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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
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355 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 355
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%


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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peabody

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I might be rating this a little high cause I have had some pretty bad beers lately.
Pours out a cloudy amber with 2 fingers of off-white suds and nice lacing.
Smell of fresh lime and orange peel abound here.The Hops are a hoppin' and the ginger snap aroma is here. Mabey just a tad of alcohol is present.
Overall a great beer and a very nice presentation.
I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 04:07:10 | More by peabody
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ellisdee97

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light perfectly clear brown with tinges of yellow and orange. A nice column of bubbles rise within and a nice light white head quickly dissipates leaving a nice bubbly ring. Very sticky lacing lingers through to the end.

S: Nice floral hop aroma up front. Orange peel and lemon zest. Some toasted malt and slight fruit.

T: Taste is reminiscent of a nicely hopped lager. Sweet toasted malt, and a taste of orange sherbert. Spicy hops with hints of orange and lemon zest.

M: Full bodied almost syrupy, with a sweet dry finish.

D:Excellent cold weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 15:05:22 | More by ellisdee97
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a hazy orange topaz color. Maybe 4 fingers of head of suds up top. Took several minutes to squeeze the rest of the bottle into the glass. Finally, there's about a finger's worth of stiff foam resting above the glass like a crown. My bottle rested a while so the yeast was fairly caked on the bottom, allowing minimal sediment into my glass.

Aroma - orange and pine with a spicy, peppery bite.

Taste - robust hop flavor, full of citrus and pine without much bitterness. After the swallow, the taste turns grapefruit and lemon rind, showing some typical dry bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth and crisp, not very oily or resinous.

Drinkability - a great beer that would be tasty any time of year.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 20:18:31 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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cleverbeername

Nevada

4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dimpled beer goblet

55-60*

A lagerish look, not sort of true gold color with mini swirls of oj color (reminds me of *sp blanche de brussels). avg. head, very white

S wit, dry, citrus notes of tangerine and orange zest. nice hop character.

T hoppy, dry, sweet and sour. Sour dough bread notes. its sort of perplexing, and takes awhile to pinpoint whats going on, but in a good way.

M sits pretty nice in the palate, but not super impressive for style

D Im going to want one of these yearly around dec. Im looking forward to trying the rest. its a nice package.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 02:26:48 | More by cleverbeername
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a light golden with a orange hue to it with a huge fluffy that sticks like glue to the sides of my pint glass that was a little unexpected,big aroma of lemon rind and some leafy hoppness very fresh and vibrant definently bold.A really dry brew some spearament notes and some grean leafy elements a big crisp dry malt backbone holds up well with the big bitterness of this beer.A real English IPA highly hopped but not over the top by any means dry and crisp a real drinker I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 21:54:49 | More by oberon
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle. 2005-2006 vintage.

This ale poured a clear, golden-amber color with white foam that settled and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was a bit sweet and malty, somewhat reminiscent of a Belgian tripel. The taste was a little sweet and malty, and like the smell, it reminded me of a Belgian ale. The hoppiness seemed low for an IPA, but it came out a bit in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-full body and modest carbonation. It was relatively clean. This was a very nice, drinkable ale, and the 6% ABV was not apparent.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 23:40:18 | More by UncleJimbo
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bark

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is pale copper with a hint of amber; the liquid is clear. The two finger head is white, compact and firm, it builds a fine crater. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is dominated by a clean bitterness with some dry metallic flavours. I noticed some dried fruits and hints of yeast and caramel too.

The taste is complex with clean bitter notes and a touch of minerals that blends with sweet malty flavours of apples, kiwis and raisins. The aftertaste adds some mild yeast, fresh lettuce (!) and a touch of fizzy painkiller tablets (!!) and a declining bitterness that makes room for sweet malt and caramel flavours.

The carbonation is mild to medium; lots of small bubbles. The liquid is light and smooth.

Although one can argue if this is a “Christmas beer” or not, it is a very drinkable and well crafted IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 20:40:20 | More by bark
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep golden color with a white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is full of fresh, juicy hops…resiny and citric. The flavor is malty and spicy with a resiny hop flavor throughout. It is a drying brew that is medium in body. A very different English brew because it is so hoppy. A decent beer.

Sampled 12/31/03

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2004 17:08:55 | More by BeerBuilder
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBE 07/03/07.
A: pours a clear, amber hue with strong dark orangey hint, the white beer head is fluffy and dissipates rather fast, leaving sparse lacing on the sides of the glass; fairly lively body with constant streams of mini-bubbles ascending.
S: fruit-esters prevail from the first second onwards…exotic fruity (incl. orange), spicy (coriander seed-like) and yeasty with a touch of candy-sugar almost like a lesser version of an aromatic Belgian pale ale(!), while a deeply malty overtone assumes at the back with lots of honeyish aroma buttressing it. Overall the aroma is not explosive, but at a closer sniff all the complex elements of aroma quietly but surely assert themselves. Excellent!
T: semi-thick texture of juicy pale malts come hand in hand with an initially spicy, piney, and dried tea-leaf like bitterness upfront, immediately followed by a flow of magnifying, slightly oily, orange-fruity hoppyness flooding all over the palate, causing a slightly pungent bite and dryish mouthfeel felt strongly esp. on the wings of the deep end of the tongue. The lingering, hard (by standards of English ales), and only faintly fruity hoppyness, combined with the underlying bitterness, makes an everlasting semi-tannic and slightly tangy aftertaste almost like chewing a mouthful of a kind of Chinese fruit snack--dried, lightly-sweetened citrus zest, plus a pinch of bitter herbs.
M&D: the initially smooth mouthfeel is balanced with the subsequent overwhelming bitterness and hops. Very satisfyingly hoppy strong ale, though I’d expect its body to be a bit more rounded and better-balanced with more assertive malts, suppose in one more year of ageing it could just be like that?! Shall buy another bottle and age it. Solid brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 02:48:42 | More by wl0307
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-amber color topped by a smallish creamy white head that descends into a small halo quite quickly. Aroma of crisp English hops, lightly fruity malt, and a touch of light fruit (primarily apricot). Palate is nice and typical of a good English IPA - crisp fruity hops, light fruity malt, overall a nice tart fruitiness. Medium body has a pleasant creamy character to it. I could drink a lot of this if it weren't for the rather high price.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 05:39:17 | More by ElGordo
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IntriqKen

California

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber orange (golden) with a nice full finger white head that melts to really sticky top covering lacing.
Aromas are typical sweet english amber malts with a bit of citrus hops following.
Taste is lightly toasted amber malts and slightly sharp hops following making it a mild IPA.
Finishes very clean in the mouth....not really drying like a typical IPA (american) but clean and fresh.
Without a doubt the best English IPA I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 06:42:08 | More by IntriqKen
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steveh

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 22:21:23 | More by steveh
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although marketed as a "winter ale", this is certainly an IPA... Pours a hazy, straw-colored hue with minimal frothy head that soon dissipated... Smell was noticeably an IPA... replete with hops, vanilla, and slight caramel... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with ultra-fresh hops, grains, citrus, and a noticeable bitter-sweet aftertaste that was rich, thick, and satisfying... first-ever brew from this English company, and I must admit that I was very satisfied... This 1 pint .9 fl oz was pretty pricey at almost $5 at a local store in Short Hills, but I didn't recognize the label or brewery, so I wanted to give it a try... all in all, an excellent IPA that really stood out due to its pure and fresh flavor... definitely better than the average depiction of the style... Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 00:20:25 | More by dsa7783
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 19:57:09 | More by twiggamortis420
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wknight167

California

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a clear orange copper with a one finger white head with little staying power and some lacing.

Nose- Grapefruit and pine hops at levels that remind me of a conservative west coast brew.

Palate- Starts off sweet with pineapple notes then dries out with the hops mentioned before. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation

Drinkability- Quite tasty and easy drinking.

Overall- I'm a little bummed this in only a winter offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 23:02:46 | More by wknight167
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cl bottle. Pours a straw gold color with some deeper golden highlights. Fluffy eggshell colored, rocky head. Fresh, flowery/oily hop aroma; notably Cascade. Hop bitterness that is herbal/vegetal and citrusy and lasts into the finish and lingers afterwards. Light maltiness, but only a glimpse that manifests itself as tea-like tannins that meld well with the hop bitterness. Minerally water portion. Lower carbonation allows the hops to shine through without becoming too acidic. Finely crafted and highly enjoyable for those that like hoppy ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 00:25:26 | More by crookedhalo
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champ103

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden straw color. A white head forms and leaves some light sticky lace.
S: Fruity hops up front, but it is not overly bitter. Oranges, apples, pears, and other citrus aromas. Some sweet doughy malt.
T: Again a nice hoppy bite up front. Oranges, apples, pears with a hint of grapefruit. Just the right amount of bitterness for an English IPA. Sweet caramel and doughy malt.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and well carbonated. Very smooth and easy to drink.

I like this beer. Not overly complex, but very tasty. Something I could drink more of.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 19:01:10 | More by champ103
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 18:12:46 | More by clayrock81
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a slightly hazy golden color, lots of bubbles rising up to a big white head on the top.Nice lace trails. Fairly light nose, piney hops. Light pale malts in front, fairly dry, nice levels of bitter and pine hops rounding out the backbone. Some spice involved. Bits of fruit as well. Exceptionally hopped for the style, at least compared to what i have had. Not quite as intense as the west coasters here, but a nice hoppy treat. Med bodied. Nice english style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2005 04:34:29 | More by Tballz420
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jhammerly

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't exactly expecting deep golden liquid to pour out of this bottle (even thoughit states it right on the bottle, I didn't read it until after the fact). I am used to Winter beers being dark. This is not a complaint, but it did throw me off. An off-white head capped off the body nicely. Very thick and foamy.

Hops make quite an appearance here both in aroma and taste. A little stronger than a Pale Ale, but not quite an IPA (at least not by American standards). The bitterness is mellow, could this be a result from sitting in the fridge for more than a few months?

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and would make a good beer to prepare for the transition from your heavier winter fare into those lighter brews for your warmer months ahead.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 19:58:19 | More by jhammerly
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Gusler

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon the pour from the 500ml brown bottle, the beer appears a slightly hazy golden amber with a modest off white head that settles quickly, leaving a thin coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a nice sweet malt aroma, with a pleasant hop flowery tone, citrus like crispness, also a wee bit of bread dough. Front has a delightful malt presence, the hops as spicy as any American IPA, top is medium in feel. Finish has a brisk acidity, the hops pound your taste buds, and the dry aftertaste coats your palate, a “Damn Good” IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 18:43:36 | More by Gusler
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin head that quickly diminishes to a ring. The aroma was caramel malts and earthy citrus hops. The taste was citrus hops slightly overpowering sweet caramel malts. The beer is crisp and refreshing with decent warming alcohol. This one certainly makes for an interesting Winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 03:12:57 | More by atsprings
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured about half of a 25 oz. bottle into a Pint glass. Very clear golden color with a thick and fluffy snow white head. Lacing is fairly prominent as the head fades.

Aroma of earthy malt, and some spicy English hops. A light fruitiness noticeable in the nose as well. No this is not a hopped up American IPA, but its more subtle English forefather. I get a nice grapefruit flavor backed by some caramel and a swirl of alcohol. Subtle all the way around, but well balanced and down right tasty.

Medium body, but not what I would consider a "Winter's Ale". Nice smooth mouthfeel though, and definitely a good drinker. No problem drinking this big bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 02:16:59 | More by ZimZamZoom
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JoKo

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my standard mug. Received this beer for Christmas again this year.

Appearance - This beer is bright yellow with an orange tinge, hazy, and has a full white head.

Smell - Lots of hops, citrus notes, orange, etc.

Taste - The taste is hoppy up front, some pine flavor, citrus is also very noticeable in this beer. There is a nice balance between malts and hops in this beer.

Mouth feel - For the style, definitely on the light side, also very smooth and highly carbonated.

Drink ability - For the style, this beer is very drinkable, if I wanted to, I could have a few of these in one sitting. This beer says it is a "Winter Ale" on the bottle, but it could easily pass for a Summer Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 22:11:47 | More by JoKo
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Lambstrong

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure golden color with a rich creamy head. The head tends to dissipate, but still retains some good lacing. Not much going on with the aroma. Perhaps a slight banana presence. A very mineral upfront flavor that I would associate more with a German lager instead of an English Ale, but it works. Great mouthfeel. This is a beer you could drink throughout the night.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 04:14:04 | More by Lambstrong
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.