Redemption | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.15%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by xlperro on 05-09-2004

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Photo of JimmyAloysius
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jakewatt135
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RWNay
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68oz brown bottle, corked and capped. Batch 009 What a pain in the butt the cork is!!! Wow! Pours out a lovely light yellow with a HUGE white head. Tons of bubbles on this one.

Smell is awesome! Yeasty and spicy with some biscuit notes in there as well. Some slight lemon or other fruit notes.

Taste is bigger than I initially thought. Spicy hops and yeast notes still coming through. Lemony bread hints with a long aftertaste. Very dry ending which I really love. Thicker mouth feel than I was expecting and it cuts the drinkability ever so slightly.

Haven't had a RR brew in years cuz I can't get it in CT. This is just great and I can't wait to try more.

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Photo of mjl21
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River. Poured into a RR Belgian tulip glass. Comes in at 4.80% and 23 IBUs.

A-Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger almost white colored head. The head lasts throughout the duration that the beer is in the glass and leaves some nice lace.

S-Lots of Belgian elements are noticeable. There is plenty of Belgian yeast, some sweetness, and spices such as corriander and clove.

T-Like the nose, plenty of Belgian yeast is apparent along with some sweetness and pale malt. I pick up on some earthy hops which gives it some bitterness that seems higher than the advertised 23 IBUs. As it goes down I get some lemon zest flavor.

M-Medium bodied and is somewhat chewy for a RR beer. It is nicely carbonated.

D-Always a good low abv Belgian style beer from RR.

Haven't had a Redemption in at least 18 months. It's a really flavorful Belgian style beer that is low in the abv department. An ideal session beer if you love Belgian styled beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the brew my wife started with during our visit to Russian River (saison for myself). I ofcourse obliged to take more than a couple sips once she decided that she wanted an IPA more.

Poured a very light golden yellow with a slight haze.
Light crisp fruit (apple, tart pear, etc.) and a lemony honey thing going on in the finish and aftertaste. Creamy and light mouthfeel and overall a really good beer. It's totally too light and mild compared to the rest of my RR adventures, but this was a really good brew!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of sisuspeed
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 009

Poured into a Goose Island goblet (thanks Chris!). Clear, chardonnay body with a fingers worth of white, foamy head. Great lacing. Very classy looking.

Orange peel citrus and a touch of coriander on the nose. Bready malts and yeasty. No mistaking this is a Belgian Pale. Light earthy hops mix nicely with the Belgian spice notes.

Bready malts, a bit of lemon grass, orange and some nuttiness. Earthy straw notes. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is somewhat foamy upfront, but finishes crisp and clean with a touch of bitterness. Body is light, yet substantial for the style.

Overall, this is a solid Belgian Pale. Russian River has executed the style flawlessly. Not overly complex, but damn drinkable and great flavor. One of my favorite Belgian Pales to date. Wish I could pick this up NH/VT.

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Photo of damienblack
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of megahurts4
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Redemption

Appearance: lemon yellow, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast, citrus, and slight hops.

Taste: yeast, slight hop, and a malt-citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall: the balance is wonderful. The flavors mesh very well and the flavor is almost light.

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Photo of HippieDave56
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seand
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a light, relatively clear orange amber, with a foamy bright white head. Just a thin layer retains, but it's enough to leave quite thick lacing.

S: Relatively light aroma of Belgian style yeast and spices. Mild, but nicely balanced.

T: Also mild; some sweetness and some yeast flavors. Like the smell, it's more complex than I would normally expect given that it's relatively mild. Finishes sweet and earthy.

M: Medium to high carbonation, light to medium body, a little bit chewy.

D: Quite easy to drink, and even a reasonable ABV.

One of the best Belgian style beers I've had in this ABV range. It's drinkable, and mild yet reasonably tasty. Worth trying.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Lothore
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden yellow with quite a bit of carbonation apparent. Very little head that fades with a small amount of lacing.

S- Smell is a bit sour, citrusy, with a hint of spiciness.

T- Tastes of belgian yeast, spices, slight sour notes, lemony citrus.

M- A bit thin but very crisp.

D- Delicious but a bit complex and not the most drinkable session brew but none the less it went down pretty easy.

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Photo of treyrab
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother, Ian, for getting me this bottle for Christmas. Very pumped to get it, as I have not had this batch (batch 008). I opened it this Sunday evening while watching NFL playoffs. Poured into my Russian River "-tion" glass (which he also got for me last Christmas).

A: The cork pops with a slight pop. I was surprised as I thought the carbonation would have been greater, thus causing more of a pop. But I yanked the cork out and poured the beer. The beer is incredibly light yellow (similar to Hoegaarden), which a completely white head. The head sticks around for a bit and leaves some cobweb lacing along the glass. The look is stunning being so light. It was clear, until I poured the last part of the bottle in, which included the yeast, making the glass cloudy yellow.

S: The smell is is very nice. Extremely light, but the nice dry Brettanomyces and light lemon really shine. Really funky Belgian yeast with some pepper and freshly squeezed lemons. Very complex smell for such a small ABV beer.

T: For how low in alcohol this is, the flavor is really packed, yet so refreshing. Tons of dry horseblanket and Brettanomyces. Very funky Brettanomyces that reminds me somewhat of Jolly Pumpkin yeast. Very funky with some pepper as well.

Overall, this is a great beer. The mouthfeel is nice, dry, and crisp. Perfectly carbonated. This is a great sessionable beer by Russian River.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -44%

Photo of auroracrisis
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml into a RR tulip, batch 010

Pours a cloudy blonde with a tiny ring of foam around the edges.

Smells like crusty sourdough bread and lemon zest. Spicy esters and white pepper twirl in the background with subtle hints of vanilla and clove.

Taste is forward with lemon zest and soft, clean Belgian yeast. Spices like clove and white pepper present a drying character to the flavor, and extend itself into a hint at other fruit zests. Subtle and complex, the flavors aren't ending anytime soon and leave a dry, bitter yet fruity flavor in your mouth once swallowed.

Mouthfeel is thin-medium with tiny bubbles. Soft on the palate with moderate carbonation.

A great authentic tasting American Belgian pale ale. Subtle complexity, great yeast and zesty flavors. Something I wish were cheaper and in a six pack around me. I could drink this by the pail.

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Photo of mooseo
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.68oz bottle into tulip.

A - Pours a brilliant clean golden with a large, tightly packed white head.

S - Light bready sweetness, Belgian yeast, mild lemon zest and herbal grassy notes.

T - Taste follows the nose with a delicate bready sweetness throughout. Elements of lemon citrus, tangy Belgian yeast, and herbal spice all add to this beers complexity. Finish has a light earthy hop bitterness and breadiness.

M - Silky, light-medium body, prickly carbonation. Semi dry.

O - A great Belgian style offering from Russian River. Highly drinkable and seems like it would pair well with meat & seafood.

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

Photo of tlazaroff
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wonderful yeasty notes are predominant on the nose bringing memories of freshly baking sourdough bread. Little bits of light lemon coming through as well.

Just tons and tons of carbonation creating a beautiful white creamy head. Straw yellow in color,

Upfront, Redemption is a tad tart and brings on lemon, grain, and bread like no other. The finish actually does remind me of a sourdough loaf. Very tasty, and quite refreshing, albiet almost sessionable. It has a lot of carbonation with a sharp, medium body. Satisfying me right now.

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Photo of od_sf
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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