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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 556
Hads: 1,604
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.27%
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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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Photo of GuzzLah
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a cloudy blonde with a standard white head. Some lace. Too cloudy to see bubbles.

S - intensity is quite mild. Pale malt, mild banana, mild spicy Belgian yeast and a dusting of Euro hops. Nothing special.

T - is similar to the aroma. I get mostly pale malt from it with some Belgian yeast and a hint of spice and floral on the finish. Yay?

M - light body, effervescent and creamy. Slightly tart. Low bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel and easily the best part of this beer.

O - a well brewed beer, true to a classic style, but it doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of Kevin73
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy gold with a thin white head. No lacing. Smell is pleasant, almost floral. Hints of honey, clove and citrus are evident. The mild floral scent comes out in the taste as well, almost like a jasmine beer but not quite as intense. Very pilsner-esque both in appearance and flavor, but with more body and more well balanced. Expensive. $4+ for a 12 oz bottle in Seattle.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade from h2k2c as an extra.

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw colored body with a 3 finger quickly rising white head that reduces pretty quickly to a layer of foam. Thick lacing.

S- Unripe banana, citrus, belgian spices, yeast, lemon zest, a little bit of funk when I opened it but that faded quickly.

T- Starts off with that spicyness typical of most belgian beers - clove, yeast, and maybe some cinnamon. Progresses quickly to banana and a very fresh earthy, garden-like flavor that is hard to describe - cucumbers and fresh fruit maybe? Very nice.

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, medium-light body.

If I could drink this every day I would. Many subtle flavors come together to create a delicious and complex beer that is also refreshing. Nicely crafted and a benchmark for belgian pale ales in my book.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375mL corked bottle poured into Wicked Weed tulip glass. Bottle date 07/18/12.

A-Golden/yellow body with nice one finger width bright white head.

S-The bouquet has some lemon zest in there with a bready earthy tone. Some nice spicey notes with clove are wrapped up in there. Beautiful aroma all around.

T-That bready earthiness carries on through to the taste. Get the belgian yeast in there but is not over powering and allows for the malts/hops to have some say in the taste. The middle and back of the palate thats where the spice and citrus notes come in.

M-Chewy mouth feel. Carbonatino is perfect for the style.

O-A very enjoyable belgian blonde ale. Love the aroma of the beer and the drinkability of it especially being only 5.2%. Wish RR would start supplying more of their beer to PA!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Context: Had this on tap at the Belgian Cafe in Philly on 4/5/2013. Prior to this, I had 2 pints of Pliny the Elder, 1 Damnation and 1 Delirium Tremens. The scratch I wrote on a napkin is all I'm going on, so bear with me until I have the chance to drink this one again.

Aroma: I remember smelling a lot of spice, yeast with a bit of banana, which would be typical of a Belgian Pale, which I think this one is. Smells appetizing like it was food. (4)

Colour: Perfectly hazy gold body with a 1cm white head that dissipates over the course of several minutes leaving a white film over the surface and a thicker white collar. Lacing is spectacular as I drink this beer down. Beautiful. (5)

Flavour: Spice, banana and the characteristic Belgian yeasts are dominant here. There's a little bit of citrus sweetness, like someone just squeezed a fresh small slice of lemon into the beer. Very enjoyable to put this beer down. (4)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, somewhat resinous and coats the tongue with spice and banana. Reminds me a bit of a German hefeweizen. Easy to drink, well carbonated, and an aftertaste is mostly the Belgian yeast flavour. Pretty nice. (4)

Overall: This was my second non-IPA offering from Russian River. It's a very enjoyable rendition of the Belgian Pale Ale style (at least if I'm right in thinking this is a BPA). Looks great, tastes great and it is definitely an above-average example of the style. (4)

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Photo of cfrances33
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle thanks to benjaminahudson, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy golden yellow, with three fingers of foamy, thick, white head. No real lacing.

Smell: Lots of bready yeast up front, some cloves, a touch of lemon, and a light banana peel. The yeastiness carries the majority of the nose.

Taste: Follows the nose with lots of bready yeast, some light spice, a white pepper, and a touch of lemon. Doughy sweetness in the middle. Finishes with a light lemon and dough.

Mouthfeel: Pretty refreshing. Doughiness lingers, but not in a bad way.

Overall: Not my favorite style, but when done this well it is delicious.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a RR 'tion' glass to a slightly hazed light yellow with a small white head that fades to a small collar and mat. I was very gentle with the pour
S: slightly fruity with notes of apricot and a bit of pale malt
T: light fruitiness up front with some bready malt flavor. fruity esters come through as well as a slight spice and a bit of herbal hop flavor. swallow brings more bready pale malt and light fruitiness
M: fairly light on the palate with soft carbonation from the bottle conditioning. refreshing finish
O: A very good Belgian Style Blonde. nice flavors with good complexity and no off putting qualities.

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Photo of fatmusic14
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden hue, very airy head, dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Smells like a Belgian. subtle tones of citrus and honey, slight bakery feel.

Tastes very light. Summery, even. Hints of fruit, sweet tones complimented by sour tastes.

M - extremely carbonated tastes almost sharp, refreshing but strong.

O - disappointed in this. Would not buy again.

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Photo of ESPNman
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Batch 010, almost 2 years in my cellar.

A - There's clearly a solid layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, I'm definitely pouring this one slowly and making sure to not disturb the yeast. It pours a slightly-cloudy straw gold. It almost looks like fresh-squeezed apple juice. It produces a thin player of eggshell white head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

S - My favorite part of this beer is definitely the nose. It has that classic Belgian yeast character of pepper and spice, but there's a solid backing of under-ripe pear and a bit of barnyard funk that makes this one special. The slight fruit nose definitely comes out stronger after having been cellared for a couple of years.

T - Light, crisp, spicy, fruity, and pretty solid. It's not as outstanding as the nose, as I feel the yeast notes and some of that funk can be a little dominating over the beer's other characteristics. Virtually zero hop character to speak of at this point, although I don't recall it being there in the first place really.

M - Medium-to-high champagne-like carbonation. It's appropriate for the style and lends a bit of liveliness to the beer that wouldn't be there otherwise. Smooth finish. Very dry and clean.

O - This is a great representation of what is an often-overlooked style. Low in alcohol, complex and full of flavor. This is the perfect lunchtime beer, and can easily be paired with tons of different foods without dominating the meal. Now if only it was a little less expensive...

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Photo of Holland
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: fizzy, hazy, straw color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates but covers a quarter of the top of the glass still.

S: light spices, slightly fruity, very slightly malty, and nothing overwhelms the senses.

T: a bit bland at first, then some spices, light fruit, and big malt flavor to finish off.

M: good spritz, but not too much so. Heavier than I thought it would be at this alcohol.

O: good belgian pale ale overall, very drinkable, pretty tasty, and not overly spiced or too yeasty. It's nearly $9 per 375ml bottle here in Philly, so I'll forget about having it again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation at the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that reduces rather quickly to a small patch of very thin film near the center of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light amounts of pale malts and Belgian yeast with some light to moderate amounts of spices (pepper and coriander) and very light hints of barnyard funk. Also, there is a touch of candi sugar.

T: There are some subtle hints of sourness in this beer along with the flavors of the Belgian yeast and spices - pepper and coriander. There is a very light amount of fruitiness - touch of banana with some pear and apple. Not sweet but minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Very dry.

O: This is a far more approachable sour or funky beer than many others, easily appeals to people that are just starting to explore those styles/characteristics. The overall sourness/tartness is light but this is still quite tasty. Alcohol is very well hidden even though it is quite low in ABV - definitely another quality beer from Russian River.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high fizzy off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with some hints of sourness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of yeast along with notes of spices and subtle hints of sourness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is lots of dryness, particularly in the finish.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and the subtle sourness from the brett lend some complexity to the beer. This would be a good choice for someone that is just getting into sours.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Really cool presentation! Attractive label with eye-catching logo and text. This beer is corked with a wire cage holding cork in place. Cork says Russian River and gives a graphic of glassware to be used. Back label is also very creative giving the definition of “Redemption” as well as a detailed description of the beer. Also, just in case you missed it on the cork, the appropriate glassware to be used is indicated again as well as the appropriate pouring method.

Appearance: Poured out of a 12 oz. Corked bottle into a 16 oz. Snifter. Pours out a cloudy hay like yellow with a 1 finger airy white foam head. A good deal of carbonation rises from the glass. Lacing was excellent. Head retention was amazing, sticking around for the entire length of consumption. Only after 14 min did it slightly dissipate into a foam coating.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of lemon, clove, and banana. A light sourness along with a slightly yeasty smell is also detectable.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of grassy earthy hops with hints of lemon and that same light sourness that shows up in the smell. Lemon is the dominate taste as it comes back through on the back end.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Definitely on the very light end of medium bodied with this beer. It has an above amount of carbonation as well. The effect of the head retention gives it a slightly more thick feel than it actually has. Very drinkable, goes down easy!!!

Overall/Comments: This is only my second Russian River beer and first out of a bottle. I was very impressed! Very good beer from start to finish. Highly recommend! Classified as a Belgium Pale Ale at 5.5%. Batch 12. Consumed on 11/20/2012.

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Photo of Dennoman
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 11 bottle, shared with fellow beer geek at the "try out till we blacked out" tasting. Thanks to Morningstorm for the share!

A: Clear light yellow color, yeast sediment looks like lemon juice. Looks like any old Belgian ale.

S: Pilsner malt is most prominent, with some very obvious Belgian yeast. Supporting bitterness from the Saaz.

T: Mostly pilsner malt with a hoppy finish. A vague hint of bretts acidity. Very mellow and extremely balanced. In no way overpowering.

M: Medium heavy carbonation. Lots of burps. It's a manly beer that way!

O: The thing about this style is that it's never going to set the world on fire for me. I do think, however, this is as good as a Belgian blonde ale is going to get for me before venturing too far into either the IPA or the sour side of things. The balance in this brew is amazing, with little hints of everything. Interesting stuff, highly recommended.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle, batch 12. Served at around 45F.

Pours hazy yellow with a two finger white head that recedes to a small cap and leaves a few sheets and spots of lacing behind.

Very yeasty, dusty, musty aroma, along with banana and a hint of lemon and spice. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is banana, Belgian yeast, lemon, other light fruits, spice, mild sweetness, minimal bitterness, minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, a bit sticky, good, sometimes sharp carbonation.

Pretty good Belgian-style Blonde or Pale Ale. Not a style I normally seek out, but someone generously gave me this bottle and I’ll never turn down a chance to try a Russian River brew.

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

First had: on tap probably at Monk's

Pale golden beer, clearish, with a fluffy white head that retains well and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Lots of trub and floaties if you're pouring it from the bottle. Citrus and yeast in the nose, fruity esters and floral hops. In the taste: pale malt sweetness, bready yeast, pear and banana notes, citrus zest, floral and slightly earthy hops. Light-medium mouthfeel, generously carbonated, quiet pleasant overall. RR rarely disappoints.

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

This is some sort of blonde ale. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light orangish color with two fingers of (not dense) white crackly head which slowly descends into …

S: Light, yeasty malt, just a hint of banana and spice.

T: Light, yeasty malt and the barest perceptible spice, with slight bitterness and flabby finish. Exceedingly well integrated and smooth, though not that interesting.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

O: Well crafted, simple beer. But not much going on.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-slightly cloudy yellow gold with a nice white head. Slow bubbles. Some floaties.

S-banana, honey, some pale Belgian spices. Almost faint.

T-comes in with an awesome aged taste of pale Belgian spices and black peppercorn. It has a very awesome rawness to it that is reminiscent of a true Belgian. It's absolutely a wonderful taste a such a low abv. The peppercorn has a stinging on the tongue that lasts awhile. Has a good matching after-taste.

M-heavy carbonation with a dry finish. Almost perfect.

O-one major problem. It's the price. Well I got this in western PA, so I'm pretty sure I overpaid. The truth is I dream about a pale Belgian ale with this much flavor, kept at a very drinkable abv. I just wish it wouldn't wreck my wallet to get a case of this. It definitely doesn't have the flavor of the stronger pale Belgians, but it still has an awesome rawness.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label stated that this was a sister beer to Damnation and I'd guess it is the "weak sister." Far more subtle and smooth, this blonde ale was not nearly as complex as Damnation but was nice enough. It poured with a very thin head and was very notably blonde. The aroma was lighter in fruity notes and gave me the impression of pears. The taste was smooth and fruity but much softer than Damnation. Overall it's enjoyable but not quite its sibling.

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Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy medium yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that steadily diminished down to a thin film with a small collar, producing excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma a was of a grain malt, mild herbal hops and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), banana, clove and a slight fruity ester (maybe green apple).

The taste was a boldly yeasty with a mild grainy feel and a light fruity presence early on, and slowly became mildly bitter with a touch of citrus, a hint of banana and a light spicy ending. The flavor had a great longevity, with a nice yeasty taste that was left lingering while you got this slight spicy bite right to the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body with a dry, watery texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall another tasty beer from this brewer, although pretty average for the style it still possessed tons of flavor and without a high ABV. Yes, I think I could enjoy a few of these...


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Photo of jaasen64
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle thanks to stmgl01 for the hook up! Poured into Founders tulip. Batch 11.

A- Pours a slightly hazy mostly translucent light lemony yellow color with about a finger of white foamy head that recedes to a thin layer leaving some lacing. Nice consistent rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Lemony grassy hops with some light funky brett and a light sourness, a hint of barnyard hay in the background. Smells similar to Damnation with a light brett smell that isn't too overpowering.

T- Light lemony grassy hops, hay, some light sourness that kind of mixes with the grass and lemon and doesn't really assert itself too much. A little bit of a watery finish that ends in a light lemony aftertaste that lingers.

M- Fairly thin, over carbonated which in my opinion kind of clashed a little bit with the farmhouse qualities, easy to drink.

O- This was a decent beer that I enjoyed drinking but wasn't overly impressed. I definitely enjoyed Damnation (the base beer) more and there are plenty of beers from RR that I would choose over this. I would drink this again, but definitely not pay the price tag on it or seek it out.

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Photo of Etan
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into a tulip. Batch 11, so bottled September 2011?

A: Pours a clear light gold with a nice white head.

S: Slightly spicy yeast, rice, vanilla, a bit floral.

T: Dryish floral esters, a bit of grain. hint of grassy hops.

M: Light with active carbonation.

O: Definitely dryer than I was expecting, leaving it a bit flat flavor-wise. Pretty refreshing though.

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Photo of spoony
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle into a tulip. Bottle dated 7/18/12.

A--There is a nice, fluffy 2.5 finger off-white head that recedes slowly. The beer leaves a cap of foam and some lacing. The brew is slightly cloudy and a has a pale yellow color. There were a few streams of carbonation visible.

S--There is a pleasant smell of light lemon, straw, and yeast. It is not terribly funky, but still has earthy, stoney undertones.

T--Mostly follows the smell, i.e., earthy and musty with some citrus/lemon fruit and spice notes. The spice is there, but not overwhelming. This beer is not a huge palate-wrecker, but has more subtle flavors.

M-Lighter to medium bodied brew with measurable, but not substantial carbonation. Quite drinkable.

O-I liked this beer for its balance and drinkability (almost a session beer), but for 6 bucks I felt like it was just a bit too subtle when compared against some of its Belgian pale ale competition.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 012. Thanks to Alissa for bringing this back from Colorado.

A: pale amber hue, some cloudiness, nice puffy head when poured that kept to a thin veil
S: estery, full nose, some yeast
T: very mellow, well-balanced, estery up front with nice hop bitter balance in finish without going over the top, some yeasty overtones in finish
M: quenching, snappy, very refreshing beer, highly drinkable

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Photo of azdback
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass, straw colored and clear. Large carbonation bubbles lead to a huge three finger head. Head is bright white colored and creamy in appearance but does dissipate rather quickly. Lace is very sticky and beautiful.

Smell is musty, earthy, banana, nuts.

Taste is exactly like the smell. Lots of musty yeast and hop varieties. Wheat and banana. Earth and funk.

Mouth is bright and light. Carbonation is medium with a decent finish that is rather dry.

Overall I know I should grade this on the style and not on my personal preference and I did but I will tell you here in the after notes that I hate everything this beer and brews of it's style are. I hate the smell, color, taste, popularity. I find it so hard to believe that so many BA's seek out this style of beer.

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