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 jar2574
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large wine glass, close to tulip shape like the bottle suggests. Excellent head, full three-fingers at the start. Great lacing. White head over extremely cloudy, dense, yellow colored beer.

Smell is Belgian yeasts, citrus, and hops. Nice enough, but could be a lot stronger.

Taste is extremely mellow. Very, very drinkable. But I expect some spice or some zest with a Belgian pale, and find this a little lacking. This is mostly malty.

Mouthfeel is good - pleasant density and texture. A tiny touch of bubbly soapiness on the backend of the mouthfeel.

Overall - a good beer for a hot summer day. Very drinkable. It may be the first time I've tried this style, and I just find it a little mellow.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden, hazy body, solid finger head, decent lacing.

S: fresh belgian yeast, firm malt aroma

T: sweet bel. yeast front, solid malt throughout,
crisp spicy finish

M: light/med body, partial dry mouth

O: Quite nice, not world class, but great
session/summer brew. I have had much
better Belgian Pale Ales, but this was
rather enjoyable and would get it again.


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

Admittedly, I am not a big fan of the style. I've pretty much disliked every belgian pale I've tried aside from New Glarus Stone Soup (which was average). This is my favorite example of a belgian pale I've tried thus far. Yellow, straw, zesty, lemon, refreshing. Good beer. Would go good with fish. I would like to try it again.

Rating the beer alone, this would probably be a B/C. Rating to style, this is an easy A for me.

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Photo of Spider889
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6/9/11.

Batch #9 bottle.

Very stubborn cork. Poured into a tulip. Very nice golden wheat color. Slight haze to it with a very tall frothy white head. Excellent retention with dense lace pillars. Lots of highly visible vigorous carbonation.

Smelled pretty traditional - lots of classic Belgian yeast aromas with a smattering of crackery malt.

The taste was very nice. There's an initial spicy bite with some wheat flavors. Dry dusty funk and some bitterness on the finish make this a little more unique. I prefer the flavor of Redemption to Damnation.

The mouthfeel is dry and with a lingering taste of CO2 on the palate. Dense body with a slick feeling that again suggests some wheat was used.

Overall this isn't something I would normally seek out, but would be happy to receive as an extra. A very high quality Belgian Blonde.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into glass snifter.
Batch No. 10

A: Cloudy straw body topped with a tight two finger head that quickly dissipates leaving behind light lacing and a thin foamy cover.

S: Light citrus immediately and then almost a funky aroma. Light spicy hops round out the profile.

T: Bready malt creates a wonderful backdrop for spicy phenolics and spicy hops. Simple brew, but wonderful. Finishes with just a slight hop bite.

M: Light to medium body and heavy carbonation. Crisp.

O: Really straight forward beer that is easy to drink and extremely refreshing. Would love to spend a warm summer night drinking this on tap.

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Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redemption pours out the bottle with a foggy lemon-peel appearance that is cheerfully bright into the light and reservedly concealed away from it; clarity obviously depends on which angle you view it at. Its head is not lush, although it does respond well to swirling. At the rate it drops out, however, I don't have my hopes up for any lacing.

On first whiff, the aroma has a bit of sweaty sock characteristic, but that all fades once the oxygen has a chance to get in there. The beer turns out very lemony, and not to mention the vividly bready malts or the pear and golden apple fruitiness would be unfair of me. This bouquet reminds me of the blonde ale of a certain monastery that doesn't distribute...

The taste confirms that no bacteria or wild yeasts have inoculated this brew. It has a clean, pale maltiness, soiled only by the esters of a moderately effervescent yeast. The flavour of pear (green, yellow and brown) is impressed into the palate and a very subtle (albeit still perceivable) savory herb note completes this somewhat plain flavour profile.

Redemption is exactly the kind of beer you could have over lunch and return to duties, not inebriated, but satiated and ready for an afternoon's work. Liquid grains have a definite restorative property - quick carbs! - and when they're done up so tastefully, dressed in yeasty mustiness and lightly bittered by grassy herbals, then they're all the more gratifying.

It's incredibly rare to find Belgian-inspired ales with the same levels of quality and character being brewed outside of Belgium; while Santa Rosa, California is in another country - and is a story of different worlds as much as different beers - somehow it produces finer Belgian ales than many of those from within the country itself. Redemption is certainly one of them.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden straw in color. A quarter finger of white head with really nice head retention. Very clear at first and got hazier and it got to the bottom of the bottle.

S: Very nice fresh malt smell. Bready A clean but estery yeast profile as well. Not that much to make you go wow but dead on to style.

T: Just like the nose. The malt is super crisp. I get quite a bit of pils with a touch of two row and something else. Probably to give it a little bit of body. The yeast is estery without being overpowering. The malt really shines in this one.

T: Light medium bodied. It can feel a little bit thin at points but it helps make it quaff-able.

O: All day long. The price kind of sucks but it is a really solid beer. Glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of wchollif
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a 375 of batch 10 into a tulip, thanks to womencantsail. Cork came out, but it took some work. Carbonation was light but present. Very small amount of tiny bubbled head formed on a light clear blonde brew. The nose is nice malty sweet with a little earthiness. The taste is sweet with a creamy mouth feel. Lighter touches of banana and melon and spice with a little yeasty malty funk. I really love this style pale, low hop profile, big malt profile, very balanced and drinkable. I enjoyed the complexity and drink ability but would caution others about the overt sweetness.

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375mL ~ Batch 009

Very little pressure on the cork. Nice pour into an over sized tulip. Clear, straw colored body with a finger of bone white head - not much in the way of retention though.

The nose is full of Belgian aromas, lots of yeasty spicy clovey goodness. Also some lemon and floral notes. The taste seems to be the exact opposite of the smell - the earthy / floral / lemon aspects are much more in the forefront, some hops too, and a bit of a dry spiciness in the finish. Its got a nice mouthfeel, lighter bodied and the above average carbonation isn't a distraction.

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Photo of turnstile
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright and a a couple shades lighter than golden. Pours with a white, two inch head that settles into a nice surface covering of bubbles. The nose is spicy, herbal and fruity with notes of black pepper, lemon and red apple most prominent. Faint hop aroma and yeast detectable. Belgian malt and yeast character is spot-on with an agreeable tartness. Mild bitterness in the finish with a subtle funk giving it some character. The body is light-medium with prickly carbonation yielding to a creamy mouthfeel. A great example of a rare style, and one of the most drinkable Belgian-style ales I've ever tasted.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a wine glass. (it was all I had, and preferable to a pint glass in this case) Hazy bright yellow with one finger of bright white frothy head. Lemon, grain, floral, yeasty, stale hops on the nose. Malty, lemony palate, dry finish. Fine, creamy carbonation. This beer is extraordinarily drinkable and has enough going on to keep things interesting and leave me wanting more.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a brandy snifter.

Pours golden with a nice white head with good retention. Nose is yeast and spice. Taste is yeast, spice, and mild fruit. Carbonation keeps it light bodied; very refreshing. Overall, a good beer. It sucks that I had to go clear across the country to get my hands on RR.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a vibrant, hazy golden color, lots of carbonation, produces a thin white head.

S- Yeast, lots of yeast, also a big dose of spicy clove, some barnyard grassy musty smell, a touch of fruit.

T- Loads of musty, earthy yeast, light, refreshing fruit, more clove spice, bitterness is kept pretty low. The flavor overall is simple and refreshing. Alcohol isn't detectable.

M- Medium to light body, crisp feel from the high carbonation, medium dry finish, very refreshing.

O- A great, very drinkable beer, the bottle describes it as a "single," I've never had one before but this is definitely a beer I would drink again.

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Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having never tried this brew before, I received it from two awesome traders in the same week, KevSal and gcphilli.

A - pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice head that leaves a nice creamy rim around the head.

S - smell opens up with nice pears and apples with some lemony zestiness

T - sweet green apples and soft pears are on the front of the palate. As this moves down the tongue, more of lemon and citrus flavors come through. this finishes with a bit of bitter rind on the finish, not much, but it is there.

M - very dry throughout with a nice amount of carbonation

D - pretty solid BPA here. Nice depth and very refreshing taboot. Usually I can loose interest in this style rather easily, but this was well done. Thankfully I have another bottle.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Stone Bistro on 6/30/11. Batch #10.

A - Poured a cloudy yellow/orange colour with a very small amount of white head.

S - Citrus, cloves, belgian yeast.

T - Citrus, cloves, a slight sourness and a slight bitterness.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this one and wish I could buy more bottles of it locally.

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

Tasted June 21rst 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - a cloudy golden/yellow, one finger very white head and no lacing

S - lots of sweet and sour yeast, wheat and nice fruit and grass nose

T - a very sweet but sour yeast up front, some grass notes, a bit floral, some wheat notes, very fruity and slight hops

M - fluffy, light bodied, medium to low acidity and a medium finish

D - drinks like a heffe or wit bier, but has more complexity and a better flavor. Very nice and easy to drink beer

Final thought - price is high $4+, low ABV 5%. But all in all, I enjoy this beer quite a bit. If I made a lot of money, this would be my daily summer beer

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Large, pillowy, rocky head coning in the middle, nice Brussels lacing cascasdes down the glass, sticky. Firm golden, straw like in color.

N - Very herbal, spicy, white pepper spice, clove-like, musty, soft suggestion of blue cheese, earthy, musty reminds of Moinette but a little milder, mushrooms, bean sprouts. Crisp wheat-like notes.

T - Thin up front, nice oily texture like a gueze w/out the sour funkiness. The mustiness didn't really follow through anywhere but it was more refreshing, spritzy, Champagne-like, nice amount of carbonation to soften the mouthfeel. Clove-like dryness in the finish.

D - Great sessionable, summer time beer.

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

Poured from 375mL corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy silvery-yellow body with two thick fingers of creamy white foam. Lots of apparent effervescence; a good looking beer.

Smell: very nice aroma of pear and a little bit of apple, very much like a tripel. There's also a hint of a funky, dank, chalky aroma which just adds a touch of character. I quite like it.

Taste: a light malt flavor backs up an orchardy fruit flavor. There's a very mild tanginess and a little bit of a bitter bite toward the end. A very well-crafted beer, with complex if somewhat mild flavors. I like it quite a bit but I feel like it could be a touch stronger.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a glorious bottle-fermented carbonation. Creaminess is great, although with a touch more body this beer would be exemplary.

Overall: a refreshingly light beer with a satisfying complexity. If this beer were just a touch heavier, I think I would love it all the more. Still, this beer is a very pleasant quaff.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow color with a dense white head and excellent lacing.

Aromas are yeasty, phenolic, and a tad musty.

Toasty grain, bread crust, lemon zest, yeasty spice and a dry finish. A complex and balanced Belgian pale. Not funky, but a little musty.

Medium body with seemingly appropriate carbonation.

Understated for sure. Redemption let's not quality stand out too far. Another excellent if less eye-popping offering from the good folks at Russian River.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden straw color, moderate cap of bubbles of varying sizes, minimal retention save for some edging and center spot. Scent is muted... Combines notes of sourdough, mild earthiness with lightly tart watery fruit. Taste is quite straightforward and follows scent... Earthiness is quite muddled with an odd metallic/bitter tone. Lighter side of medium bodied, dry finnish, slightly under carbonated. Good beer but not up to the same standards of some of RR's other offerings.

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Photo of dantheman13
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light lemon yellow, with a white foaming head. Somewhat cloudy with a vigorous pour (not recommended as per the bottle). Suds stay lightly coating the edges of the glass as the beer is enjoyed.

S: Light Belgium spices, but a woody smell perhaps maybe due to the malt. This is a unique smelling blond ale.

T: Light Belgium blonde ale taste but balanced with the mouthfeel. I haven't had anything like it. There are the typical spices, and light fruit tastes of banana and mango. However, these are not over pronounced. This is a very dry Blonde Ale compared to most. Only lightly sweet on the front of the mouth, and dry at the end. Perhaps only a light estery finish, but so much less so than most blond ales.

M: The carbonation on this is interesting. It seems to go from bubbly on the front of the tongue, to silky in the finish.

O: Perhaps the only balanced blond ale I have had. Not too sweet or spicy, but not watery. The resulting mouthfeel is perfect for this style of beer. I have a theory that they use several yeasts to produce this beer. Unlike a lot of sweeter blond ales, which tend to be good before or after a meal but not during, this would go nicely hand in hand with many foods. I verified this by heating up some left over Thai spicy catfish to accompany the last of my glass of this beer. Wow, this is heaven.

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Photo of scbrew
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005: Pours pale gold with a thick chunky white head. Great fruity nose with some definate clove aroma. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very clean Belgian-typical flavors. A great belgian blonde from a great brewery. Leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of calebroberts811
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here it goes. Another trade gem.

A - Slightly hazy, golden blonde, straw yellow. Pretty fluffy meringue-like one-finger head.

S - Funky yeasts straight up the nostrils, almost dill-like. Bananas, pineapple, sour peaches, etc.

T - True to the aroma, I got that super funky yeasts that were so dry, they make you pucker. Carbonation is quite effervescent, like Pelligrino or another soft sparkling water. While I'm not sure if it is barrel-aged, it had strong oak cask notes to it. Also get bananas and some mild bitterness.

M - Soft and fluffy.

O - I was redeemed. Delicious.

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Photo of Duffman929
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at the house of 1000 beers in pittsburgh.

Appearance is a light yellow with minimal head.

Smells of lemons and orange peels.

The taste is light, smooth lemony with minimal aftertaste.

There is a fair amount of carbonation that hits the mouth, but it doesn't distract from the experience.

Overall, a solid beer that I would enjoy again on a nice summer day.

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Photo of Dan3279
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to thank my friend Nick for hooking me up with this bottle. I poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to a find a straw yellow body with a bit of haze. There was a quarter inch white head with some nice bubbles and a sticky white lacing.

The aroma was dominated with yeast and lemon and had very clean, crisp aroma. The taste was good with a smooth, strong citrus taste with light bready notes.

I thought that there was a fair amoint of carbonation but in a good way because it was still easy to drink.

Overall I enjoyed the beer but I wasn't blown away by it. The style isn't at the top of my list and if I ever get another chance to get some beer from Russian River there are several others that I would go for first.

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Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84.9% out of 100 with 1,663 ratings
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