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Insanely Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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78
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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fartingdog on 11-18-2007)
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a half finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is malty, a little boozy, and some lemon.
The taste is super sweet across the board. There's some plum and other ripe fruits.
The texture is soft.
My wife likes it but I'm not too fond of the sweetness.

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3.44/5  rDev +1.8%

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2.99/5  rDev -11.5%

Pours a bright orange with an off white head. The smell is all alcohol with only some light fruit smells coming through in the end. The taste is very sweet in the beginning before giving in to a lot of burn from the booze. It was very heavy and boozy but drinkable. If nothing else it gets you drunk really fast.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Hazy color. Rich malty flavor. Slightly overwhelming maple sweetness. Low hop character. Unbalanced. Heavy, syrupy body. Sticky texture.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of TruePerception
4.09/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Insanely Bad Elf, imperial red ale. 11.2% ABV

A: Interesting. There isn't really a head. Just a thin layer of bubbles, that I wouldn't say is densely packed enough to qualify. Lacing is thing, but holds in multiple layers along the glass. VERY tiny bubbles stream up the inside of the glass as it is tilted. I'm kinda of curious what causes all of these differences...

Solid plum red in color, yellow-grey in the dimple.

S: Deep molasses aroma. Cereal grain. No hops coming through, so it seems like more of an Irish-style red. I seem to be getting some oaky caramels, though the bottle doesn't say it's seen oak. Very slight muskiness.

T/MF: There is a very deep, roasted caramel note; somewhere between deeply charred oak and molasses. I don't have a name for that yet in my repertoire. Some char. Quite a bit more cereal grain. Hay. Slight smokiness. I feel like this beer needs a food pairing, but I couldn't say what. Maybe fruited breads. Creamy cheeses, perhaps. Unfortunately, I have neither on hand. For some reason, I'm thinking pepper jelly with that creamy cheese. Dammit, now I'm hungry!

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Edit: 2007 Vintage.

Notes of raisin and tobacco coming forward on the palate, as the beer warms.

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Vintage : A Cellar Claim

LOOK: A medium bronze colored ale with a white soapy head that laces the glass well. The bottle poured free from sediment and clarity is above average.

SMELL: Raisin, buttery toffee, malts, and alcohol. Aged any hop notes out, it finishes sweet and hot really.

TASTE: The flavor has honey like malt, toffee, faint to no bitterness and a hefty alcohol presence. Has the echos of a euro strong ale, or cheap english barleywine, but the thinnish base beer really doesn't hide the alcohol too well.

Even after four years in the cellar, this can use about 10 years further before I would consider revisiting it.

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Insanely Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.