Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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 thegodfather1076
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,682 characters)

Photo of Dennoman
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
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... (1,058 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,130 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (395 characters)

Photo of azdback
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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. (422 characters)

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. (776 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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! (984 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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. (612 characters)

Photo of mocktm
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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! (1,178 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (1,134 characters)

Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.