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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
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355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%


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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brewtus

Ohio

1.48/5  rDev -58.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

1.63/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

1.98/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 16:12:18 | More by Thorpe429
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hollicetales

New York

2.05/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 16:29:37 | More by hollicetales
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 01:38:57 | More by OWSLEY069
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Auracom

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -34%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

2.38/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2004 00:02:21 | More by jdhilt
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Pencible

Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 14:45:55 | More by Pencible
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jlh8643

Indiana

2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 02:09:06 | More by jlh8643
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kojevergas

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:21:51 | More by kojevergas
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 02:20:37 | More by monkeybeer
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GallowsThief

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:33:00 | More by GallowsThief
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satowns

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

extremely light straw in color. not what you would expect from a winter warmer. light carbonation.

caramel malt dominates the aroma. sweet honeylike characteristic.

slightly vegetal. malty; this appears to be a decently big beer. nice malt backbone; little to no bitterness. lager-ish finish.

medium bodied. kind of what you would expect.

this beer is good to gooder. but it doesnt fit the winter warmer category. reminds me of what a "double helles" would taste like

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 05:48:09 | More by satowns
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shodrod

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(poured into a tumbler glass)

This beer pours with a golden straw color. A nice billowy head, with good retention, leaves little lacing. The aroma is slightly metallic with just a slight hint of hops. The flavors in this beer are hard to describe because they are all so weak. Mostly the flavor of unfiltered water with a touch of apple. The finish does have a faint hop note.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 08:03:10 | More by shodrod
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kaseydad

California

2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first of the four-pack I was given for X-mas. I must have been a not-so good boy. The label states there is "nearly three pounds" of hops per barrel but I can really only taste a strong malt presence. It smelled nice after settling into my snifter but the taste has much to be desired. A mild aftertaste but not harsh like some IPA's.

For the English style it was ok but I prefer the American-ized IPA. Not bad to try, but would not purchase on my own.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 22:44:04 | More by kaseydad
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Winter

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear medium amber in color with a thin off-white sudsy head. Fruity and hoppy aroma with light hints of biscuit and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium in body. Things starts off with a sweet malty front, but that soon comes to an end as the hops take over with a crisp bitterness. Abrasive on the palate midway. A citrusy grapefruit flavor follows. The finish has a salty bitterness to it.

Between this, Very Bad Elf and Seriously Bad Elf, this one appealed the to me the least out of the three. Can't quite pinpoint why that is, but for an IPA, this was nothing special and even less so as a winter release.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 02:00:00 | More by Winter
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to AKBelgianBeast for my loser beer.

A- Golden blond with a finger width of white head.

S- Herbal with spice are here in the smell. A very bready smell too, almost like a sour dough type bread. A buttery fragrance can be wafted from this beer. And do I detect what smells like lager yeast characteristics?

T- This is bland with a very bitter aftertaste. The spice taste is there but isn't as strong as one would find in the nose. This just plain sucks, it's boring and there is no IPA feel or taste about it. I think this beer falls very very short of what this style is supposed to be like. Unless the English don't like hoppy IPAs.

M- Too frothy and foamy in the mouth for my likes.

D- The mouthfeel loses a bunch of points for me in this category. I wouldn't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:29:48 | More by Wetpaperbag
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml brown bottle.

color is clear and golden, frothy white head. makes it clear that it's not a traditional "Winter Ale". good lacing though.

not a real strong aroma, just a little citrus hops.

again, not a typical spiced winter ale. although I also don't think it's much like an IPA as indicated. not very hoppy, just kinda bland and generic ale.

lighter body, higher carbonation. disapointing for the cost. I guess they rely on the gimmick of the labeling.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 04:32:30 | More by jmdrpi
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Birchgrove77

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Whim purchase from Binnys 03/11/09

A: Straw yellow with a very nice white head poured to about 1 inch. Excellent lacing, but was a bit hazy.

S: A very earthy hop presence (aged) of grass with some sweet malt aroma.

T: Uninteresting. Not very bitter, but this could be just to the age or handling. A very nice maltiness carbonated very nicely.

M: A bit thin, was thinking this might have been brewed as a blonde, and was surprised to see English IPA - expected more of an Ol' Thumper mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable. This would make a nice session beer. Will purchase again around the holiday season for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 03:12:06 | More by Birchgrove77
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scottfrie

California

2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 00:11:38 | More by scottfrie
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

2.91/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 01:05:34 | More by vette2006c5r
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Gmann

New York

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a small white head that dissipated into a small ring. The smell was almost non existant; perhaps some light hop action. The taste was of very light caramel malt, has a slightly odd sourness to it. No real hop or winter warmer spicy flavor to this brew. The feel is light but not watery, soft carbonation, finishes neutral. A very disappointing brew as an EIPA or winter warmer but a very sessionable brew with no off-putting flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 07:26:09 | More by Gmann
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 05:31:31 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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mdfb79

New York

2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - A orangish-copper color that is somewhat transparent. Almost no head but an insane amount of carbonation; the most I've ever seen in a beer.

s - Smells sweet, as well as piney hops, some citrus fruits.

t - Taste is alittle lacking, but hints of piney hops and some citrus fruits/orange. Not overly impressive.

m - Light body with way too much carbonation. Carbonation keeps it from being too enjoyable.

d - Overall this isn't bad, but it isn't great either. Way too much carbonation and the taste was lacking, but I could see a less carbonated bottle being easier to drink. Probably would not try and buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 00:57:37 | More by mdfb79
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Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.