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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Loki on 11-26-2003)
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Reviews by JayTheFinn:
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

The name and label make this look very much like a gimmicky seasonal, but overall the taste isn't so bad to warrant such a nasty review as would befit such a beer.

A - Not bad. Kind of a bland pale orange body, but the smallish head has some good staying power.

S - Smells delightfully of citrus, perhaps subtle peachs.

T - Slightly, mild spiciness makes the flavor a bit on the disappointing if you're expecting the usual winter seasonal spiciness like I was. But after the disappoint disappeared I was left with a tasty enough treat. Rather sweet, not hop heavy, nor mired in malts. It's just a good tweener, if a tad on the sweetside.

M - A little too watery for what it should be.

D - Mild flavor makes it go down faster than the usual sipping speed of the winter seasonal. Good winter session brew.

JayTheFinn, Jan 09, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +16%

Poures a light golden with a orange hue to it with a huge fluffy that sticks like glue to the sides of my pint glass that was a little unexpected,big aroma of lemon rind and some leafy hoppness very fresh and vibrant definently bold.A really dry brew some spearament notes and some grean leafy elements a big crisp dry malt backbone holds up well with the big bitterness of this beer.A real English IPA highly hopped but not over the top by any means dry and crisp a real drinker I wish I had more.

oberon, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%

On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Bartender Kate told me this one was "a little flat" I saw it as simply on the low carbonation side and that was just fine. Poured light honey golden amber, Mildly hoppy nose, minor head, natch, and no lacing. Agressivly hopped for a British IPA, thats a good thing!, Grainy hops evident and fresh tasting. Overlaid on a nice biscuity malt base. Long malty finish. Tasty and very pleasant, Brit brew with pleanty of character, I havent tried it in bottles, but the tap version is deserving of a try or two If you find it on at your local.

Billolick, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

aquazr1, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours a macro lager yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very faint, with some slight hop character. The flavor is decent, easily the best of the gimmicky Ridgeway Christmas beers. You get some English hops and malts, but it is nothing spectacular. High carbonation and thin body.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.95/5  rDev +11%

served into a nonic glass from a brown 16.9oz bottle with crimped cap

Cloudy,golden.light coppery color.Creamy white head dissapating a bit quick.Lots of yeast on bottom of the bottle, left most of it in bottle.Good thick lacing down the glass.

A good moderate hop nose very citrusy,a bit piney and grassy.Notes of sweet carmell show through,more and more as the beer warms.

Very citrusy tastes,sweet honeyed malts very balanced.Piney overtones throughout,lots of carmell come through at mid-tastes.Finishes smooth and balanced with a good slightly sharp very pleasing bitterness.

Medium body,a good sticky hop feel,a very drinkable beer,easy drinking,pleasing and satisfying. Nothing fancy here just a very good beer,wish I had another.

jcdiflorio, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of monkeybeer
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%

A- Golden yellow, very little white head

S- Lite crispsmell Cirtus undertones

T- Mild hop flavor nive malt tone

M- slight after taste that lingers a little too long for my taste.

not bad, not something that i would rush out to get. Got it as partof abeer of the month

monkeybeer, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of JL1
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

JL1, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%

Lighter amber color, fairly transparent. Two fingers of pale head and average lasting-power. Laces fairly nicely, tendrils and incomplete rings. Hoppy aroma, leans on citrus with some impression of fresh gum turpentine. Light/medium mouthfeel, decently lively carbonation. Straightforward flavor, skewed toward the hops, fairly fresh and bracing with enough fruitiness to keep it from being overly dry. Decent but unremarkable malt balance, caramel and powdered sugar. Pleasant enough beer, drinkable, somewhat North American in many flavor aspects.

ADR, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance: Light golden amber tone with a full frothy white head leaves large evenly strung patches of lace, nice. Aroma: Hop cones fill the air very citrus in nature almost easy to call it lemon or lime blended with flowery hops and an easing light malt backbone definitely some hops in an English IPA oh yeah. Taste: Layers of bittering hops as for the hop flavor it comes through in micro bursts of zest from a citrus fruit and slight pine needles not bad just a bit unbalanced not enough sweetness to balance out the hops here. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied ale not bad nice fine carbonation good stuff. Drinkability: Decent brew out of the UK thank heavens for American IPAs man am I thankful, this is good but it's not a Stone IPA or Sierra Nevada Celebration.

WVbeergeek, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a nice copper color with a creamy light tan head of rocky bubbles on top. The body is crystal clear with some gentle bubbles floating to the surface.

S- The smell of green floral hops with a hint of pine is strong but in the background there is a note of slightly toasted fresh grain.

T- This beer has a soft smooth pale malt flavor with some slight caramel malt hints. The finish is a nice smooth piney and noble hop finish. The malt flavor is missing those subtle nuances that English IPAs have but the hops has a good complexity.

M- The mouthfeel is a medium-light feel but the texture is pretty watery. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This is a nice smooth English style IPA. It would be nice with a bit more body and if the malt had a bit more depth to enhance the hops. Very quaftable non the less.

rhoadsrage, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -15.7%

richkrull, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of caddybuyer
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

A-Slightly veiled and deep golden in color with a creamy white head that settles rapidly

S-A very light malt/bread smell with a hint of citrus. There is not much going on here.

T-Starts off with a tangy slightly sweet malt and citrus balanced by the hops. Lighter than expected for something that calls itself a "Winter Ale". Very refreshing though...I would like to have one of these in the summer.

M-Light to Medium in the mouth, with average carbonation. Again, a refresher, not a warmer.

D-This is a pretty drinkable beer...nothing to blow your socks off, but solid. Don't really understand why it is a seasonal...there is nothing "winter" about it, and I was expecting a higher dose of hops here.

caddybuyer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of InfernoBoss
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

InfernoBoss, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber orange (golden) with a nice full finger white head that melts to really sticky top covering lacing.
Aromas are typical sweet english amber malts with a bit of citrus hops following.
Taste is lightly toasted amber malts and slightly sharp hops following making it a mild IPA.
Finishes very clean in the mouth....not really drying like a typical IPA (american) but clean and fresh.
Without a doubt the best English IPA I've had.

IntriqKen, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of nige4958
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%

This beer is fab. No, it's not an American IPA. If you been to the motherland and enjoy British beers, you'll like this one. It's rather delicate for being a winter brew. Pours a lovely straw colour in a pint glass. There is light citrus and a tad of diacytl followed by solid bitterness. There are no rough edges, just a very civilized brew. If you don't like British beers, it's a waste of time.

nige4958, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

This pours a dark bronze with a 2 finger head that disappears quickly.The mixture of malt and hops make this a nice smelling beer.However,this mixture is a little tough on the taste buds.This is very malty and very hoppy.Together,this makes a beer that is not very balanced at all.I think if they cut back alittle this would be better tasting.The m/f is medium and very unbalanced.This is not a bad beer,but the hype doesn't live up to the taste.

jmz62565, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

TheSixthRing, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BamfBacon, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%

over-rated cha cha chachacha over-rated cha cha chachacha! Is it just me or does the entire elf series taste almost exactly the same but with more alcohol taste as it goes along? Some breweries have similar tastes in all their beer (sammy smith, het anker, rodenbach, sam adams) but those are in a good way, this one not so much. They all pour a thick yellow/orange. they all taste like rotten alcohol, and they all have a funk to them that makes it hard to drink twice in a row. it tastes like heartburn in a glass. sorry ridgeway, I am not a fan. even the winter and santas but and lump of coal have the same thin yet thick funkiness that turns me off.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%

Ah, they've turned the tables on us.
Plenty of USA-brewed "english" IPAs. Now comes the Union Jack posing as Uncle Sam.

Well, not quite. But close.

Hazy goldenrod with a miniature cream-colored topping.
Nose of shaven lemons and wet iron.
Initially, this screams Cali. Loads of citrus. Orange peels, lemon peels, lime peels and grapfruit peels. Sticky-fingered Mary Jane.
Oh yeah, there's a toasty caramel, bready malt backing.

But Dude/Chap, screw the malts on this one. For real. They're there. They work. Whatever. Good enough.

Back to the hops. Citric hues shift more and more towards lemon as this warms. Buttery hues arrise, but are staved off acidicly. Suddenly this returns to its heritage. A large slap of mineral-laden water. Hopping surges towards bitter, savory herbs and cold steel. It sticks here, and rides itself out, with minor relapses of Americana.

For you main-lining hopheads that thought the UK couldn't brew something to cure your hop-induced tremors. Find this.

cokes, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Call this one a Christmas surprise.

A foamy two-finger head atop a reddish-golden brew. As soon as I cracked it open, I could tell this was no ordinary Christmas ale, but rather a strongly-hopped IPA in a Santa suit. The beautifully bitter hops attacked my nostrils and then my taste buds as I savored this new (at least, to me) treat to kick off my small three beer test.

Clean and bitter, this easy-drinking brew wasn’t at all what I expected from something labeled a holiday ale (no sweets or spices whatsoever), but a brew I’d like to have in any season.

Part #1 of the 12/8 Hebrew Hammer Holiday Threeway.

RockyTopHeel, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

whatname, Dec 12, 2012
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Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.