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%
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"Is it just my imagination," queried old Santa, surveying the scene, "or is my Elf only getting worse and worse every year? Whatís next? Seriously Bad Elf, Iíll 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. íEreís to your elf!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5169) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Light orange colored body with a thin white head. Lots of small carbonating bubbles. The aroma is cooked carrots with sweet ginger. A strange aroma for sure. The taste is slightly spicy with ginger and some celery. There is also a grapefruit note. Not unpleasant, but strange. This strong vegetable character in an ale is messing with my head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Amber Coloring with White Ring. Malty Beginning...Caramel Malt Notes...Bit of an Overlay of a Hop Tang...and a Dry Hop Aftertaste. Alcohol Not Really Noticeable....Well he IS a Bad Elf!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Clear copper with a thin off white head. Tart and estery toffee aroma. Bready, toasted malt flavor with some earthy, woody hops and hints of marzipan. Finishes clean but sticky. Has some noticable alcohol. The low rating is strange to me. The ale falls right in the range of the style and show no major defects. My bottle is clean and flavorful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottled. Poured a rather bright medium orange with small wisps and a ring of white head. Light fruits and toasted grains provided the bulk of the aroma... with an odd detergent-like quality, too. Smooth and slightly grainy on the first half of the palate, transitioning to something ugly at the back end. Flavors of light fruit, alcohol, and stale cardboardey hops. This wasnít completely awful... but it certainly wasnít enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Pours amber with little white head. Smells of light hops and floral but a weak smell. Smooth feel with slight yeasty and hop tatste but certaintly not a strong flavor. Gets more and more difficult to drink as time goes on. Decent but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (11813) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle. Pours a copper color with a large off-white head that diminished slowly. Good roasted gainy malt aroma. Medium body. Soft roasted malt flavor witha short small bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Pours to a darker body than Bad Elf. It is glowing and has a medium thickness creamy white head. The aroma is doughy and very similar to Bad Elf. The flavor is much like the Bad Elf but introduces a toasted grain to it. I do like the flavor of this one better although they rate the same. The palate is a little thicker than Bad Elf. And yet, plain Jane. Not bad, simply not exciting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Again, Iíll state that Ridgeway should pay as much attention to their beer as they do to clever labels and names. I will rate this the same as the Bad Elf and the Seriously Bad Elf because all fail to impress or satisfy. This pours deep amber with a foamy white head and goes downhill after that. Faint notes of dough, watery texture, and an insipid taste earmark this disaster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtw (1139) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2005
500 mL bottle, pours clear amber with white foam on top. nicely bready and hoppy aroma, very balanced and slightly thin/alcoholic aroma. flavor is similar to the aroma profile, very balanced, but some oxidized cardboardy flavors leave a slightly off finish. i like it, and if it werenít $5 a bottle i would certainly buy more - despite 7.5%, itís quite sessionable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 30, 2005
tan copper pour with a thick cream head that shrinks away. aroma is off, latex glove, powder, and rough sour cherry. bitter almond flavor with some flat strawberry soda notes. finish is like sucking on a nickel. this is an unpleasant experience.

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