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Redemption | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.15%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 05-09-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,278
Reviews:
566
Ratings:
1,663
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
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Reviews by Gajo74:
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracking open my last Russian River bottle, brought to me by my dad from a recent trip to S.F.
Pours a hazy golden straw color with a thumbnail length size fluffy head/cap that looks like a mushroom; solid, simple, and neat in its simplicity. What amazing retention this one has! Even when the cap recedes, a foamy thick film remains, as well as a sudsy lace that trickles down the glass. Beautiful looking brew in an elegant and understated way.
Before drinking, I took a long time to savor the nose. A cornucopia of fruity Esters hit me and reminded me of citrus fruit, banana, melon and honeydew. What is most interesting, however, is how once I started drinking, the various phases of the flavor aligned so well with the ever changing aromas. Truly dynamic! See below:
The first few sips are fruity and sweet alongside a firm Pilsner/Pale malt backbone. Yet there is a hint earthiness and a chalky dryness, in the finish, that is a portent of things to come. Soon enough, the rustic and peppery flavors are unlocked and totally change the complexion of things. Indeed, these flavors are mirrored by the aroma that suddenly takes on a spicy and even farmhouse aroma. In addition, a moderately hopped flavor brings forth a grassy bitterness. This is fleeting, as soon some of the sweet cereal grains re-emerge in both flavor and aroma. In the final phase, the taste brings on a clean mineral quality, increasing lemon zest in flavor and aroma, and increasingly dry finish.
Overall I would describe the mouthfeel as a combination of clean, dry, yet full of dynamic complexity. The moderate carbonation adds a refreshing and crisp tingle. The body is medium to light. I found it to be super drinkable and could have had a few more.
I thought this was a wonderful brew and I am surprised it's ratings, although good, aren't higher. If there is a better brewery out there than Russian River, I haven't heard of it yet. An elegant and somewhat understated masterpiece!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one was a very light yellow in color with a terrific retentive head that left some beautiful Belgian lacing.

Smell – The raw Belgian yeast comes out nicely at the nose. The hops are subtle yet balancing as are the traditional Belgian spices.

Taste – The big white pepper and coriander come out sharp at the taste. The yeast makes a big splash as well and carries along the respectful hop balance from the nose.

Mouthfeel – This one was in between light and medium-bodied. It had a tremendous, fluffy mouthfeel and was very smooth on the palate.

Drinkability – This is a great combination of fluffy carbonation and exceptional Belgian flavors.

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Photo of nickseevers
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of DavyJones
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MadScientist
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden beer with a light haze. It pours with a finger of cream colored, rocky foam and leaves a a fine, light lacing on the glass.

S: A medium strong peppery phenol dominates with a soft malt aroma. A mild orange and apricot fruitiness.

T: Moderate spice, mostly pepper with a touch of clove. Moderate light colored fruit. A soft Pils malt sweetness against a medium-light bitterness giving a balance that is about even. The finish is fairly dry with a light spice in the aftertaste.

M: A fluffy beer with a medium-light body and strong level of carbonation.

O: It's right up there with the best examples of this style with that distinct Belgian yeast character of moderate spice and fruit that dominates this beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of readicculus
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. I'm always excited to have a new Russian River brew sitting before me. Here we have the Redemption Blonde Ale in a 750ml bottle, refermented with brettanomyces. Cork explodes out somewhat violently and almost takes my head off! No wonder Vinnie said to keep this in the fridge. It slowly pours into my tulip glass a crystalline sunshine gold with a huge head of bubbly, sticky white foam. Lots of active cabonation rising from the bottom. Aroma is very vibrant with a sweet sun dried grain backdrop along with a wonderful fruity aspect featuring lemon zest and citrus. Yeast is there with a definite underlying brett twang and floral notes. Really enjoyable, reminds me of a warm summer morning.

First sip brings a crisp, light sun kissed pale grain maltiness that's accentuated by a mix of light fruit flavors and lemon zest. Spicy yeast tones work in followed by a trail of brett. Mellow vinegar and musty hints, the brett shines through nicely without becoming overpowering. I get somewhat of a grape flavor throughout as well. Finishes with a touch of sourness. Everything ends up so well integrated, this is a tasty brew without a doubt.

Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and dry with plenty of carbonation as well. Goes down easily and is quite refreshing. I could easily see myself drinking mass quantities of this brew if it was readily available. The low abv combined with the wonderful flavor makes it a no brainer. Another solid brew from Russian River. Thanks to Callenak for sending this one my way!

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Photo of bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Mr_mjr
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NWer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of warnerry
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 9; poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with one finger of white head. Head dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing.

S - Smells of bread, Belgian yeast, a bit of lemon and pepper. Very nice.

T - Similar to smell, a bit of lemon up front followed by Belgian yeast and some spice, mostly pepper. Taste of bread follows. A bit of earthiness on the finish. This is very enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a dry earthy finish.

O -- Really enjoyed this and would definitely get this again.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Hoppity1
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerMe13
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed several samples of this tasty brew at the Bluezapalooza beer fest @ Mammoth Mtn, in the Sierra, reviewed from notes (yeah I was that guy at the fest taking notes.) Poured cloudy light yellowy amber, with a wispy, fine, active near white head, and leaving plenty of fine lacing. Spicy nose and flavor notes, yeast, coriander and tasty Belgian spice. Love the style, so it was a treat to try this highly drinkable brew fresh on tap and have a chance to chat with some of the friendly RR servers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: minimal head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices, pineapple, funk, and hay

Taste: honey and hay at the start, then the Belgian spices and funk come in with a bit of apple rind

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation,sweet and funky in the beginning with some bitterness to the end.

Drinkability: A very good Belgian Pale Ale that I wish I had more access to. The flavors are nice and funky, a bit soft, but blend really well. I could have a couple of these.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Batch 008.

The beer pours a very light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemons, wheat, oranges and Belgian yeast. The flavor is yeast, citrus fruit, pepper and bubblegum. The beer is very juicy tasting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not incredibly complex, but a nice, flavorful Belgian single. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +24.4%

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