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

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Added by xlperro on 05-09-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,656
Reviews:
565
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
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307
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342
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Photo of q33jeff
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

**
06/17/17

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: cloudy yellow, small head. Some lacing.
AROMA: strong yeast, some citrus,
TASTE: Belgian yeast, wheat, touch of lemon, baking powder.
FEEL: strong carbonation as expected, a little pasty, but not too bad.

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Photo of Beer21
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dadthew
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of mnine
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heymikew
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swanfungus
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbauer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mancavebeercouch
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pajfuwen
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz draft in a shaker glass. $4!

Medium gold and very slightly hazy. A finger of white froth that quickly dissipated to a ring. No lacing.

Aromas of earthy hops, citrus and a little sweet malt.

Excellent Belgian yeast flavour, bananas and clove-like phenolics predominate. A little spicy hops and just enough bitterness to balance the bready malt. Well attenuated.

Highly carbonated. Finishes crisp and dry.

Very refreshing.

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Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a murky golden hued with large bubbled carbonation

S -smells acidic and metallic. Sour granny smith apples and yeasty phenols.

T - Dry cloves, earthy dirt, lemongrass, faint licorice.

M - absurdly creamy. The beer erupts in volume on your palate without any harsh carbonation.

Overall - pretty damn good. I love a lower abv offering that drinks bigger than it is. This I'd probably drink again.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wander4
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle dated 1/9/17 poured into Teku glass. 2F head poor retention, almost no lacing, no cap and ring. Beer is a clear pale gold. Nose of yeast, pear and apple, and malts. Taste follows nose with lots of deciduous fruit and Belgian malts. Light body, pretty strong carbonation that is almost unbalancing. A very nice blond ale that could use just a tad less carbonation.

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Photo of Brewding_n_deep
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of icemanls4
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of curlybird
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vidisad
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bum4ever
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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