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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 JayS2629
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy orange with thin white head and spiderweb lacing.

S- Citrus, lemon, pine and fresh hops with hints of honey and caramels.

T- Mild hoppiness up front with a sweet aftertaste and hints of lemon and grapefruit. Faint hints of spice.

M- Thin, slight bitter bite in dry finish.

D- Well balanced and easy to drink.

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

500 ml bottle, from "A Rather Curious Collection of Holiday Ales" - label as pictured above. 6% alc Winter's Ale.
Pours dark gold with a large, off-white head. Foam shrinks to a floating cap, leaving some thin lacing.
The smell has pale ale hoppiness, floral and herbs. The taste has the same herbal hops with a good malt base. Crisp, dry finish. Medium body, slightly oily. A nice English IPA, just named a Winter Ale to help with marketing.
This was the favorite of the 4.

Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of dillon_1005
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of craftbeerasian
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of twonder23
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kobeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale orange color, bubbly white head. Translucent, good retention and lacing.

Smell is pretty hop forward, presenting mostly herbal and grapefruit. There is also some toasted bread, mineral-y and pale malts.

Taste is a step up, bringing a surprisingly pretty hoppy ale that still retains its English-ness. Grapefruit, grassiness, and herbal hops with malt flavors of toasted biscuit, mineral, and light toffee-like sweetness.

Solid, full-bodied mouthfeel with carbonation a bit on the lower side but ample enough.

This is one of the better Ridgeway Christmas gimmick beers. Hoppier than usual for the style, but if you're not a fan of English IPAs this probably won't change your mind.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Orange with yellow highlights. Slightly hazy, with mild carbonation. The pour yields a fluffy white head of 3 fingers' worth that recedes to a film on top that leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Citrusy hops and a little bit of earthy maltiness. Not a strong smell, though.

T: Piney and citrusy hops up front; some floral notes in the mid-taste. The finish is of earthy malts. Solid flavor balance. No alcohol warmth detected; I have no idea why this is a winter ale. It tastes like a good summer brew.

M: Light in the mouth for a warmer; medium carbonation.

D: I'd definitely have this again, but as a spring or summer brew. There isn't anything here that indicates to me it needs to be consumed in the winter. Very light warming effect at best. Good solid English IPA.

Photo of k7sw
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color with a head that quickly diminished but left a nice lacing.
I can't smell.
Not what I would usually expect from a winter ale being classified as an IPA I'd say that's more in line. Hoppy and citrus flavors come through strong. Another tart, almost berry-like, flavor comes through midway.
Mouthfeel is a little flat.

I would drink this beer if it was around but overall I felt it was fairly average.

Photo of matias-
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of wertschy
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of livingtodie
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bigclydeoliver
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of dbarny76
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JeffSK
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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 ADR
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter amber color, fairly transparent. Two fingers of pale head and average lasting-power. Laces fairly nicely, tendrils and incomplete rings. Hoppy aroma, leans on citrus with some impression of fresh gum turpentine. Light/medium mouthfeel, decently lively carbonation. Straightforward flavor, skewed toward the hops, fairly fresh and bracing with enough fruitiness to keep it from being overly dry. Decent but unremarkable malt balance, caramel and powdered sugar. Pleasant enough beer, drinkable, somewhat North American in many flavor aspects.

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