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Ridgeway Bad Elf (6%)

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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned; Seasonal - Winter. Has also been seen on cask occasionally.
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 4.5% version.
Olde England meets the New World in this strong, warming golden ale, brewed by Peter Scholey. Master brewer for the late and much-lamented Brakspear Brewery of Henley-on-Thames, England, Peter started his own brewing operations in 2003. Bad Elf is a hop-lover’s dream, balancing a generous amount of famous English malt with an astounding 45 ounces of fresh hops – including American Cascade – per barrel.


2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (811) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Very light beer smell...mostly malt..taste is medium light malt, no hops...good taste though..slightly sweet

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
benpickens (420) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Pours clear bronze with white frothy head strong aromas of hips and earthy malts; wasn’t expecting this much hops

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Block (1547) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2014
This beer seemed stronger than it actually was. A pretty potent start with a mild and smooth finish. Kind of different. Some spice, not too much. Stronger malt and european beer flavors.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Plovmand (6650) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear golden with a medium white head. Malty and light hoppy aroma. Some yeast. Fruity and yeasty flavor. hoppy finish.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
crossovert (8153) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2014
500ml bottle. Like the very bad elf it ahs a marmite/savory type finish but the front end is insipid.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (4698) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Slightly hazy deep gold with a leafy noble hop aroma and a touch of earthy English dustiness. Nice mellow flavor with a bit of cantaloupe and grassy noble English hops. Balanced and quaffable. A dash of lemon zest perhaps. Not shabby.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2530) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
12/23/2010. From bottle. Amber with a white head. Sweet fruity aromas with honey, caramel and malt. Malt forward flavors, dried fruit and a sweet finish.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tmoreau (2621) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2014
16.9 oz. bottle brought to our regular tasting, and poured to snifters showing a hazed, orangey color, with a modest & fleeting head of off white foam to a thin ring & film, and light spots of lacing. Although some esters & spice were present in the nose, it was heavily diacetyl, with a bit of vinegar, and a hint of candy. I did persist, but found a light body, low carbonation, light bitterness, and a generally washed out flavor. Felt bad for Chuck who had to wash all those glasses at once!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (3628) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2014
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2014. Smell of honey and flowers. Similar taste with a bready malty aroma. Allot of flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Toomio (269) - Joensuu, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2014
Eliittikokouksen jälkeen Tuomon kanssa Pasilassa. Hyvä rentoutusolut. Tasapainoinen ja sopivan humalainen.


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