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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 295
Gots: 293 | FT: 16
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004

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4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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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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.

Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,490 ratings.