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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Loki on 11-26-2003

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Ratings: 406 | Reviews: 244
Photo of JamesBondGA
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

pours orange in color. smells of a floral and citrus, tastes that way too but not as strong as I would have thought.

Photo of Foxybrau
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Probably not a good way to start, but I bought this beer on clearance. $0.98 per bottle a couple months after Christmas. Going to stock up after tasting it. Bad Elf pours a very interesting orange color and smell and taste are both bright and floral. I appreciate this IPA for being less hop and citrus and more spice and rose. I found it quite interesting and fun to drink. Perhaps it's the season getting ready to change, but the beer speaks more of springtime than Christmas to me, although I suppose the spice may come through nicely during the Holidays. Overall a unique an easy drinking brew, loved it.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

1pt, 0.9oz bottle (no date) served in a Tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Clear gold amber. Initial 1/8" white foam died back to a very thin ring at the edge and the barest skin across the top. Some occasional strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Nicely hoppy - citrus, herbal, floral. As it warms up though it gets a little leafy and grassy and it loses some of the citrus notes.

Taste: Bitter at first, grassy and herbal, then a bit of malt which is biscuit-like, quickly followed by light notes of pine, more herbal and floral flavors, and some Goldings-style hop bitterness at the finish which lingers a bit.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation and a bit spicy which lingers a bit. Some stickiness of the hop oils on the teeth. A bit watery under it all.

Overall / Drinkability: Not an amazing beer, but definitely one that works to be drank in a full pint. Any less and I think I would have missed something. Works very nicely with food (cabbage and noodles). I would not mind another small serving but I don't think I would want another full bottle.

Photo of AdrianAltine
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not an IPA fan but not bad would drink if given as a present again

Photo of Kuaff
4.26/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In my imperial pint glass, after receiving it as a gift on Christmas eve and using a Starship Enterprise bottle opener (also gift) to open it. About cellar temperature.

It looks respectably nice for being a bad elf! A beautiful rich orange color, crystal clear. Not much of any head action, but no matter.

Smells like an English ale for sure. You got a bit of marmalade, biscuits and bread, honey, light citrus, and a little pine.

Really well-integrated flavor here. Nothing overwhelming, but just right. Lemony, limey citrus, sweet bread, and a clean, malty finish that hints at some piney astringency.

A pleasantly full body. This is a substantial elf.

You're actually a pretty good elf. Or a tasty elf, at least.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, cardboard, earth, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, pepper, and apple skin flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing very memorable to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice little Christmas gift from a friend, this English ale pours a bright amber golden with nice thick white bubbles that dissipates quickly to leave a thin layer of foam and good lacing. Nose of citrus hops, light spice cake, pepper, bread, and sweet caramel malts. Flavors of sweet malts are offset by bittering and citrus hops. Light peppery aftertaste mingling with bittering hops. For being a "winter warmer" it is closer to many American IPA's out there. Decently balanced, and crisp good carbonation makes this a good gift for most good ale drinkers, especially those who like their IPA's with a bit of a bite.
Happy Holidays----Cheers!

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a thin straw yellow with a little head that leaves a trail on the glass. The smell has citrus and bread scents running through. The taste was a bit underwhelming but the warmth from the alcohol was nice with the citrus from the hops. Not a bad beer to have during the winter months.

Photo of scottfrie
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear light golden with a finger of bubbly bright white head that faded into a fuzzy collar that left patches of soapy lace down the glass.
S: Toasted malts and English style grain bill mixed with earthy and leafy noble hops and a touch of spice. Bready and light smelling.
T: Bready, crackery malts, light mild hops, earthy, spicy, leafy, and peppery hop flavors, sour mash in the finish, slightly fruity aftertaste. Overall pretty standard flavors if not a bit below average. Faint apple juice.
M: Medium body with a chewy mouthfeel. Drinks clean and easy. Fizzy carbonation but it’s soft and nonintrusive.
O: Fizzy carbonation and sour mash and apple juice flavors put this one at below average for me. It wasn’t terrible, just not something I was that in to.

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bad Elf pours a bright straw golden color, with a small lacing head. There is a sweet, cheap grain, and adjunct aromas. The taste is the same, a cheap grainy backbone, lots of adjunct like flavors, sweet apple notes too. Light, which is good, but has a nice crisp feel. Overall its watery, plain, and not too great.

Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale orange color, bubbly white head. Translucent, good retention and lacing.

Smell is pretty hop forward, presenting mostly herbal and grapefruit. There is also some toasted bread, mineral-y and pale malts.

Taste is a step up, bringing a surprisingly pretty hoppy ale that still retains its English-ness. Grapefruit, grassiness, and herbal hops with malt flavors of toasted biscuit, mineral, and light toffee-like sweetness.

Solid, full-bodied mouthfeel with carbonation a bit on the lower side but ample enough.

This is one of the better Ridgeway Christmas gimmick beers. Hoppier than usual for the style, but if you're not a fan of English IPAs this probably won't change your mind.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden orange with a white, finger width head. Average retention. Lacing is spotty, with little stick.

Smell - Fruity and yeasty. Hints at lemon and apricot. Very faint caramel aroma sits well beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fruity esters upfront and throughout. Light apricot and moderate, but mild lemon hop character. Caramel is present, but is well shadowed by the predominant mild lemon flavor. Finishes with a touch of lemon rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body, with soft carbonation. Smooth on the swallow, with a clean, dry finish.

Overall - A decent English IPA. Mild, smooth and drinkable, though nothing that really stands out. Reminds me a bit of Deschutes Chasin' Freshies, though not quite as complex, nor as assertive.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. ABV stated as 4.5%. Despite being a Christmas brew, I actully picked this up during the Sainbury's Beer Hunt back in September. Some bad punning on the label - should come with an 'elf warning....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy amber colour with visible sediment and low carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears within a minute or so. Aroma of light caramel malt with notes of lemony citrus, grass/hay, earthy yeast, stewed hops and faint grain. Quite dry.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a hoppy character and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of citrus, grass/hay, earthy yeast, grain and stewed hops. Dry and slightly spicy. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent body. Wouldn't hurt to be slightly more effervescent. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of grassy hops, yeast and a twinge of citrus.

This is actually a pretty good beer, and certainly drinkable. Nice hop presence and good balance. But who the hell brews a hoppy pale ale as a Christmas brew?! It just doesn't seem right - there's nothing linking it to the season other than the branding. I've marked it down slightly as a result; would probably be better in summer. Worth trying, but if you're expecting warmth or spices then you'll be disappointed.

Photo of brewtus
1.54/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured copper with white head... forget it,I'm going to cut right to the chase, this is clearly a novelty beer and it was disgusting. Granted winter ales aren't my favorite, but this wasn't a winter ale, as the label claims. It tastes cheap and hits you like a cheap shot of liquor. It's a great Christmas gift but a terrible drink. Grab a anchor, bells, or Great Lakes Christmas instead.

Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yeah, I really didn't dig this beer at all. it has style issues: looks like a blonde, smells like a sour and dinks like a pils. Go figure.
Pours golden in color with a fizzy white head with no carbonation.
Aroma was funky and skunky some malts and tart.
Taste seems like a pils in that it was dry and sharp.
Bought a couple of these down at the craft beer outlet and I'm a bit disappointed.

Photo of kaufmaal
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new find at World Market, this one and two other beers from this brewery. As the season is Winter, I thought that I would try this one first.

Ah, but it doesn't taste like a winter ale, or really look like one. That said, it is a fairly dry IPA with some bitter orange flavors and alfalfa. Golden orange color, a nice big head that fizzled away but left some nice lacing. I might just drink another one.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty orange/golden bubbly, finger white head, solid lacing

S: lemon peel, grassy, sugary

T: same as nose, but earthy grain, low bitter/oily finish

M: med body, smooth, oily mouth

O: Nice English IPA. I would get again and recommend.
Curious why this is a Winter Ale?

GOOD, NOT MUST HAVE!

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a plain pint glass.

A: A light-medium, golden copper color beneath a two-finger head of off white foam that holds nicely and leaves a little pillowy lacing. Clarity is very good, with a slight chilled haze and wisps of carbonation.

S: Spicy, fruity and floral esters with a bit of citrus and grassy hops to offset its mild, acidic aroma.

T: Clean, bright and balanced up front, this English IPA has a nice bouquet of floral, citrusy hops blended with toasted grains and satisfying cereal malts. A slightly sweet and quaffable palate dries out and becomes a bit bitter with a tangerine zest and hint of spice in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and solid mouthfeel offers great balance and drinkability. A little cloying bittersweet builds before the finish, but it doesn't act as a deterrent.

O: A pretty nice and balanced English IPA. I could have stood for a little more malty, fruity esters and a stronger malt backbone, but it was still good. At 6% ABV, it reminded me more of a German Helles than an English IPA, but I do know that I liked it regardless.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

That bastard elf... This stuff pours a wan tawn topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises musty orange peel, dark greens, dusty green apple, and dry biscuits. The taste brings in more of the same, with everything coming through blander, mustier. Gotta tell ya, it ain't all that satisfying. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad EIPA all-around. Straight up.

Photo of kojevergas
2.67/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

50cl bottle served into a transparent hard plastic cup at me friend's gaff in Palo Alto, California. Acquired at a local BevMo. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a nontransparent orange-copper.

Sm: Butterscotch (diacetyl?), cream, pleasant buttery malts, and clean barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: A bit buttery in terms of malt, but clean and enjoyable, if simple. Not real well balanced, but built fairly well (albeit far off style). Not as hoppy as the label would like us to believe. A bit bland and disappointing. Light honey is a nice touch.

Mf: Sharp but smooth and wet. A touch too heavy on the palate. Fairly complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Decently drinkable. I wouldn't have it again; it's too simple and bland - especially for the style.

Photo of GallowsThief
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 1 pint 9 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a very light but somewhat hazy golden. Small stark white head that quickly dissipated and left spotty lacing.

S – Fruity and somewhat sweet. Grape, apple with light malt.

T – Hmm not much here in the way of taste. Almost flat taste. Grain and malt. No real sweetness. Totally devoid of flavors you would expect with the smell which was pleasant. Light alcohol at the end. Bitter.

M – Sharp carbonation and light mouthfeel. Very drying.

O – Looks good, smells good….tastes bland.

Photo of k7sw
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color with a head that quickly diminished but left a nice lacing.
I can't smell.
Not what I would usually expect from a winter ale being classified as an IPA I'd say that's more in line. Hoppy and citrus flavors come through strong. Another tart, almost berry-like, flavor comes through midway.
Mouthfeel is a little flat.

I would drink this beer if it was around but overall I felt it was fairly average.

Photo of Auracom
2.42/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Completely random bottle from a friend to celebrate working from home. Served from whatever size bottle it comes in, into a Cantillon flute.

A - Light, completely clear golden coloring with a single finger of white head. Lots of bubbles clinging around the edges of the glass. Average lacing.

S - More APA? Soft, fruity hops with light spices. Possibly a little yeast-like, with a touch of banana, clove, and bread loaf. Not too bad.

T - Very little fruit in the taste and virtually no malt balance. Hops don't kick in until late-mid palate and they aren't really that appealing. It gets worse as it warms up, something rubber-like comes across in the finish.

M - Light body, average carbonation. Amazingly short finish with as little hop bitterness in the aftertaste as I've come across. Not smooth.

D - The aroma was typical and fine. The taste was quite underwhelming and got to the point of slightly gross near the end.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bad Elf has a very thin, soap-bubble white head and a clear (a little hazy once the dregs are swished & poured), orange appearance, with lacing. The aroma is peppery, citrusy, and bready, and the taste is hop forward- citrus hops, sweet bread, bitterness, and cracker. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Bad Elf finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. The drinkability with this is ultra high. Overall, this is very good, and I recommend it.

RJT

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, honey-gold coloring with no head. Aromas of dry, light hops, with an effervescent feel. Lemony citrus highlights on the nose, with a rich malt character, as well. The beer's flavors are light at first, with a dry, peppery hopping on the tongue, followed by a more full, robust, roasted taste that leads to a slight, sweet, malt flavor. Light bodied, with no cling to the glassware. The palate ends up being very well blended, with a spicy and slightly citrusy aftertaste. The finish is very crisp and clean, with a slight drying bitterness and spice that clears the palate for the next drink. Tasty.

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Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.