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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%


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:
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(Beer added by: Loki on 11-26-2003)
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Loki

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first gift, for the States anyway, from Peter Scholey and his new brewery Ridgeway Brewing. Shelton Brothers delivered this gift to the States wrapped in an Imperial Pint bottle. The card on the present (Shelton Bros. website) said this gift was a IPA/Hoppy Beer, Winter/Holiday Beer so I didn't know what category to put this present in. However, the noticible absense of any strong spices lead me to put it in the IPA category. This beer is bottle conditioned and has some yeast sediment.

Appearance: After unwrapping this gift from it's large brown bottle it poured a crystal clear dark, golden honey color with a wispy, thin, white head that disappates to a spotty cover quickly. However, the lack of head did not affect the lacing in any way. Sheets and webs of lacing all around the glass, clining definantly to the sides. I would have rated the appearance much higher except for the nearly complete lack of head. The wrapping recommended leaving some in the bottle for the Elves, which I did and still ended up with some yeast sediment in the glass, not that I'm complaining. I was amazed that the sediment was not noticible in the glass and did not affect the clarity of the beer.

Smell: This present also came with a wonderful bouquet of floral hops, malt, and minerals with a grassy tinge. Almost a wildflower fragrance to the floral tones. I did notice an absence of cinnamon and clove that I expected, but I did detect some nutmeg. The minerals come off with dry earthy smell. Very reminicent of a traditional English cask ale.

Taste: English malt is the first gift of flavor to the tongue. Followed by a shower of minerals and floral, grassy hops. Dry mineral present came in the middle and one the end, very similiar to a true English cask ale. The last present is a slightly bitter, dry taste and clean finish. This present transports me to an English Pub during the holiday. A great escape and a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 15:22:02 | More by Loki
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TommyW

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, golden/orange with a tall, white head.

S- Pretty mellow overall, some malty sweetness with a little piny hops.

T- A malty sweetness blending nicely into the a citrus hop profile that create of flavor similar to a fruity and floral bubblegum.

M- A very silky smooth feel that coats the tongue; easy carbonation.

D- A really interesting and smooth beer. A nice treat to try.

Serving type: cask

02-27-2010 15:02:14 | More by TommyW
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a Pils glass (ugh) at Dive Bar on 96th Street.

A: Pours an orange copper with a big honkin' off-white head. Nice lacing.

S: Subdued citrus fruit, but not much else.

T/M: Fruity and not much else. Tangerine or clementine dominates. A little pang of cinnamon at the end. I'm fishing for some bitterness, any bitterness, but coming up dry. Not unpleasant, but not interesting. On the plus side, it's quite smooth and creamy.

D: Eh. I wouldn't pass one up if you bought it for me, but I doubt I'd order it on my own again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 05:27:06 | More by CharlatanSin
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BTPete

New York

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour from Cask to Mug at Mahar's in Albany, NY.

Notes from phone.

A: hazy gold color. A little amount of bubbles with a little amount of lacing.

S: nice citrus pine, sweet aroma

T: smooth balanced ipa with a nice citrus and floral presence.

M: nicely carbed but being cask pretty mellow.

D: very drinkable and enjoyable, glad I came out for this one. I could have a few of these as it was nicely hopped but balanced and pretty darn smooth. The bar was getting busy so my brain couldn't focus too much but I wanted to review it. Hopefully it will be there again on my next visit.

Serving type: cask

12-14-2009 14:26:51 | More by BTPete
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pacond

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2006 15:54:42 | More by pacond
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stoner420

California

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2006 01:15:10 | More by stoner420
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Bartender Kate told me this one was "a little flat" I saw it as simply on the low carbonation side and that was just fine. Poured light honey golden amber, Mildly hoppy nose, minor head, natch, and no lacing. Agressivly hopped for a British IPA, thats a good thing!, Grainy hops evident and fresh tasting. Overlaid on a nice biscuity malt base. Long malty finish. Tasty and very pleasant, Brit brew with pleanty of character, I havent tried it in bottles, but the tap version is deserving of a try or two If you find it on at your local.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2005 11:01:27 | More by Billolick
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on cask at Spuytin Duyvil

Lovely toast color under light, coarse froth. High head that doesn't leave any mark on the glass. Citrus aroma. Lemony resin in the finish. Perfectly tender mouthfeel. Lemon and grapefruit over slight toasty malt. Simple, clean flavors. Overall, so light and lovely, that despite all the other fantastic beers in this place, I must have another .

Serving type: cask

12-22-2004 01:09:25 | More by gentlebubbles
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.58/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had a small sample of this beer from what was left in the firkin after the big opening of Saturnalia last night at Rich-O's. The beer poured a nice yellowed golden color with a nice figer or two of head with some retention. The nose was full of grapefruit hop and some very earthy undertones as well. The flavor was really nice, with a great hop profile with grapefruit and caramel from the malts. How nice. The beer was moderate to thick and creamy. Nice. Overall, this is a fantastic brew, and I think I enjoyed it more on cask better than from the bottle.

Serving type: cask

12-19-2004 03:08:46 | More by kmpitz2
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mickeymac

California

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's it golden-orange with a thick white head the leaves lace all the way down the glass. The smell is decidedly hoppy with load of malt and some spice. The taste is on the bitter side, but certainly not over the top. Moutfeel is nice and it goes down well. I used it to wash down some chicken curry at Baldwin's. If I hadn't known, I would have pegged this as a Pacific Northwest IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2004 02:31:36 | More by mickeymac
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Cizauskas

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peter Scholey, past Brewmaster for now shuttered Brakspear, brewed this delicious, winter warming, IPA.

The flavor spectrum is classic British bitter but revved higher: firm shakes of toasty and caramel maltiness, slugs of grapefruit rind, and strands of tangerine, lemon, and kiwi sinewed throughout. The finish lingers bracingly bitter. It's all Goldilocksian: sweetness just right, bitterness just right, and alcohol presence, at 6%, just right. There were some minor metallic notes in the aroma that detracted slightly - I'd like to taste this on cask.

Cascade's signature grapefruit and resiny characters don't overwhelm but are deftly crafted onto the flavor palate. This is inspired use of Cascades. Would that more American brewers practice this!

I first tasted Bad Elf at a Christmas beer dinner at Max's on Broadway in Baltimore, MD. A participant (not I), known for his dislike of Cascade hops, groaned when he was told of the hop charge. He smiled when he tasted the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2003 13:28:55 | More by Cizauskas
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Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
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