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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
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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Photo of tobyandgina
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Virtually no head upon pour.

Color is golden yellow and clear. Not much carbonation.

Smells of caramel malts and not much else.

A little bit of some hops in the flavor, along with some grassy notes. There really isn't much to this one.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty good - plays well on the tongue. And the drinkability is decent. Good while working on the car or mowing the lawn.

tobyandgina, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of kaseydad
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
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 BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

BigBry, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of caddybuyer
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly veiled and deep golden in color with a creamy white head that settles rapidly

S-A very light malt/bread smell with a hint of citrus. There is not much going on here.

T-Starts off with a tangy slightly sweet malt and citrus balanced by the hops. Lighter than expected for something that calls itself a "Winter Ale". Very refreshing though...I would like to have one of these in the summer.

M-Light to Medium in the mouth, with average carbonation. Again, a refresher, not a warmer.

D-This is a pretty drinkable beer...nothing to blow your socks off, but solid. Don't really understand why it is a seasonal...there is nothing "winter" about it, and I was expecting a higher dose of hops here.

caddybuyer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours semi-cloudy light amber with a thin off-white head, almost no carbonation, and some lacing.

smell is light grapefruit, wet ceder wood chips, spice, toffee, burnt sugar, freshly cut christmas tree.

taste is oily, spice, fruit, bit of citrus, holly, caramel, somewhat bitter, hopy, and light malt, leaves the mouth on the sticky side.

froghop, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a large fluffy slightly off-white head that descends to a lasting thin cover, leaving some lacing.

The smell is floral/herbal and lemon-grassy. Well-hopped though with grainy backing and buttery notes.

The taste is of leafy, herbal, slightly citric hops, butterscotch and a firm malty, crackery backing. It has a bittering, dry finish.

The feel is a bit oily/slick. Medium-bodied.

Other than the slightly higher abv, it's not particularly "wintery", but who cares. A nice IPA that shows the English hops well, while being balanced. I could drink and enjoy in any season (though not "session"). A very good representation of an English IPA.

jwc215, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a slight haze. Tall head with excellent lacing. Strong malty aroma that translates to a big hit on the tongue. Finishes a bit weak for my taste, but has a very creamy mouthfeel. Hops are here more for aroma than taste.

Tried laying one down from last year and the beer did not fare well. Won't do that again.

beer2day, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of mralphabet
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 16.9 oz bottle into a Pilhser glass

A: Amber (a little unfiltered looking) Nice 2 finger head with very nice lacing

S: Fruity... Maybe Orange with a hint of pineapple

T: Very light, I getting a hint of a fruit but not sure which one.... Also Hoppy upfront but not to much.... The bitterness is just right....Very good

M: Light & refreshing, carbonation is very good.

D: Very enjoyable, I might have to pour another...

Not a Winter Ale as I thought it would be... But very nice.... It would make a nice Christmas gift...

mralphabet, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden straw color. A white head forms and leaves some light sticky lace.
S: Fruity hops up front, but it is not overly bitter. Oranges, apples, pears, and other citrus aromas. Some sweet doughy malt.
T: Again a nice hoppy bite up front. Oranges, apples, pears with a hint of grapefruit. Just the right amount of bitterness for an English IPA. Sweet caramel and doughy malt.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and well carbonated. Very smooth and easy to drink.

I like this beer. Not overly complex, but very tasty. Something I could drink more of.

champ103, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright, and crisp golden peach color with orange hues. A one finger cream-beige colored head sits atop that was bubbly and lasted for several minutes. Visible carbonation was faint while a nice spiderweb lacing was left behind.

S: fruity with fresh oranges and apples with a perfumy hopping.

T: a light lemon breadiness and orange flavor opens things up. There was a spiciness of apples and a pretty good floral hopping. Some alcohol detection with a slight orange sourness was also detected. The flavor was moderatly good, though maybe not so much per style. A nice malting though not a lot of spices. Some citrusy grapefruit, pale grains, with a touch of cinnamon linger about but not enough to make a difference overall.

M: light, very smooth with a extremely soft carbonation. An slightly above average xmas drink.

D: Easy to put down especially at 6.0% which drinks quite well though was only moderatly exciting.

beerthulhu, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a bright amber body with a touch of haze and a layer of thin, bright white foam atop. The head recedes quickly into a bubbly ring that leaves a few scraps of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is spicy and tartly citrusy with a little pine and solid note of mild and mellow pale malt.

The taste is mild and pale malty with a sweet orange undertone and a grapefruit pithy bitterness. Though pretty meek overall, the citrusy hop flavors predominate, and very little bitterness and only the faintest touch of earthy dryness marks the finish.

The drink is light-medium in body with minimal carbonation. A nice drink and very citrusy for an English IPA.

cvstrickland, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been curious about the Bad Elf series for a while so when I saw this at the local Whole Foods it seemed to make sense. This one pours a medium, slightly hazy golden color with a foamy white head with about a four minute half life. The nose is grassy, faint floral hops.

The taste is initially pretty good but kind of fizzles and goes in a bunch of different directions. You get some up front alcohol and some malt sugars but the thin texture doesn't lend itself to the kick or flavor. There's a touch of hop bitterness for a flash but it passes quickly and the finish is sweet and just kind of fades away. I usually like English IPAs but this one doesn't really have the bitterness or hop profile or the malt or toasted qualities to be a winter warmer or strong ale. It's kind of a hybrid, but not something I'm going to search out again.

daliandragon, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of CAP1868
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the 16.9 oz bottle into a english-style 22oz glass

A- Murky amber color with a small white head with decent lacing throughout the brew

S- Smells very bready and light

T- taste is pretty good light refreshing tones with a taste of alcohol and bread, maybe some type of fruit, very good

M- Light and refreshing but still feels like a decent winter ale

D- Very good in this category, could drink a few

I recommend this beer for those who want to try a winter type ale

CAP1868, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber/blonde, with a small white head with poor retention, no real lacing to be seen.

S: White grapefruit predominately, with a light malty profile, and some alcohol.

T: Taste is actually pretty good. Light bready malt mixed with a grassy, earthy hop profile, lawn clippings, can be astringent at times, but I found it to be pretty tasty in the long run, nice bit of dark fruit in the aftertaste as well, too.

M: Nice full, crisp carbonation, medium-bodied, dry.

D: A pretty good EIPA, would definitely buy it again next holiday season, a quality effort.

M:

Halcyondays, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber golden color with a small head.

Smells a bit malty and spicy, sort of bready as well.

Very smooth taste of malt and some spiciness.

Nothing spectacular but glad I finally found a bottle to give this a try. I wasn't a huge fan of it but it was pretty good.

Tilley4, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Cyberkedi, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewd from notes.

A - Poured out a cloudy/hazy orange color with hints on gold. A small, white, short-lived head left no lace.

S - It smelled mossy and lightly grassy. There was also some roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted of caramel malts and had a bitter kick with some subtle hop flavor.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was okay. It wasn't as flavorful as some other of this style.

zeff80, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with retention that fades after a little while.

Smell is grassy and lemony. Grapefruit in the back with some citrusy hops. Pale malts are in the backround.

Taste is grassy and lemony from the citrusy hops. Pale english malts are unintersting in the backround.

Mouthfeel is slightly crisp, but it is somewhat watery and a little bit uninteresting.

Not a bad brew at all. I'm glad to have tried it.

jasonjlewis, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of baggio
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a few of these in a liqourstore close to work and realized i had not yet review it so i decided to grab a bottle....

A: Orange with a cream head that sticks to the glass.

S: Citric notes, yeast, hint of caramel, metal notes.

T: Caramel, minerals, hint of apple, cough-medicine(!), tropical fruits

M: Quite smooth with very low carbonation and a nice bitterness.

Well, i'd say this is more of a IPA than a winterale. Still, for an IPA it is not bad. Still, this is not something i'll go back to again anytime soon. Average.

baggio, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although marketed as a "winter ale", this is certainly an IPA... Pours a hazy, straw-colored hue with minimal frothy head that soon dissipated... Smell was noticeably an IPA... replete with hops, vanilla, and slight caramel... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with ultra-fresh hops, grains, citrus, and a noticeable bitter-sweet aftertaste that was rich, thick, and satisfying... first-ever brew from this English company, and I must admit that I was very satisfied... This 1 pint .9 fl oz was pretty pricey at almost $5 at a local store in Short Hills, but I didn't recognize the label or brewery, so I wanted to give it a try... all in all, an excellent IPA that really stood out due to its pure and fresh flavor... definitely better than the average depiction of the style... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange body supports two ample fingers of white froth. The smell gives off only a little hint of the bitterness and complex taste that comes later, unfortunately, though citrus is certainly detectable. As the beer warms, however, the nose becomes better and more balanced with hop bitterness. I rather like the taste, which becomes more complicated as the beer warms slightly, and I ponder what I've purchased. Plenty of citrus--mainly grapefruit, lemon and some orange--ample hops to the taste, some modest spice, and a little vanilla that I enjoy in small servings. Nicely done.

This is a solid, well-rounded beer, not outstanding but good indeed. It's not a beer to quaff, but rather to patiently drink and enjoy. I would not characterize this as a Winter Ale per se, but rather a nice IPA, similar in hop allotment and style to, but different in flavor from Samuel Smith's IPA. It will come around.

Gehrig, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Drewcifer
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice yellow, with some reddish-orange hue to it. Fairly clear. Very little head at all, and it’s gone quickly.

Scent is of citrus, slight clove, and hops.

Taste is fairly bland, hops, a bit of citrus – mostly orange – and a smidgen of winter spices.

Pretty light bodied, nicely carbonated, easy downer.

It’s got very good drinkability, both single bottle or sessioning, but the problem with this brew is that it presents as being a special holiday brew, but all in all, it’s just another EIPA. It’s very average.

Drewcifer, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of HoustonTX
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very unique light yellow, with a small orange hue. Head is non existant.

Smells of light citrus, and feint caramel and pale malt. Florals and herbacous tones as well.

Very pleasant golden ale. Large flowery tones and fringes of citrus border a pale malt background. Decent, and smooth drinking.

Not a whole lot of complexity on this one, it is however a tasty and easy to drink beer. Not bad.

HoustonTX, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The name and label make this look very much like a gimmicky seasonal, but overall the taste isn't so bad to warrant such a nasty review as would befit such a beer.

A - Not bad. Kind of a bland pale orange body, but the smallish head has some good staying power.

S - Smells delightfully of citrus, perhaps subtle peachs.

T - Slightly, mild spiciness makes the flavor a bit on the disappointing if you're expecting the usual winter seasonal spiciness like I was. But after the disappoint disappeared I was left with a tasty enough treat. Rather sweet, not hop heavy, nor mired in malts. It's just a good tweener, if a tad on the sweetside.

M - A little too watery for what it should be.

D - Mild flavor makes it go down faster than the usual sipping speed of the winter seasonal. Good winter session brew.

JayTheFinn, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of mnapier
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 12 ounce tulip.

Appearance, is dark gold & clear with a medium white foamy head, and a tattered curtain of lace.
As I roll the glass around I pick up the honey, biscuit, and some citrus, aromas that part my nose.
A noticeable apple and butter is buried in this along with a biscuit like medium mouthfeel. Cheers but not for me.

mnapier, Jan 03, 2008
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.