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Insanely Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
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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despainmakesbeer

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. Very thick in pouring, so head or any signs of bubbles to come at pour, microscopic ring at edge of glass; even looks syrupy when it moves in the glass. Has a bright sour aroma with malt immediately following and subtle hint of roasta little after the first sweeter malt aroma. Apple also in aroma. With warmth, alcohol becomes very very present, with almost a small roasty note. Thick brownish cider color. Heavy at start, moderate carbonation. Syrupy feel when sloshing it around, but doesn't sit as heavy as I was expecting. mild to medium dry finish, slightly appley aftertaste, but aftertaste doesn't have the alcohol I was expecting it to have. Warmth bring a metallic taste to the end of a drink, more alcohol on middle and end and a little more malty sweetness to the beginning. Did enjoy the smooth finish and the ability to hide the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 04:24:01 | More by despainmakesbeer
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

07-20-2014 18:59:35 | More by ruckus232
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 22:56:53 | More by Stinkypuss
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev +18.3%

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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -26%

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Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -26%

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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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Jah_Json

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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Auslander

Ohio

3/5  rDev -11.2%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.3%

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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -26%

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gritz147

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 15:22:50 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Jcarter1221

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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rypkr

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 02:36:20 | More by WVbeergeek
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Sweden

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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Insanely Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.