Wicked Elf Pale Ale | The Little Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Little Brewing Company
Australia
thelittlebrewingcompany.com.au

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brendan13 on 02-29-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
36
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
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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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Photo of vancurly
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a) White rocky head, sinks to a raft of suds. Pale amber, orange & haze-free. Good bubbling
s) Citrus, melon & stonefruit. Slight spicy note as well, with a syrup-like amber malt hint. Interesting, and worth lingering over.
f) Upfront malt sweetness, backed up with citrus zing & tingle; Cascade is often maligned for its injudicious use; here it is well applied and in balance. Toasty, biscuity malt
m) Chewy, lingering sticky aftertaste, broad bitterness, without being too strong
d) Good stuff; this substyle (Australian APA) is becoming ubiquitous among Aussie micros, but it is rare to find one that you could have a session with. At the moment, I'd drink this over LCPA.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnished amber body, with a big head of yellowish-off white foam. Very coarse bubbled. Some lacing, but not a lot. Very small amount of fine-bubbled carbonation. Some yeast sediment in the bottle.

Huge Cascade character on the nose wipes out almost everything. Actually smells just like one of my homebrews which was pumped with Cascade. Quite fruity and citrusy, and a nice hint of pepper and spice. Pretty good.

The fruitiness disappears on the palate, however, with a rather sweet malt becoming more prominent. There's also a clean biting bitterness, rather than a true, fragrant, hop character. Still, this is a pretty good APA, but I felt the palate was just a little flat. Could be stronger, more robust and more exciting.

Still, this is a solid pale ale. Quite drinkable and tasty - I'll try it again.

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Photo of brendan13
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass with a couple of centimetres of slightly off white head atop a slightly hazy amber base.
S - A big citrus hop note hits first followed by a slight caramel maltiness.
T - Like the smell, citrus, slightly sticky pine hoppiness and a good backbone of caramel maltiness.
M - Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - A very nice Australian brewed APA. I will be buying this again for sure. A tasty, well balanced beer that hits on all fronts.

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Wicked Elf Pale Ale from The Little Brewing Company
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