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Bad Elf Winter's Ale | Ridgeway Brewing

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3.53/5
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436 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Loki on 11-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,364
Reviews:
250
Ratings:
436
pDev:
14.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
24
Trade:
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Ratings: 436 |  Reviews: 250
Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze with a fluffy off white head that leaves scaps of lace behind on the glass. The nose is bready and grainy with grapefruity hop notes. Candied orange and lemon zest with a rich malty backbone, pretty nice. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. a nice English IPA and my favorite of the Ridgeway holiday offerings I've tried.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of cdkrenz
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
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 beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Clear copper-yellow pour with big, fluffy two finger head with good retention and lacing. Hoppy, perfumy, floral nose with a malty backbone and hints of apples and caramel. Nice tangy, citrusy, bitter hop bite in the taste, well balanced by a sweet malty caramel base with a hint of apples and bubble gum. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry and slightly fizzy with a touch of chewiness. Slightly higher ABV then your typical English IPA, but you definitely can't tell. I'm thinking that some of the critical reviews were due to beer past its prime. This was extremely drinkable and enjoyable. It was closer to an American IPA then I had expected. Pleasantly surprised!

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Photo of Tballz420
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a slightly hazy golden color, lots of bubbles rising up to a big white head on the top.Nice lace trails. Fairly light nose, piney hops. Light pale malts in front, fairly dry, nice levels of bitter and pine hops rounding out the backbone. Some spice involved. Bits of fruit as well. Exceptionally hopped for the style, at least compared to what i have had. Not quite as intense as the west coasters here, but a nice hoppy treat. Med bodied. Nice english style IPA.

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Photo of jimmygord
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Morris729
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with a short white head that quickly fades into a trace amount of lace. Nose is floral hops with notes of lemon zest and bubblegum. The same floral hops in the aroma are the key players in the taste though they are nicely paired with a sweet fruitiness and toffee-like maltiness. More of a hop bitterness level than your typical English IPA offering. Easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of MenardMa
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hustlesworth
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear dirty golden amber, big airy off-white head recedes rather quickly to about 1/2in chunky disk, then slowly to a thick ring of foam with much drippy lace.

S- nice soft hoppy aroma, not too overbearing, mostly bitter orange and toffee, sugar cookies, holiday bread, pound cake, and all those nice sweet aromas i love in an english ale. earthy and toasty notes as well. becomes increasingly floral as it warms.

T- mineral water flavor throughout, toasty grains, orange blossoms, grapefruit pith, and essential oils of lime. nicely hoppy with a great balance. upon a good burp, extreme floral flavors make themselves apparent. citrusy and sweet, hoppy but not overly bitter, multi-faceted, it's earthy, herbal, floral, toasty, and fruity all at once. bitterness sits on the back of the tongue. finishes with big floral and citrus flavors, mild bitterness, and sweet toasted cookie.

MF- soft and milky, delicate mild carbonation, and somewhat dry on the cheeks. a pretty standard english feel.

D- very flowery hop character blows out most citrus notes, imparting a very interesting flavor and aroma to this brew. good and drinkable, with well hidden alcohol. a nice holiday brew although it doesn't feel very christmasy.

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Photo of Winter
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear medium amber in color with a thin off-white sudsy head. Fruity and hoppy aroma with light hints of biscuit and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium in body. Things starts off with a sweet malty front, but that soon comes to an end as the hops take over with a crisp bitterness. Abrasive on the palate midway. A citrusy grapefruit flavor follows. The finish has a salty bitterness to it.

Between this, Very Bad Elf and Seriously Bad Elf, this one appealed the to me the least out of the three. Can't quite pinpoint why that is, but for an IPA, this was nothing special and even less so as a winter release.

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Photo of craftbeerasian
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of DuffDaddy
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of JakeDebus
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of hero27
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I wanna start off by saying that I love the label...very appealing and festive. We got a kick out of the warning label on the back.. "WARNING: Drinking Bad Elf may impair your ability to drive a sleigh or operate toy-making machinery.." Classic. Anyways, pours a mostly pale golden-orange color. Relatively thin white head..lacing is spotty but leaves a nice thin cap on the brew all the way to the finish.

Smell: Definite herbal-hop aroma right off the bat. Crisp overall smell with some mild fruits picked up..maybe a tad of spices and very little on the malt side.

Taste: I gotta admit..i love the 6% ABV. I'd love to try the "Very Bad Elf" to compare the two. Best quality of this brew was the taste..while not complex, the IPA character comes out in full-force with the grassy, herbal hops. Alcohol is present but not over-the-top at all.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation and crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, smooth, and easy as pretty much anything to drink.

Drinkability: Good overall drinkability. Hops are not overwhelming but can be appreciated again & again.

Overall, I was really pleased with this brew. I was expecting the same old "Spicy Winter" taste and was pleasantly surprised to find a really nice Winter IPA. Would definitely recommend anyone trying, no matter what time of year.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ssjkyle
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of gandres
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From 50 cL bottle to wine glass
Appearance: Copper pinkish color close to rose, minimal head, some lacing
Aroma: not a lot
Taste: Taste no really good
Mouthfeel: fizzy
Overall: No a really good beer, sour aftertaste, reminds me of Heineken. Not dark, which is usually expected of winter ales

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Photo of duvel1979
1/5  rDev -71.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cl bottle. Pours a straw gold color with some deeper golden highlights. Fluffy eggshell colored, rocky head. Fresh, flowery/oily hop aroma; notably Cascade. Hop bitterness that is herbal/vegetal and citrusy and lasts into the finish and lingers afterwards. Light maltiness, but only a glimpse that manifests itself as tea-like tannins that meld well with the hop bitterness. Minerally water portion. Lower carbonation allows the hops to shine through without becoming too acidic. Finely crafted and highly enjoyable for those that like hoppy ales.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears golden amber in color with a quickly dissipating off white head. Smells of citrus hops and some sweetness like caramel. Tastes of grapefruit with the sweetness of caramel, with a little bit of bitter aftertones. Smooth and creamy with a little tingle, nice sticking feel afterwards. Very good English IPA, though not very Christmas inspired, and kinda expensive.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - a crisp golden color, a little murky but mostly clear. Not much foam, and somewhat slow carbonation.

Smell - Seems fairly hoppy and bitter with a hint of some sort of spice.

Taste - Not quite as hoppy-tasting as it smelled, but still hoppy and bitter, but the malts help balance it out. The spice from the smell is here too in the taste, but I can't narrow it down. Texture is fairly well-balanced but leans slightly toward the creamy side.

Drinkability - Not a bad brew at all. Decently complex and good-tasting. Just wish I could narrow down the other ingredients in the taste.

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Photo of brewtus
1.54/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured copper with white head... forget it,I'm going to cut right to the chase, this is clearly a novelty beer and it was disgusting. Granted winter ales aren't my favorite, but this wasn't a winter ale, as the label claims. It tastes cheap and hits you like a cheap shot of liquor. It's a great Christmas gift but a terrible drink. Grab a anchor, bells, or Great Lakes Christmas instead.

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Photo of whynot44
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice cloudy apricot color with a decent white head that disipates slowly and leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is pine needles and biscuits with a hint of citrus.

The taste starts with a hit of piney hops. A decent biscuity malt base registers in the middle, although still dominated by the hops. The finish is more pine hops with a touch of grapefuit that lingers on. An English IPA for the hop heads!

Very similar to some west coast brews but still fairly smooth and very easy to drink. Medium bodied and decently filling but not heavy. You may want several..

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Bad Elf Winter's Ale from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 436 ratings
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