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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 pacond
3.95/5  rDev +11%

Poured a big head. It is living in a world of dry citrus and spciy aroma's. At first taste it was a english ale that had desires to become bigger. The mouthfeel of the beer is more rich than I expected, sort of creamy. It is definately an english ale. Further into the session it became increasingly hoppy to my palate and more complex. A good time!

pacond, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

16.9oz. bottle

Claims to be bottle conditioned, but I didn't find any sediment.

Clear, golden color. Large off white head.

Hoppy, floral (roses) and grapefruit. Hints of alcohol and fruits. Malt very quiet.

Nice and hoppy - grassy. Spices. A taste something like crackers as support for above flavors.

Medium to light body. Medium carbonation. Drying.

Pretty good, a moderately hoppy beer. Not sure how it fits into the whole winter seasonal scene, but I guess even Santa needs a hop fix now and then. Competition for Celebration won't be coming from this direction.

, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%

Pours light amber with a long lasting fluffy head.

Solid citrus hoppiness in the nose, supported by some biscuity caramel sweetness.

Sweet biscuit in the tip of the tongue turns into a nice full flavored hoppy graininess. Hops are all citrus, very borderline American flavor.

Overall, a solid, medium bodied beer, very drinkable, but somewhat expensive.

nortmand, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

Pours a golden-amber color topped by a smallish creamy white head that descends into a small halo quite quickly. Aroma of crisp English hops, lightly fruity malt, and a touch of light fruit (primarily apricot). Palate is nice and typical of a good English IPA - crisp fruity hops, light fruity malt, overall a nice tart fruitiness. Medium body has a pleasant creamy character to it. I could drink a lot of this if it weren't for the rather high price.

ElGordo, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of stoner420
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.

stoner420, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

This one pours a hazy dark golden to pale amber color. The head is two fingers of dense, fluffy, tan foam. The lace is thick and sticky.

The smell is a floral, grapefruit, malty and light spicy hops.

The taste is somewhat more subdued than I was expecting. Malt was at the forefront, nicely balanced with a slight hoppy bitterness.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.

Yes, very drinkable. I wish I had gotten more.

EvilKeith, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of PSUDREW
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%

hmmmm. what to make of this brew? good, but not overly satisfying.

POurs a very nice golden color. solid lacing the way down. Laces all the way down. Tanish and very foamy. Very floral nose. Almost bitter sweet.

Taste is plaeasnt, a nice mix. you get the matl flavor, but the hops jump out 1st and foremost. Almost acidic, but not quite. very citrusy. there is some malt presence, but it is almost totally muted out from the hops.

Refreshing IPA. I Like it, bit don't love it. good ber to sample every once in a while

PSUDREW, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.88/5  rDev +9%

Pours a golden light amber with a thin ring for a head. Aroma is light, hoppy, malty, more like a pale ale than a winter offering.

Taste is toasted malt and some moderate hops. Light and biscuity, good light hops bitterness, finish is clean with little aftertaste. Supposedly bottle-conditioned (as per the label) but nothing in the way of sediment or cloudiness.

Mouthfeel is medium and clean. Good as a beer, but this is much closer to a pale ale or golden ale than anything resembling a traditional winter seasonal.

assurbanipaul, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of jhammerly
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.

jhammerly, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%

Poured a perfectly crystal clear medium amber color. Head is a slightly creamy off-white and has slowly fallen to a thick ring with light surface coating. Nice creamy lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is hoppy with many citrus and piney notes to be found. Some summer fruitiness also present to form a nice combination with thhops. Initial taste is a medium bitterness that almost immediately fades to allow some fruity maltiness to show through. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Finish is a moderate dry bitterness that definitely beckons for another taste, whicj I will gladly satisfy. Some alcohol also begins to show itself at the ending with a nice warm feeling in the mouth. Very drinkable and superbly enjoyable. This is really an excellent beer. (And the label is nice too)

tgbljb, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%

The beer poured into the glass clear light amber golden with a white and low head which fizzed lightly then retreated to the edges of the surface to try and lace the glass.

The aroma was caramel malt with some slight earthy hop presence.

The flavor was mostly caramel with hop bittering being very slightly resinous, but present and containing a metallic twang. The flavor seemed almost, yet not quite citrusy, but certainly pine and there was almost a spice flavor present.

The finish was dry with lasting pine flavor and low caramel into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was very low leaving the mouthfeel a bit on the thin side. My second experience with this Elf...it had more Elf'in magic to my palate the first time than this time.

16.9 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of jlh8643
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. A decent white head sits on top of a hazy amber body a steady flow of bubbles rising to the top. Nice lacing follows the head down. Some floral, earthy hops with some bready malt in the nose. The body was disappointing. Fairly thin lacking the malt backbone I would expect. Weak hop expression with some citrus hops bringing up the rear. Not one that I will spend my money on in the future.

jlh8643, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%

Bottle purchased in December 2005 (or was it early January, 2006?) for $5.99 at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. For that price I hope it's good! Let warm from my too-cold fridge for a spell before opening.

Pours a bright copper color, almost orange. Minimal head from a slow pour (as recommended) but lots of carbonation streaming up from my Imperial pint glass. Within a few minutes, there's no head. The label discusses bottle conditioning and pouring gently to keep the yeast from getting into the glass- I watched carefully and never saw one speck of yeast.

Aroma is a nice solid hops profile, very English (versus west coast US), floral and slightly oily, slight citrus, gentle, not overpowering.

Flavor profile is a nice balance of malts and hops, with a sweet orange-gentle lemon swirls in a mellow bread. Flavors are more delicate and subtle than smack over the head strong.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, more like a session English pale ale than a higher ABV English IPA. Alcohol is well hidden. This actually makes it more easily drinkable, so these two factors cancel each other out with this beer.

A good beer, enjoyable, but at its price, I'll have to pass this by for other good options.

Dukeofearl, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: Pale amber in color, with a touch of haze, a small white head, with good retention, thin lacing, little carbonation.

Aroma: Strong herbal hops and grassy notes dominate, with sweet malt notes beneath, struggling to assert.

Taste: Opens with a slight toasted malt note, with more than ample citrus and pine hops and grassy notes as well. Towards the middle a bit of the malt character comes through with some caramel notes. Finishes dry with a tea-like hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, and pleasant, but seemed a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, pleasant, but seems an odd choice of style for a winter beer, with which I associate a higher alcoholic content and greater malt character.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom sixteen ounce glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of Winter
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%

Pours a clear medium amber in color with a thin off-white sudsy head. Fruity and hoppy aroma with light hints of biscuit and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium in body. Things starts off with a sweet malty front, but that soon comes to an end as the hops take over with a crisp bitterness. Abrasive on the palate midway. A citrusy grapefruit flavor follows. The finish has a salty bitterness to it.

Between this, Very Bad Elf and Seriously Bad Elf, this one appealed the to me the least out of the three. Can't quite pinpoint why that is, but for an IPA, this was nothing special and even less so as a winter release.

Winter, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours a light honey amber color. Little to no head and very little lacing.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of honey, floral hops and yeast.

Light and crisp on the palate. This brew has a mild biscuity malt sweetness and a flavor that is almost lager like to me. A sour yeasty bite connects with a mild hop bitter finish.

Nice brew, hoppier that most English IPA's that I've tried.

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of NClifestyle
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours up a hazy golden amber color, a huge head of white foam with large bubbles drops quickly. Lots of carbonation lines can be seen rising up from the beer to the surface. Large bands of lace coat the glass.
Smells of wheat and bread are in the front, with hints of orange and pine hops as well.
Very spicy taste, some orange/lemon zest. Is dry and sharp to start, but mellows a bit, although the malt never really shows up, this is definitely an English IPA.
Medium mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite.

cheers...

NClifestyle, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%

Poured out a rich goldish-orange with a creamy half inch head that is slight yellowish.

Smells lightly hoppy with lemon citrus notes. I cant smell too much from it, but my allergies are kicking up, so im sure that has a lot to do with it.

Taste is quite refreshing. its a light american ipa. Citrusy hops jump right out. I cant help but think of a hefe-weisse while i drink this. I can even taste a touch of cloves in this. Such a delicate, crisp flavor that i certainly could have cravings for when i dont want hops in my face.

Mouthfeel is interesting and nice. A light carbonation to this that i think helps with the crisp flavor. I can let it sit on my tongue all day.

Overall, I did can really dig this beer. But at almost $5 a bottle, i might pass in the future. Also, saying a winter's ale on the bottle made me think it was a winter warmer, which it is not. I think i would enjoy this more on a hot day.

acrawf6, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +18%

Clear copper color, low head and very slight lacing. Quite estery aroma, with a touch of spicy hops as well. Sweet malt and a large hop bouquet meet on the first taste; hops taste nutty, pine-like, slightly citrus. Moderately-high bitterness and a well-rounded fruitiness are also present. The finish is noticibly dry. Carbonation is a bit low, giving a thin mouthfeel, but this is typical for many English beers.

A high quality beer. I'd love to try a cask-conditioned version of this.

allengarvin, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

This brew is an orange color with a moderately sized white head. The liquid is very clear. The aroma is citric (decidedly, and almost sourly, grapefruit) and give the impression of freshness. There’s a little grain and malt underneath, but they’re hidden far behind the hops. The taste is similar to the aroma…serious citric hoppiness with a faint undertone of malt. It’s a little grainy, fairly dry, and decently carbonated. It’s refreshing and cleansing, to be sure, but I thought that this one could have been helped by a little more sweetness and balance. It’s drinkable and worth a glass. I wouldn’t call it an English-style IPA though…it sure seems to take its inspiration from the West Coast.

Suds, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a nice copper color with a creamy light tan head of rocky bubbles on top. The body is crystal clear with some gentle bubbles floating to the surface.

S- The smell of green floral hops with a hint of pine is strong but in the background there is a note of slightly toasted fresh grain.

T- This beer has a soft smooth pale malt flavor with some slight caramel malt hints. The finish is a nice smooth piney and noble hop finish. The malt flavor is missing those subtle nuances that English IPAs have but the hops has a good complexity.

M- The mouthfeel is a medium-light feel but the texture is pretty watery. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This is a nice smooth English style IPA. It would be nice with a bit more body and if the malt had a bit more depth to enhance the hops. Very quaftable non the less.

rhoadsrage, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

16.9 oz. bottle.

Appearance: This was a straightforward amber brew that was almost clear. There was just the slighest hint of haze to the liquid. During the pour, I roughened things up a bit and was rewarded with a white head that was almost two fingers tall. It disappeared relatively quickly. A few freckled patches of laces were all that was left behind.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma was a combination of rich, biscuit-like malt and pungent, raw hops. They weren't overpowering; they just had a rawness about them. After the beer had set for a little bit, the malt slipped away into the background and the hops rose up to conquer the aroma. They lost some of their edge and became more citrusy. There was a lot of lemon on the nose at this time, too.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and dry, with a lot of carbonation. Not rough, though.

Taste: This beer was dry from the second it hit my mouth. No initial sweetness at all. A muddled, piney bitterness kicked in quickly. The hops had a bit of that raw edge that they had in the aroma right after the beer was poured. Some lemon rose up and joined the hops, creating an oddly enjoyable lemon Pinesol flavor. This lingered into the aftertaste where just a hint of sweetness emerged. Toward the end of the beer, the hops became a little more distinct and defined and a little less muddled.

This one grew on me the more I drank it. Not bad.

Quaffer, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
3.88/5  rDev +9%

Pours a clean, clear straw color. Much lighter than I had expected. Head is gone quickly, but a nice bit of lacing remains.

First whiff is hoppy with grapefruit and pine... second whiff (10 minutes later) is all grain. A touch of spice on the third whiff adds some complexity. I liked the first whiff better than the following two.

Extremely smooth on the drink. Creamy mouthfeel. Nicely done. Taste is slightly bitter and slightly floral. A touch of lavendar and clove. Some subtle hops. Better than I thought it would be. Flavors are small but complex. Well balanced. I like it.

Fugazme, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours an almost brilliantly clear, full copper color that is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, pale off-white colored head. The aroma has a light hoppiness to it that reminds me of herbal scents, a lightly sweet citrus-like lemon note, and even a hint of soft spiciness. The hop notes definitely dominate the aroma, but they are certainly not clubbing me over the head like and American hopped beer would.

The taste is fairly dry with a nice sharp, almost biting bitterness that carries through to the end. The hop flavor is a mix of herbal, perhaps even grassy, and lemon like citrus notes. There is a touch of malt sweetness that sneaks in to the middle of this beer; it accentuates the citrus character a bit and provides some balance to the hop notes. This has a nice heft to it, that is not too light and yet not so heavy that this is not quaffable. This beer tastes quite similar to what I would describe as an American brewed English style IPA. Restrained crystal malt character with lots of hop character. As the beer warms up the simple grain sweetness picks up a bit and this in turn accentuates the citrus notes a bit; even picks up some notes of orange. This is definitely quite enjoyable.

Gueuzedude, Dec 13, 2005
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.