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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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368 Ratings
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Ratings: 368
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 tugdriver7
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another "Beer of the Month" sample. Had I not known this was from England, I would have assumed it to be a domestic craft beer. The beer surprised me. Medium "orange" in color with tiny bubbles streaming up the side of the glass, it poured with a smooth textured head that fell quickly and lace the glass. A definite hop presence in the nose, and the taste was at first malt then a definitive hop flavor that stopped just short of overpowering. A very fresh tasting, smooth, drinkable IPA. When I saw "Winter Ale" I expected something a bit darker and maltier. This was a refreshing surprise. And an import no less. Definitely one to watch for.

tugdriver7, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Quaffer
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle.

Appearance: This was a straightforward amber brew that was almost clear. There was just the slighest hint of haze to the liquid. During the pour, I roughened things up a bit and was rewarded with a white head that was almost two fingers tall. It disappeared relatively quickly. A few freckled patches of laces were all that was left behind.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma was a combination of rich, biscuit-like malt and pungent, raw hops. They weren't overpowering; they just had a rawness about them. After the beer had set for a little bit, the malt slipped away into the background and the hops rose up to conquer the aroma. They lost some of their edge and became more citrusy. There was a lot of lemon on the nose at this time, too.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and dry, with a lot of carbonation. Not rough, though.

Taste: This beer was dry from the second it hit my mouth. No initial sweetness at all. A muddled, piney bitterness kicked in quickly. The hops had a bit of that raw edge that they had in the aroma right after the beer was poured. Some lemon rose up and joined the hops, creating an oddly enjoyable lemon Pinesol flavor. This lingered into the aftertaste where just a hint of sweetness emerged. Toward the end of the beer, the hops became a little more distinct and defined and a little less muddled.

This one grew on me the more I drank it. Not bad.

Quaffer, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

vinicole, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Jerseyislandbeer, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of GallowsThief
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.

GallowsThief, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of ngandhi
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet citric melon nose and palette reminiscent of some very select Australian (and occassionally New Zealand) Sauvignon Blancs. There's a latent Amarillo/Cascade meets Styrian Goldings finish and bittering with a pleasant hint of grain. This brew is notorious for its high hopping rate, but I can tell you for certain that it's mostly late-boil. The result is a medium-light bodied, fruity British-style ale that balances the grain heartiness of a late fall harvest with the delicate scents of spring.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of DuffDaddy
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

DuffDaddy, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of roblowther
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a Christmas gift set, probably a familiar story to beer nerds everywhere. The color is surpisingly light, it is very clear with a minimal head that soon leaves behind a thin sticky lace. Smell is honey and lemons, not the hops I would have expected. The taste is very smooth, malty, and with caramel and a nice hop balance. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky, slick, and slightly flat, not surpising for an English beer. Drinkability is good, as the balance and light flavor make for a very nice beer. I'd say the elf isn't as bad as advertised.

roblowther, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of sebaastionb
4/5  rDev +12.4%

sebaastionb, May 24, 2014
Photo of Luigi
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden color, and if you put it up in light you can see tiny yeast particals. The head is very good. Not sticky but stays in place. I can smell a nice aroma of hops. The taste is very balanced. Malts hit the tounge first, but followed soon with a spicy hop flavor. The hops tend to stick around a bit. A very good English Pale ale, but I can't say it is a IPA.

Luigi, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of wertschy
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

wertschy, Dec 14, 2012
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 jimmygord
2/5  rDev -43.8%

jimmygord, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Jamstone714
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Jamstone714, Mar 13, 2012
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 frosted33
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

frosted33, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of elniko
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.

elniko, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of dbarny76
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

dbarny76, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of SykDoc
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.

SykDoc, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of TommyW
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.

TommyW, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Hockey_Fan, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Auracom
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.

Auracom, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of battlekow
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.

battlekow, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of JesseLara
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

JesseLara, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Arborescence
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Arborescence, Feb 19, 2012
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.