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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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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 steveh
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked the Very Bad Elf so much I thought I'd sample the others in the series -- going back to the start.

Not sure just what style this may be, 6% Winter's Ale on the label. Since the Very Bad was much like an ESB to my palate, I'm wondering if this might be a Special Bitter, though 6% is a bit high.

A -- Pours a clear, golden color with a thick, off-white head.

S -- Light biscuit malt character with some mild toffee and a light floral fruitiness, some earthiness with warming.

T -- Initial dryness, seemingly from hops because of the quick blend through sweetish biscuit malts into a very dry bitterness. The in-between sweetness is cookie and fruitcake like, though not so luscious that it becomes sickly sweet. And the bitterness is there at the finish to help balance anything out. The aftertaste becomes a bit resiny, but never to a point of palate-stunting.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth to dry with a light medium body.

O -- Yes, I would definitely slot this into an English IPA and recommend it to anyone who likes the American cousin and would be interested in trying one brewed on original soil. The neat balance between biscuit malt and fruity to dry bitter hops is very appetizing.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light amber color (looks like a pale ale) with a dinky little head.

Lemony grassy hop profile, not getting any noble hop twang, maybe fuggles or ekg.

Some light tea leaf flavors, malt is pretty subdued as well. Overall a pretty mild beer, and not something i'd consider a 'winter ale' by any respect.

It is drinkable and all, just hardly deserving of the (what i would consider) bold or extreme name "bad elf" and associated mischevous graphic. A better name for this beer should have been "happy friendly little elf". Yes, and im aware their other beers have progressivly sinister names.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#7 - 12 beers of Christmas. 500 mL bottle at 42* into a dimpled mug.

A: This pours a honey/orange color with two-fingers of beautiful white foam that leaves some thin areas of lacing.

S: The nose shows aromas of honey, apricot, light malty noteas, and a fair amount of hoppiness.

T: The taste is of tangy citrus and tropical fruits, light honey, caramel, and mild hops (East Kent Goldings, Fuggles?).

M: This is quite typical for an English ale; it is oily and slick and finishes creamy with a medium-light body.

D: This is tasty and very drinkable but pricey. I'm confused as to what Ridgway Brewing does the rest of the year.

Photo of kkmiller76
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of scoobybrew
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a very clear golden color with a nice head that settles but is retained well enough with nice lacing. The aroma is mostly hoppy, with a malt background. The taste has a nice balance between the hops and malt. The hops are dominant, but the malt is also noticeable. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice English IPA. It's flavorful and pleasant.

Photo of TrojanRB
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of DuffDaddy
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

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 mickeymac
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's it golden-orange with a thick white head the leaves lace all the way down the glass. The smell is decidedly hoppy with load of malt and some spice. The taste is on the bitter side, but certainly not over the top. Moutfeel is nice and it goes down well. I used it to wash down some chicken curry at Baldwin's. If I hadn't known, I would have pegged this as a Pacific Northwest IPA.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 500 ml bottle A batch code is printed on the label but there is no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a half-liter Hobgoblin glass. The color is a clean and slightly hazy honey that is a touch on the light side. Three fingers of dense, billowy white head dissipated fairly quickly to leave trails along the glass, a rocky lacing, and eventually a ring around the edge.

Smell: This is truly an English IPA as the aroma is dominated by floral, earthy hops. However, it definitely has a citrusy aroma to it, along with pale malts, caramel, toffee, honey, buttery biscuit, and apple cider.

Taste: The mouthfeel is coarse and grassy and the flavor follows suit. Lots of floral and earthy hops, which the labels warns about. The hops are not overpowering, but they provide a consistent presence throughout each sip that keeps the cheeks and tongue tingling. Along with the grassy/earthy element are flavors of lemon citrus, caramel, pale malts, toffee, and honey.

Drinkability: If this elf was bad (and the dude on the label looks pretty sinister), then he cannot be too far from good. It is pretty decent stuff, though.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of jimmygord
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of GallowsThief
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 1 pint 9 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a very light but somewhat hazy golden. Small stark white head that quickly dissipated and left spotty lacing.

S – Fruity and somewhat sweet. Grape, apple with light malt.

T – Hmm not much here in the way of taste. Almost flat taste. Grain and malt. No real sweetness. Totally devoid of flavors you would expect with the smell which was pleasant. Light alcohol at the end. Bitter.

M – Sharp carbonation and light mouthfeel. Very drying.

O – Looks good, smells good….tastes bland.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another "Beer of the Month" sample. Had I not known this was from England, I would have assumed it to be a domestic craft beer. The beer surprised me. Medium "orange" in color with tiny bubbles streaming up the side of the glass, it poured with a smooth textured head that fell quickly and lace the glass. A definite hop presence in the nose, and the taste was at first malt then a definitive hop flavor that stopped just short of overpowering. A very fresh tasting, smooth, drinkable IPA. When I saw "Winter Ale" I expected something a bit darker and maltier. This was a refreshing surprise. And an import no less. Definitely one to watch for.

Photo of kobeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of wertschy
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of nortmand
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber with a long lasting fluffy head.

Solid citrus hoppiness in the nose, supported by some biscuity caramel sweetness.

Sweet biscuit in the tip of the tongue turns into a nice full flavored hoppy graininess. Hops are all citrus, very borderline American flavor.

Overall, a solid, medium bodied beer, very drinkable, but somewhat expensive.

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a thin straw yellow with a little head that leaves a trail on the glass. The smell has citrus and bread scents running through. The taste was a bit underwhelming but the warmth from the alcohol was nice with the citrus from the hops. Not a bad beer to have during the winter months.

Photo of Quaffer
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle.

Appearance: This was a straightforward amber brew that was almost clear. There was just the slighest hint of haze to the liquid. During the pour, I roughened things up a bit and was rewarded with a white head that was almost two fingers tall. It disappeared relatively quickly. A few freckled patches of laces were all that was left behind.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma was a combination of rich, biscuit-like malt and pungent, raw hops. They weren't overpowering; they just had a rawness about them. After the beer had set for a little bit, the malt slipped away into the background and the hops rose up to conquer the aroma. They lost some of their edge and became more citrusy. There was a lot of lemon on the nose at this time, too.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and dry, with a lot of carbonation. Not rough, though.

Taste: This beer was dry from the second it hit my mouth. No initial sweetness at all. A muddled, piney bitterness kicked in quickly. The hops had a bit of that raw edge that they had in the aroma right after the beer was poured. Some lemon rose up and joined the hops, creating an oddly enjoyable lemon Pinesol flavor. This lingered into the aftertaste where just a hint of sweetness emerged. Toward the end of the beer, the hops became a little more distinct and defined and a little less muddled.

This one grew on me the more I drank it. Not bad.

Photo of roblowther
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a Christmas gift set, probably a familiar story to beer nerds everywhere. The color is surpisingly light, it is very clear with a minimal head that soon leaves behind a thin sticky lace. Smell is honey and lemons, not the hops I would have expected. The taste is very smooth, malty, and with caramel and a nice hop balance. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky, slick, and slightly flat, not surpising for an English beer. Drinkability is good, as the balance and light flavor make for a very nice beer. I'd say the elf isn't as bad as advertised.

Photo of frosted33
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jamstone714
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of sebaastionb
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
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