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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Loki on 11-26-2003

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

1pt, 0.9oz bottle (no date) served in a Tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Clear gold amber. Initial 1/8" white foam died back to a very thin ring at the edge and the barest skin across the top. Some occasional strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Nicely hoppy - citrus, herbal, floral. As it warms up though it gets a little leafy and grassy and it loses some of the citrus notes.

Taste: Bitter at first, grassy and herbal, then a bit of malt which is biscuit-like, quickly followed by light notes of pine, more herbal and floral flavors, and some Goldings-style hop bitterness at the finish which lingers a bit.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation and a bit spicy which lingers a bit. Some stickiness of the hop oils on the teeth. A bit watery under it all.

Overall / Drinkability: Not an amazing beer, but definitely one that works to be drank in a full pint. Any less and I think I would have missed something. Works very nicely with food (cabbage and noodles). I would not mind another small serving but I don't think I would want another full bottle.

Photo of k7sw
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color with a head that quickly diminished but left a nice lacing.
I can't smell.
Not what I would usually expect from a winter ale being classified as an IPA I'd say that's more in line. Hoppy and citrus flavors come through strong. Another tart, almost berry-like, flavor comes through midway.
Mouthfeel is a little flat.

I would drink this beer if it was around but overall I felt it was fairly average.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass clear light amber golden with a white and low head which fizzed lightly then retreated to the edges of the surface to try and lace the glass.

The aroma was caramel malt with some slight earthy hop presence.

The flavor was mostly caramel with hop bittering being very slightly resinous, but present and containing a metallic twang. The flavor seemed almost, yet not quite citrusy, but certainly pine and there was almost a spice flavor present.

The finish was dry with lasting pine flavor and low caramel into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was very low leaving the mouthfeel a bit on the thin side. My second experience with this Elf...it had more Elf'in magic to my palate the first time than this time.

16.9 ounce bottle.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Orange with yellow highlights. Slightly hazy, with mild carbonation. The pour yields a fluffy white head of 3 fingers' worth that recedes to a film on top that leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Citrusy hops and a little bit of earthy maltiness. Not a strong smell, though.

T: Piney and citrusy hops up front; some floral notes in the mid-taste. The finish is of earthy malts. Solid flavor balance. No alcohol warmth detected; I have no idea why this is a winter ale. It tastes like a good summer brew.

M: Light in the mouth for a warmer; medium carbonation.

D: I'd definitely have this again, but as a spring or summer brew. There isn't anything here that indicates to me it needs to be consumed in the winter. Very light warming effect at best. Good solid English IPA.

Photo of TommyW
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, golden/orange with a tall, white head.

S- Pretty mellow overall, some malty sweetness with a little piny hops.

T- A malty sweetness blending nicely into the a citrus hop profile that create of flavor similar to a fruity and floral bubblegum.

M- A very silky smooth feel that coats the tongue; easy carbonation.

D- A really interesting and smooth beer. A nice treat to try.

Photo of JaredGolia
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a nice orangy amber with a thick white head. Although it is an IPA, the aroma is surprisingly malty, with just a touch of sweetness. Flavor is richly hoppy, with a strong malt component, a hint of fruity sweetness, and only a whisper of hop bitterness. It goes down smoothly but with a good alcohol edge and a hoppy, mildly bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color. 1/4 inch head with decent retention and decent lacing. A thin film remains throughout the entire beer. Smells of sweet malt, some slight spice, a hint of fruit, and some yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of an English IPA, if not a weak example. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high level of carbonation. Tastes of sweet malt upfront, yeast flavors throughout, slight roasted malt in the background, sand some slight hops. Overall, a little weak in the hops than I'd expect and a little watered down. Still a pretty decent beer that's really easy to drink.

Photo of TheBear11D
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden yellow pour with slow rising carbonation bubbles and a foamy white head that hung around for about a minute.

Plenty of citrus, lemon, grapefruit and a floral forefront with a bit of malt mixing in.

Malt and citrus are the immediate tastes while the hops slowly but surely become present and bring the citrus flavors to a full finish. A tad metallic at the start.

Medium body with a slow building crispness to it.

Quite easy to drink with a good flavor.

Photo of JayS2629
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy orange with thin white head and spiderweb lacing.

S- Citrus, lemon, pine and fresh hops with hints of honey and caramels.

T- Mild hoppiness up front with a sweet aftertaste and hints of lemon and grapefruit. Faint hints of spice.

M- Thin, slight bitter bite in dry finish.

D- Well balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of MtOrion
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of CJNAPS
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of dillon_1005
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of craftbeerasian
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of twonder23
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kobeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale orange color, bubbly white head. Translucent, good retention and lacing.

Smell is pretty hop forward, presenting mostly herbal and grapefruit. There is also some toasted bread, mineral-y and pale malts.

Taste is a step up, bringing a surprisingly pretty hoppy ale that still retains its English-ness. Grapefruit, grassiness, and herbal hops with malt flavors of toasted biscuit, mineral, and light toffee-like sweetness.

Solid, full-bodied mouthfeel with carbonation a bit on the lower side but ample enough.

This is one of the better Ridgeway Christmas gimmick beers. Hoppier than usual for the style, but if you're not a fan of English IPAs this probably won't change your mind.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eh. This beer is more of a gimmick than anything else, but its not bad. Its just that there are so many other Christmas beers that are better. Pours amber with a head that quickly settles to a thin ring. Smells of sweet malt and alcohol. Fruity with apple and apricot as well in the nose. Taste has flavors similar to the aromas with the addition of a fairly substantial breadiness. Plum, apple, and apricot flavors with a slightly bitter finish round it out. Mouthfeel is crisp with a creamy finish. Tastes a little hot and not very well integrated to make this highly drinkable.

Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
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