Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Appearance: gold-tinged straw under a surprisingly vibrant bread white head. Head fades rocky and patchy, leaving clumps of lace in its wake.
Nose: herbal and grassy with freshly baled hay and piles of mown grass drying in the sun. Lemon skin essence. Table crackers and bread crust. Key lime. Hop pellets and generic dried green herbs.
Palate: Italian bread, table crackers, and French rolls in the back. Grass, key lime, and herbs linger in my breath. Lemon and key lime zest along the edges. Medium weight. Sweet rolls in the middle.
Final Thoughts: not bad but not great – overall very forgetful. Worth trying once and that is about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Plovmand (6611) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear golden with a medium white head. Malty and light hoppy aroma. Some yeast. Fruity and yeasty flavor. hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2014
500ml bottle. Like the very bad elf it ahs a marmite/savory type finish but the front end is insipid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (4623) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Slightly hazy deep gold with a leafy noble hop aroma and a touch of earthy English dustiness. Nice mellow flavor with a bit of cantaloupe and grassy noble English hops. Balanced and quaffable. A dash of lemon zest perhaps. Not shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2481) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
12/23/2010. From bottle. Amber with a white head. Sweet fruity aromas with honey, caramel and malt. Malt forward flavors, dried fruit and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tmoreau (2576) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2014
16.9 oz. bottle brought to our regular tasting, and poured to snifters showing a hazed, orangey color, with a modest & fleeting head of off white foam to a thin ring & film, and light spots of lacing. Although some esters & spice were present in the nose, it was heavily diacetyl, with a bit of vinegar, and a hint of candy. I did persist, but found a light body, low carbonation, light bitterness, and a generally washed out flavor. Felt bad for Chuck who had to wash all those glasses at once!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (3578) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2014
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2014. Smell of honey and flowers. Similar taste with a bready malty aroma. Allot of flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Toomio (247) - Joensuu, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2014
Eliittikokouksen jälkeen Tuomon kanssa Pasilassa. Hyvä rentoutusolut. Tasapainoinen ja sopivan humalainen.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FestDecBeet (239) - - NOV 24, 2014
Look: pours an orange color. White thin head. Very clear beer. Smell: slight sour aroma. Apple cider vinegar. Lemons. Onion. Taste: cracker. Not overly dry for an IPA. Slight bitterness. Feel: medium carbonation. Not overly dry. Overall: ok beer. Aroma throws the beer way off. Feels more like an east coast ipa. First drank: home 11/24/14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1048) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
500ml bottle from Favourite Beers, Cheltenham. Deep golden colour, with a white head. Aroma has hops and caramel, the taste has this too, a touch more punch than the 4.5% version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Leini (922) - SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2014
Sample at a local tasting event. Dark brown body with a medium head. Malt, honey, some cinnamon and spices.

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