Bad Elf Winter's Ale | Ridgeway Brewing

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Bad Elf Winter's AleBad Elf Winter's Ale
BA SCORE
3.52/5
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444 Ratings
Bad Elf Winter's AleBad Elf Winter's Ale
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
Ranking:
#42,531
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
444
pDev:
14.77%
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Ratings: 444 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of Extrajoker00
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hiikeeba
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a slightly hazy yellow with a tight white head that lingers, leaving a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet aroma with traces of fresh fruit. Apple or pear like fruitiness.

T - Flavor is full of sweet malt, like a mild apple juice. Some breadiness. No hops detected. Actually kind of bland. Fruity,
apple/pear-like aftertaste high in my mouth. Not unappealing.

M - Medium bodied, malty mouthfeel.

D - My lips feel a bit sugar coated. Otherwise a nice beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of gefinley
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMullet
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/copper. Aroma is a mild citrus hop. Taste presents herbal with a mild grassy citrus flavor. This is a balanced English IPA. Not bad.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with retention that fades after a little while.

Smell is grassy and lemony. Grapefruit in the back with some citrusy hops. Pale malts are in the backround.

Taste is grassy and lemony from the citrusy hops. Pale english malts are unintersting in the backround.

Mouthfeel is slightly crisp, but it is somewhat watery and a little bit uninteresting.

Not a bad brew at all. I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear amber with a modest head. Some malt and hops in the nose. The same for the mouth, although it was heavier in the malt department. Enjoyable!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +1.7%
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 +1.7%
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 +2%
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 +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 JacobusFavier23
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L-Deep amber gold beer with a minuscule lacy head. Slight carbonation.
S-Malty, sweet, seasonaly spicy beer by the aroma.
T-Sweet, slightly hoppy and malty. There is a slight bit of seasonal spice in addition. Pleasant flavor.
MF-Slight carbonation.
O-Once again a very pleasant English ipa and seasonal beer. I would have this again for sure.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +2.8%
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 rudiecantfail
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Imperial pint poured into an imperial pint glass.

L---Dark golden color. Thick, puffy white head that stuck around for a while but left minimal lacing.

S---Hops are noticable but not dominant. They are played on by spices.

T---Really nicely balanced. Nothing is dominant, but many things come together nicely. Malts and hops are expertly balanced against each other.

F---Creamy & wet. Well carbonated.

O---A very nice beer. Well suited for the season, but would easily travel to warmer climes. I wish I had more than the one.

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of caddybuyer
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Bad Elf Winter's Ale from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 444 ratings