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 Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold almost straw. Head is bright-white and pillowy. Nice retention. Drops to a fluffy cap that pulls tight to the edges. Lively carbonation. Some notches of lacing.

Smell: Powdery and a tiny hint of lemon. Hints of Belgian spice and some mild funkiness. So very mellow. Powdery yeast. A touch of grass and musty basement. Pale malts and grains add a bright characteristic to the whole thing.

Taste: Same as the nose, almost identically so. Very mild. Very delicate. Almost floral. Belgian spice leaves some mild peppery notes, but it's a very mild funkiness. Lingering notes of musty basement and a touch of grass. Incredibly light. Very pale. Yeast leaves its own distinct trace that leaves some earthiness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light and clean. So very clean. After each sip it hits with a burst of flavor and then disappears.

Overall: Definitely a solid take on the style. Loads of mild flavor. So much going on, but you have to work for it. Very easy to drink and doesn't seem like it needs any age to improve. Easy drinking, but not a blockbuster from Russian River.

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Photo of Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of oaktree42
2/5  rDev -50.6%

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

Received a 12.68 FL. OZ. (375 ML) bottle of this in a trade w/ HoppySuds. Poured from the Cork/Wire Capped bottle w/ a Blue Label and a 3 pronged pitch fork into a 12oz SweetWater "15" Tulip Glass. Has Batch 010 on the back of the bottle. Since this is a beer I'm enjoying throughout the Blues vs. Sharks (Game 1) of the playoffs, I thought this blue labeled bottle would be very fitting. Go Blues!

Aroma- Has tons of fruit and banana character from the beginning. Light spices are in the background. Medium-High maltiness in the background.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a copper, hazy body that has a blonde glow to it. Leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Very sweet fruits and malt from the start. Has very soft characters and finishes with spices. Light Bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Effervescent, and prickles with malt on the palate.

Overall Impression- A very nice brew from Russian River but not my favorite from them. Just good all along the ranks. I would definitely grab a sour from them before enjoying this one again. Very close to style. Thumbs up brew.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch 011. Thanks to Bilbosnuts for this.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Just a finger of frothy/foamy white head that fell quickly leaving no lacing.

4.5 S: Smells like a witbier. Big hay, lemon, and spice (somewhat corriander like too). Some banana, clove, and a light pepperiness. Floral and herbal. Fairly clean with a faint bready yeastiness.

4.0 T: Tastes like the nose. Spicy with clove, corriander, and pepper. Hay, lemon rind, banana. Lightly herbal with bready yeast.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Light but sufficient creaminess. Good here.

4.5 D: Very tasty beer. RR is a good brewery.

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Photo of LynnHomeBrewer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DavyJones
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of garuda
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 008 (about 1 year old)

A - Slightly hazy from some disturbed sediment, bright yellow with a white head that's not as billowy as I had hoped with some retention and lacing.

S/T - Yeast body, sweet lemon candy, grassy, floral, fresh cut hay. Only slightly bitter with lemon zest and grassy hops.

M - Light in body, high carbonation, smooth and creamy acros the palate, finishes crisp and clean.

O - Good beer, would really hit the spot on a hot day.

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Photo of denimdemon
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of djcira
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-cloudy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, bananas, and yeasty bread

T-citrus and yeast, bananas, cloves , floral notes and a nice hop bite

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, nice crisp feel

O-a delicious blonde ale with a great blend of flavors and balance

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Photo of rinhaak
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There really aren't enough top notch Belgian Pale Ales. Redemption is a beer that doesn't try too hard to do too much. It's crisp and refreshing, clean on the palate, and dry enough to sparkle. Perfectly balanced throughout, there is enough complexity to keep it interesting, but not too much so as to overwhelm the palate with detail. Though not quite a Westvleteren Blond, it might be close to the next best thing.

It pours a cloudy honey gold color with a small head that fades quickly. The nose is full – though not overpowering – and has aromas of honey, lemon, clove, fresh bread, and buttermilk biscuits.

The taste is where this beer really wins; this is a beer that lets the yeast do the work. Pleasant cloves, light banana, slightly herbal, always light, and a nice long, dry (slightly hoppy) finish, this brightens up the mouth and raises the spirits. And at only 5.15%, it has to rank among the best session ales.

If you are looking for an excellent summer Belgian, this might just be it. Well done, once again, Russian River!

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Photo of theempire
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of blakelive784
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12.68 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a cloudy lemon yellow/light orange color with a thick, fizzy head of two fingers. Retention is pretty good, and the head leaves tight lacing as it recedes.

S - Light candi sugar, sweet fruit, coriander, clove, faint hints of ethanol, and light crystal malt. Light and delicate. Nothing spectacular though it is inviting.

T - Hops are present in the taste that weren't evident in the nose. They help balance the beer though. Clearly fermented with a high proportion of candi sugar as the body is light and airy. The yeast are restrained and mild, perhaps too much so, but what flavors are there are very nice. Probably almost ideal, just too light and mild for my tastes.

M - Light, highly carbonated, and dry. Ideal for the style.

D - Highly drinkable and high quality. If you're a fan of the style, definitely worth a try. Too mild for me, though.

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Photo of pschul4
2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of BeerBaron
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of nickseevers
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DWarcher
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of areich6
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of jsilva
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of PG2G
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of yokken
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,652 ratings.
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