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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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beerpadawan

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-27-2012 00:21:21 | More by beerpadawan
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-13-2014 12:19:07 | More by Fargrow
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NickThePyro

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-28-2012 02:14:45 | More by NickThePyro
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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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lehueve

Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-07-2013 20:42:35 | More by BillRoth
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-12-2013 00:52:21 | More by Texasfan549
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-28-2012 08:10:42 | More by shelby415
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-11-2014 10:58:06 | More by Jah_Json
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - a crisp golden color, a little murky but mostly clear. Not much foam, and somewhat slow carbonation.

Smell - Seems fairly hoppy and bitter with a hint of some sort of spice.

Taste - Not quite as hoppy-tasting as it smelled, but still hoppy and bitter, but the malts help balance it out. The spice from the smell is here too in the taste, but I can't narrow it down. Texture is fairly well-balanced but leans slightly toward the creamy side.

Drinkability - Not a bad brew at all. Decently complex and good-tasting. Just wish I could narrow down the other ingredients in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:48:21 | More by Nerudamann
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afsdan

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-22-2014 21:09:20 | More by afsdan
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EddieJoe

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-03-2012 18:40:28 | More by EddieJoe
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swgwilt

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-26-2013 02:09:40 | More by swgwilt
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden-copper, good clarity, thick layer of fine-beaded foam, good head retention and some bits of lace

Aroma: herbal Nobel hop scent, grain

Flavor: grainy maltiness with a perfumey hop flavor; hint of lime peels; soapy bitterness in the semi-dry finish

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, pert carbonation, crisp

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 01:34:38 | More by GreenCard
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CAP1868

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the 16.9 oz bottle into a english-style 22oz glass

A- Murky amber color with a small white head with decent lacing throughout the brew

S- Smells very bready and light

T- taste is pretty good light refreshing tones with a taste of alcohol and bread, maybe some type of fruit, very good

M- Light and refreshing but still feels like a decent winter ale

D- Very good in this category, could drink a few

I recommend this beer for those who want to try a winter type ale

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 19:50:02 | More by CAP1868
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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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bmwats

Louisiana

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Deep rich golden hue. Little carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly settles leaving only a smattering of bubbles on the surface, and a little beer ring. Plenty of lacing remains.

S: Grainy malt nose. Yeasty with a little lemon citrus, and a slightly sweet hint. Maybe a little clove and oregano (not real solid with my spices) in there too.

T: Grainy baked bread flavor. Slightly piny hop, actually more of pungent peaty hop. Interesting very noticeable sweet and spice hints in there. Not overpowering, just very noticeable. Kind a syrupy sweet with clove.

M: Kind of thick syrupy feel. Thick and dense for lack of better adjectives. The peaty palette sticks with you throughout.

D: Decent. Very peaty and grainy.

Atmosphere is very nice. Pretty decent appearance. Although not much carbonation or head to speak of. Nose is much better with a lot of varying grain notes, along with some sweet and spice. Flavor similarly is grainy, but less hoppy and more pungent. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 05:00:38 | More by bmwats
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

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

Had this courtesy of my friend Jeremy, much thanks. Poured into a pint glass, it straw orange mix. An almost white 1/4 inch head forms and quickly reduces to a partly cloudy day. Carbonation is noticeable and no sediment.

The aroma is a earthy hop mix with a malty sweet backbone. Perhaps just a hint of nutmeg.

The taste is a blend of earthy and pine hops with some citrus fruit and malty sweetness in the background. A little alcohol is also present.

The mouthfeel was light/medium bodied. There seems to be a bit too much carbonation that overpowers the flavor. It feels crisp and leaves a clean finish, just a hint of spice.

Overall, this is a reasonably drinkable beer but not something I would readily seek out.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 02:42:59 | More by SykDoc
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears golden amber in color with a quickly dissipating off white head. Smells of citrus hops and some sweetness like caramel. Tastes of grapefruit with the sweetness of caramel, with a little bit of bitter aftertones. Smooth and creamy with a little tingle, nice sticking feel afterwards. Very good English IPA, though not very Christmas inspired, and kinda expensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 22:23:45 | More by HopDerek
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Drewcifer

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice yellow, with some reddish-orange hue to it. Fairly clear. Very little head at all, and it’s gone quickly.

Scent is of citrus, slight clove, and hops.

Taste is fairly bland, hops, a bit of citrus – mostly orange – and a smidgen of winter spices.

Pretty light bodied, nicely carbonated, easy downer.

It’s got very good drinkability, both single bottle or sessioning, but the problem with this brew is that it presents as being a special holiday brew, but all in all, it’s just another EIPA. It’s very average.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 23:44:22 | More by Drewcifer
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kaufmaal

Alabama

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new find at World Market, this one and two other beers from this brewery. As the season is Winter, I thought that I would try this one first.

Ah, but it doesn't taste like a winter ale, or really look like one. That said, it is a fairly dry IPA with some bitter orange flavors and alfalfa. Golden orange color, a nice big head that fizzled away but left some nice lacing. I might just drink another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:45:50 | More by kaufmaal
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 16.9 oz bottle into a Pilhser glass

A: Amber (a little unfiltered looking) Nice 2 finger head with very nice lacing

S: Fruity... Maybe Orange with a hint of pineapple

T: Very light, I getting a hint of a fruit but not sure which one.... Also Hoppy upfront but not to much.... The bitterness is just right....Very good

M: Light & refreshing, carbonation is very good.

D: Very enjoyable, I might have to pour another...

Not a Winter Ale as I thought it would be... But very nice.... It would make a nice Christmas gift...

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 02:38:08 | More by mralphabet
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tobyandgina

Nevada

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Virtually no head upon pour.

Color is golden yellow and clear. Not much carbonation.

Smells of caramel malts and not much else.

A little bit of some hops in the flavor, along with some grassy notes. There really isn't much to this one.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty good - plays well on the tongue. And the drinkability is decent. Good while working on the car or mowing the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 00:24:30 | More by tobyandgina
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.