Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 456   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-loverís dream, balancing a generous amount of famous English malt with an astounding 45 ounces of fresh hops Ė including American Cascade Ė per barrel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
seymour (1319) - 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 Iíve had, Iíd 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 (490) - 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 (2154) - 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 (266) - 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 Iíve had so far.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Geokkjer (5237) - 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 (6333) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MikeKeller (744) - Kemi, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2012
Draught @ Olutravintola Kukko, Kemi. Golden beer, white foamy head. Aroma; malts, cascade hops and a strange glue-like aroma I canít describe. Taste; decent caramel / toffee maltyness and the hops at the end. And the "glue". Well balanced wintery Brit ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlexanderJanku (109) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2012
50 cl. bottle @ home. pours a hazy dark brown colour 1 finger of white head. the aroma is sweet malty, with lots of cereal. the taste is sweet, malty, with a small hint of hops. overall an okay christmas beer. some spicy notes too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (2881) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
lots of cereal to this beer, i, also getting citrus rind at the end. it is kinda of strong but has a smooth flavor. the hops do not have the punch that they should. its very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (4402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2012
50 cl bottle to snifter. Looks solid; a semi-transparent orange with white lacing. Smells of malt, hops, and a little spice. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Alright.

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