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Very Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kookiekwan on 11-17-2004

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Photo of Matt2509
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Magslikesbeer
2.11/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks good but not tasty

Photo of rickrem
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fishguyac
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Wow, just perfection. Deep perfect bronze dark and golden looking body, super bright and crystal clear with some faint carbonation. Thick creamy three finger head, with whipped up retention and light lacing, and a soft white appearance. Just a gorgeous looking beer, and looks like a superior English Pale Ale.

Big aroma. Creamy sensing malts and some light toasty notes. Lots of thick cream aromas, with this incredibly sense of dense biscuit like malts. Slight sweetness but not overboard, and a mild floral hop sense. Very inviting.

Palate subdues a bit but gives way to much sweet notes but in control. BIg blast of honey on the front, with a bit of bile bitterness which quickly disappears. Mid palate just loads with a honey coating feel but not a huge syrup rush. Light hop pine to herbal like finish, but tiny, through a thick malt backbone. Hint of mixing biscuit, hop, and liquid sweetness.

A fun brew, and certainly one to keep in mind every year.

Photo of GatorCoop
3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of arizcards
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Da Boss picked up a bottle for me at Cost Plus for $5.99. Bottling code F16 - 225 - whatever that is.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is light pear and apple with some toasted grains.

Taste is a bit uneven, nice notes of pear and apple with toasted grains. Initially I was thinking this is like Fat Tire's big brother. Finish is odd, an abrasive toasted pine lingers on the palate long after the sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not overly smooth nor refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer, just that aftertaste that throws the balance of the beer off.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, pepper, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, nut, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid caramel and nut qualities that are interesting along with the herbal hop aspects.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle marked F16 226 B at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of faint apples, grain
Head large (6.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slooowly diminishing to 4 mm ring with plateaued layer
Lacing good – partial rings of moderately thick foam
Body golden yellow, clear
Flavor slightly grainy; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

Photo of tedho21
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JeffSK
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Skillz
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Zanico
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a big three finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather strong of a more grainy and wheat like aroma with some other smells of a light sugar sweetness. Along with these smells are some notes of a lighter fruit nature as well as a light hop smell of an earthy aroma.

Taste – The taste begins quite bready and doughty with a moderate level of sweetness upfront. The sweetness is mainly of a caramel flavor but contains flavors of some light fruits of pear and peach. As the taste advances the sweeter flavor fade some, with an even greater doughy taste developing. All while the doughy taste builds some spice flavors come to the tongue. Some grassy and herbal hop tastes come at the end of the taste, and with the loss of fruit, the increase in doughy and bready tastes, and bit of spice, one is left with a sorta odd and slightly unbalanced taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is very low. The thick feel was rather nice, but the lack of carbonation was a poor for the spice and herbal and grassy tastes, giving them too much potency and making them somewhat overwhelming for the tastes.

Overall – The look was fantastic, but other than that, this was a fairly unbalanced and slightly off putting brew. Not one I will go to again.

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Zuidman
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MistyMountainHops
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a light orange color with a little bit of lacing. The smell had a lot of spice such as pepper to it as well as pear and apple scents. The taste starts off strong with dark fruits like plum and apple with pepper and vanilla flavors coming in at the end. The alcohol flavor was definitely there but was not overpowering to the rest of the beer. A little forgettable but not a bad beer by any means.

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01/02/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Definitely like Aventinus' little sibling. Less sweet & a tad more toasty, but having seen the light it reflects a bit dim.

Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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Very Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.