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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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07-12-2013 01:17:36 | More by WOLFGANG
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-07-2013 05:44:49 | More by dwagner003
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Florida

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05-30-2013 22:42:00 | More by craftbeerasian
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Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-26-2013 02:09:40 | More by swgwilt
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-13-2013 15:58:44 | More by jkball01
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cjnuxoll

California

3/5  rDev -15.7%

04-13-2013 01:28:03 | More by cjnuxoll
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -43.8%

03-20-2013 22:31:58 | More by BGsWo22
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Peg2009

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

03-17-2013 00:55:01 | More by Peg2009
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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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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-10-2013 20:42:07 | More by spycow
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-03-2013 04:08:03 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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Wiedemann

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-26-2013 17:08:06 | More by Wiedemann
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JL1

North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

02-18-2013 19:07:08 | More by JL1
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BamfBacon

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-17-2013 19:21:22 | More by BamfBacon
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-05-2013 19:08:08 | More by DmanGTR
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California

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TheSixthRing

California

3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden orange with a white, finger width head. Average retention. Lacing is spotty, with little stick.

Smell - Fruity and yeasty. Hints at lemon and apricot. Very faint caramel aroma sits well beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fruity esters upfront and throughout. Light apricot and moderate, but mild lemon hop character. Caramel is present, but is well shadowed by the predominant mild lemon flavor. Finishes with a touch of lemon rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body, with soft carbonation. Smooth on the swallow, with a clean, dry finish.

Overall - A decent English IPA. Mild, smooth and drinkable, though nothing that really stands out. Reminds me a bit of Deschutes Chasin' Freshies, though not quite as complex, nor as assertive.

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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. ABV stated as 4.5%. Despite being a Christmas brew, I actully picked this up during the Sainbury's Beer Hunt back in September. Some bad punning on the label - should come with an 'elf warning....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy amber colour with visible sediment and low carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears within a minute or so. Aroma of light caramel malt with notes of lemony citrus, grass/hay, earthy yeast, stewed hops and faint grain. Quite dry.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a hoppy character and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of citrus, grass/hay, earthy yeast, grain and stewed hops. Dry and slightly spicy. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent body. Wouldn't hurt to be slightly more effervescent. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of grassy hops, yeast and a twinge of citrus.

This is actually a pretty good beer, and certainly drinkable. Nice hop presence and good balance. But who the hell brews a hoppy pale ale as a Christmas brew?! It just doesn't seem right - there's nothing linking it to the season other than the branding. I've marked it down slightly as a result; would probably be better in summer. Worth trying, but if you're expecting warmth or spices then you'll be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 23:39:21 | More by jazzyjeff13
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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

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Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.