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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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a super-cloudy orange that almost looks like it could be OJ. The pour kicks up a thick, creamy off-white head that fades relatively quickly and leaves a nice amount of lace.

Aroma is dried lemons, cardamom, cloves, bananas, and the other smells typical of yeasty belgian blondes. More emphasis on cardamom here than normal, though.

Taste is similar, with cardamom and cloves taking the lead, and a nice dark-fruitiness makes itself known mid-palate, bringing some raisins and grapes into the mix. Finish is slightly drying and a little bit spicy, and the aftertaste is a nice mix of all the flavors. This one tastes a lot more meaty than most other Belgian blondes I've had, probably due to the heavy-handed emphasis on cardamom here. It's a little overpowering, but welcome to me since this is a style I don't often like as much as this.

Mouthfeel is amazingly silky. Medium-bodied, with a nice creaminess imparted to every sip from the lingering foamy cap.

Overall, this is a really nice Belgian blonde. It manages to keep the trademarks of the style (yeast, lemons, cloves, etc), while tweaking them slightly to make it a bit more interesting.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale straw color, slightly cloudy, thin white lacing

S: Lemon, citrus, tequila, vanilla, fresh and slightly funky

T: Similar to the smell, funky yeast with lemon and bread, clean, refreshing finish

M: light carbonation, minimal finish

O: Not my favorite style but much less cloying and sweet than other Belgian styles-- drier and crisper. Well-made.

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Photo of JohnG190
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw with a small quickly fading white head. Lacing was excellent. Smells of lemon, clove, and banana with hints of light sourness and yeast. Grassy, earthy hops with hints of lemon and sourness. Medium light bodied with high level of carbonation. Overall, a supremely drinkable sour pale.

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the RR brewpub in Sant Rosa.

A: pale hazy light golden. Somewhat weak head still leaves some sticky lacing.

Aroma: tart and fruity, mostly citrus. tart.

Flavor: nice light fruity tartness, light malts and a very nice mix of hops. Very good lingering aftertaste.

Feel: smooth; light body; good soft medium carbonation.

O: excellent; refreshing.

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Photo of Antnego
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw color, with a thick, three-finger head and intense lacing - leaves a layer of foam on the side of the glass. There is a continuous stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

S: Skunk, bile, soap, followed by hay and a light fruitiness. A very weird smelling brew, indeed. It's almost off-putting, but interesting also.

T: Intense wheat with sour grapes, cherries, bread and yeast. Slightly boozy finish.

M: Simply gorgeous. Redemption coats your mouth with a layer of velvet, with very fine carbonation.

O: Weird smell, yet fantastic taste. The mouthfeel and appearance alone are worth searching this one out.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle poured into a Russian River "tion" goblet. Bottled on 04/04/2013.
A: pours a couple fingers of egg shell white head with a pale golden body. Simple but appealing.
S: gentle yeast phenols of white pepper and bubblegum, some lemon tartness and a grainy malt backbone. Lots of earthy yeast. Notes of wheat though I am unsure if there is any used.
T: white pepper up front with some lemon tartness and bubblegum sweetness in the middle and a doughy malt. Less earthy yeast than in the nose but more barnyard funk.
M: super light and fluffy. A bit of prickly carbonation but overall very smooth. Good texture.
D: highly drinkable and thirst quenching.
M: while this is my first time having a single, I see the appeal as it's got pleasant flavors while being very easy to drink. Ideal for lunches and mowing lawns.

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Photo of Paincane
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden w/ white short-lived thin head. Not much in the way of lacing.
S: Fruit, Chardonnay & yeasty aromas make for a Belgian nose that portends sweetness.
T: Flavors of grapes, bread & white wine.
M: Light bodied & slightly sweet. Dry and smooth. Easily drinkable.
O: Delightful blonde ale.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden color with a white head.

S: Banana, tropical fruit and pine in the nose.

T: Banana, papaya, passionfruit, mango, tastes delicious.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation for the style. Pretty drinkable.

O: Far from their best beer, but still delicious just about sums it up.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of lordofstarside
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz to a snifter, bottled 7/18/12

Pours a hazy yellow gold with about 10% transparency. A half finger of foam has receded pretty quickly into a ring. Lacing's okay, very mild carbonation

Smells of sour Belgian funk, apple, pear, and some pale malt, and white wine

Taste is initially pretty fruity- much of the apple and pear from the nose, a touch of cinnamon spice, with notes of oak and white wine and a bit of sweet malt on the finish

Feel is a light/moderate body with a wet finish. Leaves a nice tingle on the palate as it goes down

Overall a really solid Belgian, especially for the price

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is about 10 months of age.

A: Murky golden straw, off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Banana, apple, orange citrus. Bright yeasty character, like a saison-dubbel cross.

T: Crisp apple, slight spiciness, funky undertone that puts an old earth character in the background. Some gentle sweetness from the malts.

M: Crisp, light, and dry. Very nice.

O: A pleasure to drink! I didn't expect a lot from this beer but it delivered great complexity without weight. It reminded me a lot of drinking a gently brett'ed saison but with a Belgian twist.

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

Bottled on 040413

Appearance - Hazy, deep straw, white film head that leaves small lacing.

Aroma - Sweet wheat, coriander, and orange peel.

Taste - Follows the nose with less orange.

Mouthfeel - Perfect.

Overall - Exactly what I'd want during the warm spring/fall months here in Florida. It's incredibly light, smooth, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 040413

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Produced a quite nice cap of white froth with great retention and some minimal clumpy lacing.

(S)- A nice dryness throughout. Some really good biscuit-like yeast components. The slightest grassy funk flows into some lemon rind on the finish.

(T)- I quite like the biscuit-like yeasty dryness this has while having just that hint of lemongrass on the finish. Just the slightest twinge of funk to drive this home.

(M)- A lively but superb carbonation level. Very low bitterness with the awesome fruity dryness in front.

(O)- Overall, simply a pure joy to drink and goes down very easy. An ideal beverage for summertime.

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Photo of bpasquini
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a yellowish gold color, leaves a small head that vanishes quickly, no lacing on the glass either, lots of nucleation occurring, and theres is a slight haziness to it as well

S: Bold yeasty smell, also get light hints of honey, and some bready malts, not a whole lot going on with the smell but it still smell really good

T: Yeast, some funk to it, getting some fruit which I think is pear but it is very faint and hard to tell, a little honey sweetness, bready malts, sometimes I get hints of banana as well

M: Very light, crisp, and refreshing! Finishes really well!

O: Strong beer for sure, would have preferred to have had this on a hot summer day but it is still fantastic now, another beer well done RR!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thin layer of head on a hazy, golden colored body.
The aroma is nice: pear, dry grain, bread and apple cider. Light and pleasant.
The taste has a dull sweet pear flavor, some mild lemon bitterness and finishes with a touch of yeast.
The texture is great. Crisp and fizzy.
The taste lacked depth and complexity, but it was still an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of kevanb
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, dated 04/04/13, poured into a Russian River "-tion" tulip.

The beer pours a sharp golden honey color, hues of straw, cloudy complexion with a soft, cloudy white head that sits gently atop the beer before receding quickly and leaving just a few spots of soapy lace behind. The aroma is of pale grain, yeast, a touch of funk, clove, light citrus with some floral qualities as well, but it's heavy on the grain and yeast, very simple. The flavors are right in line, lots of pale grain, yeasty funk and fruit, clove with some citrus and floral qualities, a bit of spice is noticeable too. The grain really dominates this beer and doesn't really let any of the subtle qualities develop. The body is nice, pretty rich and full, coats the mouth very well, the carbonation is crisp but a touch abrasive with a slightly creamy finish.

Verdict: A good Belgian Pale Ale from Russian River, but a far cry from a beer like Damnation or some of their other Belgian Blondes. The beer is just too simplistic and grain heavy and it doesn't come across as light and delicate, which is what I was really hoping for.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375 mL corked & caged bottle; Batch: 040413 (Purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA)

The beer poured a hazy yellow with a thin white head that was not well retained, but did leave a thin white cap that lasted pretty well throughout the beer.

The beer gave off a nice, Belgian yeast aroma, a little boozy and a bit fruity.

The beer has a really good taste. Belgian yeast, bready, friuty and a hint of pepper.

The beer had a lighter feel to it. It was easy to drink, smooth, with a dry aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent ale and one that I would drink more often if I could.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

Appearance- Hazy yellow with quick one finger head that didnt last long. Some damn fine lacing though.

Smell- Lemon, belgian yeast, hops, pear and apple. Very nice smelling fruit forward blonde.

Taste- Lemon and pear all the way through. That yeast is there, but no too overwhelming. Hops are there, but not in the spotlight. Slightly bitter. Very fruity. Lightly vegetal.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and bubbly. MEdium to full carb. Off-dry. Easy drinking.

Overall- Just a really good easy drinking blonde from one of my favorite American breweries!

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a brown 375 mL cork & cage bottle. The label is stamped with a bottling date of 04/04/13, and says "refermented in this bottle" along the front, although it makes no mention of the Brettanomyces that are mentioned on the label in this beer's profile picture. More on that later.

Appearance - Pours a sunny maize yellow with some faint haze that prevents seeing through the liquid, likely from a little yeast getting into the glass from pouring. Head is a proud two-fingers and white with lemony-yellow hints to it. Retention lingers for a good amount of time and never completely dissipates, leaving a foamy layer on top of the liquid. Lacing is pronounced and sticky.

Smell - A little disappointing, to be honest. I get notes of fresh lemon peel, some generic phenolic characteristics and a hefty dose of the the RR house yeast, but zero brett. Confusing, since I see many other reviews specifically calling out the distinctive yeast.

Taste - The smell was true to previewing the flavor, which also is rather flat and uninspiring. General yeasty characteristics, and some very faint, almost imperceptible funk on the very end. Hint of hop bitterness that fades pretty quickly. The lemon notes are here again, but like with the smell, they aren't tart--more like lemon essence. As with the smell, little-to-no brett characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Moderate-to-heavy carbonation that creates sort of a creamy, effervescent feel. Finish is dry and the body is pretty light. Easy drinking, unfortunately, it's not one that I'm like to find myself drinking a lot of...

Overall, it's easy for me to say this is my least favorite offering of Russian River's that I've had so far. Seems like their wheelhouse is sour ales and types of IPA, both of which I love. Reminds me of Damnation in some ways, which I suppose makes sense, but whatever they do to increase the ABV of Damnation also imparts a bit more interesting components to the beer, as I liked it better than this one. There are several BPAs that I would drink before expending the effort to procure another bottle of this.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to TATURBO for picking this beer up on your recent West Coast adventure!

375ml C&C bottle. bottled 4/4/2013.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: hazy and slighly opaque dull straw/golden yellow boided beer with 2 fingers of bone white head that drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Wheat malts with fruity yeast. Lemons. Banana's and spicy clove. Earthy. Light funk. Hint of bubblegum that adds some sweetness to the nose.

Taste: Lemons start this beer off. The brett flavors follow up quickly with some a mild generic funk flavor thats earthy and dusty. Fruity and white pepper yeast. Hint of clove. Green apples and pears. Lemongrass with a slightly floral note almost purfumey. Nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Very clean and very bright beer. Carbonation is soft and delicate. This beer is really crushable.

Overall: Brett in a Belgian Pale ale is a really great compliment. I dig it alot. As always Russian River makes another outstanding beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked bottle batch 4/4/13 into a Flying Dog Goblet.

Pours a hazy golden color with a fizzy half inch white head. The smell is yeasty and crisp with a tad of lemon scent. The taste is clean, dry and even a tad bitter. Some lemon zest is in there too. Pretty standard for the style but it hits the mark. Good, easy drinking with a light body and mild carbonation.

Overall nothing remarkable here but its solid. Good Belgian pale. You could down a few of these in a hurry.

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

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, some breadiness, cloves, peppery spices, lemon and some grassy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some Belgian yeast, bready notes, some cloves, faint pepper, a touch of lemon and some grassiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy gold with a two finger head that disapates to a nice stable head, which leaves nice lacing behind.

N- Belgian yeast is upfront with grass, and clove.

T- Belgian yeast and spice are foremost with lemon peel and a bit of fruitiness.

M- dry champagne like feel.

O- very enjoyable session able beer.

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into a stolen hotel oversized wine glass.

A - Poured a cloudy straw-colored yellow, with a light head that dissipated quickly. Uniform cloudiness and color. Not much lacing, which could be attributed to a poorly-cleaned glass.

S - Faint banana odor, with a bit of sweet malt. Overall, very subtle phenolic nose.

T - A bit of citrus tartness, with back notes of yeasty bread and flowery herbs. Cloves and bananas, otherwise fairly standard and unremarkable. A nice brew for an autumn evening, with the leaves falling.

M - Thicker than expected...full-bodied with a malty aftertaste. Easy .

O - A solid and well-crafted BPA, but nothing more. A good but unremarkable BPA.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got this around the local area. Bottling date is listed at the side as "04/04/13." Unlike the current picture, the bottle for this does list it as "refermented in the bottle" (naturally, according to style), but it doesn't specify if it's with Brettanomyces. I doubt it still is. Poured into a teku glass from a 375ml bottle. Review is from my notes.

Just like Redemption, this pours a lesser boozier looking, yet equally pale golden color with a less frothy head. The head itself is quite bubbly, almost similar to soda, and it settles down rather quickly. Head retention is nevertheless decent, and sticks around until the very end as a flat circle. Not too many bubbles - shoulda used the Duvel tulip instead. Slightly hazy, and definitely shines well - but it overall is decent, slightly above average take on the style itself.

The flavor brings me back to my roots, when I was first getting into Belgian pale ales like Duvel - candied sugary notes, golden cereal grains, faded apricots white grapes, some grapefruit, and notes of grassy, slightly spicy hoppiness. Orange blossom, lemon peel, and a bit of honeysuckle. The website describes this as having a forward banana ester, but I'm not getting that at all, unlike Damnation. Pretty light all around, but pleasing to the nose.

The flavor is about on par with the aroma, except with some of the grainy cereal notes slightly more enhanced, as well as the citrus peel. Light apricots still dominated, melded with honeysuckle and grapefruit, and the finish is slightly sugary with a dash of green, dried hops. Pretty easy drinking, especially considering the heartiness at hand from the thickened yeastiness and sugared, pale malts. Not too bitter or too sweet, and pretty balanced as a result until the carbonation dies down - then, it gets a bit syrupy. Not too bad - one of the most easy-going beers RR has probably released to date.

A solid introduction to the style at hand, although at this point, I've become so entrenched with the hoppier, wilder pale ale offerings from Belgium to the point where this makes me nothing more than nostalgic to the time period that I was first discovering this style. Absolutely recommended for people wanting to get into startup offerings in the style, and very tame overall. I wish I could have tried the Brett version back in the day, though!

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Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,638 ratings.
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