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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
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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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

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

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

01-15-2009 04:14:04 | More by Lambstrong
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

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

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

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

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%

smell is very sweet, with a nice fairly complex malt bill and some alchohol heat.

pours a semi hazy semi dark amber. with two fingers of white head that disappears rather quickly but leaves a nice even head all around the glass.

taste: nicely balanced. not very big on flavor. but still enjoyable. it tastes very similiar to an oktoberfest style.

mouthfeel: really pleasant. leaves a nice sweetness in the back of the throat and a slight syrupness all around the mouth.

drinkability: wish this one was available year round because it is definately worth the price and it is very sessionable.

10-08-2009 05:08:20 | More by northaustin
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JoKo

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

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

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance: Light golden amber tone with a full frothy white head leaves large evenly strung patches of lace, nice. Aroma: Hop cones fill the air very citrus in nature almost easy to call it lemon or lime blended with flowery hops and an easing light malt backbone definitely some hops in an English IPA oh yeah. Taste: Layers of bittering hops as for the hop flavor it comes through in micro bursts of zest from a citrus fruit and slight pine needles not bad just a bit unbalanced not enough sweetness to balance out the hops here. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied ale not bad nice fine carbonation good stuff. Drinkability: Decent brew out of the UK thank heavens for American IPAs man am I thankful, this is good but it's not a Stone IPA or Sierra Nevada Celebration.

04-16-2004 04:31:19 | More by WVbeergeek
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

12-17-2003 00:30:32 | More by RockyTopHeel
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freewill35

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-17-2012 18:45:24 | More by freewill35
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Beermunster

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-11-2012 05:34:55 | More by Beermunster
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CEDAMA

California

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-02-2012 17:53:23 | More by CEDAMA
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Bad Elf has a very thin, soap-bubble white head and a clear (a little hazy once the dregs are swished & poured), orange appearance, with lacing. The aroma is peppery, citrusy, and bready, and the taste is hop forward- citrus hops, sweet bread, bitterness, and cracker. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Bad Elf finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. The drinkability with this is ultra high. Overall, this is very good, and I recommend it.

RJT

12-28-2011 12:39:25 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Jerseyislandbeer

Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.4%

03-23-2014 22:20:58 | More by Jerseyislandbeer
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beerdrifter

Germany

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Clear copper-yellow pour with big, fluffy two finger head with good retention and lacing. Hoppy, perfumy, floral nose with a malty backbone and hints of apples and caramel. Nice tangy, citrusy, bitter hop bite in the taste, well balanced by a sweet malty caramel base with a hint of apples and bubble gum. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry and slightly fizzy with a touch of chewiness. Slightly higher ABV then your typical English IPA, but you definitely can't tell. I'm thinking that some of the critical reviews were due to beer past its prime. This was extremely drinkable and enjoyable. It was closer to an American IPA then I had expected. Pleasantly surprised!

02-24-2011 18:05:09 | More by beerdrifter
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ghebel

Iowa

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-29-2011 02:02:26 | More by ghebel
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mrfosters

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Off white head , a hazy amber hued pour.Aroma is kinda citrusy and yeasty.Ditto for the taste,though there is a slightly sour and alcohol finish.I like the label ,and that warning about driving and machinery. We need humor wherever we can get it.I was happy with this ,though, for a winter ale,I prefer SNCA.Unfortunately I haven't gotten hold of this year's version yet.

11-19-2004 23:13:56 | More by mrfosters
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sebaastionb

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

05-24-2014 14:14:12 | More by sebaastionb
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fergster75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-07-2011 03:21:43 | More by fergster75
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-11-2012 23:41:59 | More by RobinLee
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Very Ale-like for a Christmas beer. In that, I mean a strong pale, estery, fruity, and hoppy brew without the amber or red malts that I expected. Instead, I found a pale malt brew with big fresh English hops that shows a lot of pine and earthy character. Mildly woody, but reliant on peach, appricot, apple and pear flavors to carry the brew. Spicy and mellowed with a nice maturation. Feels medium to the palate with a firm texture that rides into the finish. Finishes with a warm, hoppy flavor and feel. Good brew, but not what I expect from a Christmas brew.

11-22-2006 04:27:11 | More by BEERchitect
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FLBEERGUY25

Florida

4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-06-2014 04:40:29 | More by FLBEERGUY25
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stoner420

California

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Had this on tap

appearance: medium amber, light carbonation, no head at all, clear

smell: green apples, malt, hops in the background

taste: carmel, smooth, green apples, fruity, malt, hops

texture: full bodied, good structure, tastes blend nicely

overall: drinkablility is good, will try this again, refreshing, don't expect hops like an IPA, almost has a cider quality. Has that Ridgeway quality to it.

07-29-2006 01:15:10 | More by stoner420
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clvand0

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +12.4%

I sampled this at the local pub - actually stole a drink from kmpitz2, as it was he who ordered it. It pours a golden color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy - citrus hops, mostly, with some caramel malt backbone. The flavor was much the same. Definately an IPA, British hops. Nice mouthfeel and easy to drink. Very good beer.

11-29-2004 19:12:49 | More by clvand0
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Wiedemann

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-26-2013 17:08:06 | More by Wiedemann
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.