Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2.73/5 rDev -23.3%
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
11-21-2009 05:48:09 | More by satowns
2.78/5 rDev -21.9%
(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.
12-31-2010 08:03:10 | More by shodrod
2.8/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
12-29-2008 22:44:04 | More by kaseydad
2.83/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
12-22-2010 04:32:30 | More by jmdrpi
2.83/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
01-17-2006 02:00:00 | More by Winter
2.83/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
03-30-2010 00:29:48 | More by Wetpaperbag
2.88/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
03-13-2009 03:12:06 | More by Birchgrove77
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.