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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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Photo of rundocrun


3.18/5  rDev -5.9%

A - body is the color of crystal clear apple juice. 1 1/2 fingers of white foam on top with great retention. Tons of lacing.

S - tons of malt an caramel aroma. Not much in the way of hops except a faint whiff of earthy English hops.

T - malts take the day here. Tons of light caramel and pale malt flavor. Minimal undertones of herbal hops and alcohol bitterness.

M - medium-to-thick body with smooth carbonation. Very drinkable for 12%, but also strays toward the cloying side. Tone down the malt or tone up the hops and this would be much better.

12-28-2012 02:34:58 | More by rundocrun
Photo of IvoryFoxhole


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

12-27-2012 23:16:36 | More by IvoryFoxhole
Photo of rcatalano

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-27-2012 02:33:24 | More by rcatalano
Photo of MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

12-25-2012 19:02:42 | More by MisledTitan
Photo of chris1919


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

12-21-2012 03:29:20 | More by chris1919
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-17-2012 22:04:31 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of t0rin0


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12-17-2012 03:21:10 | More by t0rin0
Photo of muchloveforhops3


4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

12-11-2012 05:27:45 | More by muchloveforhops3
Photo of dmorgan310


4/5  rDev +18.3%

12-03-2012 06:25:11 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of Hanzo


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-27-2012 01:18:24 | More by Hanzo
Photo of Woodysbeard


4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-21-2012 17:59:21 | More by Woodysbeard
Photo of andthevolcano


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

11-06-2012 01:01:12 | More by andthevolcano
Photo of Hopmodium


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

09-30-2012 21:40:03 | More by Hopmodium
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Reviewed from notes.

2011 Vintage.
Pours out the same transparent bright orange color as Criminally Bad Elf, with the same fizzle of a head and no lacing as well unfortunately. Lighter side of medium body and low carbonation levels, somewhat of a thin feel to the texture.

This time the aroma most strongly resembles a Calvados blended with a dash of raspberry fruit juice and curacao... No really, I'm serious. Tastes of candied apples and tea-like herbal bittering with sugar-cured orange peel and cherry-prune compote. Happily, the booze level on a year-old bottle seems quite manageable, it is only really noticeable as an amplifying effect upon all the fruitiness and as a warming in the throat after each sip.

So far, this one, Very Bad Elf, and Bad Elf are the Ridgeway Brews that I feel are worthwhile. The others... somewhat less so.

09-08-2012 05:52:06 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden copper to reddish amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall dense off-white head that reduces to a thin medium sized patch of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brandy with some lighter notes of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. There is an underlying aroma of dark fruits (raisin) and just a hint of alcohol.

T: The taste is similar to the smell with a strong malt body made up of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. There is a definite taste of brandy and the alcohol is present. Light notes of dark fruit sweetness that is mostly raisin.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky/syrupy with a moderately dry finish.

O: This is a big beer with a high ABV and it is not very well hidden - this is definitely a beer you need to sip slowly. Not the easiest beer to drink due to the strong flavors and high ABV. Glad that I got the chance to try it and it was a great deal as it was a freebie thrown in from a beer store when purchasing a bunch of others.

09-02-2012 21:53:20 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of ssjkyle


4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

07-14-2012 23:15:44 | More by ssjkyle
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-30-2012 21:44:14 | More by crobinso
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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

06-11-2012 00:45:36 | More by BigRob329
Photo of Mora2000


2.05/5  rDev -39.3%

The beer pours a yellow-gold color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and something that resembles dirty socks. Not a nice combination. The flavor is not any better. There is some grain and malt sweetness, as well as some grass from the hops. Unfortunately, the dirty sock quality is still present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

05-13-2012 02:58:13 | More by Mora2000
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

05-13-2012 02:54:08 | More by gutbuster
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1.25/5  rDev -63%

04-07-2012 00:10:29 | More by Jim_DemonDeacon
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +16.9%

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a medium brownish red with a small (less than 1 finger) off white creamy head that was mostly diminishing, reducing to a few foamy puddles and a small collar of residue producing excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a strong biscuit malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit (plums and raisins), a bit of apple and had a decent alcohol scent.

The taste was sweetly malty with notes of caramel and toffee early on with the dark fruit, apple and moderate alcohol presence taking over towards the finish. The flavor lasted and average duration with a pronounced fruity alcohol flavor being most dominant.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and had a creamy-syrupy texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a sweet and fruity brew with a good dose of alcohol, which took the edge off of the sweetness...

03-24-2012 15:21:30 | More by KajII
Photo of justinp


2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

03-18-2012 03:28:21 | More by justinp
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1/5  rDev -70.4%

03-15-2012 05:16:38 | More by DCgolfpro
Photo of JohnK17


4/5  rDev +18.3%

03-15-2012 03:59:01 | More by JohnK17
Insanely Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.