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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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399 Ratings
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Loki on 11-26-2003

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Photo of CWiggins
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of afordney
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of monkeybeer
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Photo of BlackAngus
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of scaliasux
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

N.B. I received these bottles from the BOTM about 2 months ago. I am not sure if they are still in top form.

If it looks like apple juice, smells like apple juice, and tastes like apple juice, what is it? Yep, it's Bad Elf. Pours a light gold with a hint of orange, like a watered down bottle of Motts. Smell is of medium hops and citrus/apples. Taste is similar. Very very light mouthfeel. Would have benefited for a bit more malt character.

I remember these being better when I drank them before. Maybe this wasn't a great bottle...my scores are a bit higher than my review may suggest based on my memory of the other bottles which i enjoyed a bit more.

Photo of BeerHonky
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imported bottle with the wonderful elf illustration on the label. Green cap. Enjoyed in a nonic pint glass. Pours a orange highlighted gold. Pretty clear throughout with some slightly cloudier areas as a light sediment clears. Weak head. Tried to force pour it but it wouldn't cooperate. Fuzzy white head which disintegrated after a few minutes...looks like a real ale. Nice fresh, floral aroma that makes me think of spring! Taste is full of citrusy hop flavor and an even hop bitterness. Slight malt sweetness to finish it off. Super smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Very slight carbonation like a good real ale. Quite drinkable to boot. Fantastic English IPA.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a very clear golden color with a nice head that settles but is retained well enough with nice lacing. The aroma is mostly hoppy, with a malt background. The taste has a nice balance between the hops and malt. The hops are dominant, but the malt is also noticeable. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice English IPA. It's flavorful and pleasant.

Photo of NEhophead
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt .9 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Pours a clean gold with a slight haze. Porous, bright white head that leaves a layer of bubbles in its wake. Spotted and elongated lacing that decorates the entire tumbler.

Slightly musty floral hop bouquet; the hop character is rather earthen with notes of pine. Toasted biscuit with a lingering aroma of diacetyl.

The toasted biscuity-malt character provides a buttery base; slightly skunky. The noble hop presence is clean and not overpowering, despite a noticeable earthen hop resin and moderate bitterness. The finish is crisp with just a touch of dryness followed by an oily, floral hop aftertaste.

Medium in body; crispy, slightly dry. Although the flavors aren't complex or overpowering, the balance in flavor and body is rather nice.

A good version of an English-style IPA with no surprises, good or bad. This one will be most remembered for its balance.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another "Beer of the Month" sample. Had I not known this was from England, I would have assumed it to be a domestic craft beer. The beer surprised me. Medium "orange" in color with tiny bubbles streaming up the side of the glass, it poured with a smooth textured head that fell quickly and lace the glass. A definite hop presence in the nose, and the taste was at first malt then a definitive hop flavor that stopped just short of overpowering. A very fresh tasting, smooth, drinkable IPA. When I saw "Winter Ale" I expected something a bit darker and maltier. This was a refreshing surprise. And an import no less. Definitely one to watch for.

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours gloden/bronze with a 3 fingers of fluffy offwhite head. Some lacing & fair head retention

S: Grapefruitty hops

T: Citrussy & piney hops up front, then fruittness fill in around the hops. As this warms I get breadyness. Hops profile melows as this continues to warm. Finishes with honey malt, citric hops & fruittyness

MF: Low carbonation, good balance & medium bodied

Drank very easy, a bit pricey at $6 a pint. One of the better UK imports I've hade in a long while

Photo of Morris729
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with a short white head that quickly fades into a trace amount of lace. Nose is floral hops with notes of lemon zest and bubblegum. The same floral hops in the aroma are the key players in the taste though they are nicely paired with a sweet fruitiness and toffee-like maltiness. More of a hop bitterness level than your typical English IPA offering. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle. 2005-2006 vintage.

This ale poured a clear, golden-amber color with white foam that settled and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was a bit sweet and malty, somewhat reminiscent of a Belgian tripel. The taste was a little sweet and malty, and like the smell, it reminded me of a Belgian ale. The hoppiness seemed low for an IPA, but it came out a bit in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-full body and modest carbonation. It was relatively clean. This was a very nice, drinkable ale, and the 6% ABV was not apparent.

Photo of ellisdee97
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light perfectly clear brown with tinges of yellow and orange. A nice column of bubbles rise within and a nice light white head quickly dissipates leaving a nice bubbly ring. Very sticky lacing lingers through to the end.

S: Nice floral hop aroma up front. Orange peel and lemon zest. Some toasted malt and slight fruit.

T: Taste is reminiscent of a nicely hopped lager. Sweet toasted malt, and a taste of orange sherbert. Spicy hops with hints of orange and lemon zest.

M: Full bodied almost syrupy, with a sweet dry finish.

D:Excellent cold weather brew.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a light copper hue. A small white had forms and recedes. Thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Nice citrusy and piney hop blend with a mild spiciness and a bit of caramel malt peeking through.

Flavorful blend of hops upfront consisting of citrusy and piney hops with a slight spiciness. Rather low on the IBUs, the bitterness is very mild and the hops allow for some caramel maltiness to come through. Extremely balanced.

Very light body, mild carbonation.

Very easy drinking IPA - both due to the thin body and the very nice flavor. The taste more closely resembles an American IPA, so I'd recommend this one to enjoys an IPA brewed on either side of the pond.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served into a nonic glass from a brown 16.9oz bottle with crimped cap

Cloudy,golden.light coppery color.Creamy white head dissapating a bit quick.Lots of yeast on bottom of the bottle, left most of it in bottle.Good thick lacing down the glass.

A good moderate hop nose very citrusy,a bit piney and grassy.Notes of sweet carmell show through,more and more as the beer warms.

Very citrusy tastes,sweet honeyed malts very balanced.Piney overtones throughout,lots of carmell come through at mid-tastes.Finishes smooth and balanced with a good slightly sharp very pleasing bitterness.

Medium body,a good sticky hop feel,a very drinkable beer,easy drinking,pleasing and satisfying. Nothing fancy here just a very good beer,wish I had another.

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

Appearance: A clear, paler-than-average amber/gold with a loose, slightly off-white head. Fine, mild carbonation.

Smell: Hoppy, though definitely the UK take on it rather than the citrus/pine bombs favored here on the West Coast. Spicy, herby but fairly dry otherwise.

Taste: Again, hops far more on the bittering end of the spectrum than the flavor; slightly peppery and spicy, malt makes a meek appearance and finishes with a lemony, drying pucker. Slightly bready yeast untertone as well, with the typical UK hard water mineral bite.

Mouthfeel: A bit slick, but fairly light and crisp.

Drinkability: A perfectly proper, English take on the IPA. Very subtle and balanced, but if you like bold hops, may not be your glass of beer.

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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a light to medium golden amber color. Slightly hazy, with a fluffy half-inch off-white head. Excellent retention. Lots of lace.

Aroma is caramel malt, and hoppy with lemon & orange citrus.

Flavor has some biscuity malt, hoppy with lots of citrus. I get lemons more than anything else. Dry finish with a moderate grapefruit hop bitterness that lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is excellent. No really noticeable alcohol presence. Not sure why this is a "winter" beer honestly. Crisp, pretty refreshing. Very drinkable..wouldn't mind having another.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber orange (golden) with a nice full finger white head that melts to really sticky top covering lacing.
Aromas are typical sweet english amber malts with a bit of citrus hops following.
Taste is lightly toasted amber malts and slightly sharp hops following making it a mild IPA.
Finishes very clean in the mouth....not really drying like a typical IPA (american) but clean and fresh.
Without a doubt the best English IPA I've had.

Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the half litre bottle a slightly hazy, dark golden colour. a frothy eggshell white head appears and sticks around to provide a nice lace. hoppy aroma...lemony, grassy, zesty, a bit piney and solvent, too. underlying sweet and syrupy maltiness backs it up. nice english india pale ale here. the flavour profile is a lemon zest hop dance all over the tongue, while a meek pale malt backbone balances the best it can. bitter hop finish... and i want another sip. pretty straightforward stuff. a nice body and creamy mouthfeel make it a nice drinker. gotta love the hops in this one. nice drinkability...this would be a great session ale or a nice one to wash down some grub with.

not sure the price justifies buying this every year, but at least i got to try it and keep the cute and cartoonsh x-mas themed bottle.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. It had a dark amber color with a finger of head that slowly dissipated, no lacing. The smell was heavy on the hops as expected since the label says they put 3 pounds of hops into each barrel. The aroma started out strong then faded pretty rapidly as it warmed up. The taste was average and really didn't leave that great an impression. Since it was kinda weak, I could drink a couple of these except that they cost is way on the expensive side for what you get. The mouthfeel was also average with just a hint of creamy. Overall, a decent beer with great marketing (don't fall for it). Slightly recommend but don't hurt yourself finding it. (3.5, RB, T, Y, mini-session)

Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.