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Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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 im4beer
2/5  rDev -43.8%

im4beer, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of ellisdee97
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light perfectly clear brown with tinges of yellow and orange. A nice column of bubbles rise within and a nice light white head quickly dissipates leaving a nice bubbly ring. Very sticky lacing lingers through to the end.

S: Nice floral hop aroma up front. Orange peel and lemon zest. Some toasted malt and slight fruit.

T: Taste is reminiscent of a nicely hopped lager. Sweet toasted malt, and a taste of orange sherbert. Spicy hops with hints of orange and lemon zest.

M: Full bodied almost syrupy, with a sweet dry finish.

D:Excellent cold weather brew.

ellisdee97, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of Ed2
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Ed2, Nov 16, 2014
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 TStout
3/5  rDev -15.7%

TStout, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of willmc
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on sight a nice pale amber, almost golden color. a good inch white head that lingers for a short while, small traces of lacing. aromas of fruity sweet malt. tastes a touch sweet at first, hops on the finish, with hints of carmel somewhere in the middle. overall i was suprised by this beer. i mainly bought it for the label and name, so Bad Elf is actually pretty good. cheers!

willmc, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of cleverbeername
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.

cleverbeername, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of JL1
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

JL1, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of brandon722
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

brandon722, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of iceviper22
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured a light red to copper hue with a small one to two finger white head that lasted for a few minutes leaving behind a little bit of lacing. It has a nice hoppy aroma to it, somewhat like a pine tree smell. It also smells of some citrus like orange or lemons a bit. It has an upfront hoppy bite to it that leaves behind a lingering citrus peel bitterness. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, with a small amount of carbonation to it. Overall, it is a pretty good brew. Nothing real special but solid and drinkble.

iceviper22, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of hollicetales
2.05/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

bad elf was probably a good choice for the name of this, because i could imagine a couple of elfs gone bad being squeezed into the mix of this concoction...i hate to be mean to beer, but the old saying too many spices ruin the soup..can be applied. I can't completely knock this advent beer...i can see where it was trying to go but maybe it shouldn't have gone that far. The beer does pour a decent orangy color with a good head, it's thick and coaty to the tongue which would be good except that the overrush of fruity, nutty, bready, and spicy just seem to remind me of a swedish herb cough drop, but hey if you are ever laid up in bed with the flu..it would make a great alternative to cough syrup and the buzz would be much better. sorry bad elf...but when people ask me what i think of you..the usual reaction is gak

hollicetales, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of countrocula
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a bottle of this up as it was being liquidated from Gary's in Madison.(Still a few there as of 10/3/05)

Color was a mouthwatering clouded honey. The pour resulted in an attractive, pillowy head that left dense, yet quickly retreating lacing on the side of my mug. Tiny bubbles came forth from random spots in the vessel, not stopping for the duration of my sampling. . Small amount of sediment in bottle.

The aroma bore likeness to a mid-summer's grass mowing with a tinge of grapefruit and alchohol included. A beautifully fragrant, "earthy" smell.

From peering into the glass, I'd never expect the carbonation to hit my mouth the way it did. Rather lively on the the tongue. Malty with spice at first. Nice secondary hoppiness and not overly sweet (thankfully). A lasting, mildly bitter finish.

Very enjoyable brew. Although I wouldn't knock more than two of these back in rapid succession, I am keeping a few on hand for when the the typical American counterpart isn't what I am looking for.

countrocula, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of k7sw
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color with a head that quickly diminished but left a nice lacing.
I can't smell.
Not what I would usually expect from a winter ale being classified as an IPA I'd say that's more in line. Hoppy and citrus flavors come through strong. Another tart, almost berry-like, flavor comes through midway.
Mouthfeel is a little flat.

I would drink this beer if it was around but overall I felt it was fairly average.

k7sw, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of pigSTI04
3/5  rDev -15.7%

pigSTI04, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of stoner420
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap

appearance: medium amber, light carbonation, no head at all, clear

smell: green apples, malt, hops in the background

taste: carmel, smooth, green apples, fruity, malt, hops

texture: full bodied, good structure, tastes blend nicely

overall: drinkablility is good, will try this again, refreshing, don't expect hops like an IPA, almost has a cider quality. Has that Ridgeway quality to it.

stoner420, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of mrfosters
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off white head , a hazy amber hued pour.Aroma is kinda citrusy and yeasty.Ditto for the taste,though there is a slightly sour and alcohol finish.I like the label ,and that warning about driving and machinery. We need humor wherever we can get it.I was happy with this ,though, for a winter ale,I prefer SNCA.Unfortunately I haven't gotten hold of this year's version yet.

mrfosters, Nov 19, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

ange1, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of nige4958
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is fab. No, it's not an American IPA. If you been to the motherland and enjoy British beers, you'll like this one. It's rather delicate for being a winter brew. Pours a lovely straw colour in a pint glass. There is light citrus and a tad of diacytl followed by solid bitterness. There are no rough edges, just a very civilized brew. If you don't like British beers, it's a waste of time.

nige4958, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of TheGrunt
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Colour light brown with strong yellow tint with medium haziness. Light foam and carbonation.

Smell is very nice with fruit and honey flavors.

Very nice medium strong taste with clear hops. Fruitiness, which is strong in smell is very mild in taste.

Overall very nice and well done Winter Ale. In my opinion this compares easily to some other easy winter beers such as Sam Adams Winter Lager: there is nice and rich flavor, easy to drink for every beer drinker and even suits very well with food. This is still far from the some dark, deep and even smokey beers which somebody may dislike.

TheGrunt, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of pacond
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a big head. It is living in a world of dry citrus and spciy aroma's. At first taste it was a english ale that had desires to become bigger. The mouthfeel of the beer is more rich than I expected, sort of creamy. It is definately an english ale. Further into the session it became increasingly hoppy to my palate and more complex. A good time!

pacond, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Wiessmonkey
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.

Wiessmonkey, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Cizauskas
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peter Scholey, past Brewmaster for now shuttered Brakspear, brewed this delicious, winter warming, IPA.

The flavor spectrum is classic British bitter but revved higher: firm shakes of toasty and caramel maltiness, slugs of grapefruit rind, and strands of tangerine, lemon, and kiwi sinewed throughout. The finish lingers bracingly bitter. It's all Goldilocksian: sweetness just right, bitterness just right, and alcohol presence, at 6%, just right. There were some minor metallic notes in the aroma that detracted slightly - I'd like to taste this on cask.

Cascade's signature grapefruit and resiny characters don't overwhelm but are deftly crafted onto the flavor palate. This is inspired use of Cascades. Would that more American brewers practice this!

I first tasted Bad Elf at a Christmas beer dinner at Max's on Broadway in Baltimore, MD. A participant (not I), known for his dislike of Cascade hops, groaned when he was told of the hop charge. He smiled when he tasted the beer.

Cizauskas, Dec 09, 2003
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

gorman4, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of RiverDog
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light golden traditional ale color. Small white head that quickly diminishes. Leaves a not-so-impressive lace. Not am overly impressive smell; very fruity. Tastes just as weak as it smells. Not too impressed by the smell or taste overall. Very smooth on the palette and goes down smooth as well giving way to a lingering aftertaste. Would have liked a little bit more quality for the $5.00 or so but overall not a horrible beer. Definitely won't be going out of my way to grab this one again with so many other winter style choices.

RiverDog, Nov 11, 2009
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Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.