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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Joey is right… The Ridgeway Bad Elf Winters Ale… Bad Elf had some major issues!
The yeast went into secondary and WAY over carbonated the beer, also leaving a sour apple infection of sort, and once that cap came off… beer literally exploded out of the bottle… exploded like I had to take a shower and change clothing, right after I poured the beer down the drain and moped my floor walls and ceiling!

Ok, on the VERY Bad Elf!
pours a nice copper body and a tall ivory head. The aroma and flavor are filled with what seem to be cheap grains, overly sweet with caramel and a butterscotch. The hops were so grassy and mild that there was nothing to keep the barley in check…. The palate was a bit thin… everything basically fell apart in the glass.
But that’s all OK by me, it was all acceptable because it’s just arrogant like that...and... well…. Go da Hell!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Courtesy of Matta. <P> I had to kill the regular Bad Elf Matt gave me after it attacked and tried to drown me in foam. That beer was scary it literally reached out of the bottle for me. <P> This beer has a mildly fruity malt tinged aroma. Tea colored with a safe pinky thin, mostly fading, white head. Flavor is honey laden with a watery fore and finishing notes of bitter hops and stale fruit and bread. Manages to be both bland and offensive. That is not easy.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2740) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2006
A big step down from the regular bad elf, IMO. Lacking a blast of hops, this beer features a toasted malt character, with rounded sweetness that is a little cloying. Hops manifest in a somewhat dirty fashion, being somewhat earthy and showing dirty ashtray. Reminds me in some ways of Fat Tire, but with a bigger malt presence. The finish equally unpleasant, with a stinging palate featuring burnt dry toast and cigarette ash.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Poured an effervescent amber with a small fizzy off-white head which dissipated quickly. Aroma of sweet caramel, bubble gum, grapes, a bit of alcohol. Taste is lightly sweet bubble gum, cinnamon, cough medicine, alcohol and a touch of bitter grass hops. Thin fizzy body. Bit of toffee and bananas in the finish. Sort of feels like the alcohol was squeezed into this one, as it doesn’t seem like the flavor profile could hold up to it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2006
50 cL bottle. Amber color with small head, very clear. Caramel aroma. The flavor is malty, a touch of molasses, and a good amount of earthy hop bitterness. The alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (6013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Pours a rusty chestnut. Wow, that’s an odd sentance. Smells like orange jice and cinnamon, plus wheat bread. Sweet bread flavor, plus a woodsy. peppery note. Some cereal notes, too, and maybe some hints of walnuts, too. Not as bad as I had feared, in fact I kind of liked it.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours with a frothy, pale tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear amber colored brew. The aroma is lightly sweet with an herbal, fruity aroma that is typically English. It reminds me of black currants, and a stale woody herbal character.

The taste is lightly sweet, and pretty light (almost watery) on the palate. The beer has a week finish that is a bit astringent, and perhaps even a bit vegetal. There is a definite fruitiness here that reminds me of currants, berries and a bit of raisins. I really can’t get over the finish of this beer though, it is just bad, and downright un-enjoyable. I am definitely disappointed by this beer.

<font size=-4>Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ<font size=-1>

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Bronze with rocky head, aroma of brown sugar on sweet potatoes, flavor earthy mushroom and cooked okra doused in maple syrup. I can’t decide if that is very interesting or "very bad." The vegetal flavor is a little overwhelming. With a long sweet finish. Nicely warming but the flavor seems way too forward to be from Britain.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (7121) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Whole Foods, Baton Rouge, La. 50 cl bottle. Pours a light copper colored with a thin, wispy white head. Aroma has some ripening vegetable notes, and a hint of mint, finishes with a hint of licorice. Flavor has a good, rib-sticking strong bitterness to it - not subtle by any means. Some underlying fruitiness and chocolate. Almost turns cloyingingly sweet near the end with some overripe vegetable notes but is passable. Thickish mouthfeel. Good winter warmer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Clear, deep golden body with medium carbonation and a fading sudsy white head. Malty aroma of tea, sweet apple skins, and stale, overripe hops. Flavor of black tea, sweet red apples, cigar paper, and woody hop stems. Sweet and syrupy but hardy and fairly enjoyable if the beer is fresh and you get in the right frame of mind. Thanks argo0 for the generous freebie.


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