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Mad Elf Blackberry Ale | McKenzie Brew House

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Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by sulldaddy on 12-28-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Fish113d:
Photo of Fish113d
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a deep dark purple in color w/ very little light peering through the glass, it leaves a nice 1/2" foamy head that ends leaving distinct edge layer on the glass. The smell is mostly blackberry malts that dominate the entire scent w/ some slight hops that are mostly overtaken by the tart fruit that is clean and natural smelling. The taste is a creamy sour blackberry w/ a yeasty aftertaste (like a lager). It has a slight alcohol burn at the finish also and had nice carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice. The carbonation is nice w/ a creamy feel to it and the fruit flavors are tart and sharp (attack taste buds), but also slightly bitter and rather light considering it's "creaminess". Great find!!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad Elf? Did someone say Mad Elf? Oh.... I was expecting Troeg's. Oh well.... I forgive Scott for scabbing the name.

This is certainly an interesting beer; but one that's clearly brewed for the masses. I tasted it while out with my wife and a girlfriend of hers.... they could not get enough of the stuff!

The body is a hazy red with a purplish cast; topped by a short, bright-white head that leaves some interesting rings of twisted, dripping lace. Very tiny bubbles rise in quick, steady streams throughout the entire glass - helping to maintain the thin surface covering. The nose is limited, but offers some mildly sweet and softly juicy, subtly tart fruit. The body is light and crisp - delicate with a very fine, effervescent carbonation. The flavor is juicy, but not sugary, up-front; fruity with some apple and tart berries across the palate; and backed by low-key bitterness. It finishes drying as the residual malt and fruit slowly fades away. Although it's quite straight forward (little complexity), it's still a refreshing and quaffable beer.

It pairs well with a balsamic viniagrette salad, and even works a little bit with their roasted vegetable pizza, but I'd enjoy it as a start or finish beer myself.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has on tap at the brewpub. This came out a surprising dark purple with a bit of foamy head. I was sure this had to be chock full of blackberries to get is that color. Aroma is sweet and full of blackberries, as I would expect. Taste starts off sweet and is very strong in the blackberry flavor department. There are also light notes of tartness as well. Overall it delivers on the blackberries. Mouthfeel is good and creamy and about a light to medium feel. Fairly drinkable as well. Overall a solid fruit beer based on one of my favorite fruits.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I filled up a growler of this brew on a recent visit to the pub. Dont tell Troegs about the name thing. I am drinking a chilled sample in a duvel tulip glass. The beer pours amazingly dark reddish purple with a creamy purple head of 3 cm foaming up easily. The color of the beer reminds me of a lollipop.
The aroma is very berry as expected yet not super sweet or candy like. Almost like unsweetened juice. First sip reveals an average body and very mild carbonation.
The flavor is fruity and biscuity yeast. Reminds me of a nice scone in the morning. The beer is very smooth and a little light in the middle but finishes berry and slightly tart and sweet at the same time. A nice lite refreshing beer. fish113d and I polished off a growler in a sitting and had no problems with sugar sweetness or drunkness. COuld be a great session beer I think. GO give it a shot!

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Photo of 99bottles
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This was served in a mug, and had a purplish-brown color, obviously stained by the addition of fresh blackberries. Again, a poorly retained head settles to lace the edges of the glass. Moderate to low carbonation.

Smell: Actually a nice scent of mashed up berries, like in a jam. I suppose blackberry is the smell, but it also reminds me of blueberry and corn syrup. A dry malt base weaves in and out.

Taste: I like this. For a fruit beer, this is done rather well. It tastes as if no extracts were used, which is a great plus. There is some sweetness, but I tend to think that comes from the flavor of the blackberries as it combines with the carmel prescence of the malt. The ale yeast gives a bit of twinge to the finish, which adds to the satisfying quench of the beer's taste. I like it, although as with any fruit beer (except for lambic, drool) I can't have more than one.

Mouthfeel: Uh, medium bodied. Average carbonation. Drinks light, tastes nice, can't have much more than 4 or 5% abv.

Drinkability: Like I said, it's one of the better fruit beers I've had recently. I also can't really get into the style. I like it. Beats the turds out of all those lame apricot beers floating about in our nation's brewpubs, that's for sure.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark purple/red with a pinkish head to it. Aromas of blackberries, this is very "berry-ish" concoction that lakes a true ale backbone to it. Taste is all berries up front with a simple sweet malt middle, and a slighlty dry finish with just a kiss of hops. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and not too thin. Drinkability is good as well. A pretty decent fruit beer, that would be a better summer seasonal, than a winter one.

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Mad Elf Blackberry Ale from McKenzie Brew House
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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