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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company


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Ratings: 1233
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%

Brewed by:
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 VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour is super cloudy with a super clingy thick frothy bright white head.

The smell reminds me of Rayon Vert. Belgian yeast upfront dominated by bubblegum and banana esters, but the grassy, slightly funky Brett-like flavors come out.

The taste isnt as spicy as its Belgian counterparts. Light lemon notes with a slick Belgian yeast coming out as well. Those Brett notes have faded leaving a slick, sweet Belgian Pale. Super light notes of pepper and spicy yeast make an earnest effort to come out, but its just too sweet and slick.

It goes down soooo smooth and easy. If it were on draft, id order about 10234253.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:10:32 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of tlazaroff


3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wonderful yeasty notes are predominant on the nose bringing memories of freshly baking sourdough bread. Little bits of light lemon coming through as well.

Just tons and tons of carbonation creating a beautiful white creamy head. Straw yellow in color,

Upfront, Redemption is a tad tart and brings on lemon, grain, and bread like no other. The finish actually does remind me of a sourdough loaf. Very tasty, and quite refreshing, albiet almost sessionable. It has a lot of carbonation with a sharp, medium body. Satisfying me right now.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:59:34 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of elNopalero


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy straw white color. I get a delicate aroma with hints of coriander and orange peel, full of yeasty esters. It is a delicate and light drinker, with a slight “musty” estery finish along with the coriander and orange notes. Pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 08:33:28 | More by elNopalero
Photo of AgentMunky


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in sample glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 14 April 2012.

A: Incredibly pale, clear, with some head and lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, cloves, and some light fruit (pear?).

T: Grainy and plain (straightforward?) but a great Belgian Pale Ale. Style points! Incredibly refreshing and drinkable, even if the only really noticeable flavour is the spicy-pleasant yeast.

O: An exemplar of the style. Highly recommended. Will be drinking again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 21:34:12 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of WanderingFool


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Redemption pours a cloudy yellow with a small, thin white head. The foam fades quickly to a thin sheet leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma has notes of orange citrus, wheat and lemon rind.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and creamy. The flavor is light wheat, lemon rind and a touch of Belgian spice. It finishes dry and lightly tart.

Overall this is a very drinkable, smooth and creamy beer. Very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 23:45:48 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of rfbenavi80


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up a the Brewery. Batch 012. Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a very hazy, cloudy, yellow color with rocky, bright white head that is leaving little bits of chunky lacing on the glass as it settles into a half finger cap on top of the beer.

S- Strong Belgian yeast on the nose, with hints of grassy hops, pepper, and citrus. Mild funk of damp straw.

T- Lots of strong Belgian flavors. Yeasty and bready notes hit the tongue first. Followed by the earthy flavors of herbs and grasses. Finishes clean and dry. Makes you want to keep drinking it.

M- Nice easy drinker with medium body and a pleasant amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

O- Wish I had another bottle of this. It's an easy drinking, refreshing, BPA. Another solid offering from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 05:58:50 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of Scotchboy


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked & caged bottle purchased at Whole Foods Portland OR. Poured into my New Belgium Globe.

A: Pours a cloudy, well-carbed yellow color with a brilliant white head that settles into a permanent half finger cap.

S: Pale malt and yeast, bready, with a hint of fruity esters and sweetness bordering on dessert bread...Belgian notes, faint grass, straw, and funk...just a hint of lemon peel and tea leaves.

T: Belgian yeast and breadyness, with a flash of peppery citrus and banana on the finish...straw-like funk is faint, lemon peel as well, with a light tea leaf flavor here as well.

MF: There is an oaty sensation on the feel...creamy body for sure, but very light mouthfeel...carbonation dances initially but it isn't distracting.

O: Refreshing and not overdone, a really solid BPA and a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 14:08:56 | More by Scotchboy
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: clean candy sugar and spices with lightly sweet fruit aromas.

T: similar to the aroma, clean bready flavors with candy sugar and light fruits

M: medium-light body with low carbonation, tbis beer is a bit watery

O: a solid BPA overall. The watery body holds it back a bit, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 22:40:44 | More by n2185
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Bruery Tulip. Thank you 3rdto1st for this one!

A- Pours a light honey yellow with a brilliant white head. Nice and fluffy at first, but fades extremely quickly and leaves no lacing around the glass. Decent carbonation.

S- Nice tart lemon, funky yeast, pink peppercorns, fresh cut straw. Subtle citrus and piney hop notes. Nothing overpowering, but the understated tones and notes have a vibrancy to them.

T- Crisp and lemony! Nice little bit of yeasty funk and spicy white pepper. Nice little grassy and citrusy notes interweave on the tongue. A touch sour and tart. Really lively and bubbly on the tongue.

M- Pretty tart and Bretty... nice funk as it warms up! Lovely lemon-pepper bite mixed with a nice notes of citrus, green hops, and delicate sweet grains.

O- Really well done, but I'd expect nothing less from one of CA's top breweries. Perfect for this hot summer night. Crisp, clean, tart, funky, grassy, grainy and fruity! Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 21:49:11 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Batch 12.

A: Golden body, nice white head. Retention is less than expected.

S: Clean yeast and noble hop aroma. Subtle malt background.

T: Some yeast flavors up front, but all in all a very clean refreshing beer.

M: On the edge of being over carbed, but I think it works. Finish is super dry.

D: A really nice example of this style. I am torn on my ratings. On one hand, this is a great example of the style...one the other, it's $4-5 for a 12oz bottle, which is going to set my expectations higher. It doesn't serve it's purpose very well at that price point.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 01:18:35 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of mocktm


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375 ML Bottle, Batch 011. This is my first shot at this beer, and I love Damnation, so I have high hopes.

Straw yellow in color and a bit murky, obviously unfiltered. Small amount of head quickly fizzles out, appears a bit flat.

Loads of bread yeast aromas with some slight pepper and a hint of citrus. Nose is heavily subdued compared to that of Damnation. A bit simple, but I suppose that is what Vinny was going for.

As with the nose, this tastes mighty yeasty, a bit funky with some light fruit and white pepper. Smallest notion of a hop presence at the end, but I find it rather sweet overall.

Medium bodied and absurdly dry, yet, incredibly creamy. This probably sets the standard for the style. This beer really follows the saying "simplicity, the ultimate sophistication" to the letter. Drinks incredibly easy and is really refreshing.

I have to be honest in saying that I was a bit disappointed by this at first, but the further I get into it, the more I get and appreciate what is supposed to be going on here. Really nice beer for a rare style, although for the price point, I'd rather pick up a Damnation 99% of the time. Still though, a solid offering, Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 19:10:31 | More by mocktm
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap during a visit to Russian River in Santa Rosa.

Such a light yellow colour that it's almost colourless, and perfectly clear, with zero haze: this is an interesting beer from the get-go. Head is white and a touch too coarsely bubbled, which is a shame, because otherwise it looks phenomenally interesting.

Round Belgian aromas constitute the nose, with a big-ass yeast note walloping everything into order. Slight pepper spice and a hint of astringency. But that's about it. It's nice in the style, but it leaves me a little empty.

Very light entry on the palate, with almost nothing until near the back. Even the mid palate only picks up a little earthy yeast. On the finish, we get some roundness, peppery earth and a hint of astringency like rosemary. But it's a little bit like too little, too late. No, that's not true, it's nice enough, but just not as exciting or spectacular as I'd expected.

Feel is light and clean: again, it's fine, but I want something more.

Overall, yes it's good. It's light, truly Belgian in style, and drinkable. But it's not that complex, and has a few things that I'd personally change.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2012 04:18:35 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of ao125


3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With the way that everyone gushes over Russian River like it's the second coming of some long forgotten deity, I expected a lot more out of Redemption than what I got.

Serving Type: Poured from a chilled Russian River bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Hazy straw gold. Quite nice to look at, actually. Absolutely screams "This is beer."

Smell: A bit of citrus and cereal grains, though not much much else.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, a little thin compared with what I usually drink, but refreshing.

Taste: This tastes to me like what Budweiser looks like it should have tasted in all of the tv commercials from the 80s. Had you told me this was a lager, I would have believed you, no question.

Overall: I don't know what to make of this beer. Its pedigree promised so much more than what it delivered, but what it delivered wasn't bad. This was *the* perfect beer to drink, coming in from the pool on a hot summer day. It was absolutely refreshing and the beer yelled "SUMMER!" from the top of its foamy little lungs... but I expected a lot more depth of flavor and aroma than what was delivered.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 16:49:16 | More by ao125
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in the brewery in a shaker pint glass

A - Pale straw, slightly hazy, with 2 finger froathy white head with excellent retention and clingy lacing.

S - Bready, wheat, some lemon zest.

T - Very fruity, bready and a bit of earthy funk yeast tones. Has a very creamy character and a sweet slightly sour finish.

M - Medium body, moderate-high carbonation, creamy.

O - A really fantastic summer beer. It would be so nice to live in Santa Rose just to drink beer like this on tap every chance one could get.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2012 20:00:25 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 009

A- Cloudy grapefruit juice looking body with some yeast sediment mixed in. Thin white head on top that leaves some bubbles.

S- Musty citrusy aromas with some grapefruit and white grape coming through. Light yeast aroma comes through as well.

T- Virtually everything in the nose comes through. Citrus notes comes through first along with some wine-like grape must notes. The taste finishes dry with some bread and yeast notes.

M- High carbonation, finishes somewhat dry.

O- Very good BPA. More complex than most, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 17:46:36 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of pigc


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 009

A - Pours a hazy straw colored yellow with thin head that fades away rather quickly leaving a perimeter lacing ring.

S - Subtle herbs, grass, lemon, light citrus.

T - Follows the nose. Lemon and grass up front followed by a semi-dry lingering finish.

M - Light bodied with light carbonation.

O - Very easy drinking blonde. Glad I tried this but not a beer I would seek out. A bit overpriced for what you get in my opinion but another quality beer by RR.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 02:34:10 | More by pigc
Photo of JustinQ


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.99 for 375ml bottle, bottle reads batch 012

Poured into Snifter glass

Appearence: Light yellow, straw like color, fairly clear but a little hazy, nice co2, very effervescent

Aroma: Clean, Low hop aroma, the malt and yeast play together wonderfully. Very faint spicy/floral aroma

Taste: Malty, fruit, spice character, low bitterness but it is there. Smewhat of a very clean grassy like flavor, Maybe earthy, herbal, is more accurte. Very nice

Mouhfeel: Fair body, co2 bite at first then dries out really nice.

Overall: Very nice beer, Would love to have another bottle but Its a bit pricey. I dont drink beer just to get a buzz but a little alcohol would be nice for the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 01:11:35 | More by JustinQ
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a white, pillowy 2 finger head. Retention for days. Resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - faint aromas; floral, slightly bitter.

Taste - Mellow, greenish banana, some light, sharp bitterness. Clove spice comes in around mid-taste. Finishes with a touch of earthiness. Light, fluffy flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body. Softly carbonated. Smooth as all get out.

Overall - A smooth, lightly flavored, easy drinking brew if not a bit to it's own detriment. Probably not worth the asking price, lest one is at the brewery and/or getting it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 04:21:08 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of chodinheaven


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale blond in color with a thick pillowy white head on top that sticks around for a while. The aroma is dry and a bit citrusy with light bready malts, almost like a wheat beer. Clean and simple with a Belgian influence. Pleasant.

Citrusy and a bit acidic, both in pleasant and refreshing ways. Very bright flavors, like a banana straight of the tree and not quite ready to eat yet. Works really well here though. Slight notes of clove with a peppery touch in the middle. Underneath it all is a clean malt that acts as a very nice backdrop for the beer. The carbonation manages to be both lively, aided by the bright flavors, and soft, finishing long and dry. Very pleasant and easy drinker with complexities as well. Would go great with light dishes or even some slightly spicy ones.

Complex and tasty, bright and refreshing. Definitely a well crafted example of the style and worth the buy for sure. Would like to have a few of these on standby for those hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 05:31:48 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a pale golden amber. Light head leaves a ring around the glass, slight lacing. Aroma of wheat, light malt, yeast and Belgian spicing. Sweet wheat flavor, almost reminiscent of a heffeweizen, light malt and Belgian spice. Finish is sweet wheat and then an increasing bitterness. Pleasant, but not quite as good as the best Belgian pale ales. An interesting ale that I will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 03:38:29 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of mooseo


4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.68oz bottle into tulip.

A - Pours a brilliant clean golden with a large, tightly packed white head.

S - Light bready sweetness, Belgian yeast, mild lemon zest and herbal grassy notes.

T - Taste follows the nose with a delicate bready sweetness throughout. Elements of lemon citrus, tangy Belgian yeast, and herbal spice all add to this beers complexity. Finish has a light earthy hop bitterness and breadiness.

M - Silky, light-medium body, prickly carbonation. Semi dry.

O - A great Belgian style offering from Russian River. Highly drinkable and seems like it would pair well with meat & seafood.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 01:43:33 | More by mooseo
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle; no best before date, but it is noted as Batch 012 and we're told to age it in the dark! Unfortunately I'm drinking this one!

A - nearly clear yellow golden ale that pours a thick, one finger head with practically solid lacing. Lots of tiny bubble rising to the surface.

S - very slightly astringent and yeasty nose. Some slight hints of ripe fruit.

T - no better way to describe this than as a super-balanced beer. Tight and restrained hops bitterness rides a biscuity malt backbone and finishes with a slight bitterness at the back of the through. Nothing truly dominates but the flavors are well interwoven. Finishes extra dry.

M - very light body held up by a creamy carbonation. Very thirst-quenching. Would be a fabulous warm weather beer.

Very nice Belgian Pale; super balanced and extremely easy drinking. Would make an amazing session beer, even at 5.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 04:07:12 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of Jesse13713


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer out of 6 that I ordered from LetsPour. I've loved every Russian River I've had previously. Poured into a Maudite tulip glass.

Batch 012

Appearance - Gotta say I love uncaging and uncorking every R.R brew. A sharp looking beer that throbs and shakes with life. A porous, yeasty head that is sudsy in texture. Slick and brief lacing to the tulip glass. The brew is a scrumptious-looking sunshine yellow. Opaque with a mysterious look to it all. Generously carbonated and lively. This beer really couldn't look any more delicious.

Smell - Citrus and lemon peel right off the bat. Faint bubblegum. Belgian yeast is very apparent. A bready yeast smell outshines any other notes of fruit that I may be missing. A bit flat.

Taste - A very interesting Belgian brew. Russian River tones down the sourness a bit with this beer, and lets the carbonated flavors of club soda, Belgian yeast, and lemon do the talking. There is a faint flowery hint of hops in the aftertaste, as well as a timid spice at the end of the scope.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - All in all, the beer is very smooth and enjoyable. The expected sourness is still present, though it is toned down just a bit to let the Belgian properties shine. Perfect for a summer night. The beers complexity, however, leaves a bit to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 22:31:00 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of 4thelvofbeer


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad...an average Belgian Ale. I am spoiled though, I just got done living in Europe for the last few years, so I had regular access to Belgians beers and other European greats! Anyway, this is my least liked caged and corked beer (this and damnation) by Russian River. Straw/pale yellow beer, good carbonation. Very average on taste, a nice hoopy bitter flavor, but not much else in the way of flavor. Not a lot of depth. Overall a very average beer....

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 20:14:52 | More by 4thelvofbeer
Photo of tobelerone


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale gold colored brew with a big fluffy white head of exceptional creaminess and retention. Lacing is also exceptionally fine and creamy looking. Yeasty aroma is lightly spicy with cloves and pepper; some citrus and a mild mineral note.

Very tasty, combining restrained lemon and citrus pith bitterness with the spicy Belgian yeast notes; resembles an elegant witbier to some extent in its clove spiciness and citrus peel qualities. Its both subtler and more complex than that however; the spices aren't too in your face, and sit rather harmoniously in combination with the hops and a muted but underlying mustiness and very light funk.

Moderately light bodied with medium carbonation; manages to feel both smooth and crisp at the same time. Easy drinking and refreshing, with a lot of flavor for a lowish alcohol beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 21:38:34 | More by tobelerone
Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
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