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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 485   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
katrinaez (1191) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Not bad. Not a wintry ale as such, but has a nice sweet aroma and taste to it. Lightly spiced, and some hops. Scent is fruit cake, apricot and candied plum. Dark yellow color.bottle

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnstone (2524) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Clear copper with sudsy white head. Earthy yet light hop character and light bodied but with a slightly unpleasant alcohol character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
donandres (297) - , Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2016
From 50 cL bottle to wine glass Appearance: Copper pinkish color close to rose, minimal head, some lacing Aroma: not a lot Taste: Taste no really good Mouthfeel: fizzy Overall: No a really good beer, sour aftertaste, reminds me of Heineken. Not dark, which is usually expected of winter ales

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fwamps (14) - - DEC 29, 2015
A bit bland for a winter ale lacking The spices for a winter and not hoppy enough to get any hop lover excited ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Baramba (816) - ITALY - DEC 18, 2015
On tap. Light amber with thin beige head. Malt aroma, with grassy notes. Sweet malt flavour with hoppy bitterness. Dry finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1988) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours a golden color with asmall white head. Aroma of citrus bit of fruit, malt sweetness. Taste of citrus, bit of caramel, bit of fruit and grass. Mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Moderate body, smooth with a slick feel.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mikkellund42 (746) - DENMARK - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy chestnut with small white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, lemon and hints of coffee and biscuits. Taster is medium sweet, light acidic and faint bitter. Body is oily with soft carbonation. Finish is long annex mostly sweet with notes that follow the nose. Not much Christmas in this one, but a nice ale it is.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
airrick2003 (854) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Appearance: pours with a large beige head, the beer is a clear lighter hue of brown, laces nicely Aroma: honey, brown sugar, butter Taste: maple sweetness, has a subdued hop bitterness on the finish, Palate: average carbonation, light mouthfeel, light bitter aftertaste Overall: a pretty good brown ale, it's sweet with out being so sweet that it's u drinkable, decent hop finish too ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (4997) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2015
Bottle from The Spotted Cow 151015. Not sure what the go is with all the Christmas beers at the Spotted Cow but I’ll take them when I can get them. Vibrant looking sunshine colour with a soft head. Full in the mouth and paired perfectly with my duck spring rolls.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Brandon1989 (496) - 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.


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