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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
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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3/5  rDev -15.7%

11-09-2013 23:40:08 | More by TeachChefs
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South Dakota

3/5  rDev -15.7%

09-06-2012 03:08:46 | More by TStout
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-24-2011 13:03:19 | More by pigSTI04
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New York

3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-26-2013 10:24:32 | More by jslice99
Photo of micromaniac129


3/5  rDev -15.7%

Yeah, I really didn't dig this beer at all. it has style issues: looks like a blonde, smells like a sour and dinks like a pils. Go figure.
Pours golden in color with a fizzy white head with no carbonation.
Aroma was funky and skunky some malts and tart.
Taste seems like a pils in that it was dry and sharp.
Bought a couple of these down at the craft beer outlet and I'm a bit disappointed.

12-22-2012 13:31:52 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of TheLiterati


3/5  rDev -15.7%

Purchased at my local Cost Plus World Market for about $5 as part of a trilogy of winter beers from England with silly holiday-themed names including “Lump of Coal Stout” and “Rudolph’s Revenge” that I, being silly sometimes myself, just could not resist.

Poured a nice amber color with a tan, two-finger high head that quickly yielded to a little lacing as I sipped.

Smelled of hops, though not nearly as strong as I would have expected for a beer that claimed to be heavily hopped. There was lots of malty sweetness in the aroma as well.

Mouthfeel was smooth, with a nice carbonation.

Taste was (thankfully) not as sweet as I worried it might be, though I’d have expected a little more spice (orange peel, white pepper, coriander) for a winter ale. An English ale that is not at all unpleasant, even drinkable, but not spectacular.

12-11-2006 05:35:43 | More by TheLiterati
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

11-23-2011 04:00:42 | More by Exiled
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-13-2013 19:26:36 | More by gorman4
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-26-2012 21:01:15 | More by JakeDebus
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.7%

01-07-2012 04:04:38 | More by ShemRahBoo
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.7%

11-22-2012 21:47:26 | More by djrn2
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -15.7%

11-27-2011 14:58:05 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

02-12-2014 16:07:28 | More by morningthief
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3.03/5  rDev -14.9%

It has a beautiful head and lace. They are both thick and full. It has a strong grainy and hop filled. It has a malty flavor at first but becomes floral and hoppy. It seems like they used a good variety of hops. It is mildly metallic. Other than the hops it the flavor was bland. It had a medium mouthfeel and was smooth. It was a pretty average.

04-19-2009 15:59:34 | More by MTNboy
Photo of Mora2000


3.05/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours a macro lager yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very faint, with some slight hop character. The flavor is decent, easily the best of the gimmicky Ridgeway Christmas beers. You get some English hops and malts, but it is nothing spectacular. High carbonation and thin body.

12-31-2009 21:48:49 | More by Mora2000
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3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

This pours a dark bronze with a 2 finger head that disappears quickly.The mixture of malt and hops make this a nice smelling beer.However,this mixture is a little tough on the taste buds.This is very malty and very hoppy.Together,this makes a beer that is not very balanced at all.I think if they cut back alittle this would be better tasting.The m/f is medium and very unbalanced.This is not a bad beer,but the hype doesn't live up to the taste.

11-30-2005 04:48:50 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured a slightly reddish amber color, fairly puffy head, small but numerous bubbles. Head had good staying power, some lacing.
Smell took me back a bit. Some sticky sweetness, malt and apricot, but mostly I smelled a skunkiness to it. Like a watered down Moosehead.
Taste wasn't skunked, thankfully. A more-complex-than-simple lager taste. Slightly roasted malt, sweetness, molasses hints and tangerine cues. I didn't taste much hops, but I think they calmed the sweetness down a bit.
better drank cold; as it warmed it allowed the alcohol to seep through, not a pleasant aftertaste.
Better than average, but not worth the $5/bottle.

12-11-2006 16:25:16 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

As IPA's are not my favorite, I was expecting to recoil at first taste. However, either my palate has calmed or this beer is better than some IPA's I've tasted in the past.

The color is that of a grilled cheese sandwich with teeny-tiny bubbles fighting their way to the respectable white head.

Like most reviewers wrote, it's got a fruity aroma that seems more spring-like than winter. I could see drinking this on the beach. I don't quite care for the metallic bitterness that seems to linger a bit too long, but not a bad beer.

Props for the 6.0 alcohol content.

05-30-2004 02:49:32 | More by Guinness4me
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.

12-22-2007 22:57:27 | More by Vancer
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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.

07-10-2007 03:17:42 | More by blitheringidiot
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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.

04-19-2007 22:05:01 | More by afordney
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3.13/5  rDev -12.1%

163rd review on BA
bottle to mug

Stocking stuffer from the wife

App- A little darker than drawn butter in a bowl. One finger head that went away quickly. Not at all how I thought this would pour.

Smell- A faint citrus with some hops, spice and a touch earthy.

Taste- A very off taste. Has a malty bite to it but it's a bit flat. Had a spice/herb note that just didn't sit well to me.

Mouth- A bit chewy with a lighter medium body and a medium carbonation.

Drink- A little off to me but wasn't too bad. A gift from the wife. At least she tried.

01-07-2011 04:08:12 | More by FosterJM
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

04-15-2006 05:26:51 | More by PSUDREW
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3.18/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

02-21-2007 23:01:41 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of largadeer


3.18/5  rDev -10.7%

Copper colored with a slight haze. A gentle pour creates a thin half-inch head that shows decent retention. Fruity English ale yeast aroma; fresh stonefruit, bread, a bit of buttery diacetyl and earthy hops. Palate is decent, fruity and buttery flavors are prominent with an earthy hop note beneath. Bitterness is moderate, a little astringent and at odds with the diacetyl. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't want to drink a full pint.

08-31-2010 23:08:25 | More by largadeer
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.