Seriously Bad Elf | Ridgeway Brewing

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Seriously Bad ElfSeriously Bad Elf

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ADR on 11-11-2005

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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 136
Reviews by Retroman40:
Photo of Retroman40
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with minimal foam that quickly vanishes. The smell is malt with a hint of sweetness. That sweetness is evident in the taste; I even noted a slight bit of spice which I can't get my taste buds around. Very clean/smooth mouthfeel. I need to add that there is literally no indication that this is a 9% ABV beer even as the beer warms to room temperature (I started cool and let in warm). Overall I just can't find anything special enough about this beer to recommend it at 6.99 US for a 50cl (16.9 ounce) bottle. Sure the art work is super cool but I can't taste that label!

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep bronze color with a thinner white head,big sour green apple in the aromas really hit the nose with a band also picked up some underlying caramel as well.Flavors start out with that green apple elemant up front but gets caramelly sweet with brown suger as late to the point that after awhile it got somewhat cloying.Nice flavors dont get me wrong a good sipper and after meal beer to savor but it is quite sweet,the alcohol is nicely hidden for 9% alc as well.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 50cl bottle, poured an orange color with a small head. It had a sweet, fruity aroma, as well as something vaguely caramel. A fruity, apple taste. Noticeable alcohol, which I thought was a bit intrusive. Some hops. Tart in the mouth. An OK beer, not one I'd want regularly.

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Photo of merlin48
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber body with a small offwhite head. Soapsuds type lacing. Aroma is fruity apricot with spicy and floral hops in an English manner. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is concealed fairly well. Taste has some fruity peach notes competing with an unpleasant metalic note and a dry floral hoppiness. A hint of cardboard is distracting. The 9% abv stays hidden all the way through, and that may be the major plus with this one. Not really a bad effort. Puts me in mind of an ESB on steroids.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the Blind tiger in the neighborhood of my childhood in lower NYC, I'm gonna miss this place, but enough sentimentality...this pours semi cloudy, medium golden with an off white head, not much lacing noticed. Nose here is of hoppy spicy goodness. Tasty, aggresivly hopped British brew, quite dry and flavorful up front , then more spice and citrus in the middle and finish, cant say this one is balanced, but for a Brit brew this one will please the hop and flavorful brew fans. worth a try, especially if yoiu see it on tap.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 16.9oz.brown bottle into a large tulip glass,not recommended,but worked out good. A serious glass for a serious beer,love the label an elf with a slingshot shooting at santa and his reindeer.On with the review.

Clear,a very slight cloudiness a golden/coppery color with a white 1" creamy head,good retention with some slight spotty lacing.

A pleasing moderate aroma clean,very fruitty with hints of fresh apples,a bit floral,slightly perfumy with some light citrus notes. No alcohol in the nose for a 9% beer.

Very fruitty tasting with some hot boozy sweet carmell in there. A nice apple taste gets quickly buried by a quick blast of alcohol. A nicely balanced brew,a clean mid taste,finishes very citrusy,boozy,a sweet,tart, taste. A good taste overall,just a bit boozy for me,wish the alcohol was just a bit more hidden,this is fitting for the style though.

A medium mouthfeel,very creamy the alcohol makes for a bit of roughness on the palate. A good beer overall,if you don't mind the alcohol tastes this is a very good beer. This beer went down very good even with the alcohol taste. I would drink another,but that would be it. A creeping alcohol effect to this beer. I'd recomend this beer if you like em strong,

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours clear copper amber under a clingy 2” cream colored foam collar. S: Flowery alcohol aromas. T: Malty, biscuit, alcoholic sweetened lightly by caramel and balanced by a moderate dose of spicy hops. F: Medium body, below average carbonation, warming. O: A big strong beer.

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Photo of far333
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Faint honey color with a full inch of frothy lumpy bright white foam that slowly throws up big popping bubbles.

Low aroma of sweet corny malt, some grassy floral notes.

Rich and cloying flavor of bready malt, alcoholic vapors warming the mouth. Very grassy, not too complex. Tastes like an imperial Budweiser (start with Budweiser, add rubbing alcohol and some sugar).

Slick and syrupy mouthfeel. Low drinkability, I predict that half the bottle will find the sink.

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Photo of ADR
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark orange color, big-bubbled head is faintly yellow but doesn't last long. Looping ring laces on the pint glass. Bready aroma, vague off esters and oddly sweet orange marmalade. Low carbonation, mouthfeel is less than medium but oddly slick. Gravelly and warbling flavor tone overall, like sweetened black and green teas alternating hand-in-hand with orange and slight spice. Very leafy noticeable hop bittering. Some sense of alcohol, but not a burning impression. Frankly, this brew doesn't really appeal to me, its got some odd characteristics in combination.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a golden orange crystal clear body with a thick soft peaked light tan head supported for a bit by a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a clean soft bitter green note followed by a faint light caramel malt smell that grows as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a soft cloying flavor that is faintly of circus peanuts and cloves. There is a sweet malt flavor that goes along with that taste. The finish is green spices with a soft cidery note and some nougat qualities. There is also a hint of sulfur in the finish aswell.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fusel alcohol heat this increases as the beer warms but becomes overpowered by the big prickly fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has some full flavor but they all taste a bit off and clash together. There are no real malt flavors and it is a bit of a mess. Maybe time could help pull things together but I don't know if there are other flavors underneath that would come through.

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Photo of justme
4.01/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very nice holiday beer. Pours a golden carmel color. A bit boozie but pretty decent. Spicy and malty. Will not be liked by IPA folks. But I’m not. Enjoyed it Sutherland family.

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Photo of imbuckeye
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Calico
2.66/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a tulip glass.

The thing I noticed most about this beer was the aroma. I first described it to the person with whom I split the bottle as smelling like gasoline, very solventy and a little fruity (overripe peaches, perhaps).

Taste was so-so. I could not quite call this an English strong - seemed a bit hoppy for the style. Seems to straddle the line between English strong and Imperial IPA. Mouthfeel was fairly good, round and warming. The finish was unmemorable. I would not buy another bottle of this. I've had the Bad Elf and the Very Bad Elf and like them both more, with I think the Very Bad Elf being my favorite of the three.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big rocky head that lasts almost five minutes before minimizing, on top of an insanely clear ruby/amber with a variety of bubble sizes and speeds.

Malty nose brings in mellow spices, and something smells like freshly churned butter. Hops are present in the background. Also a kind of wet algae I losing it and having an acid flashback, or does this smell odd? I do like it.

Flavorwise, hops are in abundance, while the malt tries to offset them. But wow, this is a bitter, spicy ale, with a good fruity background that keeps things from getting too intense. The finish is a bruiser: acidic fruits that linger a long while. All through the drinking it recalls puckery sour green apples.

Mouthfeel is buttery and very well-carbonated, maybe a bit thin compared to those aggressive flavors.

Nothing wrong with this one, unless you're not into wild, spikey, spicy brews. It's definitely not an every day go-to beer, but I found it unique and interesting, and it gives the whole true-to-style thing the finger. Yeah, a seriously bad elf.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer is bad elf all over again. pours a slight bit darker with less head. nose is the same ridgeway funkiness. Tastes just like bad elf loaded with liquor. First taste is funky maltiness. almost a rotten hop or citrus flavor to it. The finish is dominated by alcohol. the mouthfeel is good and creamy, but still odd. Drinkability is not there for me at all.

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Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear and stark copper bodied with a skimming of white lacing.
Almond-extract nose with ideations of plums, hard toffee, and spilt blood.
Begins, again, with that almond-cum-brittle toffee maltiness, smeared thick with marzipan. Fruitiness exists in eddies, a swirl of golden raisins here, a ripple of pear there, orange preserves to the right, figs on the left, plums back behind. The middle is all fruit cake, or bread pudding, with a minor burnt butter and horsehair yeast influx. A few hot alcohol belches, but ethanol is largely belittled. Clears on the finish with bright juniper berry and pine hop assertations.
Heavy syrup body is given perk by a sustained, steadfast, tiny-grained CO2.
For a beer this large, it is not hugely flavored or dynamic. But what is here works, and works well. It's serves best as a gulpable sipper, like a likeably chunky that is not quite fat enough to be a b'wine or an old ale.

The biggest question is: What's the 2006 adjective going to be? My money is on: Holyshitthatsonebadassmuthafuckin Elf. Or possibly: Thisisatiredconceptmaybeweshouldexploreadifferentdirectionforthename Elf.
I could be wrong on those, though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, brass-colored with a deep-amber cast beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds alright before dropping to an average collar. Some walls of thin, vine-like streaks and spots are left at the outset, but there's not much after that.
Smell: Malty, bready, fruity, yeasty, very mildly hoppy. "Ale", basically. Clean. Not impressive nor unimpressive.
Taste: A straw-like maltiness with a firm, light-caramel edge dominates. A yeasty fruitiness of dull apples, both red and gold, livens it a bit. Alcohol steps in. Firm bitterness. Dry with leafy, muddy-grassy hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with a soft caress on the tongue that leaves it smooth across the palate. Just enough to awaken the taste buds.
Drinkability: It's quite nice at first, but not really out of the ordinary. It's very straightforward in its maltiness, and there's not much yeasty fruitiness either - almost like a strong, malty lager. !? It's clean and well-balanced, but not that exciting; and that's where it falters. It's an enjoyable brew for the first pint, but with the strength that it carries and the flavor it delivers, I'd probably stop at one.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty orange color with a very light lace of white head that fades instantly. Just a touch of faint carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Sweet aroma of pale and caramel malts, some fruity esters from the hops, and more than a little treacle.
Palate is sweet and fruity up front, lots of tropical fruit and apple notes. The decent pale malt backbone keeps it from being overwhelmingly fruity, but the treacly sweetness comes through towards the swallow. Finish is drier than one would expect for a beer this big and sweet (hence low attenuation), but it is much more subtle than the rest of the palate.
Body is somewhat creamy, not bubbly, but still a bit thinner than is usually expected from a high-alcohol beer. The sweetness is a bit overwhelming, but does help mask the alcohol content. I am kind of glad that I split the bottle with my wife, but it's not exactly a chore to drink. Maybe not the most festive holiday ale, though.

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Photo of pastramionrye7
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an efferevescent bronze with a thumb of offwhite head. Not a lot of head retention or lacing

S: Bready malt & aged or old hops. Alcohol honey & lemon as this warms.

T: Fruity & bready up front along with serious dryness & a hint of grapefruitty hops. Honey malts follow with some warming alcohol. I catch a hint of brown sugar as this warms. Finished dry, warming & hoppy

MF: Oily, slick & a little more carbonation than you'd expect

Drinks very easy for the abv, this beer seems to have north american influnces on it, most strong english ales skew much more malty to me. Pretty good one to enjoy a pint or 2, pass that, night, night!!

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Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Gmann
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a large soapy white head (after a rather hard pour) that left some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is faint, I pick up some sweet caramel malt and perhaps some alcohol. The taste starts off sweet and boozy and has a cherry cough drop characteristic. Has a slight hop bitterness in the end. The feel is light and almost watery, fizzy carbonation, and finishes slick, sticky, and boozy. This beer is what I imagine English malt liquor would taste like. The malt presence is not big enough to handle the strong ABV of this brew and the sweetness is almost cloying. Not something that I would seek out again.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a .5L fat bottl to a pint glass the liquid is gold with good carbonation. The head is ok one finger thick off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is semi hoppy with a big bready malt and an odd sourness.

The taste is overwhelmed with sour fruit, at 9% you would think a brew would hold up better. Not this one

The mouthfeel is ok decent body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is just average. There are many better choices out there for the price of this brew to recommend it. MK

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