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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
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355 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a hearty pour, this brew pours out a semi hazy copper colored body, and makes about a finger and a half foam cranium, which retains nicely as a thin film throughout my 16oz serving.

In the aroma there buttery and slightly nutty hints, along with a lemony tea fragrance.

In the taste there is leathery herbal and tea flavors.

Overall a decent English IPA, but needs just a hint more hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 02:05:42 | More by TheSarge
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - a crisp golden color, a little murky but mostly clear. Not much foam, and somewhat slow carbonation.

Smell - Seems fairly hoppy and bitter with a hint of some sort of spice.

Taste - Not quite as hoppy-tasting as it smelled, but still hoppy and bitter, but the malts help balance it out. The spice from the smell is here too in the taste, but I can't narrow it down. Texture is fairly well-balanced but leans slightly toward the creamy side.

Drinkability - Not a bad brew at all. Decently complex and good-tasting. Just wish I could narrow down the other ingredients in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:48:21 | More by Nerudamann
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.98/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a touch of an off white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings a bunch of buttered bread lying underneath some mildly-appealing caramel and toffee notes. The taste goes down the wrong road, as the diacetyl really comes out here and takes over nearly everything. A bit of caramel, molasses, and maybe some spicing? It's really hard to tell with the butter. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit gross. No reason to go through this whole beer; I did as much as I could to drink a few ounces but that was about all I could stomach.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 16:12:18 | More by Thorpe429
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largadeer

California

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 23:08:25 | More by largadeer
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer produced a half finger head atop a clear yellow body. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing special either.

Aroma was a little bit hoppy, but not much. Some pale malts and a bit floral, but there was a skunkiness that reminded me of a lager that had sat on the shelf too long.

Taste was much better than the nose, however. Pine hops came through, along with a solid malt backbone. Pretty well balanced. The finish was nice and bitter.

Mouthfeel was crisp and clean. Pretty good.

Good drinkability, as well. I could have easily had a second, were one available. If the opportunity presented it, I would have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 02:58:02 | More by connecticutpoet
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:29:48 | More by Wetpaperbag
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this courtesy of my friend Jeremy, much thanks. Poured into a pint glass, it straw orange mix. An almost white 1/4 inch head forms and quickly reduces to a partly cloudy day. Carbonation is noticeable and no sediment.

The aroma is a earthy hop mix with a malty sweet backbone. Perhaps just a hint of nutmeg.

The taste is a blend of earthy and pine hops with some citrus fruit and malty sweetness in the background. A little alcohol is also present.

The mouthfeel was light/medium bodied. There seems to be a bit too much carbonation that overpowers the flavor. It feels crisp and leaves a clean finish, just a hint of spice.

Overall, this is a reasonably drinkable beer but not something I would readily seek out.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 02:42:59 | More by SykDoc
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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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mdfb79

New York

2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 00:57:37 | More by mdfb79
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wknight167

California

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a clear orange copper with a one finger white head with little staying power and some lacing.

Nose- Grapefruit and pine hops at levels that remind me of a conservative west coast brew.

Palate- Starts off sweet with pineapple notes then dries out with the hops mentioned before. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation

Drinkability- Quite tasty and easy drinking.

Overall- I'm a little bummed this in only a winter offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 23:02:46 | More by wknight167
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wangbruins

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden burnt orange with a decent head, kind of simple and plain

S- Burnt citrus, like oranges, and some spices like nutmeg and kind of a grainy scent

T- Very grainy with a little bit of spice

M- Light and airy and very thin at the end

D- Not much for this beer, it's very easy to drink but not too pleasing

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:02:44 | More by wangbruins
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cjgator3

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with an off white head with decent retention and lacing. Bad Elf is not a bad brew, but nothing out of the ordinary either. The taste is dry buttery malts with peppery hops in the finish. Definitely worth a try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 05:52:17 | More by cjgator3
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joshstevens87

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- ours a light orange with a nice 1/2 inch white head which leaves lacing as you drink it
S-citrusy hops dominating with the malt contributing a sweet fruityness and a small hint of alcohol in the background
T-citrusy hops with malt contributing a sweet fruityness and slew of flavor (orange to vanilla) with a bit more alcohol presence then one is used to at 6% overall a wonderful complex beer
M-medium body with a light carbonation giving a very smooth almost liquid bread feel to the mouth
D-between its complex taste easy drinking body this beer is very drinkable i wouldn't mind drinking it all night

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 13:28:46 | More by joshstevens87
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cleverbeername

Nevada

4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dimpled beer goblet

55-60*

A lagerish look, not sort of true gold color with mini swirls of oj color (reminds me of *sp blanche de brussels). avg. head, very white

S wit, dry, citrus notes of tangerine and orange zest. nice hop character.

T hoppy, dry, sweet and sour. Sour dough bread notes. its sort of perplexing, and takes awhile to pinpoint whats going on, but in a good way.

M sits pretty nice in the palate, but not super impressive for style

D Im going to want one of these yearly around dec. Im looking forward to trying the rest. its a nice package.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 02:26:48 | More by cleverbeername
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emerge077

Illinois

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

Into a half liter mug, this pours a brilliant deep orange. It had nice clarity and even some spindly lacing. Retention wasn't that great, although there was a decent clump of bubbles to one side.

Faintly hoppy aroma, tea like, some herbal and floral notes. You have to wonder what the boat journey does to a beer that has "3 lbs. of fresh hops in every barrel". They certainly don't express themselves here.

Clean and inoffensive flavor, mostly buttery biscuit and leafy hop tea traces. Little to no bitterness or interest at all. Fairly mellow and pedestrian. I can finish this, which is more than I could say for Lump of Coal.

I'm glad this was a gift, because i'm not into buying beers for the novelty labels.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 02:18:50 | More by emerge077
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elniko

Texas

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

Part of sampler pack I received for Christmas. Poured from bottle into New Belgium globe glass.

A: Fairly light glowing coloring with minimal head that left some oily qualities behind and nice lacing. Almost a little hazy, carbonation not too apparent.

S: Nice fruity nose, mild citrus qualities to it.

T & M: Rather light bodied. Fruity, orangish qualities from nose come out in the taste as well. Decently balanced although a little more malt backing would have been good.

D: Quite drinkable, I really enjoyed this beer. Looking forward to trying the rest in the sampler from Ridgeway.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 00:18:34 | More by elniko
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hiikeeba

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a slightly hazy yellow with a tight white head that lingers, leaving a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet aroma with traces of fresh fruit. Apple or pear like fruitiness.

T - Flavor is full of sweet malt, like a mild apple juice. Some breadiness. No hops detected. Actually kind of bland. Fruity,
apple/pear-like aftertaste high in my mouth. Not unappealing.

M - Medium bodied, malty mouthfeel.

D - My lips feel a bit sugar coated. Otherwise a nice beer. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 04:59:21 | More by hiikeeba
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Mora2000

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 21:48:49 | More by Mora2000
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear golden yellow. About a half inch of white lace forms and dissapates alomost instantly. Leaving just a smattering of soapy lace.

The aroma is light hops with lots of sweet grain and malt. That's about all I'm getting out of this one.

The flavor is about the same as the nose. Light citrus hops along with a dominant sweet malt and sugary grains. Fairly bland.

Light body with a truck load of carbonation.

Overall I'm abit dissapointed with this one. I guess I just had high hopes after looking at the label. Drinkable but average.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 23:52:17 | More by beerwolf77
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hustlesworth

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear dirty golden amber, big airy off-white head recedes rather quickly to about 1/2in chunky disk, then slowly to a thick ring of foam with much drippy lace.

S- nice soft hoppy aroma, not too overbearing, mostly bitter orange and toffee, sugar cookies, holiday bread, pound cake, and all those nice sweet aromas i love in an english ale. earthy and toasty notes as well. becomes increasingly floral as it warms.

T- mineral water flavor throughout, toasty grains, orange blossoms, grapefruit pith, and essential oils of lime. nicely hoppy with a great balance. upon a good burp, extreme floral flavors make themselves apparent. citrusy and sweet, hoppy but not overly bitter, multi-faceted, it's earthy, herbal, floral, toasty, and fruity all at once. bitterness sits on the back of the tongue. finishes with big floral and citrus flavors, mild bitterness, and sweet toasted cookie.

MF- soft and milky, delicate mild carbonation, and somewhat dry on the cheeks. a pretty standard english feel.

D- very flowery hop character blows out most citrus notes, imparting a very interesting flavor and aroma to this brew. good and drinkable, with well hidden alcohol. a nice holiday brew although it doesn't feel very christmasy.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 06:01:02 | More by hustlesworth
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biggred1

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze with a fluffy off white head that leaves scaps of lace behind on the glass. The nose is bready and grainy with grapefruity hop notes. Candied orange and lemon zest with a rich malty backbone, pretty nice. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. a nice English IPA and my favorite of the Ridgeway holiday offerings I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 22:49:53 | More by biggred1
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drunkboxer1

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear golden color. Thin lacy head dissipates fast leaving a some oily looking bubbles. Smells like pale bready malt and a good amount of sweet piney hops. Not too much citrus flavors off this IPA, but a good amount of earthy tastes and piney tastes. Not bad. Very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 21:21:57 | More by drunkboxer1
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Wiessmonkey

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served at 48 degrees in a goblet
A. not very bad looking, golden and clean
S. creamy, sweet almost marshmallow with orange and wet bread
T. there were two taste spectrums going on with this beer from start to finish the most powerful at the start was spicy, tangerine, peach blossom and slightly pungent; the other was a good bitterness and acid blend that started out small and built throughout ending strong and powerful
M. light and slightly creamy
D. i was impressed with this beer. it looked so simple and non impressive. the smell raised the bar and my eye brows promising a lot and i was hopeful that it would not let me down. this beer did not let me down, the longer i drank and thought about what was going on the more impressed i was. this beer seemed simple at first but was more complex than i have anticpated. i love pleasant suprises.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 18:53:09 | More by Wiessmonkey
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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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dedrinker

Kansas

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

Light amber-to-gold. smelled a bit of sulfur beneath the stone fruit and biscuit. Flavor is quite similar with a little dry edge from the hops. Kinda light-bodied for an English Pale Ale of 6% but it did make it more drinkable. At any rate they could easily achieve this body and flavor at a lower strength - say 4.5%, and that way I could make it my go to beer, and they would be filling kegs like mad to ship over here, and I wouldn't have to buy a retail pint bottle for the price a nice draft would cost in a bar.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 06:17:24 | More by dedrinker
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.