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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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 Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Cyberkedi, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

zeff80, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

jasonjlewis, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of baggio
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

baggio, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
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...

dsa7783, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Gehrig, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Drewcifer
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.

Drewcifer, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of HoustonTX
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

HoustonTX, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

JayTheFinn, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of mnapier
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

mnapier, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

plaid75, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of iceviper22
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

iceviper22, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

NCSUdo, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Vancer, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

OWSLEY069, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eh. This beer is more of a gimmick than anything else, but its not bad. Its just that there are so many other Christmas beers that are better. Pours amber with a head that quickly settles to a thin ring. Smells of sweet malt and alcohol. Fruity with apple and apricot as well in the nose. Taste has flavors similar to the aromas with the addition of a fairly substantial breadiness. Plum, apple, and apricot flavors with a slightly bitter finish round it out. Mouthfeel is crisp with a creamy finish. Tastes a little hot and not very well integrated to make this highly drinkable.

Georgiabeer, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of beerking1
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold, very clear, with a small but persistent white head. Aroma is crystal malt, with subtle butterscotch and hints of earthy yeastiness, all mingling with rustic British hops. Flavor is strong caramel upfront, balanced with a pleasant hoppy bite, and with some distinct but pleasant butterscotch in the background. Finish is very clean, with a hoppy aftertaste leaving you wanting more. Alcohol is strong, but blends well and is not at all unpleasant. Overall, a very well balanced beer.

beerking1, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

over-rated cha cha chachacha over-rated cha cha chachacha! Is it just me or does the entire elf series taste almost exactly the same but with more alcohol taste as it goes along? Some breweries have similar tastes in all their beer (sammy smith, het anker, rodenbach, sam adams) but those are in a good way, this one not so much. They all pour a thick yellow/orange. they all taste like rotten alcohol, and they all have a funk to them that makes it hard to drink twice in a row. it tastes like heartburn in a glass. sorry ridgeway, I am not a fan. even the winter and santas but and lump of coal have the same thin yet thick funkiness that turns me off.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Gmann
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a small white head that dissipated into a small ring. The smell was almost non existant; perhaps some light hop action. The taste was of very light caramel malt, has a slightly odd sourness to it. No real hop or winter warmer spicy flavor to this brew. The feel is light but not watery, soft carbonation, finishes neutral. A very disappointing brew as an EIPA or winter warmer but a very sessionable brew with no off-putting flavors.

Gmann, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of Traquairlover
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50cl bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear amber liquid with a very thin white head. Good but not extreme lacing.

S = Smell is good, definite hops, pepper, malt, dried fruits, very complex for an English IPA. It smells like an English IPA ought to but there are other smells in their I did not expect.

T = Bitterness of the hops is there, also good flavor of roasted malt, same hints of white pepper and dried fruits (mango, pineapple) are their mid-palate. Good but a little thinner than I had hoped for after the smell.

M = Body is medium, but I found the carbonation level a little offputting. It filled my mouth too quickly as I tried to swish and enjoy the flavors.

D = This is definitely a drinkable beer. I could imagine drinking it each year (and think I will from now on), but if I was planning on drinking several beers, I would probably pick something where the flavor and aroma had a little better balance.

Traquairlover, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of bark
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.

bark, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear golden color, nice carbonation, nice little white creamy head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slight hop, and lots of caramel. The taste is mostly malty, with some hops thrown in, and caramel. This is a very nice English IPA. Slightly sweet too. Medium body. Drinkable, recommended.

Wasatch, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into nonic

Honey colored, crystal clear, with a thin off-white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing along the glass.

The aroma is mostly crisp malt, with a presence of bitter hop aroma, which excedes that of a Bitter.

The flavor exerts a sturdy malt backbone, with some lingering bitter hops. It's a little less malty and a little more hoppy than an ESB, giving the emphasis to the hops a little more. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Lingering bitterness slowly fade between each sip.

Pretty much your standard IPA (which is a good thing). Most of the hype around this beer is from the label in the series of beers. Everything in this beer is where it should be. Recommended.

BeerSox, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of stcules
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light copper color, half finger of foam.
English smell, with tea and orange marmelade, very fresh. Delicate hop.
Orange marmelade in the taste, too, with spiciness, and a good and fresh hop.
There is a good maltiness, well balanced from the hop.
Strong hop aftertaste.
Good. I want another one.

stcules, Nov 10, 2007
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.