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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (6115) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Malty aroma, hints of caramel. Decent hops in the flavour, not too sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (7123) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting . Pours clear deep golden with a big creamy white head. Aroma of bready malts, light citrussy hops. Taste is fruity, with some bready malts, dry and full bodied. Very good, fresh and moreish beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (20066) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
12th March 2014
Almost clear gold beer, small pale cream coloured head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Light airy malt, a little cream and a little sweetness, Bit of a honey vibe and very mild floralness. Light orange, touch of marmalade, Smooth finish. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (5788) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2014
Ridgeway Bad Elf (Keg at Gastropub Eino, Mikkeli, 20140207) The beer poured golden and lightly hazy. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, earth and sweetness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, earthy hops, sweetness, molasses and bitterness. Afteraste was malty and bitter. Not bad but a bit harsh.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfinney23 (2529) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Pours clear gold with a finger of foamy head. Grassy grain aroma. Surprisingly flat mouth feel given the foam. Taste is biscuit, caramel and citrus with a slightly metallic finish.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjjbeer (9) - - JAN 10, 2014 does not count
sto bevendo una bad elf 2013, al naso il primo sentore è lievito, lontanamente vanigliato. nel bicchiere si presenta biondo opalescente, al palato si percepisce una sensazione di birretta appena secchina e lontanamente amara.... non è il mio genere... cheers..

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (2313) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle->snifter. Clear gold with small white head. Citrus and grains, with some caramel malt, herbal hops. Messy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wolfbass (1053) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 30, 2013
Così è scivolata via molto bene, dopo un pomeriggio di mangiare e bere, ci voleva qualcosa di leggero. Non male.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
A surprise Christmas present from the spouse. I actually would have sworn I had rated this. I would have been wrong. Somewhere after 1000 ratings is when I started having a hard time keeping track mentally of what I had rated and not. Around 3000, it became totally hopeless. In any case, clear gold, decent head. Aroma is hoppy, but quite English in nature, with a focus on earthy notes. Flavor is light biscuity malts and a delightful hop finish - mostly earthy, some floral, quite English, but very pronounced. Did not detect the theoretical Cascade hops - maybe they were used as a bittering addition? In any case, rather enjoyed this - I think this might be my first England rating of 2013 - which shows you how things have changed over the decades.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (2168) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Golden color with a whitish head. Honey and floral herb flavors with light malts and a bit of skunkiness. Punchy, strong, but not bitter through the finish.


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