Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tide (1788) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2013
Draught at bar. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with caramel, citrus, grass and toast. Pretty fine brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thisis12ptfont (838) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Aroma of orange and coriander. Large two-finger foam with a bright golden color. Very citrussy flavor with notes of peach and mango. Some caramel and bready malts. Overall, It taste very lacking. It’s a pretty weak beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jandd1983 (2566) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2013
It poured an amber color with a white head. The aroma was citrusy, earthy and malty. The taste was sweet with just a hint of bitters on the finish. The mouthfeel was crisp and smooth. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Malty and fruity, with a nice floral hoppy bite. Fairly well balanced. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
seymour (1435) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Big brown bottle for Christmas, thanks Henry! Sampled in a nonic pint glass, of course. It poured a nice clear orangish-amber colour with weak white foam. Very strong hops aromas and flavors: citrusy, earthy, flowery, a bit too much American grapefruitiness for me. Strong malt backbone underneath: grainy, bready, caramelly, with fruity ale yeast esters, apricot in particular. Possibly the hoppiest English ale I’ve had, I’d almost consider it a double IPA. It was tasty, if a bit hops-heavy. Definitely worth a try when you can find it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benfi (566) - DENMARK - DEC 23, 2012
Golden with a white head. Aroma of citrus fruit, grass, hops and a little malt. Nce and appealing aroma. Flavour is flowerish with clover, a nice hoppiness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2234) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2012
surprising since i did get a decent sense of pine and then citrus as the suds rolled over with this apricot looking brew. nice golden blonde aromatic malt that is subdued and seems a bit classy. some oil can and light fruit and brown sugar sweetness the beer is complex enough with easy body grains and flavors, not overbearing. Quenching, it is satisfying and lingers a bit, then is gone cleanly. this one the Brits can brag about. on tap at r&H NYC.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DMLINAZ (290) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Decent, not great. Golden ale taste, lagerish maltiness, slight bitterness, nice dry finish. I like the Insanely Bad Elf most of the ones I’ve had so far.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Geokkjer (5745) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, biscuits, yeast and fruitiness. Flavor is sweet and malty with some floral, yeast, floral and grassy hops. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (7611) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, caramel and grass. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Body medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

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