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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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243 Reviews
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Reviews: 243
Hads: 410
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 18.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 243 | Hads: 410
Photo of Birchgrove77
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of robhunta
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow. Much lighter than I would expect from a winter ale, which brings up an interesting point; the beer label says this is a "winter ale" while BeerAdvocate says this is an English IPA, so I'm not sure which style I should be comparing this too. The aroma has some spiced scents, but not nearly as much as I would expect in a winter ale. It also have very low hops aroma as expected in an IPA.l The same can be said for the taste, it has a hint of spices and low hops flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and crisp, this is a very drinkable beer. However, no matter which style this beer is judged on I find that it falls short on flavor.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of TheLiterati
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at my local Cost Plus World Market for about $5 as part of a trilogy of winter beers from England with silly holiday-themed names including “Lump of Coal Stout” and “Rudolph’s Revenge” that I, being silly sometimes myself, just could not resist.

Poured a nice amber color with a tan, two-finger high head that quickly yielded to a little lacing as I sipped.

Smelled of hops, though not nearly as strong as I would have expected for a beer that claimed to be heavily hopped. There was lots of malty sweetness in the aroma as well.

Mouthfeel was smooth, with a nice carbonation.

Taste was (thankfully) not as sweet as I worried it might be, though I’d have expected a little more spice (orange peel, white pepper, coriander) for a winter ale. An English ale that is not at all unpleasant, even drinkable, but not spectacular.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a beautiful head and lace. They are both thick and full. It has a strong grainy and hop filled. It has a malty flavor at first but becomes floral and hoppy. It seems like they used a good variety of hops. It is mildly metallic. Other than the hops it the flavor was bland. It had a medium mouthfeel and was smooth. It was a pretty average.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly reddish amber color, fairly puffy head, small but numerous bubbles. Head had good staying power, some lacing.
Smell took me back a bit. Some sticky sweetness, malt and apricot, but mostly I smelled a skunkiness to it. Like a watered down Moosehead.
Taste wasn't skunked, thankfully. A more-complex-than-simple lager taste. Slightly roasted malt, sweetness, molasses hints and tangerine cues. I didn't taste much hops, but I think they calmed the sweetness down a bit.
better drank cold; as it warmed it allowed the alcohol to seep through, not a pleasant aftertaste.
Better than average, but not worth the $5/bottle.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a light amber hue topped with a settled light khaki dense cap containing small rising bubbles.

Light nose of caramel malt. Takes an effort to find the nose here.

First swigs: Cherry touch infused into a ginger ale like body. Ginger and cherry dominate the nose. Thin malt aspects.

Feel is cushiony soft and restrained.

Last swigs: Cherry 7-Up. Needs more depth.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As IPA's are not my favorite, I was expecting to recoil at first taste. However, either my palate has calmed or this beer is better than some IPA's I've tasted in the past.

The color is that of a grilled cheese sandwich with teeny-tiny bubbles fighting their way to the respectable white head.

Like most reviewers wrote, it's got a fruity aroma that seems more spring-like than winter. I could see drinking this on the beach. I don't quite care for the metallic bitterness that seems to linger a bit too long, but not a bad beer.

Props for the 6.0 alcohol content.

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Photo of Vancer
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First of the Elves, only a bad one.

Clear amber orange pour with a frothy ivory head. Sticky laces.

Clove and coriander in the sniff, then the quaff – semi-lame taste of light winter spices with a decent kick of hops. But this ain’t some bad arse winter ale, and at $4.50 a 500ml, not to good of a buy. If someone offers a freebie, grab it, but I’m not looking for this elf again.

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Photo of afordney
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much of a head to speak of, very bubbly with a clear, bright, amber color.

smells a bit stale, and a very hoppy, a bit of a grassy aroma after the initial hoppiness

tastes very hoppy, a bit stale, almost like a lager.

good bitterness, a little bubbly on the tounge but nothing overwhelming

this fell a little flat for me. A very clean beer, tastes good but I wasn't overwhelmed by it a very ordinary beer. I may have overhyped it in my mind because of the cool bottle.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hmmmm. what to make of this brew? good, but not overly satisfying.

POurs a very nice golden color. solid lacing the way down. Laces all the way down. Tanish and very foamy. Very floral nose. Almost bitter sweet.

Taste is plaeasnt, a nice mix. you get the matl flavor, but the hops jump out 1st and foremost. Almost acidic, but not quite. very citrusy. there is some malt presence, but it is almost totally muted out from the hops.

Refreshing IPA. I Like it, bit don't love it. good ber to sample every once in a while

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

N.B. I received these bottles from the BOTM about 2 months ago. I am not sure if they are still in top form.

If it looks like apple juice, smells like apple juice, and tastes like apple juice, what is it? Yep, it's Bad Elf. Pours a light gold with a hint of orange, like a watered down bottle of Motts. Smell is of medium hops and citrus/apples. Taste is similar. Very very light mouthfeel. Would have benefited for a bit more malt character.

I remember these being better when I drank them before. Maybe this wasn't a great bottle...my scores are a bit higher than my review may suggest based on my memory of the other bottles which i enjoyed a bit more.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

163rd review on BA
bottle to mug

Stocking stuffer from the wife

App- A little darker than drawn butter in a bowl. One finger head that went away quickly. Not at all how I thought this would pour.

Smell- A faint citrus with some hops, spice and a touch earthy.

Taste- A very off taste. Has a malty bite to it but it's a bit flat. Had a spice/herb note that just didn't sit well to me.

Mouth- A bit chewy with a lighter medium body and a medium carbonation.

Drink- A little off to me but wasn't too bad. A gift from the wife. At least she tried.

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Photo of maxpower
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with a large frothy head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, citrus and piney hop aroma. Hoppy fruity flavors with a nice hop bite, medium body with a creamy soft mouthfeel, fishes with a clean and pleasant bitterness, a decent ale.

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Photo of largadeer
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper colored with a slight haze. A gentle pour creates a thin half-inch head that shows decent retention. Fruity English ale yeast aroma; fresh stonefruit, bread, a bit of buttery diacetyl and earthy hops. Palate is decent, fruity and buttery flavors are prominent with an earthy hop note beneath. Bitterness is moderate, a little astringent and at odds with the diacetyl. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't want to drink a full pint.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewd from notes.

A - Poured out a cloudy/hazy orange color with hints on gold. A small, white, short-lived head left no lace.

S - It smelled mossy and lightly grassy. There was also some roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted of caramel malts and had a bitter kick with some subtle hop flavor.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was okay. It wasn't as flavorful as some other of this style.

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Photo of wangbruins
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden burnt orange with a decent head, kind of simple and plain

S- Burnt citrus, like oranges, and some spices like nutmeg and kind of a grainy scent

T- Very grainy with a little bit of spice

M- Light and airy and very thin at the end

D- Not much for this beer, it's very easy to drink but not too pleasing

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A pale golden color, small white head, a tad cloudy.

S - Mildly floral and citrus hops aroma. Some biscuity and malt character.

T - Notes from the aroma carry over to the taste. Definite hops character, floral and citrus. Malty undertone, some residual sweetness.

M - Medium-light body, clean, a tad astringent on the back of the tongue.

D - Got this for free, and I'd drink it again for free, but not worth import prices, IMO.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I discovered this little gem at Sam's Quik Stop just three nights ago, with a few other offerings from Ridgeway Brewing lined up on a single shelf. I love their outrageous labels!

This beer pours a light golden copper into my pint glass. A one-finger, near-white head forms. Lasting a few minutes, it eventually dissolves into a light lacing around the rim of the liquid. The aroma is light, with scents of sweet malts, hops, and a bit of citrus to round things off. The flavor is wonderfully hoppy, especially at the finish (duh!), and there is a nice fruity sweetness just before the bitterness kicks in. Just try to notice it! Malts are subdued here.

This is a nice English IPA. One shouldn't expect an example of this style to be "over the top," but with a slightly lighter body and flavor profile. I enjoyed it, and wish I had another!

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Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.