Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
"Is it just my imagination," queried old Santa, surveying the scene, "or is my Elf only getting worse and worse every year? What’s next? Seriously Bad Elf, I’ll wager. Mark my words."

This Very Bad Elf is one fine ale - rich, hardy, and flavorful, brewed to an original 1795 Thames Valley recipe, with a very special pale amber malt that is rarely used nowadays, and balanced by a modest addition of English Fuggle aroma hops. ’Ere’s to your elf!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer5000 (5118) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2014
500 ml botle @ Café Talo, Helsinki. Clear, rather deep golden body with a small white head. Weak in aroma, light malt and some spices. Flavor is pretty straight forward malty with just a hint of fruit and some spicy yeast and low bitterness. Medium body and average aftertaste with some alcohol as a backdrop. Totally drinkable and quite smooth but ends up simple and a bit boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1999) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
500ml bottle from Favourite Beers, Cheltenham. Golden colour, with a white head. Aroma is hoppy, the taste is too, with a buttery sweetness. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CTKlubben (85) - randers, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2014
Nutty aroma, appear Golden with a frothy head. Taste medium sweet, light bitter. Lively carbonation and medium bodied

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (7196) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Bread/grain and a spicy hop note dominate the aroma and flavor of this one. Nice body to it, but a little harsh in the finish. Ridgeway’s beers don;t seem to be as cool as their labels, unfortuantely."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BiddleBrau (1031) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle. Orange amber with just off white head. Malt and a but musty some corn in the nose. Flavor is murky aged caramel and tainted. Bad elf... Bad brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJestersBeer (2265) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a medium gold, with a white head. Spicy, caramelly aroma, hops, toffee, fried fruit, lightly yeasty, grass, citrus. Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, creamy CO2. Malty, caramelly taste, hops, herbs, toffee, vanilla (!), apricot, earth. Quite rich and rustique, enjoyable. (2014-01-24)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9121) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle. Hay, toffee malt and tangy orange/alcohol aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet lemon, toffee malt and moderately bitter herbal grass. Mild alcohol finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2014
500ml bottle poured into a shaker glass; served cold. Aroma: Mild; not a lot comes out. Mild malt and hay/grass. Appearance: Crystal clear, dark gold body. No head. Thin lacing. Taste: Pale hops. Grass, pine, and light malt. Palate: Medium bodied, with a moderate amount of prickly carbonation. Moderate length on the finish, ends on bitter hops. Overall: A nice ale, but it tastes somewhat generic. Decent enough. I wouldn’t mind finding a bottle on Christmas morning, but I wouldn’t seek it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5602) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Sampled at esbls. Clear golden. My glass might need rinsed. A dry powdery feel. Malty with gentle fruit. Some heat. Ok.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rxeight (1937) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Smells like a skunky English bitter. Tastes like a standard English bitter. Maybe bidding tons without the creamy body. Not impressed

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