Redemption Red Ale | ReaperAle

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Redemption Red AleRedemption Red Ale

Brewed by:
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 70
Reviews by mmmbeer:
Photo of mmmbeer
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date. It pours a hazed red/copper with a medium amount of carbonation and 1 finger of yellow/tan head that reduces to a thin layer of fine bubbles which stays throughout and leaves some lacing. The aroma is vinous with grapes, and some piney/citric hops, but it isn't very strong. There is a mild bitterness at the beginning along with some pine and lemon/orange peel and caramel malts. As I progress I find notes of perfumy/soapy hops and maybe even a charcoal/whiskey flavor. The body is light to medium, but it should be thicker for a beer of this strength. An interesting beer, but it seems all over the place. Would drink it again but will not be seeking it out.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a thick but light brown in color and, yes, it has some deep reddish hues. The head came up well and left some big pitting bubbles on top of the liquid.

Smell – This smells like their Sleighor. The hops are big and citrusy and evenly mated with some big caramel malts. It is well-sugared with plenty of candy and shows more than a hint of alcohol.

Taste – The malts take over at the taste and the hops are mostly done in, but that’s OK for the style. I got some fruits at the taste as well like fresh oranges.

Mouthfeel – This is huge; damn near full-bodied. There’s some light bitterness going on in there but mostly this is just a big big beer.

Drinkability – This is a monster and well worth the price of admission. It figures a bottle with the grim reaper on it would fill up my BA mug – haha!

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Photo of merlin48
2.43/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

After a strange experience with Bear Republic's Rocket Red Ale, I set aside a glass of SNPA, to make sure my taste buds weren't out of whack. The SNPA was just fine, but this Reaper Red is another foray into the twilight zone.
22 oz bomber pours a hazy, auburn orange, with an ample beige head that lasts several minutes before depositing some generous, patch lace down the sides of my imperial pint glass.

Aroma is very citrus, with grapefruit, orange, and lemon. This has a yeasty smell that is dank and musty, like a Belgian Lambic. Very out of place.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with ample carbonation.

Taste is bizarre. Sour and tart, danky yeastiness sums it up. Very acidic, without any noticeable malt presence. Finish is harsh and bitter, and leaves a lingering, acrid, aftertaste.

Drinkability is nil. I poured out the last few ml of this. Initially, I thought my taste buds had gone south, but I sipped a SNPA afterward, and it tasted like its normal, drinkable self. Maybe, this was a bad bottle, but I think not.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ByTor2112
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle aging since I bought it out in CA in September. Thick 2 inch head with tan and brown colors swirled together. Very nice red color, just barely past copper, but beautiful. Can't get real good Red Ales back east. The aroma was dusty earthy hops. A deep breath in got me some citrus notes. The hops were the dominant taste but the malt gave just enough balance. Almost like an Amber Ale went a little too far on the malt bill and added a nice dry-hopping effect. This beer was very drinkable and if you swirl it while you drink you can get a few estery taste characteristics as you finish the brew. Earthy aroma, thick head, great drinkability and a big swallow on the finish revealed more citrus notes on my palate. I loved a true red and this one exceeded my expectations. Cheers, Joe

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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 IntriqKen
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a beautiful deep red amber with a craggy tan or off white head full of large holes that melts very slowly to very, very sticky lacing. Starting at a solid 2 fingers it takes forever to get down to a single finger of airy head so you can begin to enjoy.
In the meantime, enjoy the aromas. This is definately an American Red...sweet, sweet rich deep malt followed by a citrus hops tang...really strong NWP citrus hops tang.
Ok, down to a half finger of airy, sticky head now. Time to taste.
A little disappointing. Sweet toasted (unusual) malts that somehow taste a little 'canned' like an extract. Citrus to grapefruit hops aren't quite clean nor fresh enough for the beer to be good or memorable.
This is's like the brewers efforts are spoiled by use of inferior ingredients.
I'm sorry...I will gladly forget this's not's just not anything. <sigh>

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reaper's Redemption Red pours a very deep copper color that borders on chestnut with a reddish cast and some crimson and orange highlights when held to the light. The creamy head comes up with a little coaxing to an average size (1/2" or so) and holds quite well; and it even leaves some nice, solid walls of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose combines a rich, lightly toasted and caramel-splashed malt with a dose of citrusy hops that's just enough to enhance the malt without distracting from it. Its medium body and fine-bubbled & restrained carbonation leave it lightly creamy and smooth across the palate. A combination of citrusy/grassy hops and toasted malts hit the tongue first, with the maltiness winning out as it crosses the palate and some of its caramel character appears. It's very well balanced by a solid bitterness that ushers in a dry finish and lingers shortly. Maybe there's been a change recently, but on the label and the web site the alcohol is listed as being 6.6%. It doesn't seem to be that high, however, as it's never noticeable and there isn't that much malt to mask it. A nicely well done "red" ale that's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of jwg782
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber with a 3 fingers off white head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Super piney hops & a little bit of citric hops with hints of leather

T: Huge hops smack up front then, a little malt sweetness. Hop tea & dryness follows. Finishes dry & snappy

MF: Skews a bit hoppy balance wise, prickly carbonation& has medium/thick body

Drinks okay, was expecting more malt to balance this out. Was expecting more, don't really under stand the hype about this
brewery. I'd expect beers this hoppy to travel well

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Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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 beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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 BeerSox
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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 matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.31/5  rDev -34.4%
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 scottoale
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this on occasion since it came out, a good friend of mine first introduced me to it, he works for the company. He's worked at several SD breweries and definitely knows his beer. This one pours a darkish, copper-brown with a three finger full tan head. Head retention is good but the carbonation seems to die quickly. A very nice lacing with this one.

First sniff fills the nose with fresh piney hops. Take another sniff past the hops and get a floral citrus, mainly of orange and grapefruit peel, with a hint of alcohol at the end.

Taste first a powerful hop intro that citrus peel turns into light roasted malt to a finish that I can't seem to place (or describe). After several more tastes, I think it's a watermelon rind flavor, very unusual. I hadn't noticed this before, but that's what going on here now. Pretty good balance as the hops tone down a bit and the ale warms.

Fairly light in body, mouthfeel is a trife smooth and creamy with a mildly bitter finish. Quite drinkable, but I prefer something a bit more exciting.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a hazy, fairly dark copper with a huge, creamy, frothy beige head.

Smell: Very interesting smelling, with strong fruit notes, and a hint of perfumy hops in the background. Spices (cinammon, clove) are also present.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A little bit of spice mixed with sweet malts and a decent amount of hop bitterness. Well balanced, smooth, and creamy. The hops finish nicely, and the malts balance it all out perfectly.

Drinkability and Overall: Not a bad red ale. Better than average, with an interesting, spicy twist to it. Balanced and drinkable, this is definitly one I'd recommend.

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Photo of Brent
2.59/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Having sampled this brewery's tasty pale ale, this red was quite a letdown. Poured a vibrant amber-red. Not much going on in the aroma. Flavor was thin and squeaky, with sour astringent notes. Some fresh-mown grass flavors lurk in the background. True to its namesake, this beer was lifeless.

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after relinquishing its association with the 22 ounce brown bottle sets in my dimpled Raven mug a limpid deep incarnadine color with hints of brown, the head Brontosauric in size, the texture spumous and the color a nice tan, as it evaporates, the resultant lace forms a tight sheet to surround the glass. Nose is sweet malt with hints of caramel, quite crisp and fresh to the senses, the start is rich in malt, lightly sweet with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is hardhearted in its acidity, the hops delectable in their spicy presence, the aftertaste sweet and dry, a fine drinking beer as it’s a balmy 108 degrees Fahrenheit here in the desert, ah summers in Phoenix.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
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 Zorro
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown ale with a hint of ruby color when held up to the light.

Smell is sweet malt, and that is all.

Taste is sweet malt and very mild hops and that is it.

Mouthfeel is unimpressive.

A drinkable brew, but there isn't much to it. Similar to Newcastle Brown Ale. This mild brew doesn't offend, but it doesn't impress me either.

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Photo of CHickman
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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 cdizinno
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
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 meathookjones
2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This poured out a clear amber reddish body with a slight beige head that left some lace as it was drank. Aroma was weak with sweet fruity smells and a light hoppiness. The taste was pretty much sweet malt and overall weak like the smell. Body was light to light medium with nothing interesting going on. Not something I would get again with so many good beers out there.

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