Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wolfbass (979) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3507) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (2038) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
travita (4416) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle. The look is cloudy, beige colored head, and golden in color. The smell is fruit, dried cranberries, figs, malt, and spiced pudding. The taste is malt, lighter fruits, gum, and spiced herbal ness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2013
16.9 oz bottle. Hazy deep gold with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of pear, grain, citrus, brown sugar, and caramel. Taste is of biscuit, caramel, pear, sweet rolls, and woody hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerhammaren (1331) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2013
.33l on tap @ Harry’s Pours clear golden with low head. Aroma is butter, honey, citrus fruits, hops. Flavor is hops, malts, butter, citrus fruits. Too buttery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
On tap at Max's in Baltimore. Pours a golden yellow. Thin to no head. Nice flavor nice beer. Not heavy on the spices.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coreyc1221 (275) - Truckee, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Light pine and really light citrus aroma. Pale golden in color with a thin white head. A bit barnyard and pine at the start with a malty and slightly drying after funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3773) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle pour. Pale copper with a thin white head. Herbal and sweet grassy notes. Medium bodied. Lingering sweetness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
toml219 (285) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Appearance- Golden yellow, very little white head Aroma- Lite crispsmell Cirtus undertones T/P- Mild hop flavor nive malt tone slight after taste that lingers a little too long for my taste. not bad, not something that i would rush out to get. Got it as partof abeer of the month

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