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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 19:49:04 | More by Cyberkedi
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter amber color, fairly transparent. Two fingers of pale head and average lasting-power. Laces fairly nicely, tendrils and incomplete rings. Hoppy aroma, leans on citrus with some impression of fresh gum turpentine. Light/medium mouthfeel, decently lively carbonation. Straightforward flavor, skewed toward the hops, fairly fresh and bracing with enough fruitiness to keep it from being overly dry. Decent but unremarkable malt balance, caramel and powdered sugar. Pleasant enough beer, drinkable, somewhat North American in many flavor aspects.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 00:35:21 | More by ADR
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Dukeofearl

California

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in December 2005 (or was it early January, 2006?) for $5.99 at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. For that price I hope it's good! Let warm from my too-cold fridge for a spell before opening.

Pours a bright copper color, almost orange. Minimal head from a slow pour (as recommended) but lots of carbonation streaming up from my Imperial pint glass. Within a few minutes, there's no head. The label discusses bottle conditioning and pouring gently to keep the yeast from getting into the glass- I watched carefully and never saw one speck of yeast.

Aroma is a nice solid hops profile, very English (versus west coast US), floral and slightly oily, slight citrus, gentle, not overpowering.

Flavor profile is a nice balance of malts and hops, with a sweet orange-gentle lemon swirls in a mellow bread. Flavors are more delicate and subtle than smack over the head strong.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, more like a session English pale ale than a higher ABV English IPA. Alcohol is well hidden. This actually makes it more easily drinkable, so these two factors cancel each other out with this beer.

A good beer, enjoyable, but at its price, I'll have to pass this by for other good options.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 00:38:12 | More by Dukeofearl
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt .9 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Pours a clean gold with a slight haze. Porous, bright white head that leaves a layer of bubbles in its wake. Spotted and elongated lacing that decorates the entire tumbler.

Slightly musty floral hop bouquet; the hop character is rather earthen with notes of pine. Toasted biscuit with a lingering aroma of diacetyl.

The toasted biscuity-malt character provides a buttery base; slightly skunky. The noble hop presence is clean and not overpowering, despite a noticeable earthen hop resin and moderate bitterness. The finish is crisp with just a touch of dryness followed by an oily, floral hop aftertaste.

Medium in body; crispy, slightly dry. Although the flavors aren't complex or overpowering, the balance in flavor and body is rather nice.

A good version of an English-style IPA with no surprises, good or bad. This one will be most remembered for its balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 20:47:58 | More by NEhophead
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 00:36:35 | More by Georgiabeer
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glossy orange, with a lightly white frothy head that relaxes into a thin top coat. Floral hops, some tender grapefruit and freshly squeezed lemons are all in the nose. Up front are some creamy hops, light citrus flavorings, a near sweet and sour feeling. An in your face bitterness as the malts develop; medium bodied. As she warms, some piney hops are formed, traces of alcohol. If you're a hops-head, you may be shaking for more hops, yet this is a nicely laid back E-IPA. Decent for the style, best when enjoyed fresh. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 03:52:31 | More by GeoffRizzo
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SwillinBrew

California

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle at the Bevmo in Orange.

A - Clear bronze brass with a small head of white. There were many bubbles clinging to my glass.
S - not much of an aroma. There was a faint hop aroma on the floral side. Maybe i need to let this warm up some???
T - Mmmm, a very well balance of hops and malt. Doesnt lean to either side and is pretty darn tasty. Not what i expected after smelling the bouquet. The bitter hops are present but not overwhelming and go well with the clean malt profile. Finishes with a slight mineral taste. Very tasty.
M&Dr - Good carbonation and medium body. I prefer more hops in my IPA's but i know this is an english style so it's okay and it works. Nonetheless, this is a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 22:30:07 | More by SwillinBrew
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost brilliantly clear, full copper color that is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, pale off-white colored head. The aroma has a light hoppiness to it that reminds me of herbal scents, a lightly sweet citrus-like lemon note, and even a hint of soft spiciness. The hop notes definitely dominate the aroma, but they are certainly not clubbing me over the head like and American hopped beer would.

The taste is fairly dry with a nice sharp, almost biting bitterness that carries through to the end. The hop flavor is a mix of herbal, perhaps even grassy, and lemon like citrus notes. There is a touch of malt sweetness that sneaks in to the middle of this beer; it accentuates the citrus character a bit and provides some balance to the hop notes. This has a nice heft to it, that is not too light and yet not so heavy that this is not quaffable. This beer tastes quite similar to what I would describe as an American brewed English style IPA. Restrained crystal malt character with lots of hop character. As the beer warms up the simple grain sweetness picks up a bit and this in turn accentuates the citrus notes a bit; even picks up some notes of orange. This is definitely quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 21:23:53 | More by Gueuzedude
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a slight haze. Tall head with excellent lacing. Strong malty aroma that translates to a big hit on the tongue. Finishes a bit weak for my taste, but has a very creamy mouthfeel. Hops are here more for aroma than taste.

Tried laying one down from last year and the beer did not fare well. Won't do that again.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 02:42:24 | More by beer2day
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drunkboxer1

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear golden color. Thin lacy head dissipates fast leaving a some oily looking bubbles. Smells like pale bready malt and a good amount of sweet piney hops. Not too much citrus flavors off this IPA, but a good amount of earthy tastes and piney tastes. Not bad. Very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 21:21:57 | More by drunkboxer1
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this .5 L brown bottle into a Newcastle Geordie Schooner glass. Coded: F12 207. ? The body was a hazy rich golden color. The white creamy head left a tight/fine lace.

The smell was fruity, lemony. Understated and balanced.

The taste was apples with a gentle hoppy bitterness. Faint caramel. Well constructed and highly drinkable.

The mouthfeel was smooth, really smooth. Medium body. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 22:09:05 | More by Cresant
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TheGrunt

Finland

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Colour light brown with strong yellow tint with medium haziness. Light foam and carbonation.

Smell is very nice with fruit and honey flavors.

Very nice medium strong taste with clear hops. Fruitiness, which is strong in smell is very mild in taste.

Overall very nice and well done Winter Ale. In my opinion this compares easily to some other easy winter beers such as Sam Adams Winter Lager: there is nice and rich flavor, easy to drink for every beer drinker and even suits very well with food. This is still far from the some dark, deep and even smokey beers which somebody may dislike.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 12:09:19 | More by TheGrunt
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Morris729

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with a short white head that quickly fades into a trace amount of lace. Nose is floral hops with notes of lemon zest and bubblegum. The same floral hops in the aroma are the key players in the taste though they are nicely paired with a sweet fruitiness and toffee-like maltiness. More of a hop bitterness level than your typical English IPA offering. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 05:54:17 | More by Morris729
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a large fluffy slightly off-white head that descends to a lasting thin cover, leaving some lacing.

The smell is floral/herbal and lemon-grassy. Well-hopped though with grainy backing and buttery notes.

The taste is of leafy, herbal, slightly citric hops, butterscotch and a firm malty, crackery backing. It has a bittering, dry finish.

The feel is a bit oily/slick. Medium-bodied.

Other than the slightly higher abv, it's not particularly "wintery", but who cares. A nice IPA that shows the English hops well, while being balanced. I could drink and enjoy in any season (though not "session"). A very good representation of an English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 17:05:08 | More by jwc215
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Fnord

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very light in color, clear and yellow. Extremely effervescent. Head starts nice and dense, gradually fades from edges inward.

Smell - Sweet, and full of citrus and hops. Perhaps some apricot lurking in the shadows?

Taste - The fruity taste is quite noticeable. The hops are definitely there, but not very bitter for an IPA. Is this dry-hopped? Sweet malts present throughout. Nice hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good, though it's a little too carbonated for my tastes. The head lends a nice creaminess at the start, though.

Drinkability - Very good. I could probably drink several of these in one night.

Notes - There's not a lot of bitter in this IPA, enough so that I think this beer might be miscategorized. I notice that it doesn't call itself an IPA anywhere on the bottle.

I'm actually pleasantly surprised by this brew. My current bottle is part of a sampler pack, but if I could get this by itself I definitely might try it again. It's a good beer to start the night with.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 04:19:44 | More by Fnord
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light golden color, pear peelings, apple slices, under a crystalline white, lacey head.
Aroma: bright, vibrant, sunny nose, a fruit salad blend, tropical fruits unfold, pineapple, slightly spicy, ...very English.
Taste: hmmm, spark of hops at the tip, fruity, but, all in all, a bit underwhelming. Rolls nicely in the mouth, tasty, with the 6% peeking through jsut a teeny bit. feels more appley further in, such an interesting take on a Wintery Ale...or is it bad to have this so far from the season? In summer, the Elf is more mellow, perhaps?
Nice enough, but the grinning, evil elf on the label led me to believe something more sinister.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 05:57:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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biggred1

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze with a fluffy off white head that leaves scaps of lace behind on the glass. The nose is bready and grainy with grapefruity hop notes. Candied orange and lemon zest with a rich malty backbone, pretty nice. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. a nice English IPA and my favorite of the Ridgeway holiday offerings I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 22:49:53 | More by biggred1
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stockingcpl

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This brew pours with a short yet thick head. Lacings are plentiful and spiderwebbing is present on the surface. Color is a medium honey.

Smell: Aroma is an aromatic hop with spice presence. Pine detected. This will be a hoppy selection. Overall aroma character is a little thin for and IPA.

Taste: Hop zip is tamed by a malt presence. The hop character is more aromatic than high alpha. This brew is not the typical IPA. The overbearing hops are not present, but the buttery finishing hops most certainly are present. The hop character is smooth rather than brutish. I enjoyed the hop selection in this rather interesting selection. VERY well done.

Mouthfeel: A little spicy yet bitter, this selection has a rather heavy IPA presence on the palate.

Drinkability: Unfortunately, this selection is hampered but the IPA style...heavy on the tongue and heavy on the stomache. However, for this style, I find this particular brew rather clean and fresh. Not suitable for non-experienced drinkers.

Prosit!
Nikki

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 01:45:25 | More by stockingcpl
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BeerHonky

New York

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imported bottle with the wonderful elf illustration on the label. Green cap. Enjoyed in a nonic pint glass. Pours a orange highlighted gold. Pretty clear throughout with some slightly cloudier areas as a light sediment clears. Weak head. Tried to force pour it but it wouldn't cooperate. Fuzzy white head which disintegrated after a few minutes...looks like a real ale. Nice fresh, floral aroma that makes me think of spring! Taste is full of citrusy hop flavor and an even hop bitterness. Slight malt sweetness to finish it off. Super smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Very slight carbonation like a good real ale. Quite drinkable to boot. Fantastic English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 03:17:24 | More by BeerHonky
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Wasatch

Utah

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear golden color, nice carbonation, nice little white creamy head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slight hop, and lots of caramel. The taste is mostly malty, with some hops thrown in, and caramel. This is a very nice English IPA. Slightly sweet too. Medium body. Drinkable, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 00:47:39 | More by Wasatch
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Fugazme

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean, clear straw color. Much lighter than I had expected. Head is gone quickly, but a nice bit of lacing remains.

First whiff is hoppy with grapefruit and pine... second whiff (10 minutes later) is all grain. A touch of spice on the third whiff adds some complexity. I liked the first whiff better than the following two.

Extremely smooth on the drink. Creamy mouthfeel. Nicely done. Taste is slightly bitter and slightly floral. A touch of lavendar and clove. Some subtle hops. Better than I thought it would be. Flavors are small but complex. Well balanced. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 08:24:18 | More by Fugazme
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assurbanipaul

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden light amber with a thin ring for a head. Aroma is light, hoppy, malty, more like a pale ale than a winter offering.

Taste is toasted malt and some moderate hops. Light and biscuity, good light hops bitterness, finish is clean with little aftertaste. Supposedly bottle-conditioned (as per the label) but nothing in the way of sediment or cloudiness.

Mouthfeel is medium and clean. Good as a beer, but this is much closer to a pale ale or golden ale than anything resembling a traditional winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 03:10:14 | More by assurbanipaul
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear bright amber. The second pour adds a fair amount of yeast and hazes things up a bit. The small head is off-white and settles quickly to a thin film. Acceptable, though not abundant, lacing.

Citrus hop nose with notes of grapefruit (primarily) and lemon peel (secondarily). There's plenty of hop bitterness on the palate, though it's far from overdone. Well-balanced for the style. The first few sips were a little metallic, but after that it was fine. Pretty good mouthfeel; no complaints. The relatively low ABV (for an IPA) adds to the drinkability.

This beer is nothing like a traditional Christmas beer. I respect the brewery's right to call it anything they want, but they might as well have called it Crazy Cupid or Psychotic Bunny as Bad Elf. If you're in a holiday mood, drink a Troegs Mad Elf or any of the other spiced ales. If you want a respectable IPA no matter the season, reach for a Bad Elf.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 20:34:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
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hero27

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I wanna start off by saying that I love the label...very appealing and festive. We got a kick out of the warning label on the back.. "WARNING: Drinking Bad Elf may impair your ability to drive a sleigh or operate toy-making machinery.." Classic. Anyways, pours a mostly pale golden-orange color. Relatively thin white head..lacing is spotty but leaves a nice thin cap on the brew all the way to the finish.

Smell: Definite herbal-hop aroma right off the bat. Crisp overall smell with some mild fruits picked up..maybe a tad of spices and very little on the malt side.

Taste: I gotta admit..i love the 6% ABV. I'd love to try the "Very Bad Elf" to compare the two. Best quality of this brew was the taste..while not complex, the IPA character comes out in full-force with the grassy, herbal hops. Alcohol is present but not over-the-top at all.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation and crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, smooth, and easy as pretty much anything to drink.

Drinkability: Good overall drinkability. Hops are not overwhelming but can be appreciated again & again.

Overall, I was really pleased with this brew. I was expecting the same old "Spicy Winter" taste and was pleasantly surprised to find a really nice Winter IPA. Would definitely recommend anyone trying, no matter what time of year.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 20:47:20 | More by hero27
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a light copper hue. A small white had forms and recedes. Thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Nice citrusy and piney hop blend with a mild spiciness and a bit of caramel malt peeking through.

Flavorful blend of hops upfront consisting of citrusy and piney hops with a slight spiciness. Rather low on the IBUs, the bitterness is very mild and the hops allow for some caramel maltiness to come through. Extremely balanced.

Very light body, mild carbonation.

Very easy drinking IPA - both due to the thin body and the very nice flavor. The taste more closely resembles an American IPA, so I'd recommend this one to enjoys an IPA brewed on either side of the pond.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 04:05:06 | More by MaltyGoodness
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.