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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
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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baggio

Sweden

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 19:51:26 | More by baggio
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GallowsThief

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 1 pint 9 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a very light but somewhat hazy golden. Small stark white head that quickly dissipated and left spotty lacing.

S – Fruity and somewhat sweet. Grape, apple with light malt.

T – Hmm not much here in the way of taste. Almost flat taste. Grain and malt. No real sweetness. Totally devoid of flavors you would expect with the smell which was pleasant. Light alcohol at the end. Bitter.

M – Sharp carbonation and light mouthfeel. Very drying.

O – Looks good, smells good….tastes bland.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:33:00 | More by GallowsThief
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HoustonTX

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 05:36:52 | More by HoustonTX
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wertschy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-14-2012 01:23:25 | More by wertschy
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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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Jamstone714

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

03-13-2012 23:43:31 | More by Jamstone714
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TrojanRB

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-02-2014 01:14:52 | More by TrojanRB
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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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dbarny76

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-14-2014 01:10:39 | More by dbarny76
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Auracom

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Completely random bottle from a friend to celebrate working from home. Served from whatever size bottle it comes in, into a Cantillon flute.

A - Light, completely clear golden coloring with a single finger of white head. Lots of bubbles clinging around the edges of the glass. Average lacing.

S - More APA? Soft, fruity hops with light spices. Possibly a little yeast-like, with a touch of banana, clove, and bread loaf. Not too bad.

T - Very little fruit in the taste and virtually no malt balance. Hops don't kick in until late-mid palate and they aren't really that appealing. It gets worse as it warms up, something rubber-like comes across in the finish.

M - Light body, average carbonation. Amazingly short finish with as little hop bitterness in the aftertaste as I've come across. Not smooth.

D - The aroma was typical and fine. The taste was quite underwhelming and got to the point of slightly gross near the end.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 20:16:03 | More by Auracom
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-25-2013 12:58:54 | More by vinicole
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battlekow

Wisconsin

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

Bad Elf initially smells like it's trying desperately to express some malts, tyrannically oppressed by the evil floral hops. The nose mellows and balances as the beer warms a bit, allowing a scent of spiced apples to escape. Tastes quite crisp, lots of hop flavor with, as they say, a strong malt backbone. A slightly unpleasant "off" flavor in the finish.

I've never had any aged SN Celebration, but Bad Elf seems like what I figure a few years would do to that beer, mellowing it out. I like it. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 05:31:36 | More by battlekow
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 05:26:51 | More by PSUDREW
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DuffDaddy

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

02-04-2014 17:22:03 | More by DuffDaddy
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Arborescence

Finland

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-19-2012 23:13:58 | More by Arborescence
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JesseLara

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

01-14-2014 05:39:06 | More by JesseLara
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light honey amber color. Little to no head and very little lacing.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of honey, floral hops and yeast.

Light and crisp on the palate. This brew has a mild biscuity malt sweetness and a flavor that is almost lager like to me. A sour yeasty bite connects with a mild hop bitter finish.

Nice brew, hoppier that most English IPA's that I've tried.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 06:41:49 | More by SteveO1231
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Call this one a Christmas surprise.

A foamy two-finger head atop a reddish-golden brew. As soon as I cracked it open, I could tell this was no ordinary Christmas ale, but rather a strongly-hopped IPA in a Santa suit. The beautifully bitter hops attacked my nostrils and then my taste buds as I savored this new (at least, to me) treat to kick off my small three beer test.

Clean and bitter, this easy-drinking brew wasn’t at all what I expected from something labeled a holiday ale (no sweets or spices whatsoever), but a brew I’d like to have in any season.

Part #1 of the 12/8 Hebrew Hammer Holiday Threeway.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 00:30:32 | More by RockyTopHeel
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pastramionrye7

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-03-2013 03:07:33 | More by pastramionrye7
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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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moulefrite

Massachusetts

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

Pours a bad (elf ass) deep honey color and displays ample sticky head and lace. Aromas feature lemony hop and sweet biscuit. In the mouth the beer offers more lemony biscuit flavors and a big kiss of bitter hop. While I find this beer attractive it seems to lack individualality, hence making it just another decent IPA in my book. Albiet, I love it when a Winter seasonal is something other than a spiced up load of...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 01:06:15 | More by moulefrite
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jimmygord

Illinois

2/5  rDev -43.8%

12-22-2011 14:30:34 | More by jimmygord
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sebaastionb

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

05-24-2014 14:14:12 | More by sebaastionb
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frosted33

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-23-2013 20:06:50 | More by frosted33
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.