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Ridgeway Bad Elf (4.5%)

Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Bottle conditioned: Seasonal.
"Winter Ale". Ridgeway produce two versions of Bad Elf "Winter Ale" - one at 4.5%, and the other at 6%. There is a separate listing for the 6%.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Urban_Sprawl (4) - IRELAND - JAN 20, 2014 does not count
Pleasant, if somewhat unremarkable ale; clean taste, no aftertaste, but not strong enough to be a winter beer , seems much more suited to warmer weather. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
culchiem (2570) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle. Murky orange with a thin head. Aroma is fruity malt. Flavor is malty, nut some dry spice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (9131) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at home, early hours of 01/01/14 - Xmas present from the inlaws and a new rate - cheers ! Clear golden with a moderate off white head that clears to a swirl and edgework. Nose is orange sherbet, light sugars, toasty malts, grassy, faint hop presence, orange marmalade. Taste is thinner, grass, light orange squash, bread dough, not unpleasant just not a whole lot going down! Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finale with lingering grassy bitterness. Mediocre GB, no defects per say, just not a lot doing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (3905) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle: BBD Feb 14, poured into a UK pint sleeve on 8th Dec 13. Slight haze to my golden bodied brew, white head. The nose was of semi-sweet malty molasses with hints of mixed spices, the taste was similar to the aroma with malts leading a spicy centre. Although malty it was also fairly sharp and tangy in the mouth which in turn led to a dry mildly bitter finish. Body depth OK, never had the 6% version so can’t compare.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Bottled 28/11/13. A dark gold coloured beer with no head. Quite grassy. Not much in the way or hop or winteriness. There is a little spicy hint but not sure what that is. Late bitterness. Not very keen on this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopfenWeisse (1082) - - NOV 29, 2013
Clear golden color with small head. Aroma is hoppy. Flavor is malt, spicy hops, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mauritsio (448) - FINLAND - NOV 19, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 Bottle from Valintatalo. Golden with Not much white head. Some berries and lots of boiled hops. Bitter taste. Dry crispy finish but some thin feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
graham_murphy (297) - - NOV 15, 2013
A slightly spicy, slightly bitter ale. Not overly exciting but it drinks pretty easily so I imagine it wouldn’t be bad for a wintertime session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bamsen78 (3234) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2013
Draught @ You’ll Never Walk Alone in Kolding. Pours clear golden with small white head. Clear aroma of yeast, spices and dirt. Bitter and sour flavour of the hops of yesteryear and some spice of the days gone by. Bitter, slightly metallic aftertaste. Off?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hanoi (421) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
Nose is butter scotch, cereal, some nice citrus notes. Taste is a little butter scotch leading to citrus hops and a refreshing grassy finish. Mouthfeel is slick and full. This beer describes itself as a winter ale, it is about as far away from what a winter beer should deliver as you can imagine. It’s not a bad beer for a warm day, but it’s marked down for failing on it’s own terms.

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