Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing
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3.05/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
12-31-2009 21:48:49 | More by Mora2000
2.95/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
02-11-2010 00:57:37 | More by mdfb79
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
12-25-2008 17:05:08 | More by jwc215
3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours an almost brilliantly clear, full copper color that is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, pale off-white colored head. The aroma has a light hoppiness to it that reminds me of herbal scents, a lightly sweet citrus-like lemon note, and even a hint of soft spiciness. The hop notes definitely dominate the aroma, but they are certainly not clubbing me over the head like and American hopped beer would.
The taste is fairly dry with a nice sharp, almost biting bitterness that carries through to the end. The hop flavor is a mix of herbal, perhaps even grassy, and lemon like citrus notes. There is a touch of malt sweetness that sneaks in to the middle of this beer; it accentuates the citrus character a bit and provides some balance to the hop notes. This has a nice heft to it, that is not too light and yet not so heavy that this is not quaffable. This beer tastes quite similar to what I would describe as an American brewed English style IPA. Restrained crystal malt character with lots of hop character. As the beer warms up the simple grain sweetness picks up a bit and this in turn accentuates the citrus notes a bit; even picks up some notes of orange. This is definitely quite enjoyable.
12-13-2005 21:23:53 | More by Gueuzedude
3.53/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
02-19-2008 08:30:29 | More by Halcyondays
2.63/5 rDev -26.1%
50cl bottle served into a transparent hard plastic cup at me friend's gaff in Palo Alto, California. Acquired at a local BevMo. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a nontransparent orange-copper.
Sm: Butterscotch (diacetyl?), cream, pleasant buttery malts, and clean barley. A moderate strength aroma.
T: A bit buttery in terms of malt, but clean and enjoyable, if simple. Not real well balanced, but built fairly well (albeit far off style). Not as hoppy as the label would like us to believe. A bit bland and disappointing. Light honey is a nice touch.
Mf: Sharp but smooth and wet. A touch too heavy on the palate. Fairly complementary of the flavours.
Dr: Decently drinkable. I wouldn't have it again; it's too simple and bland - especially for the style.
02-19-2012 03:21:51 | More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (England)
4.1/5 rDev +15.2%
A: pours a clear, amber hue with strong dark orangey hint, the white beer head is fluffy and dissipates rather fast, leaving sparse lacing on the sides of the glass; fairly lively body with constant streams of mini-bubbles ascending.
S: fruit-esters prevail from the first second onwards exotic fruity (incl. orange), spicy (coriander seed-like) and yeasty with a touch of candy-sugar almost like a lesser version of an aromatic Belgian pale ale(!), while a deeply malty overtone assumes at the back with lots of honeyish aroma buttressing it. Overall the aroma is not explosive, but at a closer sniff all the complex elements of aroma quietly but surely assert themselves. Excellent!
T: semi-thick texture of juicy pale malts come hand in hand with an initially spicy, piney, and dried tea-leaf like bitterness upfront, immediately followed by a flow of magnifying, slightly oily, orange-fruity hoppyness flooding all over the palate, causing a slightly pungent bite and dryish mouthfeel felt strongly esp. on the wings of the deep end of the tongue. The lingering, hard (by standards of English ales), and only faintly fruity hoppyness, combined with the underlying bitterness, makes an everlasting semi-tannic and slightly tangy aftertaste almost like chewing a mouthful of a kind of Chinese fruit snack--dried, lightly-sweetened citrus zest, plus a pinch of bitter herbs.
M&D: the initially smooth mouthfeel is balanced with the subsequent overwhelming bitterness and hops. Very satisfyingly hoppy strong ale, though Id expect its body to be a bit more rounded and better-balanced with more assertive malts, suppose in one more year of ageing it could just be like that?! Shall buy another bottle and age it. Solid brew!
12-03-2005 02:48:42 | More by wl0307
4.22/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
07-22-2005 11:01:27 | More by Billolick
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
Eh. This beer is more of a gimmick than anything else, but its not bad. Its just that there are so many other Christmas beers that are better. Pours amber with a head that quickly settles to a thin ring. Smells of sweet malt and alcohol. Fruity with apple and apricot as well in the nose. Taste has flavors similar to the aromas with the addition of a fairly substantial breadiness. Plum, apple, and apricot flavors with a slightly bitter finish round it out. Mouthfeel is crisp with a creamy finish. Tastes a little hot and not very well integrated to make this highly drinkable.
12-22-2007 00:36:35 | More by Georgiabeer
3.68/5 rDev +3.4%
(Served in an imperial pint glass)
A- This beer pours a nice copper color with a creamy light tan head of rocky bubbles on top. The body is crystal clear with some gentle bubbles floating to the surface.
S- The smell of green floral hops with a hint of pine is strong but in the background there is a note of slightly toasted fresh grain.
T- This beer has a soft smooth pale malt flavor with some slight caramel malt hints. The finish is a nice smooth piney and noble hop finish. The malt flavor is missing those subtle nuances that English IPAs have but the hops has a good complexity.
M- The mouthfeel is a medium-light feel but the texture is pretty watery. No alcohol warmth or astringency.
D- This is a nice smooth English style IPA. It would be nice with a bit more body and if the malt had a bit more depth to enhance the hops. Very quaftable non the less.
12-19-2005 04:32:17 | More by rhoadsrage
2.38/5 rDev -33.1%
Pours with a two-finger white head that stays and leaves a nice lace. Nearly clear, golden amber color and nose is seriously hoppy. Medium bodied. Starts hoppy, finishes bitter. Unusual for a winter ale (no spices) but the label points out that they are heavy handed with the hops. $3.99 for 500ml.
03-06-2004 00:02:21 | More by jdhilt
3.88/5 rDev +9%
Pours a nice clean/clear golden color, nice carbonation, nice little white creamy head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slight hop, and lots of caramel. The taste is mostly malty, with some hops thrown in, and caramel. This is a very nice English IPA. Slightly sweet too. Medium body. Drinkable, recommended.
11-27-2007 00:47:39 | More by Wasatch
3.08/5 rDev -13.5%
Poured a slightly reddish amber color, fairly puffy head, small but numerous bubbles. Head had good staying power, some lacing.
Smell took me back a bit. Some sticky sweetness, malt and apricot, but mostly I smelled a skunkiness to it. Like a watered down Moosehead.
Taste wasn't skunked, thankfully. A more-complex-than-simple lager taste. Slightly roasted malt, sweetness, molasses hints and tangerine cues. I didn't taste much hops, but I think they calmed the sweetness down a bit.
better drank cold; as it warmed it allowed the alcohol to seep through, not a pleasant aftertaste.
Better than average, but not worth the $5/bottle.
12-11-2006 16:25:16 | More by Mebuzzard
3.25/5 rDev -8.7%
Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.
The smell featured an upfront spicy hop with traces of clove.
The taste consisted of some light biscuity malts, some herbal hops but and some decent winter spice, but was way too harsh in its bitterness. The typical English green apple flavor made its appearance. It must be me, because I cannot stand this flavor and this is the reason I avoid English ales altogether. I am hoping it is me, or at least it is a phenomenon limited to bottled ales.
The mouthfeel was of average fullnes but adversely affected by the aforemnetioned rind-like bitterness.
Overall an attractive and aromatice ale. The flavor and drinkablilty suffer from the acridness.
12-31-2007 00:57:12 | More by plaid75
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
12-07-2008 13:36:59 | More by beerthulhu
4.43/5 rDev +24.4%
Slightly hazed light amber tone. Small and disjointed bone white head. After a minute, a thin rimming is all that's left. The aroma is strong and upfront. And quite nice. Citrusy, resiny, pungent, mint and bigtime Bubblegum. The taste is stylin. This has got to be the most hopped up UK beer I've ever had. You'd guess it was from the West Coast USA if you didn't know better. The hop flavors are pungent and somewhat raw....bitter and piney...smoky and cannabis like...resiny and ctitc. Damn, this is pretty good. The malt backing proves to be more than capable and is toffee based. Body is a little better than medium and this beer flows over the tongue with ease. The one negative is the price tag...5.39 for 16.9 oz. It's good, but I can find IPAs from this country just as good for lesser $$$$. Glad I tried it once though.
12-30-2003 06:17:32 | More by Bighuge
Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.