Seriously Bad Elf | Ridgeway Brewing

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Seriously Bad ElfSeriously Bad Elf

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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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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 206
Photo of sauron681
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear coppery color with next to no head and hardly any lacing. Fairly light carbonation that is hard to pick up. A slight fruity aroma, and that was all i could get from it.

Medium light bodied in the mouth. Slight lemony flavor, no hops, hint of spice, and an overpowering alcohol aftertaste. They definetly got the "strong" part of the ale.

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Photo of wangbruins
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Extremely light golden yellow with a decent head- pretty generic really

S- Lots of lemon and fairly yeasty, very light smelling and not too overpowering

T- Lemon and yeast mostly, very plain without much aftertaste

M- Thin and oily and goes down easy, not as bold as I expected

D- High ABV but not as bold as I like. It's okay for the one or two and the novelty, but that's about it

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Photo of BTPete
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On cask at Mahar's in Albany, NY. Notes taken directly from phone.

Cask seriously bad elf

Cask to mug @ mahars

A: clear golden with just a tad of head on top.

S: sweet smelling, malty and fruity, a little sweet and sour in a way.

T: very sweet with fruity esters. Very smooth, but sweet with little to no alcohol zing which is surprising for ABV. Maybe due to cask. There is sour embedded in there at the finish. Actually it comes across as a little odd.

M: smooth and creamy....aaaah cask

D: good brew, probably low drinkability in my opinion due to sweetness alone, abv second.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.14/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16.9 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, light copper body with a smallish, short-lived, white head.

Smell: If blind-folded and given this to smell, I'd have guessed it was possibly malt liquor from Melanie Brewing. Not just notable, but completely glaring alcohol and sweet-scented, faux apple notes. 16.9 ounces, eh? It's going to be a grueling, uphill battle as I lost interest around the 1.69 ounce mark.

Taste: Woof! Sweet, all-too sharp alcohol with some vague fermented honey tones and a fruity hint of all-natural apple flavoring. Good grief, Ridgeway. Not much hop character, and what's there is stymied by all this coarse alcohol and unnecessary sweet. That alcohol never lets up, searing the tongue like cheap mouthwash. Sweet, lightly fruity, grotesquely alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: The relatively okay-ness of Very Bad Elf had inspired me to give the rest of these goofy beers a 'go', but after the seriously poor showing of Seriously Bad Elf, this may be it for me and Ridgeway's Christmastime line-up.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a rising tight white head the fades quickly. Leaves enough lacing on the glass.

Fruit and pale malt dominate the nose. Some spice and herb notes peek through as well.

Tastes of the fruity esters upfront characterized by mostly apples and maybe some white grapes. The slight bit of hoppiness can be found at the end with a subtle herbal character. Tastes pretty boozy as well, but that should be expected with 9%.

Mouthfeel is a medium-light and could be boosted a little more to be fuller.

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

Pours a light, golden amber color with a big, foamy white head. Head falls to a minimal head, decent lacing.

Sweet malt aroma, wasn't expecting it by looking at it.

Sweet malt taste, slight hops and a mild bitter finish. Slight alcohol warmth and flavor to it.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth.

Decent beer. Drinkable.

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

A - golden color, maybe a finger head that disappears quickly, no lacing or lingering

S - touch of caramel and assorted sweetness...nothing too distinctive

T/M - decent body and beer lingers...but as for taste..sweet, almost like a pink starburst? very odd.

D - alcohol not very prevalent considering 9% but sweet and not overly tasty so might pass on sessioning this.

curious about the other elves

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.Pours a light amber color with a thick white tiny bubbled heading,thin lacing throughout the tasting.

Smell is of rich fruity maltiness,very sweet syrupy aroma as well.

Taste is all sweet malts,thick and sticky exactley like a syrup of some sort.Basically a beer you must chew before swallowing.

Mouth is medium to full bodied with alot carbonation. Tiny little bubbles that dance on and around the tongue throughout,again very thick.

Drink is ok a little too boozy for the liking. This would be good on a cold winter night to warm you up,not on an 88 degree day in Florida on the beach (bad move).

I also bought the insanely bad elf. After this tasting I am getting a little nervous.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes Dec. 19, '08.

Pours cloudy gold, with no head.

Nose is fruity, slightly tropical - apricot and a bit of yeast.

Taste is fruity and sweet - tropical fruits, apricot, bit of light pear also. yeasty finish balances slightly, bit dry.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full, a bit of active carbonation keeping things interesting.

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Photo of bonkers
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a pale, clear amber with a moderate white head, minimal lacing. The aroma is all alcohol, rubbing alcohol. The flavor reminds me of a strong barley wine. The main flavor is alcohol, but it is not overpowering. The brew is a medium bodied sipper. This elf could use a bit more malt, but it is not a bad beer.

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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 ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice deep golden color, pure white head rises to about a finger width. The snow-white head fades fast to a film and a ring, and lacing is fair.

Aroma of ripe pears, some hop spice and a little alcohol tingles the nose as well. Mild hints of bubble gum also noticeable. The taste is very warm and inviting without turning you on to its 9% ABV. A sweet maltiness, somewhat bready at first but lightening and revealing the ripe fruit and tutti frutti. Some spice still evident and it all leads to a petty nice finish that does not linger long. Delicious.

Not a huge body; medium viscosity and easy to drink. This is a fine beer. I'm not familiar with the style but this ones leans toward a Belgian style to me, strong pale ale or something.

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Photo of Pencible
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear gold with white head. It smelled very faintly of caramel malt and sweet yeast. It tasted stronger, like sweet caramel and cultured yeast and banana, with a bit of lemon hops. It was slightly thick with no carbonation, and had a creamy aftertaste. Overall this had a fairly unique and clean flavor, but still wasn't as bold as I hoped. It had good body, and it definitely hid the alcohol well. So it was easy to drink, and was somewhat enjoyable, but was generally underwhelming.

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Photo of jwc215
2.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep golden with a large, fluffy/pillowy white head that leaves lacing in its slow descent. Great retention, especially for abv.

The smell is of some carmelized graininess with a vague English hop touch. Some fruity alcohol comes through.

The taste is of raw, fruity alcohol with some additional sweetness from carmelized grainy maltiness. There is some vague hop bitterness to keep the sweetness somewhat balanced. Tastes like an American malt liquor with an English character. Boozy without much flavour to keep up with alcohol. Some is there, but not enough.

Body has something of a slickness to it. Ample carbonation, even bordering "too much" for the style. Some body is there, but not enough to keep up with the alcohol.

Not "seriously bad", but "seriously not good", I would say. No real reason to drink unless you want to drink for the elf-theme, or you want a carmelized boozy drink. This elf needs help. Nice appearance, though.

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Photo of kaseydad
2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Number three of the four-pack for X-mas. Spicy, malty, fruity taste with almost no head on the pour. The taste of alcohol is pretty easy to identify though it's not overpowering to the point of uneasy drinking. Smell is nice while the taste is not to my liking.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a nice copper brass like color. It has a so-so head but good lace. The aroma reminds me of a Scotch or Irish whiskey. There is a processed malt aroma with just a bit of crisp hops. The flavor reminds me of a whiskey as well. It is malty and sweet with some alcohol to the flavor. There is not much for bitterness at all. This beer has some fruity esters to the aftertaste. It feels almost medium bodied but not quite and has some warmth put off from the alcohol.

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Photo of BigBry
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The third 500 ml bottle from the 4 pack of Ridgeway Christmas brews.
Pours a light copper color with a slightly off white head. Average retention, some thin lace rings. Smell is sweet malt, some spices, and an alcohol burn. Taste has some good sweet malt, toffee or caramel, and some fruit-like hoppiness. Again, the alcohol is pretty strong, making it quite hot. Mouthfeel more full bodied, limited carbonation keeps it creamy. After a while the alcohol started to take over and dominate making it harsh to handle.
I love the elf wearing a lumberjack shirt firing a christmas ball with his slingshot.

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

Well, I'm sure Charles Dickens would have wanted to see her nipples.

Crystal clear copper yellow. Call me an elf one more time.

Smells of some sugarplums dancing in my head, malt, cherries. He's an angry elf.

Big strong ale. Big Body, sweet aftertaste. A double double indeed.

This bad elf is a cotton-headed ninnymoggins.But I would I pass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walk through the Lincoln Tunnel for some of this beer.

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Photo of number1bum
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light, honey sort of copper color with about two fingers of off-white head. Settles to a pretty solid lace and leaves some rings of stick.

Smell is sweet toffee malt, cinnamon and other spices, some indistinguishable fruit and some alcohol.

Tastes like it smells, with lots of cinnamon and sweet toffee malts. Slight toasted note as well, and some fruitiness that again I can't quite place. Alcohol is pretty strong, as well; it's definitely on the hot side. Finishes a touch bitter with some alcohol and cinnamon left on the palate.

Mouthfeel is close to full bodied, on the chewy side and relatively creamy. Alcohol makes it a little hot, as mentioned.

Biggest problem with this beer is that the alcohol is too prominent in both aroma and taste. It's also a bit overspiced, in my opinion, but not terribly so. Not a bad brew, but if the booze were toned down a bit it'd be much better.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Split three ways w/ dkachur and proteus93. My portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear tawny golden, filtered and clean looking, with a fast-fading almost white head - very little sheen left after it quickly fades. The carbonation is sparse and incredibly slow, making this one look incredibly thick.

Aroma: Solventy alcohol emerges as this one warms, becoming slightly too pungent, and it intermingles with a handful of sweet grainy notes and light fruityness, tart apples mainly. Average, if that.

Taste: Hm. This one's not seriously bad, but it's seriously average. Incredibly thick and syrupy pale sweetness, honey-like, is accompanied by a handful of light, fruity yeast esters - bananas, green apple skins, and pears. It's a

Mouthfeel: Uneven, slightly overcarbonated, which - while you'd imagine it would do a little to cut the thickness - doesn't really, as it's still pretty syrupy.

Drinkability: Well it knocks out a style at least. Can't say I was very impressed with this one - a little chemically in places, alcoholy in others, and just decent in the rest. My first Ridgeway beer, but I'd gladly give up this Shelton Brothers import in exchange for getting any of their others here in Virginia.

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Photo of DreifachS
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden with Caramel Hues. Bright with little chill haze. Color is to "style" nothing to detract points for.

Smell: Sweet, almost like Treacle syrup

Taste: Sweet, very little hop bitterness or aroma to speak of. Some estery yeast notes and a buttery diacetyl aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, which is to style if you consider it an "English interpretation of a Belgian Tripel" as their web page proclaims. This beer has moderate viscosity, and is not tainted by the burning sensation associated with fusel alcohol.

Drinkability: A good beer that I could drink a couple pints of. However, after the second one it would be difficult to stomach the overall sweetness of this beer. Not to mention it might become difficult to walk after 32+ ounces of 9% beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange/gold color with a small, very bubbly, off-white head. It left some thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled very fruity, sweet, malty and boozy.

T - It tasted of very, very sweet maltiness with a boozy alcohol flavor. Caramel and toffee flavors underly the sweet booziness.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very sweet brew. It was a little difficult to drink because of the sweetness.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks Great. Bottle poured into imperial pint glass deep golden orange clear nice big head tight. Smell fruit and booze - taste fruitybrandy malt booze dry. Mouthfeel okay medium body not an over abundance of carb. Drinkablitly - one is okay for me - pretty boozey - can't imagine having more than one or two.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright gold in color, poured a nice size head with minimal lacing.

Smell/Taste: A bit of citric flavors up front, a bit of banana and spice, and the finish consisted of a nice ester bite. Florals and a bit of raw honey are deep in the nose, a bit of a medicinal tinge is somewhat apparent as well.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, body is light even with the high ABV, not a whole lot goin on to blow my socks off.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable for the ABV, just boring if you ask me

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear bright gold, one and a half finger head.

S- Light grainy malt aroma with some vinous notes.

T- Lightly sweet caramel malts at first then quickly balanced out by mellow floral hops. The balance remains throughout with a soft warming alcohol note towards the end.

M- Full bodied, light carbonation

D- Goes down very easy for being 9%

Despite the strength, this beer is extremely well balanced and drinkable with just enough character to keep things interesting.

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Seriously Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
3.37 out of 5 based on 206 ratings.
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