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Ridgeway
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%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3
   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.


1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Brandon1989 (415) - Euless, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2015
This beer pours a mostly clear golden orange color with a very small white head that dissipates rather quickly and left no lacing. The aroma is fruity and not much else. The taste is also fruity, alcohol, and some faint hops. I really did not care for this beer at all. I got it 50% off so It may possibly been a bad bottle but something just seemed really off.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlimHabib (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle pour. Clear dark golden with off white creamy head. Light aroma with malts, yeast, and honey. Medium body. Initial bitter taste with hint of honey and malts.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (913) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Very light beer smell...mostly malt..taste is medium light malt, no hops...good taste though..slightly sweet

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
benpickens (425) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Pours clear bronze with white frothy head strong aromas of hips and earthy malts; wasn’t expecting this much hops

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Block (1650) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2014
This beer seemed stronger than it actually was. A pretty potent start with a mild and smooth finish. Kind of different. Some spice, not too much. Stronger malt and european beer flavors.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Plovmand (6843) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
crossovert (8851) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (5217) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tmoreau (2824) - 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!


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