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Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,479 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 290
Gots: 292 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004)
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a stemmed Jester King glass. Batch 008

A: Clear with a slight touch of haze pale straw color. Gentle to lightly aggressive pour leads to a fizzy one-finger white head that dissipates to a very thin, yet present cap. Lacing is thick and consistent.

S: Nose is not overwhelming but not underwhelming either. Nice malt profile up front and nice subtle hints of biscuit and lemon grass. Added on to that smell is the faint aroma of spices and hops and you have a deliciously complex aroma.

T: Follows the nose with its subtle yet complex tones of malt, biscuit, spices and a touch of fruit mixed in for a delicious melody of ingredients.

M: Creamy mouth coating presents the siren call for my return of more of this. I had to consciously drink this one slowly. Amply carbonated. Smooth finish.

O: A really nice representation of the style. A supremely easy drinker. One that I could definitely have a lot of.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Phelps
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 011, procured in a trade with retsinis. Poured into a tulip.

Pale straw yellow, effervescent and very hazy. The many bubbles rising from the depths contribute to an inch-tall, foamy head of pure white that blankets the brew for quite a while but leaves no lace.

The nose: softly grainy, with hay, lemongrass and a smooth bretty funk. Saltine crackers and hints of pear can be found in the background.

Pear is much more noticeable in the flavor. The sweet and tart fruit is followed by a fair amount of bitter, pithy lemon, barnyard funk and hay. Nicely dry, grainy, crackery finish. I could drink this all day.

The bubbles perceived earlier make their way into the mouthfeel, lending their hyperactivity to the body, which is a soft, silky medium-light and feels like whipped cream in the mouth.

Redemption is easily the best Belgian single I’ve had (though it might be the only example of the style I’ve tried), and even compared with Belgian pale ales it rises near the top of the pack. It might not be the most flavorful beer ever, but its drinkability is outrageous. If it were available in Arizona in the summer, I’d buy it by the case.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a straw yellow color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, some bubbles and lacing

S: Hay, lemon tartness and barnyard funk

T: A lemony tartness upfront, with some hay, barnyard funk, tad honey, a dry and light bite on the end

M: Light body, perhaps a tad to much carbonation, bland, tartness and funk

O: Not sure what RR was going with this.

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewpub.

Pours a bright golden color with a fluffy white head that has nice retention and leaves rings of lacing. Very fruity aroma, more so citrus than yeast, with pale malt, banana and mild floral hops. Flavor is similar to the nose, citrus and ester sweetness over a light malt body and a hint of floral hop bitterness in the finish. Nice light texture on the palate with medium carbonation. My favorite of the regular rotation non-BA -tion beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Mahlik
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68 oz bottle from Belmont Station. Poured into a tulip glass. Batch 11.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a puffy white head. Head dissipates to leave a thick soapy ring. Some sticky streaks of lacing. Lots of carbonation. Plenty of bubbles shooting up the sides of the glass.

S - Belgian yeast is very noticeable. Pears, apples and grapes create a nice fruity tartness. Peppery with notes of coriander, clove and orange peel. Some funk and grass/hay round out the aroma.

T - Again, Belgian yeast makes its presence felt. Tart apples and pears blend with lemon zest, pepper and coriander. Grassy hops finish everything out.

M - Light and crisp with lively carbonation. Very smooth and finishes dry. Alcohol presence is minimal.

O - A quality RR beer for sure. Definitely worth a try. While I enjoyed it more than its "sister beer" Damnation, I find it inferior to some of Russian River's other offerings (e.g. Temptation, Consecration, Supplication).

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Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.