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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
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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dbarny76

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-14-2014 01:10:39 | More by dbarny76
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Auracom

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Completely random bottle from a friend to celebrate working from home. Served from whatever size bottle it comes in, into a Cantillon flute.

A - Light, completely clear golden coloring with a single finger of white head. Lots of bubbles clinging around the edges of the glass. Average lacing.

S - More APA? Soft, fruity hops with light spices. Possibly a little yeast-like, with a touch of banana, clove, and bread loaf. Not too bad.

T - Very little fruit in the taste and virtually no malt balance. Hops don't kick in until late-mid palate and they aren't really that appealing. It gets worse as it warms up, something rubber-like comes across in the finish.

M - Light body, average carbonation. Amazingly short finish with as little hop bitterness in the aftertaste as I've come across. Not smooth.

D - The aroma was typical and fine. The taste was quite underwhelming and got to the point of slightly gross near the end.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 20:16:03 | More by Auracom
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bad Elf initially smells like it's trying desperately to express some malts, tyrannically oppressed by the evil floral hops. The nose mellows and balances as the beer warms a bit, allowing a scent of spiced apples to escape. Tastes quite crisp, lots of hop flavor with, as they say, a strong malt backbone. A slightly unpleasant "off" flavor in the finish.

I've never had any aged SN Celebration, but Bad Elf seems like what I figure a few years would do to that beer, mellowing it out. I like it. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 05:31:36 | More by battlekow
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Jamstone714

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

03-13-2012 23:43:31 | More by Jamstone714
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 05:26:51 | More by PSUDREW
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Arborescence

Finland

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-19-2012 23:13:58 | More by Arborescence
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DuffDaddy

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

02-04-2014 17:22:03 | More by DuffDaddy
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-25-2013 12:58:54 | More by vinicole
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TrojanRB

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-02-2014 01:14:52 | More by TrojanRB
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light honey amber color. Little to no head and very little lacing.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of honey, floral hops and yeast.

Light and crisp on the palate. This brew has a mild biscuity malt sweetness and a flavor that is almost lager like to me. A sour yeasty bite connects with a mild hop bitter finish.

Nice brew, hoppier that most English IPA's that I've tried.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 06:41:49 | More by SteveO1231
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Call this one a Christmas surprise.

A foamy two-finger head atop a reddish-golden brew. As soon as I cracked it open, I could tell this was no ordinary Christmas ale, but rather a strongly-hopped IPA in a Santa suit. The beautifully bitter hops attacked my nostrils and then my taste buds as I savored this new (at least, to me) treat to kick off my small three beer test.

Clean and bitter, this easy-drinking brew wasn’t at all what I expected from something labeled a holiday ale (no sweets or spices whatsoever), but a brew I’d like to have in any season.

Part #1 of the 12/8 Hebrew Hammer Holiday Threeway.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 00:30:32 | More by RockyTopHeel
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pastramionrye7

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-03-2013 03:07:33 | More by pastramionrye7
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hiikeeba

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a slightly hazy yellow with a tight white head that lingers, leaving a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet aroma with traces of fresh fruit. Apple or pear like fruitiness.

T - Flavor is full of sweet malt, like a mild apple juice. Some breadiness. No hops detected. Actually kind of bland. Fruity,
apple/pear-like aftertaste high in my mouth. Not unappealing.

M - Medium bodied, malty mouthfeel.

D - My lips feel a bit sugar coated. Otherwise a nice beer. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 04:59:21 | More by hiikeeba
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bad (elf ass) deep honey color and displays ample sticky head and lace. Aromas feature lemony hop and sweet biscuit. In the mouth the beer offers more lemony biscuit flavors and a big kiss of bitter hop. While I find this beer attractive it seems to lack individualality, hence making it just another decent IPA in my book. Albiet, I love it when a Winter seasonal is something other than a spiced up load of...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 01:06:15 | More by moulefrite
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brewtus

Ohio

1.48/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured copper with white head... forget it,I'm going to cut right to the chase, this is clearly a novelty beer and it was disgusting. Granted winter ales aren't my favorite, but this wasn't a winter ale, as the label claims. It tastes cheap and hits you like a cheap shot of liquor. It's a great Christmas gift but a terrible drink. Grab a anchor, bells, or Great Lakes Christmas instead.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 17:10:05 | More by brewtus
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Loki

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first gift, for the States anyway, from Peter Scholey and his new brewery Ridgeway Brewing. Shelton Brothers delivered this gift to the States wrapped in an Imperial Pint bottle. The card on the present (Shelton Bros. website) said this gift was a IPA/Hoppy Beer, Winter/Holiday Beer so I didn't know what category to put this present in. However, the noticible absense of any strong spices lead me to put it in the IPA category. This beer is bottle conditioned and has some yeast sediment.

Appearance: After unwrapping this gift from it's large brown bottle it poured a crystal clear dark, golden honey color with a wispy, thin, white head that disappates to a spotty cover quickly. However, the lack of head did not affect the lacing in any way. Sheets and webs of lacing all around the glass, clining definantly to the sides. I would have rated the appearance much higher except for the nearly complete lack of head. The wrapping recommended leaving some in the bottle for the Elves, which I did and still ended up with some yeast sediment in the glass, not that I'm complaining. I was amazed that the sediment was not noticible in the glass and did not affect the clarity of the beer.

Smell: This present also came with a wonderful bouquet of floral hops, malt, and minerals with a grassy tinge. Almost a wildflower fragrance to the floral tones. I did notice an absence of cinnamon and clove that I expected, but I did detect some nutmeg. The minerals come off with dry earthy smell. Very reminicent of a traditional English cask ale.

Taste: English malt is the first gift of flavor to the tongue. Followed by a shower of minerals and floral, grassy hops. Dry mineral present came in the middle and one the end, very similiar to a true English cask ale. The last present is a slightly bitter, dry taste and clean finish. This present transports me to an English Pub during the holiday. A great escape and a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 15:22:02 | More by Loki
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Clear amber. Tall slightly off-white head with some staying power. Pretty good.

Smell - Moderately strong floral hop aroma dominates.

Taste - Moderately sweet malt that melts into a nice sour hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body, smooth. Very nice.

Drinkability - Good beer. Finds a nice balance, not too sweet, not overly hoppy. Plus it has plenty of alchol for a long winter's night. Mildly amusing Chrismas theme is a plus.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 23:22:12 | More by scaliasux
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frosted33

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-23-2013 20:06:50 | More by frosted33
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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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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly veiled and deep golden in color with a creamy white head that settles rapidly

S-A very light malt/bread smell with a hint of citrus. There is not much going on here.

T-Starts off with a tangy slightly sweet malt and citrus balanced by the hops. Lighter than expected for something that calls itself a "Winter Ale". Very refreshing though...I would like to have one of these in the summer.

M-Light to Medium in the mouth, with average carbonation. Again, a refresher, not a warmer.

D-This is a pretty drinkable beer...nothing to blow your socks off, but solid. Don't really understand why it is a seasonal...there is nothing "winter" about it, and I was expecting a higher dose of hops here.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 22:43:53 | More by caddybuyer
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sebaastionb

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

05-24-2014 14:14:12 | More by sebaastionb
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jimmygord

Illinois

2/5  rDev -43.8%

12-22-2011 14:30:34 | More by jimmygord
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lehueve

Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-04-2013 23:39:49 | More by lehueve
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Hockey_Fan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-10-2013 23:29:32 | More by Hockey_Fan
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JesseLara

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

01-14-2014 05:39:06 | More by JesseLara
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.