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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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1.48/5  rDev -58.4%

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.

12-30-2012 17:10:05 | More by brewtus
Photo of jbertsch


1.63/5  rDev -54.2%

An aptly-named brew...

Appears solid gold in color. Easy to see fingers through the glass. Aroma is of adjunct corn, pils-like malt, faint hops and very faint spice.
Tasts cheap and macro like. The adjunct flavoring is off-putting. Its bitterness seems to stem from low-quality ingreidents rather than quality hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp and well-carbonated, so I'll give it that. But, thumbs down on its drinkability as I couldn't stomach the entire bottle.

What's sad is that I don't think it tasted like an off-bottle...just a poorly made brew. Also interesting, is that the bottle claims it's a winter ale. BA claims it's an IPA. It hits neither style well at all.

Stay away.

02-13-2011 21:20:51 | More by jbertsch
Photo of Thorpe429


1.98/5  rDev -44.4%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a touch of an off white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings a bunch of buttered bread lying underneath some mildly-appealing caramel and toffee notes. The taste goes down the wrong road, as the diacetyl really comes out here and takes over nearly everything. A bit of caramel, molasses, and maybe some spicing? It's really hard to tell with the butter. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit gross. No reason to go through this whole beer; I did as much as I could to drink a few ounces but that was about all I could stomach.

10-24-2010 16:12:18 | More by Thorpe429
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

12-15-2012 01:45:22 | More by im4beer
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New York

2/5  rDev -43.8%

03-20-2013 22:31:58 | More by BGsWo22
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

12-22-2011 14:30:34 | More by jimmygord
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New York

2.05/5  rDev -42.4%

bad elf was probably a good choice for the name of this, because i could imagine a couple of elfs gone bad being squeezed into the mix of this concoction...i hate to be mean to beer, but the old saying too many spices ruin the soup..can be applied. I can't completely knock this advent beer...i can see where it was trying to go but maybe it shouldn't have gone that far. The beer does pour a decent orangy color with a good head, it's thick and coaty to the tongue which would be good except that the overrush of fruity, nutty, bready, and spicy just seem to remind me of a swedish herb cough drop, but hey if you are ever laid up in bed with the flu..it would make a great alternative to cough syrup and the buzz would be much better. sorry bad elf...but when people ask me what i think of you..the usual reaction is gak

02-03-2004 16:29:37 | More by hollicetales
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2.15/5  rDev -39.6%

Pours a clean golden orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet maltiness. In the taste, sweet maltiness again and kind of skunky even. A smooth, watery malt mouthfeel and a small dry malty aftertaste. Name sell this one, just an English ale, but not that great of an English ale.

12-22-2007 01:38:57 | More by OWSLEY069
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

02-04-2014 17:22:03 | More by DuffDaddy
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2.35/5  rDev -34%

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.

12-29-2011 20:16:03 | More by Auracom
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New Hampshire

2.38/5  rDev -33.1%

Pours with a two-finger white head that stays and leaves a nice lace. Nearly clear, golden amber color and nose is seriously hoppy. Medium bodied. Starts hoppy, finishes bitter. Unusual for a winter ale (no spices) but the label points out that they are heavy handed with the hops. $3.99 for 500ml.

03-06-2004 00:02:21 | More by jdhilt
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

12-09-2011 13:13:55 | More by JohneHoodlum
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

07-24-2012 23:41:01 | More by Jemenhiser
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

02-21-2012 15:31:09 | More by Kahlerbock
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

06-07-2012 14:41:50 | More by OriolesFan1008
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Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

07-20-2014 13:56:48 | More by Howlader
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

03-20-2014 18:41:36 | More by harpus
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

01-09-2013 22:28:34 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

12-13-2013 07:31:49 | More by XmnwildX12
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2.53/5  rDev -28.9%

This poured a clear, light gold with white head. It smelled like sweet yeast and lemon hops, with a bit of caramel malt. It tasted much the same, like lemon hops and sweet yeast with earthy caramel malt. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very basic beer that wasn't bad, but was a bit dirty tasting. It wasn't crisp or clean, and had a mediocre body. This was barely worth finishing the glass, much less ever trying again.

01-13-2009 14:45:55 | More by Pencible
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2.63/5  rDev -26.1%

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.

02-19-2012 03:21:51 | More by kojevergas
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2.63/5  rDev -26.1%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. A decent white head sits on top of a hazy amber body a steady flow of bubbles rising to the top. Nice lacing follows the head down. Some floral, earthy hops with some bready malt in the nose. The body was disappointing. Fairly thin lacking the malt backbone I would expect. Weak hop expression with some citrus hops bringing up the rear. Not one that I will spend my money on in the future.

01-27-2006 02:09:06 | More by jlh8643
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2.68/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

02-20-2012 04:45:37 | More by TMoney2591
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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

03-27-2007 02:20:37 | More by monkeybeer
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2.7/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

01-23-2012 00:33:00 | More by GallowsThief
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Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.