Redemption Red Ale | ReaperAle

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Redemption Red AleRedemption Red Ale

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California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a red color and a yellowish white head. The lacing was pretty good. The smell of the beer has a nice hop aroma and some sweet malts in the mix. The taste is of citrusy hops and caramel malts. The mouthfeel had a good bite to it and carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good tasting beer and I would drink it again.

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Photo of CHickman
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy blood red color with orange around the rim and a solid 1 finger creamy tan head that dissipated slowly; very good lacing that stuck to the glass leaving a wall of foam after each sip.

Smells of floral hops, grapefruit, caramel, sweet malt, brown sugar and or candy, toffee, dark fruits like raisin or plum, maybe a little rum or whiff of alcohol. Might even be some yeast and faint toasted grains in the nose, which also came through in the flavor.

Tastes pretty complex, but not very balanced as the malt sweetness dominates the taste buds and represses the hops present in the aroma. Tastes of sweet malt, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits like raisin or plum, honey, toasted grains, grass, light citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel and again what seems like rum. The alcohol really shows itself throughout this brew and just adds to the confusion. The red ale style is one that I have limited experience with, so I referenced the definition and decided that it seemed on the mark with the malt carrying the load.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a full body and tart finish that ends with a slight pucker. Low carbonation, it feels almost like a barleywine on the palate.

Drinkability is on the low side; I liked this beer, but I would have preferred splitting this bomber with someone else. Not sure how I feel about this beer, so I will have to try it again at a later date. I enjoyed it, but just not sure how much I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great ReaperAle label - Death standing by an Eerily foggy grave. Scythe in one hand and a pint of beer in the other. Redemption pours a dark red near chestnut brown color. Things are topped off by a healthy three fingers of light khaki head. Head settles to a ¼ inch ring that leaves plenty of lacing down the glass.

Onto the aroma. Another hop-centric reaper nose. Plenty of west coast c-hops in the nose. Plenty of sweetened grapefruit notes upfront. A bit of mint rounds out the hops. Behind the hops a bit of malt shines. Sweet caramel and toffee notes back up the hops.

The flavor department is no less hop-centric. Bitter grapefruit hits the tongue first. Some Drying mint/pine notes follow. Hop notes are rounded out by a vaguely tangerine like quality. Sweet malt shows up behind the hops to balance things out. Some sugary caramel notes hit first. Caramel fades into toffee notes. The finish is drying with a lingering herbal bitterness.

Redemption tilts toward the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation is adequate.

Redemption is a tasty enough red ale. Its not the best of the bunch. That said its a respectable quaff for the hop head in need.

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Photo of wise456
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a goblet.

A - Murky medium brown similar to the color of iced tea. An aggressive pour was rewarded by a two inch fluffy beige head which stuck around for a good long while.

S - A bit of light roasted malts and some slightly astringent raisin/prune overtones like it's a bit overdone in the alcohol dept. Not terribly pleasant.

T - Not nearly as hot as the nose would suggest, this one is a little bit all over the place. Malty sweetness with a weird corn aftertaste,. Not much hoppiness but it all came together well enough.

M - Medium bodied but not nearly as crisp as other ambers I have tried.

D - An interesting amber that tastes closer to a brown in some respects but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.31/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

New brewery into the state I figured I would pick up one of their offerings, wish I hadn't but what can you do. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/17/2010.

The pour was decent enough with a nice medium red color and a small cap of tan on top. Faded evening and had a decent enough clarity to let the light show through a medium garnet color. Aroma was light, musky, moldy, a mess. Muted grains and way too much malt just did not work for me here. Light caramel gave way to a wet cardboard and uneven earthy mess. Each sip seemed to bring it worse. Light spice to it? Not sure why but it did not need to be there I could tell you that much. Light notes of earthy hops were lost on the mess of malted grains and bready notes. Each was more painful as it just was not coming together. Really not sure why, it's a red ale, how hard could it be, but it just seemed over done to me.

Overall I would not go here again. Might try the stout, but this needs work.

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Photo of atsprings
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a murky dark amber with a nice frothy off white head that lasts and leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is some sweet malts and floral hops. The taste is an interesting blend of sweet malts and Earthy hops that hold a nice balance through to the end. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation and just a trace of alcohol presence. This is one I'm glad I tried, but not one I'll likely pick up a bomber of again.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite the interesting beer.
As a red ale, I expected a bland almost shiner bock experience, but was quite surprised by the complexity of the beer.

Has a red amber hue to it and a head that lasts a nice amount of time with at least two fingers depth.

Smells of sweet maltiness and floral hops.

When tasted at first it seems like a sweet hoppy mess, but then is followed by the lasting red ale taste that one comes to expect. So delicious and interesting! Its like a strange exotic party in my mouth. Yay.

Try it, its strange and fun.

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Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonik glass, this ReaperAle beer is a very dark reddish-tinted brown beer with a substantial, dense head. Wafting off the beer is a large hoppy aroma, grapefruit-citrusy like other beers from the brewery. Though there's little malt in the nose, it makes an appearance upfront upon first taste: good caramel with a moderate amount of roastiness. It combines with a large amount of hop flavor, though bitterness is not as high as one would suspect. It finishes with a light lingering bitterness from both the hops and the roast.

Very good red ale, a category or style that is usually the blandest offering from a brewery.

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Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish/brown color. A beige head rises to over two fingers with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: This has a really big nose. Floral and grassy hops. Toasted, bread, and biscuit aromas. A nice medley of fruits, and a light spicy aroma lingers. There are lots of layers here.
T: The flavor is much more reserved than the nose. Some floral and grassy hops again. Caramel malt, and a light toasted flavor. I can detect some alcohol as well. All the subtleties in the nose are gone, but it is still pretty good.
M/D: A medium body with higher carbonation. A little watery. Not hard to drink, but the alcohol does show a little. A good beer to drink, but one is plenty.

This is pretty good. Something that is worth a try.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle, similar as pictured, but a new reaper figure.

A: Cloudy, red copper color with decent light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Earthy hop scent. Slight sweet malt aroma.

T&M: Very smooth medium bodied ale with medium carbonated burst typical of an IPA. Nice flavor. I can't nail down specifics, but fades slowly with a mild hop bitterness and dry finish.

Excellent red ale!

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 22-ounce bomber bottle yields its crown with a hiss, and a gentle pour coaxes forth a brew that is quite clear and ruby-tinted copper in color. A glossy cap of antique ivory foam three fingers thick stands firm atop the drink before slowly relaxing into a fluffy sheet that plasters sticky lacing all over the interior of my Duvel tulip glass. A supplemental pour to drain the bottle unleashes a cloud of freed sediment into the mix and darkens the head-color to pale ecru.

Redemption Red is non-definitively fruity-smelling in a succulent mixed-up fruit salad kind of a way. Notes of honeydew melon, peeled orange wedges, fresh apple blossoms, crushed cola nuts, juicy black plums, and a twinge of tart green citrus accent a mellow caramel undertone. Grassy-sweet and herbal hop notes grow stronger as the drink warms a bit.

The taste is mild and dilutely pear/apple fruity with a toasty caramel backbone holding things together. An accent of mild grassy astringence and a twist of citrus oil work in concert with a sliver of bitter plum rind to balance the drink and dry the finish.

The drink is light-medium in body with plenty of refreshing carbonation to fluff it up a bit. A very easy drinker.

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Photo of JamesS
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great dark thick red color with some very nice head and some decent lacing. Nice scent, good hints of a deep malt with a huge (for a red ale) hop aroma. Good taste; hints of chocolate in the malt with a big American hop kick at the end; would've done better had the malt been a little deeper. Goes down quite well, very smooth.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber with no date code into an oversize wine glass.

The bottles says "do you dare?"

Dare what, I'm not sure, as this is not a big ass beer, but here it goes:

A-Cloudy reddish brown with a light tan head that settles to a quarter of an inch. More than anything, this looks like a glass of fresh apple cider with a head. Laces decently as the glass goes down.

S-Interestingly enough, I'm getting apple here too, along with some malts, a bit of vinegar, and some hops in the background.

T-Caramel malts with a kiss of fresh citrus hops give way to a general breadiness followed by hops on the back end and a strange sour funkyness. Clean finish, but a bit of an odd metallic aftertaste. It's not offensive, and that is the best thing I can say about it.

M-The mouthfeel may be the best thing about this beer. Nicely amped up medium with balanced carbonation.

D-This is for me a pretty unremarkable beer. Not horrible, but not really enjoyable either.

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Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Amber/red pour, some white head. Aroma is quite malty, some limited piney hops. Taste is pretty subdued. Malt, toffee, tea and some earthyness, grass. Mid bodied, carbonated enough, but could use a little more. I like the maltiness, but most will want more hop presence. A pretty drinkable red ale, but not too outstanding. Still very typical for the style in my opinion, it's just not an outstanding style, unless you do things outside of the style, like the top rated ones on the right here.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lovely rust colored amber and lots of head, but not much bubbling. Toasted crystal and amber malts combine well with the herbal tobacco and citrus hop aromas. Great earthy and citrusy hop flavors in the forefront. Great bready malty backbon. Spicey hops give nites of tobacco and earth. Great balance and very easy to drink. Very smooth palate.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice cooper/reddish coloring. Thick head. Attractive lacing.

Not much aroma going on. I get a little malt.

Very average, unremarkable red ale.

Outstanding bottle and bottle art.

Drinkablity is okay. You can mindlessly throw it back like an undead.

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Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a clear amber reddish body with a slight beige head, head retention mild. There was lacing left on the glass throughout. Aroma was weak - had fruity smells and a light hoppiness. The taste was pretty much sweet malt but was a stronger presence than the scent. Mouthfeel was slightly heavier than a light mouthfeel, but not quite medium bodied. Not a bad beer overall. I wouldn't necessarily buy it again, but I wouldn't turn it away.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Clear dark ruby hue with a thick two finger dense and frothy light khaki head that slowly settles to a pillowy cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

Light caramel aromas from the malts, along with a good amount of citrusy hops, along with a light herbal aroma.

Light toasty grains in the malt with only a little bit of the citrus hop flavor. Some more of the herbal flavors are in there. Full bodied with good carbonation. The hops linger for a while, but the toasty malts also linger and slowly evolve into a light creaminess.

I'm curious as to what hops this brewing company likes to use. I don't know if it's the specific hops they use or something in their process, but it gives a very herbal flavor to their beers, and gives it a unique characterisitic.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From last night's cryptic notes:

A- Nice amber colored ale with a dense khaki-colored head and some spotty lace.

S - Grassy hops with citrus and a touch of malt.

T - The citrus hops run down your neck full throttle but then gently fade into some nice balanced malt, leather, and some bitterness that's more than spicy, especially as it warms.

M - Decent carbonation and a rich bodied ale with a touch of creaminess.

D - Very refreshing ale that I think would be best served in warmer weather. We had it with pizza which worked just fine.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ReaperAle- Redemption Red Ale

A- Bright clear copper red with a big thick foamy head. Moderate to thick lacing.
S- nice caramel malt with hints of brown sugar and earthy hops.
T- Sweet caramel brown sugar malt with a good fresh green hop touch. The slightest touch of cocoa just slightly appears.
M- Sweet and thick with a nice hoppy dry/ bitter finish. Creamy sweet aftertaste.

Overall- Just in time for Halloween. Solid Amber Ale. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark ruby red with a slight one finger creamy off white head.

S: very hoppy with a massive floral boutique that was dry and well balanced providing scents of dry pine and grapefruit. There was some caramel sweetness to balance things out and a slight fruitiness as well.

T: The flavor was very hoppy with huge pine and grapefruit notes along with a caramel sweetness. Very hoppy per style. Finishes with dried grapefruit and pine.

M: The mouthful was light-medium with average carbonation and some sticky piney resins.

D: Drinkability was good, the high hopping kept things interesting.

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Photo of Overlord
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber copper, decent head that faded fairly quickly.

Smells sweet and malty, but with a touch of bitter hops. What hops I taste are grapefruit and orange, definitely on the bitter side. malty along with a good deal of fragrant hops with aromas of fresh grapefruit. Good mouthfeel, you can chew on it.

Good brew.

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Photo of Viggo
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting with HogtownHarry and biegaman.

Pours a hazy red/brown, thick yellowish head, nice lacing, settles to a thick layer, nice looking. Smell is sweet, lots of toffee, citrus, some floral, very rich aroma, grainy, very nice. Taste is rich up front, very caramelized, dates/raisins, dark fruits, althought a bit of a weak finish, nice flavour on this, like a weaker barleywine. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, quite nice. Thanks a ton Harry!

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Harry!
Pours with good head that would slowly fade out from the inside to the outside. Sleek ruby in colour, nicer even when held to the light. Splendid sticky aroma, notes of caramel and rye malt. Mouthfeel a little shaky, out of balance. Some light bitterness lingers, offers some texture. Flavours also fall a little flat, doesn't showcase much content of hops or malt. Despite lacking in much flavour I'd still consider this something very easy, and still pretty enjoyable, to drink.

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Photo of dherling
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep amber color with a reddish hue. It's crowned by a big off white head. The nose offers hops a nice fruit note, subtle pine and floral hoppyness, sweetness a quiet grapefruit. The taste had a hop bite, with mild candy and some lingering bitterness but not much. The mouthfeel was mildly carbonated. Overall, a good but not great beer.

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