Redemption | Russian River Brewing Company

1,663 Ratings

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,663 |  Reviews: 566
Photo of jda007
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Batch 12.

A: Golden body, nice white head. Retention is less than expected.

S: Clean yeast and noble hop aroma. Subtle malt background.

T: Some yeast flavors up front, but all in all a very clean refreshing beer.

M: On the edge of being over carbed, but I think it works. Finish is super dry.

D: A really nice example of this style. I am torn on my ratings. On one hand, this is a great example of the the other, it's $4-5 for a 12oz bottle, which is going to set my expectations higher. It doesn't serve it's purpose very well at that price point.

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Photo of mocktm
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375 ML Bottle, Batch 011. This is my first shot at this beer, and I love Damnation, so I have high hopes.

Straw yellow in color and a bit murky, obviously unfiltered. Small amount of head quickly fizzles out, appears a bit flat.

Loads of bread yeast aromas with some slight pepper and a hint of citrus. Nose is heavily subdued compared to that of Damnation. A bit simple, but I suppose that is what Vinny was going for.

As with the nose, this tastes mighty yeasty, a bit funky with some light fruit and white pepper. Smallest notion of a hop presence at the end, but I find it rather sweet overall.

Medium bodied and absurdly dry, yet, incredibly creamy. This probably sets the standard for the style. This beer really follows the saying "simplicity, the ultimate sophistication" to the letter. Drinks incredibly easy and is really refreshing.

I have to be honest in saying that I was a bit disappointed by this at first, but the further I get into it, the more I get and appreciate what is supposed to be going on here. Really nice beer for a rare style, although for the price point, I'd rather pick up a Damnation 99% of the time. Still though, a solid offering, Cheers!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap during a visit to Russian River in Santa Rosa.

Such a light yellow colour that it's almost colourless, and perfectly clear, with zero haze: this is an interesting beer from the get-go. Head is white and a touch too coarsely bubbled, which is a shame, because otherwise it looks phenomenally interesting.

Round Belgian aromas constitute the nose, with a big-ass yeast note walloping everything into order. Slight pepper spice and a hint of astringency. But that's about it. It's nice in the style, but it leaves me a little empty.

Very light entry on the palate, with almost nothing until near the back. Even the mid palate only picks up a little earthy yeast. On the finish, we get some roundness, peppery earth and a hint of astringency like rosemary. But it's a little bit like too little, too late. No, that's not true, it's nice enough, but just not as exciting or spectacular as I'd expected.

Feel is light and clean: again, it's fine, but I want something more.

Overall, yes it's good. It's light, truly Belgian in style, and drinkable. But it's not that complex, and has a few things that I'd personally change.

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Photo of Marcos999
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ao125
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With the way that everyone gushes over Russian River like it's the second coming of some long forgotten deity, I expected a lot more out of Redemption than what I got.

Serving Type: Poured from a chilled Russian River bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Hazy straw gold. Quite nice to look at, actually. Absolutely screams "This is beer."

Smell: A bit of citrus and cereal grains, though not much much else.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, a little thin compared with what I usually drink, but refreshing.

Taste: This tastes to me like what Budweiser looks like it should have tasted in all of the tv commercials from the 80s. Had you told me this was a lager, I would have believed you, no question.

Overall: I don't know what to make of this beer. Its pedigree promised so much more than what it delivered, but what it delivered wasn't bad. This was *the* perfect beer to drink, coming in from the pool on a hot summer day. It was absolutely refreshing and the beer yelled "SUMMER!" from the top of its foamy little lungs... but I expected a lot more depth of flavor and aroma than what was delivered.

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

On tap served in the brewery in a shaker pint glass

A - Pale straw, slightly hazy, with 2 finger froathy white head with excellent retention and clingy lacing.

S - Bready, wheat, some lemon zest.

T - Very fruity, bready and a bit of earthy funk yeast tones. Has a very creamy character and a sweet slightly sour finish.

M - Medium body, moderate-high carbonation, creamy.

O - A really fantastic summer beer. It would be so nice to live in Santa Rose just to drink beer like this on tap every chance one could get.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 009

A- Cloudy grapefruit juice looking body with some yeast sediment mixed in. Thin white head on top that leaves some bubbles.

S- Musty citrusy aromas with some grapefruit and white grape coming through. Light yeast aroma comes through as well.

T- Virtually everything in the nose comes through. Citrus notes comes through first along with some wine-like grape must notes. The taste finishes dry with some bread and yeast notes.

M- High carbonation, finishes somewhat dry.

O- Very good BPA. More complex than most, but very drinkable.

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

Batch 009

A - Pours a hazy straw colored yellow with thin head that fades away rather quickly leaving a perimeter lacing ring.

S - Subtle herbs, grass, lemon, light citrus.

T - Follows the nose. Lemon and grass up front followed by a semi-dry lingering finish.

M - Light bodied with light carbonation.

O - Very easy drinking blonde. Glad I tried this but not a beer I would seek out. A bit overpriced for what you get in my opinion but another quality beer by RR.

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Photo of JustinQ
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.99 for 375ml bottle, bottle reads batch 012

Poured into Snifter glass

Appearence: Light yellow, straw like color, fairly clear but a little hazy, nice co2, very effervescent

Aroma: Clean, Low hop aroma, the malt and yeast play together wonderfully. Very faint spicy/floral aroma

Taste: Malty, fruit, spice character, low bitterness but it is there. Smewhat of a very clean grassy like flavor, Maybe earthy, herbal, is more accurte. Very nice

Mouhfeel: Fair body, co2 bite at first then dries out really nice.

Overall: Very nice beer, Would love to have another bottle but Its a bit pricey. I dont drink beer just to get a buzz but a little alcohol would be nice for the price.

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Photo of hanlonrn
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a white, pillowy 2 finger head. Retention for days. Resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - faint aromas; floral, slightly bitter.

Taste - Mellow, greenish banana, some light, sharp bitterness. Clove spice comes in around mid-taste. Finishes with a touch of earthiness. Light, fluffy flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body. Softly carbonated. Smooth as all get out.

Overall - A smooth, lightly flavored, easy drinking brew if not a bit to it's own detriment. Probably not worth the asking price, lest one is at the brewery and/or getting it on tap.

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Photo of M1A2
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of alpenglocken
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GreyGhost4
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of leinie13
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of BrokenStones
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Rschis16
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale blond in color with a thick pillowy white head on top that sticks around for a while. The aroma is dry and a bit citrusy with light bready malts, almost like a wheat beer. Clean and simple with a Belgian influence. Pleasant.

Citrusy and a bit acidic, both in pleasant and refreshing ways. Very bright flavors, like a banana straight of the tree and not quite ready to eat yet. Works really well here though. Slight notes of clove with a peppery touch in the middle. Underneath it all is a clean malt that acts as a very nice backdrop for the beer. The carbonation manages to be both lively, aided by the bright flavors, and soft, finishing long and dry. Very pleasant and easy drinker with complexities as well. Would go great with light dishes or even some slightly spicy ones.

Complex and tasty, bright and refreshing. Definitely a well crafted example of the style and worth the buy for sure. Would like to have a few of these on standby for those hot summer days.

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Photo of cld253
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of MFauver35
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of fffake
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a pale golden amber. Light head leaves a ring around the glass, slight lacing. Aroma of wheat, light malt, yeast and Belgian spicing. Sweet wheat flavor, almost reminiscent of a heffeweizen, light malt and Belgian spice. Finish is sweet wheat and then an increasing bitterness. Pleasant, but not quite as good as the best Belgian pale ales. An interesting ale that I will revisit.

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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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Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,663 ratings
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