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Insanely Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 168
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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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

lookrider, Jan 09, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

KevinGordon, Jan 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

gungoat, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of kvnstfrd
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. snifter.
Deep copper color with a 1 finger head on the pour. Some lacing, but not much. Aroma has notes of fruit preserves or maybe fruit liqueur. Big, malty flavor with hints of fruity liqueur, then it mellows on your palette to a dry, clean hop finish with noticeable alcohol. Mouth-feel is thick and full bodied; very lightly carbonated. This beer really fits an English Barleywine flavor profile more so than an English Strong Ale. Whatever the intended style, this is an amazing beer.

kvnstfrd, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of rundocrun
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

rundocrun, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

IvoryFoxhole, Dec 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

rcatalano, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

MisledTitan, Dec 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

chris1919, Dec 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

t0rin0, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

muchloveforhops3, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

dmorgan310, Dec 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Hanzo, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Woodysbeard, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

andthevolcano, Nov 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Hopmodium, Sep 30, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WastingFreetime, Sep 08, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

dbrauneis, Sep 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

ssjkyle, Jul 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

crobinso, Jun 30, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

BigRob329, Jun 11, 2012
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2.05/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Mora2000, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -63%

Jim_DemonDeacon, Apr 07, 2012
Insanely Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.