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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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384 Ratings
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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 beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a slight haze. Tall head with excellent lacing. Strong malty aroma that translates to a big hit on the tongue. Finishes a bit weak for my taste, but has a very creamy mouthfeel. Hops are here more for aroma than taste.

Tried laying one down from last year and the beer did not fare well. Won't do that again.

Photo of mralphabet
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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...

Photo of champ103
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright, and crisp golden peach color with orange hues. A one finger cream-beige colored head sits atop that was bubbly and lasted for several minutes. Visible carbonation was faint while a nice spiderweb lacing was left behind.

S: fruity with fresh oranges and apples with a perfumy hopping.

T: a light lemon breadiness and orange flavor opens things up. There was a spiciness of apples and a pretty good floral hopping. Some alcohol detection with a slight orange sourness was also detected. The flavor was moderatly good, though maybe not so much per style. A nice malting though not a lot of spices. Some citrusy grapefruit, pale grains, with a touch of cinnamon linger about but not enough to make a difference overall.

M: light, very smooth with a extremely soft carbonation. An slightly above average xmas drink.

D: Easy to put down especially at 6.0% which drinks quite well though was only moderatly exciting.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a bright amber body with a touch of haze and a layer of thin, bright white foam atop. The head recedes quickly into a bubbly ring that leaves a few scraps of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is spicy and tartly citrusy with a little pine and solid note of mild and mellow pale malt.

The taste is mild and pale malty with a sweet orange undertone and a grapefruit pithy bitterness. Though pretty meek overall, the citrusy hop flavors predominate, and very little bitterness and only the faintest touch of earthy dryness marks the finish.

The drink is light-medium in body with minimal carbonation. A nice drink and very citrusy for an English IPA.

Photo of daliandragon
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been curious about the Bad Elf series for a while so when I saw this at the local Whole Foods it seemed to make sense. This one pours a medium, slightly hazy golden color with a foamy white head with about a four minute half life. The nose is grassy, faint floral hops.

The taste is initially pretty good but kind of fizzles and goes in a bunch of different directions. You get some up front alcohol and some malt sugars but the thin texture doesn't lend itself to the kick or flavor. There's a touch of hop bitterness for a flash but it passes quickly and the finish is sweet and just kind of fades away. I usually like English IPAs but this one doesn't really have the bitterness or hop profile or the malt or toasted qualities to be a winter warmer or strong ale. It's kind of a hybrid, but not something I'm going to search out again.

Photo of CAP1868
3.48/5  rDev -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

Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber/blonde, with a small white head with poor retention, no real lacing to be seen.

S: White grapefruit predominately, with a light malty profile, and some alcohol.

T: Taste is actually pretty good. Light bready malt mixed with a grassy, earthy hop profile, lawn clippings, can be astringent at times, but I found it to be pretty tasty in the long run, nice bit of dark fruit in the aftertaste as well, too.

M: Nice full, crisp carbonation, medium-bodied, dry.

D: A pretty good EIPA, would definitely buy it again next holiday season, a quality effort.

M:

Photo of Tilley4
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber golden color with a small head.

Smells a bit malty and spicy, sort of bready as well.

Very smooth taste of malt and some spiciness.

Nothing spectacular but glad I finally found a bottle to give this a try. I wasn't a huge fan of it but it was pretty good.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a nice orangy amber with a thick white head. Although it is an IPA, the aroma is surprisingly malty, with just a touch of sweetness. Flavor is richly hoppy, with a strong malt component, a hint of fruity sweetness, and only a whisper of hop bitterness. It goes down smoothly but with a good alcohol edge and a hoppy, mildly bitter aftertaste.

Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewd from notes.

A - Poured out a cloudy/hazy orange color with hints on gold. A small, white, short-lived head left no lace.

S - It smelled mossy and lightly grassy. There was also some roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted of caramel malts and had a bitter kick with some subtle hop flavor.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was okay. It wasn't as flavorful as some other of this style.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with retention that fades after a little while.

Smell is grassy and lemony. Grapefruit in the back with some citrusy hops. Pale malts are in the backround.

Taste is grassy and lemony from the citrusy hops. Pale english malts are unintersting in the backround.

Mouthfeel is slightly crisp, but it is somewhat watery and a little bit uninteresting.

Not a bad brew at all. I'm glad to have tried it.

Photo of baggio
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a few of these in a liqourstore close to work and realized i had not yet review it so i decided to grab a bottle....

A: Orange with a cream head that sticks to the glass.

S: Citric notes, yeast, hint of caramel, metal notes.

T: Caramel, minerals, hint of apple, cough-medicine(!), tropical fruits

M: Quite smooth with very low carbonation and a nice bitterness.

Well, i'd say this is more of a IPA than a winterale. Still, for an IPA it is not bad. Still, this is not something i'll go back to again anytime soon. Average.

Photo of dsa7783
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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...

Photo of Gehrig
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange body supports two ample fingers of white froth. The smell gives off only a little hint of the bitterness and complex taste that comes later, unfortunately, though citrus is certainly detectable. As the beer warms, however, the nose becomes better and more balanced with hop bitterness. I rather like the taste, which becomes more complicated as the beer warms slightly, and I ponder what I've purchased. Plenty of citrus--mainly grapefruit, lemon and some orange--ample hops to the taste, some modest spice, and a little vanilla that I enjoy in small servings. Nicely done.

This is a solid, well-rounded beer, not outstanding but good indeed. It's not a beer to quaff, but rather to patiently drink and enjoy. I would not characterize this as a Winter Ale per se, but rather a nice IPA, similar in hop allotment and style to, but different in flavor from Samuel Smith's IPA. It will come around.

Photo of Drewcifer
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very unique light yellow, with a small orange hue. Head is non existant.

Smells of light citrus, and feint caramel and pale malt. Florals and herbacous tones as well.

Very pleasant golden ale. Large flowery tones and fringes of citrus border a pale malt background. Decent, and smooth drinking.

Not a whole lot of complexity on this one, it is however a tasty and easy to drink beer. Not bad.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The name and label make this look very much like a gimmicky seasonal, but overall the taste isn't so bad to warrant such a nasty review as would befit such a beer.

A - Not bad. Kind of a bland pale orange body, but the smallish head has some good staying power.

S - Smells delightfully of citrus, perhaps subtle peachs.

T - Slightly, mild spiciness makes the flavor a bit on the disappointing if you're expecting the usual winter seasonal spiciness like I was. But after the disappoint disappeared I was left with a tasty enough treat. Rather sweet, not hop heavy, nor mired in malts. It's just a good tweener, if a tad on the sweetside.

M - A little too watery for what it should be.

D - Mild flavor makes it go down faster than the usual sipping speed of the winter seasonal. Good winter session brew.

Photo of mnapier
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 12 ounce tulip.

Appearance, is dark gold & clear with a medium white foamy head, and a tattered curtain of lace.
As I roll the glass around I pick up the honey, biscuit, and some citrus, aromas that part my nose.
A noticeable apple and butter is buried in this along with a biscuit like medium mouthfeel. Cheers but not for me.

Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured an upfront spicy hop with traces of clove.

The taste consisted of some light biscuity malts, some herbal hops but and some decent winter spice, but was way too harsh in its bitterness. The typical English green apple flavor made its appearance. It must be me, because I cannot stand this flavor and this is the reason I avoid English ales altogether. I am hoping it is me, or at least it is a phenomenon limited to bottled ales.

The mouthfeel was of average fullnes but adversely affected by the aforemnetioned rind-like bitterness.

Overall an attractive and aromatice ale. The flavor and drinkablilty suffer from the acridness.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber that is clear with quickly dissipating head. Slightly hopped nose with a sweet edge and caramel influence. Flavor is bitter and sweet at the same time. Feel is slightly touched with bubble. Drinkable, sure. But this bottle cost me $6. For that price I could be getting a Rochefort, a St Bernardus, or a wide array of other home runs. Nice to try, but at this price I would never go back to it.

Photo of iceviper22
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured a light red to copper hue with a small one to two finger white head that lasted for a few minutes leaving behind a little bit of lacing. It has a nice hoppy aroma to it, somewhat like a pine tree smell. It also smells of some citrus like orange or lemons a bit. It has an upfront hoppy bite to it that leaves behind a lingering citrus peel bitterness. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, with a small amount of carbonation to it. Overall, it is a pretty good brew. Nothing real special but solid and drinkble.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

100th Review

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle

A: Pretty clear light golden under a small white head. Some retention, no lace.

S: A light citrusy hops, nothing that would really suggest a lot of hops.

T: More lightly citrus hops some biscuity malt. Bitterness is rather subdued but there. Finish is mostly citrus. Oranges seem to stick out most. Not bad.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is pretty light as well. Pretty drinkable, but no redeeming qualities really hurt this one.

My first English IPA and I can now really see the difference between the traditional style and what it has become in America. This one looks, smells, tastes and drinks more like pale ales that I am used to.

Photo of Vancer
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First of the Elves, only a bad one.

Clear amber orange pour with a frothy ivory head. Sticky laces.

Clove and coriander in the sniff, then the quaff – semi-lame taste of light winter spices with a decent kick of hops. But this ain’t some bad arse winter ale, and at $4.50 a 500ml, not to good of a buy. If someone offers a freebie, grab it, but I’m not looking for this elf again.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.15/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean golden orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet maltiness. In the taste, sweet maltiness again and kind of skunky even. A smooth, watery malt mouthfeel and a small dry malty aftertaste. Name sell this one, just an English ale, but not that great of an English ale.

Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.