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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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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 beerwolf77
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear golden yellow. About a half inch of white lace forms and dissapates alomost instantly. Leaving just a smattering of soapy lace.

The aroma is light hops with lots of sweet grain and malt. That's about all I'm getting out of this one.

The flavor is about the same as the nose. Light citrus hops along with a dominant sweet malt and sugary grains. Fairly bland.

Light body with a truck load of carbonation.

Overall I'm abit dissapointed with this one. I guess I just had high hopes after looking at the label. Drinkable but average.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear dirty golden amber, big airy off-white head recedes rather quickly to about 1/2in chunky disk, then slowly to a thick ring of foam with much drippy lace.

S- nice soft hoppy aroma, not too overbearing, mostly bitter orange and toffee, sugar cookies, holiday bread, pound cake, and all those nice sweet aromas i love in an english ale. earthy and toasty notes as well. becomes increasingly floral as it warms.

T- mineral water flavor throughout, toasty grains, orange blossoms, grapefruit pith, and essential oils of lime. nicely hoppy with a great balance. upon a good burp, extreme floral flavors make themselves apparent. citrusy and sweet, hoppy but not overly bitter, multi-faceted, it's earthy, herbal, floral, toasty, and fruity all at once. bitterness sits on the back of the tongue. finishes with big floral and citrus flavors, mild bitterness, and sweet toasted cookie.

MF- soft and milky, delicate mild carbonation, and somewhat dry on the cheeks. a pretty standard english feel.

D- very flowery hop character blows out most citrus notes, imparting a very interesting flavor and aroma to this brew. good and drinkable, with well hidden alcohol. a nice holiday brew although it doesn't feel very christmasy.

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a Pils glass (ugh) at Dive Bar on 96th Street.

A: Pours an orange copper with a big honkin' off-white head. Nice lacing.

S: Subdued citrus fruit, but not much else.

T/M: Fruity and not much else. Tangerine or clementine dominates. A little pang of cinnamon at the end. I'm fishing for some bitterness, any bitterness, but coming up dry. Not unpleasant, but not interesting. On the plus side, it's quite smooth and creamy.

D: Eh. I wouldn't pass one up if you bought it for me, but I doubt I'd order it on my own again.

Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Wiessmonkey
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served at 48 degrees in a goblet
A. not very bad looking, golden and clean
S. creamy, sweet almost marshmallow with orange and wet bread
T. there were two taste spectrums going on with this beer from start to finish the most powerful at the start was spicy, tangerine, peach blossom and slightly pungent; the other was a good bitterness and acid blend that started out small and built throughout ending strong and powerful
M. light and slightly creamy
D. i was impressed with this beer. it looked so simple and non impressive. the smell raised the bar and my eye brows promising a lot and i was hopeful that it would not let me down. this beer did not let me down, the longer i drank and thought about what was going on the more impressed i was. this beer seemed simple at first but was more complex than i have anticpated. i love pleasant suprises.

Photo of BTPete
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour from Cask to Mug at Mahar's in Albany, NY.

Notes from phone.

A: hazy gold color. A little amount of bubbles with a little amount of lacing.

S: nice citrus pine, sweet aroma

T: smooth balanced ipa with a nice citrus and floral presence.

M: nicely carbed but being cask pretty mellow.

D: very drinkable and enjoyable, glad I came out for this one. I could have a few of these as it was nicely hopped but balanced and pretty darn smooth. The bar was getting busy so my brain couldn't focus too much but I wanted to review it. Hopefully it will be there again on my next visit.

Photo of dedrinker
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber-to-gold. smelled a bit of sulfur beneath the stone fruit and biscuit. Flavor is quite similar with a little dry edge from the hops. Kinda light-bodied for an English Pale Ale of 6% but it did make it more drinkable. At any rate they could easily achieve this body and flavor at a lower strength - say 4.5%, and that way I could make it my go to beer, and they would be filling kegs like mad to ship over here, and I wouldn't have to buy a retail pint bottle for the price a nice draft would cost in a bar.

Photo of bum732
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, not much head, great lacing. Smells of stone fruits, apples, rasberries, lots of floral earthy hops, . Tastes of fruity malt, semi-sweet, almost like a cider. Bitterness is pretty mellow, mostly floral. Finishes fairly sweet with just a touch of dry hoppiness and more apple and pear fruitiness. Decent mouthfeel, good carbonation.

An interesting beer, i wouldn't think its an English IPA, very fruity, not sure if its from the malt, yeast, hops or a combination. Not too bad though, if you like english fruity beers.

Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy golden yellow with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention but left moderate lacing.

The aroma is very subdued, but still has a pleasing hop presence. The flavors are similar, not much malt foundation and a smooth, balanced hop profile.

The body was typical for the style and drinkability was a little better than average. Overall, a very solid, enjoyable brew. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of willmc
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on sight a nice pale amber, almost golden color. a good inch white head that lingers for a short while, small traces of lacing. aromas of fruity sweet malt. tastes a touch sweet at first, hops on the finish, with hints of carmel somewhere in the middle. overall i was suprised by this beer. i mainly bought it for the label and name, so Bad Elf is actually pretty good. cheers!

Photo of satowns
2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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

Photo of RiverDog
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light golden traditional ale color. Small white head that quickly diminishes. Leaves a not-so-impressive lace. Not am overly impressive smell; very fruity. Tastes just as weak as it smells. Not too impressed by the smell or taste overall. Very smooth on the palette and goes down smooth as well giving way to a lingering aftertaste. Would have liked a little bit more quality for the $5.00 or so but overall not a horrible beer. Definitely won't be going out of my way to grab this one again with so many other winter style choices.

Photo of babaracas
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber, instafade white head. Smell: butterscotch, minerally, floral, grassy, lemon. Taste: floral, lemon, pine, buttery, slightly toasted and toffee but these are obliterated by a piney bitterness and big green apple. Finish like brushing your teeth, then biting into a granny smith, then rinsing with the hardest water you can get. Yes, it's hopped trending towards an AIPA, but the English characteristics clash horribly in the beginning of the nose and the end of the sip. F11-210. Not worth a try for $4.5/pint

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with great clarity. Good head retention.

This beer smells beautiful--like sweetness and bread and malt.

Nice malt character. A little light in the hops department though. Kind of a weird resin aftertaste I don't really care for.

A bit watery and flat.

Smells awesome. Tasts just okay.

Photo of northaustin
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

smell is very sweet, with a nice fairly complex malt bill and some alchohol heat.

pours a semi hazy semi dark amber. with two fingers of white head that disappears rather quickly but leaves a nice even head all around the glass.

taste: nicely balanced. not very big on flavor. but still enjoyable. it tastes very similiar to an oktoberfest style.

mouthfeel: really pleasant. leaves a nice sweetness in the back of the throat and a slight syrupness all around the mouth.

drinkability: wish this one was available year round because it is definately worth the price and it is very sessionable.

Photo of MTNboy
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of JMBSH
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a large wheat beer glass just so the whole bottle would be poured. Got a thick dense white head. Very creamy in appearence. Took a while for the head to shrink down to a very nice coating on top while leaving traces of lacing on all sides of the glass. As I tasted the beer, more and more lacing was left on the sides. The slightly hazy golden color shows a fair amount of carbonation.

S - Very piney with an added citrus scent also hiding in the background.

T - The citrus now takes over. Orange like flavor all the way. Very tasty. Their is a bit of hop bite in the background but it is very light. Here the pine returns ever so slightly.

M - Sweet and light. Very smooth to drink. The carbonation is ever so slight in my mouth. After a while a slight sticky feeling grew in the back of my mouth but I cant say that I thought of it as strange or out of place.

D - A very good beer. I have seen this in stores for a while so I finally bought it to try. I wish I had bought more to share with friends and family. Oh well, Christmas will be back.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a seethru orange-tinted gold with one-finger head that slowly receeds. A smell of mostly herbal and citric hops along with hints of bread and roasted malts, and possibly some caramel. A juicy, fruit-flavor bursting light body of lemon, pear, apple comprises part of the taste. A smooth and slick beer that finishes clean and has some minor sweet/chewiness from bread/biscuity maltiness. Also some minor spicing on the backend warms up the tongue a little. A simple beer but I could have this anytime; I really enjoyed it.

Photo of Birchgrove77
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of stockingcpl
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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 cdkrenz
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Super white, two inches tall, frothy, and fast retreating, loud head. The body is orange and transparent.

S - Soapy and mild citrus fruit.

T - Mild malt with a fruit hops. No bitterness in these hops.

M - Very smooth, watery, no coarse texture to note.

~ This is a very easy to drink brew. It has a mild feel and flavor but packs a solidness.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spaten tulip glass an uber-clear deep golden color with a fluffy white 2-finger head. Nice retention and lacing.

I smell minerals, raisins, plums, red grapes and sweet light malts. Smells good, but different and lighter than most winter warmers (as the label indicates). Hops get lost in the shuffle and the maltiness is light and tangy rather than dark and roasty.

Flavors are heavy on the light fruits...pears and grapes especially. I get some honey in there as well. Has the typical low carbonation of an English ale. Finishes clean and dry, but the taste is not really that bitter, more of a balancing hop presence. Damn close to having a soured beer flavor with all the fruits and acidity (thats a good thing for me). Thin bodied, but is a very relaxing and yummy beer. Appears to be a bit of Belgian influence here. A solid beer, but I dont like the 'winter warmer' claim on the label.

Photo of ABOWMan
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber in color. Very nice three inch head of frothy white head.

Smell: Earthy smell of an old basement (in a good way). Sweet notes of spice.

Mouthfeel: Very full mouthfeel due to the ample head which leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Drinkability: What's not to like about this English Ale. Open and drink another.

Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.