Tuesday, April 5

Beer Review: Russian River Redemption Ale

This beer states that it is a sister ale of their beloved Golden Belgian Ale 'Damnation'. This brew appears to be a common Belgian Blonde which is bottle conditioned. It is a rather light ale, and looks like a winner of a sessionable brew.

This is the first time I have seen this beer up here in a bottle shop. Given that I have never had a bad beer, or sour ale from this brewer... I had to try this. It's in a fancy corked 375ml bottle like many of their sours, and is priced very much the same. That is where my only issue is. If this isn't a sour, and hasn't spent the amount of time and care as a sour.. it shouldn't be in the same ballpark of pricing. This is a standard golden, pale, blonde... Belgian pale ale.. and that is all.

Tasting Notes:

- Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a light glowing golden yellow straw color, slightly cloudy and unfiltered, perhaps a bit of fine yeast about. Thick and fine hald inch of head.. sticks around quite some time. Very bubbly brew.

- Smell: (4.0)
Very bready, grainy, biscuity and zesty smell. Tart and bright yeast notes with a bed of wet velvet grain. Bit of a wit touch, biscuit, and fresh baked bread. Zest is a bit of lemon, orange, with a slight nutty approach.

- Taste: (3.5)
Smooth and full flavored all the way. Light clove, zesty bitterness from both light grassy hop, and citrus yeast zing. Wheat must be used with some lovely bready malts. This beer seems like a golden promise.

- Mouth Feel: (4.5)
Light bodied, yet creamy in texture. Very carbonated and bubbly. Leaves the tongue a bit dry, and layers a fine film about the mouth of bready grain sugars.

- Overall: (3.5) (Price, and packaging do NOT affect my judging of a beer one bit)This is one fantastic blonde Belgian brew. Well carbonated (almost too much), well balanced, and very robust in it's wheaty, grainy, and zesty approach. This is a light alcohol, full flavored brew. A beef of mine is its price and packaging. I feel a brew like this should be in a regular bomber for about $6. Perhaps a 6-pack of cans around $11. Yes, it's bottle conditioned, well made, and I am sure a tedious brew.. but this is 2011. There are many of these around.. in greater quantities, for much less money.

B / 3.75

(BeerAdvocate.com rating scale)

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