Wicked Elf Pale Ale - The Little Brewing Company
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2.6/5 rDev -29.3%
Dark mahogoney brown with glints of varnished orange wood in the light. Two finger head drops down to a good 1cm lacing on the top of the liquid, with speckles of brown coming through.
Initial burnt aroma, with raspberry sweetness coming through. Smells like raspberry licorice. Artificial. Burnt aniseed like sweetness. Really strange.
Flavour of burnt smokey malt, gives way to a lingering bitter orange bitterness. Is this off, or is this how it tastes?
I dunno. I don't think the bottle is off, I just think this is a bad interpretation of a pale ale, from my standpoint.
Sorry mulder, I didn't enjoy it much :(
02-14-2010 14:57:01 | More by Lukie
2.78/5 rDev -24.5%
Thanks to my sister for the 4 pack for babysitting her sleeping children...hardly an arduous task! 330ml bottle poured into a 16oz schooner glass.
Pours an amber colour with a see-through appearance and an off-white head of foam that measured a couple of fingers before settling at a quarter of an inch. Visible carbonation bubbles rising well throughout.
Faint aroma, a little bit of grapefruit, some caramel and that's about it.
Taste has some grapefruit upfront and then some decent malt backing in the middle with some caramel to finish off with. This sample still had 7 months on the best before date, yet doesn't taste as fresh as my previous tastings of this.
Mouthfeel has some initial bitterness while a solid malty finish doesn't have you rushing back for another sip. Body is sufficient for the size and matches the beer well.
Overall, i have a feeling that this has not been stored the best by the store (Dan Murphys). Seems to have had a lot of hop fade and is a bit of a shadow of this beer at its best which is a bit of a shame.
08-26-2011 11:57:16 | More by MrKennedy
3.05/5 rDev -17.1%
Clear, dark amber colour with a non-existent off-white head.
Very light, citrus and tea aroma. Slightly metallic and earthy. This smells old but the expiry is 10 months away.
Mildly malty, slightly metallic, hints of tartness betray possible infection which is disappointing but reflects on the brewery's Quality Control. No real hop character with only mild bitterness.
Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Okay.
A fairly dull, bland APA lacking in real hop character. The QC issues are also disappointing.
04-05-2011 10:20:36 | More by dgilks
3.28/5 rDev -10.9%
A - Pours a dark amber under a thin but creamy white head with decent lacing.
S - Fresh and lightly fruity, grapefruit and mild earthy hops.
T - Pine resin and orange, quite light on flavour with a tame bitterness.
M - Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation.
O - Just another average Aussie APA. Certainly not a bad beer but there are dozens more as good or better.
06-07-2012 06:58:55 | More by dansmcd
3.29/5 rDev -10.6%
Bottle: quality 330mL brown bottle, awesome 'old school' label... even the bottle cap is sweet.
Appearance: pours mid amber in colour with a solid cap of white head. A reasonable amount of carbonation.
Aroma: light on the nose with citrus and tea, pine hops to boot.
Taste: the dominant flavour is a very soft caramel with some hop bitterness. A well-balanced beer, possibly a bit heavy on the caramel sweetness.
Aftertaste: drops away a bit, and the sweetness comes through if anything a bit stronger, which doesn't tickle me the right way.
Mouth feel: a moderate body with also moderate carbonation. Could probably have used a bit more carbonation to bring more hop flavour through.
Overall: a decent APA but probably not for AI$84 a case of 24 x 330mL (2013).
12-16-2013 09:42:23 | More by SmashPants
3.3/5 rDev -10.3%
Vibrant caramel pour with a reasonably sized head that receded rather quickly.
Cascade hops are very prominent in the aroma, very green, citrusy and grassy. Malt is definitely not forgotten, quite sweet and clean, with some hints of caramel, and unfortunately, some grainy notes.
Flavour is hop dominator (that's what my notes say, perhaps the alcohol is hitting?), again very green, with some of the citrus coming through. Quite a pronounced hoppy bitterness (almost metallic at times, actually) but the finish really seems to be lacking, almost watery.
Good carbonation but a little light on for body.
06-25-2009 08:54:04 | More by CrazyDavros
3.3/5 rDev -10.3%
Pours a clear amber colour with a decent off white head. Good retention.
A big whack of hops kicks things off on the nose (a bit of pine resin) and then its followed up by a caramelly maltiness.
Some nice bitterness on the palate. The hops are again at the front but the sweet maltiness then kicks in and brings it down a bit in my opinion.
01-05-2010 09:34:29 | More by Macca
3.33/5 rDev -9.5%
A: Pale amber in colour with brilliant clear appearance. Good carbonation level with decent foam retention.
S: Hop aroma struggling to pop out with malt notes most of what comes through. The hops are of light pine and malt is mostly bready with a faint crystal sweetness. Clean fermentation with no esters.
T: Clean malt backbone with a very soft caramel addition balanced by a medium bitterness with some hop flavours.
M: Finishes dry enough but without being unpleasant and makes you go back for more. The light body and level of carbonation add to the dry sensation.
D: I expect more of a hop presence in both flavour and aroma for an APA but this fits in with the style. Its possible the hop aromas are there in fresher samples, so give this one a try for yourself.
01-04-2011 12:13:06 | More by LiamAhearn
3.45/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
08-20-2010 09:23:34 | More by Daniell
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
06-15-2009 09:11:05 | More by Stavage
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
05-16-2008 05:12:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
06-27-2008 08:58:56 | More by Kulrak
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
06-03-2009 04:56:34 | More by laituegonflable
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
06-01-2013 02:53:44 | More by soju6
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
08-20-2009 11:42:25 | More by ADZA
3.81/5 rDev +3.5%
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!
01-12-2014 05:40:23 | More by drpimento
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
04-05-2012 12:09:34 | More by joecast
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
08-06-2008 08:14:15 | More by koolk
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
01-13-2012 08:06:51 | More by heygeebee
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
08-04-2013 08:24:21 | More by admiral
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
05-18-2008 03:32:41 | More by vancurly
Wicked Elf Pale Ale from The Little Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.