnay & yeasty aromas make for a Belgian nose that portends sweetness.
T: Flavors of grapes, bread & white wine.
M: Light bodied & slightly sweet. Dry and smooth. Easily drinkable.
O: Delightful blonde ale.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden color with a white head.

S: Banana, tropical fruit and pine in the nose.

T: Banana, papaya, passionfruit, mango, tastes delicious.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation for the style. Pretty drinkable.

O: Far from their best beer, but still delicious just about sums it up.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden beer with a light haze. It pours with a finger of cream colored, rocky foam and leaves a a fine, light lacing on the glass.

S: A medium strong peppery phenol dominates with a soft malt aroma. A mild orange and apricot fruitiness.

T: Moderate spice, mostly pepper with a touch of clove. Moderate light colored fruit. A soft Pils malt sweetness against a medium-light bitterness giving a balance that is about even. The finish is fairly dry with a light spice in the aftertaste.

M: A fluffy beer with a medium-light body and strong level of carbonation.

O: It's right up there with the best examples of this style with that distinct Belgian yeast character of moderate spice and fruit that dominates this beer.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz to a snifter, bottled 7/18/12

Pours a hazy yellow gold with about 10% transparency. A half finger of foam has receded pretty quickly into a ring. Lacing's okay, very mild carbonation

Smells of sour Belgian funk, apple, pear, and some pale malt, and white wine

Taste is initially pretty fruity- much of the apple and pear from the nose, a touch of cinnamon spice, with notes of oak and white wine and a bit of sweet malt on the finish

Feel is a light/moderate body with a wet finish. Leaves a nice tingle on the palate as it goes down

Overall a really solid Belgian, especially for the price

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is about 10 months of age.

A: Murky golden straw, off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Banana, apple, orange citrus. Bright yeasty character, like a saison-dubbel cross.

T: Crisp apple, slight spiciness, funky undertone that puts an old earth character in the background. Some gentle sweetness from the malts.

M: Crisp, light, and dry. Very nice.

O: A pleasure to drink! I didn't expect a lot from this beer but it delivered great complexity without weight. It reminded me a lot of drinking a gently brett'ed saison but with a Belgian twist.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 040413

Appearance - Hazy, deep straw, white film head that leaves small lacing.

Aroma - Sweet wheat, coriander, and orange peel.

Taste - Follows the nose with less orange.

Mouthfeel - Perfect.

Overall - Exactly what I'd want during the warm spring/fall months here in Florida. It's incredibly light, smooth, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 040413

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Produced a quite nice cap of white froth with great retention and some minimal clumpy lacing.

(S)- A nice dryness throughout. Some really good biscuit-like yeast components. The slightest grassy funk flows into some lemon rind on the finish.

(T)- I quite like the biscuit-like yeasty dryness this has while having just that hint of lemongrass on the finish. Just the slightest twinge of funk to drive this home.

(M)- A lively but superb carbonation level. Very low bitterness with the awesome fruity dryness in front.

(O)- Overall, simply a pure joy to drink and goes down very easy. An ideal beverage for summertime.

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Photo of bpasquini
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a yellowish gold color, leaves a small head that vanishes quickly, no lacing on the glass either, lots of nucleation occurring, and theres is a slight haziness to it as well

S: Bold yeasty smell, also get light hints of honey, and some bready malts, not a whole lot going on with the smell but it still smell really good

T: Yeast, some funk to it, getting some fruit which I think is pear but it is very faint and hard to tell, a little honey sweetness, bready malts, sometimes I get hints of banana as well

M: Very light, crisp, and refreshing! Finishes really well!

O: Strong beer for sure, would have preferred to have had this on a hot summer day but it is still fantastic now, another beer well done RR!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thin layer of head on a hazy, golden colored body.
The aroma is nice: pear, dry grain, bread and apple cider. Light and pleasant.
The taste has a dull sweet pear flavor, some mild lemon bitterness and finishes with a touch of yeast.
The texture is great. Crisp and fizzy.
The taste lacked depth and complexity, but it was still an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of kevanb
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, dated 04/04/13, poured into a Russian River "-tion" tulip.

The beer pours a sharp golden honey color, hues of straw, cloudy complexion with a soft, cloudy white head that sits gently atop the beer before receding quickly and leaving just a few spots of soapy lace behind. The aroma is of pale grain, yeast, a touch of funk, clove, light citrus with some floral qualities as well, but it's heavy on the grain and yeast, very simple. The flavors are right in line, lots of pale grain, yeasty funk and fruit, clove with some citrus and floral qualities, a bit of spice is noticeable too. The grain really dominates this beer and doesn't really let any of the subtle qualities develop. The body is nice, pretty rich and full, coats the mouth very well, the carbonation is crisp but a touch abrasive with a slightly creamy finish.

Verdict: A good Belgian Pale Ale from Russian River, but a far cry from a beer like Damnation or some of their other Belgian Blondes. The beer is just too simplistic and grain heavy and it doesn't come across as light and delicate, which is what I was really hoping for.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375 mL corked & caged bottle; Batch: 040413 (Purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA)

The beer poured a hazy yellow with a thin white head that was not well retained, but did leave a thin white cap that lasted pretty well throughout the beer.

The beer gave off a nice, Belgian yeast aroma, a little boozy and a bit fruity.

The beer has a really good taste. Belgian yeast, bready, friuty and a hint of pepper.

The beer had a lighter feel to it. It was easy to drink, smooth, with a dry aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent ale and one that I would drink more often if I could.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

Appearance- Hazy yellow with quick one finger head that didnt last long. Some damn fine lacing though.

Smell- Lemon, belgian yeast, hops, pear and apple. Very nice smelling fruit forward blonde.

Taste- Lemon and pear all the way through. That yeast is there, but no too overwhelming. Hops are there, but not in the spotlight. Slightly bitter. Very fruity. Lightly vegetal.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and bubbly. MEdium to full carb. Off-dry. Easy drinking.

Overall- Just a really good easy drinking blonde from one of my favorite American breweries!

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a brown 375 mL cork & cage bottle. The label is stamped with a bottling date of 04/04/13, and says "refermented in this bottle" along the front, although it makes no mention of the Brettanomyces that are mentioned on the label in this beer's profile picture. More on that later.

Appearance - Pours a sunny maize yellow with some faint haze that prevents seeing through the liquid, likely from a little yeast getting into the glass from pouring. Head is a proud two-fingers and white with lemony-yellow hints to it. Retention lingers for a good amount of time and never completely dissipates, leaving a foamy layer on top of the liquid. Lacing is pronounced and sticky.

Smell - A little disappointing, to be honest. I get notes of fresh lemon peel, some generic phenolic characteristics and a hefty dose of the the RR house yeast, but zero brett. Confusing, since I see many other reviews specifically calling out the distinctive yeast.

Taste - The smell was true to previewing the flavor, which also is rather flat and uninspiring. General yeasty characteristics, and some very faint, almost imperceptible funk on the very end. Hint of hop bitterness that fades pretty quickly. The lemon notes are here again, but like with the smell, they aren't tart--more like lemon essence. As with the smell, little-to-no brett characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Moderate-to-heavy carbonation that creates sort of a creamy, effervescent feel. Finish is dry and the body is pretty light. Easy drinking, unfortunately, it's not one that I'm like to find myself drinking a lot of...

Overall, it's easy for me to say this is my least favorite offering of Russian River's that I've had so far. Seems like their wheelhouse is sour ales and types of IPA, both of which I love. Reminds me of Damnation in some ways, which I suppose makes sense, but whatever they do to increase the ABV of Damnation also imparts a bit more interesting components to the beer, as I liked it better than this one. There are several BPAs that I would drink before expending the effort to procure another bottle of this.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to TATURBO for picking this beer up on your recent West Coast adventure!

375ml C&C bottle. bottled 4/4/2013.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: hazy and slighly opaque dull straw/golden yellow boided beer with 2 fingers of bone white head that drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Wheat malts with fruity yeast. Lemons. Banana's and spicy clove. Earthy. Light funk. Hint of bubblegum that adds some sweetness to the nose.

Taste: Lemons start this beer off. The brett flavors follow up quickly with some a mild generic funk flavor thats earthy and dusty. Fruity and white pepper yeast. Hint of clove. Green apples and pears. Lemongrass with a slightly floral note almost purfumey. Nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Very clean and very bright beer. Carbonation is soft and delicate. This beer is really crushable.

Overall: Brett in a Belgian Pale ale is a really great compliment. I dig it alot. As always Russian River makes another outstanding beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked bottle batch 4/4/13 into a Flying Dog Goblet.

Pours a hazy golden color with a fizzy half inch white head. The smell is yeasty and crisp with a tad of lemon scent. The taste is clean, dry and even a tad bitter. Some lemon zest is in there too. Pretty standard for the style but it hits the mark. Good, easy drinking with a light body and mild carbonation.

Overall nothing remarkable here but its solid. Good Belgian pale. You could down a few of these in a hurry.

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Photo of SebD
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, some breadiness, cloves, peppery spices, lemon and some grassy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some Belgian yeast, bready notes, some cloves, faint pepper, a touch of lemon and some grassiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy gold with a two finger head that disapates to a nice stable head, which leaves nice lacing behind.

N- Belgian yeast is upfront with grass, and clove.

T- Belgian yeast and spice are foremost with lemon peel and a bit of fruitiness.

M- dry champagne like feel.

O- very enjoyable session able beer.

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into a stolen hotel oversized wine glass.

A - Poured a cloudy straw-colored yellow, with a light head that dissipated quickly. Uniform cloudiness and color. Not much lacing, which could be attributed to a poorly-cleaned glass.

S - Faint banana odor, with a bit of sweet malt. Overall, very subtle phenolic nose.

T - A bit of citrus tartness, with back notes of yeasty bread and flowery herbs. Cloves and bananas, otherwise fairly standard and unremarkable. A nice brew for an autumn evening, with the leaves falling.

M - Thicker than expected...full-bodied with a malty aftertaste. Easy .

O - A solid and well-crafted BPA, but nothing more. A good but unremarkable BPA.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got this around the local area. Bottling date is listed at the side as "04/04/13." Unlike the current picture, the bottle for this does list it as "refermented in the bottle" (naturally, according to style), but it doesn't specify if it's with Brettanomyces. I doubt it still is. Poured into a teku glass from a 375ml bottle. Review is from my notes.

Just like Redemption, this pours a lesser boozier looking, yet equally pale golden color with a less frothy head. The head itself is quite bubbly, almost similar to soda, and it settles down rather quickly. Head retention is nevertheless decent, and sticks around until the very end as a flat circle. Not too many bubbles - shoulda used the Duvel tulip instead. Slightly hazy, and definitely shines well - but it overall is decent, slightly above average take on the style itself.

The flavor brings me back to my roots, when I was first getting into Belgian pale ales like Duvel - candied sugary notes, golden cereal grains, faded apricots white grapes, some grapefruit, and notes of grassy, slightly spicy hoppiness. Orange blossom, lemon peel, and a bit of honeysuckle. The website describes this as having a forward banana ester, but I'm not getting that at all, unlike Damnation. Pretty light all around, but pleasing to the nose.

The flavor is about on par with the aroma, except with some of the grainy cereal notes slightly more enhanced, as well as the citrus peel. Light apricots still dominated, melded with honeysuckle and grapefruit, and the finish is slightly sugary with a dash of green, dried hops. Pretty easy drinking, especially considering the heartiness at hand from the thickened yeastiness and sugared, pale malts. Not too bitter or too sweet, and pretty balanced as a result until the carbonation dies down - then, it gets a bit syrupy. Not too bad - one of the most easy-going beers RR has probably released to date.

A solid introduction to the style at hand, although at this point, I've become so entrenched with the hoppier, wilder pale ale offerings from Belgium to the point where this makes me nothing more than nostalgic to the time period that I was first discovering this style. Absolutely recommended for people wanting to get into startup offerings in the style, and very tame overall. I wish I could have tried the Brett version back in the day, though!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 375ml bottle with date of 4/4/13.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with vigorous carbonation yielding a 1.5-inch rocky white head which leaves rings and spots of lace.

N: Bready yeast, spices (white peppercorns and corriander), delicate floral with a very slight funky farmhouse-like note, grassy/hay, herbal and estery. On warming the banana and clove elements show themselves.

T: Follows the nose with some faint lemon verbena and a malty balance smoothed by the yeast.

M: Semi-medium body and semi-full carbonation. Champagne-like with a clean, fresh, dry, yeasty and herbal finish.

O: Nice, gentle and refreshing and easy drinking. Start here.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/4/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, wheat, pepper, coriander, floral, banana peel, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, coriander, wheat, banana, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, coriander, wheat, banana, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast and malt flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian blonde ale. All around nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #008 a 12.68 bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Comes out a pale blond color which sort of resembles a pineapple juice. HUGE thick white head with both large and small bubbles. If you give a normal to hard pour than you'll have to take your time with this one. Better than average lacing to it, and overall pretty cloudy. Not one to normally like the look of most Belgian style beers, but from my understanding, it nailed it pretty well.

Smell is really good. Smells overall pretty fruity, like canned chilled pears or maybe some golden delicious apples. Some other lighter fruits like that. Very nice, that's a dominant feature, the bready/yeasty aromas are present but take a backseat to the fruitiness. I like it alot, but I'd give it a much higher score if it were slightly stronger.

Taste is also really good, but a slight step down from the smell. Fruity again, but slightly more citrus and even a little bit funky. Some lemon that's close to the peel as well as more of the juicy pear/apple combination. A little light grassy flavors and again a little yeasty. Slightly funky and only slight bitter flavors.

Never been a big fan of most Belgian styles, but I think Russian River knows what it's doing with this style. Really a light bodied beer and soft but not too gentle. Remains smooth and maintains a nice dry finish. Extremely drinkable beer, goes quick, especially on a humid day like today. A very nice beer of a style I don't normally appreciate as much as I should but am occasionally craving. A well done beer.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/4/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours a hazy straw yellow with some nice gold highlights peeking through as sunlight hits the glass. A thick, tight bubbled, 2 fingers tall white head quickly forms and sticks around for quite a while, leaving a coating of lace behind as it recedes.

Aroma: (4.5)
Aromatics of fresh banana and a light pepper-y-ness from the Belgian yeast strain burst forth from the glass into your nostrils as soon as you raise the glass to your face. Fresh cut grass and a juicy citrus scent augments the yeast forward nose beautifully, giving the ale a wonderfully refreshing zestiness. Some sweet cracker-like malt lingers in the background.

Taste: (4.5)
Your palate is greeted with huge Belgian yeast presence; banana, clove and a distinct pepper-y-ness. As in the nose, the yeast is quickly followed by a zesty fresh hop character in the form of fresh orange juice and grass. The beer finishes bone dry with long, lingering notes of bready malt, bitter orange peel and more banana and spices from the yeast. Very freshing.

Medium bodied with moderate to high, lively carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
Crisp, refreshing and super flavorful; The orange forward hops(I'm guessing Styrian goldings?) really meld effortlessly with the fruit forward and spicy Belgian yeast. These flavors, coupled with the lively carbonation lend the beer a very thirst quenching character. Belgian "single" ales aren't too common to find, but this is one definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Hatzilla
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/4/13, consumed 5/29/13

A - Cloudy yellow-orange pour with a one inch head which leaves scant lacing

S - Pear, cloves, banana peel, esters, lemon

T - More pear and cloves backed with a sour, funky yeast flavor. Prickly and alive, this beer reminds me of Duvel and Damnation

M - Prickly, well carbonated, light, smooth and lively with a dry finish

O - A very tasty, easy-drinking blonde ale. I can't believe I've never tried this guy considering I see it all over but will definitely have it again. Cheers!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(on tap at Russian River, Apr 2013)

A: cream yellow hue with a Kräusen-like foam top.... notable lasting haze.... more of a blonde ale than a "pale".... a few strands of lace stuck at the top of the glass.... love those blondes...

S: doughy, lemon peel yeast aromas hit first... some pale malt seems to slowly poke through... pretty straight-forward, though, like the rest of the beer

T: balanced between butter cookie dough malt and softly spicy banana esters.... delicate overall.... fruit and malt accentuates in the finish, but still mild and dainty

M: sort of a fluffy, open texture across the palate - low gravity + ample carbonation?.... a smooth silky flow establishes itself once the initial head dies away.... quite a light feel, though "effervescent" I'd call it not

O: a solid, pan-appealing blonde ale... nice "session" opener

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Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.