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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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Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy golden yellow with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention but left moderate lacing.

The aroma is very subdued, but still has a pleasing hop presence. The flavors are similar, not much malt foundation and a smooth, balanced hop profile.

The body was typical for the style and drinkability was a little better than average. Overall, a very solid, enjoyable brew. Worth trying if you see it.

beertunes, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of willmc
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on sight a nice pale amber, almost golden color. a good inch white head that lingers for a short while, small traces of lacing. aromas of fruity sweet malt. tastes a touch sweet at first, hops on the finish, with hints of carmel somewhere in the middle. overall i was suprised by this beer. i mainly bought it for the label and name, so Bad Elf is actually pretty good. cheers!

willmc, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of satowns
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

extremely light straw in color. not what you would expect from a winter warmer. light carbonation.

caramel malt dominates the aroma. sweet honeylike characteristic.

slightly vegetal. malty; this appears to be a decently big beer. nice malt backbone; little to no bitterness. lager-ish finish.

medium bodied. kind of what you would expect.

this beer is good to gooder. but it doesnt fit the winter warmer category. reminds me of what a "double helles" would taste like

satowns, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of RiverDog
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light golden traditional ale color. Small white head that quickly diminishes. Leaves a not-so-impressive lace. Not am overly impressive smell; very fruity. Tastes just as weak as it smells. Not too impressed by the smell or taste overall. Very smooth on the palette and goes down smooth as well giving way to a lingering aftertaste. Would have liked a little bit more quality for the $5.00 or so but overall not a horrible beer. Definitely won't be going out of my way to grab this one again with so many other winter style choices.

RiverDog, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of babaracas
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber, instafade white head. Smell: butterscotch, minerally, floral, grassy, lemon. Taste: floral, lemon, pine, buttery, slightly toasted and toffee but these are obliterated by a piney bitterness and big green apple. Finish like brushing your teeth, then biting into a granny smith, then rinsing with the hardest water you can get. Yes, it's hopped trending towards an AIPA, but the English characteristics clash horribly in the beginning of the nose and the end of the sip. F11-210. Not worth a try for $4.5/pint

babaracas, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of PaleAlien2
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with great clarity. Good head retention.

This beer smells beautiful--like sweetness and bread and malt.

Nice malt character. A little light in the hops department though. Kind of a weird resin aftertaste I don't really care for.

A bit watery and flat.

Smells awesome. Tasts just okay.

PaleAlien2, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of northaustin
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

northaustin, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of MTNboy
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a beautiful head and lace. They are both thick and full. It has a strong grainy and hop filled. It has a malty flavor at first but becomes floral and hoppy. It seems like they used a good variety of hops. It is mildly metallic. Other than the hops it the flavor was bland. It had a medium mouthfeel and was smooth. It was a pretty average.

MTNboy, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of JMBSH
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a large wheat beer glass just so the whole bottle would be poured. Got a thick dense white head. Very creamy in appearence. Took a while for the head to shrink down to a very nice coating on top while leaving traces of lacing on all sides of the glass. As I tasted the beer, more and more lacing was left on the sides. The slightly hazy golden color shows a fair amount of carbonation.

S - Very piney with an added citrus scent also hiding in the background.

T - The citrus now takes over. Orange like flavor all the way. Very tasty. Their is a bit of hop bite in the background but it is very light. Here the pine returns ever so slightly.

M - Sweet and light. Very smooth to drink. The carbonation is ever so slight in my mouth. After a while a slight sticky feeling grew in the back of my mouth but I cant say that I thought of it as strange or out of place.

D - A very good beer. I have seen this in stores for a while so I finally bought it to try. I wish I had bought more to share with friends and family. Oh well, Christmas will be back.

JMBSH, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
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.

clayrock81, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Birchgrove77
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Whim purchase from Binnys 03/11/09

A: Straw yellow with a very nice white head poured to about 1 inch. Excellent lacing, but was a bit hazy.

S: A very earthy hop presence (aged) of grass with some sweet malt aroma.

T: Uninteresting. Not very bitter, but this could be just to the age or handling. A very nice maltiness carbonated very nicely.

M: A bit thin, was thinking this might have been brewed as a blonde, and was surprised to see English IPA - expected more of an Ol' Thumper mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable. This would make a nice session beer. Will purchase again around the holiday season for comparison.

Birchgrove77, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of stockingcpl
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This brew pours with a short yet thick head. Lacings are plentiful and spiderwebbing is present on the surface. Color is a medium honey.

Smell: Aroma is an aromatic hop with spice presence. Pine detected. This will be a hoppy selection. Overall aroma character is a little thin for and IPA.

Taste: Hop zip is tamed by a malt presence. The hop character is more aromatic than high alpha. This brew is not the typical IPA. The overbearing hops are not present, but the buttery finishing hops most certainly are present. The hop character is smooth rather than brutish. I enjoyed the hop selection in this rather interesting selection. VERY well done.

Mouthfeel: A little spicy yet bitter, this selection has a rather heavy IPA presence on the palate.

Drinkability: Unfortunately, this selection is hampered but the IPA style...heavy on the tongue and heavy on the stomache. However, for this style, I find this particular brew rather clean and fresh. Not suitable for non-experienced drinkers.

Prosit!
Nikki

stockingcpl, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color. 1/4 inch head with decent retention and decent lacing. A thin film remains throughout the entire beer. Smells of sweet malt, some slight spice, a hint of fruit, and some yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of an English IPA, if not a weak example. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high level of carbonation. Tastes of sweet malt upfront, yeast flavors throughout, slight roasted malt in the background, sand some slight hops. Overall, a little weak in the hops than I'd expect and a little watered down. Still a pretty decent beer that's really easy to drink.

Tone, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Super white, two inches tall, frothy, and fast retreating, loud head. The body is orange and transparent.

S - Soapy and mild citrus fruit.

T - Mild malt with a fruit hops. No bitterness in these hops.

M - Very smooth, watery, no coarse texture to note.

~ This is a very easy to drink brew. It has a mild feel and flavor but packs a solidness.

cdkrenz, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

twiggamortis420, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of ABOWMan
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber in color. Very nice three inch head of frothy white head.

Smell: Earthy smell of an old basement (in a good way). Sweet notes of spice.

Mouthfeel: Very full mouthfeel due to the ample head which leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Drinkability: What's not to like about this English Ale. Open and drink another.

ABOWMan, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Orange with yellow highlights. Slightly hazy, with mild carbonation. The pour yields a fluffy white head of 3 fingers' worth that recedes to a film on top that leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Citrusy hops and a little bit of earthy maltiness. Not a strong smell, though.

T: Piney and citrusy hops up front; some floral notes in the mid-taste. The finish is of earthy malts. Solid flavor balance. No alcohol warmth detected; I have no idea why this is a winter ale. It tastes like a good summer brew.

M: Light in the mouth for a warmer; medium carbonation.

D: I'd definitely have this again, but as a spring or summer brew. There isn't anything here that indicates to me it needs to be consumed in the winter. Very light warming effect at best. Good solid English IPA.

Arbitrator, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Lambstrong
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.

Lambstrong, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Pencible
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured a clear, light gold with white head. It smelled like sweet yeast and lemon hops, with a bit of caramel malt. It tasted much the same, like lemon hops and sweet yeast with earthy caramel malt. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very basic beer that wasn't bad, but was a bit dirty tasting. It wasn't crisp or clean, and had a mediocre body. This was barely worth finishing the glass, much less ever trying again.

Pencible, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of JoKo
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.

JoKo, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Fnord
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very light in color, clear and yellow. Extremely effervescent. Head starts nice and dense, gradually fades from edges inward.

Smell - Sweet, and full of citrus and hops. Perhaps some apricot lurking in the shadows?

Taste - The fruity taste is quite noticeable. The hops are definitely there, but not very bitter for an IPA. Is this dry-hopped? Sweet malts present throughout. Nice hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good, though it's a little too carbonated for my tastes. The head lends a nice creaminess at the start, though.

Drinkability - Very good. I could probably drink several of these in one night.

Notes - There's not a lot of bitter in this IPA, enough so that I think this beer might be miscategorized. I notice that it doesn't call itself an IPA anywhere on the bottle.

I'm actually pleasantly surprised by this brew. My current bottle is part of a sampler pack, but if I could get this by itself I definitely might try it again. It's a good beer to start the night with.

Fnord, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of roblowther
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

roblowther, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

SurlyDuff, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of ZimZamZoom
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.

ZimZamZoom, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of TheBear11D
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden yellow pour with slow rising carbonation bubbles and a foamy white head that hung around for about a minute.

Plenty of citrus, lemon, grapefruit and a floral forefront with a bit of malt mixing in.

Malt and citrus are the immediate tastes while the hops slowly but surely become present and bring the citrus flavors to a full finish. A tad metallic at the start.

Medium body with a slow building crispness to it.

Quite easy to drink with a good flavor.

TheBear11D, Dec 31, 2008
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.