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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
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 satowns
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

extremely light straw in color. not what you would expect from a winter warmer. light carbonation.

caramel malt dominates the aroma. sweet honeylike characteristic.

slightly vegetal. malty; this appears to be a decently big beer. nice malt backbone; little to no bitterness. lager-ish finish.

medium bodied. kind of what you would expect.

this beer is good to gooder. but it doesnt fit the winter warmer category. reminds me of what a "double helles" would taste like

satowns, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of InfernoBoss
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

InfernoBoss, Jan 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

John_Squires, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of shodrod
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(poured into a tumbler glass)

This beer pours with a golden straw color. A nice billowy head, with good retention, leaves little lacing. The aroma is slightly metallic with just a slight hint of hops. The flavors in this beer are hard to describe because they are all so weak. Mostly the flavor of unfiltered water with a touch of apple. The finish does have a faint hop note.

shodrod, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first of the four-pack I was given for X-mas. I must have been a not-so good boy. The label states there is "nearly three pounds" of hops per barrel but I can really only taste a strong malt presence. It smelled nice after settling into my snifter but the taste has much to be desired. A mild aftertaste but not harsh like some IPA's.

For the English style it was ok but I prefer the American-ized IPA. Not bad to try, but would not purchase on my own.

kaseydad, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of jmdrpi
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml brown bottle.

color is clear and golden, frothy white head. makes it clear that it's not a traditional "Winter Ale". good lacing though.

not a real strong aroma, just a little citrus hops.

again, not a typical spiced winter ale. although I also don't think it's much like an IPA as indicated. not very hoppy, just kinda bland and generic ale.

lighter body, higher carbonation. disapointing for the cost. I guess they rely on the gimmick of the labeling.

jmdrpi, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Winter
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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 Wetpaperbag
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to AKBelgianBeast for my loser beer.

A- Golden blond with a finger width of white head.

S- Herbal with spice are here in the smell. A very bready smell too, almost like a sour dough type bread. A buttery fragrance can be wafted from this beer. And do I detect what smells like lager yeast characteristics?

T- This is bland with a very bitter aftertaste. The spice taste is there but isn't as strong as one would find in the nose. This just plain sucks, it's boring and there is no IPA feel or taste about it. I think this beer falls very very short of what this style is supposed to be like. Unless the English don't like hoppy IPAs.

M- Too frothy and foamy in the mouth for my likes.

D- The mouthfeel loses a bunch of points for me in this category. I wouldn't buy it.

Wetpaperbag, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of Birchgrove77
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Whim purchase from Binnys 03/11/09

A: Straw yellow with a very nice white head poured to about 1 inch. Excellent lacing, but was a bit hazy.

S: A very earthy hop presence (aged) of grass with some sweet malt aroma.

T: Uninteresting. Not very bitter, but this could be just to the age or handling. A very nice maltiness carbonated very nicely.

M: A bit thin, was thinking this might have been brewed as a blonde, and was surprised to see English IPA - expected more of an Ol' Thumper mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable. This would make a nice session beer. Will purchase again around the holiday season for comparison.

Birchgrove77, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of scottfrie
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear light golden with a finger of bubbly bright white head that faded into a fuzzy collar that left patches of soapy lace down the glass.
S: Toasted malts and English style grain bill mixed with earthy and leafy noble hops and a touch of spice. Bready and light smelling.
T: Bready, crackery malts, light mild hops, earthy, spicy, leafy, and peppery hop flavors, sour mash in the finish, slightly fruity aftertaste. Overall pretty standard flavors if not a bit below average. Faint apple juice.
M: Medium body with a chewy mouthfeel. Drinks clean and easy. Fizzy carbonation but it’s soft and nonintrusive.
O: Fizzy carbonation and sour mash and apple juice flavors put this one at below average for me. It wasn’t terrible, just not something I was that in to.

scottfrie, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of vette2006c5r
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bad Elf pours a bright straw golden color, with a small lacing head. There is a sweet, cheap grain, and adjunct aromas. The taste is the same, a cheap grainy backbone, lots of adjunct like flavors, sweet apple notes too. Light, which is good, but has a nice crisp feel. Overall its watery, plain, and not too great.

vette2006c5r, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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 -17.5%
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
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2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow. Much lighter than I would expect from a winter ale, which brings up an interesting point; the beer label says this is a "winter ale" while BeerAdvocate says this is an English IPA, so I'm not sure which style I should be comparing this too. The aroma has some spiced scents, but not nearly as much as I would expect in a winter ale. It also have very low hops aroma as expected in an IPA.l The same can be said for the taste, it has a hint of spices and low hops flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and crisp, this is a very drinkable beer. However, no matter which style this beer is judged on I find that it falls short on flavor.

robhunta, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - A orangish-copper color that is somewhat transparent. Almost no head but an insane amount of carbonation; the most I've ever seen in a beer.

s - Smells sweet, as well as piney hops, some citrus fruits.

t - Taste is alittle lacking, but hints of piney hops and some citrus fruits/orange. Not overly impressive.

m - Light body with way too much carbonation. Carbonation keeps it from being too enjoyable.

d - Overall this isn't bad, but it isn't great either. Way too much carbonation and the taste was lacking, but I could see a less carbonated bottle being easier to drink. Probably would not try and buy again.

mdfb79, Feb 11, 2010
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

richkrull, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

CUbeerfan, Jul 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Donsmitty, May 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

kkmiller76, Nov 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

BeerCigar, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Tpsauer, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Birdlegs, Jan 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

cjnuxoll, Apr 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

JohnK17, Dec 24, 2011
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.