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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 plaid75
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of atsprings
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.

atsprings, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of CWiggins
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

I discovered this little gem at Sam's Quik Stop just three nights ago, with a few other offerings from Ridgeway Brewing lined up on a single shelf. I love their outrageous labels!

This beer pours a light golden copper into my pint glass. A one-finger, near-white head forms. Lasting a few minutes, it eventually dissolves into a light lacing around the rim of the liquid. The aroma is light, with scents of sweet malts, hops, and a bit of citrus to round things off. The flavor is wonderfully hoppy, especially at the finish (duh!), and there is a nice fruity sweetness just before the bitterness kicks in. Just try to notice it! Malts are subdued here.

This is a nice English IPA. One shouldn't expect an example of this style to be "over the top," but with a slightly lighter body and flavor profile. I enjoyed it, and wish I had another!

CWiggins, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

Gusler, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of BDTyre
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

Sort of a cross between a winter warmer and a pale ale. Nice cloudy amber appearance with a fair, white head.

Overly malted scent, with only a bit of hop bitterness. Almost a candied fruit smell.

The malt taste is too rich, and the hops don't lend a bitterness, but rather a slight sickly sweet-sour taste.

Decent carbonation, but a little thick. An enjoyable beer, in moderation. Certainly not a session beer.

BDTyre, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

Pours with a light amber hue topped with a settled light khaki dense cap containing small rising bubbles.

Light nose of caramel malt. Takes an effort to find the nose here.

First swigs: Cherry touch infused into a ginger ale like body. Ginger and cherry dominate the nose. Thin malt aspects.

Feel is cushiony soft and restrained.

Last swigs: Cherry 7-Up. Needs more depth.

blitheringidiot, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of afordney
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%

Not much of a head to speak of, very bubbly with a clear, bright, amber color.

smells a bit stale, and a very hoppy, a bit of a grassy aroma after the initial hoppiness

tastes very hoppy, a bit stale, almost like a lager.

good bitterness, a little bubbly on the tounge but nothing overwhelming

this fell a little flat for me. A very clean beer, tastes good but I wasn't overwhelmed by it a very ordinary beer. I may have overhyped it in my mind because of the cool bottle.

afordney, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of WanderingFool
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%

Bad Elf pours a clear golden color with some orange hues mixed in. A small, thin white head on top quickly disappears to nothing leaving no lace on the glass. The aroma is floral hops with notes of orange and lemon citrus.

This medium bodied beer is smooth, with a soft mouthfeel. The flavor has a nice balance of crisp toasted malt and citrus hops with a hint of pine. It finishes somewhat sweet and dry leaving behind some of the pine hop notes when gone.

I thought this beer was quite drinkable and did not overpower you with the hops. Very well balanced and the crisp toasted malt reminded me somewhat of a lager.

WanderingFool, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of monkeybeer
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%

A- Golden yellow, very little white head

S- Lite crispsmell Cirtus undertones

T- Mild hop flavor nive malt tone

M- slight after taste that lingers a little too long for my taste.

not bad, not something that i would rush out to get. Got it as partof abeer of the month

monkeybeer, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of BlackAngus
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

A - A pale golden color, small white head, a tad cloudy.

S - Mildly floral and citrus hops aroma. Some biscuity and malt character.

T - Notes from the aroma carry over to the taste. Definite hops character, floral and citrus. Malty undertone, some residual sweetness.

M - Medium-light body, clean, a tad astringent on the back of the tongue.

D - Got this for free, and I'd drink it again for free, but not worth import prices, IMO.

BlackAngus, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of scaliasux
4.2/5  rDev +18%

Appearance - Clear amber. Tall slightly off-white head with some staying power. Pretty good.

Smell - Moderately strong floral hop aroma dominates.

Taste - Moderately sweet malt that melts into a nice sour hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body, smooth. Very nice.

Drinkability - Good beer. Finds a nice balance, not too sweet, not overly hoppy. Plus it has plenty of alchol for a long winter's night. Mildly amusing Chrismas theme is a plus.

scaliasux, Feb 25, 2007
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.