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Wicked Elf Pale Ale - The Little Brewing Company

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brendan13 on 02-29-2008

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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 26
Photo of Hubris
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe I was just in a state of Hop deprivation, but this beer was just sensational.

Many an Aussie craft brewing operation is tackling the American Pale Ale style- some get it right, other miss the mark. This one definitley succeeds!

Nice dark copper colour, decent head, very aromatic with a hearty hop bitterness that is replaced by a lingering sweetness at the back of the palate. Those Cascade hops do the trick.

As mentioned, one of the best Aussie craft APA's that I've had.

Photo of LathouXaris
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of brendan13
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass with a couple of centimetres of slightly off white head atop a slightly hazy amber base.
S - A big citrus hop note hits first followed by a slight caramel maltiness.
T - Like the smell, citrus, slightly sticky pine hoppiness and a good backbone of caramel maltiness.
M - Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - A very nice Australian brewed APA. I will be buying this again for sure. A tasty, well balanced beer that hits on all fronts.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a short glass)
A- This beer has a deep copper crystal clear body with a dish soap head that sticks to the glass for the full beer. There is a very gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles
S- There is a huge sweet caramel fresh wort aroma with a fresh pale malt notes and a soft green note at the finish.
T- The juicy orange lifesaver flavor has a slight tangy note with some sweet caramel malt flavor and a fresh sweet pale malt flavor. There is a soft bitter hop finish with a nice soft linger in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a soft fizzy finish that takes off the sweetness.
D- This beer does not have big hops but nice big malt freshness with good depth that is supported with some nice hops that grow as the beer warms.

Photo of life_of_agony
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eric5bellies
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale amber colour with a white head that dies real quick.

S - Small amounts of hops, sweetness and malt.

T - Nice hops up front with some grapefurit flavours very prominent, a little malty on teh finish. Very enjoyable.

M - Light body and meduim carbonation.

O - This is a very enjoyable APA and very much recommended

Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of vancurly
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a) White rocky head, sinks to a raft of suds. Pale amber, orange & haze-free. Good bubbling
s) Citrus, melon & stonefruit. Slight spicy note as well, with a syrup-like amber malt hint. Interesting, and worth lingering over.
f) Upfront malt sweetness, backed up with citrus zing & tingle; Cascade is often maligned for its injudicious use; here it is well applied and in balance. Toasty, biscuity malt
m) Chewy, lingering sticky aftertaste, broad bitterness, without being too strong
d) Good stuff; this substyle (Australian APA) is becoming ubiquitous among Aussie micros, but it is rare to find one that you could have a session with. At the moment, I'd drink this over LCPA.

Photo of admiral
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice pale ale that nearly crosses over into IPA territory

aroma: malt, spice and citrus

taste: pine, grapefruit, citrus, spice, slight malt and orange marmalade (although malt flavour came out more when warmed up and close to bottom of glass)

Nice and crisp, dry finish and very well balanced. Full of flavour and a very good example of a quality pale ale.

Photo of heygeebee
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Sourced this one from the brewery just before Christmas, freshness not an issue as it had been bottled the previous day!

Pours a one finger head which dies fairly quickly. Good lace. Copper/amber in colour. Little bubbling.

Aromas of strong pine/grapefruit. Good stuff.

Taste is a very well represented APA. Initial grapefruit and citrus flavours are backed by malts, and a good degree of hop bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel is the only let down. Undercarbonated for this reviewer, and somewhat watery.

All in all, a good example of local brewing.

Side issue, if only the bottled was as good as the keg sample at the brewery - that was truly sensational.

Photo of koolk
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright burnt orange in colour, low carbonation and very little head or retention. Somewhat ugly.

Very nice cascade hop aroma...very "American". Good levels with an enjoyable mixture of citrus and tropical fruits. Some biscuit like malt in there as well.

Very clean palate with a great level (not high nor low) of bitterness offset by some honey malt flavours. Good bite and some really nice hop spiciness as well as pineapple and citrus flavours.

Creamy texture that compliments the flavours. Great balance in this beer between hop aroma, malt flavour and bitterness. A top example of the style.

Lock this in as a potential session beer. Good job Wicked Elf - just lacking in the appearance.

Photo of RobArmy
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of joecast
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color hints at a much more malt focused beer the Skipping Girl. And the rest of the beer follows the same trend.

More subdued aroma that displays the beers focus on balance.

Honestly don't think this is any less bitter than MGSG but the more characterful malt focus gives it a much less bitter impression. Certainly not heavy or sweet so they have done well to restrain use of specialty malts while still tossing in enough to impart their character on the beer.

Marked it down half a notch in drinkability mostly due to how much a fan I am of hoppy pale ales. Still an extreme
Y enjoyable beer though and would be happy to try I again.

Photo of ADZA
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My mate had this beer in his fridge which to be honest impressed me not because i wanted to try this beer but simply because he didnt have macro swill in his fridge as usual just glad ive got thru to him anyways onto the beer it pours a burnt copper see thru colour with decent carbonation that leaves a two finger head with subtle creamy lacing that is noticable and stays,it has a real clean,grassy,crisp,fresh hop aroma about it very impressed with the aroma,it has a light mouthfeel which leaves you with tastes of malt coated,piney hops but not over the top a very subtle APA thats easy enough to drink.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orangey gold with a beige head, 1-finger thick. Bubbles are quite dense, and retains well. Lacing is not very present at all, unfortunately. Slow bead. Pretty nice, but not fantastic. I dig the colour.

Nose is very hoppy, lots of floral, fragrant deliciousness coming up out of that. Lots of fruit - pineapple and a hint of banana. Mostly just hops though, very light and airy.

Taste is interesting. Quite nutty actually, and not as hoppy or fruity as I had expected. Rather like Grand Ridge Gippsland Gold which I tried the other night. A fair amount of cascade hop, and a barley sugar flavour. Very little of the fruit that was present on the nose, perhaps a fair amount of late hopping? Not quite as light or airy as I had thought, a bit more dirty and growling. Mouthfeel is very smooth, a fair amount of carbonation tingle - perhaps a bit thin.

Nice drinking, but doesn't really excite me. A bit too soily and would have liked more light, floral hop on the flavour. It's very APA on the nose but not so much on the taste.

Photo of drpimento
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not bad, not bad. At first I was a little skeptical as the head was modest and aroma a bit funky. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, cream-colored, thick, short lived head and some lace. Color is a clear honey amber with bubble trails. Aroma is malt, barn yard, funk. Flavor is way better with resiny hop in front, then tang, then a nice dose of sweet to balance. This beer grows on me the more I drink it, esp. if I ignore whiffing it. Body is very good; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length, no off qualities, super drinkable. Bravo!

Photo of soju6
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a a rich amber color with a good head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and pine with some malt sweetness in the background.

T: Taste of mild pine with an easy malt sweetness and bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a bit of character. Nicely balanced.

O: A quality Pale Ale, good for a few. Worth checking out.

Photo of mungus
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Jamestregenza
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Kulrak
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden brown color with maybe 1cm of creamy head that disappears before I'm done typing this. Smells of cascade fruitiness and a little estery, not bad. The taste is more bitter than I was expecting, but still tasty. There's a little malty sweetness there, but it's mostly overshadowed by the hop flavor/bitterness. I taste passionfruit, raisins, maybe a little chocolate. Mouthfeel is very heavy, but not so creamy. Overall, it's a pretty drinkable beer, but it looks and smells better than it tastes, unfortunately.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnished amber body, with a big head of yellowish-off white foam. Very coarse bubbled. Some lacing, but not a lot. Very small amount of fine-bubbled carbonation. Some yeast sediment in the bottle.

Huge Cascade character on the nose wipes out almost everything. Actually smells just like one of my homebrews which was pumped with Cascade. Quite fruity and citrusy, and a nice hint of pepper and spice. Pretty good.

The fruitiness disappears on the palate, however, with a rather sweet malt becoming more prominent. There's also a clean biting bitterness, rather than a true, fragrant, hop character. Still, this is a pretty good APA, but I felt the palate was just a little flat. Could be stronger, more robust and more exciting.

Still, this is a solid pale ale. Quite drinkable and tasty - I'll try it again.

Photo of Stavage
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice frothy off white head that lasted fairly well and left a nice rocky frothy lacing. The beer itself has a nice deep amber colour.

Smell dominated by a steely (Cascades I guess) hop smell. Citric fruitiness and a hint of spice. Small whiff of some nice malt notes at first but these are quickly dominated by the hops.

Unsurprisingly it tastes like...hops! Not as big a bitter bite upfront as I was expecting but it lingered on for a long while. Theres a nice caramel honey malt note in there somewhere but it's unfortunately well hidden.

Mouthfeel was pleasantly smooth, had good body (for a pale ale) and carbonation was kept nice and low.

Overall, a decent enough beer. Had some nice malt characters that were outshone by the hops so as far as my tastes are concerned I wish this was slightly more balanced towards the malt. Probably won't become a regular but it's a brew I'd pick up again in the future.

Photo of Daniell
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: decent head, decent lacing

S: metal, earthy hops, wood, sweet malts, some pine trying to break through

T: honey, earthy hops, ~reasonable~ bitterness

M: carbonation is just ok

D: too pricey, hops are there in the taste but there's no citrus pleasantness in the nose, and not enough pine. Overall character is a spicier than usual pale ale with little discernible citrus. Decent.

Photo of Andrewziggy
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a prominent citrus hop flavor has a slight tangy note with some sweet caramel malt flavor and a fresh sweet pale malt flavor. This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat

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Wicked Elf Pale Ale from The Little Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.