Bad Elf | Ridgeway Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
ridgewaybrewery.co.uk

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Loki on 11-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
434
Reviews:
248
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
14.53%
 
 
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Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with an off white head with decent retention and lacing. Bad Elf is not a bad brew, but nothing out of the ordinary either. The taste is dry buttery malts with peppery hops in the finish. Definitely worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#7 - 12 beers of Christmas. 500 mL bottle at 42* into a dimpled mug.

A: This pours a honey/orange color with two-fingers of beautiful white foam that leaves some thin areas of lacing.

S: The nose shows aromas of honey, apricot, light malty noteas, and a fair amount of hoppiness.

T: The taste is of tangy citrus and tropical fruits, light honey, caramel, and mild hops (East Kent Goldings, Fuggles?).

M: This is quite typical for an English ale; it is oily and slick and finishes creamy with a medium-light body.

D: This is tasty and very drinkable but pricey. I'm confused as to what Ridgway Brewing does the rest of the year.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear depp golden color with a big puffy white head that leaves some lace.
Aroma of pale and crystal malts with some underlying bread, grass and hay. Also noted were some resiny, herbal hop notes.
Flavor of biscuit, pale malt and hint of citrus and strong herbal tones.
Mouthfeel starts sweet with a bready/biscuity middle and finishes with a citrus and herbal hop presence.
Drinkability is solid. Traditional English Ale well done for the most part but underlying note of sulfur and mineral water is slightly off-putting.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Super white, two inches tall, frothy, and fast retreating, loud head. The body is orange and transparent.

S - Soapy and mild citrus fruit.

T - Mild malt with a fruit hops. No bitterness in these hops.

M - Very smooth, watery, no coarse texture to note.

~ This is a very easy to drink brew. It has a mild feel and flavor but packs a solidness.

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Photo of benloho
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Distinctive Half-Litre brown glass bottle that has a wide body and a tall long thin neck sealed with a standard looking brass crown cap. My label resembles the one shown here on BA.

“Bad Elf” is described on the label as “6.0% Alc.Vol. Winter’s Ale”

Appearance: Soft orange amber torso with a light golden body. Nice rising dirty white head on the pour. The creamy head soon relaxes the froth and settles down a thin covering. Gentle lacing rings as you work your way down the Pint. Streamers fill the body. Fine tuned carbonation is at a level that is cask like.

Nose: Malts and a floral hop character. Middling strength with a nice projection of the hops in the aromas nonetheless. Some grapefruit and lemon rind in there too.

Taste: Malt in the beginning is earthy with a little spice. Soon the hops have a more dominant role and pull through a citric sharpness. Finish has a clean ending with a decent grapefruit hop tang. Fruity at times and nicely put together.

Mouthfeel: No sign of the alcohol, it drinks below its fighting weight and this does allow the flavors more leeway. Above average feel but the base is a little thin at times. The conditioning lends a smooth creamy texture though which takes it up a notch.

Drinkability: A decent quaffer with an attractive profile. The malt adds a depth to the base whilst the hops add fruits and some spices. Clean sharp grapefruits and a hint of lemon make this a very refreshing brew to tackle.

Overall: Originally a little hoppier I recall, this years seems a tad more malty to the palate, but this is still a solid brew, despite the fact that I don’t really consider this to be a traditional Winter Ale by any definition. That said, this is by far the best of the “Elf range” of beers from Ridgeway, for my money the Very Bad, Seriously Bad and Criminally Bad just get worse with strength. Bad Elf is the original and harks back to its roots and doing what Ridgeway do best. More of a premium hoppy English Bitter than anything to do with Christmas or Winter – a little expensive but a pleasant brew overall.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear, paler-than-average amber/gold with a loose, slightly off-white head. Fine, mild carbonation.

Smell: Hoppy, though definitely the UK take on it rather than the citrus/pine bombs favored here on the West Coast. Spicy, herby but fairly dry otherwise.

Taste: Again, hops far more on the bittering end of the spectrum than the flavor; slightly peppery and spicy, malt makes a meek appearance and finishes with a lemony, drying pucker. Slightly bready yeast untertone as well, with the typical UK hard water mineral bite.

Mouthfeel: A bit slick, but fairly light and crisp.

Drinkability: A perfectly proper, English take on the IPA. Very subtle and balanced, but if you like bold hops, may not be your glass of beer.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

100th Review

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle

A: Pretty clear light golden under a small white head. Some retention, no lace.

S: A light citrusy hops, nothing that would really suggest a lot of hops.

T: More lightly citrus hops some biscuity malt. Bitterness is rather subdued but there. Finish is mostly citrus. Oranges seem to stick out most. Not bad.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is pretty light as well. Pretty drinkable, but no redeeming qualities really hurt this one.

My first English IPA and I can now really see the difference between the traditional style and what it has become in America. This one looks, smells, tastes and drinks more like pale ales that I am used to.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a very clear golden color with a nice head that settles but is retained well enough with nice lacing. The aroma is mostly hoppy, with a malt background. The taste has a nice balance between the hops and malt. The hops are dominant, but the malt is also noticeable. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice English IPA. It's flavorful and pleasant.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle.

Appearance: This was a straightforward amber brew that was almost clear. There was just the slighest hint of haze to the liquid. During the pour, I roughened things up a bit and was rewarded with a white head that was almost two fingers tall. It disappeared relatively quickly. A few freckled patches of laces were all that was left behind.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma was a combination of rich, biscuit-like malt and pungent, raw hops. They weren't overpowering; they just had a rawness about them. After the beer had set for a little bit, the malt slipped away into the background and the hops rose up to conquer the aroma. They lost some of their edge and became more citrusy. There was a lot of lemon on the nose at this time, too.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and dry, with a lot of carbonation. Not rough, though.

Taste: This beer was dry from the second it hit my mouth. No initial sweetness at all. A muddled, piney bitterness kicked in quickly. The hops had a bit of that raw edge that they had in the aroma right after the beer was poured. Some lemon rose up and joined the hops, creating an oddly enjoyable lemon Pinesol flavor. This lingered into the aftertaste where just a hint of sweetness emerged. Toward the end of the beer, the hops became a little more distinct and defined and a little less muddled.

This one grew on me the more I drank it. Not bad.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with great clarity. Good head retention.

This beer smells beautiful--like sweetness and bread and malt.

Nice malt character. A little light in the hops department though. Kind of a weird resin aftertaste I don't really care for.

A bit watery and flat.

Smells awesome. Tasts just okay.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 500 ml bottle A batch code is printed on the label but there is no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a half-liter Hobgoblin glass. The color is a clean and slightly hazy honey that is a touch on the light side. Three fingers of dense, billowy white head dissipated fairly quickly to leave trails along the glass, a rocky lacing, and eventually a ring around the edge.

Smell: This is truly an English IPA as the aroma is dominated by floral, earthy hops. However, it definitely has a citrusy aroma to it, along with pale malts, caramel, toffee, honey, buttery biscuit, and apple cider.

Taste: The mouthfeel is coarse and grassy and the flavor follows suit. Lots of floral and earthy hops, which the labels warns about. The hops are not overpowering, but they provide a consistent presence throughout each sip that keeps the cheeks and tongue tingling. Along with the grassy/earthy element are flavors of lemon citrus, caramel, pale malts, toffee, and honey.

Drinkability: If this elf was bad (and the dude on the label looks pretty sinister), then he cannot be too far from good. It is pretty decent stuff, though.

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of caddybuyer
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly veiled and deep golden in color with a creamy white head that settles rapidly

S-A very light malt/bread smell with a hint of citrus. There is not much going on here.

T-Starts off with a tangy slightly sweet malt and citrus balanced by the hops. Lighter than expected for something that calls itself a "Winter Ale". Very refreshing though...I would like to have one of these in the summer.

M-Light to Medium in the mouth, with average carbonation. Again, a refresher, not a warmer.

D-This is a pretty drinkable beer...nothing to blow your socks off, but solid. Don't really understand why it is a seasonal...there is nothing "winter" about it, and I was expecting a higher dose of hops here.

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Photo of Turbo
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a very short white head.

Nose is light spice and medium assertive esters.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy; nothing special yet you just want to keep drinking it. Light carbonation but a really nice balance.

Flavors are yeasty and lightly but richly hoppy bitter. There are some green herbs and spices and a light bitter hop/green finish.

While this beer is not "wonderful" or "amazing," it is incredibly drinkable. Really pleasant all around and an almost "quaffing" brew that's just simple but good.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but left a thin film of bubbles coating the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of biscuit malts and fruits. There is a mild amount of bitterness throughout.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer goes down very easily and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, a good amount of hops, honey and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a mild but bitter burst of hops. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, honey and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of RiverDog
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light golden traditional ale color. Small white head that quickly diminishes. Leaves a not-so-impressive lace. Not am overly impressive smell; very fruity. Tastes just as weak as it smells. Not too impressed by the smell or taste overall. Very smooth on the palette and goes down smooth as well giving way to a lingering aftertaste. Would have liked a little bit more quality for the $5.00 or so but overall not a horrible beer. Definitely won't be going out of my way to grab this one again with so many other winter style choices.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bad (elf ass) deep honey color and displays ample sticky head and lace. Aromas feature lemony hop and sweet biscuit. In the mouth the beer offers more lemony biscuit flavors and a big kiss of bitter hop. While I find this beer attractive it seems to lack individualality, hence making it just another decent IPA in my book. Albiet, I love it when a Winter seasonal is something other than a spiced up load of...

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Photo of briman
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a light to medium golden amber color. Slightly hazy, with a fluffy half-inch off-white head. Excellent retention. Lots of lace.

Aroma is caramel malt, and hoppy with lemon & orange citrus.

Flavor has some biscuity malt, hoppy with lots of citrus. I get lemons more than anything else. Dry finish with a moderate grapefruit hop bitterness that lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is excellent. No really noticeable alcohol presence. Not sure why this is a "winter" beer honestly. Crisp, pretty refreshing. Very drinkable..wouldn't mind having another.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Independence Hy-Vee Supermarket for $4.99 each along with Santa's Butt, Rudolph's Revenge, and Lump of Coal. Who could resist? World Market was charging $5.99 each and didn't have Santa's Butt. Half liter (16.9 oz.) bottles.

Poured a clear amber with a modest head that soon dissipated to a thin ring. Left some light lacing on my English Pint glass.

Aroma was subtle malt plus the promise of hops to come.

Taste was moderately hoppy with a smooth bitterness. A little malt sweetness, but the floral hops are the star here.

Medium body with fairly light carbonation. Nice.

I liked this pretty well. A bit pricey, but an enjoyable English import!

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Photo of iceviper22
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured a light red to copper hue with a small one to two finger white head that lasted for a few minutes leaving behind a little bit of lacing. It has a nice hoppy aroma to it, somewhat like a pine tree smell. It also smells of some citrus like orange or lemons a bit. It has an upfront hoppy bite to it that leaves behind a lingering citrus peel bitterness. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, with a small amount of carbonation to it. Overall, it is a pretty good brew. Nothing real special but solid and drinkble.

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Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly cloudy golden yellow with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention but left moderate lacing.

The aroma is very subdued, but still has a pleasing hop presence. The flavors are similar, not much malt foundation and a smooth, balanced hop profile.

The body was typical for the style and drinkability was a little better than average. Overall, a very solid, enjoyable brew. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The name and label make this look very much like a gimmicky seasonal, but overall the taste isn't so bad to warrant such a nasty review as would befit such a beer.

A - Not bad. Kind of a bland pale orange body, but the smallish head has some good staying power.

S - Smells delightfully of citrus, perhaps subtle peachs.

T - Slightly, mild spiciness makes the flavor a bit on the disappointing if you're expecting the usual winter seasonal spiciness like I was. But after the disappoint disappeared I was left with a tasty enough treat. Rather sweet, not hop heavy, nor mired in malts. It's just a good tweener, if a tad on the sweetside.

M - A little too watery for what it should be.

D - Mild flavor makes it go down faster than the usual sipping speed of the winter seasonal. Good winter session brew.

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Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
3.58 out of 5 based on 434 ratings.
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