Wicked Elf Pale Ale | The Little Brewing Company

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Wicked Elf Pale AleWicked Elf Pale Ale

Brewed by:
The Little Brewing Company

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brendan13 on 02-29-2008

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber, copper colour with an aggressive, off white head, Yeast lurking at the bottom of the bottle. Citrus hop aroma, with tropical fruit punch and a hint of pine resin. Light sweetness and light to medium bitterness. Medium body; smooth, creamy texture; average carbonation and lingering, chewy, bitterness in the finish. Not bad.

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Photo of Andrewziggy
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a prominent citrus hop flavor has a slight tangy note with some sweet caramel malt flavor and a fresh sweet pale malt flavor. This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat

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Photo of drpimento
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not bad, not bad. At first I was a little skeptical as the head was modest and aroma a bit funky. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, cream-colored, thick, short lived head and some lace. Color is a clear honey amber with bubble trails. Aroma is malt, barn yard, funk. Flavor is way better with resiny hop in front, then tang, then a nice dose of sweet to balance. This beer grows on me the more I drink it, esp. if I ignore whiffing it. Body is very good; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length, no off qualities, super drinkable. Bravo!

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Photo of SmashPants
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: quality 330mL brown bottle, awesome 'old school' label... even the bottle cap is sweet.

Appearance: pours mid amber in colour with a solid cap of white head. A reasonable amount of carbonation.

Aroma: light on the nose with citrus and tea, pine hops to boot.

Taste: the dominant flavour is a very soft caramel with some hop bitterness. A well-balanced beer, possibly a bit heavy on the caramel sweetness.

Aftertaste: drops away a bit, and the sweetness comes through if anything a bit stronger, which doesn't tickle me the right way.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with also moderate carbonation. Could probably have used a bit more carbonation to bring more hop flavour through.

Overall: a decent APA but probably not for AI$84 a case of 24 x 330mL (2013).

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Photo of admiral
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice pale ale that nearly crosses over into IPA territory

aroma: malt, spice and citrus

taste: pine, grapefruit, citrus, spice, slight malt and orange marmalade (although malt flavour came out more when warmed up and close to bottom of glass)

Nice and crisp, dry finish and very well balanced. Full of flavour and a very good example of a quality pale ale.

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Photo of soju6
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a a rich amber color with a good head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and pine with some malt sweetness in the background.

T: Taste of mild pine with an easy malt sweetness and bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a bit of character. Nicely balanced.

O: A quality Pale Ale, good for a few. Worth checking out.

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Photo of magpieken
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Pale amber / copper colour with an aggressive, whispy off white head which quickly subsided. On the second pour the head became denser and lasted well before reducing to a disc and left some very nice lace. Yeast lurking at the bottom of the bottle. Citrus hop aroma, with tropical fruit punch and a hint of pine resin. Light sweetness and light to medium bitterness. Medium body; smooth, creamy texture; average carbonation and lingering, chewy, bitterness in the finish. Not bad.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber under a thin but creamy white head with decent lacing.

S - Fresh and lightly fruity, grapefruit and mild earthy hops.

T - Pine resin and orange, quite light on flavour with a tame bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Just another average Aussie APA. Certainly not a bad beer but there are dozens more as good or better.

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Photo of joecast
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color hints at a much more malt focused beer the Skipping Girl. And the rest of the beer follows the same trend.

More subdued aroma that displays the beers focus on balance.

Honestly don't think this is any less bitter than MGSG but the more characterful malt focus gives it a much less bitter impression. Certainly not heavy or sweet so they have done well to restrain use of specialty malts while still tossing in enough to impart their character on the beer.

Marked it down half a notch in drinkability mostly due to how much a fan I am of hoppy pale ales. Still an extreme
Y enjoyable beer though and would be happy to try I again.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Sourced this one from the brewery just before Christmas, freshness not an issue as it had been bottled the previous day!

Pours a one finger head which dies fairly quickly. Good lace. Copper/amber in colour. Little bubbling.

Aromas of strong pine/grapefruit. Good stuff.

Taste is a very well represented APA. Initial grapefruit and citrus flavours are backed by malts, and a good degree of hop bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel is the only let down. Undercarbonated for this reviewer, and somewhat watery.

All in all, a good example of local brewing.

Side issue, if only the bottled was as good as the keg sample at the brewery - that was truly sensational.

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Photo of MrKennedy
2.79/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my sister for the 4 pack for babysitting her sleeping children...hardly an arduous task! 330ml bottle poured into a 16oz schooner glass.

Pours an amber colour with a see-through appearance and an off-white head of foam that measured a couple of fingers before settling at a quarter of an inch. Visible carbonation bubbles rising well throughout.

Faint aroma, a little bit of grapefruit, some caramel and that's about it.

Taste has some grapefruit upfront and then some decent malt backing in the middle with some caramel to finish off with. This sample still had 7 months on the best before date, yet doesn't taste as fresh as my previous tastings of this.

Mouthfeel has some initial bitterness while a solid malty finish doesn't have you rushing back for another sip. Body is sufficient for the size and matches the beer well.

Overall, i have a feeling that this has not been stored the best by the store (Dan Murphys). Seems to have had a lot of hop fade and is a bit of a shadow of this beer at its best which is a bit of a shame.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale amber colour with a white head that dies real quick.

S - Small amounts of hops, sweetness and malt.

T - Nice hops up front with some grapefurit flavours very prominent, a little malty on teh finish. Very enjoyable.

M - Light body and meduim carbonation.

O - This is a very enjoyable APA and very much recommended

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Photo of dgilks
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, dark amber colour with a non-existent off-white head.

Very light, citrus and tea aroma. Slightly metallic and earthy. This smells old but the expiry is 10 months away.

Mildly malty, slightly metallic, hints of tartness betray possible infection which is disappointing but reflects on the brewery's Quality Control. No real hop character with only mild bitterness.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Okay.

A fairly dull, bland APA lacking in real hop character. The QC issues are also disappointing.

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Photo of LiamAhearn
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale amber in colour with brilliant clear appearance. Good carbonation level with decent foam retention.

S: Hop aroma struggling to pop out with malt notes most of what comes through. The hops are of light pine and malt is mostly bready with a faint crystal sweetness. Clean fermentation with no esters.

T: Clean malt backbone with a very soft caramel addition balanced by a medium bitterness with some hop flavours.

M: Finishes dry enough but without being unpleasant and makes you go back for more. The light body and level of carbonation add to the dry sensation.

D: I expect more of a hop presence in both flavour and aroma for an APA but this fits in with the style. Its possible the hop aromas are there in fresher samples, so give this one a try for yourself.



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Photo of Daniell
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: decent head, decent lacing

S: metal, earthy hops, wood, sweet malts, some pine trying to break through

T: honey, earthy hops, ~reasonable~ bitterness

M: carbonation is just ok

D: too pricey, hops are there in the taste but there's no citrus pleasantness in the nose, and not enough pine. Overall character is a spicier than usual pale ale with little discernible citrus. Decent.

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Photo of Lukie
2.61/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark mahogoney brown with glints of varnished orange wood in the light. Two finger head drops down to a good 1cm lacing on the top of the liquid, with speckles of brown coming through.

Initial burnt aroma, with raspberry sweetness coming through. Smells like raspberry licorice. Artificial. Burnt aniseed like sweetness. Really strange.

Flavour of burnt smokey malt, gives way to a lingering bitter orange bitterness. Is this off, or is this how it tastes?

I dunno. I don't think the bottle is off, I just think this is a bad interpretation of a pale ale, from my standpoint.

Sorry mulder, I didn't enjoy it much :(

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Photo of Macca
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber colour with a decent off white head. Good retention.

A big whack of hops kicks things off on the nose (a bit of pine resin) and then its followed up by a caramelly maltiness.

Some nice bitterness on the palate. The hops are again at the front but the sweet maltiness then kicks in and brings it down a bit in my opinion.

Medium bodied.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a short glass)
A- This beer has a deep copper crystal clear body with a dish soap head that sticks to the glass for the full beer. There is a very gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles
S- There is a huge sweet caramel fresh wort aroma with a fresh pale malt notes and a soft green note at the finish.
T- The juicy orange lifesaver flavor has a slight tangy note with some sweet caramel malt flavor and a fresh sweet pale malt flavor. There is a soft bitter hop finish with a nice soft linger in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a soft fizzy finish that takes off the sweetness.
D- This beer does not have big hops but nice big malt freshness with good depth that is supported with some nice hops that grow as the beer warms.

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Photo of ADZA
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My mate had this beer in his fridge which to be honest impressed me not because i wanted to try this beer but simply because he didnt have macro swill in his fridge as usual just glad ive got thru to him anyways onto the beer it pours a burnt copper see thru colour with decent carbonation that leaves a two finger head with subtle creamy lacing that is noticable and stays,it has a real clean,grassy,crisp,fresh hop aroma about it very impressed with the aroma,it has a light mouthfeel which leaves you with tastes of malt coated,piney hops but not over the top a very subtle APA thats easy enough to drink.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant caramel pour with a reasonably sized head that receded rather quickly.
Cascade hops are very prominent in the aroma, very green, citrusy and grassy. Malt is definitely not forgotten, quite sweet and clean, with some hints of caramel, and unfortunately, some grainy notes.
Flavour is hop dominator (that's what my notes say, perhaps the alcohol is hitting?), again very green, with some of the citrus coming through. Quite a pronounced hoppy bitterness (almost metallic at times, actually) but the finish really seems to be lacking, almost watery.
Good carbonation but a little light on for body.

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Photo of Stavage
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice frothy off white head that lasted fairly well and left a nice rocky frothy lacing. The beer itself has a nice deep amber colour.

Smell dominated by a steely (Cascades I guess) hop smell. Citric fruitiness and a hint of spice. Small whiff of some nice malt notes at first but these are quickly dominated by the hops.

Unsurprisingly it tastes like...hops! Not as big a bitter bite upfront as I was expecting but it lingered on for a long while. Theres a nice caramel honey malt note in there somewhere but it's unfortunately well hidden.

Mouthfeel was pleasantly smooth, had good body (for a pale ale) and carbonation was kept nice and low.

Overall, a decent enough beer. Had some nice malt characters that were outshone by the hops so as far as my tastes are concerned I wish this was slightly more balanced towards the malt. Probably won't become a regular but it's a brew I'd pick up again in the future.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orangey gold with a beige head, 1-finger thick. Bubbles are quite dense, and retains well. Lacing is not very present at all, unfortunately. Slow bead. Pretty nice, but not fantastic. I dig the colour.

Nose is very hoppy, lots of floral, fragrant deliciousness coming up out of that. Lots of fruit - pineapple and a hint of banana. Mostly just hops though, very light and airy.

Taste is interesting. Quite nutty actually, and not as hoppy or fruity as I had expected. Rather like Grand Ridge Gippsland Gold which I tried the other night. A fair amount of cascade hop, and a barley sugar flavour. Very little of the fruit that was present on the nose, perhaps a fair amount of late hopping? Not quite as light or airy as I had thought, a bit more dirty and growling. Mouthfeel is very smooth, a fair amount of carbonation tingle - perhaps a bit thin.

Nice drinking, but doesn't really excite me. A bit too soily and would have liked more light, floral hop on the flavour. It's very APA on the nose but not so much on the taste.

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Photo of Hubris
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe I was just in a state of Hop deprivation, but this beer was just sensational.

Many an Aussie craft brewing operation is tackling the American Pale Ale style- some get it right, other miss the mark. This one definitley succeeds!

Nice dark copper colour, decent head, very aromatic with a hearty hop bitterness that is replaced by a lingering sweetness at the back of the palate. Those Cascade hops do the trick.

As mentioned, one of the best Aussie craft APA's that I've had.

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Photo of koolk
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright burnt orange in colour, low carbonation and very little head or retention. Somewhat ugly.

Very nice cascade hop aroma...very "American". Good levels with an enjoyable mixture of citrus and tropical fruits. Some biscuit like malt in there as well.

Very clean palate with a great level (not high nor low) of bitterness offset by some honey malt flavours. Good bite and some really nice hop spiciness as well as pineapple and citrus flavours.

Creamy texture that compliments the flavours. Great balance in this beer between hop aroma, malt flavour and bitterness. A top example of the style.

Lock this in as a potential session beer. Good job Wicked Elf - just lacking in the appearance.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden brown color with maybe 1cm of creamy head that disappears before I'm done typing this. Smells of cascade fruitiness and a little estery, not bad. The taste is more bitter than I was expecting, but still tasty. There's a little malty sweetness there, but it's mostly overshadowed by the hop flavor/bitterness. I taste passionfruit, raisins, maybe a little chocolate. Mouthfeel is very heavy, but not so creamy. Overall, it's a pretty drinkable beer, but it looks and smells better than it tastes, unfortunately.

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