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Ridgeway
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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Pours a long lasting head and has lots of thick lacing to the end of the glass. Intense fruity-malt aroma dominated by pear, grapefruit, and pencil lead. The flavor is out of this world - dominated by the extreme amount of hops used for this beer, with plenty of malt showing through as well, all combining for a truly unique blend that is not unlike the zippiness of V8 juice! Excellent carbonation and very full-bodied mouthfeel. Extremely bitter, bready, citrus aftertaste (all taken in a positive sense). I realize my high rating may be partly a result of my personal penchants for high carbonation and excessively hopped beer - but I stand by it 100%. The main downside is that Bad Elf isn’t cheap - $5.49 for 1pt .9oz (maybe to pay for the 45 ounces of hops used in each barrel).

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4567) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 1, 2006
This is quite nice. A great floral aroma, like an IPA. Taste seems like an over-hopped pilsener more than an ale to me, must be that funky English American Cascade hops. A nice drinkable beer and a good dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nathan30533 (601) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Though Im not usually a fan of the English strong ales this one is the one that changes everything. Good aroma and taste of hops. Very smooth. Golden in color. What I look for in a beer. Great brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2004
0.5l Bottle. Not sure why this is so lowly rated on this site. It is a hop-lovers brew, and I thought moste here were hop-lovers. Anyway, golden and clear, with a perfect thick, lasting head. Piney, grapefruity, hoppy sweet aroma. Explosive hoppy flavor and bitter finish. Some malty body and malty sweetiness underneath. Real Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours a dark gold, very clear, with a small but persistent white head. Aroma is crystal malt, with subtle butterscotch and hints of earthy yeastiness, all mingling with rustic British hops. Flavor is strong caramel upfront, balanced with a pleasant hoppy bite, and with some distinct but pleasant butterscotch in the background. Finish is very clean, with a hoppy aftertaste leaving you wanting more. Alcohol is strong, but blends well and is not at all unpleasant. Overall, a very well balanced beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Nice mix of hops and spice. Golden pour, but doesn’t overpower on the taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
(br-btl rd/gn-lbl, 50cl)

lct-gl, no head, no eff, med-body, §co2.

aroma: fresh-hops.

flavor: §bright-hops §alchl T1, crackery-malt §leafy-flrl-hops §plum T2, buttery-buscuit(diacetyl?) §plum-wine T3.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrfosters (17) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Hazy amber hue.Nice thick off white head,decent lacing.Kind of a citrusy ,yeasty aroma and taste.There does seem to be a slightly sour alcohol finish. I did indeed enjoy this ,though ,for a winter’s ale I’d prefer a SNCA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 Never heard of this one before but on a flight of whimsy I grabbed it. Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle this brew poured a medium amber color with a huge fluffy orange head that lingered for a long time. The aroma was sweet with noted grapefruit and pineapple elements. The flavor was sweet and very hoppy yet not overpowering. The grapefruit and pineapple assert themselves well. There is a bit of malt balance but overall this beer is heavily tilted towards the hops. A bit surprising in a British beer. Nice. I could drink a nice amount of this though there are far better beers on the market.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Cask at Rich O’s: Large white head atop an orange body. Big hop aroma, citrus and bubblegum. No carbonation but a huge hop blast. Lots of grapefruit in this one. Good.


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