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Insanely Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
77
okay

259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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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4/5  rDev +18.3%

cavemanlawyer1999, Sep 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

RochefortChris, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

ruckus232, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

pknyc, Jul 12, 2014
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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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

DerekMorgan, Dec 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

gritz147, Dec 24, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf has a somewhat thinnish, off-white head, a mostly clear, brilliant, amber appearance, a few bubble streams, and not really any lacing. The aroma is of toffee, booze, sweetness, and a touch of fruit. Taste is of sweetness, a nice, peppery bitterness, syrup, fruit, candi sugar, and bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf finishes on the dry side, rich, and quite drinkable. It’s another winner from Ridgeway!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Jcarter1221, Dec 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

rypkr, Dec 15, 2013
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3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Wow 11.2 Insanely Bad Elf, I've had too many variations of Bad Elf. Pours an amber color, crystal clear off white head, dwindles rather quickly understandable with the abv. Aroma has fruits all day, sharp cherry, dark fruits even some pear, alcohol evident but not rocket fuel. Super sweet on the palate, cloying sweetness caramel sugars with dark fruits and a bit of hot alcohol in the backend...it definitely warms the chest with each sip. Sorry folks not my cup of tea you may need to age this for a bit, too hot and unrefined for this 2013 vintage. Syrup texture pretty much kills the drinkability, cloying soft carbonation full bodied bitter earthy finish stays on with an alcohol burn. Overall if your buying this novelty brew, put some age on it before cracking it, I've seen some good reviews on bottles a year and older.

WVbeergeek, Dec 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

aztraz, Dec 07, 2013
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Insanely Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.