Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: Loki on 11-26-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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 k7sw
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ADR
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of NEhophead
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.